Community Briefs July 10


Guests enjoyed cocktails and good food at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club Saturday evening as they waited for the fireworks display the club presented.

Sag Harbor

The Bash is Back

Bay Street Theatre’s Summer Gala Benefit Bash is back on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor this year, and will be held on Saturday, July 19 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bay Street’s 2008 Summer Gala Benefit includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a sit down dinner provided by Robbins Wolfe eventeurs followed by dancing to the music of Hank Lane Revue, all by the bay at starlight. Entertainment will include performances by renowned jazz pianist Judy Carmichael and the cast of Bay Street’s upcoming musical production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” which opens August 5.

Richard Kind (“Spin City”, “Mad About You”) returns as guest auctioneer, joined by comedienne Caroline Rhea (“The Caroline Rhea Show”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”) for the live “Fantasy” auction, which along with the silent auction features trips, jewelry, house seats for Broadway shows, celebrity memorabilia and much more.

Monies raised from the Gala will support Bay Street’s programs including the Summer Mainstage Series, the Comedy Club, KidStreet programming for young audiences, The Picture Show Classic Film Series and Educational Outreach Initiatives that include a Summer College Internship program, and the Young Playwrights Program, bringing theater arts education to students throughout the East End’s middle and high schools.

Tickets are $500 each, with tables of 10 at $5,000 and a limited number of preferred tables at $10,000. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call Bay Street Theatre’s Development Office at 725-0818, email or on the web at


Car Wash

Boy Scout Troop 455 is hosting a car wash fundraiser this Saturday, July 12 (raindate Sunday July 13). It will be held at the Sag Harbor Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and funds raised will help sponsor the boys for summer camp at Yawgoog in Rhode Island. 


Luau and Energy Fair

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum (200 Main Street, Sag Harbor) holds the annual Luau Benefit this Friday, July 11. The luau begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a buffet dinner and cocktails (including a margarita open bar) and music by the Surf Dogs. Tickets are $100.

A Two Day Energy Fair follows at the museum on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from noon to 5 p.m. The Energy Fair is a free interactive public event featuring products and services to help people learn about fossil fuels and turn to cleaner renewable sources of energy. “Green” House Tours will take place on Sunday, July 13 at noon and 2 p.m. with transportation provided by The Hampton Jitney. Tickets are $20. Please call 725-0770 to reserve.


Custom House Open for Business

The Sag Harbor Custom House Museum at Main and Garden streets is open every day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sag Harbor became a United States port of entry in 1789, with a growing population involved in servicing whalers, coasters and West Indies trade ships. The Custom House was owned by Sag Harbor’s first United States Custom Master, Henry Packer Dering. The daily activities of Dering, his wife, and nine children are portrayed in the room settings of a formal dinner, office, children’s room, bedrooms, kitchen, pantry and laundry. Admission to the Custom House is $5 for adults $5, $3 for children (ages 7 to 14) and senior citizens. Groups are accommodated by appointment. Call 725-0250 for more information.


Summer Beach Program

The Safe Summer Beach program has begun, and is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (except the 4th of July) throughout July and August. The program is sponsored by YARD and runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Long Beach in Sag Harbor. The evening is supervised recreation for teens ages 12 and older. For more information, call 725-5302 ext. 750.



Summerfest has returned to Sag Harbor for its 17th season with a full roster of continuing education classes to keep adults active on the East End this summer. There are more than 25 offerings in art, writing, language, fitness and more. Classes started this week. For a free brochure, or more information, call Susan Pashman at 725-9818.


Beach Wellness

Sag Harbor certified trainer and nutritional consultant Barbara Kinnier is offering wellness-classes on Long Beach every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. It’s a workout for the spirit, mind and body and participants should bring a yoga mat or a towel. The fee is $20 per class (discount packages available). To register, or for more information, call 838-2364.


Community Rowing

Every Tuesday, Sag Harbor Community Rowing will host a group rowing at 6 p.m. at its location at Cove Park in Sag Harbor. The event is free for members, although the public at large is encouraged to attend. On Saturday, June 7 and June 14 Sag Harbor Community Rowing will host orientation for new members, also at Cove Park in Sag Harbor. For more information on either event call Lee Oldak at 267-6325.


