Sag Harbor Community Notes, December 10


What an amazing operation “Oaks for Oakland” was on Monday and Tuesday, when 70 professional tree workers aboard 30 trucks, including about a half dozen cranes (that’s what I counted anyway), descended on Oakland Cemetery’s battered and beaten oak trees to carefully remove dead trees and limbs.Conceived by nationally prominent landscape architect Edmund Hollander, a Sag Harbor resident, it was the first phase of an all-volunteer effort to get those oaks under control and remove the threat they posed to the monuments below.

I wandered around at the height of the cutting Monday and marveled at all the action going on at once across the 10-acre cemetery: everywhere I looked, there were men high in the trees and cranes poking skyward while mulcher trucks prowled the alleys grinding up wood.

Meanwhile, over at Otter Pond, a couple of village guys in a rowboat appeared to be laying a new electric line from shore out to the floating Christmas tree. I’d noticed them working days before, too, so obviously the task has not been an easy one.

Maintaining reliable service to the tree has always been a challenge. One of the guys told me that the village hoped one day to replace the underwater line with a self-contained solar power unit mounted on the raft on which the trees stands.

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday dinner party is tonight, Thursday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Hotel. The cost is $40 a person for a three-course meal with a glass of wine with dinner. If you’re going and haven’t yet signed up, better RSVP ASAP by email to

In the mood for some holiday tunes? The Sag Harbor Community Band and the Long Island Sound Chorus, a women’s chorus with members from across the East End, will give a holiday concert at the Old Whalers Church on Union Street this Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Coming up at Canio’s Books tomorrow, Friday, December 11, at 5 p.m., illustrator and photographer Durell Godfrey will discuss her new book, “Color Me Cluttered: A Coloring Book to Transform Everyday Chaos into Art.”

The book features “exuberant illustrations of everyday life, ideal for adults and teens in need of a relaxing escape from the increasing techo-clutter/ distractions in our lives,” as the folks at Canio’s put it. “Grab a box of color pencils and feel your focus sharpening as you become absorbed in coloring the clutter,” they suggest.

Ms. Godfrey’s work has appeared in numerous books and magazines. She is a contributing photographer to the East Hampton Star.

Also on Friday, Canio’s Cultural Cafe will co-sponsor a community poetry reading with the South Fork Unitarian Universalist congregation at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Poets Rosalind Brenner, Carolyn Bistrian and Virginia Walker will be among the readers. All poets are welcome to join in and read.

Poets Marc Cohen and George Guida will read at Canio’s on Saturday, December 12, at 5 p.m.

Mr. Cohen, who owns Water Street Wines & Spirits in Sag Harbor, is the author of “Unknown Sky,” recently published by Sheep Meadow Press. John Ashbery describes his poetry as “a kind of highly polished, metaphysical poetry … firmly rooted in the realities of present-day urban existence.”

He is author of “Opening the Window,” “On Maplewood Time” and “Mecox Road.” His work has appeared in three editions of “The Best American Poetry.”

Mr. Guida is author of five books, including “The Pope Stories and Other Tales of Troubled Times,” and two collections of poems, “New York and Other Lovers” and “Low Italian.” His work has appeared in numerous journals including Alimentum, Barrow Street, Italian Americana and Paterson Literary Review.

He teaches English and creative writing at New York City College of Technology. He is poetry editor of 2 Bridges Review and president of the Italian American Studies Association.

The Sag Harbor Partnership’s fund-raiser at Estia’s Little Kitchen is coming up this Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. to benefit the Partnership and the Eastville Community Historical Society.

The $100 ticket price covers dinner prepared by chef Colin Ambrose and choice of red or white wine. Of that, $50 is tax deductible. Contact the Sag Harbor Partnership at to reserve tickets. If you can’t make the dinner, a donation of $50 would be much appreciated. Go to the Partnership’s website for the donation link.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt invite everyone to join them at their holiday party at Bay Burger on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike on Monday, December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Come celebrate the end of the group’s 18th year with a year-end toast to the Greenbelt. This is a free event for all. Light refreshments and holiday treats will be served. Wine and beer will be available for sale. You may RSVP, which would be appreciated but is not required, by emailing or calling (631) 745-0689.

The next gathering of the support group for local caregivers will be at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street on Wednesday, Dec 16 at
10 a.m. The group provides support for anyone giving long-term care to a child, spouse, parent or friend; it is sponsored by the Suffolk County Family Service League and facilitated by trained social worker Stephen Miller, LMSW. It’s free and you can just drop in with no prior registration required.

Author Armineh Ohanian will talk about the experiences of Christian and Jewish minorities in pre-revolutionary Iran, where she was born, next Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at Sag Harbor’s Temple Adas Israel at 30 Atlantic Avenue, at the corner of Atlantic and Elizabeth Streets.

A published author at age 15, Armineh Ohanian lives in Westhampton and New York. She is the author of three novels and a children’s storybook series called “The Talking Animals,” according to her biography posted on Amazon.

Her “The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall” is an acclaimed creative memoir that earned honorable mention in the category of biography and autobiography at the 2014 LA Book Festival. In 2012, she was invited to Oxford University to hold a book signing and talk about her memoir during the university’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

Armineh has lived in Europe and the United States since 1962. She and her husband have three cats and she is passionate about writing, reading, playing tennis and driving sports cars.

Seniors in the mood for some holiday singing should report to the John Jermain Library on Friday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m., when Sag Harbor’s own singer-songwriter Nancy Remkus will lead a rousing start to the holidays. She’ll bring a guitar and the playlist and the library will provide hot cider and cookies. Preregistration is suggested with a limit of 18. Call 725-0049.

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