Director Emily Selyukova hit the nail on the head when she described the capabilities of her entire cast as “mind-blowing” before the show began at Friday night’s final performance of “The Fantasticks” at Pierson High School. After it was over, the cast received a standing ovation. It was truly an enchanting show with strong performances all around.Paul Hartman and Colleen Samot were terrific as the boy and the girl, Matt and Luisa; Denis Hartnett played the role of El Gallo as if he were a new Jerry Orbach in the making; fathers Hucklebee and Bellomy were played delightfully by Shane Hennessy and Matthew Schiavoni; Rebecca Dwoskin was ever-present as the mute. The director did double duty, playing the role of Henry, and Audrey Owen performed like a comedic pro as Mortimer.
Expecting company and want to show off your fabulous hometown? Want to know Sag Harbor a little better yourself? The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is planning “A Sightseeing Salute to Sag Harbor!” on Thursday, May 22. (The rain date is Thursday, May 29.)
To participate, you must register by May 15. Send a check (payable to “LWVH”) to Gladys Remler, LWV Special Events Co-Chair, 180 Melody Court, Eastport, NY 11941, or phone her at (631) 288-9021. Registrants who include their email address will receive a two-page itinerary of the day, with a listing of some Main Street restaurants, art galleries, and shops.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, participants will take a one-mile women’s history walking tour led by Sag Harbor historical raconteurs Tony Garro and Annette Hinkle. At noon, they’ll tour the Whaling Museum followed by lunch and shopping on their own. At 2:15 p.m., there will be a talk on Sag Harbor’s future by Deputy Mayor Robby Stein in Village Hall on Main Street, followed by refreshments; and at 3:15 p.m. David Lee will talk about Temple Adas Israel’s history at the synagogue on Elizabeth Street.
What a relief it is that the Point House, which has stood on North Haven’s shoreline overlooking Sag Harbor since 1804, will survive on its site, if a bit closer to the road than it used to be, as reported in last week’s Sag Harbor Express. The new owner, Stuart Hersch, will build a house on the vacated waterfront site and, under a deal worked out with the village, keep the Point House as a second structure on the property.
Artist James McMullan, a Sag Harbor resident known for his Lincoln Center Theater posters, will discuss his new illustrated memoir, “Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood,” just published by Algonquin Books, at Canio’s Books on Upper Main Street this Saturday at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in North China, the grandson of British missionaries, Mr. McMullan will describe his unusual childhood in impressionistic vignettes accompanied by his paintings.
The book has been described as “a picture and prose poem, exotic and deeply personal” by Jules Feiffer. North Haven’s own Eric Fischl, artist and author of the memoir “Bad Boy,” has praised Mr. McMullan’s book as well: “Beautiful and poignant, ‘Leaving China,’ although autobiographical, feels like a magical tale of an alien’s journey into the strangeness of a floating world.”
Up for a Sunday hike? The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the preserve that connects a chain of groundwater ponds from Sag Harbor to Sagg Pond, are offering a “Mother’s Day Grassland to Grassland Traverse” on Sunday, May 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It will be a moderately-paced, two-mile hike from Vineyard Field behind the South Fork (SoFo) Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton to the grasslands of Poxabogue County Park at Poxabogue Pond. All you have to do to participate is meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot on the Bridgehampton Turnpike in Bridgehampton. Hike leader will be Dai Dayton, who can be reached at (631) 745-0689.
On Wednesday, May 14, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will join with the SoFo Museum to sponsor a “Flower” Full Moon Hike from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.. In most areas, flowers are abundant in mid-May; that’s why the full May moon is called the “Flower Moon.” Other names include the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot. Reservations are required. Call the museum at (631) 537-9735 or, on night of event, call Dai Dayton at (631) 745-0689.
“Once Upon a Mattress” will be presented by Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc., of East Hampton, at Bay Street Theater on Saturday, May 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m., when every mother in the audience will receive a Queen-for-a-Day crown. The show, performed by 30 local actors from age eight to 18, is a musical version of the tale of “The Princess and the Pea.” Tickets are $15 at the door or call Bay Street at (631) 725-9500 for information. For information about Stages, call Helene Leonard at (631) 329-1420.
Main Street Surf & Sport in Wainscott has scheduled the first of its 2014 season stand-up paddle races for Saturday, May 10, from Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Registration fees benefit the Peconic Baykeeper organization.