Category | Xtras

Cool and Creamy

Posted on 13 September 2013

Two weeks ago I flew to Ohio to take my daughter to college. In between visiting the Container Store and Target, we stopped at famed Columbus ice cream parlor Jeni’s. I was feeling adventurous in this new part of the country, so instead of asking for my usual, coffee or mint chip, I ordered ice [...]

The Unbearable Lightness of Fireflies

Posted on 06 September 2013

Chances are if you are halfway decent at that parenthood stuff you’ve been fairly busy these past couple of days. Whether for your kiddie’s sake or for self-indulgent demonstrations of presence, most likely your “back to school” itinerary included a visit to the pediatrician, which probably called for an immunization or two with the obligatory survival reward in a form of a toy from Kmart; a haircut that eliminated junior’s sun bleached hue that, for considerable investment, your own stylists has been unable to reproduce on your locks; a fun three-hour tour of the outlets in Riverhead which produced meager results since your daughter wouldn’t be caught dead in clothes that did not come from Intermix (but that didn’t stop you from making the trek.) Or a personal favorite: endless packages requiring your signature filled with pencils, iPad covers and backpacks that were redirected back to the carrier facility while you made the mistake of leaving to get milk at Citarella.

Bad Farmer

Posted on 30 August 2013

I am a miserable farmer. I know this because I sit here writing there is a chicken hanging out in my basement in a dog carrying case that is doubling as an infirmary. She has been sprayed with colloidal silver and rubbed down with Neosporin after having the deep gash in her back rinsed with [...]

Corbu’s Conundrums

Posted on 23 August 2013

On a summer afternoon in 1951, the Swiss architect, artist and theorist Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris — known professionally as Le Corbusier — found himself on an East Hampton beach in the company of the Nivola family. In New York to work on an ill-fated commission for the United Nations headquarters, he had first visited the Nivolas the previous year, when he painted two murals in their house on Old Stone Highway. Evidently he was intrigued by the sand-casting technique that his host, the sculptor Costantino Nivola, had developed while playing on the shore with his kids.

Cold and Crispy

Posted on 16 August 2013

It is that time of year again — zucchini is coming in massively. Last week I had a surplus of baby green and yellow summer squash. Noticing that they resembled cucumbers, I wondered how my little zucchini would taste if cut into spears and brined with some vinegar, garlic, and dill. The experiment was a [...]

Blues on Incoming Tide

Posted on 08 August 2013

The weather has been very nice this past week. Air temperatures were around 80 with some cool mornings. We even had some much needed rain. Beach-goers are enjoying excellent conditions both at the ocean and bay. The bay water temperatures are 75, which is a big improvement over the low 80′s. It seems to encourage [...]

Cheater’s Almanac

Posted on 08 August 2013

Considering how much an alleged extramarital affair (which resulted in the pregnancy of a part-time Hamptonite with one brash Brit — right under the husband’s nose) has captured the media’s attention, it is only fair we consider the “Two-Timers’ Rules of Engagement,” should one choose to cross that blurry line of the unacceptable and just plain dumb.

Going Buggy Right in My Front Yard

Posted on 08 August 2013

By Richard Gambino One day this summer, I was taking ultra-close photos of flowers in my front yard. Suddenly, an interesting insect landed on a dandelion at my feet, and seemed to all but invite me to take its picture. The creature had a dark, almost figure-eight body, with a sharp white line along each [...]

Forever Evergreen

Posted on 02 August 2013

As I watch the hydrangeas shriveling in the heat of the last couple of weeks, it took all my willpower to not want to just turn the irrigation system up and letting it rip all through the day and night, but it doesn’t work. Sure, the hydrangeas would have been happy, as the word hydra [...]

Med Mooring

Posted on 12 July 2013

By Anetta Nowosielska Think dockage rates in Sag Harbor are out of control this year? Think again. With overnight costs reaching more than $4,000 in high season, mooring up and bumping bows with the best of the mega-yachts on the Mediterranean comes with a hefty bill. Yet, that has not stopped some Hamptonite boating enthusiasts [...]