Three high school students, two from Sag Harbor, will be honored for having a certain way with words. Melissa Anne Vazquez, a senior at Pierson, and Raphael Odell Shapiro, who attends the Ross School, are winners of the first Robert Long Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named for Mr. Long, who was senior editor of The East Hampton Star and author of “De Kooning’s Bicycle,” and “Blue,” a poetry collection published by Canio’s Books. The third winner, Joanna Tschurtschenthaler, is a senior at East Hampton High. All three will read from their work on Friday at 6 p.m. at Canio’s Books.
Melissa plans to attend Middlebury College in Vermont this fall, attracted there by its fine language and writing programs. She’s always had an interest in writing, but that interest was galvanized when she participated in a playwriting workshop for young people at the Bay Street Theatre. “It opened up a whole new style of writing,” she said.
Raphael plans to attend Yale in the fall. He credits his family of serious readers with instilling in him from an early age a love of reading. That naturally developed into a facility with writing, he said. Many will recognize Raphael from his numerous stage appearances at Bay Street and elsewhere. Most recently, he performed in “Grease.” He’s been a starring member of Stages since he was 9.
Each student will receive a check for $1,000 to apply toward college tuition and expenses, plus a copy of Mr. Long’s poetry collection, “Blue.” Poet Adam Penna, a professor of English at Suffolk Community College will read several poems from “Blue” at the event. A reception will follow.
In celebration of national poetry month, the John Jermain Memorial Library is hosting a poetry slam with Christopher Watkins on Sundayfrom 2 to 4 p.m. Call 725-0049 for details.
The Coalition of Neighborhoods for the Preservation of Sag Harbor will present a program on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Old Whalers’ Church, on Union Street. The program, “How are Public Schools in the U.S. and in New York State funded?” will feature State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Stacy Pennebaker, and Walter Tice. Andrea Schiavoni will moderate.
Representatives from the National Trust for Historic Preservation will speak on Tuesday at the Bay Street Theatre from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teresa Lynch, senior program manager of special projects and Roberta Lane, program officer and regional attorney with National Trust’s northeast region, will speak. Doors open at 6, and a reception will follow the program. Admission is free, sponsored by Save Sag Harbor. For information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and see www.mainstreet.org.
A groovy benefit concert will be held at Bay Street on Thursday night, May 1, at 8 p.m. The local band Clamor will play to help raise funds for the upcoming breast cancer walk. Band members include attorneys, a writer and professor, a doctor, and a corrections officer. Unlikely musicians, perhaps, but they play well together. Call 725-9500 for tickets.