I want to start my column with a very urgent topic that has been circulating the Hamptons of late.
This Saturday, at 1 p.m., the very important issue is being raised about the culling of the white tail deer. A “No Cull Rally” and demonstration will be hosted by the East Hampton Group for Wildlife at Hook Mill. The group has already filed suit against the town, village, and town trustees, who plan to eliminate 2,000 to 3,000 deer on the East End and in the Town of Brookhaven. Riverhead Town is the only town so far that has opted out of the program and the Town of Southampton is still undecided.
This is one of the largest government deer removals ever undertaken and the program is estimated to cost about $500,000. According to a recent survey, it already seems that the deer population is in decline from a deer count that took place in 2006. Those who want to join in on the rally should meet at Hook Mill and all will proceed to march in single file along the sidewalks to Herrick Park, where everyone will stand for 20 to 30 minutes facing Newtown Lane.
On Friday, from 1 to 5 pm., White’s Pharmacy is offering complimentary facials in support of Hampton’s Wellness Week. Call and book your appointment at 324-0082.
On Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., is the opening reception of Part 1 of the Student Art Festival, kindergarten through grade eight, at Guild Hall. There will be a reception in the lobby and a live show on stage in the John Drew Theater featuring musical groups from the local elementary and middle schools.
The Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End for twenty years. The show is on view through February 23.
On Saturday and Sunday, at Guild Hall, from 11 a.m. (noon on Sunday) until 5 p.m., there are free interactive craft projects for children to work on independently and/or with an adult. No registration is required. Visit www.guildhall.org.
On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the East Hampton Library is the Adults Film and Discussion of “All Quiet on the Western Front” a Best Picture Oscar winner.
On Sunday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Winter Film Festival at Guild Hall will be presented by the library. This week’s film is “Teddy Bear,” directed by Mads Matthiesen. The story is about a 38-year-old bodybuilder named Dennis who would really like to find true love.
On Monday, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the library will be the Battle of the Books meeting.
High school students can join the EH Library team and win the Battle of the Books, an annual Suffolk County-wide competition where teams of teens compete in a contest of trivia questions from three selected novels. Visit www.easthamptonlibrary.org.
On Monday, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., The Body Shop, located at 26 Newtown Lane, is offering a light-hearted, full-bodied dance class by Jamie Lerner on a donation basis. Different music and dance styles are offered each week, including: Latin, hip-hop, gospel, jazz, funk etc. Put what you can in the basket after class. www.jamielerner.com.
Once again, I will do my plug for this great annual event of the Love & Passion Art Show, which usually has been held at Ashawagh Hall, but this year it has moved to Water Mill. I will be collaborating with Hampton Hang and the Sara Nightingale Gallery.
In its ninth year, this year’s theme is “Walk On the Wild Side,” with an opening reception February 15. Sara Nightingale’s “Blind Date” Music Lab series will also be happening between the two galleries. Blind Date brings together two or more musicians who have never met and will perform together in front of an audience. Please contact me if you would like to be involved in the art show and/or music series. I am at firstname.lastname@example.org.