As we left a New Year’s Eve party, I looked up in the eastern sky and saw a beautiful red star. When I wondered out loud if it was Mars, our host pulled out his iPhone, which has a nifty app to identify objects in the night sky. Sure enough, it confirmed my guess that it was indeed Mars. A few minutes later, as our host and my wife both stared at the screen to identify other stars and constellations, they missed an enormous shooting star that passed right in front of us. It seems to me there are still a few advantages to being as technologically challenged as I am.
You can probably leave your iPhones at home (although a supply of wolfsbane to fend off werewolves may be in order) on Friday when the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum present a “Night Before the Full Wolf Moon” hike from 8 to 9 p.m.
According to the press release I have, full moon names date back to the early days of the Native Americans, although I’m not sure why this particular moon is named after the wolf. The walk will take place on the Vineyard Field trails behind the museum and be led by Dai Dayton. Those who survive werewolf attacks are welcome to join the rest of the group for hot cider and donuts afterward. To make a reservation, call the museum at 537-9735.
Also on Friday, January 6, at 7 p.m., the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Parlor Jazz series returns with “The Ladies Sing the Blues.” The show, which will take place in the society’s archives building at 2539-A Montauk Highway will feature the mother/daughter vocal duo Mamalee and Rose Lawler and trumpeter Charlie Caranicas, who will be joined by regulars Jane Hastay on piano and Peter Martin on bass.
Admission is $25 per person, and $10 for society members. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Online ticket purchasing is available through the BHHS website.
The fifth and final concert in the series will be held on February 3. For more information visit www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org, or contact the society at (631) 537-1088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson will discuss their accomplishments, plans and priorities at a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Monday, January 9, at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library.
The supervisors will also discuss the similarities and differences between the two town governments, and opportunities for shared services and collaborations. Refreshments will be served at the beginning of the program. For more information, call the library at 631-537-0015, or the League at 631-283-0759. Information about the League is available on its website at www.lwvhamptons.org.
Eileen Obser will offer another memoir writing workshop at the Hampton Library, from 5 to 7 p.m. starting on Tuesday, January 10. The four-week session costs $50 for all four sessions. Participants will examine personal and autobiographical writing in this workshop and work on discovering their writing voice through reading and group discussion.
“Jumanji x 3 = 30” is the name of a program for children 8 and older that will be presented at the library on Saturday, January 7, at 2 p.m. The event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburg. The story, in which a jungle-themed board game comes to life, won the 1982 Caldecott Medal. Kids can listen to the book, see the 1995 movie featuring Robin Williams or play the board game—or maybe even all three.
The library’s outreach program will offer GED Review Classes in language arts and writing on Tuesdays, January 10, 17 and 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each day to help participants prepare for the GED exam.
Salsa lessons will be offered on Tuesdays, from January 10 to 24, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. each day. Jaime Ruiz, a professional dancer and speed skater from Chile, will teach the basic steps and movements of this sensual Afro-Caribbean dance. Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes. The class will be given in English and Spanish.
Two Spanish language presentations are also planned:
Cristina Banados, a representative from The Retreat, will discuss domestic violence and its impact on all family members in a presentation on Thursday, January 12, at 6 p.m. Ms. Banados will also explain the services offered by the Retreat.
Recommendations on Buying a Computer will be presented by Walter E. Sanchez, the founder of Servicehamptons, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, at 11:30 a.m.