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Getting Free Why Sag Harbor Should Erect a Statue to Christopher Vail

Dan Rattinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second memoir, IN THE HAMPTONS TOO: Further Encounters with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities, is now available in hardcover wherever books are sold. The first memoir, IN THE HAMPTONS, published by Random House, is now available in paperback.

Here is his very first entry. This was just two months after the Battle of Bunker Hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I, Christopher Vail of Sagg-harbour, Suffolk County and State of New York enlist as a soldier in Capt. John Hulbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Company.â&#x20AC;? He had joined the Rebels. John Hulbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Company, known as the Courtesy of Suffolk Co. Hist. Soc.

By Dan Rattiner As we celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence this holiday weekend, it is important to recall the various skirmishes and battles that took place here in the Hamptons during that turbulent time. Men died to give us our freedom. And though the Hamptons and the rest of the East End remained in British hands until the very end of the war, it did not come easy for them to control the island. Quite remarkably, there was one young man from Sag Harbor who figures quite prominently in many of these skirmishes and battles in the Hamptons. His name was Christopher Vail, and in 1775, when the Battle of Bunker Hill took place in Boston with the shot heard round the world, he was a 17 year old, working as a rope maker in that port town. The war had started. And he stepped forward. We know this because for the next five years he kept a diary of his life. A copy of it is in the Library of Congress in Washington. You can read it in its entirety if you like. You will find it, all 18,000 words of it, online at www.americanrevolution. org/vail.html.

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Around 1900, a man in his late twenties named Morton Pennypacker moved to Southampton from Pennsylvania, married an East Hampton girl and went into the publicity business. She became the librarian of the East Hampton Free Library. He became a proliďŹ c writer and collector of historical data about the Revolutionary War, mostly about the spy ring that George Washington had put together. His book â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spies - the Culper Ringâ&#x20AC;? became nationally known because

Bridgehampton Militia, assembled, trained and learned how to use their weapons on what was then a parade ground on the southwest corner of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road, right in the center of downtown Bridgehampton. There is a small park called Militia Park that sits behind Almond Restaurant on that corner today that marks the location. Across the street, on the northwest corner of the intersection, there exists today a historic marker, which notes that during Revolutionary War times, Wickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern existed on that spot. Men of all ages assembled here and argued back and forth about the rebellion that had now started. At the time, the commerce on the East End consisted of cattle raising, farming and fishing. Many people supported the status quo. The British had mostly ruled the East End gently until that time. They had constables in Southampton and East Hampton. And everyone, after all, was a British subject. If you want to fight, then go, the elders said. And so the young men, Christopher Vail among them, did. The company, consisting of several hundred men, boarded ships at Sag Harbor and headed to New York to receive further instructions from the newly appointed leader of the American Army, General Washington. Washington had them march to Ticonderoga to join a rebel force that was poised to capture the fort there. Off they went. The Bridgehampton Militia arrived after Fort Ticonderoga had fallen. But the Commander

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Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner will be the featured guest on Hamptonite /Judy Carmichaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz Inspiredâ&#x20AC;? performance on Saturday, September 3, at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. * * * Dina Lohan talked to locals at The Boathouse Restaurant in Springs as comedian Colin Quinn made jokes at the hostess stand. * * * Real Estate Developer and Southampton Inn owner Dede Gotthelf opened her Victorian Townhouse, designed by renowned architect Francis Hatch Kimball, to visitors last week as part of the 22nd Annual House Tour in the historic Mount Morris Park neighborhood in Harlem. * * * Buffalo Bills Linebacker Shawne â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lights Outâ&#x20AC;? Merriman dined with friends on the outdoor patio at the Southampton Social Club. * * * Writer and Curator Carlo McCormick has assembled an impressive group of artists to re-imagine a not often considered object: the front ends of aircrafts. Working with raw material from bone yards (retired airplane dumping grounds) in Arizona, participating artists each received the nose of an airplane to do with as they pleased. The results, varying from the decorative to the re-purposed, will go on display at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton starting on July 15. Artists include Dan Colen, Peter Dayton, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Kenny Scharf and Aaron Young. * * * Michael Paraskevasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book will be published by...drumroll please... Random House. Work continues on more episodes of Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Log onto the Maggie page on Facebook and catch up with all the Maggie news. * * * Join radio and television sports personality and author Ann Liguori and her friends for her annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Dinner Dance on Friday, July 15 at Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Live music by Dillon Dixon. Live and silent auction items, jewelry, raffles, bring dancing shoes! Preregistration is required. $100. Registration at www.annliguori.com. * * * Ron Perlman dined with guests inside a packed Palm Restaurant Saturday evening, at his usual corner table. * * * Comedian and NBC producer Angela LaGreca of East Hampton recently appeared in an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nurse Jackieâ&#x20AC;? with Wainscottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edie Falco, star of the Showtime series. 

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Warning the British The True or Not Quite True Story of Paul Revere By Dan Rattiner One of the big items in the news last week was Sarah Palin describing Paul Revere’s ride to a bunch of citizens in Boston listening to her speak. She said that Paul Revere was off on horseback to warn the British that the rebels were not going to let them take away their arms. She also said that Revere rang bells and fired shots as he went to warn them. That Palin said these things made her a laughing stock among many who heard about it. She’d had it backwards, they said. And it was not bells, it was lanterns. Here is exactly what Palin said, as recorded at the meeting.

“He warned the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure, and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” For days after she made this statement, people began writing posts on Wikipedia to slowly polish and create a four-paragraph explanation about what she said and what the facts were. Everyone is welcome to write posts. That’s why Wikipedia is the people’s encyclopedia. But unless the posts can be backed up by facts with footnotes attributing

the sources, they get taken down. In the end, more than 20,000 people made posts of one kind or another. And about 19,800 of them were taken down because the attributions were either lacking or wrong. For example, one Palin supporter put up a post that said indeed Revere did ring bells and fire shots rather than shout “The British are coming.” His attribution was Palin herself and what she said at the meeting. Down it came. No one at Wikipedia can recall a time, ever, when such enormous activity was swarming over a single question on that website. The reasons were not only because it was (continued on page 44)

A PILE OF DIRT & ITS PLACE IN HISTORY By Dan Rattiner I read last week that an elaborate operation will go into effect the moment that Derek Jeter gets his 3000th base hit. Time will be called. Then guards will accompany men with brooms, dustpans and buckets out onto the field to gently brush five liters of dirt from the infield over which Jeter has trod as he ran first into the dustpans and then into the buckets. The men will then run off and the game will resume. But over on the sidelines, caps will be

put on the liter bottles with a royal seal glued over them. This valuable dirt will be, during the rest of the season, auctioned off by the thimbleful to the highest bidder as a collector’s record of this great event—benefitting not Derek Jeter, but the Yankee management that owns the dirt. I am not making this up. The same day I read this, I read a press release from Town and Country Real Estate about the sacred ground where the first Artist-

Writers Game was held in 1948 in the backyard of the home of artist Wilfrid Zogbaum in Springs. For just $4,990,000, all the dirt upon which that game was played can be yours. Also, along with it come the home, the barn, the pool and over 10 acres of harborfront property. We all know the history of this annual game. Or for those that don’t know it because they were born too late, here it is. (continued on page 46)

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there, happy to see them, ordered them to escort the British prisoners down the Hudson, the foot soldiers to a prison in Westchester, the officers to Philadelphia. The job took the better part of a month. And afterwards, in January of 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Christopher Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term with the Militia came to an end and he returned to Sag Harbor. But he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enlisted again in a few weeks as a private in Captain John Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; company, (with) Wm. Havens 1st Lieutenant in the continental service for 12 months, and was stationed at Montaug Point in order to guard a large quantity of cattle which was kept there, belonging to several towns.â&#x20AC;?

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It had been reported by that time that King George III was sending 35,000 troops aboard many warships of the British Navy to Long Island and New York to put down the rebellion. It was believed if they landed on Long Island, they would be out of foodstuffs and they would be taking the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cattle. There were over 2,000 head at Montauk. So the locals allowed a contingent of rebels to go out there to protect them. The British fleet did come by Long Island but it did not stop. It continued on, ultimately unloading 35,000 highly trained troops on Staten Island where, it was said, accurately, that the locals were inclined toward the crown. The battle of Long Island took place on the Hempstead Plain on August 27, 1776, just 45

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days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A lot of preparation went into what both sides felt would be a key battle. General Washington assembled about 10,000 rebels near Brooklyn Heights, among them, on their south flank, John Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Company as part of the Suffolk Militia. Meanwhile, the British brought over nearly 25,000 highly trained redcoats from Staten Island. There were also 5,000 Hessians â&#x20AC;&#x201D;professional hired soldiers from Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and about 2,000 loyalists, who wore special green uniforms. Christopher Vail was not among those about to fight, however. He and a small contingent of soldiers were still at Montauk, guarding the livestock. Two days before the battle was expected to start, however, the word went out that they should all head to Brooklyn to reinforce the Suffolk Militia. They started out. But on August 27, Christopher Vail wrote this in his diary: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After marching 40 miles distance [from Montauk], we were informed that the Island was captured after a hard battle was fought, and a great loss on our side. We immediately began our retreat to Southold where we obtained vessels and carried our company over the Sound [to Connecticut.]â&#x20AC;? George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebel force had been thoroughly beaten in Brooklyn, not only by superior numbers, but also by superior weaponry, training and strategy. Men died on the field at close quarters, either shot by musket balls or run through with bayonets. In the end, about 300 patriots died, 600 were wounded and 1,100 were captured and taken to one of three British prison ships anchored in the East River where they were essentially left to die. (Vail would be imprisoned on one of these ships five years later for two months.) After that dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle, General Washington, at night in a fog, was able to evacuate nearly 4,000 of his defeated men off Brooklyn and onto Manhattan to later retreat to Valley Forge. As for the Suffolk Militia, stationed on the southern flank, they were surrounded and then when it was apparent that all was lost, surrendered to the Hessian Colonel Heinrich von Heerington, who later gave this account, true or false. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The captured flag, which is made of red damask, with the motto â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appeared with 60 men before [Col. Johann] Rallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regiment. They had all shouldered their guns upside down, and had their hats under their arms. They fell on their knees and begged piteously for their lives.â&#x20AC;? The southern coast of Connecticut, where Vail went after this battle, was filled with rebels, mostly young men sent away from eastern Long Island by their elders now that the Island was securely in British hands. There were three major raids made by the rebels, crossing Long Island Sound in whaleboats to attack the British forts and ships on Eastern Long Island during the next two years. One was at Canoe Place in Southampton (and also in Speonk), another was in Setauket and the third, the one which is the most famous battle ever to take place in the Revolutionary War on eastern Long Island was in Christopher Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown of Sag Harbor. (continued on page 56)


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Epiphany What I Learned from Heating My Pool With Solar Panels By Dan Rattiner Three years ago, the Town of Southampton tried to pass a law to force anyone putting in a new heater for a swimming pool to use only solar heat. It would not mean you’d have to take your old gas or electric heater out, just that when it came time for a new one, you’d have to replace it with solar. Certainly the math was there. A solar heater would cost $5,000 for a small pool. A gas pool heater would cost $3,000, but it would bump up your electric bill at least $1,000 a summer. In two years, you’d pay for the solar heater. After that it was solar in a landslide. Of course, the townspeople refused to rally

around solar pool heaters to make sure they did their part about global warming. They squashed the idea. Nobody was going to tell them they had to have a solar heater. Were the politicians in bed with the solar panel people? What about their cousin in the gas heater business? And $5,000 for a new heater? And what ugly thing would they have to put up on their roof. This was America. The land of the free. They’d put in a solar heater if they damn well wanted. It ran against at least 3 of the 27 amendments to the Constitution. Personally, I am in favor of stamping out global warming. I have a swimming pool. But I felt during this battle that I was on the

sidelines because I had a propane pool heater that seemed to have a lot of life left in it, even if it cost about $300 a month extra on my electric bill during the swimming season. Then came next spring which was last spring. It was dead. I did, at that time, make the decision that we would go without heating the swimming pool at all that summer. We had kids over. But they’d jump in and jump out again. An eight year old knows when conditions ain’t right for swimming. They’d play on the patio. At other times, adults including me, tried to venture in. Same thing happened to them. What we had, (continued on page 50)

THROWING OUT WHAT YOU CAME HERE FOR By Dan Rattiner Isn’t it amazing that people come out to the Hamptons to enjoy the farms, bays, waters and other rural attractions of this place, and then fight like hell to destroy it all? This comes up all the time. Our town boards try to keep safe what brings everybody here. It’s a constant battle. What is the matter with people? It wasn’t so long ago that the local Bonacker fishermen, the original settlers, drove their

pickup trucks around with a couple of black labs in the back, jumping around loose, all excited about heading down to the beach. They’d been doing this for generations. But then city people came out and thought these dogs could get thrown out of an open pickup truck if it went around a turn too fast. If the people in the front have to wear seatbelts, the dogs should too. A law was passed requiring all dogs in the backs of pickups to wear restraints. Could be

like bungee cords, or straps. But they’d have to be attached to the truck in some way to keep the dogs secure, otherwise tickets would be issued. Most of the Bonackers moved away after that, to North Carolina, I am told, where dogs are left to be, well, dogs. In Southampton several years ago, a dashing young Spanish artist by the name of Gines Serran-Pagan bought an old farmhouse on North Main Street that was being used as a (continued on page 52)

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difficult to understand Palin in some parts of her comment. There was also the matter of the ride itself, which is largely known today because of a patriotic poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 40 years after Revere died. In Longfellowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poem, Revere sees the British ships coming into Boston Harbor, and at midnight sees the two lanterns in the Old North Church, which means that the British will be coming by sea rather than by land. He then saddles up his horse and rushes off through the countryside, warning the citizens in Charleston, Medford, Lexington and Concord by shouting that the British are coming, and they should get out their muskets and get ready to fight a battle, which they did. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what happened. And we know this because, among other things, Revere, who was indeed a messenger, wrote a report to his superiors describing what happened. Remarkably, in some ways, sort of, Palin had been right. First of all, the British fleet had been in Boston Harbor for days, tied up at the docks there. This was 1775, not 1776. All of America was under British rule, and Boston had its soldiers everywhere, including in Town Hall. So the rebels had to work in secret. Two days before, Revereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who had dressed as an Indian, participated in the Boston Tea Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;attended a meeting at which the rebel leaders guessed, correctly, that the fleet was in town so the Redcoats on board could go from town to town all the way out to Concord, collecting along

the way all the weapons the local citizens had. When they would get to Concord, they would attack and destroy the ammunition storehouse there, and they would arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two of the lead rebels. This would all be done at night. The rebels knew that the key thing they had to do was once the British started moving to get everybody along the way to Concord with their muskets before the British got there. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also have to know which route the British would be taking. There were two possibilities. To do this, the rebels would have to send as many messengers as fast as possible, and hope that at least one of them would not get caught. They decided on two messengers, taking the two different routes. One, a man named William Ware, would go on horseback along the southern â&#x20AC;&#x153;landâ&#x20AC;? route, through Back Bay and Roxbury and Brookline and then northeast to Cambridge and Concord. A second messenger, Paul Revere, would row across Boston Harbor to Charleston to then proceed along a northern route. It fell to Revere that night in downtown Boston to keep a lookout to see if the British were getting into boats for a crossing to Charleston or were disembarking to take the southern route. When he knew which was which, he would inform Robert Newman, the Sexton of the Old North Church, to put lanterns up in the belfry. If it were one it would be the southern land route, if it were two it would mean the Redcoats were heading across the bay to Charleston. The church belfry was

visible to rebels in Charleston. At midnight, a dockboy ran to Revere and told him the British were starting to get into the boats to cross to Charleston. Revere told Newman and the two lanterns were posted. After that, both Revere and Ware headed out on their different routes to Concord to get the rebels to gather in front of the warehouse and to warn Adams and Hancock to get off into the woods until the battle was over. Revere had an oarsman quietly row him across the Bay to Charleston, where, on the shore there, he got, by prearrangement, a fresh horse from John Larkin, Deacon of the Old North Church, and off he went, several hours ahead of the British. He went along, knocking on doors to wake people up, whispering in to those inside that they should head to Concord quickly with their muskets. He did this through Charleston itself, then all the towns along the way until he got to Lexington, six miles before Concord. By this time, three other men had joined him in spreading the alarm. But in Lexington, there in the middle of the night, the men encountered six redcoats who told them to haltâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they were under arrest. Two of the three got away and continued on to Concord, but Revere himself was detained. If he tried to get away, he later wrote in his report, the Redcoats told him, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d â&#x20AC;&#x153;blow his brains out.â&#x20AC;? He stayed. They also wanted to know what he was in such a hurry about. (continued on page 54)

