Archive | August, 2013

American Dreamers are Moving On — and Back to the City

Posted on 30 August 2013

The suburbs have long been the epitome of the American Dream. But in reality, suburbs and their attraction as a way of life have changed in the years since the Cleavers lived next door. Today, suburban living can mean a hellish commute, lack of community and family time replaced by driving… even the kids have fled, leaving those suburban homes to their graying parents. And while much of the loss in suburban appeal can be traced to the 2008 economic meltdown and housing crisis which left overbuilt and half finished subdivisions all over the country, that’s only part of the story.

Thinking Outside the Box

Posted on 30 August 2013

Nearly two decades ago, artist David Porter, a board member at East End Hospice, and his wife, Marion, a designer, came up with a unique idea for a local fundraiser for the organization. It involved giving local well-known artists the most basic of forms — the ubiquitous box — and setting them loose by letting their imaginations run wild.

Matauqus Tarrant

Posted on 30 August 2013

The site manager and assistant curator at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton talks about reaction to recent vandalism at the museum and this weekend’s pow wow at the reservation.

50 Years of Celebrating History at Next Weekend’s HarborFest

Posted on 30 August 2013

“The first time John came into my store, I had a men’s store on Main Street, I said, ‘Hello Mr. Steinbeck,’ and he said, ‘Oh no, no, call me John. Everywhere else I’m Mr. Steinbeck, but in Sag Harbor, I’m John.’” That’s how long-time resident David Lee recalls meeting the author, who had just won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and in part, that’s how the Old Whalers’ Festival was born. “He helped put Sag Harbor on the map,” said Lee who, along with other local businessmen, befriended Steinbeck after that initial meeting. The group would frequently gather to drink at the Black Buoy, a bar on Main Street. “That’s how we got him involved, and we made him chairman of the Old Whalers’ Festival.”

Catch Young Golfers on Their Way Up

Posted on 30 August 2013

“We always try to let the movies at Summer Docs speak for themselves,” insists Anne Chaisson, the executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), “but I must say that “The Short Game” was a big surprise. “David Nugent, the festival’s artistic director, saw it at SXSW (South by Southwest Music Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas) and told Alec Baldwin and me, ‘You’ve got to see it.’ Alec, who curates Summer Docs with David, and I watched it and we both went to the moon over it. So that’s how it got chosen.”

Inspired by Pollock, Kids Make a Splash

Posted on 30 August 2013

The raw emotion that pervades Jackson Pollock’s work is part of what made him a transformative figure in art history. It is also a major reason that his work is so accessible to children. Joyce Raimondo is a painter who has made a career out of connecting children with modern art, and Pollock is one of her favorites.

The End of Suburbia

Posted on 30 August 2013

The suburbs have long been the epitome of the American Dream. Tidy houses, neat lawns, happy children playing with other happy children and a good sized garage for a car (or two…or three). But in reality, suburbs and their attraction as a way of life have changed in the years since the Cleavers lived next door. Today, suburban living can mean a hellish commute, lack of community and lost family time… even the kids have fled, leaving suburbia to their graying parents. And while much of the loss in suburban appeal can be traced to the housing crisis which left half finished subdivisions all over the country, that’s only part of the story.

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 [...]

On the Frontlines of War on Bugs

Posted on 30 August 2013

East End Tick and Mosquito has been serving the East End community for 16 years, and with each progressive year, business has gotten better. This is not good news for the community, of course, because it means the tick problem in particular has gotten much worse. But when Brian Kelly started the business on his own, ticks were already the talk of the town.

Custom Cool “Barefoot Benefit” at Hayground

Posted on 30 August 2013

Custom Cool Rugs (customcoolrugs.com) will host its third annual “Barefoot Benefit in support of GoodWeave (goodweave.org) on Thursday, August 29 at The Hayground School in Bridgehampton. For the last two summers, the Custom Cool/GoodWeave benefit has been held the Thursday before Labor Day and have raised over $20,000 for the not-for-profit GoodWeave. The Custom Cool [...]