East Hampton Community Notes, April 25

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I would like to start off with a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Peter Marcelle Gallery, this past Saturday night. I am very humbled by the turnout for my first solo show, which only added to the joyous occasion. Thank you.

Part-time East Hampton resident Michael Nathanson just shot a new pilot for CBS starring Debra Messing. Originally a theater man, Mr. Nathanson has acted in and directed a number of productions at Guild Hall and has toured with the national company of “The Lion King.” Congratulations.

This Saturday is the opening reception of Guild Hall’s 75th annual Members Show, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Both pools at the YMCA will be closed through Sunday for scheduled maintenance. They will be draining and cleaning the pools and you will also enjoy new lights installed in the natatorium, bringing life to the pool. They have also installed a new pool chemical control system, making the water quality the best it has ever been.

Also at the YMCA, new registration is going on now for the next eight-week swim session. Classes begin Monday, April 29. Register early to reserve your spot. The instructional pool no longer has open swim time during the week between 2 and 3 p.m. The time slot was needed to accommodate the community’s in-school swim programs. You can view other programming and up-coming classes here http://www.ymcali.org.

On Wednesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., the East Hampton Library’s Sci Fic Book Club will talk about “Surface Detail” by Iain Banks.

The Saturday book discussion, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be about “Sutton” by J.R. Moehringer. “Sutton” is a fictionalized account of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history. The book traces his life, his doomed romance with his first love, and his surprise pardon on Christmas Eve in 1969.

The Saturday Afternoon Movie will be Les Miserables (2012). Screening starts at 2 p.m.

The East Hampton Library will be hosting a free memoir workshop on Tuesday evenings, beginning April 30 and running through May 28. The workshop will be conducted by noted author and friend Kara Westermen.

Kara has been a writer and editor for more than 15 years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Ohio Review, the anthology, “Submerged: Tales From the Basin,” and the East Hampton Star. The dates of the workshop are April 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, all Tuesdays, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. The book, “The Memoir Project” by Marion Roach Smith will be a template for the class, copies can be picked up at the Adult Reference Desk.

Please register at the Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org with your full name and phone number.

On Mondays, at 4 p.m., the library offers Knit Lit for teens in grades six to 12. Learn to Knit While Talking Lit and earn community service hours by knitting Adopt-Me Blankets for animals at ARF, all materials provided by donors. Experienced knitters are also welcome as helpers. Please sign up in the Children’s Room, call 324-0222 ext. 2, or email lisa@easthamptonlibrary.org.

Friday at 7 p.m., is the last of the Winter Lecture Series talks, “The Iron Horse Arrives,” at the Clinton Academy. Presenters Ken Collum and Hugh King will focus on the role the Long Island Rail Road had in the beginnings of the Ladies Village Improvement Society (LVIS), Little Italy, Camp Wikoff, the Devon Colony, and Fishangri-la, as well as another, much less happy outcome of the extension of the railroad to Montauk in 1895, the Montauketts’ loss of their land because of Arthur Benson’s development plans.

The women who started the LVIS thought they should beautify the Village of East Hampton for all the passengers who would undoubtedly be arriving by train. The land in Little Italy, around Bunker Hill Road in Amagansett on the northeast side of the highway, was bought by members of four Italian families who came here to work for the railroad. It was the turnaround point for the train in the days before the track was extended east. They were the Della Pollas, Di Sunnos, Napolillos, and Natales, many of whose descendants live in East Hampton Town. These are just some of the tales that Mr. Collum and Mr. King will share with the audience.

Refreshments will be served prior to the program. All are invited to this free event. Call 324-6850 or www.easthamptonhistory for information and directions. High school juniors and seniors from East Hampton UFSD demonstrated their enthusiasm at the 23rd Annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI). Developing leadership skills, fostering responsible citizenship, and gaining an understanding of the New York State legislative process are just a few of the goals of the institute.

Enjoy.

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