East Hampton Community Notes, April 23

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When we think of courage, we typically imagine a dashing hero going into some perilous situation and saving the day. The military, police and firefighters are all people of courage. They are amazing and we should all appreciate what they do and the sacrifices they make. But courage is not just about slaying a fire-breathing dragon and saving the damsel in distress. Courage is not the lack of fear, but facing your fears and still giving it your all. There is courage in starting a new job, getting up and singing your heart out at karaoke, or comforting a sick or grieving friend.This past weekend was the 5K race to raise funds for Katy’s Courage. The funds raised go to a program called Katy’s Kids @CMEE designed to help local children to express and deal with their grief in a safe and productive environment. Katy Stewart was a beautiful, young local girl with so much potential, who succumbed to a rare form of liver cancer in 2010. But that’s not what we should remember. She was a young lady filled with not an ounce of self pity, but hopes, dreams, determination and courage. She fought the fight with grace and integrity, focusing not on herself, but on those around her. She inspired us all.

Most of the East Hampton and Sag Harbor community attend the fundraisers, not to mourn Katy’s loss, but to celebrate her life and spread her philosophy. As people gathered to run, walk, stroll and chat, the feeling was one of unity and aspiration. Katy inspires us to think not just of ourselves, but of those around us, not what we can get, but what we can give. She makes us dream of being the people we wish we were, to keep striving and, most importantly, support and help each other through the good times and the bad. If you missed the event and are interested in donating or getting more information, please go to the website at: www.katyscourage.org.

Wednesday is Earth Day! In keeping with the theme of helping each other, don’t forget Mother Earth and remember to do your part. The East Hampton Library will be educating children in how to reuse and recycle materials to make something amazing. Their art program Go Green! Recycled Robots is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room on Wednesday and is open to children 4 and older. Call the library at 324-0222 or email childrens@easthamptonlibrary.org to register.

On Saturday, you can take your kids to the YMCA on Gingerbread Lane for YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2015. The event is free and open to the entire community. It is designed to inspire families and kids to keep both their minds and bodies active. The Open House is from 10 a.m. to noon, then swimming from noon to 1 p.m. and culminates with various sports activities, including the rock wall, bouncy castle and fun with bubbles. Throughout the day there will be games for the kids, food and cooking demonstrations, arts and craft projects, and much more to help teach families how to establish healthy routines at home. For more information or to register, call the YMCA, 329-6884.

If you are an opera aficionado, or wish you were, like me, you can save yourself a drive into New York City by going to Guild Hall on Saturday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m., where they will be screening opera’s most famous double bill in a new production: The Met: Live in HD—Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.” The sound quality is amazing. You’ll feel like you are there!

For local artists who want to show their work, Saturday, April 25, is the last day to register for the 77th Annual Guild Hall Artist Member Exhibition. The opening reception will be May 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition will display both prominent and up and coming artists in our community. The top honor is a solo exhibition in the museum’s Spiga Gallery.

This week has also been busy for local restaurants. In East Hampton, Bostwicks opened again for its 25th season. If you go to the bar you’ll see that Franny isn’t shy with her pour. The new Caribbean restaurant Winston’s opened this week, replacing Nichols, a local favorite. The jerk chicken is fabulous. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but you can BYOB.

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