Village Notes 04.05.18

News of our local villages
On Monday, as snow blanketed the ground for the third time this spring, a blue jay found a ready meal at a backyard feeder. Durell Godfrey


Christopher Walsh


The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society’s five-mile hike on Sunday at 10 a.m. will be at a fast pace and offer unspoiled views of Fresh Pond and Napeague Bay. Hikers have been asked to meet on Napeague Harbor Road about a half-mile north of Montauk Highway, just after the street marked “Private Road.” Irwin Levy can be contacted for more information at 516-456-1337 or 

From Sci-Fi to the Bard

The Amagansett Library’s science-fiction book discussion group will reconvene on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. to ponder John Wyndham’s 1951 postapocalyptic novel “The Day of the Triffids.” Copies are available at the circulation desk, or the library can be called to reserve a copy. All have been invited to join or listen to the discussion. 

The final tax preparation session for adults 50 and over who cannot afford tax preparation services happens on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in assistance from an Internal Revenue Service-certified team of AARP volunteers have been asked to call or visit the library to reserve a time and for a list of documents to take to the session. 

The Suffolk County Water Authority will hold an informational meeting regarding a proposal for a ground storage tank to be built at its facility on Cross Highway on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public has been invited. 

Looking ahead, Richard Horwich will lead an exploration of “Othello” when the Shakespeare Discussion Group meets at the library on April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tragedy, believed to have been written in 1603, is based on the story “Un Capitano Moro” (“A Moorish Captain”) by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. “Othello” revolves around two central characters: a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. 

Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, and repentance, “Othello” is still frequently performed in professional and community theaters alike, and has been the source for numerous adaptations. All have been invited to a lively and enlightening discussion of the Bard and his work. 

For Guide Dogs

On April 21, the East Hampton Lions Club will host Pints and Pups, a fund-raising event to support the Guide Dog Foundation and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, from noon to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham’s Path. The afternoon will include live music, face painting, food and ice cream trucks, and a cash bar. 

Owners of socialized and friendly leashed dogs have been encouraged to register their pets in advance to compete in one of six categories: most unique breed, most unique feature, floppiest ears, best trick, best dressed, and dog-owner look-alike. First, second, and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as best in show. Participants must be 21 and over or accompanied by a legal guardian.

Providing a guide dog to an individual in need costs $5,000 per year. The $30 registration fee per dog will help the Lions Club meet its goal. 



Songs and Stories

The Songwriters Share concert series continues tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork. Fred Raimondo, the featured musician, and guests including Sarah Greene will play songs and discuss the inspiration behind them. A reception will follow. 

Tickets are $20, $15 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds will benefit the Retreat in East Hampton, which provides support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


The Retreat Boutique thrift store is having a sale through Friday, April 13. Many clothing items are marked down to $10, and shoppers can also receive $10 off the shop’s selection of designer fashions. All sales benefit the Retreat.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Hampton Library will hold a forum featuring Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk volunteers who will discuss their experiences building affordable housing. Snacks and refreshments will be served. 

As part of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival’s spring concert series, the Pacifica Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Tickets, which are $40 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased on the festival’s website.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bridge Gardens, Rick Bogusch, the garden manager, will lead a workshop on the best practices for growing vegetables at home.




Handbell Concert

This year’s Spring Ring, a food pantry benefit concert of handbell choirs, will take place on April 14 at 5 p.m. at the Southampton Presbyterian Church. The choirs of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church and the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor will join the Southampton choir, bringing together more than 150 handbells and about 50 chimes. 

Dinner in the church’s dining room will follow. Nonperishable food items are the suggested donation.

“Faces Places”

“Faces Places,” a 2017 documentary that was nominated for an Academy Award, will be screened at the Southampton Arts Center tomorrow at 6 p.m. The film follows Agnes Varda, an 89-year-old director who was part of the French New Wave, and JR, a 34-year-old photographer and muralist, as they take a road trip through the French countryside to meet the locals. 

The center is offering group singing classes that provide individual coaching on four consecutive Wednesdays starting next week at 5:30 p.m. The three-hour classes will be taught by Valerie diLorenzo. The cost is $175 for the series. Tickets can be purchased on the center’s website. 

Lincoln Center Trip

Cristina Fontanelli, an opera singer, will give a free concert at Rogers Memorial Library on Sunday at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. 

The library is organizing a Hampton Jitney trip to Lincoln Center for a matinee performance of the musical “My Fair Lady” on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The price is $135 and includes a ticket for a mezzanine seat, the bus fare, tip, and snacks. The Jitney will pick up and drop off passengers in the Rite Aid parking lot in Southampton. Advance registration and a nonrefundable payment are required. 




Among the new titles for borrowing at the Springs Library are “The Nothing” by Hanif Kureishi, “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box, and “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “So B. It,” and season four of “The Brokenwood Mysteries” are some new DVDs. A selection of new children’s books has arrived as well.


Water Mill


The Long Island Traditional Music Association will hold a contra dance party on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at the Water Mill Community House. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for older students, and free for children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult.