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East End Weekend: Highlights of July 18 to 20

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"Calabrone" by Ramiro. Courtesy Grenning Gallery.

“Calabrone” by Ramiro. Courtesy Grenning Gallery.

By Tessa Raebeck

Summer is in full swing and there’s plenty to choose from to do on the East End this weekend. Here are some highlights:


The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor is hosting an opening reception for Ramiro’s Solo Show on Saturday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Ramiro solo show this year steps forward into a more mystical and hopeful realm,” owner Laura Grenning wrote in a press release.

“Anchoring the exhibit is a suite of four substantial figurative works, with each painting representing a season of the soul.  Although well known for his expert likenesses in portraiture and grand figurative work, Ramiro’s distinguishing characteristic is, ironically, his ability to let go of the discreet reality of the eyes when necessary.  With this, he infuses his narrative compositions with mystery that allows the paintings to endure the critical test of time,” added Ms. Grenning.

The Grenning Gallery is located at 17 Washington Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-8469.


Water Mill’s  Parrish Art Museum is hosting its second edition of Gesture Jam, an adult figure drawing class in which artists sketch live models in a high-energy environment, Friday, July 18 at 6 p.m.

Facilitated by local artist and educator Andrea Cote, this year’s Gesture Jam will be held outdoors on the museum’s terrace and include live musicians Nicolas Letman-Burtanovic on bass and Sean Sonderegger on saxaphone. Local dancers Adam and Gail Baranello are the models.

“Imagine going home with drawings that look like you’ve been to some sort of psychedelic cabaret, and feeling that way too. Andrea Cote’s Gesture Jam classes have just that effect,” Parrish Curator of Special Projects Andrea Grover said in a press release.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call (631) 283-2118.


Celebrities are coming to Bridgehampton for CMEE’s 6th Annual Family Fair on Saturday, July 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Children’s Museum of the East End‘s largest fundraiser, this year the fair will have a magical theme.

George Stephanopoulos, Dan Abrams, Jane Krakowski, Joy Behar, Julie Bowen, Molly Sims and Tiffani Thiessen (of Saved by the Bell fame) are some of the CMEE supporters expected to be in attendance.

Children and their families can enjoy magical arts and crafts, water slides, games and entertainment, music, food, and CMEE’s brand new nine-hole miniature golf course.

CMEE is located at 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike on the Bridgehampton side. For more information, call (631) 537-8250.


A painting by Georges Desarmes. Courtesy Christ Episcopal Church.

A painting by Georges Desarmes. Courtesy Christ Episcopal Church.

Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor is hosting its fourth Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale all weekend, July 18 to 20, to benefit the village of Chermaître in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and the sale will continue in the Upper Parish Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two hundred original paintings and a large assortment of unique and affordable gifts, including silk scarves, jewely and iron sculpture, will be on sale.

Many women in the village, Chermaître in northwestern Haiti, are struggling to start small businesses to support their families by selling the crafts they create and the coffee they grow. Proceeds from the church sale will go toward building a community center in the village to support those women.

For more information on the charity, call (970) 946-7614 or visit haitiproject.org. The Christ Episcopal Church is located at the corner of East Union and Hampton Street (Route 114) in Sag Harbor. For more information, call the church at (631) 725-0128.


The gallery at Sag Harbor’s Canio Books is hosting artists Ron Focarino and Jeanelle Myers, with her latest assemblage series, Plains Reverie, with an opening reception Friday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Myers work reflects the influence of her Nebraska roots, echoing the work of Wright Morris and Joseph Cornell,” the gallery said in a press release. “Myers incorporates a diverse array of found objects including old letters, metals, writing implements, fabric and many other materials into her compelling assemblages.”

"Golden Scarab" enamel sculpture by Ron Focarino. Courtesy Canio's Books.

“Golden Scarab” enamel sculpture by Ron Focarino. Courtesy Canio’s Books.

