Sag Harbor Community Notes, October 3


Now don’t get me wrong, fall is one of my favorite times of the year. But it’s also the most sartorially challenging.I don’t know about you but I’ve seen some seriously schizophrenic dressing this past week. Sometimes standing not 2 feet apart, I’ve seen people all over the village in shorts, sweaters, down-filled vests and swimsuit cover-ups. I went to a dinner party last week where half of the people were in sandals and the other half were in boots. And everybody felt awkward about their fashion choices.

Adding to the confusion, having recently moved, I’ve got clothes and shoes packed away and yet still strewn about all over the house. Thinking ahead before the big move, I managed to pull out some transitional clothing for my immediate work needs, though I forgot to do the same with my shoes. Until I unearth my two most prized shoe storage bags (at least I know where they are, I’ve just got to wade through a dozen or so bags and boxes of clothes and extra linens) I’ve got a limited choice of varying flip-flops and sandals, one pair of sneakers and a past-its-prime pair of black ballet flats.

Hopefully this weekend will be less crazy and I’ll find some time to get unpacked and au currant with the weather. Fingers crossed that it continues to stay so beautiful for just a while longer.

Speaking of nature, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society is offering a Sag Harbor Cove Paddle on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the water access spur off Bayview Road, which is reachable from Noyac Road by either Cove Road East or West.

Boaters must bring their own kayaks or canoes, and life jackets, which are mandatory. Ken and Sue Bieger will lead the paddle. To learn more, call 283-5432 or visit

Also on Saturday morning, Pippa’s Pooch Parade will be held at Haven’s Beach at 8:30 a.m. The 2-mile stroll for doggies and their owners will run from the beach to Main Street. Register online at or at the beach on the day of the event from 7 to 8 a.m. The cost is $25 and proceeds will benefit local military families and veterans.

I just ran into Rich Demato while shopping for dinner last night and he reminded me of the “Women Painting Women” exhibit now on view at his gallery. The opening was quite a success and many of the 30 women painters were in attendance.

If you haven’t seen the show, drop on by the gallery. The work will hang through Monday, October 14. For more information, call 725-1161, email or visit

While on the topic of arts, Our Sons and Daughters School at 11 Carroll Street is offering free morning craft time for children and adults. Classes are at 8:45 a.m. and are Waldorf inspired.

October projects will included flannel baby doll blankets and recycled sweater dolls. Classes will include instruction and craft time for projects made out of natural materials. For additional information, call (518) 265-9423, e-mail or visit

Lastly, I’m so happy to report that voters approved John Jermain Memorial Library’s $2.3 million budget. This self-proclaimed word nerd and lifelong voracious reader has always been a huge believer that reading is not only fundamental, it’s the key to being a well-rounded and fully actualized person. Yay for books!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual two-night “One for the Books!” cocktail parties to benefit the library, which will be held on Saturdays, October 12 and 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at select Sag Harbor homes. Special guests will include: E.L. Doctorow, David Margolick, Suzanne McNear, David Kastan, Tom Clavin, Joe Pintauro, Eric Fischl, Mac Griswold and Alan Furst.

Curious to find out more? Then head over to the library’s website at and read all about it.

Cheers until next week.

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