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Apr 11, 2012 8:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Water Mill Community Notes, April 12

Apr 11, 2012 10:31 AM

Grist received news this week from Kathie McLauchlen at the Water Mill Bridge Club. Kathie reports that the “snowbirds” are returning and the bridge games at the club are getting bigger. Last week the WMBC held several games to benefit local organizations and donated the proceeds to three in Water Mill: the Community Club, the museum and the Village Improvement Association.

Good news for those just learning this challenging game—the WMBC, in response to many requests, is offering beginning bridge lessons starting on May 3. Interested folks can call 726-6448 to sign up.

The club is also starting another “Newplicate” game on Thursdays at 1 p.m. If you know the basics of contract bridge, you are invited to join the fun. Newplicate bridge is an introduction to duplicate without the strict adherence to the rules and regulations of an “open” game. Players with little or no duplicate experience (home game players, kitchen bridge or just social players) are welcome to play. The club also offers a Newplicate game on Mondays at 10 a.m.

The Water Mill Bridge Club has many special events, as well open games to which all players are welcome. Check out the website, www.bridgeinthehamptons.com for all of the activities and social events.

As the summer season approaches, bringing with it the reopening of the Water Mill Museum, plans are in the works behind the scenes for the 20th annual Members’ Art Show, which takes place from June 14 through July 9. In advance of that show, a call is out to all artists, who are invited to submit works. Artists join the museum, at a nominal fee, to participate in the exhibition, for show and/or for sale.

The museum will accept submissions in all mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, graphics, photography, and sculpture. Crafts will not be considered. The exhibition is a non-juried show and is limited to one piece per artist. Two-dimensional works are limited to a size of 625 square inches (height x width) and sculptures must be no larger than 25”h x 15”l x 15”w. For information, registration and a prospectus, go to www.watermillmuseum.org. The registration deadline is June 5. For further information, call the museum at 726-4625.

Concerned citizens of Water Mill should note that there is no Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this month.

Earth Day is around the corner and the Town of Southampton is being proactive in its efforts to help protect the environment. The Great East End Cleanup is a primary component and you can do your part by picking up the litter on a public road near you.

In addition, the town’s newly-created Plastic Bag Education Task Force will officially start the “A Greener Southampton: the Solution is in the Bag” campaign on Saturday, April 21. As part of this undertaking, the task force will hold an event at King Kullen in Bridgehampton from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., during which shoppers and merchants can sign a pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle their plastic bags. The store will sponsor activities for children, free giveaways, and provide shoppers with a free reusable tote bag for every purchase of $10 or more. Customers will also receive a nickel off their total purchase for each reusable bag they bring in the future.

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