East Hampton Community Notes, June 20

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The Hamptons has the worst summer drivers. East Hampton is made up of mostly country lanes, not highways. I don’t care if you’re driving your Maserati or a clunker, slow down, stop tailgating. Above all, stop texting while driving. Look where you are going.

I witnessed the 14-year-old’s bike under the car over the weekend and must say that it was a very disturbing thing to see.

I have been tailgated by a huge SUV—I drive a Mini Cooper, I’ve been passed up on the back roads when I have slowed down to let deer cross, I’ve witnessed people texting while driving or talking on a hand-held phone, and driving on back roads at 50 miles an hour. What will it take for people to figure out that driving a car is like aiming a 4,000 pound bullet at something? You are not only putting yourself at risk, but there are other innocent people, like me, that can be hurt or killed, as we have tragically learned this weekend. Take it seriously.

Now our events around town.

On Thursday, at 5 p.m., is the East Hampton Library’s Movie Night, which will show “Dark Passage” from 1947. In this movie, Vincent Parry, a man unjustly accused of murdering his wife, escapes from San Quentin and sets out to clear his name. But he needs the help of someone he can trust. He finds both help and love in Irene, a San Francisco artist who is convinced he’s innocent.

On Saturday, at 2 p.m., there will be a film screening of Anna Karenina (2012). Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Sign up at the Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.

On Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall will host “Our Fabulous Variety Show Presents: An Eclectic Cabaret,” which is an evening of burlesque, harmonious melodies, boisterous comedy, tantalizing dances, and more. The performance will be held in the John Drew Theater. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. with the swinging jazz of the Max Feldschuh Quintet. There will be a performance on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m., with pre-show at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., is Guild Hall’s annual Summer Party that will be held at The Barn at Tom Colicchio’s Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. The event is free to Guild Hall Contemporaries members / $100 for non-members. If you are between the ages of 21 and 45, you can become one of the Guild Hall Contemporaries, a dynamic group of young art lovers who support Guild Hall’s visual, performing and literary arts programs. You can purchase tickets at

https://give.guildhall.org/ghcevent.

Georgica Restaurant & Lounge has announced a new Friday happy hour. Every Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy happy hour specials plus a schedule of live musical performances by Estee Maria, Jess & Josh and The Jim Turner Band. Just be sure to bring along a designated driver if you are planning on partaking in the drink specials.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the YMCA will have a mini camp where you can meet the staff and other campers. This will be a fun day filled with great activities, games, arts and crafts, music and dance. Refreshments and pizza will be served. Parents need to register their children prior to this event and children must wear sneakers. To register or for more information, call 329-6884 or email Kathyf@ymcali.org.

On Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton will host its second annual summer benefit at a private East Hampton Village residence overlooking Hook Pond. The evening will honor Wellness Foundation’s 2013 Illumination Award recipient Joe Cross, star of the award-winning documentary film, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” and founder of Reboot with Joe. Wellness Foundation’s Illumination Award celebrates those individuals illuminating the path of wellness for others.

Guests will enjoy delicious vegan hors d’oeuvres catered by Art of Eating, wine by Amagansett Wine & Spirits, and live music by Jane Hastay, Peter Martin Weiss & John Cataletto.

Individual tickets are $150, and are available online at Wellness Foundation’s website (www.wfeh.org) and by phone at 329-2590. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Wellness Foundation, providing programs, services, and support that empower the community by promoting a lifestyle of optimal nutrition, fitness and health. For more information, please contact the Wellness Foundation at 329-2590.

Enjoy. Be safe. Drive carefully and respectfully.

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