Sag Harbor Community Notes, September 5

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As if I had any doubt that this has been the biggest summer out here since 2007, they would have been vanquished on Monday afternoon as I left the office and passed standstill westbound traffic from Southampton all the way to Whalebone Landing in Noyac. But the line of cars didn’t stop there; they were followed by a steady stream all the way into Sag Harbor Village. Holy moly, that’s a lot of people leaving.Now that the craziness is over, I’m all about taking a deep breath and resetting my inner clock to a more leisurely pace. With a few vacation days on the horizon, I plan on soaking up the sun and enjoying the spoils of our beautiful East End. Maybe I’ll see you around.

One place I’m sure to hit is the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum’s End of Summer Capital Campaign Fundraiser and HarborFest kickoff celebration on Friday, September 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event promises some of my favorite things, including catching up with friends, art, delicious food and a nice selection of adult bevvies.

For the food, there will be Montaco Truck tacos, chips and salsa and guacamole, plus Dreamy Ice Cream from Sylvester & Co. For the drinks, there will be Montauk Brewing Company beer, Channing Daughters wine (I hope The Wild! white will be poured, I love it!) and Sylvester & Co. iced coffee.

Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for a night of fun for all. DJ Mister Lama will spin.

Tickets are $12.50 for kids, $50 for adults and $125 for a family of four package. Capital campaign fund donations start at $25. All proceeds from the fiesta go to the Capital Campaign Fund to restore the home of the museum, the Benjamin Huntting House. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org or call 725-0770.

I can’t wait for the rest of the 50th anniversary HarborFest activities this weekend, of which there will be many. The fun starts on Friday, September 6, with the Whaling Museum event and continues through Sunday, September 8, concluding with Bay Burger’s super-duper lobster roll eating contest.

The three-day festival will include music, food tastings, contests, historic tours and whaleboat races. There are simply too many awesome events to list so please visit http://sagharborchamber.com/pdfs/harborfest_schedule2013.pdf for a downloadable schedule. To learn more about the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sagharborchamber.com.

Big congratulations to Sag Harbor’s own Bailey Briggs, who earned two first-place blues in Child’s Equitation High Fences classes this past week at the Hampton Classic. She and her horse, Lennox, also earned third- and fourth-place ribbons as well. The 2013 Pierson graduate is planning on attending Villanova University in 2014. Keep up the great stuff Bailey!

Sending good vibes out also for the Sag Harbor Farmers Market, which will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to market manager Ana Nieto, the market’s very first season began on September 11, 2003 and was the first to open on the East End of Long Island.

Offerings at the market include goods from a variety of vendors from the East End who grow or create locally. Items for sale include cheese, eggs, fish, vegetables, honey, wine, shellfish, breads, gourmet items, soups, spice rubs, sauces, herbs and more. The 2013 season runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 26. Need to know more, visit www.turtleshellhealth.com or email Ana at ana@turtleshellhealth.com.

Cheers to one more month (at least!) of wonderful weather and good times.

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