Working at a newspaper, life can become a kind of bubble when it comes to weekends and special days off for the rest of the world. In way of explanation, I always say that news never takes a holiday, which is why we journalists are practically always working, and double time on the days when everyone else is out celebrating.This past Fourth of July was different. For the first time in six years, I was actually able to take a day for myself, instead of trudging in to the office, grumbling about everyone else having fun while I was stuck at my desk. Needless to say, I made the most of it!
For the first time ever, not only did I get to go to a parade and not have to photograph it, I was actually in one. My friend and fellow Sag Harborite, Bonnie Grice, invited “Media Maven” cohort Kathryn Menu and me to join her on the 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting float in the Southampton Village parade. Boy oh boy, did we ever have fun!
Afterward, we (including Kathryn’s adorable daughter, Ella, who also appeared with us on the float) all headed to the radio station for its second annual July 4 party. I was one of the lucky ones chosen to sit in the Dunkerley’s dunk tank, which was so refreshing after braving the hot sun in the parade and dancing up a storm to Inda Eaton’s patriotic songs for a few hours.
Thanks especially to Liza Tremblay of Bay Burger for cooling me off with some positively yummy mango sorbet from Joe and Liza Ice Cream, and to Gavin Menu for sharing a slice of delicious Foody’s pizza. All that dancing and dunking really helped me to work up an appetite!
Even if I have to be in the office next Fourth of July, this one provided lots and lots of happy memories with friends to keep me going for a while. What a treat!
Speaking of times to celebrate, great job to Gabrielle Arondel, who received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in May.
Congratulations also to Jeff Sander, who was appointed mayor of North Haven Village earlier this month. The four-term Village Board member, and husband of Mala Sander (I have to admit, she’s my hair idol—I’m obsessed with how great she always looks!) took over the post left vacant by the resignation of Laura Nolan a few months ago.
I’m so excited that “Fridays on the Porch” returns to the Annie Cooper Boyd House on Friday, July 12, at 5 p.m. Rebecca Radin of the Parrish Art Museum will be the guest speaker at the Sag Harbor Historical Society event, and she will discuss the new exhibit of Ms. Boyd’s work.
The free series continues on Fridays, through August 9. To learn more, call 725-5092, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sagharborhistoricalsociety.org.
Another terrific free outing will be held on Saturday, July 13, when the Southampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a “Trout Pond Meander” at 9 a.m. Joe Lane will lead the four-mile easy hike. Meet at Trout Pond parking lot on Noyac Road. For more information, call 725-3942, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.southamptontrails.org.
Since this is in my neck of the woods, I’m going to dispense a bit of advice: Dress appropriately to protect yourselves against ticks, as there is a thriving wildlife population here. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.
And, lastly, while we’re on the subject of nature, there will be a free “Bees and Their Needs” talk at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. Mary Woltz, beekeeper and owner of Bees’ Needs, will discuss the basic biology of the honey bee and why this small insect is so vitally important to the environment. To learn more, call (212) 644-2604, or e-mail Ana Nieto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers to a happy and healthy week!