Sag Harbor Community News, August 15

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It’s been one heck of a busy summer so far.I’ve been out just about every night for the past two months, with no signs of slowing down until after Labor Day. But as I always say, it’s not like I’m digging ditches, I’m out party hopping, so I can’t really complain.

In the midst of hustling and bustling to and fro I spent a very enjoyable evening last week at Bay Street Theatre with my friend and fellow Sag Harborite, Bonnie Grice. We took in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and had a fantastic time. If there’s only one show you’re going to see this year, make this one it. You’ll be happy you did!

I’m happy to report that the theater named a new artistic director on Monday, August 12. Congratulations to Scott Schwartz, who takes over the creative helm for the 2014 season.

I saw Mr. Schwartz’s production of Jonathan Larsen’s “Tick, Tick … Boom” about a thousand years, and another lifetime, ago when I lived in the city and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to be bringing to Bay Street. Want to know more? Visit www.baystreet.org.

Congratulations to all who have done their part for the newly opened GLBT Community Center at the Old Whalers’ Church grounds. More than 250 people showed up for the grand opening of this very first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center in the Hamptons this past Saturday.

The center will offer support, health and social programs for people of all ages, including the families and friends of GLBT community members, starting Tuesday, August 20. Programs will continue to roll out in the near future. For more information, please call 899-4950.

Looking ahead, don’t forget that the second annual Paddle for Pink will be held this coming Saturday, August 17, at 8 a.m. at Havens Beach. For those paddling, the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad will provide race support with jet-ski, paddler, and rescue swimmer coverage along the course. For those who just want to enjoy watching the races, spectators are definitely welcome.

That night, North Haven residents Lisa and Richard Perry will host a sunset “Party for Pink” at their home, starting at 6:30 p.m. Celebrity paddlers Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton will attend the party, and there will be live music by Tom Curren and Brendan Fallis.

Proceeds from the race and party will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, visit www.hamptonspaddleforpink.org.

On Sunday, August 18, Canio’s will open “James Britton in Sag Harbor, 1920s” with a free reception at 4 p.m. I haven’t seen the actual paintings and woodcuts yet, but judging from the photos I did see the pieces are absolutely stunning. For additional information, call 725-4926, e-mail info@caniosbooks.com or visit www.caniosbooks.com.

Lastly, I have a little sad news to share. Condolences to the family and friends of Katherine Stewart, better known here as Sr. Vianney Stewart, who died on Friday, August 2, at the age of 91.

Sr. Vianney taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary and also served at Cormaria Retreat House for many years. Upon retiring, she moved to Marymount Convent in Tarrytown, where she was living at the time of her death.

The services have already passed but gifts in Sr. Vianney’s name may be made to Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive in Tarrytown, New York, 10591. For additional information, please visit www.coffeyfuneralhome.com.

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