2008 Season of the Sag Harbor Farmers Market

The Sag Harbor Farmers Market is open every Saturday through November from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market sets up on Bay Street, Sag Harbor, east of Marine Park near the Breakwater Yacht Club. Local farmers and food producers bring locally grown and produced foods for sale to the Sag Harbor Farmers Market, including: vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, artisanal breads and cheeses, jams, jellies, baked goods, pickles, honey, eggs, fish and more. For more information, contact Kate Plum at 725-9133 or


Breakwater Yacht Club

The Breakwater Yacht Club Community Sailing Center, 51 Bay Street, Sag Harbor is celebrating its 20th anniversary. There will be open membership throughout the season. The club offers racing, boat usage, camaraderie, and adult sailing lessons. For more information visit


Lil’ Cowpokes Pony Club

On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lil’ Cowpokes Pony Club will take place for ages three and up at Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, 53 Merchants Path, Sagaponack. This program is designed to teach children compassion for animals and includes pony rides, games and crafts. Amaryllis also hosts a weekly open house on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Pony rides are also offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit and click on the lesson link or call 537-7335.




Group Against the War

East Enders will gather in common cause to help elect candidates to Congress who oppose the war in Iraq. The public is invited to join them for a barbeque and rally Saturday, July 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Club, on County Road 39 in Southampton. Kristopher Goldsmith, a combat veteran of the ground war in Iraq, will speak of the “true cost of war.” The BBQ/Rally will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, wine and beer, and will have music performed by local bands. Suggested donation of $100. The East End Veterans and Congressman Tim Bishop are supporting the following congressional candidates: Jon Powers and Eric Massa of New York, Patrick Murphy, Chris Carney and Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania and Tim Walz of Minnesota.


Transportation Problems and Solutions

To foster a community discussion of local transportation problems and solutions now that high gas prices and the need for federal/state transportation aid are in the headlines, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and Stony Brook Southampton are hosting a public forum on “Transportation Alternatives in the Hamptons,” featuring leaders of the major public transportation systems that service the East End.

Open to the public, the panel discussion takes place on Monday, July 14, 7 p.m., in the Special Events Room of the Wood Hall Student Center on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. The red brick Student Center is the third building on the right as you pass through the security booth into the campus on Tuckahoe Road. Parking is behind the Student Center.

Invited to speak and answer questions are panelists Pam Burford, Director of Strategic Investments for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR); Kathy Cunningham Faraone, President of Five Town Rural Transit (5TRT); Thomas Neely, Southampton Town’s Public Transportation & Traffic Safety Director; Jay Schneiderman, Suffolk County Legislator; and Robert Shinnick, Director of Operations for Suffolk County (Bus) Transit.

Moderating the panel will be Judi Roth, the League’s executive vice president for program, who is asking the public to submit questions for the panel by contacting her at Further information is available at 283-0759.


Greek Festival

The 2008 Hamptons Greek Festival will take place Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13. The festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons, 111 St. Andrews Road, Southampton.

Festival hours are Thursday (bracelet day for children’s rides) and Friday, July 10 and 11 from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 12 hours are noon to 11 p.m. and on Sunday, July 13, the festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. (rides begin operating at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). For more information, call 283-6169.


Travel Again with Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories’ programs, Little Travelers, ages three to five, and World Travelers, ages five to eight, will take place at the United Methodist Church, 160 Main Street, Southampton Village through August 22. This year, drop-ins with adult family members and adult friends of the children are welcome to join. At the programs, children enjoy songs, stories, games, puppets, costumes, dance, and arts and crafts projects. Little Travelers “visit” local sites — a zoo, garden, pet store, farm, circus, beach, and food fair. World Travelers “travel” internationally to Brazil, Indonesia, Ghana, Japan, and other exotic destinations. They’ll have tickets and passports that will be stamped and they’ll receive keepsakes and treasures. The program meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Little Travelers come on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; World Travelers come on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (917) 538-5049.