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That first game was an informal affair, which began after a picnic lunch on the Zogbaum lawn attended by some of the greatest artists of the day. They included Franz Kline, Phillip Pavia, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. It was a softball game without anyone keeping score. And it did include a small grapefruit painted white which was swapped out with the real softball and pitched by Harold Rosenberg to sculptor Phillip Pavia who, with a mighty swing, splattered it all over himself. Paintings by some of these artists fetch as much as $100 million today when they go up for sale. Springs, at that time, was becoming the center of the world for Abstract Expressionism, which took the art world by storm in the late 1940s and 1950s. The artists said the north light in Springs was unmatched for what they wanted to do. People came from all over the world to this community to see these men and women at work and purchase their paintings. The “game” was moved to a sandlot baseball diamond in what is now Herrick Park behind Waldbaums in East Hampton in the 1960s. Although the roots of this annual game go back to 1948, the first game actually played under the name of Artist-Writers’ Game was in 1968. It has been played every year in that same spot once a year since. The game has been attended by a wide variety of artists, writers, billionaires, actors, actresses and directors and producers. There have also been politicians who have played, including

presidential candidates and future presidents of the United States. Attending, umpiring or playing over the years have been Paul Simon, Pele, Carl Ichan, Alec Baldwin, Bianca Jagger, Regis Philbin, Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, Mort Zuckerman, Laurie Singer, Ken Auletta, Bill Clinton, Alan Alda, Mike Lupica, Roy Scheider, Eli Wallach, James Jones, Rudolph Guiliani, Gwen Verdon, George Plimpton, Ben Bradlee, Matthew Broderick, Peter Jennings, Abbie Hoffman and Yogi Berra. Heavyweight challenger Jerry Cooney played for a couple of years. Hockey star Rod Gilbert played a couple of years. All have or have had places out here. I have many memories of this game. I played for the Writers beginning in 1968, then got traded to the Artists in 1973. I think my lifetime record as a player was 3 singles in 14 at bats. Beginning around 1978, I began umpiring the game, calling balls and strikes from behind the mound along with some of the “guest” umpires and other celebrities. All those years, in spite of my participation whatever it may have been, I’ve also written about all those games for this newspaper. Here are some memories I have, in no particular order. One year the great songwriter and performer Paul Simon went back and back in deep left center field, leaped up, and reaching over the snow fence, caught a towering drive, turning a home run into an out. He also fell to the ground, having impaled himself in the back on one of the wooden stakes of the fence. People

ran out there. Fortunately, he was only slightly injured. What a catch. I once called Christie Brinkley out on strikes. She missed three, so we gave her a fourth and a fifth. Everybody wanted to see her run to first, but it was not to be that year. One of the great heroes in American politics in the 1960s was Eugene McCarthy, the Democratic Senator, who challenged and then nearly beat sitting President Lyndon Johnson in a primary as he began his campaign to run for re-election. Johnson changed his mind about running after that encounter with McCarthy. He had been largely responsible for the disastrous Vietnam War. Four years later, Eugene McCarthy, in 1972 played first base for the writers. He was an editor at Simon and Schuster at that time. I recall that he had a split down the back of his pants the whole time he played. Abbie Hoffman, the famous hippie, played in the game in 1972. He lived in these parts in those days. He took a ball and a strike and then “stole” first, then refused to leave. He got ejected from the game, tipping his hat as he jogged off. For many years in the 1990s and 2000s, a great pitching duel took place every year between actor Roy Scheider for the Artists and billionaire Mort Zuckerman for the Writers. I called balls and strikes behind both of them. Zuckerman was fiery and short tempered. Scheider just had a lot of fun. Both were very good pitchers. (continued on page 68)


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The Open Again Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Will Host the Open in 2018 By Dan Rattiner Here’s some wonderful news. The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club will be the site of the U. S. Open in 2018. This will be the fifth time since the club was founded in 1891 that this prestigious event, the greatest annual events in golf, will take place here. The event will, as it has in the past, bring about 100,000 visitors to this community during the four days that it is played. An entire temporary city is set up on this historic course ahead of time—the course is just north of the highway, across from Southampton College—and the city will include pro shops, locker rooms, V.I.P. sections, practice areas, grandstands, television and other media studios and various other facilities. In the last three Opens held here, in 1986, in 1995 and in

2004, an elaborate footbridge was constructed over County Road 39 so people could pass back and forth from the activities at the club to the activities on the south side of that busy road. (None was necessary in 1896 when the Open was played here for the first time. Cars had not yet been popularized.) At the end of the event, of course, all of this is taken down and the club’s restored to its original magnificent condition. Usually this takes several weeks to do. The club should be back in the hands of its membership with everything back in order by about two weeks after the event is over. It takes place June 14-17 in 2018. They plan way ahead. The event was first held in 1895 and has been held continuously for the past 116 years. It is a remarkable thing, considering there are more

than 10,000 golf courses in America, that this event should be held in the same place four times. But Shinnecock Hills deserves it. It has been, since it was built and up through to this day, ranked as one of the top five golf courses in America. In a recent survey by Golf Digest, it was ranked third, right behind Pine Valley and Augusta National, the site of the Masters. Shinnecock Hills might actually have been the first golf course in America. The sequence is not quite clear how golf came to America from Scotland. Most people say Shinnecock was the second golf course. In any case, in 1891, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the great yachtsman and millionaire who at that time (continued on page 60)

A 9 YEAR OLD BOY IN WH HAS AN IDEA By Allyson Zacharoff As families across the East End prepared to celebrate this July 4th weekend, an impressive action taken by one Westhampton Beach 9-year-old reminded us all of the incredible significance of the holiday. Sean Jordan, a student in the Westhampton Beach School District, approached the school board in April with the idea to have a moment of silence on the anniversaries of both the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, to honor the memories of the fallen heroes from these horrific events. Though the schools in Westhampton Beach currently fly their flags

at half-mast on such solemn occasions, Jordan thought that more needed to be done to remind students of these tragedies. This thoughtful action comes from a young man who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. Andrew Jordan was a New York City firefighter when the planes hit the World Trade Center towers in 2001. His youngest son, Sean, was born just a few days after his father perished. The 9-year-old history buff wanted his fellow students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School to “never forget,” which Sean is worried is already happening. This young generation, many of whom were born after the September 11 attacks, did not experience the surrounding

fear and sadness of the time. Sean shared that three people in his class at school had never even heard of September 11. With such a frightening prospect of people forgetting the event that robbed him of a father, Sean was determined to take action. “I was really proud that he could think of something like that,” Lisa Jordan, Sean’s mother, said. After her son Sean (a fan of the Intrepid museum in New York City) approached her with the idea of going to his principal to pitch the idea. She knew that they would have to go to an even higher authority (continued on page 54)


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last summer, was a gazing pool. You could sit around it and stare at it. That was it. This spring, I went for the solar heater. As I said, it was a no-brainer, financially. This is not meant as a plug for the people who put this inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are lots of people who do this work and most are goodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but who I called was Go Solar in Riverhead and they sent somebody down with a clipboard to go over the matter. The long and short of this story is that Go Solar put in a solar heater, did a good job and it works just fine. The 8 year olds jump into the pool and stay in. I jump in and stay in. Other adults jump in and stay in. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a whole lot of beach toys and Styrofoam things and inflatable balls and splashing and so forth going on, and the pool is again a big success.

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By David Lion Rattiner You may have noticed that a lot of the guys picking up the huge $10,000 tabs at some of the finest Hamptons restaurants and bars are Russian. And you may be right because several Russian billionaires have picked up a few rentals out here on the East End, for, you know, a few million dollars a month. Real estate brokers throughout the Hamptons are quietly whispering about new wealthy Russian clients who are snapping up Hamptons rentals and properties. It seems the Russians have tired of vacationing at the French Riviera and are looking for a new place to enjoy the sun. According to the popular real estate website the Real Deal, Russian billionaires are renting properties in the million-dollar rangeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Igor Sosin just rented a 12-bedroom spread on Ox Pasture Lane in Southampton for $860,000 for July and August, with the deal brokered by Victoria Logevisky and Erica Grossman at Prudential Douglas Elliman. And they are also buying. Igor Krutoy, a famous Russian composer, just bought a home in Southampton for $23.85 million, and Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third richest man, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, is reportedly also looking for a place. Prokhorov is a self-made Russian billionaire. He built his reputation in the financial world and became one of Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading industrialists in the precious metals sector when he was running Norilsk Nickel, now theworldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest producer of nickel and palladium. He is currently chairman of Polyus Gold, Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest gold producer, so needless to say, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing alright. Igor Krutoy is doing alright also. The Russian composer is very well known for his incredible music, but also for his lavish real estate purchases, which include a condo at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan that he bought for $48 million, which is by far the highest price ever paid for a single condo unit in New York City. But if you are looking for a single, wealthy Russian guy to take you out to dinner, buy you drinks, and perhaps give you a $100,000 diamond necklace, than Igor Sosin is the guy you are going to want to meet. Sosin is the owner of a massive building company that is

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storage shed and brought in goats and pigs and other farm animals to restore the historic feel of the place. It was, in fact, the oldest farmhouse in that town. Serran-Pagan was a very flamboyant fellow who had many friends. And he held wonderful dinner parties. Also, he had an open invitation for the school children in the town to come over to see the animals, and many teachers in the different schools took him up on it. Where is he today? Back in Spain. Why? The Mayor’s father lived in a house next door to the Serran-Pagan farm. Suddenly the ordinance inspectors were over every day giving Serran-Pagan tickets for farm noises and animal smells. They drove him out by nearly bankrupting him. Last week at a town board meeting in East

Hampton, the talk was about roosters. Roosters wake up at dawn and commence crowing. There should be a ban on them. “It’s very annoying when your neighbor has a rooster,” David Buda said. “What do we need them for?” He was reminded that roosters are necessary if you want to have chickens and little baby chickens. They fertilize the eggs. John Talmadge noted that you can get day-old chicks in the mail overnight if you want. They need roosters where they make the chicks, but not here anymore. Somebody else suggested that these roosters were here for cock fights. Nobody had any good things to say about that. Someone remembered that a few years ago, former Town Councilman Brad Loewen wanted to ban the

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keeping of not only roosters but chickens and other annoying creatures. That went nowhere. I have heard stories about tourists staying in motels who couldn’t sleep because of the noise made by the ocean. Couldn’t something be done? Then there is Mill Pond in Water Mill where so many residents have come to build homes along its shores with wondrous landscaping, gardens, flowers and lawns that the fertilizer run-off from them has turned the pond red. One of the most curious examples of this phenomenon involves the old Katz Farm on the Montauk Highway in East Hampton. Thirty years ago, it became a condominium development called Dune Alpin—but the developers wanted to have the farm buildings and pastures and horses to look at, so they left as open space these great pastures and then allowed people to bring in their horses to graze. I’m sure you have seen this place along Montauk Highway just to the west of the Red Horse Shopping Center. You may even have stopped there to enjoy having the horses come over to the railing. Well, this year, certain members of the cooperative objected to the horses whinnying and running around in the field because the terms of the scenic easement put together back in 1983 specifically says that the fields are for ALL the residents, even those who don’t like horses, and this impinges on the rights of those who don’t and therefore no longer feel they can go for walks through the fields. Specifically they object to the activities of some polo players who last year contracted with the management of the condominium to keep their polo ponies in these fields and once in a while have a polo match. That’s out of the question. The Town Board weighed in with the opinion that the ponies were all right with them. Those opposed to the ponies threatened a lawsuit if the contract were renewed this year. It wasn’t. Now lawsuits have been filed. For a long time, there was a big battle about farmstands. Who could object to farmstands? People who lived near them, that’s who. All these people coming and going, making all that noise, holding up pumpkins and ears of corn. Ultimately, the Town made strict laws about what you could or could not sell at farmstands and even where you could have a farmstand. You couldn’t sell jam for example, if the kind of fruit it was made from was not being produced in the field behind the farmstand. One of the most extraordinary things, little noticed over the years, has been the loss of grand vistas over farm fields and horse pastures. It’s not just because of all the restrictions about farming and horses. It’s mostly because of all these exotic trees and shrubs that have been brought in at great expense from around the world by well-meaning new residents who want to enhance their views by bordering them with wonderful gardens, flowers and hedgerows. What people forgot is that these products reproduce themselves by issuing pollen out into the wind. (The wind takes the pollen to the neighbor’s property. Egad. Had the pollen seeds been big enough to be visible to the naked eye, people would have sued for being invaded.) So what if a European stand of cattails on (continued on page 54)


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to make the proposition a reality. So in April, Sean spoke to the Westhampton Beach School District school board. The response was “very, very favorable” said superintendent Lynn Schwartz, and the board immediately gave the issue to the policy committee for official approval. Schwartz especially noted the appreciation that the school administration had for the proposal since it was a student initiative. Then, only a week after Sean had first approached the board, the news reached

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America that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The patriotic atmosphere surrounding this event certainly did not hurt the proposal’s chance for success, and Sean’s idea passed unanimously on Monday, June 20. Growing up in the Three Village Central School District upisland in East Setauket in the years surrounding September 11, I never realized that all schools did not respect a moment of silence to remember the tragedy. In our schools, this was introduced immediately following the tragedy. Such a private moment

provided us with a chance to pray if we so chose, but more importantly to remember and honor the men and women whose lives were lost in the tragic event. It reminded us of the potential for such violent human action, but also of the potential for heroes to prove that truly courageous people exist in the world. Though Sean’s father lost his life in the 2001 terrorist attacks, his son will keep the memory of all of the victims of September 11 alive for years to come in the Westhampton Beach School District.

him with a tired horse that one of the officers had. They then cut the saddle bridle. Revere wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon. There is no mention of any bells being rung in the middle of the night. It was all done by people knocking on doors and waking those inside. The British, after all, were the government in these villages. There was nothing good that would come from making a lot of noise. As it happened, although there were skirmishes that night, the real battle at Concord did not take place until the next morning. At the battles for Lexington and Concord, the rebels drove off charges by the Redcoats four times, inflicting many casualties, and then executed a surrounding maneuver which

caused the Redcoats to flee back to Boston. Revere went on to become a decorated rebel colonel in the war. After the war he became a wealthy businessman. He died at age 83 in 1818. As for Sarah Palin, when asked if she’d like to revise her account of Paul Revere’s ride, she said no, she’d stand by it. Go to Wikipedia and type in “Palin Revere” and you will read the four paragraphs of how the editors handled this dispute. There are over 240 footnotes, but there are only four “experts” who are quoted in the four paragraphs. Two say Palin was essentially right, the other two say Palin was dead wrong. Go figure.

