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East End Services on Memorial Day Celebrate Those Who Served, Those Who Fell

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The color guard makes its way down Main Street during the 2013 Sag Harbor Memorial Day parade. Michael Heller photo.

The color guard makes its way down Main Street during the 2013 Sag Harbor Memorial Day parade. Michael Heller photo.

By Kathryn G. Menu

Residents across the East End will honor those men and women who died while serving in the military during this country’s wars at Memorial Day services beginning Sunday and continuing on Monday.

In Sag Harbor, remembrance will begin this Sunday, May 25, said Martin Knab, commander of the Sag Harbor American Legion Chelberg & Battle Post, as members of the Legion and the Sag Harbor VFW are joined by Sag Harbor Boy Scouts in replacing the flags on the gravestones of veterans in cemeteries throughout the village. Flags and wreaths will also be laid at the veterans memorial at North Haven Village Hall, and on the South Ferry Lt. Joseph Theinert, named for the Shelter Island resident who perished in Afghanistan in June 2010. A flag will also be placed at the 1812 memorial on High Street in Sag Harbor, said Mr. Knab.

On Memorial Day—Monday, May 26— veterans, government officials and scouts will begin the Memorial Day Parade at the World War I monument at Otter Pond at 9 a.m. to lay a wreath, and march down Main Street to the Civil War monument to do the same before stopping in front of the Municipal Building and the Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge. The parade will continue to Bay Street and to Marine Park, stopping at the village’s memorials to those who fought and died in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. Both Mr. Knab and Sag Harbor VFW Commander Roger King will speak, as will James Larocca, a Sag Harbor resident and veteran who has dedicated much of his life to public service.

Residents will be invited back to the Legion for refreshments and hot dogs, said Mr. Knab.

Sag Harbor will not be alone in celebrating and honoring fallen soldiers.

On Sunday, May 25, the Montauk Veterans and Service Club will host its annual Montauk Memorial Day parade at noon, beginning at Kirk Park and moving east through Montauk to the village green. On Monday, May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. the annual Bridgehampton Memorial Day service will be held at the war monument at the corner of Ocean Road and Montauk Highway, hosting by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Nathaniel Howell Topping Post 580. Members of the Bridgehampton Fire Department and the Bridgehampton School band will also be on hand for the ceremonies. The Village of Southampton Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will host its Memorial Day service on Monday starting at 11 a.m. at Agawam Park, after a brief parade at 10:45 a.m. starting at the First Presbyterian Church and heading down Jobs Lane to the park.

 

 

 

BuddhaBerry Aims to Bring Healthier Frozen Yogurt Fare to Sag Harbor

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Nancy Passaretti

Nancy Passaretti; Photo by Dalton Portella

By Kathryn G. Menu

When Nancy Passaretti began cheffing up organic buckwheat Belgian waffles and stocking her pantry with dark chocolate covered acai berries and toasted quinoa, her goal was to entice her children to try healthy alternatives to the standard fare found at the frozen yogurt shops the family frequented in Manhattan. Little did Ms. Passaretti know, she had stumbled upon a new business that would take her to Montauk and as of next week, Sag Harbor.

BuddhaBerry Frozen Yogurt Café, which opened at 43 South Euclid Avenue in downtown Montauk last year, will launch what Ms. Passaretti says will be the company’s flagship store at 125 Main Street in Sag Harbor, the former home of WellNest.

BuddhaBerry will offer its customers a choice of 12 different flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as 100 dispensers that will serve toppings ranging from the healthy—raw nuts, chia seeds and golden flax seeds—to the traditional sprinkles and assorted candies found on the shelves of many frozen yogurt shops.

The shop will also feature a toppings bar with fresh ingredients like fruit (shipped in twice daily to both locations for maximum freshness), homemade granola and goji berries, as well as hot fudge, caramel, fruit sauces and more. An open air Belgian waffle kitchen will allow patrons to make their own waffles, choosing from buckwheat, seven grain, gluten-free and buttermilk—all organic. They will also be able to add superfoods or chocolate chips before the waffles are pressed in the iron.

