• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss a pop-up library at the beach, irrigation and a proposed PSEG substation at their 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. There had historically been two electric distribution lines from the North Fork that served the island, but after one of those lines failed in 2012, PSEG was unable to complete a new distribution line last year. They’re now planning to build a new substation to meet the island’s peak electric needs. Their full agenda is online here, and information about the substation is online here.
• The Southold Historical Society and Hallockville Farm Museum are presenting “The War of 1812 Comes to the North Fork: Plum Island, Oysterponds, Horton’s Point and Riverhead,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Peconic Landing. Geoffrey Fleming and Richard Wines will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battles that raged on Long Island’s shores, including the number of American ships that were attacked, captured and burned by British sailing vessels on Long Island Sound during the war. This historical lecture is free to the public. More information is available online at 631.477.BLUE.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings on several development rights purchases and conservation easements at their 6 p.m. work session this evening. Their full agenda is online here.
• The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce and the Hamptons Visitors Council is hosting an “All for the Bays” benefit concert at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on Thurs., July 31, at 7 p.m. WPPB’s Bonnie Grice is hosting the event, which will feature performances by Rick Derringer, LA Woman and Dub Steady. Tickets are $20, and money raised by the event will benefit the Southampton Town Trustee Bay Replenishment Fund. Tickets are available online here.
• As there is not really much happening yet today, here’s some fascinating summer news from a century ago. The Southampton Historical Museum posted this great photograph on Facebook yesterday,of the Norwegian Vessel Clan Galbraith, which ran aground on Flying Point Beach on July 16, 1916.
• Next Thursday is National Mutt Day, and in honor of this auspicious occasion, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is hosting a Best Looking Mutt contest. If your dog is of mixed breeds, send ARF a picture to their Facebook page or to email@example.com or drop off a photo to the ARF Adoption Center (90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott). The winner will receive a free DNA kit to find out exactly what mix of a dog they have. The Best Looking Mutt will be chosen on Fri., Aug. 1.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.