Stepping Stones Pond in Montauk. So now they have moved to implementation. Or have they? Not only have many residents noted that they could see better across a field, but now others could see across a field to THEM. Even such organizations as the Nature Conservancy have become alarmed. “We look forward to working with the town to make sure that the land which we own at the nature preserve is not compromised in any way,” wrote Nancy Nagle Kelly, the executive director. One remembers that a few years ago P. Diddy was cited for “clearing” some land on his property so he could have a better view of a nearby pond. They made him replant it all to the way it was. Humans are indeed strange. The overwhelming urge is to come to a grand view across a field to the mist over the dunes

at the back of the ocean and say—oh what a wonderful place to build a house, right in the middle of this. I’ll put a hedgerow around my house so nobody could see in. But I’ll leave it open where it faces the view. At least I’ll have mine. And the hell with everybody else. Actually, the only species considered by humans to be superior to them are small birds called piping plovers. They were at one time endangered. But they were made special, so anytime a plover made a nest anywhere the humans had to keep away. All our beaches now have metal wire fences to keep the plovers safe and the people out. The plovers fly angrily around, slowly gaining the strength they can muster by working in giant flocks. And the humans run. They even cancelled the Fourth of July fireworks in East Hampton because of the plovers, since fireworks might scare the plovers. The end is near.

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Revere told them. In fact, he told them everything. That there were 500 rebels heading for Concord and the Redcoats would be no match for them and there was nothing that they, the Redcoats, could do about it. His captors replied they 1,500 Redcoats were coming. Revere never did say that the Redcoats could not prevent the rebels from bearing arms, but that is, in essence, what he did say. He also lied about the number of Rebels. But as it happened, he wasn’t telling them anything they didn’t already know, and so they told him that. At that point, shots rang out. And with that the Redcoats decided to go off as fast as they could to join their forces going to Concord. As Revere would be a burden, they took his horse and left

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one person’s yard soon becomes a stand of cattails that clog, for example, Georgica Pond, by overwhelming all the local plants in the wetlands? Environmentalists refer to how this has taken place as the arrival of “invasive species,” but the result is that where once you could see forever, now you can see about 10 feet. East Hampton Councilman Dominick Stanzione proposed a month ago that many of these vistas now blocked by invasive species be reopened by the town highway department so once again everybody, not just the rich as he said, could enjoy looking across a pasture to a dune and a body of water, as was the case a generation before. The matter was passed. Much overgrowth blocks views of Accabonac Harbor, Northwest Creek, Bluff Road, Three Mile Harbor and Scoy Pond in East Hampton and such places as Old West Lake Drive and

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By Kim Palmer If you drive down Montauk Highway between the months of June and September, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but notice an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables sprinkled along the road at the local farmstands. They become more and more numerous as you head farther east. This colorful picture of crops is not limited to the South Fork either. The North Fork has its own plethora of fresh produce, mostly along Sound Avenue, the single-lane road leading to Orient Point. My first experience at a farmstand was at Olishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market in Eastport. I walked in, feeling a bit awkward admittedly; it seemed everyone else shopping knew what they were doing, casually plucking through pears and tomatoes. I headed to the first group of produce, trying to covertly read all the labels. Who knew there were so many different types of apples? All the fruit was plump and fresh, not like the small faded fruit you find at corporate food stores. It looked like it had literally been picked minutes ago. I shopped the aisles, filling my bag with goodies and headed home. I carefully sliced up a beautiful red tomato for my sandwich and a pink lady apple to eat on the side. I now understood the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;eat locally.â&#x20AC;? The difference is absolutely breathtaking. The farmers who kindly share their crops with us, of course, must follow certain rules and regulations for selling their products, just like any other business. Each town (Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, Brookhaven, and Riverhead) has its own zoning board and zoning codes, but most are fairly straightforward and simple. Farmers have the right to retail their own crop. Other products, such as baked goods, are allowed as long they do not exceed 20% of the products sold, and supporting farm products, such as fruit pies, must be processed locally from crops grown locally. Apparel or similar items that promote the specific farm stand may also be sold, but pre-packaged grocery items may not. Joe Gergela at the Long Island Farm Bureau took a few minutes to discuss some of these regulations with me. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had too many complaints about compliance activity from our farmers,â&#x20AC;? referring to the fair practices of regulation on the Island. He informed me that this past year Southampton town, which is one of the stricter zoning boards and requires an annual fee, has changed their code, giving authority to the fire marshal to enforce compliance. He assured me that his

local farmers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t having any problem with the change. Location, location, location. Most farmstands are on part of the growerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farming operation, or at least one part of it, since most farmers own several parcels of land. New York State does not require the farmstand to be located on the specific parcel where the crop is grown. There are some that are not located on a piece of farm property at all, but rather on commercial property, but these tend to be historic farmstands. All farmstand buildings are required to be set back no less than 30 feet from the edge of pavement and cannot encroach on the public right of way. Even

better, according to the Town of Southampton, no permit shall be required for a person who intends to sell crops at a single roadside stand with a display area less than 40 square feet in area. So how does one go about starting a new farmstand? Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly simple process. The farmer goes to the local planning office, or in the case of Southampton, the fire marshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, and fills out an application with information on the farm and products to be sold and pays any required fees. The application process requires a written statement describing and listing all (continued on page 74)

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Astonishingly, Christopher Vail was part of every one of these raids. In the Setauket raid, Vail described how they had burned the British Fort there and made off with several sloops and packet ships to New Haven. Here is how he describes the other raid, at Canoe Place (where the Shinnecock Canal is today). â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;ŚThe next day, went with our boats across the Sound, and landed at the Canoe place on L. Island and hauled the boats up in the bushes and marched up the Island about 20 miles to a place called Speonk where we took possession of 8 or 10 whale boats, and brought them off to New London.â&#x20AC;? The raid on Sag Harbor took place on the night of May 23, 1777. Planned and led by Lt. Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs, the rebels left

Connecticut in a virtual armada of whaleboats, 13 in all, carrying 234 men, one of whom was Christopher Vail. Reaching the North Fork at what is now Truman Beach at about 1 a.m., the rebels carried their whaleboats up the beach, across the sand and the 100 or so yards of the peninsula to the wetlands on the south which was Peconic Bay. Here in the dark they relaunched their boats, crossed the Bay to Long Beach, Sag Harbor where without a sound they hauled up their boats onto the sand once again. From here they took off on foot for the British camp at the Old Burying Ground. But let Christopher Vail tell it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We proceed down to their quarters where we completely succeeded in capturing the whole force except one man. We burnt all the

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coasting vessels, which were all loaded and laid alongside the wharf, and a store that was 60 feet long that stood on the wharf. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The British soldiers had just gotten their pay and many had been eating and drinking heavily. They remained, went drinking etc., and all got pretty well boozy. When we arrived we took 99 Tories. Some had nothing but his shirt on, some a pair of trowsers, others perhaps 1 stocking and one shoe and in fact they were carried off in their situation to New Haven.â&#x20AC;? In the encounter, no one was killed but the fire and explosion wiped out the whole British encampment. After this raid, Christopher Vail joined the rebel navy and went off to sea. His purpose in doing so was to assist the ragtag fleet in the disruption and capture of British sailing ships trying to bring soldiers and supplies to their forces in America. He participated in some successes, but then on one outing fell into British hands where he was imprisoned, for a time, on the British-controlled island of Antigua. Escaping from there, he was caught again and imprisoned in London. All these accounts appeared in his diary. In London, inexplicably, he escaped but was also able to sign on as a seaman aboard a British privateer called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Amazon,â&#x20AC;? which soon docked along the Portuguese Coast. Here, Vail jumped ship, and with a little help from the French made his way back to New London, Connecticut in June of 1791 where, amazingly, he just missed being involved in the most dramatic naval event of the war in the Hamptonsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the sinking of the British Man oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; War Culloden. In the interval when Vail was away, the battle for Independence swayed this way and that, with Washington taking Trenton and Princeton, then the British having more successes now in Virginia. During this time, General Washington came to rely heavily on the information provided to him by a Long Island spy network, which used coded messages, special couriers and other means of subterfuge. (Patrick Henry, caught by the British and hanged, was one.) In early 1781, the Frenchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sworn enemies of the Britishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;launched a special fleet of warships to America to help end the blockade the British were enforcing on the rebels. General Washington received information about this fleet from one of these spies, and he was also told, alarmingly, that the British already knew about this and now an even bigger contingent of British ships in New York Harbor were already heading out to meet the French in Long Island Sound to defeat them before they could even arrive. Washington arranged for a trusted courier to deliver to the British in New York the misinformation that the French fleet was, in fact, now heading south toward Virginia and they should turn back. The British in New York got this message, believed it, and did order the fleet back. However, two Man oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wars kept going. They were the H.M.S. Bedford and the H.M.S. Culloden, which carried 74 guns. At this point, on January 23, 1781, the French fleet was safely in New London harbor and there was a storm coming up, which the (continued on page 64)


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By T.J. Clemente Good news. The much-needed $10 million renovation of the John Jermain Library has started and the temporary library will reside at 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor (across from the Post Office). The â&#x20AC;&#x153;tempâ&#x20AC;? library opens for the first time on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. The main building renovation, scheduled to be completed by 2013, will increase the square footage of the library twofold to 15,000 square feet and will include a whole new wing. This beautiful Sag Harbor library has a wonderful, distinguished history. It is named after Revolutionary War hero John Jermain, who moved from Westchester to Sag Harbor and married Margaret Pierson. Their daughter, Margaret Pierson Jermain, was the mother of Margaret Olivia Slocum who married Russell Sage, a financier whose money purchased the grounds the Library was built on. At the time, these ground were located across the street from the Slocum â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer mansion.â&#x20AC;? The $10,000 Mrs. Slocum paid for the property in 1909-10 was the highest amount ever paid for Sag Harbor land at the time. Augustus N. Allen designed the building in 1910 in the Classical Revival style. Thomas Jefferson himself was a student of this style, and his Monticello home greatly resembles the Jermain Library. Four stone Doric columns adorn the front of the 50-foot by 50-foot brick structure, with the stone lintels of the windows adorned with the Greek key pattern. The

Renovation has begun on the library in Sag Harbor.

columns cost around $70,000, a huge amount at the time, and to this day they define the majesty of the building. The dome, constructed by the R. Guastavino Company, is one of the more than 1,000 that they built, including those at the library of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and the National Museum in Washington, DC. The library will operate out of the temporary facility for between 18 and 24 months, during which the historic Jermain Library exterior will also be tuned up so that it can endure another 100 years of service to the Sag Harbor community. The new location will still have WiFi

and places to sit comfortably with laptops, and the library staff has announced there will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;public computers, a small program room, and a cozy area for storytelling for the children.â&#x20AC;? It was impossible to bring the whole collection of books to the new smaller space, but through the shared book system in place throughout Suffolk County, everyone can get the books they desire. The saga of the expansion planâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which had even at one time included a plan to build a second building at the edge of Mashashimuet Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was finally approved by over 80% of the Sag Harbor citizens who voted for it. In recent years, the East End towns have struggled to compete with the Rogers Memorial Library of Southampton in terms of expansion and modernization. Instead, towns like Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton have chosen to use existing structures with architectural additions in order to keep the flavor of the past as the facilities move well into the 21st century. But the new wing at Jermain will not be anything like the historic main building. Designed by Richard Monday, an architect with the Newman Group in New Haven, Connecticut, the new wing will include modern heating and air conditioning, including a strict climate-control section to preserve the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure of historic books, documents, and artifacts. With a bow to the past, the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oak chairs and tables will be restored, as will (continued on page 65)

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night. * * * Reports that Lindsay Lohan was headed to the Hamptons to celebrate her birthday have proven false. Whew. * * * The LaCoste BBQ in Sag Harbor on Saturday was hotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;guests included Kirstie Alley and Kelly Rutherford. * * * Danâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taste of Two Forks Host, Chef Marcus Samuelsson was featured in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Times. * * * Still in the Hamptons, third in a series of memoirs by Dan Rattiner, will be published next spring by SUNY Press. * * * Too good to be true? Rumor has it that Madonna, Lady Gaga and Adele may be performing a blow-out concert together.

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had a summer mansion out here, had returned from a vacation in Scotland on a steamship accompanied by a golf pro named William Dunn. Vanderbilt had played golf on the great courses in Scotland. He became enamored with the game. And Dunn would build a course for him at Shinnecock. The Commodore teeing up a golf ball at Shinnecock with some of his friends and some of the Shinnecock Indians in attendance is considered a seminal moment in the history of golf. Where his first shot went we do not know, however. In 1896, the second annual U.S. Open was played at Shinnecock. The golf club at that time had a tremendously gifted caddy there, a Shinnecock Indian named Oscar Bunn. He held the lead in that event for one round, but then fell back. Eventually it was won by James

Foulis by three strokes over Horace Rawlings. I happily attended each of the last three events here as a spectator. On both occasions, the greatest golfers in the world were here. In 1986, after three days of play, half a dozen golfers were within a few strokes of one another for the lead, but on that final day Raymond Floyd shot a 66 to win by 3strokes over Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck. In 1995, a perennial favorite from Australia, Greg Norman, nicknamed “the Shark” for often snatching victory from defeat (he was the original Crocodile Dundee in appearance), came down the home stretch just a stroke or two behind a relative unknown named Corey Pavin. But Norman messed up on the last two holes and Pavin held him off to win by two strokes. Also notable that day, with a small crowd

following him, was a young, slender 19-yearold amateur named Tiger Woods. He finished well back. But his grace and swing were, even at that time, several cuts above all the others. In 2004, 0n overly slick greens, Retief Goosen won when Phil Mickelson double bogied the 17th. Robert A. Murphy, who is President of the club today, had this to say about the selection of the club once again for this honor in a prepared statement. “I am delighted to welcome the U.S.S.G.A. and the U.S. Open Championship back to Shinnecock Hills in 2018. Shinnecock Hills is very proud of our common heritage with the U.S.G.A. dating back to the origins of golf in America, and we are equally excited about our strong future together. We believe that our course offers a unique venue for championship golf that stands the test of any era, and are very pleased to have the U.S.G.A. as our partner in sharing the challenge of Shinnecock again in 2018.”

