I’ve got some great images from my very favorite literary event of the year. Now in its 12th year, Authors Night, which was held on Saturday in East Hampton, hosts a select assortment of some of the biggest book writers on the planet. I’m so fortunate to be a part of this amazing fundraiser for the East Hampton Library.
Need to know more things that are happening in the Hamptons this weekend? Here’s installment two of at least three Hot Picks posts. And don’t forget to check back here later for pix of your favorite events.
Let’s get the biggie right up front. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 25, Martha Stewart returns to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to judge “Planters ON+OFF The Ground VIII,” which will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there.
For today, this afternoon, Friday, June 24, the Montauk Library will present “The Three Pigs Puppet Show & Puppet Making Workshop” at 4 p.m. Celebrate the Summer Reading Club Kickoff with a puppet show performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets from Goat on a Boat and learn how to make your very own puppet too.
Ziggy Marley is playing the WHBPAC tonight, starting at 8 p.m.
Also tonight, the Lynn Blue Band is playing the Coast Grill in North Sea. Can’t get there? Then check out Lynn and the boys on Saturday at Wolffer in Sagaponack and every Monday at The Westlake Fish House in Montauk.
East Hampton Library’s 2016 Tom Twomey Series event “The Cost of Healthcare” will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Speakers will include NY Times Senior Writer Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, M.D. and Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO, Southampton Hospital, who will discuss the $3 trillion enterprise that is the U.S. health care system, the largest in the developed world, and yet one beset by problems of access, quality and unsustainable costs.
Feel like going for a drive to check out some cool antique American Muscle rides? Then head over to Shelter Island on Saturday for the Fourth Annual Car Show, hosted by the Shelter Island Historical Society and emceed by local radio personality Bonnie Grice. Fun!
On Sunday, it’s the annual Jazz for Jennings Brunch and Concert at the Watermill Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which will feature world-class jazz by Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen, Dan Rose, Ada Rovatti, Randy Brecker and Kiyoshi Kitagawa, will benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.
It’s most definitely a good time for the arts in the Hamptons this weekend. There are so many really great things to do, including a reception for my “Love of the Land (and Sea)” photography exhibit at the Montauk Library on Sunday, April 17, from 2:30 to 4:30. Yay! Please stop by. The show hangs through the end of April.
On Saturday, April 16, it’s the final Farmer’s Market of the season at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton. The word renowned luxury hotel is bringing together some of the best artisans and purveyors on the East End. Stop by the Barn and Studio from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to shop for goods, products and wares from local farmers and artists.
Also on Saturday, the Southampton Historical Museum is hosting “Grandpa, Pop & Me: The Wonder of Windmills” family program at 11 a.m. at Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Learn about the significance of windmills on Long Island and make your very own windmill. A take-home handout of Long Island windmills will be provided.
At the East Hampton Library, the second annual Tom Twomey series kicks off at 5 p.m. with a presentation on Colonial Commerce. Frank Sorrentino and Steve Russell Boerner will lead a fascinating exploration of a new transcription project that involves the account books, journals, ledgers, and documents of Culper Spy Ring member Robert Townsend (1753-1838) of Oyster Bay, housed in the Library’s Long Island Collection.
The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The event will feature live music by NOIZ, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar by Southampton Social Club and the annual gallery hunt.
On the North Fork, Alex Ferrone will host a spring reception for her “Aerial Observations” series at her Cutchogue Gallery on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, brings us Spring Doc Day from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor from noon to 7 p.m. Three animal-themed docs will be screened, including: “The Internet Cat Video Festival,” “The Messenger” and “The Champions.” Read more here from the Sag Harbor Express.
Guild Hall is opening up its doors for a free Artists in Residence Showcase from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet novelist Iris Smylles, poet Tom Yuill, visual artists Jennifer Hsu and James Wang and painter Arcmanoro Niles. RSVP here.
The Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a reception for “East End Realists” from 4 to 6 p.m. The group show incudes: : Lucille Berrill Paulsen, David Paulsen, Pam Thomson, Peter Beston, Roxanne Panero, Jane Kirkwood, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell and Ann Lombardo and is on view through May 23.
