East End Digest March 15

Posted on 13 March 2009

Hoops Celebs Jump in for Shinnecock Museum Fundraiser

David Martine, Director and Curator of the Shinnecock Museum in Southampton, along with the Harlem Magic Masters basketball celebrity group and Shinnecock tribal member Jay “Master J” Bryant have announced the museum’s first fundraising event. The event, dubbed “Museum Magic: Hoops for History,” will be a family oriented evening of basketball and entertainment, on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., and will be held at the Southampton High School gym.

The “Shinnecock All Stars” team, comprised of students, teachers, community leaders and tribal members from the East End, will challenge the Harlem Magic Masters, some of the country’s most accomplished basketball players. In addition to being gifted athletes, these players also act as goodwill ambassadors of the sport and are active role models for young children.

The game will kick off with a surprise local celebrity guest tossing out the first jump ball. Half-time activities include Shinnecock pow-wow style dancing and music, a preview of the museum’s maritime exhibit and an indigenous arts, crafts and traditional food market.

“We hope this event brings our culture and communities closer in an atmosphere of fun, while helping to raise essential funds for the Shinnecock Museum,” said Martine. “Tribal member Jay Bryant brought us this idea because he wants our museum and his culture to thrive and we wholeheartedly took on the project.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward enhancing and promoting the museum’s educational programs which are designed to engage visitors in unique cultural learning experiences.

The Harlem Magic Masters will perform basketball skills tricks and small dunks in an athletic spectacular appropriate for all ages. The players interact with fans by giving away prizes and autographs before and after the show. Traditional refreshments will be offered throughout the evening, include homemade samp, succotash, blueberry slump and fry bread, as well as popcorn and candy. Two separate raffles will also take place towards the end of the evening.

The event will also feature a preview of the “People of the Shore” exhibit at the museum which presents artifacts and historical as well as present day photographs about the enduring connection of the Indians of Eastern long Island with the sea. The entire exhibit is on view at the museum now through April 17.

Advanced tickets are $10 ($8 for children ages 5 to 12). Tickets at the door are $12/$10. Children under 5 are admitted free. Southampton High School gymnasium is located at 7 Leland Lane, Southampton.

The Shinnecock Museum is the only museum on Long Island owned and operated solely by Native Americans. The museum is located on Montauk Highway and West Gate Road, Southampton. For more information call 287-4923.

Sag Harbor

Music Students

Eight students from the Sag Harbor Union Free School District were selected to perform in the prestigious 2009 SCMEA Music Festival. The SCMEA Festival includes the top student musicians from across Suffolk County and allows students to demonstrate the skills they are developing in the schools with other musicians and to explore those same skills on a professional level.

The Sag Harbor students performing in the festival are Christopher Ritter, grade 5 in Division I Band, Rose Bishop, grade 8 in Division II Band, Gabrielle Gardner, grade 8 Division in II Chorus, Timothy Megna, grade 8 in Division II Orchestra, Holly Goldstein, grade 10 in Division III Chorus, Elizabeth Oldak, grade 10 in Division III Chorus, Xylia Serafy, grade 10 in Division Band, and Emily Verneuille, grade 9 in Division III band.

The students will perform this weekend with Division I playing Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Southampton High School. Division II students will also play on Sunday at Southampton High School, but at 5 p.m. Lastly, the Division III students will hold a performance on Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., also at Southampton High School.

Sag Harbor School


The Sag Harbor Elementary School will present an orientation program for the parents of children entering kindergarten in September of 2009. The program will be held on Wednesday evening, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Parents may register their child by picking up forms in the elementary school offices prior to the program on Wednesday.

In order to register, parents must bring a birth certificate and record of immunizations. Kindergarten entrants must have MMR inoculation, or measles, mumps, rubella before the start of the school year.

All children entering kindergarten also are required to have three doses of hepatitis B vaccine.

Prospective kindergarten students must be five years of age on/or before December 1, 2009.

For more information call 725-5301.


Boogie Night

The Ladies Village Improvement Society of Sag Harbor presents “You Should Be Dancing” on Saturday, March 21, at Ziggy’s on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. The music begins at 8 p.m. and continues through the evening. Admission is a $25 donation at the door. Happy hour prices will be in place throughout the event. Call Susan at 725-9803 for more information.

Bus Trip to NYC

Youth Advocacy & Resource Development (YARD) is organizing a spring break coach trip to Manhattan on Wednesday April 8 leaving Sag Harbor at 7:30 a.m. and leaving Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.

