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Mar 16, 2010 12:34 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Notes from Sag Harbor, March 18

Mar 16, 2010 12:34 PM

Regardless of ancestry or nationality, almost everyone goes a bit green this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrations already began last week and will continue this weekend. But there’s more to celebrating the rich Irish culture than parades and drinking green beer. Think literature, poetry and song.

Terry Sullivan, the singing plumber, will give a performance of Irish rebel songs at Canio’s Cultural Café on Saturday, March 20, at 6 p.m. Terry mixes history, folklore and music in his annual celebration of the best songs to celebrate the independent Irish spirit. As Terry puts it, “the trouble with Irish history is that there’s too much of it!”

Terry has been a lifelong student of this long and often troubled history. He’ll share some highlights of what makes the Irish struggle most moving. Terry will sing a cappella and will perform a few selections in their original Irish language. He’ll also call on the audience to join in, so warm up the pipes and come ready to sing. The concert is open to all; a free-will donation will be asked. For information, call 725-4926.

When he’s not leading hikes for the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, and when he’s not taking a casual few-miles stroll from his home on Noyac Road into town, Joe Lane enjoys gardening, reading, and sometimes writing some poetry. His popular “dancing with daffodils” walk out to that secret spot on Jessup’s Neck to see what might be blooming there combines all three interests. The theme of the hike takes its inspiration the final line of William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”

For eight years now, Joe has led this “ode to spring” beach hike which this year takes place on Saturday, March 27. Hikers will set out from the parking lot at the Morton Wildlife Refuge at 10 a.m. to discover how this year’s record snowfalls have affected the valley of daffodils planted centuries ago. This 3-mile hike also takes in spectacular views of Great Peconic Bay and includes a reading of the famous poem, at no extra charge. Arrive early as the lot fills quickly, and bring $4 per vehicle for the parking fee which helps support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Call Joe at 725-3942 to register.

Here’s another chance to break in the new hiking shoes as the season softens and invites us outdoors: Bob Wolfram is leading a trek through Barcelona Neck on Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m. until noon. This is a great time of year to see water views of Sag Harbor Bay, Northwest Creek and Harbor as well as Mashomack Preserve while the trees are still pre-leaf. This is a moderately-paced 4-mile hike. Meet at the Sag Harbor Golf Club parking lot on Barcelona Point Road, off Route 114. Call Bob for details at 726-4237. And thank the Southampton Trails Preservation Society for sponsoring these hikes. Better yet, don’t just thank them, become a member and help support their work maintaining trails and educating us all to the beauty of nature through these outdoor excursions. To become a member, send a check for $20 for individuals or $35 for families to Southampton Trails Preservation Society, P.O. Box 1171, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. For more information, visit their website at hike-li.org.

One of the cutest fund-raisers in town takes place on Saturday, March 20. It’s the Bambini Ball, a costume party for kids and grown-ups to benefit the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre. Dress up and dance the night away from 5 to 7 p.m. at the parish hall of Christ Episcopal Church. Enjoy refreshments, Shirley Temples and more, plus a puppet show. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased by calling 725-4193 or online at goatonaboat.org.

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The Southampton Trails Preservation Society web site is actually found at: www.southamptontrails.org

Loads of hiking information and pictures too
By SagHarborBob (91), Sag Harbor on Mar 22, 10 1:55 PM