Southampton Community Notes, September 19

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One of my favorite Southampton haunts has finally gotten a face lift. Shippy’s Pumpernickel East, which has been around since the 1950s on Windmill Lane, will hold a reception to celebrate its recent renovation and the installation of some new artwork on Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Nick Nielsen has beautifully renovated and redecorated the restaurant, incorporating artwork by Long Island artist Elaine Faith Thompson into the decor. The new paintings depict local scenes such as the Big Duck in Flanders, the Montauk and Fire Island lighthouses, and several pieces of her golf-themed art. Most recently, Ms. Thompson’s painting of Sebonack Golf Club was featured on the poster for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open poster.At the reception patrons will have the chance to nosh on Shippy’s excellent American cuisine and German specialties. Admission to the reception is free. If you can’t make it to the reception stop by for lunch Mondays through Saturdays or for dinner any night of the week. Maybe I’ll see you there!

The Southampton Full Gospel Church will hold a fundraiser for its Christian school in Leogane, Haiti, on Saturday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at Gracia Abundante Church on Old Stone Highway in East Hampton. It’s nice to see good people reach out to help those less fortunate in other parts of the world. Tickets to the event are $40 per person. For more information, visit www.missionreachout.org or call (631) 283-6829.

Stop by LTV Studios in Wainscott to audition for a spot in Southampton-based Our Fabulous Variety Show, along with the Round Table Theatre Academy & Co.’s, latest workshops, “Shakespeare! The Musical,” on Sunday or Monday, September 22 or 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., each day. The workshops will be held in October with a performance in November. To be considered for a singing part, prepare 32 bars of any song and bring a karaoke track on CD or other music device. Or, if you’ve really got the pipes, prepare to sing a cappella. Dancers should plan on a short jazz, ballet, hip hop, or tap piece. Contact the talented Anita Boyer at (740) 607-6748 or email ourfabulousvarietyshow@gmail.com for information and to reserve your audition time.

Southampton SeptemberFest and the Southampton Historical Museum’s Harvest Day are right around the corner! Septemberfest will kick off with a cocktail party sponsored by the Southampton Rotary Club featuring live music by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, gourmet treats provided by some of my favorite food trucks, and local craft beer and wine. The event will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m., under a spacious tent in Agawam Park. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. Proceeds from the party help fund Southampton SeptemberFest and provide college scholarships for local students.

At The Library

There are spaces available in the Rogers Memorial Library’s fiction and memoir writing workshop, Tuesday afternoon yoga, guided meditation, and tai chi classes. Call to sign up.

Gail Pudaloff, exercise and kinetic therapist, will offer four sessions to help alleviate back pain, beginning on Friday, September 20, at 10:15 a.m. The $20 fee is due at registration per session.

Award-winning vocalist Valerie diLorenzo will offer “Swinging on a Star: An Evening of Cabaret,” accompanied by Barry Levitt on piano, at the library on Friday, September 20, at 7 p.m. They will perform works by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more.

Professional career counselor Karen McKenna will lead a two-part workshop in job search strategies for young adults, age 18 to 30, in the library’s Cooper Hall board room, beginning September 21, at 2 p.m. The sessions will discuss today’s market realities, differentiating oneself from others, and more.

Les Blank’s “The Blues Accord­in’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins” and “Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers,” will screen for free on Monday, September 23, starting at 3 p.m.

Registration is still open for the library’s breakfast outing at the Princess Diner followed by a tour of the Wikun Village at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Thursday, September 26. The $15 fee includes a full breakfast and tours. Registration is required.

Fred Volkmer will discuss the life and work of Anglo-Irish and American writer and biographer Iris Origo (1902-1988) at the library on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m.

To register for any program contact (631) 283-0774 ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.

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