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Artist Documents Sagg Pond by Dawn’s Early Light

Posted on 07 January 2015

We all have our places — those secluded spots on the East End which we return to time and time again in order to seek solace, find comfort, recharge our batteries or look for inspiration. For Christine Morro, that place is bucolic Sagg Pond. The coastal tidal pond is a favorite haunt of many Sag Harbor residents, but for Ms. Morro, it is the focus of her artistic expression and has been for nearly four years.

Sag Harbor Photographer Documents a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Posted on 23 December 2014

In October 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she was riding home from school in a bus. It was no accident. The Pakistani girl, who lived in the Swat Valley, had garnered some media attention as an advocate of girls’ education and an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s drive to close girls’ schools through the use of terror and intimidation. But if their mission was to permanently silence the young woman, the Taliban failed miserably… because these days, she has the attention of the world.

And You Thought Your Family Photos were Awkward

Posted on 23 December 2014

You may not want to admit it, but everyone’s got them — most likely hidden in the dark recesses of a dresser drawer or suppressed between the pages of some sticky photo album from a bygone era. Unless, of course, you’re Mike Bender. In which case you’ve made a business — and more recently, an art form — out of them.

East End Winters are Wonderland for Seals

Posted on 23 December 2014

We all know fair-weather folks who think local beaches are only vibrant and full of life in the height of summer. But those of us willing to brave cold temperatures and brisk winds by venturing out on winter beaches know that we stand a pretty good chance of seeing the East End’s most intriguing off-season visitors. We’re talking seals — potentially lots of them.

Celebrating the Swedish Christmas Table

Posted on 15 December 2014

As the winter solstice approaches, Scandinavia is plunged into darkness and folks there know they won’t see the sun again in any serious way for months to come. So when the longest nights of the year set in, lighting up the indoors becomes crucial. Food, of course, is key to celebrating any holiday in style and in Sweden the bountiful Christmas table, a Yuletide smorgasbord — or Julbord — laden with an array of delicacies is traditional for making spirits bright.

Mixed Nuts: What Happens When the Nutcracker Meets The Grinch?

Posted on 15 December 2014

At this time of year, here are any number of annual traditions that are near and dear to people’s hearts, including Tchaikovsky’s enduring ballet, “The Nutcracker.” From professional big city productions to small town dance companies featuring the tiniest dancing toddlers, December tis the season for Sugar Plum Fairies, Mice Kings and Snow Queens. But each year at Studio 3 in Bridgehampton, the Nutcracker is presented with a twist — a classic mash up, if you will.

Yuka Silvera’s Candy Cane Couture

Posted on 10 December 2014

This weekend, when the Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents its annual performance of the Nutcracker, all eyes in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater will be on the 100 or so dancers — some as young as three — who will have their moment to shine in the spotlight. But also having a starring role will be the spectacular costumes which the young dancers will wear.

Small Works Make the Holidays Bright at Kramoris Gallery

Posted on 10 December 2014

Romany Kramoris describes her eclectic gallery as a “little bit of Greenwich Village” in Sag Harbor. That certainly seems to be true at this time of year when the walls of Kramoris Gallery are adorned with small works by some 40 artists from all over the East End and beyond.

Take 2 Film Fest: Journalist and Director Revisits TWA Flight 800

Posted on 03 December 2014

On the evening of July 17, 1996, a TWA Boeing 747 bound for Paris exploded mid-air nine miles off the coast of Long Island. The flight had left JFK Airport just 12 minutes earlier. All 230 people on board were killed. The NTSB’s final conclusion was that a spark in the plane’s center fuel tank caused an explosion which brought the plane down. But more than 18 years later there are still many who dispute those findings, including journalist and documentary filmmaker Kristina Borjesson.

Filmmaker Finds his Focus on the East End

Posted on 02 December 2014

In recent weeks, folks in Sag Harbor may have noticed a small film crew setting up at various businesses and locations around the village, including the Old Whalers’ Church, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Bay Burger and Schiavoni’s IGA Market. The film, “We Only Know So Much,” is based on a 2012 novel by Elizabeth Crane and it stars Jeanne Tripplehorn and Damian Young as a middle aged couple with two children who are forced to move in with and care for their own aging parents.