Bits & Banter: Summerfest, the Work of Grosvenor Atterbury, Goldberger Taps Secret Love of Baseball

Paul Goldberger's latest book.

Paul Goldberger Taps Secret Love of Baseball for New Book

Paul Goldberger is most widely known as an architecture critic, having written on the topic for decades at The New York Times and from 1997 to 2011 at The New Yorker.

But who knew his passion for architecture extended into baseball, until now?

The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic will discuss his new book, “Ballpark: Baseball in the American City” — a rich account of the history of the American pastime told through the stories of its vibrant, ever-changing ballparks — alongside baseball aficionado Ken Auletta on Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

“I can’t think of a more fascinating way to look at the history of this quintessential American sport than through architecture — and Paul Goldberger is certainly the perfect storyteller for this,” Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects, said in a press release.

In “Ballpark,” Goldberger tells the history of the game through the architecture of the stadiums, detailing how they have shaped and reflected broader trends in urban areas throughout the country. From the earliest parks of the mid-1800s, such as Union Grounds in Brooklyn, to modern stadiums, Goldberger illuminates the bond between the American city and the all-American game of baseball.

“‘Ballpark’ reveals the connection between changing locations and architecture of baseball stadiums and a changing society,” a press release said, “from the bleachers for the riffraff and grandstands for the middle-class in early structures, to the ‘concrete donuts’ of the 1950s and ’60s, to more recent ballparks that signal innovation in stadium design and as well as the changes in baseball’s role in urban development.”

Following the talk, moderated by Museum Director Terrie Sultan, Goldberger will sign copies of the book, which are available for purchase at the Parrish gift shop. Tickets are $12 and free for members, children and students. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit

Summerfest Returns

Who says summertime should be devoid of education?

Sag Harbor’s Center for Jewish Life doesn’t, and will reprise its Summerfest adult education programming starting Sunday, July 7, featuring 13 different classes open to both adults and teens all summer long.

Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist will help students design arrangements for their weekend tables with flowers provided in class. Brocha Lerman will teach four different ways to make and braid challah — make it in class and bake it at home — and Rachel Kalina, a trained anthropologist and jewelry maker, will teach a class on how to create pieces in the authentic, ancient Near Eastern style.

Lynn Leff of the Clay Arts Center in Water Mill will lead a class in ceramics, and Sag Harbor’s own troubadour Jim Turner will teach anyone to play the harmonica in just two sessions.

“Learn the popular dance tune, ‘Hava Nagila,’ and ‘Tzena Tzena,’ made popular by Pete Seeger and the Weavers,” according to a press release.

East Hampton resident Dianne Dassa, formerly a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, will teach “The Joy Of Movement” weekly on Friday mornings, “just in time to calm you down and lift you up for the hectic weekend ahead,” the release said, and Rabbi Berel Lerman will explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah.

“Both Jews and non-Jews are welcome to Judaism 101 to learn all those things they always wanted to know about this ancient religion but were too embarrassed to ask,” it said.

The new Summerfest program also offers stargazing, Yiddish, Israeli folk dancing and memoir writing, taught by Summerfest founder Susan Pashman.

“Dr. Pashman’s new book, ‘Journey To A Temple In Time: A Philosopher’s Quest For The Sabbath,’ is forthcoming this summer from the first press to publish Anne Frank’s diary,” according to the release. “The book develops a philosophical argument interspersed with brief memoirs.”

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Architecture Tour Explores Grosvenor Atterbury

The final decade of the 19th century and the early 20th century saw an exponential boom in building, and Grosvenor Atterbury was a key part of it.

And though he would go on to become a celebrated town planner and civic leader, he first produced more than 100 major projects, including grand mansions, scenic estates, casual summer cottages — some of which still stand today on the East End.

Following the theme of its annual Architecture + Design Tour — Grosvenor Atterbury — the Southampton Arts Center will give exclusive access to three private properties designed by the famed architect on Thursday, July 11.

“You will have the rare opportunity to go back in time to the stunning architecture of turn of the last century, all led by a knowledgeable guide,” a press release said.

Only 150 tickets are available to the tour, which will begin at the Southampton Arts Center with a light brunch and presentation by architect and author Peter Pennoyer, followed by group tours of the featured properties in Southampton.

Tickets start at $250. For more information, call (631) 283-0967 or visit