East Hampton Community Notes, July 17


There is so much craziness happening out there on the streets, sidewalks and beaches that I do not know where I would begin the list. But one thing I know is that what you take to the beach, you should take off the beach with you. There are garbage bins on every beach in the Hamptons. Use them. Let’s keep our beaches clean.

In school news: Lucia Akard, Zachary Grossman and Julia Latham earned term honors for the spring semester at Skidmore College.

Lauren Fitzgerald of East Hampton was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Salve Regina University.

It might be well past Fourth of July, but another chance to see fireworks is this Saturday, at approximately at 9:20 p.m., when fireworks light the sky over Three Mile Harbor.

Today, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Leiber Collection invites you to visit “Judith Leiber, An American Journey: From Artisan to Fashion Icon,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Judith Leiber Handbags in 1963. This is a retrospective exhibition of Judith Leiber’s creations from the early 1960s through 2004.

The Leiber Collection, a magnificent Renaissance styled Palladian edifice, sits majestically in a sublime sculpture garden that borders six additional gardens, each designed by modernist painter and printmaker Gerson Leiber in a style befitting the local geography.

The collection is free and open to the public through Labor Day on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling 329-6366 or emailing info@leibercollection.org.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m., Guild Hall will host an “Evening of Three Light and Musical Comedies,” directed by Tony Walton. The show also features Emmy Award-winner Blythe Danner, who comes to the John Drew Theater direct from her Broadway appearance in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” If you miss tonight’s show, it continues through August 4.

Tickets are available online at GuildHall.org; at the box office at at (631) 324-4050; or theatermania.com.

On Friday, at 11:45 a.m., A Hamptons: Sara Hadassah annual luncheon will be held at East Hampton Point. The honoree is Cantor Debra Stein of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons and the keynote speaker, Patti Kenner. For information about the event or to register, contact Toni Somerstein at tsomerst@optonline.net or 329-0581, e-mail tsomerst@optonline.net. The cost of this event is $100.

Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., the East Hampton Historical Society’s popular East Hampton Antiques Show returns to the historic grounds of Mulford Farm. Now in its seventh year, the East Hampton Antiques Show is recognized by many as the premier antiques event on eastern Long Island.

Interior designer Steven Gambrel is the honorary chair of the Friday, July 19, preview cocktail party, which offers patrons an early buying opportunity of the extraordinary array of antiques, art, jewelry and collectibles. Ticket proceeds benefit the East Hampton Historical Society. Admission to the Antiques Show is $10, with early buying priced at $20. The show offers an on-site café for a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the Friday night opening preview cocktail party start at $150 per person and enable return visits the following days. Junior tickets (age 40 and under) are priced at $100. For tickets, please contact the East Hampton Historical Society at 324-6850, e-mail at info@easthamptonhistory.org or visit the East Hampton Historical Society’s office, located at 101 Main Street. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.easthamptonhistory.org or at the gate the night of the event.

Accabonac Harbor is the fishing ground for a wide variety of birds, each displaying a unique set of “fishing gear” and fishing techniques to capture their prey. On Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., you can discuss some species’ physical adaptations and hunting methods as you paddle along this scenic harbor. Single kayaks ($40), tandem kayaks and canoes ($60), and standup paddleboards ($50) are available to rent (and include lifejacket), or bring your own kayak, canoe, or board. Participants must call 537-9735 for reservations and information about meeting places.

On Saturday, at 6 p.m., is the fourth annual Most Holy Trinity Benefit and Auction that will be held at the church field. The event will include a cocktail party and live auction including a raw bar and Tex Mex chicken and ribs, catered by Schmidt’s of Southampton, plus a specialty cocktail, “Pastor’s Punch,” and wine and live music. Single tickets are $125. Sponsorships are available. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, sponsoring the event, or making a donation, email Gerrie at mhtsummerevent@yahoo.co.

On Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., head to the the East Hampton Library to hear artist and curator Art Donovan discuss his book, “The Art of Steampunk,” now in its second edition. Discover a world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking. Please make a reservation at the Reference Desk or call 324-0222, ext. 3.

On Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m., is the Hampton Racquet Pro-Am annual benefit tournament for The Retreat. Join in the competitive fun by signing up for one of the 13 open competition slots in the annual pro-am and help support this vital community organization. If you’ve got game and are eager to tempt your serve, sign up by calling the club at 324-0297. Entry is $250 per participant. Young players may sign up for a special clinic to take place at 3 p.m.

Come by to enjoy the competitive fun and donate $25 per person or $50 for families to The Retreat as part of Hampton Racquet’s Play To Do Good campaign. For registration, email John Graham at info@hamptonracquet.com or call him at 324-0297. For more information about The Retreat, visit www.theretreatinc.org

On Saturday, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Bonne Nuit, located on Main Street, will have a SKIN Cocktail Party co-hosted by Sports Illustrated model Julie Henderson, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Blair Voltz Clarke, Colleen Saidman Yee, Kelli Delaney and Lorna Drehe.

On Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m., LongHouse Reserve is celebrating its 22nd season and will host its annual Summer Gala White Night, at its 16-acre East Hampton grounds. Under a full moon, the foundation will honor Richard Meier for his architectural genius, Lisa de Kooning (in memoriam) with the LongHouse Art Leadership Award, including a never-seen film of her ever-ignited light fueling young imaginations, and Ai Weiwei for his freedom message and impact on the global stage. Mark your calendars for an exciting night of inspiring art, wonderful music and delicious food. Call 329-3568 early to reserve your seat.

Enjoy. Be safe. Keep nature clean.

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