Sag Harbor Community Notes, June 26


Someone in the carting business told someone we know that the amount of garbage being hauled after these busy June weekends equals what used to be normal for weekends in the crazy, desperado month of August.Here’s another metric: the ATM at the Apple Bank was kaput as of Saturday and out of service until Monday, I presume because it was out of cash after having been hit by the multitudes on Thursday and Friday.

Yes, it feels like August in June here in old Sag Harbor: not because of the weather, which has been lovely if not a little cool, but because of all the action: traffic jams, people spilling out of certain restaurants onto the sidewalk, throngs surveying the scene.

One of the bigger events coming up this weekend is a fundraiser for the Peconic Baykeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance aboard the classic Mariner III out of Long Wharf from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

The event celebrates the Baykeeper’s 15th anniversary fighting to protect the East End’s bays from pollution and to raise awareness and money for Waterkeeper’s international efforts to protect swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters.

Former Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister, a veteran in the post, was dismissed last March, in case you missed the news then. The reasons were never officially revealed. The group’s association with Waterkeeper appears to have evolved since his abrupt dismissal.

The Waterkeeper Alliance, which is based in New York, unites all Waterkeeper organizations across the country, according to its Wickipedia entry. It’s the fastest growing grassroots environmental movement in the world, spanning six continents.

Tickets for the Sag Harbor event, at $500 a person, include a dinner cruise around Peconic Bay, with a meal “created by a Michelin-starred Swedish chef,” we’ve been told, followed by a dockside after-party. Tickets are available for the after-party only at $100.

For information, contact Peconic Baykeeper by email at or call (631) 653-4804. Registration is required.

Holiday House, the Manhattan interior design showcase, will partner with Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine, to present “Holiday House Hamptons” at the Watchcase condo project from Sunday, June 29 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $35.

The opening gala is slated for Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call (212) 472-3313 or email If you have to ask how much a ticket costs, you probably don’t want to go.

Holiday House Hamptons will use the creations of top interior designers to transform three new residences at the Watchcase condo project at 15 Church Street. Watchcase is a 130-year old former watchcase factory undergoing a transformation by Cape Advisors into the first resort-style luxury condominium project in the region.

Holiday House was founded in 2008 by Iris Dankner to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer through the interior design industry. Having survived the disease through early detection, Iris has made it her mission to support breast cancer research and help women who are facing the same fight.

Designers for the 2014 Holiday House Hamptons include Bjørnen Design; Brady Design; Campion Platt; Dale Cohen Studio; Elizabeth Dow Home; Elsa Soyars Interior Design; Huniford Design; Milly de Cabrol LTD; Scott Formby; Studio MRS; Tamara Magel Home; Thom Filicia; Vicente Wolf; and West Chin Architect.

Temple Adas Israel of Sag Harbor, the oldest synagogue on Long Island, will present vocalist-guitarist Susan Gaeta in a concert of Sephardic songs on Sunday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the temple at 30 Atlantic Avenue.

For information, contact Toby Spitz by email at or call (631) 899-3446.

Ms. Gaeta is a member of a new generation of musicians who are exploring the rich and varied traditions of Sephardic music, we learn from the temple. Originally from Connecticut, where her grandfather played clarinet in a Klezmer band and acted in Yiddish theater, Susan for eight years lived in Buenos Aires, where she performed classic jazz and traditional Argentinian folk songs.

After moving back to the United States, she toured with Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda and sang with Colors of the Flame, a trio of musicians dedicated to preserving Sephardic songs. In 2002, she was selected to participate in The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Master-Apprentice program. During her year-long apprenticeship, Susan appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Askenazi Festival in Toronto and a historic concert in Istanbul.

Don’t forget to check out the local produce and fancy foods at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market a little ways east of Marine Park on Bay Street every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be there every Saturday into October.

Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming up at Sag Harbor’s virtual cultural center, Canio’s Books on Upper Main Street:

Poets Carole Stone and Charlotte Mandel will read from new works on Saturday, June 28, at 5 p.m.; on Saturday, July 5, at 5 p.m., spy novelist Alan Furst will read from his latest, “Midnight in Europe”; on Saturday, July 12, at 5 p.m., internationally renowned jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins will perform in concert.

Canio’s Kids, a series of children’s book readings for young readers, will be offered beginning Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. with Sigrid Meinel reading “Chrysanthemum,” a tale about the importance and value of names. Children age 4 and up accompanied by an adult are invited.

Today, June 26, at 7 p.m., 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.

To be offered at the library’s temporary space at 34 West Water Street, the program will feature Kevin Stiegelmaier, author of “Canoeing and Kayaking New York” and “Paddling Long Island,” who will discuss the do’s 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.

The Grenning Gallery at 17 Washington Street is now featuring Marc Dalessio’s Solo Show, which opened June 25 and will continue to Sunday, July 13. It showcases “one of the most dedicated and successful classically trained painters of this generation,” according to the gallery, and we have to say his paintings look like the works of a South Fork Vermeer.

The show includes a selection of works created en plain air in Russia, Denmark, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Fiji, Croatia and the United states. “His ability to reflect nature’s awesome presence is unparalleled,” the gallery opines.

I remember saying good morning while I walked my dog to a very skeptical looking Betty Friedan on Glover Street a bunch of years ago. She didn’t seem pleased. You can get a more clear-eyed view of Sag Harbor’s history as a locus of the women’s rights movement from a tour called “Feminine Mystique,” to be offered next on Saturday, June 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. starting at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum at 200 Main Street. The walking tour features a sidewalk visit to the homes of the most intriguing women of Sag Harbor, if not the western world.

For details, contact our great local journalist Annette Hinkle of Sag Harbor Express fame by email at or call (631) 725-0770. The price is $20. Check it out at the museum’s website at

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