Sag Harbor Area Community News, August 22


It seems almost incomprehensible that we are hurtling toward Labor Day already, seemingly at light-speed. Boy, how time flies when you are having fun!There are so many things to do right now that even the most socially reluctant of us most likely has a full calendar.

Congratulations to Sag Harbor’s own Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka, of Canio’s bookstore, who will be the special guest speakers at the next Fridays at Five at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on August 23.

These women, who have created a home-away-from-home for writers and artists for more than 25 years, will talk about “Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration.” The book is a collaboration between the two, with text by Ms. Calendrille and photographs by Ms. Szoka and includes a collection of essays and poems from area writers such as John Steinbeck, Herman Melville, Spalding Gray and many more.

Tickets are $15 each. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. For reservations, or to learn more, please call the Hampton Library at 537-0015. There are also a bunch of upcoming events planned at Canio’s so don’t forget to check out the bookstore’s website at as well.

Summer Stages will present “Godspell” at Pierson High School this weekend. Show dates are Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 25, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling Stages at 329-1420 or emailing For more information, please visit

On Saturday, there will be a “Harlem in the Hamptons” gathering at the Eastville Community Historical Society, honoring Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, from 1 to 5 p.m. Stop by the festivities, located at 139 Hampton Avenue in Sag Harbor, and enjoy the live entertainment, refreshments, displays and more. To learn more, visit

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum will play host to the Parrish Art Museum’s “Parrish Road Show” on Saturday, August 24, with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Interruptions Repeated,” an installation by Almond Zigmund, will remain on view at the Whaling Museum through September 10. For more information, visit

Need to rest up and find some inner peace after all of your running around? Then head to Sag Harbor’s Vajravarahi Meditation Center’s and Sag Harbor One Ocean Yoga’s “Peace & Compassion Buddhist Meditation” at Channing Daughters Sculpture Garden in Bridgehampton on Sunday, August 25, at 7 p.m. The traditional chanted prayers and meditations of Avalokiteshvara will be led by Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Norden.

Not only will there be a great gathering of truly cool people, and terrific sunset views, the event will also be free. Who can beat that? For additional information, call 728-5700, e-mail or visit

Chabad North Haven will host a Kabbalah Cafe workshop on Addiction on Sunday, August 25, at 11 a.m. The workshop will focus on acquiring knowledge to learn how to free oneself of bad habits and addictions of all different forms.

Reservations are suggested for this class, which is $18 each. Please call (347) 446-1373, e-mail or visit

Gavin Menu asked me to share the news that the Sag Harbor Chamber is raffling off a 14-karat whale pendant, made and donated by David Lee, that has a map of Sag Harbor in its quartz eye. How cool is that!

Tickets are $5, or six for $25. Stop by the Wharf Shop, Sag Harbor Liquor, Sag Harbor Variety and the windmill to purchase. A drawing will be held on September 8.

Speaking of the chamber, its annual HarborFest will be held from September 6 through September 8. To learn more about the raffle, and upcoming events, visit

I hate to end on a sad note but I must share this information.

A Noyac woman is asking anyone with information about an attack on her two cats to please come forward. Early last week, Ruth Schlatt said she let two of her cats, both 11-year-old black indoor/outdoor cats, Wobbles and Lil’Kitty, out to roam the neighborhood. A short time later, both cats returned home covered in a salt-like substance that was matted into their fur.

Lil’Kitty went back outside after being cleaned off and has not been seen since. Wobbles hid under furniture in Ms. Schlatt’s house before dying a short time later.

Please contact Press reporter Erin McKinley at, or feel free to send me an email at, with any information.

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