An Italian coffee bar, serving espresso and cappuccino drinks, as well as over 20 different flavors of smoothies and frozen yogurt shakes, is also on tap at BuddhaBerry in Sag Harbor.

A small retail section will offer merchandise like t-shirts, but also children’s activity books for the students Ms. Passaretti hopes will frequent the Main Street shop after school, using it as safe, healthy environment to hang out with friends, grab a frozen yogurt and work on their homework, similar to what she has seen happen at her Montauk store.

The foray into the world of frozen yogurt began for the mother of four with a mission to get her children to try healthier options when it came to their food choices. As someone who practiced yoga—last year, Ms. Passaretti completed the yoga teacher training program at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor—and healthy eating habits, she viewed the regular frozen yogurt treats her family was enjoying in Manhattan as an opportunity.

“I knew I couldn’t say, ‘No more junk,’ but I could take something they loved and incorporate these healthy options,” said Ms. Passaretti, who lined her pantry with chia seeds, organic fruits and nuts, dark chocolate and other superfoods her children used to top their yogurt.

“At first they complained, but then they really started to like it and they preferred dark chocolate to junky milk chocolate,” she said. “I started seeing such a difference in their health, the way they looked, their energy levels.”

For Ms. Passaretti, who summered in Montauk and noticed there was not a frozen yogurt shop in the hamlet, leaving her career in medical software to open BuddhaBerry gave her the chance to seize an opportunity, but also begin working in a business she has a real passion for.

She spent a year planning the opening of the first BuddhaBerry, researching frozen yogurt purveyors on dairy farms in Oregon, Wisconsin and Arkansas for frozen yogurt made with real yogurt rather than powders and water. Dedicated to ensuring the shop maintained a healthy environment, and was clean, Ms. Passaretti researched self- serve containers for a number of dry goods, but opted to keep fresh fruits, chopped fresh nuts and the like behind a counter where customers can request them.

Besides its expansion to Sag Harbor, the business has also grown to include a host of organic frozen yogurts, as well as two Greek yogurt flavors and vegan sorbet options.

Ms. Passaretti intends to follow up the Sag Harbor BuddhaBerry—she’s hoping for a May 21opening—with a Southampton location next summer. But Sag Harbor is where she intends to live, moving to the village this week with her family in advance of the store’s official opening.

“Sag Harbor just felt right,” she said. “It’s a nice year-round community, and we already had a number of regular customers who would make a regular trek out to Montauk.”

Now they can come to Main Street.

BuddhaBerry is located a 43 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk and 125 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit buddhaberry.com.

 

 

 

 

Former East Hampton Town Judge Forced to Pay $1 Million

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By Mara Certic

In an April 21 decision, New York State Supreme Court Justice Paul J. Baisley Jr. ordered former East Hampton Town Justice Catherine Cahill to pay back over $1 million of funds her late husband, Marvin Hyman, an attorney, had deposited into their personal joint account from a land sale shortly before his death in December 2005.

Under the decision, Ms. Cahill, the first woman to serve on the town’s justice court, must pay $1,045,400 plus interest to Nelson Gerard, her late husband’s former partner in Buckskill Farm, LLC.

In June 2003, Mr. Hyman and Mr. Gerard created the limited liability corporation and purchased a 9.6-acre parcel of vacant land in East Hampton. According to court records, Mr. Gerard contributed $2 million and Mr. Hyman $350,000 toward the purchase.

According to a civil suit brought by Mr. Gerard, the agreement between Mr. Hyman and Mr. Gerard required Mr. Hyman to “take all steps necessary or desirable at his own cost and expense” to get a subdivision of the parcel into as many as eight lots, including a required agricultural preserve, approved by the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

In the agreement, several different distribution scenarios were offered depending on how many lots the town permitted in the subdivision. If only four or five lots and a reserve area were allowed, all the lots were to be owned by Mr. Gerard, with Mr. Hyman receiving only the reserve area. In February 2004, Mr. Hyman wrote to Mr. Gerard stating that a proposed eight-lot subdivision plan had been submitted for approval and also mentioning that the town had shown interest in buying four of the lots as well as the agricultural reserve area—leaving Buckskill Farm, LLC with just four smaller lots.

