We're all concerned about coronavirus and many are taking steps to practice "social distancing" and even self-quarantining.
It's a perfect opportunity to chill at home, contact friends via email, phone, texting or social media, binge watch your favorite shows and read.
We've been catching up on our east end history and wanted to share some intel on Mulford House, built by John Henry Mulford in 1680 and located at 10 James Lane in East Hampton, NY.
Mulford House remains largely unchanged and is found on the site of the Mulford Farm. The home is a picture perfect snapshot of New England architecture of the time. One of the earliest inhabitants is Samuel Mulford (1644-1725). Samuel was a political reformer who argued against "taxation without representation" and was a member of the Colonial Assembly. His trade was whaling.
The activist traveled to London in both 1704 and 1725 to protect and lobby for fair treatment of whalesmen on the East End of Long Island. He said the tax on their work was unfair. After his protests and speeches, reforms were enacted.
The Mulford Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The East Hampton Historical Society offers tours of Mulford Farm.
Call 631-324-6850 for more information.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Hamptons is a big tradition. Parades and festivities to enjoy the Irish holiday abound. The holiday falls on Tuesday, March 17, but activities on the Twin Forks are held are different days to allow celebrants to participate in more than one event.
One of the shortest parades in history takes play on Saturday, March 14. It’s the 12th Annual AmO'Gansett St. Patrick's Day Parade featuring this year's grand marshals, the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Come on out and cheer on these amazing lifesavers. The parade steps off on Main Street at noon.
Prior to the parade, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a beach cleanup from Indian Wells Beach to Atlantic Avenue Beach. The facebook page for the event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/amagansett-chamber-of-commerce/amogansett-parade-beach-clean-up/658942951517247/
The 2020 Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on Saturday, March 14 at noon. The grand marshal is Preston Jankowski and the theme is “Love Local.” Check https://whbstpats.com
or details on the route, as it will be changed this year due to construction on Main St.
The parade on Route 25 takes place from 2 to 6 pm. Sponsored by the Cutchogue Fire Department and the New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the festivities begin at the Traffic Light on Cox Lane, down Route 25, to the center of Cutchogue Village.
For more details: 631-734-5959 or visit www.northforkchamberofcommerce.org.
Hampton Bays/March 21
The 16th Annual Hampton Bays Hiberians St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m.
The parade is judged, and prizes are awarded to the Best Float, Best Band and Best Marching Group. This year $1,000 prize for best entrant will be donated to the winner's charity of choice; there will also be a $500 prize for runner up, organizers said.
"So have some fun, get creative and enter your group into the parade! Let's keep this tradition going in Hampton Bays," organizer said.
The grand marshal is Michael P. Quinlan, active in the Hampton Bays Hibernians and the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he was "Man of the Year" in 2015. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus 7023 and Southampton Elks Lodge 1574.
One of the East End’s biggest parades is in on Montauk. This year is the 58th St. Patrick’s Day Parade that kicks off at noon on Edgemere Road and then turns on to Main Street. Master of Ceremonies Rick White will greet paraders at the IGA on Main Street.
The parade, organizers proudly add, is Long Island’s second largest St. Patrick's Day (the largest is in Center Moriches on March 15 from 2 to 4 pm on Main Street.) The grand marshal is Charlie Morici Sr.
Starting at 10 a.m. on the green, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot soup in St. Patrick's Day Parade souvenir mugs. "Montauk's finest soups are made and donated by local restaurants," organizers added. For more info, contact the Montauk Friends of Erin: http://www.montaukfriendsoferin.org/contact.html