Water Mill Community Notes, January 30

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Many thanks to Tom Shea who sent along this tidbit that he found in the February edition of Travel and Leisure magazine. The magazine listed its annual design awards for 2014, given to a range of categories including travel products and exceptional locations. In the best museum category: you guessed it, the Parrish Art Museum. As Mr. Shea noted, the “award also recognizes our hamlet as its location, giving national awareness to our little corner of the international scene.”Travel and Leisure said of the museum, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron: “In the land of riches that is the East End of Long Island, the Parrish is a building brave enough to be humble. Harking back to the agricultural structures that once dominated the landscape, the museum’s shape evokes that of a barn, albeit an extraordinarily long, twin-gabled, and finely detailed one. The line it draws in an open meadow is striking in its simplicity; inside, the central corridor is flanked by galleries, while a wide, covered terrace at one end extends a friendly invitation to step into a world of American art.”

I know there are still many who are not pleased with the design of the museum, I had been among them. But the truth is, it’s grown on me and I now find it pleasing to drive past and see how the setting sun might be reflecting off it on any given day. As the years pass, it will settle into its location as the simple landscaping around it matures. One thing, though, still not sold on the flea market lighting in the parking lot.

Kathie McLauchlen sent news from the Water Mill Bridge Club. Last week, the club held charity games and donated the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in the name of Drew Birdsall who has been a patient there since last June. Drew is the grandson of Sue and Dave Birdsall of Water Mill.

Also in Bridge Club news, on February 11 there will be a special interclub championship tournament where all players compete against other bridge clubs that meet on Tuesday afternoon throughout the United States. All play the same hands. In the past we have had winners in the top ten.

The bridge club will be offering bridge lessons for all interested in learning this card game. Beginner lessons start on Wednesday, February 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and intermediate playing lessons begin on Saturday, February 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both classes will run for eight weeks. The club has a website www.bridgeinthehamptons.com with a calendar of events, game results, and locations of other clubs in the area for those folks who would like to play.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 8, which is when the Water Mill Community Club will host its annual Winter Soup and Game Night. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and this one is for adults only. Admission is $5 per person and includes soup, bread, dessert and beverage. Bring your favorite board game. If you plan to attend, let one of these two contacts know: Pat Sliwienski (516) 885 4001/psliwiensk@aol.com or Teal Squires Vella 726-2625/tealied@msn.com

Last week, Grist announced news of Linda and Gary Aldrich’s grandchildren, along with photos of the new babies. Soon after publication, we received photos of the newborns with their siblings. We could not resist these adorable photos, so published alongside this column is a photo of Neeko Aldrich and his big brother, Oliver. For a photo of Maeve Le Guen with her big brother, Ewan, check out the Village Crier column to the left.

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