In his letter, Mr. Hyman wrote, “if we continue to pursue the town purchase we should discuss the financial implications on the members that such a purchase would have. As we did not consider this possibility in the original agreement, we should address the same as soon as possible.”

According to Mr. Gerard’s suit, he offered his partner the option of receiving either $850,000 or one of the remaining four lots in exchange for his share of the LLC. Mr. Hyman presented Mr. Gerard with a proposed contract that would leave Buckskill Farm, LLC with the southern four lots of the property. For $1.9 million, the town would buy the remaining 6.8-acre area through a Community Preservation Fund purchase—all of which eventually became known as the agricultural reserved area – to lease to an organic farmer.

During the time of the town purchase, Ms. Cahill was serving as a town justice. She served on the bench for 20 years before retiring from the position last year.

In September 2005, Mr. Hyman closed the sale with the town, without his partner’s knowledge, according to Mr. Gerard’s suit. He deposited the money into the LLC’s bank account and then “drew a check on the Buckskill Farm account for virtually the entire amount of the sale proceeds, payable to himself, which he alone signed, and then deposited into a joint account he maintained with his wife, Catherine Cahill,” the suit states.

Shortly before his death, Mr. Hyman testified that he had thought, based on the operating agreement, that he was to receive all of the proceeds “because the operating agreement provided for him to receive the reserve area in a five or four-lot subdivision.”

The court ruled, however, that Mr. Hyman had adopted a “self-serving interpretation of the agreement.”

When Mr. Hyman died in 2005, Ms. Cahill inherited the case along with her husband’s estate. During a sworn deposition she invoked spousal privilege when asked questions about her husband’s business agreements, later waiving that right in trial. The court agreed with Mr. Gerard that “it is improper for a party to obstruct discovery by the assertion of a privilege at a deposition only to waive it and subject the opponent to surprise testimony at trial.”

The court found both Ms. Cahill’s deposition and trial testimonies “as a whole to be not credible,” in particular, her stated ignorance regarding certain matters “fully within the comprehension of any lawyer or judge.”

Ms. Cahill has been ordered pay Mr. Gerard 9 percent interest on the $1,045,400. Her attorney, Stephen Angel, of Riverhead, could not be reached for comment by this paper’s deadline.

 

BuddhaBerry Comes to Sag Harbor

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BuddhaBerry Frozen Yogurt Café will open its second location and flagship store at 125 Main Street in Sag Harbor, in the former location of WellNest. The new BuddhaBerry will be twice the size of its Montauk sister store and will feature 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, with flavors changing daily, as well as a line of organic yogurt, vegan sorbet, and Italian gelato.

“BuddhaBerry is not your typical yogurt shop,” said founder Nancy Passaretti. “Our yogurts have real bulky ingredients in them—never flavor boosters and we always offer two Greek, dairy free and no sugar added options. At BuddhaBerry we grind our raw nuts fresh everyday to ensure maximum health benefits and freshness and source out the finest ingredients—organic whenever possible for everything we serve”

In addition to hundreds of toppings, BuddhaBerry will also feature an open-air Belgian waffle kitchen, as well as a retail section. The store is set to open May 19. For more information, visit buddhaberry.com.

Pork and Craft Beer Festival Brews in Bridgehampton

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A plate of pork dish available at the Topping Rose House Restaurant. Courtesy of Topping Rose House.

A plate of pork dish available at the Topping Rose House Restaurant. Courtesy of Topping Rose House.

By Tessa Raebeck

Why pork?

“Well, ’cause it goes great with beer,” said Ty Kotz, executive chef at the Topping Rose House, which will host its first Pork and Craft Beer Festival Saturday afternoon.

With the rapid growth of craft breweries on Long Island, East End chefs now have the opportunity to expand local menus beyond homegrown produce and meat to also include the homebrewed.

