Sag Harbor Community Notes, May 15

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This coming Tuesday is the statewide date for school district voting. Here in Sag Harbor, the Board of Education has proposed a budget that would raise the tax rate an estimated 1.48 percent, a number within the state’s annual tax cap, this year set just under 2 percent. The proposed budget total for 2014-2015 is $36,869,53, up 3.83 percent from the current year’s spending plan.Check out the news stories and commentary in this media. Also take a look at the district’s budget newsletter, which arrived in mailboxes last week. Then make your decision and participate. The polling place is open to registered voters at the Pierson High School gym from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 20.

Just talking to people from around the South Fork, we keep hearing that Sag Harbor’s school district has a very good reputation. Going back a generation, it wasn’t always so. It took a lot of good people a lot of years to turn things around. One sign of a good district is a clear and transparent presentation of the budget. That’s what the newsletter offers. Take a careful look.

In a sure sign that the long, cold winter really is over, the Sag Harbor Farmers Market returns for the season this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Bay Street, three blocks east of Main Street—in other words, along the edges of Marine Park; at least that’s what the on-line listing sounds like to me.

This is the 11th year for the market, which features all kinds of fresh, regionally raised and prepared goodies. The market is where we catch up with our friend, that little old cheese maker from Mecox, Art Ludlow and family. In summer, he lives so far, far away we never get to see him.

For general information about the Sag Harbor Farmers Market, call Jean B. Gaul at (631) 899-4799, email her at 139jbshore@gmail.com or go to the market’s website, which can be found at “sagharborfarmersmarket.org.”

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum returns for the season with the kickoff of its “Salt Air Exhibition II” on Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the newly restored and repainted museum at 200 Main Street. The show, featuring the works of local artists, is curated by Dan Rizzie and Peter Marcelle. Live music will be provided by Jake Lear. Call Greg Therriault for information at (631) 725-0770.

Don’t forget the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is sponsoring “A Sightseeing Salute to Sag Harbor!” on Thursday, May 22.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, there will be a one-mile women’s history walking tour led by Sag Harbor historical raconteurs Tony Garro and Annette Hinkle; then a noon tour of the Whaling Museum followed by lunch and shopping on your own; a 2:15 p.m. talk on Sag Harbor’s future by Deputy Mayor Robby Stein in Village Hall followed by refreshments; and a 3:15 p.m. talk on Temple Adas Israel’s history by the indomitable David Lee at the historic synagogue on Elizabeth Street.

The ticket price is $30. To register, call Gladys Remler, special events co-chair for the League, at (631) 288-9021. The rain date is Thursday, May 29.

The Nature Conservancy’s amazing 2,100-acre Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is just a short ferry ride away and there are always interesting events there for members and non-members.

Coming up this Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, take a hike that has been titled “Dogwoods and Bass Creek Cottage,” starting at the Manor House. It’s a 1.5-mile loop on the Green Trail that features blooming dogwoods, great views of Bass Creek and the beautiful “back road” through Mashomack’s hills.

The following Saturday, May 24, the preserve will have an event that is titled “Family Fun: Hauling a Seine,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come help give a hand hauling in a 300-foot seine net and get a close-up look at the creatures and plants that live under the sea. A haul can bring in striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder and several species of crab.

This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method (the very one honored and documented in the late, great Peter Matthiessen’s book “Men’s Lives”) is appropriate for both children and adults. A marshmallow roast will follow the haul. A supply of insect repellent is suggested.

Call the preserve office at (631) 749-1001 for more information. And mark your calendars for the Memorial Day Membership Open House. Sag Harborites live so close to the Mashomack Preserve that they, like Shelter Islanders, should make it a regular item on their spring calendars. It’s on Sunday, May 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Come enjoy a cocktail party on the lawn of the preserve’s Manor House, which is visible from the North Haven shore before the leaves bud out. See the environmental displays and learn about Mashomack’s conservation work. It would be great if you can bring friends and neighbors along who would like to support the preserve.

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