Water Mill Community Notes, September 25

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It could quite possibly have been the busiest weekend in history at my house. In addition to our usual household tasks, the weekend included a launch party for my husband’s recently released album and the ninth staging of the Flying Point run.For those who may have missed the story about my husband and his music in last week’s Press [“Music Born In A Bar,” Arts & Living], he produced an album of songs for which he wrote all the lyrics and music. This one, the first of, hopefully, more to come, is called “Songs from the Briar Patch” and it includes songs inspired by his mother’s Southern roots.

About 100 family and friends gathered at Dockers in East Quogue on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the launch and hear some live performances of cuts from the album. You can read more by checking out the band’s Facebook page. Search for The Meatiers.

Then on Sunday, I got up early for the Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness, which I am thrilled to report was among the best ever. A great turnout and support from sponsors resulted in more than $7,000 being raised for the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, an organization I founded in 2008. We run a camp for children with autism and provide teacher grants and scholarships to graduating students with autism. Our cheerful volunteers also contribute to the fun atmosphere at this event. Information about the foundation is available at www.fpf4autism.org and information about the run is at www.flyingpointrun.com. The foundation also has a Facebook page.

Oh boy, did I goof up something in Grist last week! Kathy McLauchlen, the force behind the Water Mill Bridge Club, sent me bridge news with a punchy lead and I read it to mean that the club was offering classes for kids when, in fact, the lessons are for adults. So here again is the information that applies, which is for adults: The classes will be taught by George Aman, a bridge life master, director, and accredited instructor, on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., from September 29 through November 24 at the Water Mill Bridge Club, at 1040 Montauk Highway. He will teach participants how to bid, make contracts, set and play out a hand, and win, all while socializing and stimulating their brains. The cost of the series is $150. Just bring math skills, logic, cunning, strategy, teamwork and a desire to win. For more information, email kcarew@optonline.net or telephone (631) 726-6448.

The Parrish Art Museum is hitting the road. In conjunction with the current special exhibition, “Platform: Maya Lin,” on view through October 13, the museum will present two programs over the weekend that highlight Lin’s interest in the environment, and intend to raise awareness about pertinent East End ecological issues, with the second day being a tour in Springs.

On Saturday at 11 a.m. in the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater, eight speakers—including architects, writers, scientists, artists, local political leaders and water advocates—will give short-format presentations of 20 slides for 20 seconds each on water issues in the region. Then, on Sunday at 10 a.m., two guides from The Nature Conservancy will lead a one-hour guided walking tour of Accabonac Harbor’s marsh and upland habitat, one of the area’s most important tidal marsh systems. The tour begins at the Merrill Lake Sanctuary and ends at East Hampton-based Landscape Architect Edwina von Gal’s property, where participants can see Maya Lin’s installation, Avalanche. Both programs are co-organized with The Nature Conservancy. For details, visit www.parrishart.org.

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