After spending an afternoon enjoying beers at a few of the local breweries, Chef de Cuisine Kyle Koenig and his wife, Jessica, the restaurant’s beverage director, came up with the idea for the festival, which will feature myriad  innovative pork dishes and craft beers from eight breweries.

Topping Rose House Restaurant Executive Chef Ty Kotz. Photo courtesy Topping Rose House.

Topping Rose House Restaurant Executive Chef Ty Kotz. Photo courtesy Topping Rose House.

“We decided, let’s partner with Niman Ranch, where we get a majority of our pork from, and let’s try to get very local brewers together and do a few of our favorite things—to barbecue and have some really great beer,” Mr. Koenig said Monday.

Niman Ranch and New York City-based DeBragga, which supply meat to Topping Rose, quickly signed on as sponsors, as did The Independent, Southampton Publick House, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Moustache Brewing Company, Long Ireland, Crooked Ladder, Port Jeff Brewing Company and Montauk Brewing Company. A representative of the Montauk Shellfish Company will also be on hand shucking fresh Montauk pearl oysters.

“It’s kind of like any chef’s hobby to do tons of stuff with pork,” Mr. Kotz said. “And we kind of just started going nuts, so we’re going to have this huge spread.”

The chefs are preparing five different types of sausages grilled on a live station, tables of charcuterie, house made terrine, various vegetable sides, house made sauerkraut, sliders, chicharrones, and bacon, to name a few dishes—and the menu is still being expanded.

“We’re still throwing stuff on the bandwagon, our flyer is just a smidgeon of what’s actually going to be produced,” Mr. Kotz said.

Two machines will spin hand-carved pork shawarma, layered meat similar to Greek gyros and Turkish kebabs that spin on a stick vertically. A pork belly will be marinated Indian-style, then sliced to order, put in a pita and served with fresh vegetables. The other spit-grilled meat will be a Mexican-style pork shoulder al pastor.

Guests can also enjoy several porchettas, dishes in which the chefs take the whole loin of the pig, wrap the belly around the loin and cook it as a single piece, resulting in a savory, fatty and moist roast.

“It’s boneless, but because it’s essentially the loin wrapped in bacon cooking, it’s very tender and juicy and you get this incredible, incredible flavor,” Mr. Kotz said.

One table will feature charcuterie slicing with prosciutto Americana from La Quercia, an Iowa company that uses all heritage breeds of pigs to make rare American-made prosciutto.

“It’s just extraordinary,” Mr. Kotz said, “because they don’t salt it as much, so you can actually taste more of the pork.”

Pastry Chef Cassandra Shupp is “doing all kinds of stuff” for the festival,  Mr. Kotz said, including making “everything” potato rolls and pretzels that are the chef’s take on everything bagels.

“Everything sticks to what we do here,” Mr. Kotz said, “and that’s local and farms.”

All the meat at the festival is naturally raised and antibiotic free with no hormones.

“So, not only is it just a bunch of pig, it’s pig you want to put into your body,” he continued. “It’s what we believe in and what [Topping Rose Chef Tom Colicchio] believes in. It’s really pushing for better food in our food system in America.” Knowing the benefits of better nutrition,  the restaurant tries to “really practice what we’re preaching” he added.

A pig roasting at the Topping Rose House. Photo courtesy Topping Rose House.

A pig roasting at the Topping Rose House. Photo courtesy Topping Rose House.

Expanding that practice from the plate to the pint glass was an obvious and easy choice, as the local breweries were eager to join in on the festival.

“They were all like, ‘absolutely,’” Mr. Kotz said, “We didn’t have to twist their arm to be a part of this. This is an excuse to get a lot of people together with a lot of great food.”

Incorporated in 2010 and opened just two years ago, the Montauk Brewing Company has grown rapidly, with its beer now available on draft in about 200 locations from Montauk to the Queens border of Long Island.

Montauk Brewing is bring its flagship beer, Driftwood Ale, and the newly released Guardsman Stout to Saturday’s festival.

“The style is an extra special bitter, and relies on its balance between malt and hops for its drinkability,” Montauk’s Vaughan Cutillo, co-founder and brewer at MBC, said of the Driftwood Ale.

