Water Mill Community Notes, August 15

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It never ceases to amaze me how our community comes together when one of its own is in need. And the fundraiser for three-year-old Drew Birdsall, son of Danny Birdsall who grew up here, is a perfect example. Drew was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Last Friday, Danny’s classmates from the Southampton High School Class of 1997 organized an event in just a couple of weeks and the turnout was amazing: more than 350 people packed the room at 230 Elm.Since Danny could not be there in person—obviously he’s tied up taking care of a sick child and his family, which includes wife Shawna and a young daughter—guests at the fundraiser heard from Danny via Facetime. Unfortunately, a technical glitch prevented his talk from making it to the big screen and it was a bit of a struggle for some to hear him on the tiny iPad, but a wonderful video put together by the family depicting photos of Drew from birth until now was up on the big screen to the delight of everyone.

The Birdsall family, which includes Drew’s grandparents Sue and Dave, are very grateful for this show of community support. Grist for the Mill will include updates on Drew’s condition as they are received.

We hear that Doug Geed of Cablevision’s News12 visited the Water Mill Museum on July 31 to shoot footage for a segment of his series, The East End. He toured the mill with his cameraman/woman team and spoke with Joani Wilson, who did a great job demonstrating the grinding stones and mechanisms, and helping the crew get all the shots they want. The show will air in about a month. That’s pretty cool.

Speaking of the Water Mill Museum, this Friday, August 16, and continuing through Sunday, September 15, quilts will fill the museum’s gallery spaces. More than 200 handcrafted quilts, traditional, modern, antique and new, will be displayed on two floors, and many are available for purchase at very reasonable prices. Funds raised from the show will support the museum’s 1644 grist mill restoration. Visitors are invited to view and buy the quilts. Children under age 12 are admitted free, adult admission is $5, and that includes a raffle chance to win a quilt. The museum is open Thursday through Monday. For details, visit, www.watermillmuseum.org.

More interesting programming at the Parrish is coming up this weekend. On Friday, August 16, at 6 p.m., visitors to the museum can listen to Bach on the covered terrace as performed by two internationally acclaimed violinists or can take a life drawing workshop in the Sip and Sketch Social Club, featuring two swimsuit-clad models (the theme is “At the Beach”), with the options of instruction, if desired, and drinks from the café. The idea of Sip and Sketch Social Club is to encourage socializing as well as creativity.

The Edge of Woods Farm in Water Mill, aka Matt Lauer’s horse farm, was the subject of a public hearing before the Southampton Town Planning Board. The owners of the farm, designated as an ag reserve, are requesting permission to build another house for laborers (one is already there), more than 2,500 square feet. Several residents turned out to voice their objection to the plan, as did Rachel Verno on behalf of the Water Mill Citizens Advisory Committee. Some residents, those who own some of the “Farrell houses” to the north of the property, were represented by a lawyer at the hearing, who voiced objections on their behalf, noting that they purchased their homes based on the plan originally submitted and approved by the Planning Board. If you wish to have a say, a second hearing on the proposal is set for Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m.

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