Nothing beats a staycation for getting things done and recuperating from a wild and crazy summer. I’m glad I was finally able to take some time off last week but have vowed to really reward myself the next holiday by jetting off to someplace fantastic, even though I’d be hard-pressed to find a place as wonderful as this.Speaking of wonderful, I’m happy to announce that the Pierson High School Homecoming Parade was approved by the Village Board earlier this month. The parade, which will proceed from the village to Nassau Street to Mashashimuet Park, will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 8 to 10 a.m.
Also on Saturday, the East End SEPTO Family Fun Fair will be held, starting at 11 a.m. at the Sag Harbor Elementary School. The event will feature a petting zoo, bounce house, obstacle course, games, prizes, face painting, dunk tank, food, music, Chinese auction and more. For additional information, call 276-5271, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.eastendsepto.com.
Of course there’s the huger-than-ever, third annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival this weekend, too.
The event begins on Friday, September 27, at 8 p.m. with a main stage concert and fundraiser at Old Whalers’ Church featuring BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25.
On Saturday, September 28, there will be free music at a variety of venues all day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Escola De Samba BOOM will kick off the day’s festivities at 11 a.m. at the windmill. The last free concert will be with Jettykoon at La Superica at 8 p.m.
There will be an official after party starting at 9 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre with Joe Delia & Thieves and the Dan Bailey Tribe. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the theater on Saturday.
Other live talent performing throughout the day includes: HooDoo Loungers, Richie Siegler Quartet, Matty Liot, Soul/Jazz Train Express with Randy Brecker, Christine Giuliano, Alfredo Merat, Ludmilla Queiroz Benevides and Marcello Pimenta, Sag Harbor Community Band, Caroline Doctorow & The Steamrollers, Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, Hopefully Forgiven, Jake Lear, Mark Yodice of the June Rise, Moore Johansson, the Complete Unknowns, Twilight Lounge with Inda Eaton, Sara Hartman, East Wind and Nancy Stearns. Details about all concerts, tickets and venues and performers can be found at www.sagharbormusic.org.
Congratulations to Mark Mahoney, a Lehigh University student and Pierson High School graduate, who has published original research on the causes of epilepsy in the Journal of Neuroscience. Mr. Mahoney is a student in Lehigh’s bioengineering program. Along with researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, he worked with Lehigh’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to publish this research.
The study, “PI3K-Akt Signaling Activates mTOR-Mediated Epileptogenesis in Organotypic Hippocampal Culture Model of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy,” was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Well done Mark!
Kudos also to Anne Seelbach, whose “Death Serves Life” was recently named Best in Show at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead and will be included in a Winners’ Show group exhibit at the gallery, opening on Friday, October 4. A free reception will be held that night from 5 to 7 p.m. To learn more, visit www.eastendarts.org.
Blessings to Erika Halweil and Corey De Rosa, who were married on Friday, September 6. The couple, who met at Mr. De Rosa’s yoga studio Tapovana, wed in a civil ceremony at Southampton Town Hall and took part in a spiritual ceremony in Montauk the next day. Eons of happiness to you both.
Moving on from lovers to food lovers, I’m happy to announce that Bay Burger will now be open year-round, except for Tuesdays. Keep on keeping on, Liza and Joe!
Ooh, and Sylvester & Co. has also expanded, in a sense. Based on the success of its Dreamy Coffee, they have begun a new coffee company called Red Thread Good Coffee. To learn more, visit www.redthreadgoodcoffee.com.
Alas, I’ve got a bit of bad news to share this week too. Goat On a Boat puppet theater was flooded a few weeks ago and will be closed until further notice. The good news is that no puppets were harmed in the flood and the doors will reopen as soon as renovations are completed, hopefully around October 7. Keep up with the news, and view the fall schedule at www.goatonaboat.org.
Moving on from children’s theater to children’s literature, Stony Brook Southampton is now accepting applications for its 2014 Children’s Literature Fellows Program. The Children’s Literature Fellows, the one-year certificate program launched last year by the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program, is now accepting applications for 2014.
The program was developed by author and Children’s Literature Conference Director Emma Walton Hamilton and MFA in Creative Writing Director Julie Sheehan to offer children’s book writers a more affordable and flexible option than matriculation in a two- or three-year MFA program. According to information provided by the college, the course bears 16 graduate level credits and is customized to be affordable, comprehensive and professionally useful.
Fellows work independently with the writers who make up Stony Brook Southampton’s faculty in a highly individualized curriculum that can be accomplished from home. Each Fellow will complete either one publishable young adult or middle grade manuscript, or, for chapter and picture book writers, a series concept with one completed manuscript or three separate manuscripts constituting a series.
A dozen applicants will be selected. The application deadline for 2014 is December 1. For more information, please visit www.childrenslitfellows.org or www.stonybrook.edu/mfa and click on the Children’s Lit Fellows link.