Everyone is still scurrying around, getting prepped for the busy weeks ahead. We know many homeowners want work completed at their homes before July, so tradespeople are busy, busy, busy, which brings the trade parade on our roads during rush hour. Unfortunately, it seems some of them don’t know the rules of the road or how locals take pride in the beauty and cleanliness of our village. I have heard several stories of how trash was thrown out the window of a vehicle. At the same time, summer visitors often leave household rubbish next to public garbage bins and coffee containers are often found on park and beach benches. We all have to band together and help keep the village clean. We may have to pick up after others who are too lazy (for lack of a much better word) to clean up after themselves.
We have many students graduating, some with honors. Julia Latham, a member of the Class of 2016 at Skidmore College, received academic recognition at the college this spring. She is the daughter of Stephen and Marjorie Latham of East Hampton. Julia was selected for membership in the Periclean Honors Forum, which works to strengthen intellectual life at Skidmore and especially to encourage the academic aspirations of highly motivated and talented students.
Erika Intermaggio was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester 2013 at Sacred Heart University.
Andrew Hessler and Julia Lewis are on the dean’s list and Max MacBarb is on the president’s list for the spring 2013 semester at SUNY Geneseo, a liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master’s level programs.
Gillian Salter graduated from the University of San Diego on May 26 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
And here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend:
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the Animal Rescue Fund’s 27th annual garden tour “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” which will step off rain or shine. One of the longest running garden tours on Long Island, the ARF garden tour will feature six magnificent gardens in historic East Hampton and surrounding areas. Included in the tour are the gardens of Barrie Berg and Antonio Munoz; Dwyer and Michael Derrig; Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz; Craig James Socia’s “Craigmoor”; ; Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders; and Jan and Randy Slifka. Free refreshments will be served at the Derrig garden.
It’s always interesting to visit the garden of a professional landscape designer and two of the six gardens featured this year are the personal gardens of well-respected garden designers. Michael Derrig, the owner of Landscape Details, is opening up his simple, modern and superbly detailed garden. Derrig shows what careful selection of materials and attention to details can achieve in a smaller scale garden. The garden of Craig James Socia who is the head of Craig James Socia Garden Design is a showcase for his very distinctive style. Socia’s style is again revealed at the garden of Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders, a magnificent Asian-fusion landscape just off the ocean.
The garden tour is self-guided and ticket holders can view the gardens in any order. A cocktail reception immediately follows at the iconic home of Mary Jane and Charles Brock in the Village of East Hampton. This year’s event is chaired by Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichandler. Tickets for the tour are $75 each and may be purchased by calling 537-0400 x216, online at www.arfhamptons.org, the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott, the ARF Thrift Shop in Sagaponack and East Hampton Gardens, The Bayberry in Amagansett and the Sag Harbor Florist. Tickets for the tour and cocktail reception are $175 and must be purchased in advance by phone, online or at ARF.
This Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., The East Hampton Historical Society would like you to join them for “Cocktails at Swan Cove,” a benefit with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres hosted on the spectacular property of Susan and Peter Solomon. Special guest will be Laura Sara Donnelly, a well-known food writer and pastry chef in East Hampton and granddaughter of Sara and Gerald Murphy, the founders of Swan Cove. Ticket prices are tax deductible and go to benefit educational programming. Jazz age attire is suggested. Please visit easthamptonhistory.org for ticket sales and information.
East Hampton Library’s Author Night tickets are now on sale. The event will be held on August 10. This is one of my favorite summer events to attend.
On Thursday, from 4 to 5 p.m., is a meeting of the Battle of the Books club, a county-wide trivia contest based on eight selected novels. Attend weekly meetings every Thursday throughout the summer to prepare to battle other library teams at Stony Brook University on August 10. Participants must be entering grades six to nine in the fall.
On Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., is the library’s movie night, with featured film “Guilt Trip.” Please register in the reference room; call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in grades eight and up who need to do community service should contact the library about its Teen Community Service Club, which meets on the first Monday of every month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Those in the club plan and work on projects for the library. Please sign up in the Children’s Room, call 324-0222 ext. 2 or email email@example.com.
On Friday, from 8 p.m. to midnight, “Speakeasy Moderne” arrives at the East Hampton Studio for a large soiree. Speakeasy Moderne’s producer Hank Stampfl, along with East Hampton Studio owner Michael Wudyka, are collaborating with Sonja Morgan’s event company, Sonja and the City, to spread awareness of David Kilmnick’s Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) GLBT center launch in the Hamptons. Visit www.speakeasymoderne.com for more information and tickets.
At Guild Hall on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., join and discuss the headline and talk about “Where are we headed? Heating Up the World Today: Education, Economy, Environment.” Former CBS News correspondent Jacqueline Adams will look at a series of innovations intended to fix what’s wrong in education with panelists Kahlil Byrd, president of Students First; Josh Zoia, superintendent of KIPP NYC and founder of the KIPP schools in Lynn, MA; Reena Bhatia, vice president of Education Programs of the LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation); and Priscilla Campbell, a classroom teacher at East Hampton High School, president of the East Hampton Teacher’s Association and chairperson of the Long Island President’s Council. Attend one session or the whole day. Admission is free.
Also on Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a cocktail reception to celebrate the opening of Guild Hall’s three new exhibitions. All are invited to attend.
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the Hamptons International Film Festival presents “SummerDocs: Twenty Feet From Stardom” hosted by Dick Cavett. Following a screening, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love will participate in a Q&A with the legendary Dick Cavett and then Ms. Love will give a short performance. Tickets are available online at GuildHall.org, at the box office or at theatermania.com.
On Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., Quattlebaum Foretich—Gallery (QF Gallery) is pleased to announce Annika Connor’s solo painting exhibition, “The Hitchcock Kiss.” The gallery is located at 98 Newtown Lane. QF Gallery’s summer 2013 hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
On Sunday, Main Beach Surf and Sport will sponsor a charity stand-up paddle race for “Paddlers for Humanity.” The race will start at Beach Lane in Wainscott at 9 a.m., and proceed in an easterly direction to Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett.
This is a Surf Zone Race. Participants will enter through the surf, round a turn buoy on the outside break and ride the wind swell downwind to the finish, where another turn buoy will be located. They will then exit through the surf to the beach.
Registration will take place at the Main Beach Surf Shop starting at 7:30 a.m. Race support is provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Visit www.mainbeach.com to sign up, or for more information or call the shop at 537-2716.