Bridgehampton Community Notes, August 14


Do you feel the mounting craziness? It’s building toward the grand finale of Labor Day on September 1, less than a mere three weeks away. Take a deep breath, enjoy the energy of it all and give those bad drivers a break. They know not what they do.Kids, kids, kids were the featured attraction at the summer carnival hosted by the Sag Harbor Fire Department last week. It seemed as if every local family with a young one or two or three was there. It was fun to stroll the grounds as dusk fell and the sky glowed and see the next generation of Sag Harbor folks learning what summer is about in a real, live, thriving community.

Other big events last week were Saturday’s Eastville Historical Society’s 29th annual old-fashioned fish fry, sponsored by the AARP, which should have been mentioned here last week; and the Sag Harbor Community Band concert on Bay Street on Tuesday evening featuring a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with hand bells and muskets.

Hey stand-up paddlers! Coming up is the third annual Hamptons Paddle for Pink to raise funds for breast cancer research. It is set for Saturday, August 16, at Havens Beach with a great race course, professional chip-based timing and support provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Main Beach Surf and Sport’s stand-up paddle race team will handle race logistics and oversight.

Co-hosted by Lisa and Richard Perry and Maria and Larry Baum, all North Haven homeowners, the multi-skill race will be followed by a benefit party at the Perrys’ bluff-side mansion overlooking Noyac Bay. Last year, Edie Falco, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, William Lauder and Donna Karan were among the luminaries who attended the big event, which raised more than $1.2 million. To find out if space is still available for competitors and for partygoers, go to the website,

The general manager and chef at the Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack will host the next East End Chefs program at the Old Whalers’ Church on Union Street on Tuesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. He’ll prepare beef and lamb gyro and show how to make the tzatziki sauce and the restaurant’s special Greek salad that goes with it. For dessert, there will be a cold fudge sundae with homemade fudge sauce.

The fee to attend is $20, payable at the door by cash or check. Funds will support the Community House Fund at the church, which is used to improve and maintain the space at the church that is devoted to the local organizations, such as the Food Pantry and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Wine and water will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so reserve a space by calling Lillian Woudsma at (631) 553-6515 or emailing her at

This Sunday, August 10, marks the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of The Hamptons GLBT Center at the Old Whalers’ Church. The effort to create it followed the tragic death by suicide of East Hampton student David Hernandez Barros, a young man who was bullied and shunned by his peers in school.

To understand the center’s origins and the importance of the support it offers, see the video on YouTube titled “Hope in the Hamptons” produced by the Long Island GLBT network. It is a very well done tale about people committed to kindness, decency and hope. For more information, contact Chris Scarpati, assistant director of development of the Long Island GLBT network, at (516) 323-0011.

The Old Whalers’ Church, one of Sag Harbor’s most notable buildings, both historically and architecturally, will be open for self-guided tours on Saturday, August 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Of special note is the newly restored tromp l’oeil mural at the south end of the sanctuary, which gives the impression of a spacious rotunda behind the altar—something architect Minard Lefevre wanted to build but funding did not allow. In 1902, the mural was covered up with a coat of paint. An early attempt at restoration was a technical failure, compounded by further ham-handed touch-ups over the years. Now it looks as it did in the mid-19th century whaling era, when the church was built.

There’s more history on hand Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 5 p.m., when the Whaling and Historical Museum once again offers its “Literary Legends” walking tour of Sag Harbor. Meet at the museum on Main Street. Admission is $20.

Norma Jean Pilates, in association with Aureus Contemporary Gallery, has unveiled a new group exhibition featuring three contemporary women artists through September 14 at the Norma Jean Pilates studio at 52 Main Street. Claire Shegog, Sara Carter and Elise Wehle are the featured artists, chosen for their ability to blend the beautiful with the spiritual.

Norma Jean Pilates recently opened the doors of its brand new studio in the townhouse at 52 Main Street under the direction of owner and founder Hayley Thorpe. NJP is committed to celebrating the arts and artists that encourage creativity and the connection between the body and the mind. For further information about the artists, please visit the Aureus Contemporary Gallery website at

Nature photo enthusiasts should head over to the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island on Saturday, August 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., when preserve trustee Jim Colligan—a truly brilliant photographer known for his beautiful shots of preserve wildlife—will teach the tricks of light and shot selection to take amazing photos.

The following week at the preserve, the Young Naturalist program continues with “Journey of a Butterfly” on Friday, August 22, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 4 and up.

This is the time of year when monarch butterflies are heading to Mexico for the winter. Kids will join artist Grace Markman to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, read the book “Waiting for Wings,” and make fun child-sized wings for each child to bring home.

Mashomack’s meadows are gorgeous in their late summer splendor. On Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., come explore the edges of the forest where wildlife gather, see blooming flowers and perhaps catch the spectacle of masses of tree swallows gathering for their flight south.

Coming up at Bay Street Theatre this weekend, Canio’s Books will present artist April Gornik of North Haven on Saturday, August 16, at 4:30 p.m., when she will discuss her book, “April Gornik: Drawings,” an extensive compilation of her charcoal drawings. On Thursday, August 21, at 5 p.m. at Bay Street, memoirist Eileen Obser will read from “Only You,” accompanied on keyboard by Amanda Trees; and on Saturday, August 23, at 5 p.m., writer and cartoonist Jules Feiffer will discuss “Kill My Mother,” a graphic novel, and “Rupert Can Dance,” a book for kids of all ages.

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