Global Wines

The Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food, and Culture is hosting an international symposium called “The Art of Balance: Cool Climate/Maritime Wines in a Global Context,” at its Southampton campus on August 5 and August 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a Grand Tasting on August 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The two-day symposium will feature advanced educational presentations and wine tastings led by winemakers and vineyard managers from top wineries in cool climate/maritime winegrowing regions around the world, with a Grand Tasting the evening of August 5. 

This event marks the 20-year anniversary of the first ground breaking conference of its kind, “Maritime Climate Wine Growing: Bringing Bordeaux to Long Island,” which was staged in Riverhead in summer 1988 and drew participants from Chateau Margaux, Chateau Pichon-Lalande, and Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin, Montpelier. The support of New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has been crucial to this program’s success. The Senator keyed the birth of the Stony Brook Center by securing its initial funding and continues to provide ongoing support for both the Center and the Long Island Wine Council.

Ticket prices are $180 per day or $360 for two days, inclusive of the Grand Tasting. A 20 percent discount will be offered to wine industry affiliates. Limited on-campus housing will be made available upon request. On Thursday, August 7, special activities and winery visits will be offered for symposium participants who want to stay and explore the East End. Further details and registration can be found at




Weekly Meeting

Each Saturday, an Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families meeting is held at10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork meetinghouse. 977 Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike. All are welcome.


Ross Open House

On Tuesday June 15, the Ross School holds an open house for grades pre-nursery to 4th grade. The open house runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ross School Lower School Campus, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton. Athletic programs at the school will be highlighted. Call 537-1240 for information.

Ross willl also offer an open house for grades 5 through 12 on Wednesday July 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Upper School Campus, 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton. Administrators, the admission team, and Ross alumni will be on hand, and refreshments will be served. Visitors can take tours of the school, and learn about Ross School’s 5-day and 7-day boarding programs for students in grades 8-12.


Cooling Qi Gong

On Sunday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. a free Qi Gong session will be offered at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 997 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Participants will learn to air condition their body, calm their thoughts and relax emotions using ancient Chinese techniques of breathing and movement.


The Joys and Challenges of Shade Gardening

The Joys and Challenges of Shade Gardening will take place on Thursday, July 31 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bridge Gardens Trust, Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Meet co-curators Jim Kilpatrick and Harry Neyens of Bridge Gardens Trust for a private and informative tour of their five-acre garden.  Established in 1988, the gardens were designed and installed over the following 10 years, and opened for public tours in 1997.  Our visit will focus on a presentation by Jim and Harry of woodland and shade-loving plants, with an emphasis on proper selection, cultivation and balance in the garden. 

Limited registration available, reservations required.  Please call Peconic Land Trust at 283-3195. The cost is $10.


St. Ann’s 40th Annual House and Garden Tour

Four houses and one garden will be featured on St Ann’s 40th Annual House and Garden Tour on Thursday, August 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The houses, in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, all reflect the personal taste and interests of their owners. Included are a Mediterranean style farm house set in five acres of gardens, a shingle-style house perfect for family summers in the Hamptons and featuring art from the owners’ native Brazil, another summery house, this time for a young working couple, which has great outdoor entertaining space and spectacularly landscaped grounds; and last but not least tour goers will see a house built in 1677, very much updated, of course, but showing its origins in intriguing ways. The garden, where refreshments will be served, is on two-plus acres and includes a variety of garden experiences and features native plants.

Tickets and brochures are available in advance in Bridgehampton from St Ann’s Church Office and the Candy Kitchen or in Southampton at the Chamber of Commerce. Prices are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. Please call the church office at 537-1527 if you have questions.

The entire proceeds of the tour are given to the community through St Ann’s Outreach Program. Recipients include Hampton Health Services, Long Island Association for Aids Care, East End Hospice, Dominican Sisters Family Service, Habitat for Humanity, Eastern Farm Workers Association and the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center.


