We’ve hit the midsummer stride, the time by which we’ve all gotten used to the heat, the traffic and the crowds.The helicopter noise really seems to have lessened this season around North Haven and Sag Harbor, wouldn’t you say? That’s probably because the twin-engine choppers, the loudest, are heading around the east side of Shelter Island this year instead of over Barcelona and out the South Ferry channel between Shelter Island and North Haven. The re-routing was part of new arrival and departure procedures put in place this year.
It has been dry as a bone and we could use a little rain. Suffolk County Water Authority, which has asked East Enders to use their lawn irrigation systems every other day instead of daily to reduce water demand, is breaking a sweat keeping up with the demand. The East End uses far more water than any other part of the county even though its population is far less dense than points to the west.
Eight short documentaries by local filmmakers, including the acclaimed D.A. Pennebaker, a Sag Harbor resident for years, will be screened after dusk on Saturday, July 30, on the front lawn of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum at 200 Main Street. The rain date is July 31.
One of Mr. Pennebaker’s first shorts, “Daybreak Express,” will be on the marquee as will Jackson Hyland Lipsky’s “The Cloud”; Julian Thomas Alvarez’s “The Land God Made in Anger”; Luca Ritter’s “Dumbo in 16mm”; Benjamin Potter’s “Drink 2”; Nick Whelan’s “Cuba Cuba” and a film by Theo Gray for which no title is given on the museum’s website.
There will be free popcorn and soft drinks and a cash bar. Bring blankets or chairs and picnic baskets. The program is funded by Suffolk County.
Pixar’s “Inside Out” is the free movie to be shown tonight, Thursday, July 28, at dusk on the Great Lawn of Christ Episcopal Church on Route 114 and High Street. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The Hamptons Designer Showhouse to benefit Southampton Hospital is now open, featuring 25 interior designers and decorative artists who have turned a traditional shingle-style house at 1597 Noyac Path into an exhibition of design mastery. Bodenchak Design and Build donated this year’s showhouse.
It is open for touring Mondays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the showhouse. Admission is $35. To buy tickets, visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse website.
Beau Riva of Sag Harbor graduated cum laude from SUNY Oneonta on May 14, 2016, with a BS degree in political science. The news just came in to us from SUNY. Congratulation to Beau and family.
A group art show featuring the artwork of Thomas Condon, Gayle Tudisco and Muriel Hanson Falborn opens at the Romany Kramoris Gallery on Main Street today, Thursday, July 28, and will run through August 18. An artists’ reception is slated for Saturday, July 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Condon focuses on the landscape of the Hamptons as well as urban landscapes. An avid gardener, he also paints powerful flowers with strongly defined lines and bold shapes close-up. Gayle Tudisco is a plein air and photo reference artist who captures landscapes unique to the East End, water views, marshes, barns and boathouses dotting the North and South forks. Muriel Hanson Falborn, artist and landscape designer, has seen hundreds of gardens, parks, and homes that have inspired her art. The natural world meets architecture and design, counteracting each other, taming wildness, providing structure and organization, rest and joy.
The Romany Kramoris Gallery at 41 Main Street is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and later on weekend nights.
On Saturday, July 30, at 5 p.m., novelist Paul Batista will read from his new thriller, “Manhattan Lockdown,” at Canio’s Books at 290 Main Street. When an explosion rocks the Metropolitan Museum of Art, leaving the mayor injured and over a thousand dead, the city is gripped by fear. Enter Gina Carbone, New York City’s tough police commissioner whose aggressive style of law enforcement threatens to aggravate an already chaotic situation.
Sag Harbor resident Paul Batista is a trial lawyer and television commentator who has appeared on CNN, Court TV and WNBC. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The National Law Journal. His previous novels include “Death’s Witness,” “Extraordinary Renditon,” and “The Borzoi Killings.” He lives in New York as well.
The Parrish Art Museum’s off-site summer series, “Parrish Road Show,” now in its fifth year, will present “Archeology of Time,” an installation by Bastienne Schmidt at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum from August 7 through August 24.
Mr. Schmidt searched the Whaling Museum collection for functional objects that had lattices or grids such as nets, strings, and hardtack, and reinterpreted them through translucent paper works that incorporate threads, fabric, and natural elements.
“Archeology of Time” opens with a public reception on Sunday, August 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free to the reception. A related program, “Meet the Artist” on Thursday, August 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Whaling Museum, will feature a question and answer session.
Online bidding to support the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is under way for works by local artists and photographers. Go to the “mashomackpreserve-auction.org” to see the works and make bids. Bidding closes Saturday, July 30, at noon.
At 6 p.m. that day, the preserve’s annual benefit cocktail party and dinner-dance will follow with a silent auction on never-before-found items. The party will be celebrated this year in honor of preserve director Mike and his wife Susan Laspia, who are retiring after having run the show for 36 years.
Call 631-749-1001 for ticket information.
The annual Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is coming to Havens Beach in Sag Harbor at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, with special guests, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and pro-volleyball star Gabrielle Reese. A party will follow at 7 p.m. that night at Fairview on Mecox Bay, at 269 Horsemill Lane in Bridgehampton, hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink is an annual two-part event benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The morning paddleboard race is a multi-skill level, WPA-sanctioned race that attracts hundreds of paddlers and spectators. The evening Sunset Party, previously held at the residence of Lisa and Richard Perry on North Haven, will be held in Bridgehampton and hosted by BCRF board member Maria Baum and her husband, Larry, of North Haven. Last year’s event raised $1.65 million.
Go to the website “hamptonspaddleforpink.org” for details and tickets.
Don’t forget the farmers market is under way every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Bay Street. Take a ramble up that way to check out all the locally grown and made goodies.
“Safe Summer Beach Nights” have been offered at Long Beach every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. this summer by the Youth Resource Center of Sag Harbor. Go to “yrcsagharbor.org” for details. The program continues through August.