Water Mill Community Notes, December 4

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The hamlet green in Water Mill is dressed for the holidays thanks to help from a bevy of volunteers who turned out on Sunday afternoon to tend to the task.The volunteer crew included Charlie Corwith, Jim Corwith, Cindy Corwith, Dan McKeever, Don and Diane Howe, Susanne and Andrew Wesnofske, Mosey and Caleb Muller, Eileen Noonan and Jeanne White; Chris, Jenn, Jordan, Mallory and Addison Corwith, Dan Morris, and Steve, Teal, Kyle and Nate Vella.

The decorations went up none too soon since the annual Christmas on the Village Green, hosted by the Water Mill Community Club, is this Sunday, December 7, starting at 2 p.m. This is always a lovely community gathering, geared for the kids, but just as fun for the adults. Refreshments are served and Santa will make a visit. It can be cold on the green so dress appropriately and should it rain, the event will be moved to the Community House. If you plan to attend, give Jamie and Scott Wilson a shout no later than tomorrow, Friday, December 5. Their number is 283-6902 or email wilsonjamison@hotmail.com.

Teal Vella and her 9-year-old son Nate helped out with the Christmas decorating on the green and they are also doing their part to spread the word about what to do if you come across a sea mammal stranded on a local beach. They attended a talk and a mock stranding program organized by the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) and taught by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research. They learned that there is an immediate need (this month especially) for people to walk the beaches and look for cold-stunned turtles. If you find a cold-stunned turtle call the Foundation Hotline at (631) 369-9829. If you have additional, non-emergency, questions call the Riverhead Foundation at (631) 369-9840.

Inserted in the November 20 edition of The Press was our Hamptons Holiday supplement. The cover photo, taken by yours truly at Flying Point Beach, featured a beautiful handcrafted driftwood Christmas tree. At the time we went to press, I could not find information on the person who loaned it to me but after some sleuthing, I finally got to the bottom of it.

Back in 2012, a friend of mine had shared a photo of the tree on Facebook. I contacted my friend that I’d love to borrow the tree for a possible cover photo. My friend called her friend, picked up the tree and delivered it to my house. When the light was right, I headed to the beach and took a bunch of photos (and, baby, it was cold!). The tree was returned, I forgot I took the photos and when we were making selections for this year’s cover, The Press photo editor reminded me about the photo. I posted on Facebook again that I was looking for the name of the person who loaned it to me. Finally, my friend got back to me that it was she who shared the initial photo and she provided me with the information about the artist. Got all that?

And so, that beautiful tree was made by Long Beach artist Susan Phillips. The tree was constructed from driftwood found on Long Beach and a recycled can. Some of her work may be found at sunofabeach.etsy.com. Thank you, Susan, for the loan, which resulted in one of my favorite cover shots ever.

If you have not been to the new (well, not so new anymore, having opened two years ago) Parrish Art Museum, now is a good time to go because the permanent collection will be reinstalled. The Permanent Collection: Art. Illuminated, will feature several important recent acquisitions, many on view for the first time. For this installation, the Parrish has drawn works from its 3,000-piece collection, including some 80 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, dating from the late 19th century to the present, shown in seven galleries. The installation remains on view through November 2015.

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