Sag Harbor Community Notes, August 6


The July renters had to be out by Saturday and the August renters couldn’t get in until Sunday. The effect of that quirk of the calendar was an eerily sedate Saturday night in Sag Harbor last weekend, when tables could be had and parking spaces found for one lovely night right in the middle of the wildest summer yet for crowds, traffic and garbage bins overflowing with yogurt cups.The Sag Harbor Fire Department’s annual carnival at Havens Beach is under way. Featuring rides, games and some great food vendors, it opened Tuesday and runs through Saturday, August 8. Tomorrow night, Friday, August 7, watch for the fireworks show.

With its charming streets, its beautiful old homes and yards and its centuries of history, Sag Harbor is a fabulous place for walking. So one of the best new ideas for this old village I’ve ever beheld is the Sag Harbor Partnership’s free Sag Harbor walking tour app for smartphones.

Available at the Apple app store and at Google Play, the app features well researched and professionally produced walking tours of the village with different themes, ranging from literary and historical landmarks to art, architecture and Eastville. Look for a feature story about it in a future edition of The Press. Among those involved in the project were April Gornik, Emma Walton, Steve Hamilton, Jeff Heatley and Nick Gazzolo.

If you like the idea of the walking tour app, you’ll also like what’s coming up at the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s free Fridays on the Porch series tomorrow, August 7, at 5 p.m. at the Annie Cooper Boyd house at 174 Main Street just outside the business district.

Local historian Joe Markowski will give a slide-show tour of old Sag Harbor featuring his vintage postcard collection from the early 1900s and onward. He’ll start us with scenes at Mashashimuet Park and work his way along Upper Main Street to Main Street and various side streets, with shots of landmarks, business and historic houses. Beverages will be served. If you’re a Harbor history buff, you won’t want to miss this one.

Local kids looking for a way to get to Sagg Main Beach will have the Hampton Hopper bus at their disposal every Wednesday this month, with pickups at the Sag Harbor Cinema at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and returns from the beach at 3 and 4 p.m. The Sag Harbor Youth Committee, which held a youth conference at Bay Street Theater earlier this year at which the kids called for such a service, is footing the bill for the service.

What’s the Hampton Hopper, you ask? Based in Hampton Bays, it’s a startup that runs those tropical-colored school buses you may have seen making their rounds from Sag Harbor to Montauk this summer. If successful, the service eventually will be expanded west to Hampton Bays. People use an app to buy tickets (which also can be bought on board) and to track the whereabouts of each bus.

Word just reached us that Seth Hurley of Sag Harbor has a shiny new Ph.D. to put after his name, having been granted the degree in psychology by the University of Iowa this spring. Congratulations to Seth and his family.

Did you know that a Sag Harbor person competed on “Jeopardy” last week? Jennifer Morgan is the publishing project manager at Ross School. I missed the show and I hope she did well.

Poets Grace Schulman and Philip Schultz, both of East Hampton, will reading from their works at Canio’s Books on Main Street this Saturday, August 8, at 5 p.m. Ms. Schulman is the author of the collections “Without a Claim” and “Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems,” which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A Guggenheim fellowship recipient, she is the winner of the Aiken-Taylor Award, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University’s Distinguished Alumni Award and three Pushcart prizes. She is a distinguished professor of English at Baruch College, former poetry editor of The Nation and a former director of the Poetry Center.

Philip Schultz is founder and director of the Writers Studio in New York. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including “Like Wings,” winner of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in literature; the Pulitzer Prize–winning “Failure,” and, most recently, “The Wherewithal.” He also published a memoir, “My Dyslexia.” He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Poetry to Israel, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.

A new exhibition at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, “East End Artists: Then & Now,” opens tomorrow, Friday, August 7 and will be on view through Thursday, August 27. The show, curated by Peter J. Marcelle, features the work of major artists of the last 60 years including Linda Alpern, Peter Beard, Miriam Dougenis, Robert Gwathmey, Tracy Harris, Jimmy Ernst, Anna Jurinich, Roy Lichtenstein, Alfonso Ossorio, Louise Peabody and Frank Wimberley, among others.

An advocate for senior citizens from the Suffolk County Department of Aging will meet on a first-come, first-served basis with seniors at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street on Tuesday, August 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. to answer questions about services and programs available to them, such as the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare, Social Security, prescription drug plans, home care, home energy assistance, residential repair and others. For details, call the library at 725-0049.

Mark your calendar: Bay Street will present a free staged reading of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, in Mashashimuet Park featuring Tony Award-winning actor John Glover as Prospero. The following night, the reading will be performed again at a private home on Shelter Island as a fundraiser for Bay Street Theater with a reception and cocktails before the reading.

Some of their many old friends in Sag Harbor might like to know that our old friends from our North Haven neighborhood, Jim Durning and his son Jimmy, were in town last week, up from Florida with Jimmy’s kids Abby and Jack, who are both in college now.

Big Jim, whose father managed the Bulova plant for decades until it was closed in the 1980s, is a lawyer who worked in Southampton for many years. He said he misses Sag Harbor and thinks the remake of his dad’s old workplace looks great.

Jimmy worked just about everywhere around here as a teenager and young man, including the American Hotel, where he stopped in to say hello to Ted Conklin last week. He’s now the CEO of his own headhunting firm. His sister Laurie lives part of the year in Southampton with her husband, Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame; his other sister Tracy and her husband Dan are filmmakers based in California.

My wife and I miss having the Durnings around, especially Jim’s wife Dot, who passed away in March 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Dot’s millions of golfing and bridge buddies miss her too, we know.

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