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Jul 6, 2011 1:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Community Notes, July 7

Jul 6, 2011 1:35 PM

You’d be surprised how quickly you can wake up and get dressed when you get a call from your daughter in the middle of the night, telling you she has been in a car accident. Such was the case at about 3:30 a.m. on Friday when our oldest daughter, Olivia, called and in a very calm voice told us she had crashed the car on Scuttlehole Road just up the road from our house after swerving to avoid a deer on her way home from work. She wasn’t hurt, she said, but she couldn’t get out of the car.

I don’t know what I was expecting to find when I drove up to the accident scene, but when I saw debris scattered all over the road—and my daughter’s car resting on its side between a telephone pole and tree—I nearly lost it.

Fortunately, help arrived in minutes, as first one and then seemingly dozens of volunteers from the Bridgehampton Fire Department—some I recognized and some I didn’t—and a pair of Southampton Town Police officers appeared out of nowhere to quickly assess the situation and free my daughter from the car, so EMTs could check her out and determine that, yes, she actually had escaped without a scratch and could go home with us.

Words fail me when I try to describe the gratitude I feel toward the people who got up from a sound sleep just as quickly as I did and came to the aid of someone they may have not known from Adam. Thank you one and all.

Hmm. This would this be a good time to bring up the fact that the fire department’s annual Bridge Bucks fundraising raffle takes place on Saturday, July 23, at the firehouse, with a cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $100, but the top prize can be as much as $30,000 (provided the full complement of tickets are sold) and there are loads of other cash prizes. Tickets to the cocktail party alone are also available for $20.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church will hold its 24th annual Art in the Garden benefit auction this Saturday, July 9, under a tent on the church grounds. This year’s featured artist is James Daga Albinson, and there will be works by many other artists available for purchase. The preview starts at 6 p.m., with the auction starting at 7:30. Tickets are $35 each and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

My Press colleague, Tom Clavin, who writes books faster than I can write this column, will appear with his writing partner Bob Drury to discuss their recent book, “Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam” at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five series on Friday, July 8. Next week, on July 15, David Reynolds, the author of “Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America,” will be the guest speaker. Admission is $15, or $60 if you buy a pack of five.

The Bridgehampton Historical Society has got a ton of events lined up: The summer exhibit, “Visual Images of 100 Years of Farming in Greater Bridgehampton,” will open with a reception at the society’s Archives Building on Montauk Highway just east of Ocean Road from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

The society has also announced that it will offer tours of the Beebe Windmill on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and again on July 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. The windmill was built in 1820 for a retired whaling captain and shipbuilder and has moved many times and had many owners. It finally rests next to the historic Minden residence on Ocean Road built by John Berwind. Admission is free.

The society has collaborated with the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons to sponsor a pottery festival on the grounds of the Archives building on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tables for exhibitors, demonstrations and children’s activities, and each potter will staff and decorate his or her own table.

Admission to both the tours and the festival is free. For more information call 537-1088, visit bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org, or email bhhs@optonline.net.

If that’s not enough, the society will hold its 2011 Colonial Kids Camp from July 11 to 15 and August 29 to September 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration forms can be found at bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. Space is limited.

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