Category | Our Town

Life’s Music and Music’s Life

Posted on 26 April 2013

By Richard Gambino In May 2012, scientists dated the oldest musical instruments ever found — flutes carved from bird bone and mammoth tusk — in a cave in southern Germany as being from 40,000 to 45,000 years old. People in every civilization, past and present, made or makes and appreciates music. I watch folks who [...]

Devouring A Red Velvet Mini Cupcake After A Winter Of Fig Newtons

Posted on 19 April 2013

By Christine Bellini It was the perfect story to light up the airwaves, send ripples across the blogosphere and perfectly wrapped puckish headlines across celebrity-starved pre-season editions of our favorite throwaways – Lindsay Lohan would be taking her 90 day imposed rehabilitation plea barter at The Seafield Center in The Hamptons, a leading alcohol and [...]

Inside the Circus

Posted on 12 April 2013

When I opened the invitation to this year’s big Easter Egg hunt under — “dress code” — it clearly said: “weather appropriate.” And if you recall, Easter Sunday was rather damp, cool, and gloomy. On my way out the door I grabbed the first thing my fingers picked up which clearly communicated a “tweedy” vibe. [...]

A Favorite Son Dies on a Sag Harbor Whaleship

Posted on 05 April 2013

by Jim Marquardt Sam McCorkle, 29-year old captain of the whaleship Columbia, sailed out of Sag Harbor on August 1, 1859, on the hunt for whales in the South Atlantic. McCorkle was a close friend of Charles Henry Halsey of Southampton, and the two corresponded regularly, McCorkle putting his letters aboard homeward bound vessels that [...]

Brent

Posted on 29 March 2013

Out in California visiting family and getting away from snow, we decided to look for houses. Just to see. To imagine for a minute a life in sunshine and warmth. Brent, a really nice guy and realtor friend of the family, took us around. “2/2” we said. “It doesn’t have to be close to water—we’ve [...]

A Vision Of Invisible Life

Posted on 22 March 2013

By Richard Gambino In 1633, John Donne asked each person if he or she was “born to strange sights, Things invisible to see.” I can’t say I was so born, but this month I was not only reminded of things invisible to see, but saw a great vision of many of them. Living things. No, [...]

Artists and Writers

Posted on 15 March 2013

As a scribbler myself, I have the feeling that people all over Sag Harbor are sitting at home in their little nooks scribbling away on a novel, a memoir, an article, an irate letter, whatever has unleashed their creative juices. My undocumented impression is probably well-founded because everyone I meet seems to be writing something, and Sag Harbor has welcomed writers, and artists too, since at least 1807.

Claiming Them As Our Own

Posted on 01 March 2013

By Christine Bellini It’s always been something of a sticky wicket for local media to reference celebrity-status globe-trotting notables as local folk. Of late the blurring of the lines has taken on fascinating proportions which sheds light on the competitive edge print and digital media scramble to gain in cozying up to eyeball-grabbing headlines. Last [...]

Purple Dinos

Posted on 22 February 2013

by Peter Hamilton Travis  Every year — from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day — I consider myself lucky to be the recipient of mailboxes of greeting cards. What makes these cards so genuinely special, is that they are exclusively from long-term friends — people I’ve kept in touch with for 10, 15, 20 years — some [...]

Magical Creatures

Posted on 15 February 2013

Suppose you could run bursts at thirty miles an hour. Very useful for catching a bus. Suppose you had hairs on your face that could measure distances from left to right, and vice-versa. Great for walking through trees at night after a picnic. Suppose you had a section of your brain that could register and [...]