As you may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote about a frequent visitor to my home—a ghost—and mentioned how our visitor might somehow be connected to the old Brewster House (formerly known as the Grove House) on Flanders Road. I’ve received some feedback and most of it suggests that there is quite a history of “hauntings” associated with that building. I’m still doing research and will keep you posted.
While reading the “Olde News,” the Flanders Village Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, I learned that President Gary Cobb sent a letter to the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund office asking that its advisory committee consider purchasing the Brewster House. Mr. Cobb went on to explain that while it may look like a dilapidated old house, it is actually rich in history and deserves consideration.
Although I did not grow up in Flanders, I’ve been living here for about 17 years and would love to see this building restored to its original beauty. It seems so sad. It would be great to drive past it and see the place spruced up and restored. Perhaps it could one day serve as the headquarters of the Flanders Village Historical Society? We shall see.
In other news, group members have finished their blue barn cleanup. Society members owe a boatload of thanks to Liza, Lane, Karen, Laura, Asher and Wendy for all of their help. They are now seeking appraisals on some of the items left in the barn, and the group’s Board of Directors is looking for a storage container that could house all of the items so the barn can be emptied for the (future?) restoration. If you know of a storage container company or have a container to loan, please email Gary at email@example.com.
Additionally, the Society’s website has recently been updated to include a new page called “Images of Yore,” and many photographs have been uploaded so they can be shared with the community. Gary and his board would love to add to their collection if you happen to have old photos of Flanders. You can contact him at the above email address.
Finally, the organization is currently conducting its annual membership drive and seeking donations to help cover its operational costs. Please visit www.flandersvillagehistoricalsociety.org for more information about those.
Happy birthday wishes are being sent out this week to Shelby Moore, who celebrates her big day on Sunday, February 19, and Glenn Abramowitz, who will blow out his candles on Tuesday, February 21. Best wishes to both of you!
And congratulations to Alexandra Budd, Quiera DeCosta and Ciara Seymore, all of Riverhead, for being named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the State University of New York at Cortland. All three are juniors. Alexandra and Quiera are majoring in community health while Ciara is majoring in teaching English as a second language. Best of luck!
You might have noticed the new layout for my column. Please feel free to send me your “feature stories” so they can be included. All stories qualify—birthdays, anniversaries, sports stories, or any special event. I look forward to hearing from you!
On The Calendar
Thursday, February 16: Phillips Avenue Parents Association meeting, 6:30 p.m., Phillips Avenue Elementary School cafetorium. Spring fundraisers and memorial garden project are on agenda.
Tuesday, February 21: Southampton Town Youth Bureau-sponsored snow tubing trip to Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Open to those ages 12 and up. Cost is $55 per person and includes transportation, a tube and a tubing ticket. Bus leaves Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays at 12:30 p.m. and returns at approximately 1 a.m. Call 702-2425.