Through Farms and Fields

On Sunday, August 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., The Peconic Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary with “Through Farms and Fields — a Country Supper.” This year’s “Through Farms and Fields Country Supper” is themed “Generations” celebrating past, present and future conservationists. Hosted by John L., Evelyn, and daughters Jennifer and Amy Halsey at their farm on Mecox Road in Bridgehampton, the event will be set in the apple orchard, and includes a supper featuring local food and wines, live entertainment, a special Children’s Activity Tent, and ends with a spectacular fireworks display over Mecox Bay during dessert. Call 283-3195 to reserve tickets.


East Hampton


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, Southampton Hospital and East Hampton Urgent Care, PLLC invite the community to the Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the new East Hampton Urgent Care medical facility. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, tours and refreshments.

East Hampton Urgent Care is located at 470 Montauk Highway approximately half a mile east of Town Hall, on the south side of Montauk Highway, across the road from Cook, Hall & Hyde Insurance company.


Hunter Safety

A hunter safety training program will be offered as a public service by the Maidstone Gun Club on Daniel’s Hole Road, East Hampton. The course is 12 to 14 hours in four parts. Classes meet Wednesday through Friday, July 23 to 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The minimum age for the course is 11 years old. The course is required for a hunting license. Parents are welcome. For more information, call 728-7832.

The club will also conduct a class in bow hunter education as a public service on Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22 from 6 to 11 p.m.


Summer Student Film Workshop

This July, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) in association with Guild Hall, the arts, education and cultural center of East Hampton, will present The Summer Student Film Workshop. 

From July 14 through July 18, young filmmakers (ages 10 to 18) are invited to join HIFF Director of Strategic Development, Anne Chaisson, and producer of sponsor LTV, Seth Redlus, along with other special guests to create stories through digital video. The focus of the workshop is visual self-expression. Students will learn the entire process — from development and writing, to acting, blocking, production, cinematography, and editing. Experienced filmmakers will share their knowledge and craft each day. The workshop will culminate in a screening of students’ work at Guild Hall.

The five-day workshop will be held at the Boots Lamb Education Center, 151 Main Street, East Hampton, each morning from 9 a.m. to noon, with a fee of $200 per student. To register call 324-0806. 


Community Programs At Ross

Adult programs, including workshops and courses, continue to be offered at the Ross School in East Hampton through the summer. Some workshops scheduled are belly dancing on July 16, hypnosis on July 17 and meditation on July 23. Courses kayaking, tapestry design, creative writing, French, Italian and Spanish, tai chi and mountain biking. All programs are held at the Ross School Upper Campus at 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, 11937. To register or for more information call 907-5555, or go to


Parents of Children with Special Needs

The Town of East Hampton Department of Human Services’ Family Resource Center has formed a Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group. This support group is designed to provide the opportunity for parents of children with disabilities to meet and support each other through sharing experiences, ideas, and thoughts. Education and information is provided by both group members and relevant outside speakers. The group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Podell House located at 328 Accabonac Road, East Hampton, beginning July 15. For further information or to sign up, contact Theresa Lawrence, Coordinator of the Family Resource Center, at 324-4947.


AIA Peconic 2008 Design Awards Program Announced

AIA Peconic has announced the distinguished jury and schedule for the 2008 Design Awards Program. The program will recognize significant achievement in a broad range of architectural projects. The awards will honor architects, clients, consultants and builders and the intention of the program is to increase public awareness of outstanding architecture, and to inspire excellence in all architectural endeavors.

The jury for the 2008 Design Awards Program are Paul Goldberger, Honorary FAIA, jury chair,

Call for entries have also gone out for the Design Awards Program. Entry forms and fees are due July 18, 2008.  Project entry submissions are due August 22 2008. Visit for a complete schedule, entry forms, submission requirements, and eligibility.

Award winners will be announced on September 6, 2008, at 5 p.m., at an event at the Ross School’s East Hampton campus. The jurors will then lead a public symposium to discuss the projects that earned their esteem, and will engage the audience in an open conversation on the state of architecture in the region. 

The awards announcement, the symposium, and the reception following the discussion, are free and open to the public.

A brnach of the American Institute of Architects, the professional association for architects, AIA Peconic has over 100 members in the five East End Towns.


