Water Mill Community Notes, May 15

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Regulars at Flying Point Beach are in for a surprise this summer: Ryan Rand, who’s been the face in the concession truck for many years, will not be parked at the top of the lot this year. Ryan was outbid by a Mr. Softee vendor for the spot. It’s really a shame that Ryan, a local guy who has watched many kids grow up, won’t be there because he’s a big part of a day at the beach but the bidding process is pretty clear cut: the highest bidder wins.Hopefully, we’ll be able to see him from time to time at the other truck he operates at Scott Cameron Beach, but there’s no confirmation on that yet.

As for Mr. Softee, many know him—it’s Jimmy who makes the rounds in the evenings to many local neighborhoods. He also has a truck parked at Long Beach in Sag Harbor. He’s a nice guy and we even called him here to The Press office to serve up some cones for my birthday last June.

Even so, Ryan will be missed.

Speaking of Flying Point, on a beautiful sunny day last week, I got the chance to check out the beach and was surprised at the sheer size of it. The tide was low but even at high tide, the width of the beach was remarkable and made me look forward to the summer ahead.

The folks over at the Water Mill Museum have been putting the final touches on two new exhibits that will be on display on opening day, Thursday, May 22.

On the first floor of the museum, the first exhibit is a short but informative video documenting the exhibits in the museum’s History Gallery. This was created in response to concerns that the History Gallery is not accessible to all since it’s on the second floor. Board member Marlene Haresign worked with historian Richard Barons and videographer Jason Nower to write, shoot and edit it.

Water Mill resident Arthur Muller was recently installed as an honorary lifetime member of the Water Mill Museum owing to his decades of service to the community as postmaster and supporting the Water Mill Community Club and the museum. This inspired the present design and installation of a new exhibit about the rich history of the Water Mill Post Office.

For centuries, even today, the post office has been a hot spot to get news and information from near and far. Postmaster Muller started after World War II in the space that currently houses the Nightingale Art Gallery, and completed his tenure after 30 years in the brick building that is currently the post office today.

The Water Mill Postal Service exhibit starts way back in the 1800s and expands all the way to recent times, features a photo-journalistic presentation in posters, news clippings, stories, postcards, and even a well-known old WANTED poster from the FBI. Also, aluminum egg-packing boxes that would travel the LIRR back and forth to deliver eggs, and cardboard shipping boxes that contained baby chicks on their way from Pennsylvania to Water Mill.

This show will jog a few memories and remind us of the excitement of getting a handwritten letter and expose something of how things happened in this hamlet since colonial times. The exhibit is an expansion of one that has been on the museum’s second floor for many years.

For more information about the museum, its exhibits and hours, visit watermillmuseum.org or call 726-4625.

If you’re looking for something to do with your family on Friday, you might consider the Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Family Fun Night. Working at one of three animation stations, families will be able to build their own small characters or sets—using paper, collage, and possibly clay—to add to the scenes provided by teaching assistants who will be on hand to facilitate the making of the stop-motion animation films. The finished short films can be downloaded and shared.

In addition to creating animated films, participants can experiment with animating themselves by visiting the Pixelation Station, where families can get in front of the camera to try stop-motion animation techniques and “tricks” like transforming, flying, and teleporting. The animations from the Pixelation Station will be projected on a screen.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. To register or for more information, go to parrishart.org.

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