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Jim and Kate McMullan Say Farewell to Sag Harbor

Posted on 26 May 2015

Given the pace of building in and around Sag Harbor these days, it would appear the village has become the place to be, for better and for worse. But as many well-heeled second homeowners discover Sag Harbor’s charms for the first time, other longtime residents are quietly exiting stage left — saying goodbye to this place they have loved and for years called home. Among the ranks of soon-to-be-former Sag Harbor residents are Jim and Kate McMullan.

A Picture Book That Helps Kids (and parents) Navigate Airports and Life

Posted on 25 May 2015

Like many children’s book authors who also happen to be parents, Sandy Magura’s first picture book, “HippoDuck: Trouble at the Airport,” was born out of necessity. “We travel a lot and in trying to explain an airport to my daughter, I found there was not much in the way of books out there,” explains Ms. Magura. “I wanted to take children through the airport as we see it — the ticket counter, the x-ray machine, the baggage claim.”

Bay Street Theater: “The New Sincerity” Takes on Social Movements and Self Promotion

Posted on 20 May 2015

When a political, cultural or social movement emerges and is poised to change the conversation and direction of the country, who gets to claim that movement as their own? More importantly, on a personal level, when someone gets swept up in that movement how can one discern whether this person is truly working toward advancing the goals of the movement or simply out for a bit of self promotion? These issues also go to the heart of Alena Smith’s play “The New Sincerity” which has its world premiere at the Bay Street Theater next week.

Remember When? A New Book Shows Montauk as it Used to Be

Posted on 20 May 2015

Montauk is a place that has been defined by the sea like no other community on the South Fork. Surrounded on water by three sides, Montauk is linked to the rest of Long Island by the Napeague Stretch in the west and Montauk Point Lighthouse in the east. No wonder Montauk is referred to as “The End” by the locals. In her new book “Images of America: Montauk” Robin Strong has assembled a photographic history of the hamlet that revisits its many identities over the years.

A Camp That Lets Kids Be Themselves…Even if it Means Wearing a Dress

Posted on 11 May 2015

When Bruce Jenner appeared on 20/20 to talk about his transition from male to female, he transformed an issue that had largely been considered a joke into a serious discussion. For many, gender fluidity and transgenderism is seen as the last frontier in the pursuit of equal rights in this country — and for Sag Harbor photographer Lindsay Morris, it’s an issue whose time has come. Her new book, “You Are You,” documents a camp where gender-nonconforming children are allowed and encouraged to be themselves.

Art With Animal Attraction

Posted on 05 May 2015

Maybe it’s an inherent part of our human nature, but it seems very few people can resist images of very cute animals — or any animal for that reason. And this Saturday, art goers and animal lovers alike will have the opportunity to get an eyeful when the Richard J. Demato Art Gallery in Sag Harbor opens “A Magical Menagerie,” an exhibit of 30-plus paintings and mixed media works all depicting animals.

A New Book on East End Wine Goes “Behind The Bottle”

Posted on 05 May 2015

As the deputy editor of Edible East End and digital editor of Edible Long Island, Quogue resident Eileen Duffy has gotten to know a great deal about local food since she began writing about it back in 2003. But if you ask her, she’ll tell you that wine is her real passion. Which is why it’s probably no accident that Ms. Duffy’s new book is all about wine — East End wine, in particular.

Celebrating Steinbeck: Sag Harbor’s Favorite Literary Resident

Posted on 27 April 2015

Though John Steinbeck is known the world over as an author defined by his West Coast roots and his embodiment of the every man spirit, in his later life Sag Harbor was the place that truly became home for him. This weekend, Sag Harbor celebrates John Steinbeck, arguably its most famous resident, with a series of events including a community dog walk inspired by Charley, Steinbeck’s standard poodle and his stalwart traveling companion.

Put on Those Dancing Shoes — the Ailey Dancers are Coming to Town

Posted on 27 April 2015

Back in 2011, Southampton Village commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of creating an arts district. In the end, the firm that put together the study found that while the village was well represented when it came to offerings such as theater, music and the visual arts, what was largely missing was dance. Though she knew nothing about the study at the time, Laura Devinney, a board member of the Southampton Cultural Center (SCC), had noticed the lack of dance too.

At Bay Street Theater, You Can Give Playwrights a Piece of Your Mind

Posted on 20 April 2015

This weekend, audiences at Bay Street Theater will have an opportunity to do something that few theater goers ever get a chance to do — tell a group of playwrights exactly what they think of their plays. But that’s precisely what artistic director Scott Schwartz is encouraging people to do as part of Bay Street’s 2nd Annual New Works Festival which runs Friday to Sunday at the theater.