Notes from East Hampton

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It is the last weekend before the season kicks in, so try to get the most out of it. Soon we will have to do our food shopping during the week and avoid the village on weekends.

Congratulations to Kelly and Jason Hren of East Hampton on the birth of their son, Michael Thomas. Michael was born on May 2 at 3:41 p.m. and weighed in at eight pounds, four ounces, measuring 21 inches long.

School Board member Sharon Bacon, whose son was a member of the 1988-1989 state championship team, has asked residents to chip in to help buy the high school basketball team All-Long Island jackets. Each costs $225. The team placed second in the state this year. In a letter she sent out seeking donations, she said she still has her son’s team jacket and all the great memories it holds. Send your donations to The Kendall Madison Foundation, P.O. Box 97, East Hampton, NY 11937.

Do not miss the final Crossroads Coffeehouse jam session until next autumn. It’s on Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at its usual location in the Springs Church community center. As always, all profits from the $10 door charge will benefit the Kris Dalene Music Scholarship Fund and the Springs Food Pantry.

Making its East End debut at the final session will be the local band Rite of Way. There will also be a taste of some southern rock with a metal flair with Renegade, a teen band also debuting this month.

RSS, short for Roger, Sam and Steve of “Hot Lips Houlihan” fame, will bring songs ranging from those of Jimi Hendrix to Frank Zappa. Local favorites, Tequila Mockingbird, will round out the evening with their blend of Sublime, Pink Floyd, and more. There also may be some impromptu special guests and a jam session as well, but you will have to be there to find out. Please call Crossroads Music at 907-4838 for more details. The Coffeehouse series will resume in October with a schedule to be announced.

From May 14 through May 17, the Ross School is having its middle school/high school musical at the school’s Goodfriend location. The event takes place each evening at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Ross School will be holding its fifth annual Starlight Ball. Please contact the Ross School for more information at 907-5000.

This Thursday, I will be leading a workshop on artist Pablo Picasso at the East Hampton Library. I promise that it will be on Picasso. I messed up last month and held a workshop on Frida Kahlo instead of the originally scheduled workshop about Picasso. Leave it to the brain of an artist. The workshop begins at 3:30 p.m. and it is free to children. Please call 324-0222 for a reservation.

On Saturday, May 17, the LongHouse Reserve will hold a cement container-building workshop at 10 a.m., with horticulturist Jonathan Wright. You can contact LongHouse at 329-3568.

On Sunday, May 18, VFW Post 550 is welcoming people to assist with a display of flags at the local cemeteries. If you are interested, you can meet at Cedar Lawn Cemetery at 7 a.m. The volunteers will then move over to Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. Just show up to help.

On Sunday, May 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Guild Hall is holding its annual Children’s Fiesta. This is a fantastic celebration of cultural diversity with piñatas, performers, and arts and crafts workshops. Free family fun!

On Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., at Guild Hall is the Naked Stage reading of a farce to be announced, presented by Spindletop Productions, featuring Jonathan Peters, Jon De Sane, Josh Gladstone, and an ensemble cast. Jonathan Peters and Jon De Sane, the actors who delivered the successful farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” by Marc Camoletti, for Spindletop Productions at the John Drew Theater in 2002, reunite to explore the possibility of another zany production for East End audiences.

You can contact Guild Hall for more information on both events at 324-0806 or visit www.guildhall.org.

I do get phone calls and e-mails about my column for praise, corrections, or what have you. Trust me, writing this column is not all a bed of roses. Ironically, I have not gotten one item for my Memorial Day column. I would have liked to put together a little memorial for those who have lost their lives during military service to our country. Maybe it is a good thing that amongst the folk who read my quirky, little column that there isn’t anyone who actually knows of someone who has lost their life during service. Isn’t that a fantastic thought?

But I find it hard to believe. If you know someone who I can mention, feel free to e-mail or call me.

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