“Driftwood Ale turned out to be a beer that paired well with our local foodshed—from beef to fish to local greens and, most importantly, pork—the beer just worked and we couldn’t be happier,” he added.

Released this winter, the Guardsman Stout is a smooth, bold beer that’s dark in color with a “roasty” finish.

“Our beer recipes to date have accompanied a variety of dishes from our local community, and we would like to continue this tradition,” Mr. Cutillo added. “Doing too much with a beer can sometimes destroy the intentions of the chef. Instead, our beer truly pairs with the meal. The beer and the meal are enjoyed and their nuances complement one another.”

The Pork and Craft Beer Festival is Saturday, May 3, at the Topping Rose House, 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. VIP admission is $125 and grants access to an exclusive hour with the brewers and chefs at 12 p.m. For $100, general admission grants access to the festival, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to reserve a space, email mpoore@craftrestaurant.com.

Calendar – April 17-May 1

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young girls of rochefort

Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac play twins living in the picturesque seaside village of Rochefort, Delphine teaches dance while Solange composes and gives piano lessons, in “The Young Girls of Rochefort.”  The film screens this Saturday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. As the girls dream of success and romance in the far-off big city, they don’t realize that true love may be just around the corner.
In French with English subtitles.

Outdoors

 SAT APR 19

Bird Walk. 8 to 10 a.m. Sylvester Manor, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0626.

SoFo Earth Day Open House Celebration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SoFo, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 537-9735.

Old Farm Road Cleanup. 8 a.m. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Road, Sagaponack. Bring gloves. 599-2391.

Lizzie’s Parkland Adventure. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at parking lot of Munn’s County Park, Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays. 728-6492.

SUN APR 20

Water, Water, Everywhere. 10 a.m. Meet at Hither Hills West Overlook, Montauk Highway, Montauk.. (212) 769-4311.

STPS Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 12:45 p.m. For children 8 and under. Meet at Poxabogue Park, Old Farm Road, Bridgehampton. Bring a basket. 745-0689.

Elliston Park Ramble. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at park entrance on Millstone Brook Road, Southampton. 283-5376.

SAT APR 26

Long Pond Greenbelt Journey. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the end of Round Pond Lane, Sag Harbor. 848-2255.

Bike Ride. 10 a.m. Meet at Amagansett Farmers Market, 367 Main Street, Amagansett. 329-9419.

Stony Hill to Soak Hides Dreen. 10 a.m. Meet at dirt pull-off on Abraham’s Path, ¼ mile off Town Lane, Amagansett. 267-6608.

Great East End Cleanup. 10 a.m. Meet on corner of Woodruff Lane and Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 745-0689.

SUN APR 27

Trout Pond/Clam Island Perambulation. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Trout Pond parking lot, Noyac Road, Noyac. 283-5432.

WED APR 30

Ocean View Trail to Fresh Pond. 10 a.m. Meet at Hither Hills West Overlook, Montauk Highway, Montauk. 238-5134.

 

For the Kids

THU APR 17

Stories, Songs and Playtime. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For ages 1 to 4. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

The Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner Writing Workshop for Teens. 5 to 6:30 p.m. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

Spring Break Book Bingo.  2 p.m. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island.

Music Together. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For ages 1 to 3. East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 324-0222.

Rhyme Time. 10 a.m. For ages 1 to 3. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Lego Mania! 3:30 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Laptime Stories. 10:15 a.m. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 283-0774

Legos & Games. 4 p.m. Kindergarten and up. Amagansett Library, 215 Main Street, Amagansett. 267-3810.

Living Seashore. 9:15 a.m. or 3:15 p.m. Ages 3 to 5. Thursdays through May 1. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. $60 for the series, $15 per class. 208-9200.

FRI APR 18

Fun Friday. 4 to 5 p.m. Young adults.  Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 283-0774.

Chess Club. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For grades 1 through 5. Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 283-0774.

Songs & Stories. 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. All ages welcome. Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 283-0774.

