Happy New Year, friends and neighbors! I hope that 2014 holds good health and prosperity for all.I was surprised to see that the old studio on Squiretown Road is up for sale. I don’t know how many people are aware, but the gallery belonged to Russian artist David Burliuk. Often described as the father of Russian Futurism, he was a central figure in the Russian avant-garde movement as an art critic, poet and exhibition organizer.
Burliuk first settled in New York City in 1922. He moved to Hampton Bays in 1941 and lived here until his death in 1967. He was responsible for bringing artists Moses Soyer and Nikolai Cikovsky to the area; they were all part of a group of local artists known as The Squiretown Circle. Every year on Burliuk’s birthday, more than 200 people would come from New York to celebrate at his home on Squiretown Road. For those in Hampton Bays and Shinnecock Hills, it opened a door into a whole new world.
The studio does not look like much right now, but it would be a shame to lose it to commercial or residential development. It would be nice to see it used once again as an artist studio and gallery.
A fond farewell to Alice Cilio. Alice recently left her post at the Dominican Sisters Family Health Services where she had worked as development assistant for almost nine years. All the best to you in your retirement, Alice!
Frank Barbuto is also retiring after 50 years as a Suffolk County Section XI wrestling referee. A longtime resident of Hampton Bays, Frank was a science teacher in the Middle Country School District for 33 years. During his career, he coached 90 teams, including cross country, wrestling and track. In addition, Frank is a past president of the Suffolk County Wrestling Officials Association. Relax and enjoy, Frank!
A big round of applause for Olivia Dimijian. The seventh-grader took first place in the third annual National Geographic Bee last month at the Hampton Bays Middle School. Sean Noonan, also a seventh-grader, was the runner-up.
Olivia now has the chance to qualify for the state competition and then, hopefully, a shot at the national finals in May. Good luck, Olivia!
Congrats to Margo Ciano. Margo was the lucky winner of WLNG’s Christmas Club raffle at Fandango boutique.
Happy 18th birthday to Desa Schult, with love from your family and friends. Desa’s special day was on Sunday, January 5.
Happy birthday to Pat Deluca! Patty’s day to shine is Monday, January 13. And Pat Schult’s cake-and-candle day falls on Tuesday, January 14.
Tim Burke of the Backbar Grille would like to let my readers know that he is very sorry that the restaurant is closed on Mondays. They will continue to be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, however.
And brunch is now being served on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu offers a nice selection of eggs, bagels and lox, granola, waffles and corned beef hash and that comes with a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary. Tim thanks you for your support and patronage.
Gail Gallagher has her photographs on exhibit this month in a show titled “Enjoy the View” at the Hampton Bays Public Library on Ponquogue Avenue. Born to a large Irish-Catholic family in Brooklyn, Gail’s love of photography had its beginning at family gatherings. She has exhibited in several Long Island libraries and has had a photo of hers appear on the cover of Chef Tom Schaudel’s book, “Playing with Fire.” Check it out.
St. Rosalie’s Church Food Pantry is asking for donations of peanut butter, jelly, soups, rice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and canned fruit. You can drop those off in the Parish Center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thank you!
Saturday, January 11: Poets Rising group meeting, 1-3 p.m., Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. All are welcome