East Hampton Community Notes, April 30

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I don’t understand why people feel the need to fight, let alone kill each other. Most of the time issues can be settled with words or compromise. If not, then the two parties can just agree to disagree and not interact with each other.

I have seen quite a few fights over the years. I once witnessed two women attack each other in the Reutershan parking lot over a parking space. They were both vying for the same space. One had been waiting longer and the other tried to sneak in front. Both their cars were partially in the space when they started exchanging words. Then the screaming and cursing began. The next thing I knew, they were out of their cars and had thrown their Prada bags to the ground. Arms were swatting and hitting, while tufts of hair flew into the air. Village Police officers came to break up the fight and I walked away in disgust.That said, I do have a weakness—professional boxing. I’m not a fanatic, but I can’t help getting sucked into the excitement of the big fights. I honestly don’t know why I like it, as I hate looking at the boxers’ faces as they are tenderized in front of my eyes. It could be the draw of watching two extremely fit men dancing around half naked flexing their muscles and showing their aggression, but I don’t think so. More likely, it’s because I’m a child of the 1970’s and remember the movie “Rocky.”

Rocky was a dimwitted, southpaw fighter from Philadelphia whom we all admired. He just wanted to prove that he was good enough to fight with the best. His trainer Mickey screamed at and berated him while he tenaciously chased chickens and pummeled sides of beef. Who among us hasn’t hummed, “Duh-nuh-nuh, duh-nuh-nuh, feeling strong now” while imagining ourselves running up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum? Or selected “Eye of the Tiger” for our workout track so we could really get in the zone? We get all pumped up and feel ready to take on anything. Ironically, most people don’t even realize that Rocky didn’t even win the fight in the first movie. It doesn’t matter. The movie wasn’t about winning, it’s about determination, believing in yourself, and never giving up in spite of all the odds.

You can probably guess what I’ll be doing Saturday night. Indian Wells Tavern is featuring its first Premier Boxing Night, Saturday, May 2, starting at 10 p.m. There will be a number of fights, but it will end with the big one—Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao duking it out and giving it their all. I’m not even sure I care who wins. I’ll just be watching for the thrill of seeing the passion and grit of these two great athletes, and will hopefully walk away inspired!

If you are feeling athletic and want to have a good time, while helping a good cause, head to the East Hampton High School Cafeteria on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Key Club is hosting a Zumbathon. Zumba is the newest exercise craze, mostly because there is great music. Anyone can do it, and it’s a lot of fun. Tickets are $15 at the door and all proceeds will benefit a local family in need.

For those with musical talent, Stephen Talkhouse has an Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 30. Entry begins at 8 p.m. and is free. It’s a great way for local musicians to be seen and heard.

On Saturday, May 2, you can connect with your animal spirit at ARF! From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., animal-lovers can attend the Pet Celebration Day and annual meeting at the ARF Adoption Center at 90 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. Events include free microchipping and rabies vaccines for cats and dogs, competitions, a sing-along, Q&A session with veterinarian Dr. Sarah Alward, raffles, and refreshments for humans and animals alike. Then on Sunday, May 3, you can take your pet to an ARF Dog Walk in Sag Harbor. Meet at the Bay Street Theater for the Travels with Charlie Dog Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, May 2, from 3 to 4 p.m. there is a Beginner Time Yoga class at Mandala Yoga in the Amagansett Square. Great for yoga newbies or those trying to restart themselves.

On Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., the John Drew Theatre Lab at Guild Hall presents “The Tall Boy,” by Simon Bent. This is a touching play that tells the tale of displaced children after World War II. Admission is free. If you really want to make it a night out and are up for dinner and show, you can dine at the 1770 House across the street. They are offering a two course special for $27 if you tell them you are going to the show and give them the code JDTLab.

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