School families and faculty are invited to take advantage of the transportation to the city and spend the day as they wish. Tickets are $25 which includes gratuity, $20 for families of three or more and $30 for adults not accompanied by a student. Enjoy the day with family and friends, take in a show, visit a museum or go shopping. Reserve seats now by calling call Debbie Skinner at 725-5302 ext. 750.

The Pierson Experience

On Wednesday, March 18, Pierson Middle/High School will host its 3rd annual campus tour, The Pierson Experience. Parents and members of the Sag Harbor community are invited to attend this event which is sponsored by the students, teachers, and administrators of Pierson Middle/High School.

Interested parents and community members can make advanced reservations to attend one of three scheduled tours. Tours are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Reservations may be made via email: piersonex@yahoo.com, or by phone: 725-5302 extension 714. Please include first and last names, preferred tour time, a daytime phone number, and the number of people who will attend. Make reservations early as tour times are expected to fill quickly.

North Haven

Water Bill

At the March 5 North Haven Board of Trustees meeting, the board talked about investigating a suspiciously high water bill for the round-about at the intersection of Route 114 and Long Beach Road. The water bill, according to village clerk Georgia Welch, shows that the village used 178,323 gallons of water from March to October of last year.

“Something was messed up there, we’ve called landscapers and irrigation people and they said that it is impossible for us to use that much water,” Welch said.

She added that landscapers told her new plantings would “rot in the ground” if they were to get that amount of water.

The bill was paid in the amount of $278, but the trustees want to sort out the discrepancy with the Suffolk County Water Authority before turning on the irrigation system again in spring.

At the meeting North Haven Village trustees also proposed legislation to extend the implementation date of a new Energy Star requirements law. The proposed law would push back from April 1, 2009 to April 1, 2010 the required implementation of Energy Star Ratings for construction in the village. A public hearing will be held on April 7, 2009 at North Haven Village Hall for consideration of adoption of the law.


Parrish and WLIU

The Parrish Art Museum and WLIU/Long Island University Public Radio have launched a series of “Teen Tours” that provide an opportunity for high school students to explore the visual arts in their own words and to be heard both online and on the air. The next “Teen Tour,” scheduled for Friday, March 13 on “In the Morning with Bonnie Grice” will focus on the work of the painter Fairfield Porter, who lived in the village of Southampton from 1949 until his death in 1975.

The participating students are Avery Reisig and Abigail Bonilla, who will discuss Porter’s 1952 painting “Laurence Typing,” a portrait of the artist’s son.

“Teen Tours” was established to encourage students to examine works of art in-depth and to share their impressions with a larger audience. Initially, students will focus on the Parrish Art Museum’s recently launched website, East End Stories. Created with the assistance of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America initiative, the site enables users to discover the contribution artists of the East End have made to the history of American art, experience the area’s unique geography and its attraction to artists, and explore the connections among the more than 650 artists who have visited, lived, and worked in this region since the early nineteenth century.

Bonnie Grice, host of “In the Morning,” notes, “On a recent trip to MoMA I picked up one of the audio tour guides, and it happened to be a series designed, produced and narrated by teens. It was an incredible new way to experience these works. Standing in front of a Rauschenburg or Lichtenstein or Johns, and guided by these young voices, was a transforming experience – one I wanted to recapture for radio. We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with such a talented and imaginative group of students. It’s a chance to view art through new ears.”

For the “Teen Tours” program, students consider a single work of art from the online collection, and compose a short response piece. The student then works with WLUI 88.3 FM’s production department to record a piece that will be broadcast on the station. In addition to running on “In the Morning,“ the tours will be simulcast on WLIU.org’s website and will be available as podcasts on the Parrish’s website.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 25 Job’s Lane, Southampton.

East End


Spokespeople of Eastern Long Island, a newly established organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life locally by promoting and facilitating road and trail cycling for both recreation and transportation, invites the general public to an open meeting on Sunday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Lane, Southampton Village.

The group’s agenda and organization will be discussed at the meeting. Topics will include making roads more bike friendly, creating more bike lanes, maintaining mountain bike trails and summer cycling events.

The group also recently announced the appointment of the following officers and members of the board of directors: President Spencer Wright, Vice President Jennifer Keller, Treasurer Dennis Loebs, Secretary Hank De Cillia, Mike Bottini and Jen Gatz

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