Village Notes 10.25.18

Paumanok Trek

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will host a two-mile Cranberry Hole to Fresh Pond hike on Saturday at 11 a.m. Participants will carpool to Cranberry Hole Road, and then hike along the Paumanok Path through Amagansett to Fresh Pond Park. A complimentary lunch at the park will follow, weather permitting; otherwise, the group will dine at a nearby house. 

Hikers have been asked to meet at Fresh Pond Park at the end of Fresh Pond Road. Jim Zajac can be contacted at 212-769-4311 or for more information or to reserve lunch. 

The Library Lineup 

The Bonac Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting tonight from 6 to 8 at the Amagansett Library. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month and promotes amateur radio on the South Fork. 

Lou Ann Walker, editor in chief of The Southampton Review, will present “Revising: How Writers and Editors Approach Editing” on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Ms. Walker, who is also a professor in the M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton, has written for The New York Times and its magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, O, Allure, and Esquire. Her book “A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family,” a memoir about growing up with deaf parents, won a Christopher Award. (Due to an editing error, Ms. Walker was identified as the former editor in chief of The Southampton Review in last week’s issue.) 

The East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library. The nonprofit organization promotes hunting and fishing, and seeks to protect the public’s right to use town and state property. 

New books at the library include “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke, “Red, White, Blue” by Lea Carpenter, “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger, “These Truths: A History of the United States” by Jill Lepore, “Fashion Climbing: A Memoir With Photographs” by Bill Cunningham, and “Trajectory: Stories” by Richard Russo.




The next Hamptons Take 2 documentary film screening is slated for Monday night at 7 at the Hampton Library with “Indian Point.” A look at the debate over nuclear power, it explores an aging plant 35 miles from New York City. 

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, and the Southampton Town Police Department will open its substation at the Bridgehampton Commons to collect expired and unused medication for safe disposal. Community members can drop off medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Liquid medications, syringes, sharps, and thermometers will not be accepted. 





Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will host a blood drive tomorrow in its teaching center on the third floor. The American Red Cross in Greater New York reports that there is a critical need for donations. Advance sign-up is by calling 1-800-RED-CROS or visiting, using the code SBSH. Walk-ins will be welcomed.

Pet Parade

Little Lucy’s Canine Couture Boutique on Job’s Lane will host its 18th annual Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday as a benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Registration begins at 1 p.m. sharp. The walk begins in Agawam Park and heads along Job’s Lane and Main Street, then back to the park for an awards party.

There will be celebrity judges, raffle prizes from local merchants, treats for people and pets, and live music. Registration is $10 per dog.

Library Talks

The Rogers Memorial Library will host a talk titled “Frankenstein: The Man and the Myth” today at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel. Gary Lutz will explore the origins and evolution of Frankenstein’s monster in print, onstage, and in film. 

Also today, at 1:30 p.m., Julie Greene, the Southampton Town historian, will discuss how “Cemeteries Reveal Their Secrets.” A focus will be on the 10 town-owned cemeteries and how they function as historical records and important sources of information about past residents and their culture. 

Another talk, on “The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife,” will be given next Thursday at 1 p.m. at the library. Velya Jancz-Urban, an author and expert on colonial women of New England, will examine the widely held superstitions about the “hysterical” female. 

Then at 5:30 that day, “Living and Dying: Reflection and Conversation,” with Paula M. Peterson, a social worker, will take place in the Cooper Hall boardroom. 

Registration for any of these talks is online at or by calling 631-283-0774, extension 523.

Visitors can get in the Halloween spirit and learn a little history at the same time with a visit to the Rogers Mansion on Saturday. “Was that a creaky old floorboard, or the footsteps of Capt. Albert Rogers getting ready to leave on a whaling trip?” asks a Southampton History Museum press release. The Meeting House Lane mansion is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 3. 




Dinner and a Play

A dinner at the Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue and a chance to see the Hampton Theatre Company’s production of “A Comedy of Tenors” in Quogue on Friday, Nov. 2, is being offered by the Rogers Memorial Library and the Westhampton Free Library. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the show is at 7. 

Tickets cost $60 and are available by calling the theater company at 631-653-8955 or emailing Reservations and payment are due by tomorrow.

Memoir as Power

Erika Duncan of Sag Harbor, the executive director and artistic director of the Herstory Writers Workshop, has sent word that the group is one of the sponsors of a daylong and Islandwide Freedom Forum event on Saturday at Stony Brook University. Herstory writers will be among the readers at “Testify: Memoir as a Tool for Building a Movement” at the Charles B. Wang Center after a keynote talk on environmental justice by the poet and activist Kathy Engel of Sagaponack.

A town hall-style gathering will follow with a “story-shaping experience engaging the whole audience,” according to a release. The forum, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free, and lunch will be provided.

“The overarching goal is to encourage members of Long Island’s ‘hidden’ communities who are witness to or victims of the rise in hate crimes, racism, and endangerment of immigrants in our current political climate to produce stories with the power to change hearts, minds, and policies,” the release said.