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Spring In The Hamptons Brings Out The Spirit Of Competition

Originally Posted: April 04, 2013

These ladies competed for the title of 2012 Hampton Idol. (Courtesy Photo: SYS)

Spring in the Hamptons is surely the season for blooming flowers and social gatherings. Despite the joyous activities and jamborees, other Hamptons residents are in a different kind of spirit- the spirit of competition.

This year competitions range from egg dropping challenges to singing competitions to art contests to trivia.

Children have the chance to test their skills in container designing at the Children's Museum of the East End's Egg Drop Challenge (cmee.org) on Saturday, April 6. Children must build a small vessel that can prevent an egg from cracking after being dropped off the museum's pirate ship. The container cannot weigh more than one pound or measure more than one foot in width and length. Contestants can bring their own containers or participate in a building workshop earlier that morning.

Watch future music superstars compete in The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau's Hampton Idol (www.southamptontownny.gov) contest on Saturday, April 6, at the Hampton Bays High School. Admission is $10 and a non-perishable canned food item. The competition will be judged by "adult music professionals" and last year's Hampton Idol winner.

High school students from the 1st Congressional District had the opportunity to compete in the East End Arts Council's and Congressman Tim Bishop's art competition (www.sunysuffolk.edu). The artwork will be displayed at the Lyceum Gallery in the Montaukett Learning Center at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead on Friday, April 5 and Saturday April, 6, and the winning piece will be showcased in an exhibition at the U.S. Capitol.

Those seeking trivia and cooking adventures of the pop tart variety can look to the Hampton Library (www.hamptonlibrary.org) in Bridgehampton on Friday, April 19. Participants will answer pop culture questions while making their pastries. Admission is free but advanced registration is required.

For the amateur Michelangelo's, Guild Hall (www.guildhall.org) in East Hampton is currently accepting submissions for their 75th Artist Members Show. The best piece will go into the prestigious Guild Hall Spiga Gallery. Last year, Mary Ellen Bartley won the coveted prize with her photograph, "A Road Divided". The reception to celebrate the competition will be on April 27.

Let the games begin.

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