The sun was bright, the temperature completely comfortable, and no sign of a hurricane in the forecast for the 13th annual Water Mill Classic Car show to benefit the Water Mill Village Improvement Association last Saturday. The grounds of the Water Mill Green were packed with beautiful cars and motorcycles, a few classic trucks and other interesting sights. More than 500 spectators walked through the gate to see 100-plus cars on display.A fun aspect of this event is that it’s not only an exhibition, it’s a competition. The People’s Choice Award went to a beautiful red 1960 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet, owned by Michael Nardy. The Committee’s Choice Award went to a gold 1974 Camaro Z28, owned by Jim Hatgistavroy. Other awards were:
Best Truck, Buzz Browne’s blue and gray Studebaker; Best Paint, Ted Lelle’s 1953 Chevrolet 210; Best Custom, Rocky Boler’s 1953 Mercury; Best Engine, Artie French’s Mercury; Best Convertible, R. Stokus’s 1954 Packard Caribbean; and Best Motorcycle, Tom Brennan’s Harley Davidson.
My personal favorite was the 1930 Ford convertible sedan, owned by Kevin Romeyk. And the story behind it was charming too. He told me that the car was owned by his neighbor when he was a kid and he helped restore it back then. He eventually bought the car to add to his collection.
It took a number of volunteers to make this happen, as well as a long list of sponsors. Since events like this cannot happen with the support of sponsors, please take note of those that helped out:
Albert Kemperle, Inc.; Lewis Blydenburg,in memory of “LOVON”; Buzz Chew Chevrolet; Coastal Farms; Cook, Maran & Associates; Core Dynamics; Corwith Farms; Corwith’s Auto Body, Inc.; Countryscapes Landscaping; Creative Design Landscaping; Deerfield Landscaping; Deerfield Millwork; Dermot Dolan, State Farm Agency; D.F. Electric; DQG Gutters; Dunkerley’s Office Products; Eastland Farms; the Edgerton-Warburton family; and Equine Dental Solutions.
Also, Paul and Helene Fagan; Fellingham’s; Anthony Fiorentino; Gallagher’s Automotive; Halsey Farm & Nursery; Halsey’s Green Thumb of Water Mill, Inc.; Hampton Coffee Company; Hampton Truck & Auto; Herrick Hardware; E.A.& H. Hildreth, Inc.; Innovative Turf Systems; Jeff Jones Construction; Jim Hagen Concrete Construction LLC; John David Rose Architect; Landscaping by Renner; Susan Lillywhite; Michael Longo; McNamara Associates; Michael Nardy; Nature’s Guardian; Nowedonah Landscaping; Nugent & Potter Inc.; Peter Barylski Landscapes, Inc.; The Raynor Group; Frank Ruppel; S&P Carting Service, Inc.; Southrifty Drug, Inc.; Strong Oil Co.; Suffolk Cement Products, Inc.; TLT Racetek; Evelyn and Henry Tureski; and the Wainscott Inn.
All proceeds of the event go to the Water Mill Village Improvement Association, the organization responsible for maintaining the hamlet green and the windmill that serves as the iconic entrance to our community.
Saturday was the first opportunity my family and I had to visit the Mecox cut and we were surprised by what we saw. I had heard that a “wall of sand” had been built up between the ocean and Mecox Bay in order to keep the cut closed, but didn’t envision what was actually there. Although I did not officially confirm this, sources that know such things told me it was likely done because the cut would not close naturally and was causing serious erosion to the beaches to the west.
It was quite interesting because the wall of sand is about 15 feet high and 20 feet deep and I cannot even estimate how wide the expanse is. Standing on the top affords a beautiful view of what is now a huge pond to the south, the ocean farther south, and the bay to the north.
In the ocean and bay on Saturday were several kiteboarders, some of whom appeared to be trying to jump the wall of sand from the bay to pond.
This Sunday at the Parrish Art Museum is the 10th annual Ola Latino Film Festival. It starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 283-2118 or visit the museum’s website at www.parrishart.org.