Category | Our Town


Posted on 02 November 2012

Inside the Circus Am I alone in feeling as though someone — with a heart of umber and gold — cued Autumn on a dime? After enduring a summer that beheld all the balmy temperateness of a plasma arc welder, I think it’s safe to say the majority of East Enders handled it all with [...]

Steinbeck In His Own Words

Posted on 19 October 2012

by Jim Marquardt “Out here I get the old sense of peace and wholeness…and it seems to be getting into my work. I approach the table every morning with a sense of joy,” from a note to his publisher in 1956. “I grow into this countryside with a lichen grip,” in a letter to friend [...]

Better than Home

Posted on 12 October 2012

We’re going away with the family. Six of us traveling to Venice. Not an easy place to get in and out of. A hotel for all of us is way too expensive, so we get in touch with Home Away, which the NY Times says is one of the best sites on which to find [...]

Turn On, Tune Out And Pass The Popcorn

Posted on 05 October 2012

By Christine Bellini Brace yourselves folks as we enter even more dubious times than we first imagined. A brief whirl around the broadcast dial and you will draw some dire conclusions about the mental aptitude and intellectual curiosity of your fellow countrymen and women as we willingly consume the daily dribble that makes up the [...]


Posted on 01 October 2012

By Peter Hamilton Travis I have a horrific secret that’s common knowledge to anyone who knows me: Getting out of the house to — anywhere — in a timely manner is something I wrassle with daily (You wrestle an opponent — you wrassle a reticulated python). It usually starts with me straining to recall where [...]


Hurricane, Maybe

Posted on 14 September 2012

By Jim Marquardt According to Mark Twain, “Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.” In fact, last Sunday’s NY Times Magazine ran an article about weather that quoted a specialist who headed the National Hurricane Center during Katrina. He said, “Uncertainty is the fundamental component of weather prediction.” One supercomputer [...]

Forgive Us Our Daily Read

Posted on 22 June 2012

By Christine Bellini It may have been the Matt Lauer cover story in Hampton’s Magazine’s season opener, uncovering his penchant for cleaning up debris from neighborhood back roads, a garbage bag in his rubber glove clad hand and pre-teen daughter in tow, that tipped the scales for me. Kudos to Lauer for his civic duty [...]

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When Saboteurs Landed

Posted on 01 June 2012

by Jim Marquardt In June 1942, a U-boat landed German saboteurs on the beach in Amagansett. Their mission — blow up U.S. aluminum plants and transportation hubs. Another group of saboteurs came ashore in Florida. Only six months at war, America was reeling from defeats in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Fortunately, the vaunted German [...]


Posted on 25 May 2012

by Hope Harris What do you think is happening in real estate?” I asked an owner/ manager of an East Hampton agency recently. “Is it going up, down, what?” “It’s going sideways”, he said. Two weeks ago there was a frantic flurry of activity. This week it’s as if the phone lines have been cut. [...]

The Elusive Hamptons Brand

Posted on 18 May 2012

At a recent bag lunch series sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, international public relations maestro Robbie Vorhaus (most commonly known in these parts as a congenial village neighbor); spoke to the importance of brand identity.  Wrestling with the quintessential question — “What do I stand for and represent?” — the audience of [...]