Farmers Market is Back

The East Hampton Farmers Market operates Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features produce mushrooms, cheese, baked goods, bread, flowers, fruit and seafood. The market is held in the Nick and Toni’s parking lot at 136 North Main Street in East Hampton and will run — rain or shine — every Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 26.


East Hampton’s Old Time Town Fair

East Hampton’s Old Time Town Fair will be held on Sunday, August 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mulford Farm Museum, 10 James Lane, East Hampton. The fair includes a bountiful banquet of county arts & crafts, magic shows, theatre, games, potato sack races and general good times with neighbors and passers-by. Call 324-6850 for information. Donations are accepted.


2008 Great Chefs Dinner

On Sunday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. the 2008 Great Chefs Dinner will take place at Nick & Toni’s, 136 North Main Street, East Hampton, in a tent outside the restaurant. The dinner benefits The Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen, The Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. The evening is co-hosted by Drew Nieporent and Toni Ross and celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nick & Toni’s restaurant. Tickets for the tent event are $350 per person. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for a special 7:00 p.m. seating for a dinner created by Nobu Restaurant, Eric Ripert and Laurent Tourondel, served with fine, rare wines, at $1,500 each (includes cocktails and dancing in the tent). For tickets call the ticket hotline at 537-7068. Call 324-3550 for more information or go to




Ocean Fun Days Summer Camp

The Town Marine Museum, 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett will host Ocean Fun Days Summer Camp now through August 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers will learn marine science discovery with live animals, maritime history, environmental studies, classes, games, hiking and beach activities. The camp features many hands-on discovery projects that will focus on East Hampton’s unique maritime heritage. Week #1 is from July 7 to July 11 for ages 6 to 8. Week #2 runs from July 14 to July 18 for ages 9 to 12. Week #3 is from July 21 to July 25 for ages 6 to 8. Week #4 runs from July 28 to August 1 for ages 9 to 12. Call 324-6850 to register and for information.


Applied Arts School of Visual Arts

Applied Arts at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett is a school for the visual arts offering students and artists the opportunity to work with the latest professional technologies and resources year round. The school offers classes or private instruction for adults and teens in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The state of the art facility has a digital lab, large format Epson printers, a large teaching darkroom, and studios for painting, drawing, and printmaking. Call 267- 2787 for more information.


Summer Youth Program at Applied Arts in Amagansett

Applied Arts at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett will be offering a Summer Youth Program (ages 8 to 14) beginning the second week of July to the end of August. Students may sign up on a weekly basis or for the entire summer session. Activities range from landscape painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and digital media. Spaces are limited so please register in advance by calling 267- 2787.


Open Studio Figure Drawing/Open Studio Darkroom

Applied Arts at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett, NY offers Open Studio Figure Drawing every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a $15 charge and an $8 charge for students and seniors per person/per session. Open Studio Darkroom runs every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a $20 charge per person for each session. Photographers please bring your own paper. Call 267- 2787 for information.


Talk to the Bees with Mary Woltz

On Saturday, July 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Quail Hill Farm, Deep Lane, Amagansett Mary Woltz, beekeeper and owner of Bees Needs will talk about the challenges and rewards of keeping bees. Get an up-close look at a hive, and develop a better understanding of the dynamics involved in the secret life of bees as Mary shares insights into the lifecycle of these creatures.  The program is free for Quail Hill Farm and Peconic Land Trust members and $5 for all others.  Heavy rain cancels.

Park on Deep Lane, reached via Town Lane or Side Hill Lane, and meet in the orchard.


Water Mill


Exercise by Sara Jo

The Water Mill Community House, 743 Montauk Highway, Water Mill will host Exercise by Sara Jo now through Labor Day. Classes will be held five mornings a week. Sara Jo Strickland is a trained ballet dancer and gymnast and has been teaching exercise for 22 years on the East End. Her class, “The Hampton Workout” emphasizes flexibility, strength, alignment, and grace. Classes are taught in a fun and noncompetitive atmosphere with upbeat music. Call (516) 857-9713 for more information or email