And lastly, the final “Long Island Grown” presentation from the Peconic Land Trust will be held at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. The series aptly ends with “The Dessert,: featuring Alexander Damianos of DuckWalk Vineyards , Patricia DiVello of Patty’s Berries and Bunches, and Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm.
Did you know that the folks at the East Hampton Library have set up a Main Street Webcam?
They have, and the number of page views is staggering. During just one weekend in mid-February, 4,404 people viewed the webcam a total of 9,841 times.
Not only is it the perfect place to go to see what’s happening near the pond (the camera is on the library property, facing the corner of Main Street and Buell Lane) on the way into the village, or to check road conditions, but it’s also cool to watch to see who’s heading your way and if they are on time or not. Or speeding. Tsk tsk. I’m sure the live camera feed will come in super duper handy during the summertime when at least one car goes into the drink, as one always seems to do.
According to East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak, during that February weekend when he was collecting statistics, the cam was viewed from six different continents, 70 different countries and 921 different cities. Looks like everybody is interested in what happens in East Hampton.
More than 1,000 of you saw the Guessing Game post from Saturday morning. A few of you even knew where I was.
For those who are still trying to figure it out where the photo was taken yesterday —
— here’s the answer.
I was at the East Hampton Library, which is one of my favorite haunts. The spot in question was the ladies lounge downstairs, right outside of The Baldwin Family Lecture Room, which was–as the name suggests–generously donated by Alec Baldwin and his family. It’s a beautiful space. I hope you do take the opportunity to enjoy it.
Believe it or not, this is going to be a pretty big weekend in the Hamptons and on the North Fork with two really big happenings–HarborFrost and Winterfest: Live on the Vine–to be enjoyed. But wait, there’s even more! Actually, there’s LOTS more!
The Citizens for Access Rights hosts Trivia Night tonight, Friday, January 26, at the Amagansett American Legion Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Teams and singles are invited to join. All proceeds will go to CfAR to protect beach access on the East End.
Also in Friday night, Corky Laing and Kofi Baker will take the Bay Street stage at 8 p.m. Gene Casey is playing on Saturday night.
ZIMA! returns big on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The Neo-Political Cowgirls crowd-pleaser, held this year in conjunction with the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation, will host an interactive theatrical scavenger hunt for all ages, held throughout Montauk village. ZIMA! (Polish for “winter”) begins at the Montauk village green gazebo, where participants are offered a riddle to solve. Participants solve the riddle piece by piece by visiting several staged vignettes throughout Montauk village, each featuring elaborately costumed actors who offer clues via brief theatrical performances. At the end, participants are invited to the Playhouse for refreshments and to see if they solved the riddle. New groups will leave every 20 minutes, starting at 1 p.m.
In Sag Harbor on Saturday, February 26, there’s lots of fire and ice. The sixth annual HarborFrost festivities will start with the Frosty Plunge at Windmill Beach at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., it’s time for the live ice carving on Long Wharf, followed by fire juggling by Keith Leaf at 3 p.m. and the always fun to watch Fire Dancers at 5:45 p.m. Fireworks by Grucci will be shot off at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Winterfest concerts will be held in a variety of locations across the North and South Forks.
The East Hampton Library will screen Academy Award-nominated “Trumbo” on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do. This was one of my favorites of the entire year.
Author Matt Marinovich will visit Southampton Books on Saturday, February 27, at 4 p.m. for a book signing and author talk on “The Winter Girl.” Read all about the book in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival returns with a heckofa concert, “Bach’s World,” at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 27, at 6 p.m. Spring comes early in a program of Baroque delights that revolves around the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will include “Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039″ by JS Bach; ” Flute Sonata in G minor (formerly BWV 1020)” by CPE Bach; “Quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 19, No. 2” by JC Bach; “Sonata in B-flat major for Flute and Two Violins” by Fasch; “Trio Sonata in A major, Op. 3, No. 12” by Corelli; and “Tafelmusik Quartet in D minor for Flute, Two Violins, Cello, and Harpsichord, TWV 43:d1” by Telemann. Performers will include: Marya Martin, flute; Bella Hristova, violin; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola; Edward Arron, cello; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord.