Around the Hamptons: Cemetery show to feature Southampton’s historical figures

  • Southampton Historical Society is hosting a cemetery walk, which will feature performers sharing the stories of deceased Southampton residents. Pictured here is Historical Commission Chairperson Bob Kozub portraying past resident Ebenezer Kingsley. ROBERT FLOYD

  • Southampton Historical Society is hosting a cemetery walk on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will feature performers sharing the stories of deceased Southampton residents. Pictured here is Kaylee McConnell portraying a classmate of the late Perry Coleman.  ROBERT FLOYD

Staff Writer
Published: 10/11/2022 8:25:17 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — A town cemetery will be transformed into a stage for a historical performance this weekend as part of Southampton Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk.

On Saturday, up to eight town historians will guide several groups of 10 to 12 people through the historic Center Cemetery as performers share stories of deceased Southampton residents.

The performance will take place over six 20-minute periods from 1 to 3 p.m., said Tammy Walunas, president of Southampton Historical Society and coordinator of the event.

New to the walk this year will be the stories of past residents Caroline Edwards, Helen Judd Coleman and Gardner Fowles, she said.

This year’s walk marks the society’s third year hosting the event, which takes place during the daytime because the terrain is uneven.

“Our first event was at the end of 2020 and we had many protocols to follow to be able to do it,” Walunas said. “When we were done, we realized that this event was a true way to share the town’s history and make it so all ages could enjoy it. The SHS was trying to come up with ways to get more information out about our town historians. With all the activities that the SHS does, this is our only one that really seems to work at pulling people in to hear about fellow residents.”

While admission to the event is free, donations to the Historical Society will be accepted. To reserve a time slot, message the society on Facebook at southamptonmahistoricalsociety or by email at

In the event of inclement weather, the walk will be held Sunday.

Westhampton Fall Festival set for Sunday

From ax-throwing and a sledgehammer throw to a skillet toss and a blacksmith demonstration, Westhampton’s Fall Festival is sure to offer something for everyone. The 15th annual event will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday with an interfaith church service at Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Run for the Hills 5K and Fun Run begins at 12:30 p.m. at 1 North Road in Westhampton. Registration is $15 and will benefit the town’s parent teacher organization and Friends of the Westhampton Public Library.

From 12:30 to 4 p.m., there will be a lumberjack demonstration, cider making, corn husking, cow pie bingo, fiber spinning, a scavenger hunt, steeple tours, and children’s games and arts and crafts. There will also be a hay bale maze if it does not rain.

At 4:15 p.m., the great pumpkin roll competition will begin.

During the daylong festival, there will be a student exhibition at Hampshire Regional High School. The student projects are on climate change, energy use and conservation, and are part of the Cooler Communities grant program and Westhampton’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Westhampton Public Library and Westhampton Elementary PTO in collaboration with the fire and police departments.

50-year HomecomingCelebration

Hampshire Regional High School is holding a two-day event for the entire community on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boys varsity soccer and girls varsity soccer games are Friday night, and girls JV and varsity field hockey teams play Saturday.

The weekend serves as a celebratory event for all things Hampshire Regional, said History and Social Science Program Leader Kelly Carpenter, who has helped coordinate the celebration with English Program Leader Kim Bush, Director of Student Activities Jim Kelly and the administration.

“Following a long separation from COVID-19, this two-day event is a fun way to celebrate us, Hampshire Regional,” Carpenter said. “This school building, which was built 50 years ago, really embodies our culture, community and connection to Hampshire.”

Members of the Student Council have also taken a role in organizing events as much as they could, Carpenter said. Students will be selling items they’ve created in a craft fair.

The weekend also features slime making, face painting, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and pumpkin painting. Rock ‘n’ roll band The 413s will perform on Saturday beginning at noontime.

For more information, contact Carpenter at

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