Bits: Get a Jump on Valentine’s Day, Workshop Celebrates Whitman, ‘Salt of the Sea’ at SoFo

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Art by Ken Robbins.

Get a Jump on Valentine’s Day Shopping

For one day only, swing by the Valentine Craftmarket on Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall, located at 780 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs.

Choose among art and fine handmade crafts, including prints by Ken Robbins, plus artisanal small-batch food products, with an eye toward “quality, variety, interest and range of pricing” and “artisans whose work you’ve never seen before,” according to a press release.

For more information, call (631) 267-6554 or visit ashawagh-hall.org.

Poetry Workshop Celebrates 200 Years of Whitman

Explore Walt Whitman’s poetry, and pen some lines of your own, during a four-part celebration of the bicentennial of his birth, starting Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m. at the Amagansett Free Library.

Workshop leader Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan — founder of The North Sea Poetry Scene Press and Poet-in-Residence at Southampton Historical Museum — will discuss Whitman’s life and work during the Civil War, and guide novice and experienced participants alike through their own writing.

Morgan herself was Walt Whitman’s Birthplace Association Poet of the Year in 2017, and the first woman to be appointed Suffolk County Poet Laureate, a position she held from 2009 to 2011.

She is an assistant professor in humanities at Briarcliffe College — where she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation, “The Healing Power of Poetry and the Creative Process” — and has authored several books of poetry, including “Let Me Tell You Something,” which earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2006.

“Ms. Morgan describes her work as confessional and has been writing poetry since she was a teenager,” according to a press release. “When her 17-year-old son died, she turned to her craft as a coping mechanism.”

The remaining sessions will be held on Saturdays, February 9, 16 and 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Amagansett library, located at 215 Main Street. Attend one, or all four! For more information, call (631) 267-3810 or visit amaglibrary.org.

‘Salt of the Sea’ Casts Wide Net Over Commercial Fishing Industry

Over the course of 18 months, Tom Garber joined up with crews of independent commercial fishermen from Rhode Island to Massachusetts to New York — with a camera in hand, not a net.

He captured their desire to keep steadfast in a vanishing career, despite the hardships they face when passion collides with politics, corruption and contradictory government regulations.

Their fight to keep this way of coastal life alive — one that has been around for hundreds of years — is documented in Garber’s film, “Salt of the Sea,” which will screen on Saturday, February 2, at 7 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, co-hosted by the Hamptons Doc Fest.

“‘Salt of the Sea’ is an important film and is relevant to the history of commercial fishing on Long Island, a subject with which many locals can identify,” according to a press release.

Garber, who lives in Hampton Bays, graduated from CalArts’ Film/Video Department, where he studied under Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry Sanders. He has made many documentaries — 10 of which have aired on the Discovery Channel and PBS — that focus on ordinary people undergoing extraordinary circumstances. He has received a NY Emmy, Platinum and Silver REMI Awards, a Bronze Telly, and a Gold Medal from the Charleston International Film Festival.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. A discussion will follow the screening. For more information, call (631) 537-9735 or visit sofo.org.

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