Artist Ron Focarino will also be exhibiting, showing his “creature creations, delightful enamel sculptures of insects, including a dragonfly, crane fly, scarab and others,” according to Canio’s.

The exhibit runs July 11 through August 5 at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-4926.

The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor presents the artwork of Anna De Mauro and Thomas Condon, with an opening reception Saturday, July 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Sculptor and painter Anna De Mauro is a figurative artist working from the live model.

“Her work process includes observation from life to record instinctual responses to the subject, passage of time and impressions of the metaphysical and the human condition,” the gallery said in a press release.

Thomas Condon lives part-time in East Hampton and focuses on the local landscape here on the East End, as well as the urban scenes of New York City.

The show runs July 17 through August 7 at the Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-2499.

East Hampton Antiques Show to Amass International Crowd

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By Sam Mason-Jones

The historical grounds of Mulford Farm will play host to the East Hampton Antiques Show of 2014, which this year will benefit the East Hampton Historical Society. The show will be kicked off with a cocktail party on the evening of Friday July 18, and will remain open for the Saturday and Sunday.

Now in its eighth year, the show has been known to provide a combination of aged oddities and more modern items, and this time around the wares of 55 antique dealers are to be showcased in the 3.5 acres of grounds.

While some of these dealers are local, the fair is beginning to attract attention from further afield. Vendors will travel from seven states of America, some as far away as California, with international dealers also making the journey from Thailand and China.

The  whole host of dealers making their debuts in East Hampton, coupled with this touch of the exotic, has proffered a diversity which organizer Tom D’Arruda believes will make this year’s show particularly exciting.

“Its not as exciting for the general public to come through here, and to see the same people as they have seen before,” said Mr. D’Arruda. “There is a really large group of people who have never set up around here, which will bring a fresh look to the show.”

The show will open to the public between the hours of 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday July 19, and 10am-5pm on Sunday July 20, with a $10 entrance fee. The cocktail party will run from 6:00pm-8:30pm on Friday July 18, tickets start at $150 per person, allowing return to the show on both days, and can be purchased at www.easthamptonhistory.org.

Using Your Weight to Build Strength

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Linda Silich demonstrating the TRX equipment at her East Hampton studio. Photo by Genevieve Kotz

By Genevieve Kotz

While most business owners on the East End dread the end of the summer season, Linda Silich, who opened SILICH Core + Strength in East Hampton, which is the only studio specializing in TRX Suspension Training on the East End, is not at all worried.

“I really look forward to the fall and having people realize it’s another option in the fitness world that’s more personable and that’s more tailored to their needs,” Ms. Silich explained.

The SILICH Core + Strength studio, located on Newtown Lane, only opened in April, but it already has a large group following, which Ms. Silich knows will expand even as the months grow colder.

“It’s a relaxed atmosphere, but with an intense workout and a big community,” She said.

TRX, which stands for Total Resistant Exercise, was created by Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick just 10 years ago, but already has a devoted following due to its versatile nature. The TRX Suspension Trainer allows the user to work against his or her own body weight and incorporates strength training, balance and flexibility. The biggest benefit, though, is that it always engages the core muscles.

Moves, such as the TRX plank or the TRX chest press, are done with either the arms or legs suspended with the straps, which are created with the same material as parachutes, that are hung from the ceiling. Each move is done in 45-second increments, with 15 seconds of rest in between. The difficulty level of each move is determined by the angle of the body.

At her studio, Ms. Silich offers both personal training and group classes. The 45-minute group classes, which are open to as many as 15 people and are set to upbeat music, are modified to ensure that they benefit all levels of fitness, from beginner to advanced. She even offers a complimentary 15-minute introduction for people who have never attended a TRX class before.

“It’s for everybody, it’s versatile,” Ms. Silich said, noting that her clients are of all ages and fitness levels. “I have teenagers in the same class as a rocking 50 year old.”

