Just because Columbus Day is behind us doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do in and around our village. In fact, there are so many items I need to mention this week that I’m going to just dive right in!In preparation for welcoming its new artistic director to our community, Bay Street Theatre held a special gathering earlier this month in Manhattan for Scott Schwartz, who will begin with the 2014 season. Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane hosted the event, held at a private club, to celebrate Mr. Schwartz’s arrival and to introduce him to Bay Street Theatre patrons and members of the Broadway community of actors, directors and producers.
The evening’s entertainment included two numbers composed by Tony nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, who sang and played the piano. Others in attendance included Bill Gaden, Dr. Bruce Horten, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger, Elisa Stein, Jenny Lyn Bader, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Barbara Whitman, Jayson Raitt, Ada Samuelsson, Jim Peck and Bruce Sloan. Of course, members of the Bay Street board and administrative team were there too. Ana Daniel, Adrianne Cohen, Robert Florio, Lance Gotko, Gary Hygom, Tracy Mitchell, Ken Searles and Pia Zankel all came to give Scott a mighty welcome.
Speaking of big hurrahs, Harry Bates and Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects of Sag Harbor will be inducted in the Interior Design Magazine 2013 Hall of Fame during a ceremony on December 4 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Congratulations and best wishes to both of these fine men, who are not only wonderful architects, they are amazing human beings as well. I have a particular fondness for Mr. Bates—a true gentleman and scholar.
Bates Masi + Architects has been practicing for 48 years. The firm has earned too many awards to count for its residential, institutional and commercial projects located around the world. To learn more, visit www.batesmasi.com.
Our friend and fellow author J.Z. Holden will visit Canio’s for a reading and talk about her first novel, “Illusion of Memory,” on Saturday, October 19, at 5 p.m. Stop by and visit. To learn more, visit www.caniosbooks.com.
On Sunday, October 20, Judy Carmichael will play a benefit concert at The American Hotel. The noontime luncheon and recital will include Harry Allen and Chris Flory, and proceeds will go to The Fundraiser for Jazz: Listening for Life. Tax-deductible tickets are $150, which includes a champagne luncheon, recital, tax and tip. For information on how to make reservations, visit www.judycarmichael.com.
Also on Sunday, the Old Whalers’ Church will host the annual East End CROP Walk to Fight Hunger. Registration will open at the church, located at 44 Union Street, at 12:15 p.m.
The 3-mile walk around Sag Harbor Village will step off at 1 p.m. Following the walk, all participants are invited to share in a light meal served at the church. The interfaith effort among a number of East End churches will be held to help relieve hunger around the world and around the corner. Funds raised by CROP Walks are shared with food banks, pantries and community gardens across the U.S. Local organizers have the option of returning up to 25 percent of what the walk raises to hunger-relief programs in their own area.
To learn more, please call the Reverend Mark Phillips at 725-0894. Volunteers are also needed to help with registration, serve the meal and staff the water station along the route.
Talking about eating and drinking, The Cuddy is offering food and beverage specials. Enjoy $5 beers Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., $20 mains with wine and beer pairings, and two-for-one Mimosa Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 725-0101 for reservations.
Mark your calendars for next week, when Sag Harbor resident Eric Fischl will talk about his autobiography, “Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas,” at Stony Brook Southampton on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. If you haven’t seen him yet, make sure to go to this free talk. The book, and the artist, is one of my faves.
To learn more, call 632-5033, email Andrew.Botsford@stonybrook.edu, or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa.
While on the subject of books, don’t forget that there are still a few spots available at the table for the last “One for the Books!” talks to benefit John Jermain Memorial Library, which will be held at various Sag Harbor homes on Saturday, October 19, at 6 p.m. To see what seats are open, visit www.johnjermain.org, or call 725-0049, ext. 244.
Last, The Press is hosting Community First awards, and we are looking for honorees. Do you know someone who is making an impact in our community? Drop Kim Covell a line at firstname.lastname@example.org telling her who the person is and why they should be recognized.
Nominees will be honored with a Community First award and profile in our Hamptons Holiday supplement. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 25.