Water Mill Community Notes, August 1

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Astute readers surely picked up on my goof last week when I wrote that the tent was being put up the day before for the Taste of Water Mill. I wrote “yesterday” but I meant the following Wednesday, which means now this week it really is yesterday. Got that? It’s one of the hazards of working at a weekly newspaper: I am always thinking one week ahead.So if you missed helping out with the tent raising yesterday, don’t fret, there are plenty more opportunities to help the Water Mill Community Club’s Taste of Water Mill party committee get ready for the Saturday event. Supporting its scholarships awarded to local students, the event is open to members, as well as friends, family and guests. Individual prepaid tickets are still only $65 and tables of eight are $495.

If you want to help out in advance, on Friday, August 2, at 5:30 p.m. volunteers are needed to help set up tables and chairs, decorate, prep food, move plants and anything else that can be done in advance.

The final touches will be completed on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Youth volunteers are needed the night of the party, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Then, of course, comes cleanup time, often the most difficult to get volunteers for. If you can help out, get there around 10 a.m. The tent and dance floor will be taken down on Monday evening at 5 p.m.

Community service hours will be awarded to high school students for any of the dates or times listed above. For more information, call Cindy Corwith or Danny McKeever at 726-4772 or 291-7558, or Eileen or Tom Noonan at 726-4899 or (516) 848-7500.

Something new is coming to Water Mill Square: the Water Mill Festival on Saturday, August 3, will benefit Group for the East End and educational films produced by INFORM. Divided into two parts, the festival is family oriented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature music, games, prizes and snacks plus presentations by Group for the East End. While the kids are occupied, parents can check out the pop-up fashion boutique and the nail salon. Admission to the kids portion is free.

Then, at 4 p.m., there will be a benefit party and cocktail reception with locally prepared appetizers made from sustainable, local ingredients, plus a silent auction, music and art exhibitions. A highlight of the evening will be a fashion show. Each guest leaves with a goody bag.

For additional information, call (917) 921-8685 or e-mail kgenicola@hotmail.com.

Have you noticed the contest running on 27east.com? The Beefed-Up Backyard Barbecue Contest is seeking the boldest and best backyard barbecues in the Hamptons. Or maybe your hibachi will do. The winner will win gift certificates from Catena’s. Upload a photo of your BBQ set up and be in the running for the prize.

On a personal note, a very happy birthday to my oldest son, Sam, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday, July 27. I use the term loosely since he worked his tail off at the Plaza Cafe that night.

And a shout-out to my son Jack who did a great job in the first ever competition between the East Hampton Junior Lifeguards who train at Main Beach, which includes Jack, and the Southampton Junior Lifeguards who train at Mecox Beach. It was a great day for everyone and we hope it becomes a tradition.

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