Sag Harbor Community Notes, October 16


What a weekend! It felt even busier than summer’s teeming days in downtown Sag Harbor. The extra buzz was fueled, no doubt, by the Hamptons Film Festival, which brought the likes of Laura Dern, Patricia Clarkson, Hilary Swank, Joel Schumaker and Mark Ruffalo to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater for the festival’s popular series, “A Conversation With …”There were also 17 screenings at the Sag Harbor Cinema, which carried a sign in one of its poster cases with a stern warning to Founders Pass ticket holders that they had better show up at least 15 minutes before show time to claim their choice seats or else they’d have to stand in the regular people’s ticket line. Gasp! I love it when the Cinema talks tough like that.

There also must have been plenty of innocents who simply took the long Columbus Day to see one of America’s 10 greatest streets, as our Main Street was recently proclaimed by the American Planning Association. We sure saw a lot of strangers, other than the Hollywood kind, floating along the sidewalk with that open-mouthed, starry-eyed gawk common to the newly arrived, amazed and enchanted.

No wonder the book “Voices of Sag Harbor: A Village Remembered,” published locally way back in 2007, has been flying off the shelves of the Sag Harbor Variety Store seven years later. So a salesperson told my better half over the weekend. If you’ve never read it, by the way, it’s a charming memento of Sag Harbor’s recent past.

With the extravaganzas of the summer season and early fall now behind us, the local schedule calms down a little. Among the events coming up is a reception for two of the Harbor’s favorite people on Saturday, October 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Romany Kramoris Gallery on Main Street. It’s for a new show featuring the artwork of founding and now former Sag Harbor Historical Society President Joan Tripp, who has deep Sag Harbor roots, and local surfer, artist and builder-carpenter Lithu Leahy-Miller, which will run through November 17.

“It is a love of the paint itself which most involves Joan Tripp,” according to the gallery. “A fascination with space, planets, galaxies, and stardust provide the impetus to experiment with pure color to reproduce in paint some of the most magnificent forms in the universe. It is her hope that rather than curtail space exploration, the journey will be expanded, for in space lies the hope of the future.”

Born in Sag Harbor, Ms. Tripp studied with French painter Madame Marec, received a BS degree in music education from Ithaca College and a master’s in special education from C.W. Post. She took graduate art courses in painting at Hofstra University, has studied oil painting with Michael Viera and Howard Rose and is a member of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton.

As a teenager she was influenced by Salvador Dali’s sense of space, by Georgia O’Keeffe’s use of color, by the Impressionists’ paint textures and Edward Hopper’s sense of loneliness in his subjects.

Lutha Leahy-Miller, conceived in a dark New York winter and born the son of a surfer in California in 1976, had no choice but to surf and make art.

“I try to express the speed and flow of surfing in my artwork as best I am able via hand-drawn 2D images laden with intense color,” he said. Many of his drawings include stylized speed or motion lines to illustrate the path and velocity a surfer takes across a wave.

“I am trying to make surf art on more of a fine arts level … and to do so in an original and different and exuberant style,” he said.

The Romany Kramoris Gallery, a Main Street landmark for decades, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and stays open later on weekend nights.

New owners of Mac computers, or users who need to get back to basics, will be glad to know that the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street will offer a hands-on tour of the Mac desktop at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 17. They will learn their way around the Dock, Finder and Safari and how to use preferences and settings. It’s a great workshop especially for those who have made the switch from a PC.

Bring your fully charged Mac, as well as your apple ID and password, assuming you have them and know what they are. Registration is required and the class is limited to 12 students. Call (631) 725-0049 for details.

A similar workshop will be offered for iPhone owners at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, and it also has a limit of 12 students and requires registration. This session will explore many features including apps, settings, wifi, Safari, Maps, Photos and more. Students should bring their fully charged iPhone as well as their apple ID and password.

For those good souls more interested in something a little more traditional, the library has a craft circle for those with knitting and crochet projects, slated for the next two Mondays, October 20 and 27, at 1 p.m. Come and share ideas, materials, patterns, challenges and friendship with a fun and supportive group. New members welcome.

For all programs, call (631) 749-0049 for further information.

Sag Harbor’s Joan Carlson, who does publicity for the Bridgehampton Nutrition Center, reports that October birthdays will be celebrated there on Friday, October 24, starting at 10 a.m. with a luncheon of roast turkey with pan gravy followed by birthday cake, of course.

Please call 537-3072 by Thursday, October 23, to reserve a place at the Birthday Party. And make a note that there will be a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31, at 11 a.m. “Don’t be scared. Wear your costume and join the fun,” Joan writes.

The center welcomes all seniors to join the many activities offered throughout the week. Its address is 585 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and the number there is (631) 537-3027.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt have a couple of great natural history programs coming up. On Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m., “The Night Sky: Celestial Viewing” is slated for adults and children age 8 and older.

Co-sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the program features the astronomy outreach team of the North Fork’s Custer Institute and Observatory, Long Island’s oldest public observatory, founded in 1928.

The event will start with a brief presentation on astronomy, telescopes and the celestial objects that can be seen that evening. Afterward, telescopes will be available for viewing the heavens. This program is weather dependent. To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at (631) 537-9735.

On Saturday, October 25, at 10 a.m., kids age 8 to 12 are invited to explore Vineyard Field with a backpack, just like the pioneers and adventurers who first explored the American interior. SoFo nature educator Crystal Possehl will lead this “Backpack Adventure” as she explores the life of Vineyard Field in the fall, when blooming goldenrods attract many insects and migrating birds.

Each child will borrow a SoFo backpack full of tools including magnifiers, binoculars, a compass, sample bottles and a sketch pad to record their findings. Schedule plenty of time for this program. Enrollment is limited. To make a reservation, call the museum at (631) 537-9735. There is a fee for participants who are not current SoFo members: $7 for adults, $5 for children.

Don’t forget the Sag Harbor Farmers Market on Bay Street has two more weekends to go before its season ends.

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