DISPATCH-MAY 6, 2013 (8:30 p.m.)

SOUTHAMPTON, NY-

The Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is opening up the concept of a Hamptons insider. On Saturday, a handful of Southampton Village homes will open their doors to benefit the historical museum. Those same tour goers will receive a first look at three art exhibitions to be presented for the summer by the museum.

The Fourth Annual Tour of Southampton Homes: An Insider's View will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The self-guided tour presents five private homes in Southampton Village as a collection of diverse architectural styles. Afterwards, tour goers gather for a Champagne Reception at the Rogers Mansion at the museum. The house tour benefits the museum's education programs. Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 on the day of the tour.

The three art exhibitions open to the public on May 14 and remain on view through Aug 3, 2013.

"Extraordinarily Ordinary!" presents photographs by Mallory Samson of objects from the museum's collection. "Southampton Landscapes" features paintings by Patricia Garrity that reveal the interaction of light and form. "Historic Landmarks of Southampton" presents watercolor paintings by Kevin O’Malley of historic structures within Southampton Town.

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"Winds Over Cook’s Lane” by Patricia Garrity. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center.

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The Tour of Southampton Homes: an Insider's View includes a quintessential Queen Anne and a turn of the century home with a turreted tower, sprawling porch and widow's walk. Participants can also visit a farmhouse built before 1858, a European-style home and a renovated whaling captain's retreat.

The 1708 House will provide refreshments and provide tours from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saint Andrew's Dune Church will be open for the fundraising event. So will the Halsey House.

Following is a quick look at what may be in store for Saturday:

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"A Quintessential Queen Anne." Courtesy Southampton Historical Museum.

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"Swan Pond." Photograph by Tom Edmonds. Courtesy Southampton Historical Museum.

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"Setting Sail." Photograph by Roger Davies. Courtesy Southampton Historical Museum.

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"Bon Acre." Courtesy Southampton Historical Museum.

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BASIC FACTS: The Fourth Annual Tour of Southampton Homes: An Insider's View takes place on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with a Champagne Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. On view during the reception are three exhibitions that will open to the public on May 14. Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 the day of the tour.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rogers Mansion's Museum Shop, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY or by phone at 631-283-2494 or by visiting www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Halsey House, 249 South Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968.

Opening for the tour are "Extraordinarily Ordinary!," "Southampton Landscapes" and "Historic Landmarks of Southampton." The exhibitions open to the public on May 14 and are free with museum admission. The shows continue through Aug 3.

The Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum's main campus is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

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