It has been seven years since voters approved a $10 million bond to fund a badly needed expansion and renovation of the John Jermain Library. Now, after many frustrations and delays, plus grants and donations totaling $4 million more to cover all the bills, the historic building that has graced Main Street for 106 years finally will reopen to the public.Library Director Catherine Creedon announced last week that the refurbished library will formally reopen to the public this Saturday, July 23, after the last book from the library’s temporary quarters at 34 West Water Street is passed hand-to-hand from that location to the library by a line of volunteers.
Everyone is invited to show up and join in the book-passing ceremony, which will get under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday when the staff locks up the door at West Water Street and hands the last book, Dorothy Ingersoll Zaykowski’s “The Story of an American Beauty,” from the temporary shelves to the human-chain “Book Bridgade.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held when the book arrives at 201 Main Street at about 11 a.m., depending how long it takes for the book to make the trip. Ribbon cutters will include Mayor Sandra Schroeder and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, both Pierson High School grads. Seven library staff and board members who graduated from Sag Harbor schools will join them. Local vendors have donated cookies and cupcakes and the Sag Harbor Community Band will play.
It has felt a little bit as if some of Sag Harbor’s heart has been missing all these years since the construction barriers went up around the library. It will be so good for the village to be back in one piece.
This will be a busy week for the Community Band, which has resumed its free Tuesday evening summer concerts on Bay Street outside the Legion Hall. This coming Tuesday, July 26, at 8 p.m., it will offer its third annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Once again, the performance will feature musket fire provided by members of the 3rd New York Regiment, in Revolutionary War apparel. Also on the program will be marches, songs and other favorites. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs.
Recitals on the historic organ at Old Whalers’ (First Presbyterian) Church at 44 Union Street in Sag Harbor will continue this Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. with an appearance by John A. Wolfe. The performance will include Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 4 and Cantabile by César Franck. There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be accepted. The church is located at 44 Union Street.
Mr. Wolfe is a doctoral candidate at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he is the recipient of the Drinkwater and Shaw organ awards. He has a master’s degree in organ performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he studied with Walter Klauss, the Artist in Residence at the Old Whalers’ Church.
The Sag Harbor Partnership issued a newsletter last week reporting that its Party for the Park, which was held on Sunday, July 10 on Long Wharf, was a roaring success.
“The fantastic volunteers, the fabulous music by the HooDoo Loungers, the burgers grilled up by the SHFD, the delicious ‘Taste of Sag Harbor’ from most restaurants and food providers and local vineyards, the Sag Harbor Whalers” collegiate league baseball team made it “a joy-filled celebration, and when the rain came down briefly we all just danced and partied and celebrated a little harder,” reads the partnership’s newsletter.
The partnership reported that Mayor Schroeder took the microphone at the event “and blew us all away by saying that the developers who own the land adjacent to the park we’re raising funds for are now willing to negotiate!”
The LGBT Network based at the Old Whalers’ Church on Union Street will host a sunset cocktail party at Breakwater Yacht Club on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. to benefit the LGBT Network, a nonprofit organization serving Long Island’s LGBT community since 1993. Proceeds will support the LGBT Network’s Hamptons LGBT Center, which provides services and a safe space for LGBT youth, adults, older adults, and LGBT-headed families throughout the year. For information, call Chris Scarpati at 516-323-0011.
Canio’s Books will host two nationally recognized writers who call Sag Harbor home this week. On Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m., Tom Clavin will describe the process of turning his popular historical books into feature films. Tom, an op-ed columnist for this newspaper, is author of “Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat Pelican,” and “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend,” among others. A forthcoming title, “Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission,” is due out this fall. Following the talk, there will be a birthday reception for Tom.
Then on Saturday at 5 p.m., espionage novelist Alan Furst will read from his newest book, “Hero of France.” Long recognized as a master of the spy thriller, Alan Furst in his new book goes inside the French resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. A young student courier, an arms dealer, a strong-willed aristocrat and the cell’s leader all come to life on the page with Furst’s trademark intensity.
Alan’s earlier works include “Mission to Paris,” “Spies of Warsaw,” “The World at Night,” “Foreign Correspondent” and “Dark Star” among many others.
The opening reception for the exhibition “Masters of American Realism” at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum at 200 Main Street takes place this Friday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition features painting, sculpture and drawing and recent past realist authorities, such as Andrew Wyeth and John Koch, and notable contemporary luminaries, including Daniel Sprick, Marc Sijan and Clio Newton.
A preview cocktail party to mark the opening of the annual summer Hampton Designer Showhouse exhibition to benefit Southampton Hospital is set for Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the showhouse, which this year is located at 1597 Noyac Path.
Now in its 16th year, the showhouse features 25 top interior designers and decorative artists who have turned a traditional shingle-style house into a decorating masterpiece. This year’s showhouse has been donated by Bodenchak Design and Build.
After the opening reception, it will be open to the public from Sunday, July 24, through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, Mondays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the showhouse. Admission is $35. Preview party tickets are $225 each.
To buy tickets, visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse website.