East Hampton Community Notes, July 21

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What a wonderful weekend it was! This year’s Soldier Ride went off without a hitch. There were many soldiers in attendance (including a handful from overseas), hundreds biking along with the soldiers in support, and great crowds cheering them all on with flags and banners. It was wonderful to see the entire community brought together encouraging the wounded warriors and paying respect to the great sacrifices they have made for our freedom and security. Well done! Also, thank you to the Clamshell Foundation for putting on the Great Bonac Fireworks Show! My family and I oohed and aahed at the bombastic display from the backyard of the Grant Camp, as is our tradition from the early 1970s, thanks to our gracious hosts! The harbor was filled with boats, we could see people and lights on all the surrounding shores. It was a fabulous show, echoes of laughter and cheers could be heard across the water deep into the night. A great time was had by all. Can’t wait until next year!

Representing the youth of East Hampton, the I-Tri girls competed in the Hamptons Youth Triathlon this past week and amazed the crowds with their grit, determination, and athletic prowess. Great job ladies, and thanks for showing the world that girls are strong, tough and beautiful!

Congratulations to East Hampton native Frederique Persico, who was awarded Southampton Hospital’s Stanley Friedman Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is in honor of Stanley Friedman who was a member of Southampton Hospital’s Board of Directors for many years. Mr. Persico is a 2016 graduate of East Hampton High School and will attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia this fall. We expect great things to come, good luck!

There is nothing like the gorgeous beaches of East Hampton, but there is more to do than just swim and sunbathe. The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center will be having a Family Beach Exploration at Northwest Harbor at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. The super knowledgeable Crystal will lead participants through swale and dune trails while pointing out the wildlife and net fishing too. Eager explorers will be able to use binoculars, magnifiers, and microscopes to examine crabs, shrimp, snails and all sorts of marine life carefully. The event is free for museum members, the non-member cost is $10 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 3 to 12. For more details and information, call (631)537-9735 or go to their website at www.sofo.org.

There nothing like taking a hike and communing with nature. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, start your day off right by taking a hike with the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. They will be traversing through the Buckskill loop past oaks, pine, and preserved lands. You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful vista and fresh air, along with some lovely company. Participants will meet on the parking pull off on the north side of Old Montauk Highway in Wainscott. For more information, contact Dave Luce 917-885-5749 or email sharstat@yahoo.com.

If perusing antiques is more your style, than you are in luck! This Saturday, July 23, is the East Hampton Historical Society’s tenth annual East Hampton Antiques Show, which runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and again on Sunday, July 24, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the historic Mulford Farm. If you are an early bird, you can pay $10 extra and go in at 9 a.m. on Saturday to get first dibs on everything. There is a cafe on site serving both breakfast and lunch for those who build up an appetite with their shopping. There will be an array of art, furniture, wares and all kinds of specialty items chosen by over 50 expert collectors to chose from. For more information, contact the East Hampton Historical Society at (631)324-6850.

The Retreat and the East Hampton Library are teaming up in their efforts against domestic violence. This Saturday, July 23, beginning at 1 p.m. nationally known therapist, radio host and author Beatty Cohan will present the seminar “Stop Domestic Violence Before It Starts.” It will be an informational talk with great advice and information for promoting nonviolent relationships and what to do if you are already in a violent relationship. For more information, contact Selina Pasca at (631)329-4398 or go to www.theretreatinc.org.

Often times our seniors are overlooked, but not at Lawrence Fine Art. They are currently presenting “Harriette Joffe: Works on Paper,” the third exhibition in their series “Works in Progress: Artists in their 80s and 90s.” Joffe’s work is devoted to the discovery of nature and is inspired by the Berkshires as well as Long Island. The exhibit is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., you just have to wander down the alley between Newtown Lane and Reutershan Parking Lot to see it. For more information, call Howard Shapiro at 516-547-8965 or go to their website at www.lawrence-fine-arts.com.

I would like to thank all the Police and Traffic Control Officers for continuing to do a difficult job well and with a smile. We witnessed some shenanigans in the Reutershan parking lot this weekend, the officers all swooped in immediately to help and keep the situation under control. Remember to drive slowly when you are driving through the villages and in the parking lots, as many people are walking to and from their cars (the speed limits are there for a reason). Likewise, when you are walking through the villages, use the crosswalks. Don’t dart out into the streets from between parked cars, and look both ways as there might be distracted drivers out there. Most of all, please remember to be patient and kind to each other. We are in a beautiful place by the beach. Relax and enjoy it!

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