Over the summer, the courses have been especially popular with lifeguards, who need to stay in tip-top shape, and she regularly works with high school athletes to keep them at peak performance. This fall, she is also planning a program with the East Hampton Village Police Department.

As someone who has been a trainer for 20 years, Ms. Silich is able to adapt her classes or personal training to the needs of the clients. With cross-country athletes, for example, she makes sure to incorporate more High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to get their heart rate up and will even take her student to the track to have them do sprints.

She also is aware of how to ensure that her clients are getting the best workout, no matter their mood. “I’m very hands-on and conscientious—mindful of people’s moods. I know exactly how they are when they walk in the door, and every person is different,” she said. “Some people need to be left alone and some people need to be pushed.”

Ms. Silich is often described by her clients as energetic, memorable, and personable. She and the four other group trainers are certified in TRX training, ISSA and AFAA, CPR First Aid and come from a variety of backgrounds, from body building to yoga. In her group classes, she combines resistant stretchy bands, stability balls, and medicine balls as well as moves from yoga and Pilates, depending on the class. She also offers TRX HIIT classes and is planning on including a cardio kickboxing class, which she taught before being introduced to TRX.

Classes are $30 for a single class, but there are also packs of 10 and 20 available with discounted rates. For the summer season, she is also offering a five-pack for people who are not here for long. Her private training sessions typically run $150 an hour and there are 10-packs available for devoted clients. She is always offering different promotions.

The studio itself is tucked away behind UPS and the Golden Eagle on Newtown Lane. The one-room studio is equipped with mats, weights, 15 TRX machines and bouquets of fresh flowers to create a home-y feel.

“It’s a very calming, welcoming environment,” Ms. Silich explained, “I just want it to be a place that people can feel at home.”

Ina Garten

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Ina Garten

Photo by Ben Fink.

 Ina Garten, sometimes known as the Barefoot Contessa, has been on the East End for over 35 years. She discusses her current work and her involvement in an upcoming fundraiser for the EAC Network Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at the Pat & Mary Bagnato Place for kids (CAC).

By Mara Certic

Between cooking shows, what have you been working on recently?

I have a book coming out in October, it’s called “Make it Ahead,” it’s all about not just things that are okay to make in advance but also things that are better made in advance. And right now I’m working on my 10th book. I’m making rum raisin ice cream and chocolate hazelnut gelato in my test kitchen today.

Where do you get your inspiration for new recipes?

I always think you can’t come up with new ideas sitting at home all alone. So I go to markets in France and I talk to friends, I go to restaurants and read books. You just never know where the ideas are going to come from. I’ll read a newspaper article about ice cream and then I’m like “Hmm, I’d really like to make gelato,” and then I think about what my favorite kind would be. The difference between ice cream and gelato is that gelato is more milk than cream, whereas ice cream is more cream than milk. So I just play around with the difference. It’s a fun science experiment, but with dessert. I used to be in science, so that’s my interest. I used to work on nuclear energy policy in the White House—it’s a long distance to travel from that to what I’m doing now, but it’s basically the same interest in science.

How did you get involved in CAC?

It started at the store. Katie Beers worked for me at the store; she came to East Hampton when she was 10 and she started working for me at the store as soon as she was old enough to. And I just adored her, I still do. And so I know she’s very involved in this and she asked if I would do a benefit and I said absolutely yes.

What does the CAC do?

First, it’s a safe place for kids to go if they’d have issues, problems with violence and abduction—like Katie, which was just such a horrific, terrible case. But I also see how with such a loving, supportive environment and very quickly, it’s just astonishing to see how’s Katie grown up to be such a strong person. And it really had to do with the people around her and the organization, the support she had from the state and the therapists. It was just extraordinary to me how someone could survive that—not just that they could survive it, but survive it and thrive. And the CAC really provides a place for kids like that, which is so critical. I mean, when we’re children we think that that’s how the world is, we need an adult to say “No, the world’s not bad, and I’m going to help you heal.” And that’s really Katie’s story, it’s an extraordinary story of overcoming the most horrific odds and becoming a strong person who’s an advocate for other children. I think they really give children everything that they need to come out of this hole. They have therapists, they have a legal department, they have police departments, they have child services, they have medical staff—they have all those things that kids need to reorient to their thinking to realize that they can actually move on from this and not be crippled by it.

