Last week was a whirlwind. I went from Sag Harbor to my home state of Indiana for a quick family visit and then on to Sweden!Okay, I didn’t actually fly to Scandinavia, but I did get to travel there on a foodie adventure when my friend John Maroney invited me to a Swedish Culinary Summer dinner on Sunday night. Chef Karl Ljung of the Grand Escalier brasserie in Stockholm, Sweden, who is also a Swedish Chef of the Year award winner, showed us how to make delicacies from Sweden, including Aquavit, pickled vegetables, gravlax and steak rubs and sauce.
The fun didn’t stop there; a bartender who looked curiously like Ricky Gervais (but cuter) shook up Blood & Sand cocktails for us using Xante pear liqueur and Heering cherry liqueur and other fabulous beverages out by the pool. But the best part was the company, which included Sag Harbor folks Denise DiPaolo; Dennis Fabiszak; Roman, Dushy and Indira Roth; Sheila Rogers and Fern Mallis, among others. What a fabulous time. And to our host, Andy, as the Norsemen say, Skol!
Congratulations to four area scholars who were recently named to the dean’s list at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Keep up the great academic work Kristen Fisher, Grant Kusick, Anna Verneuille and Emily Verneuille. Nicely done.
And I’d also like to share the great news about Pierson students Lindsay Cox, Gabrielle Gardiner, Elizabeth Grigonis and Kendra Weatherell, who all recently earned awards from the Suffolk County Inter-Faith Anti-Bias Task Force for their work with the Human Understanding and Growth Seminars. All four, along with school counselor Linda Aydinian, were recognized by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for their work in exemplifying and promoting the principles of human rights, equality and inclusion within the school community. They, along with Dr. Carl Bonuso, were honored at an award ceremony and breakfast in Hauppauge.
Woo hoo to Kyle McGowin of Sag Harbor, who was drafted by the Major League baseball team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this past week. The 2010 Pierson High School graduate and Savannah State student was a fifth-round draft pick. A right-handed pitcher, he was the Angels’s fourth pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
The gifted athlete led the Savannah State Tigers to the College World Series earlier this year, but lost in the regional round to Florida State and Alabama. According to his former Pierson coach, Sean Crowley, Mr. McGowin is the first former Pierson player to be drafted by Major League Baseball.
John Ward, now deceased, served on the Sag Harbor Village Board from 1949 to 1971 and was the mayor in 1970 and 1971. The village windmill will be named in his honor during a special ceremony on Saturday, June 29. The event will take place at the windmill at 11 a.m.
Local writer Ellynore Seybold-Smith also has something to celebrate, as her book, “The Wooden Mistress,” which she wrote two decades ago, is being reissued online and in a second paper edition. The story is about an East End boat rescue operation in 1962.
From reissued books to renovated libraries, I cannot wait to step foot in the reconstructed John Jermain Library. I hear that the renovation work is nearing completion and soon we’ll be able to venture in to see the improvements to the glorious 103-year-old structure.
And don’t forget, tickets to the library’s annual house tour are still available. Sponsored by the Friends of the John Jermain Library, the July 5 benefit tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the tour. For more information, please call the library at 725-0049.
Cheers until next week.