Sag Harbor Community News, April 25

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Though I am proud of my abilities when it comes to the finer points of intellect, I have never been able to boast technological savviness. In fact, I’m always the test dummy (a purposeful word choice) at work when it comes to the user friendliness of our software—the thought being that if I can manage it, any idiot can.
My freshman year in high school, I learned how to type on a 1920s Royal brand black typewriter. Since we lagged behind the rest of the country in the Midwest, we didn’t have computers in our school until my senior year, where the only thing I used one for was to create a program that drew the symbols from the “Led Zeppelin IV,” aka “ZOSO,” album. Note, I said “album” and not CD.

Leaping into the 21st century, we are in the process of adopting and integrating a new software program here at work. I’m happy to report that as of this writing, I have survived without missing a deadline and have more than a tenuous grasp on the process. Maybe you can teach an old editor new tricks after all.

Whilst I’m on the subject of learning, congratulations to the Sag Harbor School District, which was presented with a more than $100,000 check by the Long Island Power Authority last Friday. The district earned the significant dollars for its participation in LIPA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Nice!

Props also to The Retreat Art Contest winner, Jeanette Martone, who won a solo show at RJD Gallery, opening with a reception on Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on view through May 11. Proceeds from the exhibit, “Hope’s Journey,” judged by Guild Hall Museum Director and Chief Curator Christina Strassfield and gallery owner Kathryn Markel, will benefit The Retreat. For additional information, visit www.rjdgallery.com or call 725-1161.

Not to toot my own horn but I’ve got a photograph, taken in my old village backyard, in the “75th Annual Artist Members Exhibition” at Guild Hall, also opening on Saturday, at the East Hampton-based museum, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. I don’t necessarily think my work is museum-worthy but I’m thrilled to participate and can’t wait to see the other pieces in the show. Interested in learning more about this big group exhibit, then check out the story in this week’s Arts & Living section and visit Guild Hall’s website at www.guildhall.org.

Is music more your thing? Then check out annual “Spring Ring,” featuring ringers from Sag Harbor as well as bell choirs from Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Southampton Presbyterian churches, on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Montauk Highway in Bridge.

Admission is a free-will offering, to benefit local food pantries. For more information, please contact Peter at 537-0862 or Thomas at 680-1111.

Lastly, mark your calendars for the 2013 Classical Students Benefit Concert for Katy’s Courage Fund on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall, featuring Sag Harbor musicians Matthew Maimone, Emmanuelle Bernard and Christopher Ritter.

Mr. Maimone, 18, a pianist, is a student of Victoria Mushkatol at Juilliard Pre-College Division in New York City. He has won awards in several national and international piano competitions and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other prestigious locales.

Ms. Bernard, 14, is a pianist and a freshman at Pierson. She studies piano with Gena Raps at Mannes College The New School for Music Pre-College Program and is a 2009 “Rising Star Award” winner from Geoffrey Simon’s Master Class at The Playhouse Project in East Hampton.

Mr. Ritter, 14, is also a pianist and freshman at Pierson. He has been studying piano with Ellen Johansen since he was 6 years old and most recently placed third in the Suffolk Piano Teacher Foundation’s annual competition.

The concert will also include Leo Panish on violin, Benjamin Pereira on violin and Sam Kramer on piano. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 and proceeds will benefit Katy’s Courage. The concert will include works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mendelsohn, Albeniz and Beethoven. For additional information, visit www.katyscourage.org.

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