East Hampton Community Notes, August 15


This past weekend was, as always, my favorite event of the summer, Author’s Night. I always walk away with a slew of books and really good memories. This year, was no different. After having a photo taking with Dr. Ruth, I become her “tour guide.” She latched on to my arm because I had a book signed by the legendary Clive Davis and she wanted to meet him. She asked me to bring her over. I introduced them and she gets a book. “Who else?” she asks, so I bring her over to the next and the next and the next, all the while she will not let go of me. All 4’5” of her. Lovely woman and a lovely memory I will have forever.

John Gibson, who is studying English in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and Daniela Perez, who is studying psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, both made the dean’s list at Villanova University.

The 65th annual Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game will take place this Saturday. Batting practice starts at noon and the game gets under way at 2 p.m., in Herrick Park.

Artists, writers, celebrities and fans will gather once again to compete in this longest running charity event in the Hamptons. Thousands have come to watch the celebs battle it out on the ballfield to raise money for East End Hospice, East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix House of Long Island and The Retreat. The game’s hall of fame includes Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Bill Clinton, Chevy Chase, Ed Burns, Matthew Broderick, James Lipton, Jackson Pollock, Paul Simon, Peter Jennings, Regis Philbin, Yogi Berra and Rudy Giuliani.

True die-hard fans might want to check out the pregame party at LTV Studios in Wainscott on Friday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.artistswritersgame.org.

There is an open call for artists to help The Retreat through its fifth annual Juried Art Show in the Hamptons. The jurors are Sara Nightingale, owner of Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill, and Scott Sandell, visual arts director at Stony Brook Southampton.

The top 25 entries will appear in a group show opening on November 9, at the Richard J. Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor. The top three Best in Show win their own group exhibit next year. The cost is $50 per entry. All entry fees benefit The Retreat, the only not-for-profit comprehensive domestic violence agency serving the East End of Long Island. The deadline is September 17. For more information call Hope at 329-4398, hkramer@theretreatinc.org or hamptonsjuriedartshow@gmail.com.

An exhibition, “Age East Hampton (1919-1933): Clothes, Clubs & Contraband” is currently on display at the Clinton Academy Museum. The East Hampton Historical Society has sourced more than 80 images of life in our hamlet during America’s “last fling,” ranging from the local gentry to the famous folks that had already begun embracing the East End. In addition to mesmerizing photographs, vignettes have been created of period fashion, decorative arts and even display a 70-year-old contraband bottle of whiskey. A special section is devoted to the Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair and the Maidstone Club. Special curator tours will be held on August 17 and September 7, at 10 a.m. The exhibit runs until October 13. For more information, call 324-6850.

On Thursday, at 8 p.m., Wordtheatre presents “Telling Tales,” at Guild Hall in which short stories are brought to life by Carla Gugino, True Blood’s Chris Bauer, Boardwalk Empire’s Vincent Piazza, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and more. Prices for prime orchestra seats and the VIP reception $100/$95 members; orchestra $45/$43 members; balcony $25/$23 members.

On Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at Guild Hall, is the performance “Encore! Gigi: the Life of A Doll.” After a sell-out performance at Bay Street Theatre in April, The East End Special Players are presenting an encore performance of the show at Guild Hall. With the inspired clever direction of Jacqui Leader, this is a fun show for the whole family in which The Players explore their lives from birth to falling in love, to the challenges of day-to-day life with lively music, contemporary dances, and colorful and touching scenes, all told through the eyes of a doll. Tickets available at the door or via www.eastendspecialplayers.com.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be Shabbat services for the “Next Generation Social Justice Hero Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund,” at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

Also on Saturday is the Animal Rescue Fund’s Bow Wow Meow Ball, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. The event is an evening of cocktails, a raw bar, dinner, dancing to Peter Duchin and his orchestra, live auction, silent auction and online auction with charitybuzz.com. For the first time it will be held at ARF’s Adoption Center, 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott. ARF’s Champion of Animals Award will be presented to Bernadette Peters by Beth Ostrosky Stern. The emcee will be Dick Cavett. For tickets, visit www.arfhamptons.org or contact kathy@arfhamptons.org or call 537-0400 x214.

Enjoy. Summer is going fast!

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