Since I was backstage at Bay Street Theater all of last weekend, working with an extraordinary group of people, the East End Special Players, I had missed the 75th annual Members Show at Guild Hall. This is the first time in 20 years that I have missed the hordes of people that pile in to see the work of all the members. I heard it was “mobbed to the rafters,” so much so that people will be going back to actually get a glimpse of the art. I know there was an exuberant amount of work dropped off. So much more than in past years, that you have to give the behind the scenes help, meaning the people who actually hang and light these shows, a round of applause. It’s a tough job, especially with so many pieces of work. I will go and see the show soon. It is definitely not to be missed. The show is on view through June 1.
On Friday, at 7:30 p.m., classical music students from local schools and visiting college students will perform at the John Drew Theatre of Guild Hall, in a benefit concert for Katy’s Courage Fund, to help fund pediatric cancer research. The suggested donation is $15. Works by Bach, Tchaikowsky , Mendelsohn, Albeniz and Beethoven will be performed.
If you would like to see one of four performances at Guild Hall; “Tonight at 8:30 by Noel Coward,” “NYC Ballet,” “Wynton Marsalis,” or the “St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble,” and if you purchase the tickets by May 15, you can save $10 per ticket. Visit guildhall.org for details.
The summer season is definitely closing in. Case in point: Home Sweet Home Museum is now officially open for the season. Located at 14 James Lane, the museum will be open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. An 18th century saltbox containing ceramics, furniture and textiles from the Colonial Revival collection of Gustav and Hannah Buek, as well as memorabilia related to the life of John Howard Payne, the museum also boats a historic garden and the 1804 Pantigo Mill.
Today at the East Hampton Library, from 5 to 6 p.m., is the fourth annual Teen Film Contest: Screening & Awards. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Short Film, Best Animation, Best Experimental Video, Best Music Video, Best Technical Merit, People’s Choice, and more. Refreshments served. There are plenty of recurring workshops at the library. For more information visit the library’s website at easthamptonlibrary.org.
In preparation for the third annual Designer Showhouse and Sale over Memorial Day weekend, the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop, located at 17 Montauk Highway, will be having a huge clearance sale starting today. Everything will be 50 percent off and the shop will be open seven days a week. For more information, call 537-3682.
ARF’s spring semester dog agility workshops begin this Saturday. Dogs and their handlers will work their way through the A Frame, weave polls and jumps plus tire jumping. Beginners will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and intermediate from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes run May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1, at the ARF Adoption Center. Call 537-0400 for more information.
One of the most aesthetic places in East Hampton is the LongHouse Reserve where we are lucky enough to have artist Jack Youngerman’s white and black resin sculptures on view. These pieces were created in the 1980s in Bridgehampton, where Youngerman has had a studio since 1968. It is a must see. Through the end of June, LongHouse is open Wednesday and Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m., and it is located at 133 Hands Creek Road.
Enjoy the smooth sailing before the crowds arrive.