Sag Harbor Community Notes, November 6


Sag Harbor, North Haven and Noyac residents aggravated by all the noise from helicopters, jets and seaplanes that fly to and from East Hampton Airport should pay attention to what’s going on in East Hampton Town Hall these days. So should airport users and aviation enthusiasts.At a special public meeting last Thursday, October 30, the Town Board presented the evidence it has collected so far to identify and document the noise problem. The board’s special aviation attorney, Peter Kirsch, also outlined some of the steps the town—once it is free of certain FAA “grant assurances” that are set to expire December 31—may take to alleviate the problem. They range from bans on certain aircraft to establishing a slot system limiting hourly operations at the airport.

To learn the details, you can see the Power Point slideshows that were presented at the meeting by going to the home page of the East Hampton Town website ( and clicking on the link on the left side of the page titled “Airport Noise Interim Analysis and Comments.”

The board is seeking comments about the airport and the noise issue and has set up an email address for people to send them in. It is

As the airport’s noise abatement officer, who regularly sifts through the thousands of noise complaints submitted by phone and on line, I’m well aware this is a very hot topic—even as the season cools and the air traffic abates—in many households, especially those along the airport’s voluntary helicopter arrival and departure paths. Noyac, which is under a major helicopter arrival route, is especially hard hit and so is Sag Harbor, lying in the path of the many fixed-wing flights that come and go to and from the northwest; it’s also just west of a major helicopter departure route.

It’s a challenging job but let me say to the many who’ve extended their sympathies to me: it’s easier than editing a weekly newspaper, which is something I loved doing until the time inevitably came to flee to the airport and the noisy company of airplanes.

Now that Halloween and all those enchanting little fairy princesses and superheroes are behind us, there’s a little lull under way in the schedule of big community events. You might as well mark your calendars now so you can keep straight what’s coming up as the holidays draw nigh.

Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of Union and Hempstead streets in Sag Harbor will hold its annual Christmas Boutique and Tea Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6.

There will be fresh evergreen wreaths and centerpieces, Christmas tree ornaments and house decorations, handcrafted items, home baked goodies and beautiful Christmas gift baskets to purchase, event chair Susan Thorpe tells us. While you shop, she says, you can enjoy a pot of tea, finger sandwiches and pastries as well as a special Nativity exhibit titled “No Room at the Inn.”

Proceeds support programs at Christ Church and invited donations for the “No Room at the Inn” exhibit will benefit community outreach programs.

What better way to work off Thanksgiving dinner than by spending some time outdoors at the Nature Conservancy’s beautiful Mashomack Preserve just across the water on Shelter Island?

On Saturday, November 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. there will be a live presentation there about reptiles and the diversity of life they represent at the 2,000-acre haven of oak woods, marsh and meadows. Add a hike on one of the trails after the program and you will have spent a satisfying and rewarding afternoon. Just search online for “Mashomack Preserve” if you want to know more about this amazing place.

Every year, the dance school for local kids—Studio 3 in Bridgehampton—performs the “The Nutcracker” at Bay Street Theater with a new theme. This year, it will be “How the Grinch Stole the Nutcracker,” with performances on Friday, December 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contact Studio 3 at (631) 537-3008 for more information.

The story mixes together two traditional holiday shows and themes into one spectacular dance performance with classical ballet, an elaborate hip-hop battle scene, musical theater, tap, partnering, lyrical and jazz dance. This year’s cast includes seven graduating seniors from Southampton, Pierson and East Hampton high schools.

Also at Bay Street, the theater’s “Literature Live” program is bringing to life on stage Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” from now (it opened November 5) through November 29. This weekend the show times are Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. Students are admitted free.

The cast includes many local actors from Sag Harbor, Hampton Bays and Calverton who have participated in other programs at Bay Street Theater: Chloë Dirksen (Jean Louise Finch); Cooki Winborn (Calpurnia); Jemma Kosanke (Scout); Carolyn Popp (Miss Maudie); Rob DiSario (Heck Tate); William Sturek (Judge Taylor); Jessica Mortellaro (Mayella Ewell); Joe Pallister (Bob Ewell); Hudson Troy (Jem); Thomas Schiavoni (Dill); Scott Eck (Atticus Finch); William Sturek (Mr. Cunningham); Chauncy Thomas (Tom Robinson), and Al Bundonis (Mr. Gilmer).

The local family band Edna’s Kin will play Americana music in a benefit concert for the Christ Church Pipe Organ Fund this Sunday, November 9, at 2 p.m. at the church at the corner of Route 114 and Union streets. Admission is $20. Call Daniel Koontz at (631) 725-0128 for more information.

I used to ride my bike to work from North Haven to Southampton and back almost every day, all year long, except in snow or rain. Those were the days. So I’m intrigued to learn that Ben Miller, a five-time national track champion and guru at Rotations Bicycle Center in Southampton, will be at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street this Saturday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. to talk about winter cycling.

Topics will include proper attire, seasonal bike maintenance, tips for safe biking on ice and snow, the need for bright lights and other ways to improve visibility and keeping your ears warm while wearing a helmet. Registration is required and limited to 18. Call the library at (631) 725-0049 or email

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, the library will host a reception for artist Anita Kusic, whose beautifully painted works are on view through November 30. She is a member of Peconic Plein Air, a group devoted to preserving the farms, meadow, wetlands and dunes of the East End.

A Senior Advocate from the Suffolk County Dept. of Aging will be at the library on Wednesday, November 12, and Tuesday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. both days to give advice to seniors about available services and answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare, Social Security, prescription drug plans, home care, Home Energy Assistance, Residential Repair and more. The one-on-one sessions will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must RSVP soon to be there when author Gail Sheehy of Sag Harbor speaks at the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons Book-and-Author Luncheon on Friday, November 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Cowfish Restaurant at 258 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

She will speak about her new memoir, “Daring: My Passages,” about her professional career and private life. The author of many books including the landmark bestseller “Passages” in 1976, Ms. Sheehy has written for New York magazine and Vanity Fair and profiled Bill and Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein and Mikhail Gorbachev. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing at the luncheon.

RSVPs must be received no later than November 10. Send a check for $60, made out to “LWV Hamptons,” to Gladys Remler at 180 Melody Court, Eastport, NY 11941. For questions, call (631) 288-9021.

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