It might still be summer on the calendar but it sure feels like fall, when we need the sun to ward off the chill in the air. Autumn is here officially on Sunday, September 22, late in the afternoon.That same day, but much earlier, runners and walkers will be gathering at Flying Point Beach in Water Mill for the annual Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness. This year brings a new distance (it was an 8K previously) so that both runners and walkers can enjoy the same course, which, by the way, is simply stunning. Starting out at the beach, the course continues along Mecox Bay to Cobb Road making a loop back for another view of the bay before finishing just steps from the ocean.
Along with the participation of registered runners and walkers, a number of people have made pledges to other runners to help increase the bottom line for this fundraising event. Among the runners who have created a fundraising page is Harry Wareing, the afternoon deejay at WEHM radio, based in Water Mill. He’s been kind enough to be there for the last several years with his big box of music but this year he’s mixing it up a bit and going to run the course too. You can find his page and that of all the individuals accepting pledges at www.firstgiving.com, enter “Flying Point 5K” in search box. Or go to the Flying Point Foundation for Autism Facebook page for links to the event and fundraisers.
It’s always a terrific day for participants and their families, as well as spectators. Kids get their toes sandy after the main event by running in the 50-yard dash on the beach. There’s music, prizes, refreshments and much more.
Registration is $25 in advance/$30 day of race and that gets the first 100 registered runners a tech t-shirt. For details, go to www.flyingpointrun.com.
Two Water Mill artists have news.
First, “Morning Sunflower for Ron,” a painting by Bruce Lieberman of Water Mill who teaches art at East Hampton High School, has been acquired as part of the permanent collect at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. The painting can be seen as part of a current exhibition that will remain on view through November 23.
And Jim Gemake, a mixed media artist from Water Mill, will have his work included in the East End Arts Gallery’s Winners’ Show. An opening reception is planned for Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery in Riverhead. This exhibit features the work of Best in Show artists from juried East End Arts Gallery shows that took place during 2012. Mr. Gemake, an East End Arts member since 2002, won Best in Show for his assemblage, “All For Naught,” and was winner of the “Found Objects” exhibit.
We all know that the best of intentions can quickly go awry. Case in point: photos of the Water Mill car show that ran alongside Grist had incorrect information. The Committee’s Choice Award went to Jim Hatgistavrou (last week it was spelled with a “y” instead of a “u” on the end) for his metallic bronze (not gold) 1978 Camaro Z28. It’s a sweet win nonetheless!
A new show opens today at the Water Mill Museum. For just three days, Vintage NY Salt Water Fishing ‘Baits’ and Lures Show will fill the space at the museum, where Bob Jones will exhibit and discuss his extensive collection of vintage fishing lures from the World War II era. Admission is $5 for adults, but kids 12 and under get in for free. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday only. For more information, go to www.watermillmuseum.org.
Congratulations are in order for Kristina Lewis of Water Mill who was recently admitted to United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She will study in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries program for fall 2013 semester. The seminary is affiliated with the United Methodist Church but serves students from all faith traditions.
If you’re looking for something interesting to do on Friday evening, you might want to check out PechaKucha Night Hamptons Vol. 5 at the Parrish Art Museum. An impressive list of creative East End residents each get a chance to show 20 slides at 20 seconds each, yielding a rapid-fire presentation lasting six minutes and 40 seconds. According to Curator of Special Projects Andrea Grover, who organizes the series, “This is a great opportunity to establish new relationships, learn about local resources, and hear from the many artists, writers, musicians, gardeners, farmers, baymen, winemakers, chefs, designers, architects and other creative professionals who comprise our region.” Tickets are $10, free for members, children, and students, and include museum admission. Space is limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Go to www.parrishart.org.