Sag Harbor Community Notes, June 19


Downtown Sag Harbor on these bright June weekends is utterly kaleidoscopic. There was so much going on this past Saturday and Sunday, it was almost dizzying—from the Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Fair at Marine Park and the farmers market a little farther up Bay Street to all the dining action on the sidewalks outside LT Burger, Page, Sen and Cappuccino, on the porch at the Hotel and on the benches outside Sagtown and Golden Pear. Wow! What a scene.We saw a lot of folks strolling along with mouths agape at all Sag Harbor has to offer. Or so we imagined. We had the feeling a lot of them had never been here before. Maybe we’re getting back to the glory days of the mid-19th century, when the whaling industry in its heyday drew all kinds of people from all over the world to the harbor.

The news that the Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball team fell in the State Class C final Saturday evening in Binghamton to the Hoosic Valley Indians didn’t seem to dampen spirits on sunny Main Street Sunday morning. How long can anyone stay glum when the last day of school is coming up on June 26 with graduation to follow two days later? Congratulations to the team for a terrific season and congratulations to every student moving up and all the graduating seniors.

Strawberry festivals used to be as much a part of the month of June on the East End as graduations and fireflies. Graduations still abound but farms fields devoted to strawberries and woodland edges lit up at dusk with lazily flashing little white lights have become rarities. So hooray for the Old Whalers’ Church and its strawberry festival, which takes place this Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the historic church at 44 Union Street.

The big event this coming weekend locally is the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s annual summer fundraiser, “All Aboard for the Sag Harbor Historical Society,” to be held at the Breakwater Yacht Club at 51 Bay Street on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $80. For more information, call (631) 725-5092. To learn more about the historical society, which is headquartered at the charming Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street, check out its website at “” And check out the exhibition at the Boyd House about the coming of the railroad to Sag Harbor in 1870 for a run of more than 60 years.

Another big benefit on Saturday will honor the late monologist and actor Spalding Gray to support Performance Space 122, a landmark theater space in the East Village for cutting-edge live performances that is undergoing a major renovation to be completed in 2016.

Mr. Gray lived in North Haven. His widow, Kathie Russo, will host the event at her home at 144 Ferry Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, with co-hosts Jonathan Ames, Alec Baldwin, Mike Daisey and Mercedes Ruehl. The event is intended to ensure that Mr. Gray’s legacy is honored as PS122 moves back into its newly renovated spaces. Tickets, available online at the address “,” are $122. Admission includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a reading of a Spalding Gray monologue by Ms. Ruehl.

Next up for the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s monthly “Sundays at Two” presentation will be artists Deneen Tromba-B.-Rich and Jan Porinchak, who will give a program titled “The Quintessence of Long Island” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at the Greenbelt Nature Center at 1061 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Coming up next week, the John Jermain Library will offer a program for those interested in taking up kayaking but don’t know how to begin; there also will be suggestions for experienced kayakers looking for new places to explore.

The program will be offered on Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the library’s temporary space at 34 West Water Street, where Kevin Stiegelmaier, author of “Canoeing and Kayaking New York” and “Paddling Long Island,” will discuss all of the dos and don’ts of the sport and the best places to go. There’s a limit of 18 participants so preregistration is required. For details, email “” or call (631) 725-0049.

This Sunday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., the library will offer a science program for kids age 4 through 7 at 34 West Water Street: As the library explains it, “What really makes up the color in a marker? See what you can discover when we try an experiment. You might get a little surprise!” Sounds intriguing! Registration is required at (631) 725-0049 or by emailing “”

Parents of youngsters also should know about the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre at 4 Hampton Street in Sag Harbor, a nonprofit organization devoted to teaching young children about theater arts. Playgroups that include a puppet show are offered daily for a nominal fee. Go to “” for more details and to register, or call Liz Joyce at (631) 725-4193. You can also email her at

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