What is the event that you’re hosting for the CAC?

Well, it’s a cocktail party on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., people will come to my house in East Hampton. They can wander around the gardens and see the kitchen where we write cookbooks and we’ll have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and it’ll be fun.

Apart from your relationship with Ms. Beers, why do you think that this is an important organization to support?

The organization is made up of grown-ups who care about children, and I hope everyone would support an organization like this. I think there are many, many of our children who have been victims of abuse. So I think it’s really important that we as a society get together to support our children.

Saddling Up for Soldier Ride

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Last year’s Soldier Ride. Photo by Michael Heller.

Soldier Ride The Hamptons, encompassing both 5-kilometer walks and a 30-mile bike ride, will return this Saturday, July 19, to the East End.

The annual fundraiser project for the Wounded Warrior Project is held in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

The 30-mile bicycle ride to North Haven will set off from Ocean View Farm in Amagansett at 9 a.m. A pair of 5-kilometer walks will leave from Ocean View Farm and Marine Park on Bay Street in Sag Harbor at the same time.

Soldier Ride had its beginnings when Chris Carney, an East Hampton fitness instructor, rode his bicycle from Montauk to California to raise money for wounded soldiers. The fundraising idea was soon adopted by the Wounded Warrior Project.

Registration for this year’s event begins at 7 a.m., with  kick-off celebration at Ocean View Farm taking place at 8:30. There will be  tribute to Lance Cpl. Haerter at 10:30 in Sag Harbor, followed by the Lap of Heroes at 11. The day’s events will culminate with  picnic at Ocean View Farm at noon.

The fee to participate in the bike ride is $60. There is a $25 fee for walker. Participants in the bike ride are asked to raise a minimum of $75 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Those who raise at least $250 will receive a Wounded Warrior Project license plate cover. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Donations can also be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, Attn.: Nicole Gordon/Soldier Ride Hamptons, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

For more information about signing up, visit the Soldier Ride the Hamptons website.

Bracing for Railroad Strike

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With just a few days left before a potentially crippling strike, East End officials are calling on Long Island Rail Road unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reach an agreement.

LIRR unions have been working without a contract since 2010.

Representatives Steve Israel, Pete King and Tim Bishop released a joint statement on Tuesday, June 15, pleading with the parties to avoid a strike.

In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed two mediation boards to assess the situation—both of which recommended the 17-percent raises over six years that the unions are asking for. MTA has offered a 17-percent raise over seven years, but would require railroad workers to contribute at least 2 percent of their salaries to their own health care costs.

East Hampton and Southampton Town Supervisors, Larry Cantwell and Anna Throne-Holst issued a joint statement on Monday, urging the LIRR and the public to make contingency plans.

“July is the height of the summer season and a crucial time for the area’s economy.  Local businesses cannot afford the loss of thousands of patrons – which is what a LIRR strike would mean.  The Towns of Southampton and East Hampton are taking the steps necessary to suspend certain municipal parking restrictions in order to allow motor coach companies to utilize LIRR parking lots as pick-up and drop-off locations,” the statement read.

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people travel to the East End by train during weekends in the summer season. If the two parties cannot come to an agreement the strike can begin as early as 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 20.

Foundation Training Classes at KamaDeva

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KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton recently began hosting Foundation Training classes with Adam Kelinson on Wednesdays at 8 a.m.

Mr. Kelinson, the only certified Foundation trainer on the East End, teaches the 45-minute classes that can help relieve chronic back pain, prevent injuries and elevate athletic performance. Foundation training is a safe and effective exercise program that helps strengthen the posterior chain, the core muscles and correct compensatory muscle loads that may not be used in the modern lifestyle.

