East Hampton Community Notes, October 16

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The season is officially over once the Hamptons Film Festival crowd leaves town. I must say. It is not as much fun as it used to be. Getting tickets to a film is nothing more than frustrating, since most films are sold out before they actually go on sale.I recall the first or second year of the festival where there was a car that looked like a bumblebee in the village. Since then it had become more mainstreamed, filled with celebrities. Yet still a great event. I hope everyone had a chance to take in at least one film. I did not. I have been working on the Annual Birdhouse Auction that is taking place this coming Saturday.

I started this auction ten years ago to help women and families struggling with breast cancer. The birdhouse auction, which has become one of the major fund-raising events of the Lucia’s Angels, continues to help women and families in need. After ten years of auctioning birdhouses, I felt it was time for a change. Obviously artists and attendees feel differently. I was planning on having this the final birdhouse auction and have the annual event continue next year with a different theme. I am not too sure now. It’s like the birds are squawking at me to continue. We will see. In the meantime, this year approximately 100 artists have donated their talents and creativity to help design a one-of-a-kind birdhouse, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the various cancer support programs for Lucia’s Angels.

Lucia’s Angels was created in loving memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan. Lucia’s Angels has provided help and funding for babysitting, heating bills, health insurance premiums, automobile repair, groceries, ambulatory trips, therapeutic massage, salon services and wigs. From special wishes like one more trip to the beach, to providing extra child-care, to the holding of a hand, Lucia’s spirit and Angels will be there.

The 10th Annual Artist Bird House Auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Southampton Social Club, located at 256 Elm Street in Southampton (near the train station.) Tickets are $50/$60 at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, please call 726-8715.

Time is running out to nominate that special person for the Press’s Annual Community First Award. It can be a neighbor, friend, relative or a co-worker and we want to hear about how their actions benefit the lives of others and the local community. It can be someone who has been nominated in the past but did not win. To nominate someone, write a brief, compelling story about the individual, what distinguishes them from others and highlight how the nominee’s actions benefit the lives of others. A donation will be made to an organization affiliated with the winner, who will be featured in our Hamptons Holiday publication. Email nominations, no later than October 24, to kim@pressnewsgroup.com.

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, there will be a yard sale at the ARF Adoption Center. www.arfhamptons.org.

On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., you can take a self-guided tour of the East Hampton Village windmills, including the Hook, the Gardiner, and the Pantigo. Parking is best at Home, Sweet Home, 14 James Lane.

Admission is gratis. Visit www.easthamptonhistory.org/events.php.

See the Long House’s beautiful gardens in their autumnal splendor on Saturdays, October 18 through November 29, from noon to 3 p.m. Long House is also open by appointment on other days. Call 329-3568 to schedule an appointment.

On Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m., The Run for Ross 5K Run/Walk begins and ends at East Hampton’s Main Beach. The flat 5K course leads runners and walkers along a prime oceanfront section of East Hampton. All proceeds go directly to the Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund, ensuring that over one-third of the student body benefits from a Ross School education, regardless of economic circumstances.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Main Beach pavilion. Adults and children are invited to take part in tai chi, a favorite Ross School wellness tradition, on the beach. The exercise will take place concurrently with registration. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that focuses on balance, strength and flexibility. Contact Erica Yardley for more information at 907-5173. For additional questions or to discuss ways of giving, please contact the Development Office at 907-5112 or email development@ross.org.

On Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hoie Hall, 18 James Lane, will be the Third Annual Maureen’s Haven Auction. Maureen’s Haven is now about to enter its sixth year of operation on the East End of Long Island, housing the homeless during the harsh winter months starting November 1 to April 1. Every evening, the homeless guests are screened and transported to different Houses of Worship where they are provided with shelter, food, clothing and companionship. It has truly taken an entire community of volunteers to complete the task. It is not done without great effort and significant financial outlay.

There will be a bake sale, a silent auction with individual themed gift baskets of wonderful creative delights at remarkable prices from 4 to 5:45 p.m. A live auction is frim 4:45 to 6 p.m., with goods and services, art and vacation packages graciously donated by local merchants and individuals. There’s something for everyone.

On Tuesday, John Drew Theater Lab (JDTLab) will host “My Lessons from Dogs” by Patrick Christiano. JDTLab is a workshop devoted to fostering East End performing artists (told by the first-place winner of the ARF “Smooch With Your Pooch” Contest last summer at the Mulford Farm). This is an inspirational tale about the writer’s 22 years with Norfolk Terriers, an ironic journey to rediscovering his childlike energy, which drew him back to the theater and away from selling million-dollar homes in the Hamptons to playing on stages in New York City and beyond. Conceived from improvisations with people he meets while walking his dogs on the streets of the West Village, the witty autobiographical story chronicles the beginning of his theater writing, a return to acting in NYC, a gig as a Hamptons realtor on MTV, and ultimately portraying Truman Capote in TRU. Patrick weaves a funny, true and inspiring tale about following your bliss and confronting death and he also gave me my first solo art show in Manhattan. I am looking forward to this. Admission is free.

Enjoy.

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