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Sister and brother Erin and Frank Dumicich act out the ultimate sibling rivalry.

Off to the Races From Near and Far, Drivers Take to the Track in Riverhead By Tiffany Razzano The Riverhead Raceway, a North Fork tradition for 58 years, attracts all kinds — men, women and children, entire families, longtime fans and those new to the sport. And as traffic on County Road 58 begins to swell once again as the summer approaches, it’s safe to say that at least some of that traffic can be attributed to the crowd the races, which are held every Saturday evening, tend to draw. As diverse as the onlookers are every weekend, the Raceway also attracts a wide variety of drivers. They come from all over Long Island, from as far away as Queens to as immediate as the East End. Since the Freeport

Stadium, Islip Speedway and illicit racing in Bridgehampton are no more, the Raceway is where you go if you’re an amateur racecar driver on Long Island. “This is it,” said Bob Finan, announcer, sales and public relations representative at the Raceway. “It’s the only game in town.” There are fresh-faced teenagers, newly licensed, who are eager to jump in to race. There are the seasoned veterans who have been coming to the track since it opened many years ago. You’re just as likely to stumble across a driver in the pit surrounded by his entire family as you are to find one surrounded by his group of friends. There’s even a hear-

ing impaired driver, whose car is outfitted with a special light system so he can be communicated with while he’s driving, since he can’t use the two-way radio. And over the past few years, there’s been an influx of younger female drivers drawn to the sport. One of these female drivers, generating a fair amount of buzz around the Raceway, is Erin Dumicich, from East Quogue. Now 21, she grew up racing go-karts but decided to concentrate on competitive dancing. But, ultimately, racing was in her blood. Her father, Frank, Sr., has raced for years, and is ranked as number 3 in the all-time Super Pro (continued on page 26)

NEW ORGANIZATION OF/FOR WRITERS & ARTISTS By Debbie Tuma Since East Hampton has one of the country’s largest aggregation of working artists, writers, and other creative types, it only makes sense that they should have their own group to help network and support their endeavors. And they do. A new organization is now being formed, aptly called, “The Artists and Writers of East Hampton” (AWEH). AWEH is an advocacy group of professional and advanced artists, writers and other creative people who often make their living at their craft. Last Sunday afternoon, about 35 artists and writers met at the Wainscott home of writer Libby Hummer to find out more about this new organization. Rich MacDonald, a playwright of Wainscott and President of AWEH, said in these

hard economic times it’s important for creative people to network and support each other — to share information and ideas for the benefit of all. “The art community in East Hampton is one of the largest economic boons to the town, and it is also the reason that many people choose to come out here to live or to visit,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and we want to work within our community to make things better for our future.” MacDonald said that about a year ago, a few people split from the East Hampton Artists Alliance, and some of them decided to join this new group. One of the first things the new AWEH is doing is organizing an upcoming conference, called, “In It Together: Art and the Economic Crisis,” at the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, on Wednesday

June 17. WLIU Music Director and Program Host Bonnie Grice will moderate this conference. Panelists and speakers will include artists Ralph Carpentier, one of the creators of this group, Audrey Flack, April Gornick, and Eric Ernst; writer Tom Clavin; gallery owners Pam Williams and Karen Boltax, representatives from local businesses and real estate, as Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Paul Brennan; and museum directors including Helen Harrison of the Pollack-Krasner House, Terri Sultan of the Parrish Art Museum, Sherry Dobbin of the Robert Wilson Center, and Ruth Apelhof and Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall. At 5 p.m, Suffolk County Poet Laureate Tammy Nuzzo(continued on page 36)

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