Boy, time certainly flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe that it’s already Memorial Day.
As I’ve been predicting since February, this is going to be the biggest summer season on the East End since 2007. Perhaps ever. So get ready for the onslaught because it’s going to happen, whether we are prepared or not.
This past Sunday I was fortunate to get to see dozens of old and new friends at the third annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival kickoff party at the lovely home of John and Lindsay Landes. To name a few, I was able to chat with the hospitable hosts, plus co-artistic directors Kelly Connaughton and Kerry Farrell, Wally Smith, Brian Cosgrove, Adam and Gail Baranello, Sara Jo Strickland, Alfredo Merat and his beautiful daughter, Lily, Michael Daly, caterer extraordinaire Cynthia Battaglia (my, those chicken quesadillas were delicious!) and Michael Heller.
The band Hopefully Forgiven, led by Telly Karoussos and Brad Penuel, was also there, providing first-class entertainment. I hear that they will be playing the East Hampton Bowl this Saturday, May 25, at 9 p.m. so be sure to check them out.
Even though the place was packed, I’m sure I missed a ton more people since I had to leave early to work on our Memorial Day issue. The short amount of time I was there was super fun though. What a great group.
Speaking of wonderful folks, cheers to my good friend Courtney Ratcliffe. Courtney, who has been here at The Press for 15 years as our general manager, is moving on to a new chapter in her life and has accepted the position of director of communication and brand management for Douglas Elliman. As personally sad as I am to see her leave our offices, I’m thrilled for her new opportunity. Yay for you, Court! Happy trails.
Congratulations also Noah M. Feinberg, who graduated from Bryant University in Rhode Island this past Saturday. Mr. Feinberg, who is from Sag Harbor, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship. Way to go.
Local gals Bonnie Grice, Annette Hinkle, Kathryn Menu and I, along with Brendan O’Reilly (he’s from Hampton Bays but we still like him) will be taking the 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting Media Mavens radio show live this Friday morning. If you’re in the area, stop by the new Hamptons Coffee Company location in Southampton, next to the BMW dealership on County Road 39, at 9 a.m. to join in the merriment. We will also be debuting the Media Mavens T-shirt, created by Adam Baranello, and will be providing details on how you can get one too. Hope to see you there.
And please don’t forget to line up to cheer on the members of Hope For The Warriors and members of the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines here on the LCpl Jordan Haerter Veterans’ Memorial Bridge and down Main Street on Saturday, May 25, from approximately 10 to 11 a.m. as they make their way from Montauk to Ground Zero during a grueling 26-hour run to honor their fallen comrades, including local heroes Jordan Haerter and Joey Theinert. The battalion suffered 48 casualties in Iraq, 46 Marines and two Navy Corpsmen were lost in the line of duty, giving the the battalian the unwanted distinction of having one of the highest casualty rates of the war. The runners will also be honoring of the commitment of the brave first responders lost on 9/11.
Join the 48 local military veterans holding flags along the bridge to represent the 48 souls that were lost by the members of 3/25. The flags will be donated to the Village of Sag Harbor after the run and they will fly proudly on our Main Street for years to come. This is a rain or shine mission so please make it out and show your support. For additional information, contact Christian Haerter at 725-2489.
And then don’t forget to get down to the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, at 9 a.m. on Main Street. While there, be sure to visit with the folks from the Chelberg & Battle American Legion Auxiliary of Sag Harbor, who will be distributing poppies at the Legion Hall on Bay Street, and along the parade route.
Cheers to a safe, happy, healthy and productive summer.