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By Stacy Dermont James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur, legendary maker of jams—all of these titles apply to Sarabeth Levine. In recent years she’s added blogger, photographer, cookbook author and mixologist to the very rich mix. What drives this dynamic woman to work so hard to deliver the best possible products and services to her customers every week? The same thing that drives her private life on weekends in her Water Mill home: a great love of and passion for food. The entire staff of Dan’s Papers has been in love with Levine since she visited our offices in the spring. I invited her to judge an employee baking contest and she agreed immediately. She and her husband Bill showed up early for the judging, provided fabulous prizes to the winners and Sarabeth did more than judge. She took the time to talk with the contestants about their entries and gave out a lot of great baking advice. She clearly enjoyed every moment of it. Lucky for all of us East End foodies, Levine has agreed to attend the premiere Hamptons food event, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on July 16 in Bridgehampton. AND she’s bringing a bevy of her famous cookies! Of course Levine is most famous for her line of Sarabeth’s Legendary Fruit Spreads, which are produced

our first trip to Iacono Farms for eggs and chicken breasts. You might see some shots of adorable ducks and chickens on Sarabeth’s blog, www.goddessofbakedom. com. Her website, www.sarabeth. com, is also remarkably beautiful and inviting. Levine has long been a food celeb in New York. Her James Beard Award garnered international attention but with the release of her encyclopedic and gorgeously photographed cookbook Sarabeth’s Bakery, From My Hands to Yours last year, her celebrity skyrocketed. Now she has a breakfast cookbook that she’s very excited about, due out in 2013. Where does a food legend begin? With a batch of marmalade. As Levine writes in Sarabeth’s Bakery, “Grandmère was my aunt Ruth’s mother-in-law...Grandmère was as French as a croissant and prided herself on her cooking but her true métier was her orange-apricot marmalade, which she made in secrecy in her basement kitchen. She never wrote down her recipe. We all thought she had spirited the recipe away from France, clutched to her bosom. Years ago, my brother Mel came to New York and we decided to visit Aunt Ruth. She set her table for tea and we told her how much we missed the marmalade. To our surprise and delight, she reached for a pencil and paper

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and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Here is a list of what we need; go shopping and we will make some.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Recently, I uncovered the real story behind the origin of her marmalade. During the Depression, a neighbor in the Bronx had shared the secret recipe with her.â&#x20AC;? The neighbor cautioned never to sell this special marmalade unless the maker was truly in need. At that time, over 30 years ago, Sarabeth felt the need to make a change in her life. Together with her beloved brother Mel, Sarabeth made the first batch of her signature golden marmalade. The rest, as they say, is sweet history. The first batches for sale were made in her

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sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a Hamptonite. When we met for our shopping trip last week, Levine handed me a bag of herbs from her garden. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned where to hunt for bargain antiquesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;North Fork yard sales. Levine met her husband 31 years ago in the Hamptons and, as she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love it out here.â&#x20AC;? Experience all the best food and wine the East End has to offerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and meet Sarabeth Levineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at Danâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taste of Two Forks, the Hamptons premiere food event on July 16 in Bridgehamptonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hosted by Marcus Samuelsson. Go to www.danstasteoftwoforks.com for tickets and a complete list of participants.

He had missed the final Revolutionary War event that took place on Long Island by just 100 days. Amazingly, after just a week in New London, Vail went BACK out to sea to harass British ships. Serving as a crewman on the warship Jay, he assisted in catching and towing back to New London nine vessels, including two British privateers. Then, while the Jay was being refitted, he went out again to harass the British, this time aboard the warship Dean. And this time he was captured again. Christopher Vail recorded the surrender of the British General Cornwallis, ending the war, while sitting in the squalid hold of the British prison ship Jersey in the East River along with about 10,000 other poor unfortunates. Here is

his diary entry, that evening, after the guards left their posts and the prisoners took over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We heard the firing of cannon from the Jersey for rejoicing and whenever our people fired the British would fire from their batteries so as to confuse that people should not be informed of Cornwallisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capture.â&#x20AC;? With the war over, Christopher Vail made his way to Norwich, Connecticut, went into business, got married, bought a house in that town and raised a family. He lived to be 88 years old. The HMS Culloden is still at Culloden Point in Montauk, underwater, and a protected federal park. You may scuba dive or skin dive down to it if you want though.

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two British man oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wars ran right into. The Bedford came through the storm and returned to New York. But the H.M.S. Culloden went out of control and that night shipwrecked on the beach at what is now known as Culloden Point in Montauk, just a few hundred yards to the west of the entrance to Montauk Harbor. All 650 crewmembers got off the ship safely after it came up the sand. Fearful that many of their cannons might fall into rebel hands, they took off whatever they could carry, burnt the Culloden down to the waterline, and then made their way back to New York City. Christopher Vail, according to his diary, arrived aboard a French ship the rebelcontrolled harbor of New London, Connecticut on May 6, 1781.

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By David Lion Rattiner Itzhak Perlman, an Israeli-American violinist and conductor and one of the most influential musicians of our time, is a legend. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen him live or on television, then you already know why. His skills with a violin are stunning. And when you watch him play, you can sense his passion and share in it. Perlman resides with his wife Toby in New York City, but out here has created sort of a musical utopia on Shelter Island with the Perlman Music Program, which is basically like a summer camp for exceptionally talented musicians. Walking through the Perlman Music Program grounds is like walking through a fantasy land. Children from all over the world, around the ages of 10 to 15-years-old, play their instruments under massive trees, producing some of the most beautiful music

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In most years, I would start behind the mound calling balls and strikes and then in the second and third inning be relieved for a couple of innings by our â&#x20AC;&#x153;guestâ&#x20AC;? umpire. Most recently it was Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Before that was Congressman Charles Rangel. In 1988, game coordinator Lief Hope came out to the mound with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;guestâ&#x20AC;? umpire that year who was the Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton. I handed the ball over and went over to umpire at third. But I did wonder why we had the Governor of Arkansas as a guest umpire at our game. It really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense, or so I thought. Actor Eli Wallach, standing ramrod straight in tennis whites at the age of 88, perfectly called balls and strikes for four innings without an error. He still has acting roles in Broadway and in films at the age of 95. There have been plenty of umpire mistakes over the years. Probably the most difficult for me was one year when George Plimpton, playing first base, wandered over into the crowd sitting on the grass along the first base line to catch a high foul ball. As it came down, actress Lori Singer, who was playing for the artists, stood up and knocked the ball away from him, leading to my calling it a foul ball, which I soon reversed to an out. That call cleared the sidelines in protest. But I stood my ground. One year I very much enjoyed calling billionaire Carl Ichan out on strikes. He took the third one with the bat still on his shoulder. An excellent pitch it was too.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played through rain squalls and blazing heat. One game went 17 innings. A number of the games have been featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine. For the past few years, the narrators of the game have been boxing legend Bert Sugar and television interviewer Jim Lipton. Banter goes back and forth. As good as they are, my favorite commentators over the years were PR genius John Scanlon and TV executive (now CEO of Sony) Sir Howard Stringer. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one exchange that came over the loud speaker one year as writer Walter Isaacson came up to the plate. Scanlon: Isaacson is much taller than he looks. Stringer: Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes. Scanlon: Author of Spinozaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ethics. Stringer: His works will be read long after Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are forgotten. Scanlon: But not before. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game will take place at the usual spot on August 20 at 2 p.m. The game will benefit the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, East End Hospice and Phoenix House. Afterwards, all the players and umpires walk up through the park to the Race Lane restaurant for beers on the patio and the announcement by Lief Hope of the player of the game. One year that was me. I won a jeroboam of white wine. I never even knew what a jeroboam was. And it was quite a feat to get it out to my car.

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These concerts are held every weekend, on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer season, and they are open to the public. The school is located at 73 Shore Road on Shelter Island and directions can be found at the website, www.perlmanmusicprogram. org. Come out this weekend on July 1 or 2 at 7:30 p.m. to experience the enchanting atmosphere for yourself. Thanks to a few very generous benefactors, the Perlman Music Program took a major step forward in 2000 when they purchased a 28-acre campus on the shore of Shelter Island. This former summer camp provided large buildings for dorms and a dining hall, bungalows for faculty housing, tiny cabins perfect for practice rooms, and space to erect a large performance stage and tent. Since its first two-week session in smaller quarters in 1993, the Program has grown into a sophisticated series of programs that include the now six-week Summer Music School, the two and a half-week Chamber Music Workshop, the two and a half-week Sarasota Winter Residency, and the Alumni Concerts and Mentorship program. Over the years, these programs have been enhanced by the occasional international tour to places such as Israel and China. So enjoy a journey into a magical place for a weekend and check out the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island. You will not regret that you did.

     

    

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By Elise Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haene Company is coming. The fridge and pantry are jam-packed. Kayaks are washed, paddles ready. A pile of beach towels has been purchased, along with extra flip flops. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to have a schedule of activities at the ready to meet the needs of the young, the old and the in-between; the edgy, the laid-back and the hyperactive. On Friday, July 1, a visit to the Green Thumb for last-minute produce will be followed by a stop at the Hampton Coffee Company on Montauk Highway in Water Mill for other weekend essentials. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool about this place, besides the food and exceptional coffeeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;behind it is a gorgeous field and hidden garden. If you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know any better, you just might think you were in the South of France. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the first of their weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and freeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;live music concerts. This is a family-friendly picnic scene and beach blankets are encouraged. The lineup includes Claude Imaz from Argentina, Bryan Downey from Liverpool, Sarah Hartman from Sag Harbor and Alyssa from Mattituck. After an hour of music, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heading to La Fondita in Amagansett for chips, guacamole, and fish and steak tacos that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eat at one of the backyard tables overlooking the pond. Casual, easy and delicious. Plus itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast enough that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have time to head back to East Hampton for a special event. Those in my group who like experimental, entertaining and off-the-beaten path experiences will be impressed by my selection. Starting at 7 p.m. at the Mulford Farm on James Lane, East Hamptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Neo-Political Cowgirls (who can resist with a name like that?) will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trojan Women Redux,â&#x20AC;? a wild re-imagining of Eurpidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ancient tale and a powerful reinvention of dance theater. I spoke with the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, Kate Mueth, who said that because in the original version it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn out well for anybody, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we applied this story to our contemporary lives,â&#x20AC;? and the armies are seen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;beasts that represent any personal apocalypseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;death of a loved one, financial ruin, addictionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and instead of remaining victims, we start the journey towards walking forward, imagining a different kind of future.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for that, especially when she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we roll around on the ground a lot, run around burning tons of calories and we get a little wild in the final parts, where we create a new future. We spin poi, an ancient New Zealand art form, beat drums, ride

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why they’ve planned to ditch the rest of us: “Because it’s Mozart, it’s the Royal Opera House in London, and it’s a hilarious story about girlfriend swapping. We’ll catch up with you for dinner.” The rest of us are going to East Hampton Studios on 77 Industrial Road in Wainscott for “Cirque USA: The Electric Circuit” on Sunday, where we will electrify our imaginations with “aerial bartenders, aerial chiffon, electric dancers, a German wheel, spinning cube, acrobats, aerial performers, contortionist, hand balancers, power skips, hula hoop, electric jugglers, tramp wall, aerial lira, trapeze performers and more,” all accompanied by a DJ, and food and drink will be served. Here’s what I want to know: what are “aerial chiffon, German wheel, tramp wall, and aerial lira?” This and more will be revealed! There will be performances on Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the evening shows and 2:30 p.m. for the afternoon. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on www.cirquehamptons.com. On Independence Day, it’s beach, barbecue and fireworks. We’re going to start the day, though, in Southampton for its annual Fourth of July parade at Railroad Plaza. All veterans are invited to ride and I’ll leave you with the theme of this year’s parade: “What is America to Me?” P.S. If you still have guests on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m., see story on page 88. If they’re still here on Thursday, July 7, or they’ve gone

and you want to treat yourself, head over to Guild Hall in East Hampton at 8 p.m. When I heard that Zoe Wanamaker was starring in Chekhov’s Russian classic The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre in London, I was tempted to buy a ticket, purchase a red-eye flight out of Kennedy, see the show, then hightail it back to work. Luckily, Guild Hall has saved me the time and money. In the luxurious comfort of a seat in the John Drew Theatre, I can watch that grand dame of thespians perform LIVE in the role of Madame Ranavskaya direct from London. Though meant to be a tragicomedy, most modern productions of the play have leaned toward its less buoyant themes. Financial ruin and panic are at the heart of the play, and so is inequality and hubris. It’s a story about the excesses of the very wealthy and the lack of access to opportunity for the lower classes. These are issues that crackle with relevance today. Chekhov has his fun, putting these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “You should not be in a theater watching a fictional life. You should be examining your own life.” As an audience, we laugh, understanding we’re in on and part of the joke. Charles Spencer of The Telegraph said of this production that “it is wonderfully fresh, funny and deeply felt” and that Wanamaker “heartwrenchingly captures the character’s mixture of reckless frivolity and sudden moments of piercing guilt and grief.” Tickets cost $18, $16 for members (cheaper than a plane ticket).

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in the forefront of all writing Morell, incidentally, whose prose genres,â&#x20AC;? but to judge from the here resonates with echoes stories here, mystery does not of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dragnet,â&#x20AC;? has a literaryseem to be the ruling motif. academic background (the Crime is, not so much the why collection includes short bios), but the how. In the opening story, but many of the authors in The DeMilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death Rich and the Dead have degrees Benefits,â&#x20AC;? thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no suspenseful or work experience in law and unraveling. Given that an author criminal justice. in decline and his agent both The pros also show their hand. need money, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictable Lee Child, whose career spans what will happen. This story law, theatre and TV production, and the other bookendâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Angela and has written a best-selling Zemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daphne Unrequitedâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thriller series, crafts in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Addicted are not the most imaginative to Sweetnessâ&#x20AC;? a disturbing Nelson DeMille or memorable, but overall, the exchange between a shackled collection proves absorbing and captive and his menacingly cool captor that overlays a drug-deal-gone-bad- perhaps instructive. At a time when so much revenge situation with articulate, informed crime fiction is informed with science and commentary on the history of slavery. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank technology, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for writers to keep God for Charlie,â&#x20AC;? multiple best-selling novelist up. and crime reporter Peter Blauner shows his Still, three stories that particularly stand bona fides in his style: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, sometimes it out (for me)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murder in the Sixthâ&#x20AC;? by seemed wrong that she had to spread herself Joseph Goodrich, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetic Justiceâ&#x20AC;? by Carolyn like a stunned chinchilla under his girth and Mullen (what a delicious denouement) and endure his chemically invigorated exertions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lamborghini Mommyâ&#x20AC;? by Harley Jane And Michael Connelly, whose books have been Kozakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were written by, respectively, a translated into 35 languages and who has dramatist, a freelance health policy consultant won just about every mystery award possible, and an actress. They impress as fictional tales, demonstrates in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Washes Offâ&#x20AC;? how a where character and setting engage as much as simple exchange structured as a taped LAPD circumstance; in other words, where the crime interview can evoke (with irony and economy and mystery are driven by a strong narrative of detail) compassion for a confessed murderer. and smart (and sometimes smart-ass) dialogue DeMille, a former MWA president and a that moves toward a satisfying and unexpected MWA member for 35 years, says that this conclusion. Many of the stories here are New York yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MWA judges selected 20 stories from over 200 submissions sent in by fellow MWA City-based and two reference the Hamptons. members. DeMille credits MWA for being DeMille, author of 14 novels, lives on Long â&#x20AC;&#x153;instrumental in keeping the mystery story Island.

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Week of July 1-7, 2011 Riders this week:15,812 Rider miles this week:111,412 DOWN IN THE TUBE Steven Spielberg, with some friends, was seen on the subway between Bridgehampton and East Hampton on Thursday, apparently on his way to his home in Georgica for the big holiday weekend. THE FOURTH OF JULY Hampton Subway celebrates the founding of our country this year with a special ceremony at 10 a.m. on the morning of July 4 on the Southampton platform to honor the founder of Hampton Subway, Ivan Kratz. Kratz, the legendary American businessman who constructed the system, was born on July 4, 1891. Subway Commissioner Bill Aspinall will talk about Kratz, the Quogue Marching Band will play, flowers will be strewn on the tracks by young girls at the appropriate moment—he was born at 10 a.m.—and a framed photograph of Kratz, bordered by bunting, will then be bolted to the subway platform wall directly opposite the Subway food concession. The subway escalators will be silenced during the ceremony.

