It already seems that summer is in full swing, with the usual traffic crawling along Main Street as well as on some of my favorite, secret back roads. Happily, some of that traffic found its way to St Ann’s Parish House which was packed during its antiques appraisal day as people met with appraisers to assess paintings, Asian art, jewelry, silver and historical documents and books. Quite a few people went home happily surprised at the appraisals they received. Two bronze mountings were brought to the show that reportedly came from a very grand marble mantle, its provenance said to be from Versailles. Appraiser Robert Barker stated that if further research confirmed that provenance, each mounting would be valued at $100,000. Another customer, who was unsure if his small drawing was a real Renoir or a copy, met with Terry Wallace of Wallace Gallery in East Hampton and was stunned to learn he had the real thing, valued at $20,000. I guess it pays to never throw anything out.Last weekend was another great time for antiques shows and yard sales. The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church had a huge yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, June 21, on their front lawn. They had great donations including brand new patio furniture, lots of crafting materials, yards of fabric, kitchen items, and many other treasures. The proceeds of the sale are going toward the restoration and painting of the steeple and church building. Right down the street the Bridgehampton Museum was holding its 21st annual antiques show and sale on Saturday and Sunday on the Corwith House grounds, with more than sixty dealers enjoying the perfect weather. Morgan MacWhinnie again offered his volunteer time to coordinate and manage the show. And the Peconic Land Trust held its first antiques show at the Community House on that same weekend.
Just a little over a week ago, a beautiful Copper Beech tree, donated by Judy, Jill, Jodi, Jenna and John Musnicki in memory of Jack Musnicki, was planted on the east side of the Nathaniel Rogers House. Matt Stengel of Hampton Rustic on Butter Lane generously donated his services to dig, ball, move and plant the tree, and the BH Museum will be scheduling a dedication ceremony this summer.
By the way, Jill Musnicki’s Multimedia Art Installation “What Comes Around II” will be opening on Friday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum Art Barn. It’s located at 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike (200 yards north of the RR tracks). Wine and cheese will be served. The exhibit is an immersive art installation that looks at the natural environment of the Long Pond Greenbelt through the lens of strategically located motion-activated wildlife cameras, documenting the normally unseen passages of local wildlife.
On Saturday, June 28, there will be a Narrow Lane Cleanup from 8 to 9 a.m. All are welcome to come help members of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society clean up litter from their adopted road. Meet on Narrow Lane and the east corner of Bridgehampton Turnpike. Bring gloves. The leader for the cleanup is Dai Dayton and you can call her for more info at (631) 745-0689.
Members of the Bridgehampton CAC are still discussing the proposed development of a CVS store at the corner of Lumber Lane/Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike/Montauk Highway. The CAC last week was scheduled to hear a presentation by Jeff Murphree, former head of the Southampton Planning Department, on available options concerning the CVS proposal. Jeff is presently the administrator of the Riverhead Planning Department.
Looking ahead, The Peconic Land Trust has a busy July planned and its first offering is a three-session workshop led by professional photographer Ellen Watson. “Photography for Teens and Tweens” with Ellen Watson will be held on Wednesdays, July 9, 16 and 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Teens and tweens will develop skills in camera basics, use of natural light and fill flash, portraiture and composition. Attendees must bring their own digital camera (manual setting capability recommended), and will receive personalized instruction on its use. Ellen was an original member of Plein Air Peconic, and her work embraces the East End environment. To learn more about Ellen’s work, you can visit her website at www.EllenWatsonPhotography.com. Cost is $15 per class and space is limited so reservations are required. For more information and to reserve a spot for the workshops, call the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195, ext. 19 or email to Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.
The Tee & Charles Addams Foundation is again underwriting a special program for youngsters at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives. “Charles Addams Festival: Cartooning for Kids” is being offered from July 7 to 11, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. The workshop is designed for kids who love to draw, and instructor Peter Spacek will be using Charles Addams cartoons as inspirational tools. The cost for the week is $225, and space is limited so reservations are a must. Call 537-1088 for info. The workshop will be repeated in August, as well.
Finally, we’ve received the sad news that Ian MacPherson passed away last Thursday. Ian and his wife have been tireless, hardworking members of our community for years, and I know both the members of the Bridgehampton CAC and the board and staff at the Bridgehampton Museum will be among those especially saddened by his passing. His funeral service was scheduled to be held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church this past Monday.