East Hampton Community Notes, June 26


I would like to start my column off with a big thank you to Dell Cullum. A graduate of East Hampton High School, Dell has taken on the feat of helping keep beaches and wildlife areas litter free.As you know, and this is not a seasonal problem, there is a handful of people who tend to leave trash behind. By doing this you are endangering wildlife on so many levels, polluting the land, being irresponsible, careless and yes, selfish.

It is simple. If you took whatever it is that will eventually become trash with you onto the beach, why is it so hard to take it with you when you leave? Just a reminder that there isn’t a magic cleaning service that comes in with a Hoover right behind you and cleans up. Don’t litter.

This looks to be fun. Two East End women will be leading discussions and workshops at the East Hampton Library. On Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be an Author Talk with Eileen Obser. Local author Eileen Obser will read from and discuss her new memoir, “Only You…” set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, “Only You…” relates to Eileen Obser’s personal experience growing up in Queens, New York. Eileen shows how two naive, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures to disastrous consequences. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

On Tuesdays, July 8 through July 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the library will be hosting a free memoir workshop. The workshop, “The Memoir in Your Head,” will be conducted by noted author Kara Westermen. Ms. Westerman has been a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Kara received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Ohio Review, the anthology, “Submerged: Tales From the Basin,” and The East Hampton Star.

Register at the Adult Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org. Also, Authors Night Tickets are on sale now. Meet more than 100 distinguished authors, buy their books and have them personally inscribed.

On Friday, at 8 p.m., Corky Laing, legendary drummer from the classic rock band Mountain, takes on humor as he pounds out personal, decadent rock & roll history with irreverent humor and live music in this one-man show that is part theater, part percussive explosion. A tour-de-force personal odyssey through some of the most amazing concert moments of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s from a musician who was on the scene and lived the dream.

On Saturday at 8 p.m., Guild Hall Comedy Nights will feature Jon Lovitz with special guest Sue Costello. Jon Lovitz has been nominated for an Emmy for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he became known for such characters as Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, Master Thespian, Hanukkuh Harry, and the Devil. He has appeared in more than thirty movies, including “Big,” “A League of Their Own,” “The Wedding Singer,” and “Rat Race.”

On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall and Patricia Watt present a staged reading of “Mona Lisa Speaks” by Jenny Lyn Bader, which was directed by Julie Kramer and stars Tovah Feldshuh.

On Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Guild Hall, there will be a “Panel Discussion: FAPE and the Role of the Artist,” moderated by Robert Storr, FAPE Exhibition Curator, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee, and Dean of the Yale School of Art. Panelists include artists Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Joel Shapiro, and Carrie Mae Weems. This is a wonderful lineup and admission is free.

For all the Guild Hall events, call the box office at 324-4050 or email info@guildhall.org.

On Saturday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., is The Nature Conservancy’s “Nature Inspires” Beaches & Bays Gala. This gala will honor renowned landscape artist Bobbie Braun and the Neuwirth Foundation, and celebrate 20 years of support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among the many points of inspiration at the annual gala are a very special en plein air art show curated by Silas Marder and a special art “action” painting that will invite guests to translate inspiration into actions that will help The Nature Conservancy continue its important work. There will also be a premiere of “My Favorite Island,” featuring Jimmy Buffett. Individual Tickets range from $750 to $2,500. For more information, visit. www.nature.org or call 329-7689.


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