Summer’s in full swing. The Southampton Kiwanis Club carnival next to Carvel, which always catches me by surprise, has come and gone, the crabgrass is taking hold of my lawn and the traffic has gotten decidedly worse. This is the time of year when I try to keep a low profile.
There are some things worth venturing forth for, including the Fridays at Five lecture series at the Hampton Library. Alan Furst, the author of “The Spies of Warsaw,” will speak on Friday, July 17, at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.
My colleague at The Press, Tom Clavin, will join his writing partner Robert Drury on Friday, July 24. Their most recent book is “The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat.” They will speak at the Bridgehampton Community House.
Admission is $15 for each lecture or $60 for a series of five. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the library’s temporary quarters at 2539A Montauk Highway. Admission includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
The Friends of the Hampton Library will also hold their annual cocktail party at a private home in Sagaponack on Saturday, July 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $150, and information is available at the library.
The library has plenty of programs for children during the summer. On Friday, July 17, kids will get to make homemade ice cream—without an ice cream maker—at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, July 21, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will present a program on sun and water safety for children between the ages of 5 and 8 at 11 a.m. The program is limited to 15 children, and participants will receive an activity booklet, a UV bracelet, bucket hat and sunglasses. On July 23, at 3 p.m., Liz Small will lead a program in interactive yoga and storytelling for kids.
By the way, a change has been made to the library’s Rhyme Time program. It is now on Thursday mornings at 10 and open for children between the ages of 1 and 3. Story hour for kids between the ages of 4 and 7 is on Saturday at 10 a.m. By the way, these are not baby-sitting services. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
The historic Beebe Windmill on Ocean Road will be rededicated on Saturday, July 25, with an event running from 10 a.m. to noon and sponsored by the Bridgehampton Historical Society, the Town of Southampton and the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society.
Speaking of the BVIS, the organization’s president, Jim Riordan, has sent out his annual fund-raising letter. The BVIS plants trees around town and provides the geranium boxes as well as the Christmas trees on Main Street, so if you have the wherewithal, send them a check at BVIS, P.O. Box 872, Bridgehampton 11932.
That reminds me that Lillian Tyree-Johnson, the president of the Bridgehampton Community House Association, has also sent out a fund-raising letter. The Community House is available for just about every occasion from fund-raising pancake breakfasts to weddings. It is a community treasure. Checks can be sent to the organization at P.O. Box 2167, Bridgehampton 11932.
The second annual Hamptons Pursuit Car Rallye, to benefit The Retreat, will take place on Sunday, July 26, at the Hayground School, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. There will be a cocktail party the night before as well as a car sale. To learn more about the event, call The Retreat at 631-329-4398 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on selling classic cars, call the Rallye office at 631-899-3800 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The 41st annual St. Ann’s House and Garden Tour will take place this year on Thursday, August 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50 each at the Candy Kitchen, St. Ann’s Church office, or at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $60 on the day of the tour. For more information, call 537-1527.
The Bridgehampton Historical Society’s annual Heritage Fair will take place on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Corwith House on Montauk Highway. This year’s event celebrating Bridgehampton’s rich history will be bigger than ever and include a craft fair, a program on Long Island’s birds of prey by the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center and a puppet show by Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre. Long Island Folk artists will demonstrate their talents under a tent all day, and a vintage baseball doubleheader will pit Smithtown’s Atlantics against the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Orators. Blacksmithing by James DeMartis in the historic Strong Wheelwright Shop will complement a vintage tractor and farm engine display. A large model train exhibition will be run by the Gerry Manders in the society’s Engine Barn. Live music will be provided by Americana band Edna’s Kin under a huge tent. Admission is only $5 for adults, and children under 12 get in for free.