It was in 1924 that Kratz won the bid to build the section of the Lexington Subway line between Houston Street and 14th Street in Manhattan. Although his bid was low, his construction costs ran over, largely because he had, we know now, double ordered all the tracks, wall tiles, lighting systems and other material necessary to do the job. In 1926, the City, smelling a rat, ordered an investigation of Kratz, who, in response, immediately ordered all the secretly stockpiled subway material trucked first to Staten Island, but then after the feds began to move in over there, out to the Hamptons and Montauk, where he buried it all underground in the familiar subway system configuration we know today. He was never indicted. In 2007, the existence of the system was discovered when workmen in Sag Harbor dug down in a Superfund cleanup beneath where a large gas storage ball was being removed by workmen, and with shovels struck the top of the underground roof of what turned out to be the Sag Harbor platform ceiling. The entire rest of the system was soon discovered—the diggers just walked through the tunnels—and the Hampton Subway opened in 2008 to great enthusiasm. The pluck, imagination, enthusiasm and

perseverance of Ivan Kratz is typical of the free enterprise system and the American way which is what made this country great and the leader of the free world all through the 20th Century. And so we celebrate him and the gift he made to us of this subway system on the day and hour of his birth, the Fourth of July. Come to the Southampton Subway platform on July 4 at 10 a.m.—the turnstiles, also silenced, will be free for passage from a half hour before to a half hour after—and hear Hampton Subway Commissioner Bill Aspinall say these words. (NOTE TO JANET: WE KNOW IVAN KRATZ WAS ACTUALLY BORN ON MARCH 17, 1891. THE COMMISSIONER KNOWS THAT TOO. HE WANTS IT CHANGED TO JULY 4 IN ALL THE REFERENCES TO HIM FROM NOW ON.) PUSHERS BEGIN THEIR WORK Tomorrow, the 14 pushers hired by Hampton Subway to keep the crowds moving from the platforms into the cars will begin their 11-week summer internship. The pushers’ uniforms this year are specially designed matching maroon ensembles that include helmets, boxing gloves, chest protectors and shin guards. You will see their fashionable maroon rubber mouthpieces with the words HAMPTON SUBWAY in bright white letters when they smile. You can’t miss the pushers. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLADYS PEACOCK Gladys Peacock of the Accounting Office in our Hampton Bays Headquarters is 41 years old on July 1. We congratulate her and there (continued on page 74)

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By Tamara Matthews-Stephenson Meet James DeMartis, local artist, blacksmith and metalworker. He specializes in custom metal furniture, architectural elements and sculpture, as well as metal antique repair, restoration and reproduction. When visiting DeMartis’s studio in the Springs section of East Hampton, it is easy to get swept up in his love for the art form of metalwork. The stove is fired up to full capacity with the coal roasting red hot to 2,500 degrees, and DeMartis wields a wealth of information and historical relevance about his craft. He speaks with the passion of someone who truly enjoys what he does. He even personally hand picks the actual coal he uses (a specific soft West Virginia variety) from an upstate farm. DeMartis begins by explaining all the necessary tools one needs to work with metal, and illustrates the importance of four key tools—anvil, hammer, coal and metal (material). DeMartis works at the forge with these tools to create each unique work of art. He is one part blacksmith, another part metalworker and all parts artist. As he diligently mapped out a plan to blend different skills and trades together, and all while injecting creativity into an Old World guild, he has blazed a unique trail in his field. His talent has allowed him opportunities to work on many interesting and eclectic projects. He even recently designed a historically relevant blacksmith cave for Julie Taymor’s movie The Tempest. DeMartis had some inspirational mentors along the way, who helped create a prosperous path for his career. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Westchester County, he and his two siblings were instilled with an appreciation for art from their artistic and creative parents. DeMartis watched his father pursue the career of a painter and admits there were challenges in choosing this lifestyle, but admires his father for following his passion. As I look around his studio, his father’s ethereal paintings frame the space and his influence is clearly evident. DeMartis knew he wanted to tap into his inherited artistic abilities. After signing up for a welding class while attending C.W. Post at Long Island University, he was immediately smitten with metal. He quickly learned many skills to mastering the manipulation of metal. He talks about how wonderfully compliant metal is as an art medium and how it allows very detailed work to be created. As he gives me a tour of his studio I marvel at his collection of vintage and antique hand tools hung neatly on the wall. Throughout

and tools to work with. Eventually DeMartis found his way to the artistic enclave of Springs. He marvels at how easily and steadily the work came and almost all through word of mouth. He appreciates the Springs area because there are many other likeminded artists close by. “There is much to tap into here in the Hamptons. I am inspired by the landscape, the history, the people and the local artists,” says DeMartis. When he first started his business, he was busy with lots of restoration work out East and in Manhattan, but little by little he started taking on commissioned art projects and large-scale work. Just to show you how varied his work can be, right now he is working on a zinc sink and countertop, reproducing an antique iron coffee table, a commissioned outdoor art sculpture and a myriad of other landscape projects. He enjoys the collaborative process of working on commissioned pieces with clients because they both learn along the way and inspire each other. I ask him to name some important mentors that have influenced his work and he chooses three friends. Sculptor Dennis Leary inspires him with his persistent explanation of his craft and tireless discipline. Another mentor is talented jeweler John Iversen who possesses incredible craftsmanship, and demonstrates a tremendous work ethic. DeMartis reflects back upon the many years he apprenticed with blacksmith John Battle and appreciates the intricate skills he learned from him. DeMartis is excited for the future of metalwork. He points out to me the history of metalwork is rich and long. During the Industrial Revolution, many of the metal guilds were instrumental in moving the revolution along, and ironically putting themselves out of business. This craft was temporarily stilted. DeMartis notes that in the hands of modern artists who are leading the charge, the metalwork industry has a bright future. This Old World guild is surging forward and with a deliberate emphasis on the handwork and education. It is an exciting time for this art form. You can meet James DeMartis in person and view his work this summer. He will be available periodically at both the Bridgehampton Historical Society and the Parsons Forge in Springs demonstrating the art of blacksmith. DeMartis feels this is one of the most rewarding aspects to his job and enjoys educating the public. He will also submit pieces of his metal sculpture to be included in an art show that Arlene Bujese will curate at the end of the summer.

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game and swing, as opposed to being taken literally. This is an article that will pertain to everyone. Gradual Arm Rotation In the article Nicklaus and Flick talk about how to hit the ball 10 yards further, something all golfers would love to do. To date I have not had anyone take a lesson from me wanting to hit it 10 yards shorter. Nicklaus said, “I have always contended that you can’t start releasing (unhinging the wrists and rotating the forearms) too early, as long as you actively move to your left side starting down.” This has always been a very important part of my teaching, especially since 90% of the golfing population slices. What Nicklaus means is that if you start your downswing from the ground up (ankles, knees, and hips), you can never be too early with the arms and hands. I first came

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across this idea during a Nicklaus/Flick golf school and Mike Malaska, who was Flick’s lead instructor, explained it to me. Malaska filmed me making a golf swing with my left hand only. On the downswing my goal was to have the back of my hand hit his flush on. In order to square up my hand flat to his, my instincts rotated my hand as soon as it was swung down and delivered into his. It was a gradual rotation as opposed to a last-second violent twist. Malaska then explained to me that if you think of the back of your hand as the clubface this would be how you release a golf club, early in the downswing. Try this drill with a friend and you will notice how early your hands begin to instinctively rotate. Then try to mimic this motion holding a golf club. Shoulders Do Not Direct Nicklaus has helped Flick understand that when he releases the club, he is swinging his arms freely while his shoulders are still turned. Average golfers go wrong when they try to muscle the ball with their body. They start the downswing with the uncoiling of the shoulders and the golf club is never released. This move throws the golf club off plane with a steep angle into the ball. Moreover, this out-to-in path creates sidespin. This, in my experience, is the most common fault with amateur golfers. I have been very fortunate to spend time around the greatest golfer to ever play the game and his coach. Most golf articles need to be read with caution and applied properly. The team of Nicklaus and Flick authored a great piece that pertains to everyone. If the first move in your downswing is from the ground up then you can never release the club too early. It is the founding principle in my teaching and I hope it will be a part of your technique.

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Historically, American politicians have not been car guys or girls but there were a few. A young FDR enjoyed driving his Lincoln convertible. LBJ hot-rodded around rural Texas in his Caddy when he was president, with the press in hot pursuit. Both Bushes were into rough-and-ready machines. First, George Senior roared around Kennebunk Harbor in an overpowered Cigarette, an oceanracing speedboat. George W. had often been seen tooling around in his Ford F-150 pickup. Now, we have presidential wannabe Jon Huntsman, in TV commercials, speeding around on an off-road trail bike. What about other famous politicians, what kind of vehicles or vintage cars could they, would they or should they own? GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE AND ANTHONY WEINER. These two guys have absolutely nothing in common except they each have an attribute that matches the classic symbol of their different political parties. By actual medical definition, the New Jersey Governor is â&#x20AC;&#x153;morbidly obese,â&#x20AC;? so the Republican elephant fits him perfectly. Need I be any clearer when I say that the Democratic donkey, aka jackass, symbol sums up Anthony Weinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions while a member of Congress. But, what cars would turn them on? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so obvious what Anthony Weiner should drive. He should own an Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the mainstream press never picked up on this vehicle. Starting in 1936, the Oscar Mayer Company built a 27-foot-long, eleven-foot-high truck that looks exactly like a giant hot dog! The Weinermobile is still used today as a publicity device, and it certainly symbolizes Weinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s descent into obscurity. Governor Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a big guy who seems to like the large sliding doors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavy liftingâ&#x20AC;? helicopters (as they are actually called), over those little Caddy limos, so maybe he should get around in Zeppelins, commonly called Blimps. Luckily for him, Goodyear has a base in New Jersey. NANCY PELOSI. Ms. Pelosi, young at heart, has a lot of drive and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure she likes to put the pedal to the metal when she has the chance. If she ever gets into the car collecting game, I recommend that she collect old Indianapolis racing cars. They are all-American iron built for the USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous race. Oh, another thing sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love: All-American oval-shaped racetracks require racecars to run counterclockwise, which means the racecars are all designed to turn strongly left. In fact, at speed, Indy cars couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn right if they tried because their suspensions are designed with a strong left bias, sweet music to Ms. Pelosi. SARAH PALIN AND MICHELE BACHMANN. Obviously, these two attractive women should both collect British cars.

Why? Except for the American models, British cars all have right-hand drive, commonly called â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrong side driveâ&#x20AC;? here in America. However Palin should also think about owning a vintage motorhome, since she seems to like driving around America in a bus. A true classic would be a GMC motorhome built between 1975 and 1978. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big enough for her, Bachmann and possibly even Christie. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Physically, ultra-thin President Obama and Governor Christie, standing side by side, would resemble Laurel and Hardy. In fact, when Obama was running for office, New York Times contributor Maureen Dowd kept referring to him as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skeletor.â&#x20AC;? Random thought. Can you imagine Christie running against Obama in the upcoming election? The New York Post would probably bill it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skeletor

vs. The Zeppelin.â&#x20AC;? Anyway, let me give you â&#x20AC;&#x153;the skinnyâ&#x20AC;? on the President and his cars. When he was dating his pretty wife-to-be he drove her around in his rusty old Toyota. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? but not a car guy, so maybe an old vintage Chevy Corvair, Ford Pinto or rusty 1960s Corolla would turn him on. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough being a politician. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always in the spotlight. The best advice I can give any politician is to drive a conservative car in a conservative color, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Liberal. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Democrat, please avoid owning a Prius, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be marked for life. The same goes for you Republicans in your raised Dodge Ram diesel pickups. The good news is that if you want to have everyone think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an Independent, you can drive anything at all. Have a great Fourth of July.

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Imagine a camera that allows photos to be refocused! A Silicon Valley startup recently unveiled plans to sell a new kind of still camera, which generates an image that can be refocused by viewers after its creation. After all, how many times have we captured that great shot only to discover it looks more like modern art than a sharp-edged image? The closely-held company, Lytro Inc., says its technology will offer consumers an array of benefits including one that all but eliminates focus problems in taking pictures. Lytroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach springs from Stanford University research into what are often called light-field cameras that capture much more information to create an image than conventional digital cameras do. Scientists have discussed the underlying concept for a century but most previous experiments have required as many as a hundred cameras and heavy-duty computing power. In 2006, Lytro CEO Ran Ng wrote a doctoral dissertation at Stanford about ways to dramatically reduce the size and cost of the technology. Mr. Ng says their pricing will be competitive with todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer cameras. Selling standalone cameras would seem an

uphill battle these days, now that picturetaking capability is a built-in feature of even low-priced cellphones. Cisco Systems Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent decision to close its Flip video-camera unit was largely blamed on the fact that many smartphones can now shoot high-definition video. Personally I still like standalone gadgets because I can control the technology a little bit better than when I rely on a smartphone. A key difference is that the images taken using a Flip or other video cameras looked the same to most viewers. Thanks to Lytroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new technology these pictures are unprecedented. Photos taken by prototype Lytro cameras, when viewed through most current Web browsers, allow users to click on different parts of an image to bring different subjects into focus. Since images are focused after the fact, users donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend time focusing before shooting. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry if they wound up focusing on the wrong thing. The technology works in very low light without a flash, while 3-D glasses can add a particularly vivid effect by simulating three-dimensional images that users can adjust to show different perspectives. Conventional digital cameras essentially record the total sum of light rays from a

scene as they hit an image sensor. A lightfield camera records the color, intensity and direction of rays individually. This compares to the similar approach in audio recording where instead of recording multiple musicians all at once, modem multitrack studios record them separately so that the volume and other effects can be independently adjusted after the fact to create a sound mix. A key to Lytroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy is to use the increasing resolution found in the image sensors in conventional digital cameras, capability that most amateur photographers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully exploit. The company developed a special array of lenses that fit in front of image sensors and help break the image apart into individual rays, along with software to help reassemble and manipulate it. Lytro wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lack for competition. Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. has developed prototype light-field cameras for research purposes. Besides the technology departments of big camera companies, other startups are pursuing related technology, such as Pellican Imaging Corp., which in February announced a prototype of what it calls an array camera for use in mobile devices. I guess we can now truly respond to people who urge us to stay focused.

