This Weekend: Authors Night, Bridgehampton Day, and More

The East Hampton Library's Children's Fair will take place on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Fall may be right around the corner, but summer is still in full-swing, with no end of things to do. Here's our list of weekend hightlights to keep you thinking all-things summer.


The Fridays at Five at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will welcome Ina Garten of East Hampton, at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, is a New York Times best-selling author and Food Network star. She will talk about and sign copies of her latest book, "Cooking for Jeffrey." Rob Marshall, a filmmaker and Broadway director, will join her. Tickets are $25 at the door, and wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

At 7:30 p.m., the Montauk Library will host a maritime history presentation, led by Christopher Weaver and Michael Salvarezza of Eco-Photo Explorers. Their talk, "Long Island Maritime History: Stories of Tragedy and Rescue," will center on tragic shipwrecks, heroic rescues, great courage, and fascinating stories that are all part of the history of Long Island, including the story of the Pelican, a fishing boat that sank off Montauk in 1951.

The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter will host an outdoor movie at 7:45 p.m. This week's pick is "Jumanji," the 1995 film starring Robin Williams as a man who was trapped inside a board game for years, only to be released when two high schoolers start playing it. Together, they must beat the magical forces of Jumanji.


The South Fork Natural History Museum is offering a chance to observe endangered piping plovers at a Sagaponack beach on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The program is for adults and children, who will receive piping plover games and activities to take home. Later, at 2 p.m., a basketry workshop for adults and teens will be held at the museum in Bridgehampton. The class will be led by Pat Robben, a basket weaver for more than 23 years, and Trish Brophy of the Mohawk Tribe. A kit with everything needed to make a basket will be provided. The materials fee is $16. Registration is required for both programs.

At 10 a.m., Hugh King, the East Hampton town crier and director of the Home, Sweet Home Museum, will lead a tour of the South End Burying Ground. The cemetery is the oldest in East Hampton, dating back to the mid-1600s. Lion Gardiner is one of the well-known figures buried there. The tour is free, but reservations with the East Hampton Historical Society are required. A separate tour of the Thomas Moran house and studio will also be offered at 10 a.m. Those interested in the Moran house tour will gather at Clinton Academy before walking over to the property.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, guests will be able to view, for free, "Young Jackie," an exhibition about the East Hampton summertime girlhood of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and "Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptoners, 1930-1950," at the Clinton Academy, an East Hampton Historical Society property on Main Street.

A crafts fair hosted by the Montauk Historical Society will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Second House Museum in Montauk.

At 11 a.m. at Bridge Gardens on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, pollinators and the plants they love will be the topic of an hourlong walk and talk. A particular focus on the role of bees, wasps, and butterflies in horticulture will be covered by Rich Kelly of the Long Island Botanical Society and Rick Bogusch, the garden manager. The fee is $5 per person, free for Bridge Gardens members. Reservations are required through the Peconic Land Trust, as space is limited. The rain date is Aug. 19.

Nicky Hilton Rothschild will host an event benefiting the Animal Haven Shelter of Manhattan on from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Roller Rabbit clothing store at 21 Main Street in East Hampton. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the animal shelter, and shoppers can enjoy 10 percent off their purchases. Puppies and kittens will be on hand, and food and drinks will be available.

The Southampton Presbyterian Church will hold a chowder fest from 5 to 7 p.m. Three varieties - Manhattan, New England, and corn - will be served, along with chicken, corn on the cob, watermelon, and a beverage. The price is $20 per person, $10 for children under 12.

The East Hampton Library's Authors Night fund-raiser will get under way at 5 p.m. take place at 4 Maidstone Lane, off James Lane in the village. Tickets cost $100 and dinners with writers (if still available) are $300. Dozens of writers will be on hand to sign and sell their books.

Residents of the Windmill II development on Accabonac Road who have been taking art classes under the direction of Bob Hettinger are showing their work in the Windmill community center through the end of the month. The show, "Artists in Their Element," can be visited daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Registration for the annual Rell Sunn Surf Contest will open at 7:30 a.m. at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed until Sunday due to the weather forecast. The contest should begin around 9 a.m. All ages are welcome to sign up for various contests. The entry fee is $55 and each additional contest sign up is $30. Proceeds support the East End Foundation's efforts to help local families in need.

The Strides for Life three-mile run-walk, benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane. Registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

The weekly gardening lecture at Marders nursery in Bridgehampton, will be about caring for cactuses and succulents. The talk, which starts at 10 a.m., will include tips and techniques for having these plants inside the house or in the garden.

Also at 10 a.m., BookHampton in East Hampton will join with Beach magazine and Dunemere Books for a "coffee and conversation" event featuring writers from the East Hampton Library's Authors Night the night before. All signings and events are free.

From noon to 2 p.m., a ceremonial wet-down for new vehicles in the Bridgehampton Fire Department fleet will take place. Neighboring departments will spray water from their ladder trucks during the ceremony. The wet-down is expected to begin at 12:15 p.m., with School Street, in front of the firehouse, briefly closed. The department will then offer refreshments.

Bridgehampton community pride will also be on display at Bridgehampton Day over at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. From 1 to 6 p.m., the community will gather for games, food, and music from 1 to 6 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to to rain in the forecast. 

The East Hampton Library's Children's Fair will take place on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with a host of free fun activities, carnival rides and games, and an opportunity to meet a number of children's book authors. Children can expect bounce houses, performers, magic, prizes, and treats, many with a book theme.

The Calvary Baptist Church's annual old-fashioned barbecue will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests can have either half a chicken or ribs with a special secret sauce for $22. Corn, watermelon, rolls, potato salad, and soft drinks will be served. Guests can choose to eat under the trees or take out, but have been urged to reserve tickets in advance at 631-324-5313 or stop by the church office on Spinner Lane in East Hampton.

Discover Watermill Day
will give families a chance to explore the Watermill Center from 3 to 6 p.m. is from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be performances, workshops, tours, family activities, and art installations. Admission is free. No reservations are required.

At 4 p.m. in Shelter Island, the historic Union Chapel in the Grove will be site of a free family concert with the music of Beethoven, Handel, Leclair, Saint-Saens, Sarasate, and Vivaldi. Dubbed "A Young Musicians Chamber Bash," the concert will feature Tristan Semmelhack, 15, Victoria Semmelhack, 14, and Jun Lin, 15, all on violin, accompanied by Natalia Lavrova, a professional musician, on piano. Victoria and Tristan are part-time Shelter Island residents. Jun and Tristan are students in the Juilliard School's pre-college division. The chapel is at 19 Wesley Avenue in Shelter Island Heights.

At 8:30 p.m., Gurney's Inn will host a Hamptons International Film Festival free outdoor screening of "Open Water," a 2003 psychological horror film.