The final weekend is here and once again, the summer season has passed by too fast. I have been traveling to Montauk a lot due to the art show I have installed out there, and the traffic has been hideous. It’s another world in Montauk.Congratulations to the Springs Girl Scout Troop 1650, who built and decorated two bookshelves, one for children and one for adults, and operated a book drive to fill them and donate them to The Retreat’s residential shelter for women and children as part of their Bronze Award.
“We are so lucky and happy to have the support of the Girl Scouts! The women and children who come to us for help are so grateful for these things,” said shelter director Minerva Perez.
In 2013, The Retreat’s residential shelter provided safety and support to 58 women and 59 children. Included in the services are adult and children’s counseling, advocacy, educational programs, housing assistance, help in obtaining public assistance and transportation. Access to the shelter is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, or if you are seeking shelter, please call the hotline at 329-2200.
Friday is the last day for the Farmers Market in the parking lot at Nick & Toni’s on North Main Street. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you want to see plenty of East Hampton artists in one location, visit the ‘Curious’ show at Ashawagh Hall this weekend. The opening is Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will be the preview for East End Hospice’s Box Auction.
At 5 p.m., today, Guild Hall’s KidFest continues with Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines. Johnny Peers and the MuttvilleComix is a slapstick comedy act with more than a dozen dogs performing challenging and hilarious tricks in this wonderful show. The MuttvilleComix have performed with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, appeared on David Letterman, and even performed at the White House. With something for the whole family and the dog-lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Daphne, the world’s only skateboarding basset hound; Squeaky, the ladder-climbing fox terrier; Mr. Pepe, who only responds to commands in Spanish; and Sir Winston, the pointer mix who only answers to “Sir.”
Tonight, at 8 p.m., Guild Hall will present a follow-up to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary “Herb & Dorothy” (2008), which moved millions of art-lovers worldwide. Herb & Dorothy 50×50 captures the last chapter of the Vogels’ extraordinary life and their gift to the nation. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all 50 states. In 2012, Dorothy declared their collection closed after the passing of her husband Herb. In “50×50,” we see how Dorothy works to create a living tribute to their partnership. Discussion will follow with Dorothy Vogel and Dr. Ruth Appelhof.
On Friday, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Guild Hall will present HIFF SummerDocs: THE OVERNIGHTERS hosted by Alec Baldwin. In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck when hydraulic fracturing in that region unlocks a vast oil field in the nearby Bakken shale. Upon arrival, however, busloads of newcomers step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep—the town lacks the infrastructure to house even those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is hell-bent on delivering the migrants some dignity. Night after night he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening the church’s doors to allow the “overnighters”—as he calls them—to stay for a night, a week or sometimes even longer, sleeping on the floor, in the pews, and in their cars in the church parking lot. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking. The film will be released theatrically by Drafthouse Films in the fall of 2014. Tickets are available online at GuildHall.org, at Box Office 324-4050 or at theatermania.com; or 1 (866) 811-4111.
On Saturday, From 10 to 11 a.m., the East Hampton Historical Society will offer an Herb Program for adults. Adults will be instructed in the use of herbs they can grow themselves. In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary and the August performance of “The Tempest” by the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, flowers and herbs that were grown in his time have been planted at the Mulford Farm.
On Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m.,The Perfect Earth/Azuero Earth Project Second Biannual Family Picnic and Concert will launch the organization’s new major initiative promoting toxin-free lawn and landscape maintenance in the United States and around the world. It will be a day of activities for the whole family, including a picnic and live music by The Persuasions, G.E. Smith, Teddy Thompson and special guest Roger Waters. The event will also include children’s activities with a wild animal petting zoo from the Quogue Wildlife Rescue and lawn games for the young and young at heart. The event is open to all ages. For more info, visit perfectearthproject.org.
On Monday, it will be a good idea to stay off the roads as most people pack up and head back to their lives in a different location.
Be safe, Enjoy.