 



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Louisiana. B. She lives in Springs, is married to an acclaimed artist, is an Academy and Tony Award-winning actor, who will be seen in the highly anticipated HBO series about the world of horse racing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck,â&#x20AC;? and played Angelina Jolieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother in the HBO film Gia and plays the mother of Vincent and Drama Chase in HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entourage.â&#x20AC;? C. Among his exhaustive list of credits, he shared a stage with (a) last summer at Bay Street in David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Romance (his third Bay Street appearance) and met (b) last week in Los Angeles on the set of the forthcoming HBO series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck,â&#x20AC;? in which he plays a jockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent, his best friend is George Clooney, and he has a recurring featured role on Larry Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curb Your Enthusiasm,â&#x20AC;? another HBO hit. And they are: a) Chris Bauer, b) Mercedes Ruehl and c) Richard Kind, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in the Hamptons, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I love the Hamptons,â&#x20AC;? he said in a phone interview at 5 a.m. Chicago time on a Saturday as he was being driven to the airport. All three will be hosting the Bay Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Rock the Dock summer benefit gala on Saturday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. on the Long Wharf, at which there will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live auction and time to get to know these three personable, incredibly talented actors and friends of Bay Street. Kind must have had at least one cup of coffee and this reporter detected the sound of a toasted bagel being eaten over the phone, because he was shockingly wide awake, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in Sag Harbor, I love going to Montauk, but I happen to be someone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to vacation, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be healthier if I could, so being in a play at Bay Street is perfect, I can go to the beach with the kids and do all that beach stuff, but I get to work, I like to be productive. Oh! I was a singing waiter for two summers in Westhampton Beach. It was that restaurant catty corner to the post office. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Jersey Shore kid; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the Hamptons. But I just love the Bay Street Theatre and Sag Harbor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a paid vacation. Doing the play is my reward.â&#x20AC;? I asked Bauer about his memories working with Kind in Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Romance last summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you do a play with Richard, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to single out one memory. The

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Not Much is Sweeter Than Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy six different flavors such When a celebrity buys a as dark chocolate sea salt, favorite treat at Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, milk chocolate caramel, they are asked to sign a espresso, dark chocolate clear container so customers with almond, original dark can see which candy appeals chocolate and original milk to the celebrityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet chocolate. tooth. This feature is called Crave a fruity taste? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Favorites,â&#x20AC;? and Head for the gummy they are all on display at the section (part of the Pick NYC location. Celebrities and Mix area). This is such as East Hampton where you will typically resident Steven Spielberg, find me when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the former President Bill store. You know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going Clinton, fashion designer to be a good day when you and father of Dylan, Ralph walk into Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy Lauren, Carson Daly from Bar and there is no one by MTV and Al Roker of NBC the island of gummiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; have all contributed to this so you can really embrace unique promotion. Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy the selection process. A clear bag is provided and Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy Bar, 52 then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re off, gathering any type of gummy Main St., East Hampton, will be featured at imaginable to fill your bag. Of course this Danâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taste of Two Forks on July 16. Try some includes cherry, orange and peach-flavored delicious samples from Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as well as more gummy bears, in regular and mini sizes, than 60 East End restaurants and wineries. even sour-flavored gummies. In addition to Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy Bar in East Hampton is open bears, there are sharks, gummy rings, gummy Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 peaches and raspberries, Sour Patch apples, a.m.- 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 twin cherries and Swedish Fish. You can even a.m.-7 p.m. In addition to the East Hampton write your name in gummy letters (thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location, Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy Bar has outposts in nothing more satisfying than nourishing your New York, Garden City in Nassau County, inner child)! Orlando and Houston. M. Pollina

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man’s the ultimate memory-maker. He’s so vivid and animated and a thrill to perform with.” Kind remembers standing with Bauer in the wings before they went on stage, “break a leg, and off we’d go,” and “Chris was stone-faced in the play, and I’d get the giggles because I was a judge and I had to be so sincere, so intent, but my character was going crazy, seeing things, it was so ridiculous and amazing.” “My lasting impression of being in Romance,” Bauer said, was the “generosity, intelligence, tolerance and good humor of our Bay Street audience. That play was not easy to swallow, but was impeccably written and very relevant. It was a joy to do it for such trusting, supportive

folks.” When Ruehl took on the role of Paige in Moira Buffini’s Dinner at the theater in 2009, she relished playing a “posh bitch protagonist” hosting a dinner party in a classic “gothic revenge drama.” But Ruehl, the consummate artist, brought more to the table. She has an uncanny, intuitive way of giving the audience glimpses of the ache underneath the comedy, the shaky fear underneath the armor. Paige “is a woman on the serious verge of something. Not a nervous breakdown, it’s more contained. Her mordant humor comes out of a very dark place—her humor is desperate,” Ruehl said. About his gala co-hosts, Kind and Ruehl, Bauer said, “Those two are brilliant actors.

Don’t they have some awards? I’m a blue-collar grunt who can count the hairs on his head. I’m just glad they’re letting me tag along.” If Bauer weren’t so busy playing a sheriff whose town is populated with vampires, werewolves and witches, he just might qualify as a walking/talking Sag Harbor Booster. “Waking up early in the morning and being alive is my favorite thing to do in Sag Harbor. The entire place is aesthetic bliss, filled with remarkable people to share with. I’m so grateful for every second I can spend there. No matter where I buy a cup of coffee, there’s always someone to say hello to.” And all three have such irrepressible affection for the Bay Street Theatre. “It doesn’t get any better,” Kind said. “They don’t do fluff— Mame, Hello Dolly—they pick challenging, unexpected works.” Beginning August 9, Kind will appear there in Enter Laughing, a musical with a book by Joseph Stein and music and lyrics by Stuart Daniels. Directed by Stuart Ross, Kind is playing a supporting role, “a good role, an important role,” but the real star is Josh Grisetti, Kind said. “It’s a star-making role, he’s such a funny actor, a great singer, so talented in every area, unbelievable.” According to Kind, the York Theater in the city launched a revival of Enter Laughing that knocked critics on their socks. “The play is genius, and I mean genius at being what it is. It’s not a huge, enormous diamond. It’s a nice diamond set off with two sapphires. Stunning perfection, a gem of a show. Charming, fun and smart. I LOVE this play.” When I asked Bauer if he had any plans to appear onstage at Bay Street again, he was quick to say, “ASAP is too slow. I can’t wait to work again, if Murphy and Sybil will have me. I’m shooting for next summer to be back on that stage.” “I have had many extraordinary experiences on the Bay Street stage,” said Ruehl, “and I’m excited to become a part of the family that shapes and directs the course of this unique and valuable theater.” Bauer’s wears his sincerity on his sleeve when he talks about Bay Street. “Pop into the lobby, check out the photos on the wall and see some of the men and women who have been on that stage. They’re legends,” he said. All yearround Bay Street is a portal to sophisticated, intelligent entertainment, Bauer added. “I walk in that space on the Wharf and I get that feeling I got when I entered my first theater ever, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, as a kid: Anything is possible here.” Tickets can be had for Rock the Dock by calling 631-725-0818 or sending an e-mail to marylou@baystreet.org.

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String Wizard Hits the John Drew Stage By Elise Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haene So over the Fourth of July weekend, the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, actor and comedian Steve Martin will be hitting the John Drew stage at Guild Hall on Saturday, July 2, for an evening of bluegrass and banjo with The Steep Canyon Rangers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genius. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end there. Guild Hall has a surprise up its sleeve because the Best Blue Grass Album Grammy Award that Martin won last year called The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo was produced by his friend of over 40 years, John McEuen. Last summer, McEuen played to a packed house at Guild Hall, and on the heels of Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 p.m., John McEuen of the seminal Nitty Gritty Dirt Band along with Matt Cartsonis and Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, a favorite on the Indie acoustic scene, Nathan McEuen, will take over the John Drew for one night only. Now that is genius programming. McEuen Sr. and Martin actually met one another in their late teens when both worked at the Disneyland Magic Shop. Way back then the two would play music together, and Martin credits McEuen with teaching him how to play banjo. In 1972, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, composed of musicians from Long Beach, California, collaborated with some of the most important, legendary performers of the time and released Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an album that

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Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert will cover music from the 1880s through now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be some things from Circle, some Dirt Band favorites, and other songs that will knock people out,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I turn Matt loose, watch out, and Nathan is an amazing performer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The String Wizardâ&#x20AC;? is a moniker that McEuen was given years ago, as he is a master of the banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. He still tours with the original members of the Dirt Band, but loves these kinds of gigs in spaces as intimate as the John Drew at Guild Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to use everything Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned about performing in 45 years. There is lots of music and comedy. You never know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen.â&#x20AC;? It can be magical, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and by the end I hope weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created a space that no one wants to leave.â&#x20AC;? When we spoke on the phone, McEuen was in San Francisco to play a concert at the Filmore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I played the Filmore was in 1967 on the same bill with Blue Cheer. They did the song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Summertime Blues.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They were known for being really loud, so loud once that a dog walked in front of the PA and had a heart attack. Blue Cheer killed a dog.â&#x20AC;? Winning last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grammy for his work with Martin was an unbelievable moment, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were just a couple of guys from Orange County, California who loved to play music.â&#x20AC;? Tickets can be had at the Guild Hall box office or online at www.guildhall.org.

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“Betty’s Summer Vacation” at Bay Street By Alexandra Andreassen A beachy summer comedy will be making its debut in the Hamptons this week at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Betty’s Summer Vacation is an outrageous comedy about a young woman who spends the summer in a beach town, soon turning into a nightmare of a summer share. Created by playwright Christopher Durang, this play not only brings on the laughs, but also presents Durang’s commentary on our society’s incessant need to be entertained. In the play, set in the 1990s, Betty and her garrulous acquaintance Trudy take a vacation to the beach together. Betty hopes that it will

be a quiet, relaxing vacation, but it turns out to be quite the opposite with the arrival of the other guests at the house: the landlady, Mrs. Siezmagraff, who turns out to be Trudy’s mother with whom she has a precarious relationship; Buck, a “sexist macho pig”; Keith, a serial killer; and the perverted Mr. Vainslaw. Furthermore, there is a “laugh track” in the house, mysterious voices that laugh at the characters and comment in unison. The beach house residents have to interact with these disembodied voices, contributing to the chaos that ensues. “As outlandish as the events are, it’s deeply, deeply funny, and it will be wildly entertaining,” said Trip Cullman, the director

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of the play. Moreover, Betty’s Summer Vacation has a message that is increasingly applicable to our society. The play was written in the ‘90s, at a time when there was a string of sensational murders that captured the public’s imagination, including the cases of the Bobbitt couple and the Menendez Brothers. Cullman said that “The play came out of his [Durang’s] self-disgust about these crimes and how the people who committed these crimes became celebrities…the play is about the insatiable appetite that we as a culture have for salacious news stories or murder or mayhem, and the way in which fame is its own reward no matter what the moral consequences of one’s actions are.” These days, anyone can become a star on the Internet, and Betty’s Summer Vacation addresses these issues in a hilarious but slightly disturbing way. The play made a very successful off-Broadway run in New York in 1999, and has been performed in a number of other theaters since. Some of Durang’s career highlights include Beyond Therapy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, A History of the American Film (for which he received a Tony nomination), and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. He also co-chairs the playwriting program at The Juilliard School. Cullman was the Associate Director for the Broadway production of Take Me Out, and he has numerous off-Broadway credits as well. Directing Betty’s Summer Vacation has been a full-circle moment for Cullman, as he was cast in a Christopher Durang play in high school, and “responded so much to it and his sensibilities,” he said, “that working on that play made me want to make a life for myself in the theatre.” With a seasonally appropriate beach house setting, and an accomplished playwright, director and cast, Betty’s Summer Vacation will surely make its mark on the Hamptons summer arts scene.

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MTK Fest, Escape to NYC & Lady Gaga By Bo Dermont Eastern Long Island will host two major music festivals this summer, and they will take place less than one week apart from each other. The Escape to New York and MTK: Music To Know festivals will occur on August 5-7 and 13-14 respectively. Escape to New York will host a wide variety of performers, from well-established Rock and Roll Hall of Famers like Patti Smith to new sensations like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. And from New Wave pioneers such as The Psychedelic Furs to New Wave-influenced bands, like Of Montreal. Attendees are not only encouraged to camp out during the three-day festival, but concert-goers are encouraged to glamp. Urban Dictionary defines glamp as the misspelling of glomp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whatever glomp is. However, the unique party planning group behind Escape to New York (E2NY) would have you believe that glamping is a blend of the words glamorous and camping, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boutique Camping.â&#x20AC;? You are given the chance to spend thousands of dollars on a tent and a camping experience, which includes toilets, showers, catering and booze. Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite sound like my idea of camping â&#x20AC;&#x201C; i.e. midnight runs to the campground portapotty and hours of unchecked boredom. MTK: Music To Know will also feature a very broad spectrum of performances, ranging from the surf and pop music influences of Vampire Weekend to the country-western

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ideas that permeate Bright Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music to the electro-funk stylings of bands like Chromeo. Recently the festival became one act bigger: the British singer-songwriter phenomenon Ellie Goulding will also be making an appearance at MTK. You may recognize her from footage of the royal wedding, during which she performed a set including her cover of Elton Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your

Song.â&#x20AC;? Her music has been prolifically remixed over the Internet ever since her album Lights premiered at #1 on the UK charts. The organizers of this event are not encouraging its attendees to â&#x20AC;&#x153;glampâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;or anything remotely similarâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and attendees of MTK may not be pleased to discover that finding lodging may be difficult. The summer season in the Hamptons is not exactly easy to book. No matterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I live locally. I encourage you to visit www.musictoknow. com, as it includes bios on each artist, helpful ticket information and cool 3D pictures of what the festival should look like. All the ticket and â&#x20AC;&#x153;glampgroundâ&#x20AC;? information you desire can be found on www.escape2ny.com, as well as the rules for the exciting Master of Tickets contest. This just inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Internet is ablaze with rumors of a THIRD MAJOR music festival to hit the East End August 20-21. Some claim that Bridgehampton horsewoman MADONNA will join forces with LADY GAGA, performing hits as well as new material from Madonnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming album. Thousands of Lady Gagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;little monstersâ&#x20AC;? who already have tickets for her world tour dates will be pissed if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. And if promoters somehow get the approval to hold it at the SHELTER ISLAND site allegedly proposed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a total clustertruck. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faux Fest,â&#x20AC;? with the newly-recovered songstress Adele is also rumored to be on the bill!

        



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I Married a Surf Rat, Then Had His Baby By Rachel Abrams My husband and I met one weekend eight years ago. I was in Amagansett visiting a friend, and he was out east surfing. Ever since, our life as a couple has been governed by good swells, low pressure, and light, offshore winds. Early in our courtship, I strove to appear adventurous, letting him give me a surf

lesson in the cold, September Atlantic. He complimented my balance when I attempted to stand, but by the end, I limped and coughed my way out of the water, my inner thigh scraped by the board, my lungs filled with saltwater. I grew up in the Midwest; my husband was raised on the coast. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lake; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ocean. I tread; he swims.

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Get Ready for the Wildlife Invasion By Judy Spencer Klinghoffer It’s one of those beautiful nights in the Hamptons. Black velvet sky studded with stars. Still warm enough to leave the top down on the car as you and your fabulous companion motor home from an incredible dinner, night out with friends or the ever-popular fundraiser involving potent designer cocktails and cute little goody bags. Life is perfect. And then, you realize—you are not alone. None of us is. Something huge and furry has just scampered across the road. And it wasn’t alone. Yes, there is an abundance of wildlife in the Hamptons, and I’m not talking about what goes on at the Stephen Talkhouse at 2 a.m. Of course, you love nature. That’s why you’re here— the beach, the fresh air, the sweet sounds of birdsong waking you in the morning. But there is another side to nature in the Hamptons…a dark, creepy side. After watching a seemingly endless parade of raccoons, rats, possums, fox and deer go bounding past, it seems pretty clear—nature is on a mission to either freak you out or mess up your car. Of course, we all know about the deer. They’re cute, they’re adorable and they have a nasty habit of leaping out of nowhere directly into the path of your headlights. If you don’t slam on your brakes, it’s going to be bad for you, the deer and your car. But, at least the deer aren’t out to get you, unlike some of our other Hamptons fauna.

I got the following text from a friend. “They got my Silkies right out of my backyard.” At first I thought she had said selkie, which is a mythical creature somewhat like a mermaid. It sort of made sense, although it seemed hard to believe that you could keep them in your backyard. So, I called her, just to get a little more information. It turned out that Silkies are a breed of chicken. “It was the raccoons,” my friend said, darkly. “They’re getting out of control. Who knows what they’ll do next?” She went on and on about the raccoons, telling story after story of raccoons eating their way through plastic garbage cans, wooden fences, and other assorted atrocities. Now I’m really upset, and not just over the murder of a bunch of innocent chickens. Weird mental pictures are forming in my brain. As a person who grew up in the city, I have always found raccoons very scary. Yeah, I know people think they’re kind of cute, with their monkeylike paws and that adorable little bandit mask. They also look like freakish aliens when they scurry across the road at night, their eyes glowing like they’ve been possessed by demons. Sure, today they were content with taking out a couple of ornamental chickens. What if they started to escalate? Could a bunch of raccoons take down a grown man? Or dog? A small dog, sure. A small dog would be no match for a demonically possessed raccoon. The average raccoon in my neighborhood could easily turn a Shih Tzu into

Shih Tzu tartar. But a grown man? It would take a lot of raccoons to overpower and drag off a full-grown man. They’d have to be organized, too. There would have to be a raccoon leader, someone the rest of the raccoons respected and trusted with their lives. With good leadership, the raccoons could take over the Hamptons, systematically slaughtering anyone who stood in their way. Who was going to stop them? The wild turkeys? Ha! Everyone knows they’re stupid and gullible. They wouldn’t stand a chance against an army of fierce, food-washing raccoons. By now, I just wanted to get off the phone so I could start gathering up canned goods and bottled water, and barricade myself in the basement with the children. The raccoons are coming! The raccoons are coming! “What should we do?” I asked my friend. “How can we stop them?” “Well,” my friend said, philosophically, “I guess I’ll just build a better coop and order some more chickens on line.” I promised myself to return to an urban setting ASAP, where all I’d have to worry about were rats and roaches. But then, I went to the beach and forgot all about the raccoons. Because I was way too busy worrying about the jellyfish. P.S. Raccoons have never been known for their organizational skills. And they’ve never attacked as a group. So, no need to worry. But you weren’t worried anyway, were you?

