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Nov 18, 2011 3:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Community Notes, November 24

Nov 21, 2011 1:37 PM

Let’s wish a speedy recovery to Carol Kalish, a member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance company, who suffered a broken shoulder after taking a nasty tumble while responding to a call recently. Carol will undergo surgery right after Thanksgiving. It’s a tough blow to suffer that kind of injury right before the holidays—especially when you are performing a volunteer service to the community when it happens.

Those of you who gorge yourself on Thanksgiving may be happy to know that the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will sponsor their annual “Walk It Off Walk,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. Participants will meet at the end of Round Pond Lane for a fast-paced hike to shed that stuffing. Along the way, you’ll get to see some views of lovely Round Pond, Long Pond and Little Long Pond. Dai Dayton is the leader and can be reached at 631-745-0689.

Here is a cool event (actually, it might turn out to be a cold event). On Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the South Fork Natural History Museum, the Custer Institute and Observatory and the Town of Southampton will sponsor “A Night of Celestial Discovery” at Vineyard Field. Astronomers Steve Bellavia, Justine Haupt and David Van Poppering from the Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold will offer a special guided tour of celestial phenomena: moon, stars, constellations, galaxies. Telescopes will be provided, but participants can bring their own as well. A flashlight is also recommended. Refreshments will be served.

Vineyard Field is behind the South Fork Natural History Museum at 377 the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. The museum will be open for this free event. The evening is geared toward adults and children over the age of 8. Call the South Fork Natural History Museum at 537-9735 or Sandi Ferguson of the Friends at 537-3752 for reservations.

Another post-Thanksgiving event will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s archivist and curator, Julie Green, presents a guided tour of the exhibit, “In Memory of ... An Exhibition of Death and Mourning in Victorian America.” (Ms. Green will offer a repeat performance on Friday, December 30, at 5 p.m.)

The exhibit, which will remain open through February at the society’s Corwith House museum, explores the strict and elaborate mourning customs many American families followed during the Victorian period, following the standards set by Queen Victoria.

Reservations can be made by calling the historical society at (631) 537-1088 or emailing it at

The Bridgehampton Association will hold its annual Holiday Fair at St. Ann’s Parrish House on Main Street on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The articles offered for sale are the culmination of months of handiwork performed by members of the association who have stitched, painted, knitted, baked and collected a splendid array of holiday presents for every member of the family as well as decorations for the home.

Booths will be set up to tempt various gift-giving interests, including edible treats—jams, puddings, cookies, candies and cakes. There are also table accessories using fresh greens, hand-painted ornaments, and one-of-a-kind wreaths using freshly-cut boxwood. Colorful knitted hats, mittens and sweaters for children are handmade by association members. Not to be missed is a wonderful collection of fashion accessories, trendy jewelry, scarves, “facinators” and hair ornaments, some generously donated from private jewelry boxes, some brand new, purchased especially for this event. Another popular booth offers “Trash and Treasure,” decorative items for the home and garden.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale for gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants and shops. Visitors can refresh themselves by buying delicious homemade sandwiches and treats while shopping. There is no admission fee to the Holiday Fair.

The Bridgehampton Association was established in 1984 and is made up of volunteers who raise money at events such as the fair, the annual Golf Tournament in May, and by selling quality used books at the old firehouse on School Street in Bridgehampton. Funding is provided to more than 20 East End organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, East End Hospice, Peconic Land Trust, Maureen’s Haven, the Dominican Sisters, the Hampton Health Society and many others.

On Saturday, November 26, at 2 p.m., children 6 and older can participate in making angels for the Hampton Library’s annual Book Angel Tree. Each year the library celebrates the Christmas season by giving back to the community with the Book Angel Tree. Each angel represents a book donation. Children’s angels will be hung on the tree and then be used to decorate a wrapped book to be given to a child in need.

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