I’m happy and proud to announce that I’ve paid my dues and I’m finally a member of the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. It’s about time.I stopped by the “Made in Sag Harbor” exhibit on Friday for literally 15 minutes on my way to Guild Hall for the “Big Bad Wolfe!” reading with René Auberjonois, and boy oh boy, what a scene it was. There were so many friends and acquaintances there, including Barbara Lobosco, Bob Wilson, Beth Barth, Dorothy Frankel, Starr Black, Eric Dever, Claudia Aronow, Paul Davis, Steve Miller, Kimberly Goff, Dan Rizzie, Peter Marcelle, John Torreano, Roisin Bateman, Greg Therriault, Richard Doctorow, Gavin Zeigler, Edgar Lansbury, Louise Peabody, Scott Sandell, Tom and Pat Kochie, and my fellow Media Maven, Annette Hinkle, to name just a few of the many.
Due to my hurried visit, I missed David Geiser and Mercedes Ruehl and Eric Fischl and April Gornik but I know they were also expected. Obviously, the Whaling Museum is most definitely the place to be. If you haven’t made it to an event, put one on your calendar post haste!
Another hot spot for me is, of course, Bay Street Theatre, which is now staging “Irma Vep” through Sunday, July 28. I saw this show last year at Mulford Farm and was completely won over. It’s fun, it’s silly and it’s wildly entertaining.
Buy your tickets now and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Call the box office at 725-9500 or visit www.baystreet.org. While you’re at it, make your reservations for the annual “Rock the Dock” blowout fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, July 20. Recently I interviewed Susan Lucci, Joy Behar and Richard Kind, who will all be in attendance, and I am beyond excited to go there and meet them in person. Read all about the event in next week’s preview in the Arts section.
While I’m on the subject of don’t-miss gatherings and fantastic neighbors, Sag Harborite Susan Pashman will be conducting a series of “Journey to a Temple in Time: Philosopher Considers the Sabbath” discussions at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton starting Monday, July 8. The non-sectarian class will meet for seven weeks, on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To find out more, contact Ms. Pashman at 725-9818 or call the JCOH at 324-9858.
Vanessa Leggard shared that Suzan Johnson Cook of Azurerest will be honored for her leadership and public service at a “Freedom Weekend” ceremony. Ms. Johnson Cook—who co-chairs the Secretary’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, leads several faith leader roundtables and was also the New York Police Department’s first and only female chaplain—will have a bench dedicated to her, on Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in front of Lee Jewelers. A reception will follow at B. Smith’s.
Ms. Johnson Cook will be recognized as the first African-American and woman from the village to be appointed a U.S. Ambassador. Expected attendees include David Dinkins, Reverend James Forbes and Denise Richardson, who will serve as the emcee.
Also, I promised Barbara Boody that I’d give everyone one last reminder about the John Jermain Library Annual House Tour, which will be held on Friday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are still being sold at the library for $50 each. Hope to see you there.
Speaking of the library, I’ve got some good news to share. Our fine institution (remember, reading IS fundamental) recently received a New York State Public Library Construction Grant in the amount of $227,041. As a voracious reader and avid fan of everything that John Jermain has to offer, I was thrilled to get that message.
Lastly, the Sag Harbor Community Band returns for its annual summer concerts, starting with Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” on Tuesday, July 9, outside the American Legion with piano soloist Joan Brill. The free program will also include marches, songs and other band favorites. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and soak up the musical fun.