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simultaneously mourning the interruption of his weekend surfing trips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go out east,â&#x20AC;? he whined when our newborn was but four weeks old. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can do the same stuff out there with him that you do here,â&#x20AC;? he said innocently/provokingly (you decide). I glared at him through sleep-deprived eyes as I flapped my spit-up soaked shirt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I. Am. Not. Going. Anywhere,â&#x20AC;? I seethed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and neither are you.â&#x20AC;? On our first trip out east with our baby, my husband declared that it was time for a new car. He researched options, comparing gas mileage, safety ratings and price. He was looking for the perfect vehicle to transport our family to and from the end of Long Island.

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disrupted, mainly by colonists, but they have managed to maintain their community on their 800-acre reservation in Southampton. Today, they number over 1,400 people, more than half of whom reside on the reservation. They benefit greatly from their annual powwow, held every year on Labor Day weekend, hosting thousands of visitors and supporting both their church and tribal budgets. In October of 2010, the tribe achieved federal recognition after a 32-year struggle. Their current reservation contains a church, museum, tribal community center, health and dental center, family preservation and Indian education center, and playgrounds for the children, as well as private homes.

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Review of Violinist Hahn-Bin Dr. Daniel W. Koontz depending on the mood of When most people think the music he was playing. about a violin virtuoso, they He conveyed mastery picture a man in a tailcoat of his instrument (and courteously bowing and then some!), but he never smiling at his audience smiled or acknowledged his before assuming a dignified audience. The audience, stance and proceeding which was more diverse to dazzle with a fiddle than your usual audience and a bow. Whatever the for classical music, ate it up. emotional power of the After the opening section music played, the typical of the concert, Hahn-Bin classical musician tries left the stage and soon to communicate mastery, returned wearing a mottled authority and control behind dress, dark nylons and the emotional anonymity of 6-inch heels. Again, his standard concert dress. face remained inexpressive Hahn-Bin is anything behind his make-up, while but your typical classical the music maintained a musician. A youthful protégé slightly nostalgic feeling. Hahn-Bin of Itzhak Perlman, he has At one point, Hahn-Bin forsaken the traditional dropped to his knees and performance mode in favor of something played in that position for a while. Again, the quite remarkable. In his appearance at Old audience ate it up. Whalers’ Church last Saturday, Hahn-Bin first Hahn-Bin’s playing is extremely good, appeared in something like a kimono and long, although his musical and interpretive choices black gloves, which he slowly removed while tend towards the over-the-top: I’m not sure that the pianist played introductory music. Hahn- there is quite as much col legno (playing with Bin’s hair was done in the manner in which the wood of the bow rather than the hair) or he appears in the photo above. His every move artificial harmonics in the music as he wound on stage appeared choreographed, and as he up using, and a lot of the repertoire tended began to play the dance continued. His heavily to the “greatest hits” variety. I couldn’t help made-up face seemed alternately angry or sad, but be reminded of Liberace and his dazzling

variations on “Twinkle Twinkle,” although the comparison is most unfair. In the end, none of that really matters. What’s stunning about Hahn-Bin, and what I think the audience was responding to in his performance, was his successful replacement of the standard role of the classical performer as authoritative master with a cross-dressing, cabaret-style persona who appears to be suffering from some unspecified heartbreak. No longer just an object of reverence and awe, he also inspires something like compassion. Like a ‘70s-era David Bowie, in his make-up and drag, Hahn-Bin seems lost and alone up there. And the audience loved it. Make no mistake, what Hahn-Bin does is staggeringly difficult to do. In addition to all of his musical skill, he adds studied movement and character, an athleticism and stagecraft that few classical performers could achieve. Indeed, one might wonder how long the 23-year-old Hahn-Bin will be able to keep it up. Playing violin in 6-inch heels! Much talk has swirled in recent years (decades) about the need for classical music to reach out to young people by adapting strategies from popular music. Hahn-Bin has figured out how to do so in a way that is not trivial or condescending. He doesn’t play arrangements of Radiohead songs. He doesn’t add drums or rap to the standard repertoire. What he does is much more intelligent, inspired and audacious. It’s also a lot harder to do.

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Film Review: Rejoice & Shout Dr. Daniel W. Koontz In the opening minutes of Rejoice and Shout, the new documentary about Black Gospel Music from Sag Harborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Joe Lauro, the camera closes in on a 10-year-old girl singing her own, highly skilled rendition of the classic hymn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Grace.â&#x20AC;? Beyond the wonder of this young girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prodigious talents, the moment speaks volumes about Black Gospel Music: a music steeped in tradition yet ever evolving, a cross-generational art form that combines deep spirituality with deeply personal expression and style, and a joyful, exuberant world that is largely hidden from the view of popular culture. Usually when Black Gospel Music is included in the musical discourse, it is in reference to how it has influenced jazz, blues and rock, or how it nurtured the talents of soul singers like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Sly Stone. According to Lauro, the release of Rejoice and Shout marks the first time a documentary has focused directly on Black Gospel Music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mahalia Jackson, the Staples Singers, Andrae Crouchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;these people are legendary in the world of Gospel, but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in that world, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that,â&#x20AC;? Lauro explains, speaking from his Sag Harbor home. In reference to the failure to pay attention to Gospel, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if, 40 years later, nobody had made a documentary about the Beatles.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But when we would pitch the idea of doing a

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Gospel film, people looked at us like we had two heads,â&#x20AC;? says Lauro. Lauro has produced many films through his Greenport-based company Historic Films. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been acquiring and restoring performance footage for years, with the idea of assembling the first documentary about Gospel, but people werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested.â&#x20AC;? As Rejoice and Shout demonstrates, Lauroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footage included some breathtaking material spanning the filmed history of Gospel: Mahalia Jackson performing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ed Sullivan Showâ&#x20AC;? in the early 1950s, The Dixie Hummingbirds performing at the Newport Folk Festival in the early 1960s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Staples Singers on the syndicated â&#x20AC;&#x153;TV Gospel Timeâ&#x20AC;? from the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, Andrae Crouch from the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, as well as a stunning sound film from the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;20s featuring The Utica

Quartet. Lauro had all but given up finding financing for the project when Eamonn Bowles at Magnolia Pictures, without prompting, actually proposed a Gospel documentary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our jaws dropped,â&#x20AC;? says Lauro, referring to himself and his production partner Don McGlynn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we were like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the scriptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;!â&#x20AC;? The new financing allowed them to shoot interviews, including with Mavis Staples, the Reverend Andrae Crouch and the Selvy family. This process lead to Lauro and his team capturing the performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Graceâ&#x20AC;? that opens the film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just good luck. She happened to be there, and when I asked if anyone knew any old, traditional Gospel, she just started singing.â&#x20AC;? It is a great moment in a film that is full of many great moments. Those of us who think we know a little about Gospel from listening to Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles will learn a lot from watching Rejoice and Shout, and even those steeped in the Black Gospel tradition will discover something they might have missed. Most important, Rejoice and Shout provides the first definitive account and appreciation of a living, vibrant musical world. Rejoice and Shout is currently playing in selected cities, and will play in Huntington and Greenport in August.

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Day Trip By Diane Strecker Just 14 miles off Montauk Point is the day trip to die for. If you are visiting the East End this summer, the only thing standing between you and a day in a quaint New England resort town is a one-hour ferry crossing. The highspeed Viking Superstar leaves each morning at 10 a.m. from Montauk Harbor; headings set, Block Island, Rhode Island. Although I summered in Montauk for many years, I didn’t become acquainted with the island until the mid-1970s. I was surprised to learn it was just a short ferry ride (back then, more like a trip on a fishing boat with a cooler of drinks) away. And, what started as a weekend each summer soon became a week with my family. I got to know and love the island over the years and all of its nooks and crannies. Since that time, that ferry trip has dramatically changed but gratefully, Block Island has not. As you enter New Harbor you are immediately transported to the world of New England summer. A freshly painted white Coast Guard Station comes into view as the vessel makes its way through some of the most beautiful sailboats and yachts moored anywhere in the northeast. Block is a sailing haven and scores of seasoned sailors flock to its regatta each June or rendezvous in the harbor. You can rent a bike at the dock or easily cabit into town and Old Harbor, where the same hotels have been standing for hundreds of years. The stately old structures line the main street and all have a view of the ocean. Old summer homes turned B&Bs are everywhere you look, one more charming than the next. Cabs circle the island round the clock, so if biking is not your thing, no worries, there is absolutely no need for a car. And, although it’s great to stay overnight there is a host of things do in just one day. It is a walking town that has something for everyone. There are restaurants all along the main road that overlook the water where live music echoes in the air. The atmosphere is lively and fun. There is seafood, seafood and more seafood. Sit and have lunch on the veranda of the National Hotel or the Harborside Inn located in the center of town or just walk the many specialty shops. The Glass Onion carries items with an international flair and The Scarlet Begonia offers island-inspired tableware, linens, pillows and jewelry. The Star Department Store stocks a wide variety of island-worthy sweatshirts and beachwear. On the Fourth of July you’ll find the island dressed in red, white and blue regalia for a genuine small-town parade. Do not miss the Spring House Hotel that sits high on Spring Street. It has the best view, by far. Sit on the porch or an Adirondack chair out on the lawn and let your thoughts shift into full summer mode and float over the endless blue ocean. Its secluded and more exclusive next-door neighbor, The Atlantic Inn, is known for housing some high-profile houseguests. It is where President Clinton and the First Lady stayed when they visited the island a few years ago. Try the inn’s afternoon cocktails and tapas. Just down the hill, the historic 1661 House has an outdoor patio with a raw bar and (continued on page 114)

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Theater Review: Legally Blonde By Roy Bradbrook After the runaway success of the film that starred Reese Witherspoon, it must have taken a lot of thought before the decision was made to produce a musical version of Legally Blonde. This is a show, like Hello Dolly, where success or failure will come from the casting of the leading role. In this case it is Elle Wood, a charismatic, beautiful blonde who leaves a college life of fun and games for the rigors of Harvard Law School after her boyfriend, Warner (Joel Ingram), dumps her when he decides he must study law and acquire a more responsible partner, Vivienne (Kristin

Wetherington), to satisfy his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aspirations for him. Full marks to Gateway management for choosing Ruby Lewis to play this challenging role that keeps her on stage almost the entire show and demands the highest standards of singing, dancing and acting. Lewis has star quality, and the rest of the cast seems to thrive on her personality and high energy level. This is a fun, upbeat show, tailored for the same audience demographics

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that enjoyed the movie, and the presence of many more young faces than usual in the audience shows how well this has worked. The opening number, â&#x20AC;&#x153;O My God You Guys,â&#x20AC;? with a bevy of young college sorority girls, sets the scene with a tempo that rarely slackens. (Following all the words in the numbers throughout the show is not always easy, but then these are not the most memorable lyrics you will come across.) For no particular reason, the cast goes into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ireland,â&#x20AC;? a spirited takeoff of Riverdance, and in the second act the show moves into overdrive with a skipping number â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whipped into Shape,â&#x20AC;? followed by the provocative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bend and Snap,â&#x20AC;? which displays even more of Elleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talents. The surprisingly funny and politically incorrect number, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There! Right There,â&#x20AC;? in which the characters debate whether the pool attendant Nikos (Justin Flexen) is â&#x20AC;&#x153;European or Gay,â&#x20AC;? takes place in the courtroom where Elle is serving as an intern on the legal team defending Brooke Wyndham (Erin Henry) who is charged with murdering her husband. In a sub-plot, Paulette (Ruth Pferdehir) is a hairdresser who is bowled over by the chunky UPS man Kyle, splendidly played by Matt Nolan, who almost steals the show. The other scene-stealers are canine: Frankie, Elleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chihuahua, is so sensitive that if your seats are in the front, the ushers will ask you to stay very still for the first five minutes of the show to avoid upsetting her. (I have to say that after seeing hundreds of shows over the years, this was a first.) Chloe, Pauletteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bulldog, is far more docileâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;almost having to be dragged around the stage. Director and choreographer Tom Kosis has brought the talented cast members together to provide an evening of fun and great dancing. The conductor, Justin Fischer, works wonders with an orchestra hidden from view, and Robert Andrew Kovachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sets are vividly original. You are not likely to come out singing any of the songs from Legally Blonde, but you will almost certainly have a smile on your face!

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Awed By and Dreaming of Space By Jerry Cimisi Southampton resident and former New York State Teacher in Space finalist Paul Stengel recently gave a talk on the soon-to-be concluded Space Shuttle program at the North Shore Public Library, right next door to where he once taught physics at the Shoreham-Wading River High School. Stengel had sought to be one of the astronauts atop the 185-foot STS (Space Transportation System) in the same year that teacher Christa McAuliffe was among those who lost their lives when the Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff in January 1986. He related, “I can remember a 1955 Daily News headline while my family was camping at Wildwood State Park, declaring that the USA was planning to launch an ‘artificial satellite’ around the planet. That absolutely awed me.” The Russians beat us to that by a few months, put a man in space before we did, while we, of course, eventually went to the moon. And the Space Shuttle helped build the International Space Station (ISS) and also fixed errors in the Hubble Telescope. When President Reagan announced the Teacher in Space program, Stengel sent in the 13-page application. He was asked about his skills, why he “wanted to be the first U.S. private citizen in space,” and what project he would perform during a Shuttle flight. Stengel also communicated “the excitement I experienced as a participant in the first adult Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in October, 1984, and how fascinating it was to listen to German rocket scientists Konrad Dannenburg and Ernst Schullinger explain rocket design and lessons learned from their days at Peenemunde when Werner von Braun’s rocket team was developing the V-2.” With a big smile, Stengel recalled the day when one of his colleagues drew him out of the classroom to inform him he had been selected as a New York State finalist, one of five out of about 1,000 applications. Ultimately Stengel was not chosen for the program: the ill-fated McAuliffe got first spot; the backup candidate was Barbara Morgan, who eventually did go into space and whom Stengel kept in touch with for some time. His continuing enthusiasm for the space program was evident. He spoke about the technical and practical aspects of Shuttle missions—such as the Shuttle ascending from Earth at an angle so the pilot can be oriented to the ground, and that two or more astronauts are required for space walks, to ensure a greater degree of safety through the buddy system. The NASA photos of Earth from space, of the Shuttle lifting off, of astronauts performing tasks in space were, literally, aweinspiring. Stengel also displayed his own photos of launches he had witnessed. He spoke, inevitably, of the tragedies of Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003,

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drawn into it then: Mercury, Gemini Apollo: it was all being done for the first time. Now the Space Shuttle will be going up for the last time—the 135th time—so it’s not big news. For the time being our space access is through the Russians going up to the ISS.” Worrying about an apparent lack of national direction with regard to the next step in space, Stengel paraphrased: “If you don’t build it, they will not come.”

