Like most nonprofits, Tyler’s Rescue, Inc., an organization that seeks to provide permanent homes for dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, is navigating a difficult financial course in the post-coronavirus world.
But Lizzie Goldstein, the new organization’s director, thinks she has found the perfect answer for a fundraiser that will offer a little offbeat fun, provide a way for participants to blow off a little pandemic stress, and raise money to help her organization continue its mission.
“Rage for Canines,” an event that will allow participants to beat up on the inanimate object of their choice with the tool of their choice, will take place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor on Friday, July 31, from 5 to 9 p.m.
“People are frustrated and bored. They want to do something,” said Ms. Goldstein, who got the idea from rage, or anger, rooms that have begun to pop up around the country. “It’s summer in the Hamptons and a lot of stuff has been canceled. This gives them a chance to unleash their anger without fear of repercussions.”
Admission to the fundraiser is $10 for adults and $5 for children, but if you want to take out your frustrations on something like an old washing machine, for instance, you’ll have to ante up another $20 for a two-minute session in one of two smashing stations that will be set up in the park.
Participants can listen to the soundtrack of their choice while they use a baseball bat, a frying pan, a piece of pipe, a wrench, a sledge hammer, or perhaps another instrument — Ms. Goldstein is still figuring that out — but you’ll have to wear safety goggles and gloves, which will be provided. Oh, and you’ll have to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.
One thing you won’t get to break is glass, so if you were hoping to take out your frustrations on a computer or television, you’re out of luck because of safety concerns and the difficulty of cleaning it up, although a modem, emblematic of the slow pace of internet service these days as the East End is inundated with refuges from the city, might make a good stand in. With glass out of the picture, Ms. Goldstein has been shopping around at appliance stores to see if they have any returns that would be suitable for bashing to smithereens.
Besides the smashing stations, the event will offer raffles for prizes like lunch at the American Hotel, where you can be certain no smashing will be tolerated. There will be crafts and jewelry sales, and a special smashing station for children, where they will get to take a swing at a piñata filled with toys and candy for $1.
“Before we went before the Village Board to ask permission, we went to restaurants and stores and asked the workers if an event like this took place, would you go?” Ms. Goldstein said. “A lot of people said, ‘That actually sounds like a lot of fun.’”