From Groundwater to Wine

Topics covered in this year’s eight-part series are of strong interest to many residents and visitors to the South Fork

The third annual Tom Twomey Series, a program of discussions held at the East Hampton Library and honoring the late chairman of its board of managers, will commence on March 15 with “The State of Our Town,” a talk with East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell. 

Topics covered in this year’s eight-part series are of strong interest to many residents and visitors to the South Fork: agriculture, water quality and groundwater protection, real estate and architecture, winemakers of the East End, and women’s suffrage. The series, which is free, will offer one discussion per month through October. 

Each one-hour program will take place in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room starting at 6 p.m. and including a question-and-answer session following the presentation. With the exception of the first one, all will be held on the third Thursday of the month. Reservations or tickets are not required. 

The second talk in this year’s series, on April 20, is “Farm to Table,” with Sybille van Kempen of the Loaves and Fishes food shop and Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms, both in Sagaponack. “Protecting Our Water Starts in Your Backyard,” with Edwina von Gal of the Perfect Earth Project, happens on May 18. On June 15, Diane Saatchi of Saunders and Associates, Peter Turino of Brown Harris Stevens, and John Gicking of Compass will participate in a real estate round table. 

“Leading Winemakers of the East End” will be held on July 20, featuring Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, and Kelly Urbanik Koch of Macari Vineyards in Mattituck and Cutchogue. Sarah Meyland, a water specialist and associate professor at the New York Institute of Technology, will lead “Saving Long Island’s Groundwater: Now Is the Time!” on Aug. 17. 

Anne Surchin, an architect and vice chairwoman of the Southold Landmark Preservation Commission, will discuss “From Big House to Bad House: How Authenticity Lost Its Way” on Sept. 21. The series will conclude on Oct. 19, when Arlene Hinkemeyer, a historian, and Antonia Petrash of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association discuss “The East End, Long Island, and 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State.” 

Mr. Twomey’s sudden death, in November 2014, came just five months after the grand-opening ceremony commemorating the library’s $6.5 million expansion and renovation. A lawyer and civic leader, he had played an integral part in the years-long project, which added 6,800 square feet and houses the new children’s reading room as well as the Baldwin Family Lecture Room. 

Additional details about the series, as well as video of the 2015 and ’16 programs, are at