Sag Harbor’s HarborFrost 2017, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, was a celebration of fire and ice yesterday. The day featured live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures along Main Street, live music performances, indoor children’s activities, the Hysterical Society’s Culinary Stroll, and fire jugglers and dancers later in the evening. Here are some photos of the earl day happenings, courtesy Lisa Tamburini.
Bands, Brews and BBQ with Junkyard Farmer. The show at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is from 5 to 8 p.m., and yes, there are accompanying food and drink specials.
On Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold auditions for “Promises, Promises” at 6 p.m. Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre or pop standard. Comfortable clothing required for learning a dance combination. There are A LOT of parts to fill in this one so now’s your chance; dare to dream of being on the stage and actually do it. Performances are March 9 through 26, 2017. Need to know more? Contact Michael Disher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but most definitely not least. Want to give a big thank you to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and all the other incredible volunteers who assisted and responded to the terrible Sag Harbor Cinema conflagration? Then head to Page in Sag Harbor on Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for a well deserved benefit to raise funds for those in need and to thank and support the men and women who battled the December fire and saved our Main Street. For more information, please call 631-725-1810 or email Jacqueline LaBorne at email@example.com.
There are many people who can write more knowledgeably, with considerably more experience in the village, and who can better articulate on the subject of Sag Harbor than I, but there’s never been a place I’ve been more humbly proud (I know, weird juxtaposition but it’s true) to call home.
Starting with a single spark, which quickly grew to a blazing conflagration and ultimately ended in considerable loss, yesterday became another one of a series of days that will be marked with sadness in the history books for Sag Harbor. The destruction of a large piece of the heart of the village leaves holes in the hearts of many, much larger than the now empty space that formerly housed 90 Main Street.
I am saddened by the loss of the iconic Art Deco neon Sag Harbor Cinema sign and the building which it has graced for decades, of the countless original artworks that had been on display at the RJD Gallery, of the other businesses that have served this community so well, and most of all by the homes and hearts of the people who have been displaced. But I know that although this is, right now, a crushing blow, I also know that Sag Harbor will rise again, as it has done every single time in its storied history. Sending love and light.
Since it’s National Chocolate Day, I figured it would be a great excuse to stop in and try out the treats at Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor. Having not ventured in since the shop opened this past summer, I figure I’m pretty darn overdue.
There were several chocolate varieties up for (sticky) grabs when I visited this morning, including Cookies ‘N Cream, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate and Chili, Nutella and Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate. It was a tough choice but I ultimately went for the one that looked the glaziest, which was the PB and chocolate. Definitely not my norm but hey this is about reviewing and not just ordering for my particular palate.
I was surprised by how big an actual mouthful is of this doughnut. I think it’s the biggest, tallest of this type of baked good that I’ve ever eaten. Grindstone definitely makes donuts for the Hungry Man-type!
Even though it’s pretty light in texture, there’s something reminiscent of a cake donut in the eating of it. And taking a look at the bitten-into treat, it seems as if there’s a bit of the croissant technique at play here too, especially as the cooked dough has lots of air pockets that resemble the look of the French pastry.
Additionally, the slightly chewy cooked batter isn’t oversweet or cloying as some of the more mass-produced versions tend to be. On its own, it tastes kind of like my mother’s yeast dinner rolls but with a subtle in hint of sugar thrown in. But the glaze, ah the glaze, is what will drive your sweet tooth absolutely wild. Sticky, sugary, and tasting very much like an ooey-gooey peanut butter cup, it packs one powerful and flavorful punch. To paraphrase the commercials about another chocolate and peanut treat, one of these will surely satisfy.
Located at 7 Main Street in Sag Harbor, Grindstone Coffee and Donuts is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Goodbye sizzling summer. Sniff sniff. Hello awesome autumn.
I guess it’s officially fall. But that doesn’t mean that we have to hunker down and start hibernating. To the contrary, it’s time to get out there and enjoy life. So let’s soak up all the fun we can before (what’s been predicted to be a) brutal winter.
Like beer, food and good times? Head over to Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, which is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 22, from noon to 5 p.m. Expect German-style treats such as pretzels, sauerkraut, bratwurst and Steckerlfisch, and lotsa tap offerings too. Plus live music with Tom and Lisa starting at 2 p.m.
Later on Saturday, check out Halsey House in Southampton by candlelight from 4 to 5 p.m. Tours run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy cider and cookies before or after your tour.
And on Sunday, October 23, head up to the North Fork for a very special Sunday Supper at Sep’s Farm in East Marion from 1 to 3 p.m. The farm-to-table culinary event, which will be held in a restored barn on the farm (COOL!), will serve as a fundraiser for the Cormaria Retreat House in Sag Harbor. The shindig is being put on by chef and TV personality George Hirsch and our ol’ pal Alex Goetzfried—chef, food writer and photographer extraordinaire. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and that includes everything but the wine and beer. Yeehaw! Get your tickets here. Or get the 411 by emailing SundaySupperUSA@gmail.com.