The classes are $25 for a drop-in and a five-pack is available for $100. Private sessions are available by request.

KamaDeva Yoga, located on Lumber Lane, is open year-round and offers a wide variety of yoga classes and workshops for beginners, advanced yogis, meditation, pre-natal and more.

For more information, visit www.kamadevayoga.com or call (631) 604-1382.

Moonlight Paddle at Georgica Pond

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The Elements Fitness Studio is hosting a Moonlight Stand-Up Paddle Board event in East Hampton on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The three-hour event will begin in Georgica Pond and end at Main Beach. Guest instructor Sarah Obserschall, a certified Pilates instructor, will teach the basics of stand-up paddleboard. Elements owner and head fitness instructor Andrea Hunsberger will bring her signature core building exercises followed by board mediation. An organic meal by Sakara and juices by Juice Press will be served. The event costs $250.

Elements Fitness Studio teaches high-energy customized fitness classes, based on the trademark manual by Ms. Hunsberger. The studio offers Barre Fitness, Dance Cardio, HIIT Fusion and other classes and is open every day except Wednesday. Ms. Obserschall is a certified Pilates instructor and has studied Lyengar yoga, Alexander Technique, anatomy and physiology.

To register for the event, e-mail info@elementsfitnessstudio.com or call (631) 604-5445.

Dead Dolphin Found on Bridgehampton Beach

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A deceased dolphin washed up on the beach in front of the Bridgehampton Club Tuesday morning. Photo by Jorge Rios.


By Tessa Raebeck


Junior lifeguards surround the deceased dolphin at the Bridgehampton Club Tuesday. Photo by Jorge Rios.

Jorge Rios of East Hampton was teaching Junior Lifeguarding at the Bridgehampton Club, at the end of Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, Tuesday morning when the lifeguard came across a dead dolphin washed up on the beach.

“It had probably just washed up maybe ten minutes before,” Mr. Rios said Wednesday. “It was on the shore around 9:15 in the morning, so we dragged the 200-pound dolphin a little bit up the beach to keep it from washing away again.”

Mr. Rios promptly called the hotline at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

“It was sad,” said Mr. Rios. “After growing up on the beach and seven years of lifeguarding, I’ve never seen a dolphin wash up dead before.”

Adding it was “gnarly” to touch the smooth, deceased dolphin, he said the dolphin had something sticking out of his mouth, which looked like seaweed.

“Right after we pulled it up the beach, it started bleeding from its mouth, which was odd,” said the lifeguard.

As of Wednesday morning, the Riverhead Foundation is performing an autopsy on the dolphin, with details to follow.


Two Arrested for Making Threats Against East Hampton Jewish Center

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Asli Dincer, 44, and Melih Dincer, 31, of Riverhead, New York, were arrested by East Hampton Village Police Thursday in connection to threats made against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

Asli Dincer, 44, and Melih Dincer, 31, of Riverhead, New York, were arrested by East Hampton Village Police Thursday in connection to threats made against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

By Tessa Raebeck

The East Hampton Village Police Department arrested two Riverhead residents on Thursday on charges of making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

East Hampton Village detectives arrested Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband, Melih Dincer, 31 on Thursday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport, when the two returned to the United States.

Mr. and Ms. Dincer were both wanted for questioning in relation to the threats, which police said had taken place over several months, but they had left the country early in the summer.

The case originated when threats were sent in writing to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, which were turned over to local police. East Hampton Village Police then coordinated their investigation and the identification of the suspects with detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State Police working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Police did not reveal the nature of the threats.

The two face charges of making a terrorist threat, a felony, falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, a felony, menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor.

East Hampton Village Chief of Police Gerard Larsen confirmed Friday that the two were arraigned at the East Hampton Town Justice Court by Justice Steven Tekulsky earlier that afternoon and bail was set at $50,000 for each.