Sag Harbor Community Notes, July 25


Yes, I’ll admit it. I finally had to break down and buy an air conditioner before the big heat wave last week.Not to sound all hippy dippy but I’m not a fan of A/C. I’d rather open up all the windows and let Mother Nature’s cooling breezes waft through the house. But since it was 90 degrees, even at night, I caved in for the sake of my poor 19-year-old kitty cat, Skat, who I didn’t think would tolerate the heat. Hopefully soon the time will come for me to remove the electric monstrosity and return to a more natural state.

For other environmentally like-minded folks, there’s a terrific two-day event at Dodds & Eder this weekend. The Hamptons Preventive Health and Sustainable Technology Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenters will include Congressman Tim Bishop, who will speak about Health Care Reform Education; filmmaker Jeffrey Smith, who will screen his “Genetic Roulette;” Nadia Ernestus and Silvia Lehrer, who will be giving cooking demos; Candace Vorhaus, who will talk about feng shui; holistic veterinarian Jennifer Katz; food law attorney Jason Foscolo; and lifestyle consultant Amy Elias.

There will also be a “Food Riot” dinner, prepared by Fresh Hamptons chef Todd Jacobs—fresh from cooking at “Chefs & Champagne” this past weekend—on Saturday, July 27, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. One-day passes to the event are $25. Tickets to a pre-dinner cocktail party are $75. Dinner tickets, which include cocktail party admission, are $150. For more information, visit

Also this weekend, one of my very favorite people, John Jonas Gruen, will be coming to our village. On Friday, July 26, the Water Mill and Manhattan resident will talk about his photography book, “Two Men,” at Canio’s at 5 p.m.

Here’s how much I love John Gruen. He kindly invited me to the city for a book party for his newest, “Italian Waiters,” this past week. And I went. In the middle of summer. On the Jitney (Did you know they aren’t selling round-trip tickets any more? Next time I’m taking the Luxury Liner), for close to five hours, which was packed both ways. And hot. Grrr.

Anyway, it was worth it. I positively adore this man.

Not to be outdone, Peter Wolf, father of my friend and Press real estate writer, Phelan Wolf, will drop in at Canio’s on Saturday, July 27, at 5 p.m. to talk about his new memoir, “My New Orleans, Gone Away: a Memoir of Loss and Renewal.” Mr. Wolf is not only a nationally recognized land planning, urban policy and asset management authority, he’s also a Fulbright Fellow, the founder of the Thomas Moran Trust and a Guild Hall trustee who is the recipient of awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Federation of Arts.

Wow, we are beyond fortunate out here. Thanks to Canio’s for continuing to showcase local talent.

And while I’m on the subject of East End gems, next Friday, August 2, the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will host an opening reception for “Almost Beachfront” for printmaker and artist Scott Sandell at 6 p.m. Afterward, “Life as it is – Unscripted: An Evening with Documentary Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus” will begin at 8 p.m.

I just ran into “Penny” and his daughter Linley at Guild Hall this past Friday during “Tonight at 8:30.” I swear he’s getting younger with each passing day. I cannot wait to hear him talk about his amazing career.

By the way, I just paid my dues and am now a proud member of the museum. You all should do the same. Not only is it ridiculously inexpensive to join—$25 for an individual and $30 for a family—it’s also one hot and happening place to be. To learn more, visit

Congratulations to Sag Harbor resident Kathleen Comber, who made the dean’s list at Ithaca College for the spring 2013 semester. The sophomore English major has made the list every semester since enrolling. Way to go and keep up the phenomenal work!

Lastly, Temple Adas Israel will host Amanda Kleinman and her friends for a cantorial concert on Sunday, July 28, at 5 p.m. The free concert will also feature the vocal talents of David Mintz, Daniel Mendelson, Rachel Harrison, and pianist Shinae Kim. For more information, please call 725-0904 or visit

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