Yes, the season is almost here and the “city” folk are arguing with the “locals.” I have been witness to this, more than once, since I have been back from vacation and find it just horrifying. I just do not get it. In the famous words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all … just … get along?”
It is also the season to start car-watching, which is one of my favorite summer pastimes. My brother Jim and I always try to figure out what “the car of the season” will be. If anyone has input on what they think it will be, feel free to e-mail me.
In addition, it is the season to start the clean-up of the past winter’s detritus, which personally I do not find enjoyable. However, the buds on the trees are finally popping and the spring flowers are in full bloom so the clean-up will just enhance the surrounding beauty. It seems like the longest, grayest winter on record. Thank goodness, it was not the coldest.
In addition, coming with the springtime weather is a reminder that the parking meter tickers are back in full swing in the Reutershan parking lot and parking is limited to two hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. So if you are planning to go to a movie matinee, park in long term and save yourself the fine. Remember that the parking restriction also applies to the handicap parking spots.
I also hear the non-resident beach parking permits have been sold out. So all parking at the beaches will be subject to a parking fee or a nice big parking fine, if parking illegally.
Here’s another reminder that East Hampton schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for conferences. Did they not just have time off? I do not recall being in school with this many free days. As one gets older, our memory starts to lapse a bit … hence, the next paragraph.
I want to clarify an error in my last week’s column. I guess I was in such a rush to go on vacation that I didn’t look at my calendar correctly and what a silly mistake, especially about a workshop that I lead. Last Thursday’s workshop at the East Hampton Library was supposed to be about Pablo Picasso. I wrote in my column that is was about Frida Kahlo. I showed up all prepped for a Frida Kahlo class and children, who had seen the library’s own schedule, were showing up to learn about Pablo Picasso. My silly mistake, so next month the workshop will definitely be about Pablo Picasso.
Sorry to all those little artists who are so eager to learn about famous artists. We all had fun anyway and the Frida-styled self-portraits came out adorable.
Still not much is happening in the village vicinity. On Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall’s Naked Stage reading will be of “Fit To Be Tied” by Nicky Silver, featuring Patrick Christiano (who gave me my first solo art show in Manhattan), Stephanie Brussell, and an ensemble cast to be announced.
“Fit To Be Tied” is a quirky four-character comedy about the power of love.
Basically, it is the story of a mother and son conflict, which concerns Nessa (Stephanie Brussell) and Arloc (Patrick Christiano). The play begins 30 years after the death of Nessa’s wealthy husband, who left all his money to Arloc, who is now a desperate and lonely recluse.
Nessa, a “flamboyant, fast-talking, heavy-drinking, promiscuous woman,” is in a loveless marriage with an allowance from Arloc that is never enough. The story takes off when Arloc kidnaps Boyd, an angel in the Radio City Christmas show, but when Nessa (having left her husband) arrives at his door, the tale of love and redemption kicks into high gear with many surprises along the way.
Call 324-0806 or visit www.guildhall.org for information.
East Hampton’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be having its “Giant Sale” on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. Antiques, mid-20th-century and modern furniture and household items will be up for sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the St. Luke’s Guild and Outreach Committee, which helps assist local charities and families.
Enjoy the weather.