Sag Harbor Community Notes, May 30


Is Noyac on its way to becoming the new Montauk?
Apparently, somebody decided that our quiet little slice of heaven is the new hipster hangout. I’ve never seen so many fedoras! Ugh.

On one hand, I should be happy that young people are discovering the East End, and spending money in and around our village. But on the other hand, I tired of being witness to public drunkenness and loud behavior sometime in the early 1990s. The older I get, the less patient and more curmudgeonly I become.

On a happier note, I’m thrilled that the Getty has reopened. That has definitely made my life oh so much more convenient. I’m sure I’m not alone in my feelings.

The station is now being run by Margaret Maya and Alex Arango, who are leasing the spot. Ms. Maya told The Press that she plans to open the body shop back up shortly. Yay!

Congratulations to Kai Leo of Sag Harbor, who graduated on May 19 from the University of Vermont. Mr. Leo, a former standout Whaler student athlete, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Way to go!

Speaking of accomplished Sag Harborites, did you catch the article on Billy Joel in The New York Times last week? It’s an interesting piece—and fairly controversial. Definitely worth a read.

Aside from a quick hello on Main Street every once in a while, and taking his photo at the Group for the East End event, I’ve not had any interaction with Mr. Joel, but the article makes the journalist in me want to reach out and hear his take on the piece. Maybe later this summer …

I did get to speak with Susan Lucci last week. We had a quick chat about the upcoming Bay Street Theatre benefit, “Rock the Dock,” which she’s hosting on July 20. Just like the rest of us, the actress—who is starring in the newest Marc Cherry drama, “Devious Maids,” which premieres on Lifetime on June 23—said that she is in love, love, love with Sag Harbor. A frequent theater-goer, she also said she can’t wait to see “Lend Me A Tenor” and the rest of the summer program slate. Read all about it in an upcoming issue of The Press in the Arts & Living section!

And don’t forget to get your tickets for “Lend Me A Tenor,” which just opened on Tuesday at Bay Street. I met with the cast last week and am pretty excited to see the show as well. My reservations are for Friday—hope to see you there!

Did you know that the newest Tyler Perry film, “Peeples,” is supposed to be set in Sag Harbor? They filmed it in Connecticut, but the locale is definitely supposed to be our village. Check out the feature written by Michelle Trauring this week in Arts & Living.

I’ve got another great opportunity to share: The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is raffling off a really cool limited edition print by Dan Rizzie, signed by the artist, now through June 25. Tickets are $5, and the “Charles Jones” print, number 14 of 25, is valued at $1,500. The drawing will be held and the winner announced on June 25 at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Whaling Museum site at or by calling Michael Butler at 725-0770, ext. 6.

While we’re on the subject of art, Temple Adas Israel is exhibiting “Poetics and Politics of the Eruv: Photographs by Margaret Olin and Paintings by Ben Schacter” through the end of August. For additional information, call 725-0904, or visit

Christ Episcopal Church is hosting free Al-Anon support meetings for parents of teens with substance abuse problems. The anonymous meetings will be held on Thursdays, through June 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. To learn more, call 324-6058, or email

Lastly, I know we’re a ways off, but I wanted to share a save-the-date announcement for the Friends of the John Jermain Library’s annual benefit house tour, which will be held on July 5. The tour will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are only $45 in advance and $50 each on the day of the tour. This is a great opportunity to support the library while enjoying some of the area’s most resplendent homes. For more information, please call the library at 725-0049.

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