What an absolute blast, we’re told, was the Edward Albee birthday bash held on March 12, the exact day of his birth 80 years ago, and to which we were invited. Unfortunately for us, the health gods once again were acting out and so instead of tasting Mr. Albee’s 17 layer birthday cake at the theater, we were tasting Maalox at home in bed.
Held at the newly renovated Cherry Lane Theater in the city, our informants tell us it was a delightful event. It was chock full of famous people in the arts, as well as those with little relevant pedigree but a love of the theater and Albee’s work. An active trustee of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, which had taken over the whole theater for this fund-raiser, the playwright directed his two early plays, “The Sandbox” and “The American Dream” on this occasion. Not only is Mr. Albee a distinguished, interested and active part of Montauk’s community, he has created at “The Barn,” a colony for writers and artists here that has been on the scene since 1967. It is the William Flanagan Creative Persons Center. Tomorrow night will be the last of the Friends of the Library Winter Movies Series at 7 p.m. It will be a real winner—”Michael Clayton.” Tilda Swinton won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the film. “What we have at the heart of this excellent thriller is a story of greed, the misuse of the law, the contempt of the powerful for the weak and the small window of decency through which such things can be corrected,” according to the London Observer. The film, which stars George Clooney, Tony Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack, and Michael O’Keefe, earned another six Oscar nominations. We must congratulate the FOL for the excellent, fresh quality of the movie series, and thank Chris Langerfeld and Bob Silverstone for their good work.
This Saturday features another library event—the annual Spring Book Sale. And doesn’t that word “spring” sound lovely? People usually line up early before the library doors open at 10 a.m. so they can get first crack at the superior selection of books and other types of articles, such as jewelry, baskets, earthenware household objects and more. The fair lasts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Easter bunnies never go out of fashion, and neither do good books as year-long gifts.
Once again, a reminder that a trip for a fascinating experience at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Thursday, March 27, may still be available for you and your friends. Check with the library asap.
The Ecumenical Easter Service at the lighthouse is scheduled for 6 a.m. Easter morning, March 23. We hope the weather will cooperate. Happy Easter to all! The annual Easter egg hunt will take place at Gurney’s at 9 a.m. on Sunday and the huge Easter bunny will be around to greet the children from 8 a.m. to10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A major sign of the season is surely the building excitement about the Montauk St. Patrick Day Parade that will be held on March 30. We all know that there have been behavioral difficulties with underage kids drinking and aggression in the recent past history of the parade. We spoke with Joe Bloecker about the matter a while back and he told us that the Friends of Erin have been working very diligently to resolve the issue. Hopefully they will have achieved their goal and Montauk will be able to reclaim what used to be a family event for all, the Irish and the “make believe Irish.”
The Friends of Erin Grand Marshal’s Luncheon will be at Gurney’s at noon on Friday, followed on Saturday by the Grand Marshal’s cocktail party and fund-raiser on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It takes lots of money to maintain the parade, a tradition dear to the hearts of many. These luncheons and dinners provide both funds for the parade, as well as fun.
You may want to make sure you have purchased your tickets for another annual Montauk Dinner Theater at the Community Church, scheduled for April 12. If you are one of the 85 ticket holders, you will be treated to what looks like a delightful program from classical and romantic music to a comedy skit and more. The tax deductible tickets may only be purchased online from their web: www.MontaukCommunityChurch.org.