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trek seems too strenuous, you can always rent a moped. If you want to beach it, the Town Beach, Crescent, is just a short walk from downtown where sling chair and umbrella rentals are available. Just ask someone to point you in the right direction; islanders are helpful and friendly. The water is cooler than on Long Island and can be quite refreshing during the month of August. The beaches are not too

crowded (miles long) and the ocean is usually calm. Surfers frequent Black Rock on the other side of the island. Staying overnight requires reservations and many hotels have a three-night minimum but I have many times taken potluck and found a room without a reservation. If you are so inclined, inquire early; the ferry goes back to Montauk each afternoon at 5 p.m. There is also a small airport on the island that offers flights to and from Montauk or East Hampton. After a day on Block Island, you will feel as if you have truly been away. It is a trip that always leaves you dreaming of salt, sea and sand. Sometimes in winter when the snow is drifting high outside my window I am warmed by thoughts of hot summer days on the island, and that endless blue that stretches beyond the Spring House lawn.

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...Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Call You By Stacy Dermont This is the conversation that I have every Monday at 11:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time: STACY: (Answering the phone.) Hi, this is Stacy, how can I help? CALLER: (Long pause.) Oh, um, yes, who is this? STACY: This is Stacy. CALLER: Tracey what? STACY: Dermont. CALLER: Oh, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your position there? STACY: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the Sections Editor, what can I do for you? CALLER: (Pause.) I just wanted to see about getting something in your Art Events Calâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; STACY: (Judiciously interrupting.) You should e-mail all the details to Sharon@ danspapers.com. CALLER: Well I did e-mail it, I justâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; STACY: (Joyously interrupting.) Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all set then. CALLER: Well I e-mailed it but I wanted to checkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; STACY: (Studiously interrupting) Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to be in there! CALLER: Well, we had an event last month and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it in there. Of course I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always read your paper, or look at it, not very often. STACY: Alrightie, but you sent your stuff to Sharon, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all set! Soâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; CALLER: Er, yeah, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure that I sent it to Sharonâ&#x20AC;Ślemme seeâ&#x20AC;Śum, (rustling of papers.)â&#x20AC;ŚOh, yeah, here, I sent it toâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;events@ danspapers.com.â&#x20AC;? Do you think Sharon got it? STACY: No, that e-mail address is for our online listingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though you can go to danspapers.com and do your own online listings. For the paper, just shoot it to Sharon@ danspapers.com. Okay? CALLER: This time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a wonderfulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; STACY: Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very sorry but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in production today, I really have to get back to editing the paper. CALLER: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this Saturday, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too late, right? STACY: Oh, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very sorry, our calendarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deadline is Friday at noon. So, no, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just be online. CALLER: So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late for this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper? STACY: Yes. CALLER: So you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it in? STACY: No. CALLER: Alright, well, thank you for your time. STACY: You bet, bye-bye now. * * * * Without naming names, the caller could be an artist from Shelter Island, a volunteer from an observatory on the North Fork, or a Friend of a public library in a hamlet that rhymes with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dridgehampton.â&#x20AC;? They all want to generally tear me a new one about an e-mail they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t send. After the weekly conversation above, one of two things happens. 1) Sharon (of Sharon@ danspapers.com fame) gets a long, bitchy e-mail from the caller. 2) Sharon never gets an e-mail from said caller. I used to advise nonprofit organizations about dealing with the press. I guess I still do. Here are my top three suggestions: #1. Call, then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call.

Call to get the right e-mail address for the appropriate section or calendar and then e-mail, do not call. (Faxes are truly a thing of the past.) Regardless of how cute your Santa is or how hard youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve workedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are many equally worthy events out there. If you call me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure to remember youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as someone who wastes my time. #2. Dedicate and delegate. Dedicate serious effort to your publicity campaign. Find a professional or a top notch volunteer who is able to devote the time and attention it takes to get the word out. Your representative will have to research local and regional media contacts, send out press releases

      

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Hargitay with the 2011 Hope Award, due in part to her courageous efforts in starting the The Joyful Heart Foundation to benefit victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Guests perked up when Wentworth took center stage to present the Hope Award to her close friend and fellow actress Hargitay. Wentworth joked, “There is no reason for Mariska to start a foundation, she’s gold!” I asked Wentworth, “Are you and Mariska real friends or Hollywood friends?” She replied, “We’re real friends. I don’t like the Hollywood Mariska. She’ll jump in the pool in her pajamas, that’s the girl I like.” When Hargitay hit the stage to officially deliver her acceptance speech, the Hollywood Mariska was nowhere to be found. All eyes and ears were on Hargitay who said it was fan mail to her character detective Olivia Benson that motivated her to start the Joyful Heart Foundation, “I have received thousands of e-mails from fans sharing their stories of abuse. Some of these individuals would reveal something so intensely personal to somebody that they don’t know. To somebody that is a fictional television character. Showed me and proved to me that they were desperate to be heard, and supported.” Hargitay even took a moment to thank the press, “They communicate the message” she added. Hargitay’s acceptance speech was so powerful that it inspired a single fan to motivate the crowd into making an extraordinary donation. Rich Decker, owner of Studio 89 Fitness in Sag Harbor, rallied

his table to donate $1,000 a month for the next year. Hargitay led him up to the stage to personally thank him. Decker took the mic and asked guests to join in on the monthly donation, “It’s like an extra car payment! Are you guys in?” Suddenly, hands started popping up from the crowd shouting, “Me!” and “I’m in!” Keith Hernandez, Mark Fox, Gerald Wiegend, Alexandra Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and even Hargitay herself agreed to donate monthly. The crowd was going wild cheering and screaming. VIPs were visibly tearing up in amazement. It was a magical moment that instantly raised more than $125k in less than five minutes. Clearly it is this same heart and determination that has earned Hargitay a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside her mother, Jane Mansfield. Hargitay told me, “It will take me awhile to download it. It’s really exciting and an incredible honor and obviously a marker in my life. My mom had a star, so I am excited! I hope that they will put us close together.” Hargitay is going through a lot of personal life changes these days including a new addition to her family, a baby girl Amaya Josephine. When I ask about Amaya, Hargitay’s face lights up, “she brings us more love and more joy.” Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann recently adopted the African American baby Amaya. Hargitay says son August takes the credit for the decision to adopt another child and he has been very protective of his little sister. “We are very excited that we are now a

multi-racial family.” The picture-perfect family recently moved into a late 19th Century estate with 11 bedrooms in East Hampton, “We’re just loving it so much that we love to be home in our little cocoon,” said Hargitay. Their summer rituals include the beach and “Pool Time! We like to do a lot of pool time!” Hargitay admitted, “We grab every moment we can with schedules you know it’s kind of crazy. The problem is my husband is on stage at Lincoln Center doing War Horse.” Aside from her family life, Hargitay has recently experienced more changes but this time in the workplace. Her “Law & Order” co-star of 12 years, Christopher Meloni, recently left the show. “I will miss him terribly. It’s been a pretty great ride and an amazing partnership you know on and off screen.” In the coming months more changes are in store for Hargitay and the entire cast as they move into the 13th season. “I might be promoted. I don’t know what to expect.” Yet even in the face of more change, Hargitay exudes a powerful, cool, calm nature. “How does she juggle it all?” I wonder. For Hargitay the answer is simple, “We just like to be together.” She puts her family first. Gina Glickman Giordan is a TV Host, News Correspondent, Executive Producer and founder of GMG Entertainment. Watch Glickman’s exclusive celebrity interviews and event-life coverage series, “In The Mixx” on People Magazine TV, Hamptons Magazine TV and DansHamptons.com.

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Pilates for Every Reason knowledgeable Bruce. She started her business more than 15 years ago with her sister, Lesa Salvani, and is the original Pilates studio in the Hamptons. (Salvani now directs her own “sister” studio in Sag Harbor, InBalance Pilates, offering both individual and group classes.) Bruce started studying Pilates as an adolescent because she had lower back issues, and then she continued for 15 years. Impressively, Bruce studied under Carola Trier, one of Joseph Pilates’ students.

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Bruce became an actress but continued practicing, and when she moved to the Hamptons from Manhattan, she got certified and opened her studio. During my one-hour session, Bruce introduced me to a variety of Pilates techniques using the various machines and props that she has in her comfortable and private studio. She likes to use props frequently when she teaches because the props remove some of the tension in the body, Lauralee Bruce and they help the body in receive a better, more effective workout. “I tailor each program to fit each client’s needs,” she said. “We design our workout from beginner to super advanced.” Bruce definitely did shape the workout to my body and abilities, and the personal attention ensured that I was exercising correctly and maximizing the effect of the workout. She made sure to ask how I was feeling at various points, and made sure I was feeling the exercise in the correct places. Bruce was also very encouraging, giving me the boost I needed to finish a set or complete a movement. I was very refreshed and revived after the session—it was a great feeling. Bruce said, “My favorite part is challenging and making each and every client walk out feeling refreshed and flexible and strong, and really giving the personal care and attention in their one-hour session.” Pilates is great for all ages and her clients range from ages 11 to 86. It is especially good for people experiencing injuries or other issues, because the exercises can work around the problem area and also strengthen it to allow it to heal. In fact, the original goal of Pilates was to help injured people, and Bruce has specially 5061 designed programs for rehab patients who have had hip replacements, herniated discs and more. Moreover, she has special programs for pre- and post-natal women, and, uniquely, a program for golfers to help them with their flexibility. Bruce says that her greatest challenge, but also her greatest reward, is “putting a program together for each and every client that allows each person to be able to get stronger, and more flexible in their daily life.” She gives exceptional personal attention to all of her customers, and is truly devoted to their health and well-being. The benefits of Pilates can reach into all aspects of one’s life, and Bruce is committed to helping each and every student receive them. Pilates of Sag Harbor, 74 Main St., Sag Harbor. 631-725-7995, lauraleebruce@gmail. com, www.pilatesofsagharbor.com. Private, Semi-Private and In-Home Sessions, 7 days a week (appointment only). InBalance Pilates, 34 W. Water St., Sag Harbor. 631-725-8282, www.pilatesofthehamptons.com. Private classes, group classes on mat, reformer, tower, and chair, 7 days a week. 5049


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Captain Kidd and the East Hampton Witch By Marissa Pollina You might not know what has occurred here on the East End of Long Island once upon a time. An invasion!, but since the invasion is long over, there is nothing to worry about. This invasion took place on Gardinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Island and involved pirates, war andâ&#x20AC;Ś family issues. Family issues might not seem like a bog deal but this Island happens to be the only piece of real estate in the United States that is part of an original royal grant from the English Crown. After obtaining a grant from King Charles I of England, Lion Gardiner settled on the Island in 1639. Gardiner received the title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord of the Manor,â&#x20AC;? and was given the â&#x20AC;&#x153;right to posses the land forever.â&#x20AC;? In 1641, Gardinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife gave birth to Elizabeth who would initiate the first witch-hunt in the American colony. Gardinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s servant Goody Garlick was the accused. Elizabeth died while screaming some of her last words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A witch!â&#x20AC;? She claims she saw something at the edge of her bedâ&#x20AC;Ś Was there a witch in East Hampton? Maybe,

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GORDIN’S VIEW

SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL’S ROSE WALTON CARE SERVICES BENEFIT Southampton Hospital hosted a celebration reception to benefit the new Rose Walton Care Services at David E. Rogers, M.D. Center at Guild Hall in the garden following the stage presentation.

BARRY GORDIN

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ARF 25TH ANNIVERSARY GARDEN TOUR

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1. Joanne Breyers (Host), Mark Fichandler (Chair) 2. Henry Breyers (Host), Lisa McCarthy (President, ARF) 3. Eric D. Groft (Landscape Architect), Barbara Slifka (Chair) 4. Susan & Harry Wagner, Karen Friedman & Lily 5. Jenny Ljungberg (Owner The Maidstone Hotel), Pat Boner 6. Sara Davison (ARF Executive Director), Dianne B (The Best @ Dianne B “Dirt”), Lys Marigold Ray Smith (CEO Ray Smith & Associates, Southampton) 7. Bucky Benzenberg with Diego, Mina Kahofer with Babana, Heather Petrie with Nacho 8. Patricia Durken, Jeff Ornstein

RESTORATION HARDWARE OPENING BENEFIT Restoration Hardware opened their stylish duplex store in East Hampton with a benefit for Guild Hall and God’s Love We Deliver.

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KAT’S EYE KATLEAN DE MONCHY

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PHOENIX HOUSE “SUMMER PARTY”

Elie Tahari, Julie and Bruce Menin were honored at the Phoenix House Summer Party, hosted by Margie and Michael Loeb, at their oceanfront estate in Southampton. The benefit helped raise money for teens dealing with substance abuse and will benefit the two Phoenix House programs that serve the East Hampton community.

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1. Elie Tahari (Honoree), Pamela Morgan (Event Chair) 2. Jackie Moffett, Margie Loeb (Host) 3. Bruce Menin (Honoree) 4. Micheal Loeb (Host), Heide Banks (Event Chair) 5. Kelly Rutherford & Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) 6. Mitch Rosenthal (Founder Phoenix House), Rikki Kleiman, Bill Bratton 7. Beth Ostrosky Stern

A NIGHT IN VENICE BENEFIT FOR EAST END HOSPICE

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BEACHES & BAYS GALA

Photos: Mary J Allmaras

In classic “Barefoot Contessa” fashion, dinner hostess and Food Network star Ina Garten whipped up a classic benefit gala dinner prepared by Brent Newsom and paired with wines from the sustainable vineyard, Wolffer Estate. Guests were treated to an entertaining evening with special guest Alec Baldwin and gala auctioneer, Angela LaGreca,.

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“BAREFOOT UNDER THE STARS” GROUP FOR EAST END GALA BENEFIT

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Sandacres Estate in Quogue was the venue for the East End Hospice party where guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, casino gambling and a silent auction to benefit East End Hospice. The team raised extra monies for 15 children to attend Camp Good Grief allowing wounds to heal from a family loss.

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Photos: Rob Rich

Co-Chairs Dorian and Gary Fuhrman hosted The Nature Conservancy’s Beaches & Bays Gala. Dressed in festive attire, guests enjoyed music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra, and dinner by Glorious Food Catering.

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GORDIN’S VIEW

“TURN THE CORNER” LYME DISEASE BENEFIT @ VERED, EAST HAMPTON Vered Gallery’s 10th annual Independence Day Art Auction Weekend benefits “Turn the Corner Foundation,” a national nonprofit dedicated to the support of research, education, awareness and innovative treatments for Lyme Disease and other tick-born diseases.

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SOFO ANNUAL DINNER DANCE BENEFIT

Photo: Mike Heller

Many attended the SoFo dinner dance benefit to support Bridgehampton’s South Fork Natural History Museum. This year’s gala was in celebration of pictureperfect Montauk.

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15TH ANNUAL HEART OF THE HAMPTONS GALA

Photo: Stephanie Lewin

The American Heart Association held its annual Heart of the Hamptons Gala at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Star Jones, Todd K. Rosengart, MD., and Ambassador Charles A. Gargano were honored. Guests feasted on heart healthy foods and local wines. The benefit raised funds for the American Heart Association.

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THE RETREAT’S 16TH ANNUAL ARTISTS AGAINST ABUSE BENEFIT GALA Photos: Richard Lewin The Retreat Domestic Violence Services held their Artists Against Abuse Gala at The Ross Lower School Fieldhouse in Bridgehampton. Actress Mariska Hargitay and N.Y. State Senator Kenneth P. Lavalle received the Hope Award. Hosting the evening’s festivities were George Stephanopoulos and performer Alexandra Wentworth (Mrs. Stephanopoulos).

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