Sag Harbor Community Notes, August 1


I don’t get starstruck all that often, but I did this past Saturday night when I came face to face with Lady Gaga at the Watermill Center fundraiser.Even more surprising than her showing up at the event—looking pretty normal, no less—was how excited I was to spot her. In my job I see successful and accomplished artists fairly regularly but this gal has something about her that absolutely blew me away. Wowsa!

I was so pumped up that night that it took me about an hour to quiet my brain enough to go to sleep. I’m usually out within moments of my head hitting the pillow but on Saturday I couldn’t stop singing the lyrics to “Bad Romance”—at full volume and complete with imagined dance moves—in my head.

I’ve got another busy social calendar coming up this week, though I pray that I don’t run into Sir Paul McCartney anytime soon. I do need to get some beauty sleep after all.

While on the subject of big names, Jay McInerney stopped by Cape Advisors’ Watchcase condominium development this past Friday for a rosé tasting and to read from his book “The Juice.” The event ended with a tour of the recently completed penthouse model unit—a real beaut.

Boy oh boy do I wish that I had the kind of money it takes to buy a place there. Doing some quick math, I’d have to write approximately 2,000 more Spyglass columns to come up with that kind of scratch. One can always dream.

At least one local gal you may know is well on her way to achieving her dreams. Big ups to Chloe Laundrie, who recently earned a place on the spring dean’s list at St. Bonaventure University. Ms. Laundrie, an elementary education and special education major, also made the dean’s list this past fall. Keep up the great work!

We’ve got lots of fun things to do this coming week in the village. Here are some highlights.

Chanteyman Don Sineti and the crew of the Mystic Whaler return to Sag Harbor on Friday to sing some “Sea Songs and Whale Tales” at Old Whalers’ Church on Thursday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m. The popular musicians will play their annual gig during a free concert, though free-will donations will be accepted. On Saturday, the Old Whalers’ Church will host its annual ice cream social on the front lawn from 5 to 7 p.m. This year’s event will include a bouncy house, games for kids and a silent auction for adults.

Admission, which is $4 for kids and $6 for adults, includes an ice cream sundae with choice of toppings. Game tickets, sold separately, cost $1 and auction tickets cost $2. Hot dogs and cold drinks will also be sold on-site. For additional information on either event, call 725-1575, e-mail or visit

Over at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, there will be an opening reception for “Life As It Is – Unscripted,” highlighting the work of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, on Friday, August 2. The reception, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will also feature an “Almost Beachfront” exhibit with Scott Sandell and a raffle of a limited-edition print by Dan Rizzie. To learn more, call 725-0770 or visit

Starting Tuesday, August 6, the Sag Harbor Fire Department Carnival will be open and ready for good times at Haven’s Beach. The carnival will continue through Saturday, August 10, and will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. each night.

Lastly, Gail Slevin asked me to tell you all to save the date for the John Jermain Memorial Library “One for the Books!” fundraisers, so that’s what I’m doing. Mark your calendars for Saturdays, October 12 and 19, and decide which great cocktail party you want to attend. For more information, please call the library at 725-0049 or email

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