Sag Harbor Community Notes, February 6


Snow and ice, snow and ice, oh how I’m sick of snow and ice!Yes, I know it’s February and this is the way things are supposed to be. And yes, it’s pretty—for about five minutes—but I want to get all this cruddy weather out of the way so we can all venture outside once and for all. It’s almost worse that we are tempted with a beautiful day or two here and there, which is followed by another stupid snow dump. Sigh.

What I’m most concerned about, of course, is HarborFrost—most specifically the Polar Bear Plunge at Long Wharf. What other chance are we going to get to see Matt Lauer in his swim trunks if they call it off due to icy conditions? Priorities, people. Ha ha.

As of press time, here’s the schedule for the fourth annual HarborFrost, which will be held from Friday, February 7, through Sunday, February 9.

The Harbor Frost Ball will be held at Muse in the Harbor on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. At 7 p.m., “A Chorus Line” will stage at the Pierson High School auditorium. At 8 p.m., Bay Street will screen “50 Years of the Beatles.”

Saturday is Family Fun Day. On Main Street and beyond, there will be ice carving, fire dancers, fireworks, a Zima! treasure hunt, and more, including special sales, live music and local restaurant specials. The Plunge, if it happens, will be held at Windmill Beach at 2 p.m. The annual freeze fest benefits the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corp and Pierson High School Theatre and Arts Programs.

The schedule for Saturday includes: a screening of the film “Row Hard, No Excuses” at the American Legion at 10 a.m.; ice carving at Long Wharf at noon and 2 p.m.; the Zima! treasure hunts at noon and 12:30 at the Civil War monument; a culinary stroll, starting at Il Cappuccino, from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; the Fiery Sensation Dancers at Long Wharf at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks by Grucci at 6 p.m.; another staging of “A Chorus Line” at Pierson at 8 p.m. and another screening of “Celebrating the Beatles” at Bay Street at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Sag Harbor Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast at the fire station from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will benefit the Sag Harbor Junior Volunteer Fire Department and Stony Brook Burn Center. At 10 a.m., there will be a Hike for HarborFrost starting at Mashashimuet Park. At 7 p.m., “The Beatles on Ed Sullivan” video will be screened in celebration of the band’s historic appearance 50 years ago. Hmmmm. Wouldn’t it be cool if Sir Paul showed up for that one?

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There are other noteworthy things happening besides HarborFrost. For example, our friend Jim Turner will be playing at Muse in the Harbor on Sunday, February 9, starting at 6 p.m. Pop in and say hey. And order a drink or two and muse about how you get to see for free this musician who played with Paul McCartney.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that prolific Sag Harbor author, friend and Press contributor Tom Clavin has huge cause to celebrate. His book, “The Heart Of Everything That Is,” which he co-wrote with Bob Drury, is number 25 of the “The New York Times Book Review Print Hardcover Best Sellers” list. Three months after the publication date no less. Well done good man!

Cheers to a fun-filled HarborFrost and happy February.

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