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"Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series" To Examine Significant East End Places, Occasions, And Topics

Nicole Barylski

A History of the Oyster Industry on the East End will take place on Saturday, April 18. (Photo: www.facebook.com)

Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) will be entertaining the East End community, virtually, of course, by presenting its Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series.

"In this time of social distancing and shelter-in-home advisories, the goal of OHS is to help keep the East End of Long Island engaged, educated, and entertained," Sarah M. Sands, Director of Oysterponds Historical Society, explained.

The series, which is accessible through Zoom, has been well received by "attendees." "We are delighted that, as a result of our Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series, we have extended the OHS community to such far-flung locales as Laguna Beach, CA; Charleston, SC; Ireland (!); Jacksonville, FL; Austin, TX; and Brentwood, NH, in addition to our own backyard of East Marion and Orient," Sands shared.

"OHS is doing a wonderful job communicating at this tough time. The video series is a wonderful idea," said one viewer. "Thanks so much for the terrific program. For those of us who live half a country away, this was a super opportunity," noted another.

The inaugural online lecture, Historic Houses of Oysterponds, was held on Saturday, March 28. "Many thanks for brightening a dull and lonely afternoon," expressed an audience member.

Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series continues on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. with A History of the Oyster Industry on the East End. The afternoon will encompass a visual presentation from John Holzapfel of oyster harvesting, spanning from Native Americans to the present-day boutique oyster farmers. There will be an emphasis on the history of the oyster, as well as a look at the history of the industry locally.

On Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m., enjoy a Magic Carpet Tour of the Offshore Lighthouses of Southold Town. Southold is home to more offshore lighthouses than any other U.S. township. Presented by Edward "Ted" Webb, the lecture will revolve around the seven remaining lighthouses, as well as "the Ruins," a site situated north of Gardiner's Island. The afternoon will also feature riveting tales from the men who worked at the lighthouses.

Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m. will bring a Studio Visit with Darlene Charneco, current William Steeple Davis Trust Artist-in-Residence at Orient's historic William Steeple Davis studio. Charneco, a mixed-media artist, is known for her 3-dimensional mappings, "memorypalaces," and tactile "weaves." Her work delves into "ways of seeing our dwellings, our communities, and our evolving sensory perceptions as part of a larger organism's growth stage."

The final lecture of the month will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. The topic will be Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Sea. This visual presentation will revolve around the more than 200-year menhaden industry, which originated in Southold. The lecture, led by John Holzapfel, will cover the history of "the most important fish in the world," as well as the fishery and factories that were based on the East End.

On Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m., don't miss Hunting the Blue-Eyed Bay Scallop. Led by John Holzapfel, the visual program will examine the life cycle and history of the bay scallop, as well as North Fork scallop harvests, and the causation of the substantial scallop fluctuation.

Learn about The Long Island Express: the Hurricane of 1938 on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. The first significant hurricane to hit New England since 1869 made landfall as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane. John Holzapfel will discuss the reasons behind its damage, as well as the catastrophic impact on the North Fork.

On Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m., John Holzapfel will discuss Poquatuck Hall: Oysterponds Community Center For Over 125 years. The afternoon will cover the history of the need, origin, and building of Poquatuck Hall, as well as momentous occasions that have occurred at the site.

To access the lectures, visit oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




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