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YARD News: The Kids of Summer

Posted on 23 April 2009

By Deborah Skinner for YARD

Everyone loves this time of year. The days are longer, the temperature is warmer and the boys and girls of summer are playing ball in the park. The professional players have new stadiums; it is truly an exciting time. But, you don’t need to be a baseball player to enjoy the events coming your way.

The YARD Youth Advisory Board and Pierson’s senior class are planning a music event to share with Sag Harbor’s teen audience just for the fun of it. The two groups have joined together to host a Band Night on Friday Night, May 15th in the Pierson Auditorium.  At least 4 bands will perform back to back, for an evening of fun for friends & family beginning at 7:30pm. There will be a minimum charge of $6.00 at the door or $5.00 for tickets purchased in advance, with all proceeds going to hiring the stage for Band Night, this summer, at the Beach Program. Advance tickets will be sold in the Community Room, by senior class reps. or by calling 899-3111. We are kicking off the season with a night of rock and roll. Are you in? Call YARD’s number listed below for more information or see the “Sag HarborYARD” Facebook group .

This Saturday, April 25, the Glazzies (one of the bands playing at YARD’s Band Night) are playing at the Stephen Talkhouse Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door. There are three nights of semi-final rounds, with the winner of each night going to the finals. The grand prize is $1,000 which the Glazzies need to record their album. Those of you that missed the “All for Alex” benefit will have this opportunity to hear some new sounds, some old favorites and a chance to show your support for the band. For more information, please go to or www.stephen

Summer’s coming. Believe it or not, we have chosen our date for the end of the school year trip to Splish Splash. That date is Friday, June 26. Students have already reserved seats on the bus. The sign-up sheet is posted in the Community Room but you may call or email to save your place. Look for more information next month.

Who needs a few Community Service hours? An interesting project with a fun twist has just come to our attention. The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum will hold two “Tom Sawyer” days on Saturday May 2 and May 9. Come down and help them paint their picket fence. Pick up your brush anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and join in. Stay one hour or stay the entire time. Don’t need service hours? Come down and join in for fun and help your community spruce up for our summer guests. If there is rain on either Saturday, painting will take place the same time the next day. 

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau will hold their 5th Annual Photography Contest and has extended their deadline to May 15. This year’s contest theme is “Protecting Our Environment”. Entries will be accepted from middle and high school students (and only a maximum of three entries per person). Be creative, be abstract – share your vision of recycling with everyone across Southampton Town. The top three winners will be eligible for gift certificates and will be displayed in Southampton Town Hall. Call 702-2421 or email your photos to:

This is the time of year to plan ahead for your summer job. Those of you that get off to an early start, will line up the best positions for the summer. This is also the time to get your working papers in order. Don’t wait until the last minute and watch your dream job go to someone else. Maybe you have pictured yourself sitting in a lifeguard’s chair, overlooking the beach. Lifeguard training starts as early as May 13 with training in Lifeguard CPR beginning May 5. You must be 16 or over to work as a lifeguard and be above average in your swimming ability and physical condition. Don’t wait, register now by calling 728-8585 or head over to Southampton Town Parks & Recreation at 6 Newtown Rd. in Hampton Bays.

They have other summer employment opportunities, as well. You, or someone you know, might be interested in becoming a beach attendant; skate park attendant, recreation / sports counselor, and sailing or tennis instructors.

You can also wait a couple of weeks and see a greater selection of employment opportunities at the Youth Bureau’s Summer Job & Internship Fair to be held mid-May. The internships are at a premium, this year with cut-backs to the department affecting youth programs. For more information about the Job & Internship Fair, you may call 702-2428.

Youth Advocacy and Resource Development (YARD) provides “out-of-school” recreational activities for the Sag Harbor community. For more information about any of the events found in this column, you may call 725-5302, ext. 750 or email:


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