Shake, Rattle & Roll. 10 a.m. Caregivers and babies 10 to 36 months. Amagansett Library, 215 Main Street, Amagansett. 267-3810.

SAT APR 19

Cirkus! Puppet Show. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. 725-4193.

Hunt for the Hounds and Kitties Scavenger Hunt. 10 a.m. clues released for big kids; judged at 5 p.m. For kids 2 to 4:30 p.m. Starts and ends at Harbor Pets & Long Wharf Wines, 12 Bay Street, Sag Harbor. For Big Kids $50 entry fee per team of four. For kids, $5 entry fee. 725-9070.

Lego Club. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  For ages 5 to 12. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

Playdough Time. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

Lego Club. 10 a.m. to noon. CMEE, 376 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. (516) 537-8250.

Saturday Story Time. 10 a.m. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Tea with T. 2:30 p.m. For ages 4 and up. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Toddlers Tango. 11:15 a.m. For ages 2 to 5. Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 283-0774.

Story and a Craft. 11 a.m. Every Saturday. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0042.

SUN APR 20

Sunday Games. 3:30 p.m. For ages 3 to 9. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. Free. 725-0049.

MON APR 21

Puppet Playgroup. 9:30 a.m. Children 3 and under. Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. $25 drop-in., $18 members. 725-4193.

Tot Art. 10:45 a.m. Ages 2 to 4. Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. $25 drop-in, $18 members. 725-4193.

Puppet Club. 3:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 7. Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. $25 drop-in, $18 members. 725-4193.

Martha Sutphen Educational Initiative. 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.  For students 13 to 19. John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

TUE APR 22

Seed Bombs. 3 p.m. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0042.

Play-a-palooza. 10 a.m. For children under 5. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

STAGES Spring Performance Workshop. Through May 11. For 8 to 18-year-olds. Southampton Town Recreation Center, 1370A Major’s Path, Southampton. $475. 329-1420.

Lego Club. 2:45 p.m. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0042.

WED APR 23

Minecraft Club! 7 p.m. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Living Seashore. 9:15 a.m. or 3:15 p.m. Ages 2 to 3. Wednesdays through April 30. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. $60 for the series, $15 per class. 208-9200.

Family Sleepovers: Penguins & Pajamas. 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. $49.95 members, $64.95, children under two free. 208-9200.

Bird House Competition and Exhibit. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 208-9200.

FRI APR 25

“No More Snow” Globes. 2:45 p.m. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0042.

Stage and Screen

FRI APR 18

An Evening of One-Act Plays. 7 p.m. Also Saturday. Avram Theatre, Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton. Reserve tickets at brian.clemente@stonybrook.edu

Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids and Teen Theatre Project. 7 p.m. Also Saturday. Westhampton Beach Performing Art Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. $15. 288-2350.

SAT APR 19

Screening of “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” 1 to 3 p.m. East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton. 324-0222.

WED APR 23

The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Westhampton Beach Performing Art Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. $10. 288-2350.

FRI APR 25

Bay Street New Works Festival. 8 p.m. Also Saturday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Bay Street, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor. 725-9500.

TUE APR 29

Voyeur by Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls. 7:30 p.m. John Drew Theater, Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 324-0806.

                                                                                            Museums

SAT APR 19

Open Studio for Families. 10 a.m. to noon. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Free with museum admission. 283-2118.
LongHouse Reserve Season Begins.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton. 329-3568.

“People, Places, Things” Opening Reception. 5 to 8 p.m. Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton. (516) 380-7032.

“Muse to Muse… Poets Look at Art.” 4:30 p.m. Shelter Island Historical Society Havens Barn, 16 South Ferry Road. Free. artsi.info

SAT APR 26

Opening Reception for Memories of Place: Land/Water/Sky. 4 to 6 p.m. Dodds and Eder, 11 Bridge Street, Sag Harbor. 725-1175.

Abstraction: Four Perspectives Opening Reception. 4 to 6 p.m. Levitas Center for the Arts, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. 287-4377.

                                                                                          Music & Night Life

FRI APR 18

Jim Turner Performs. 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday. Fresh, 203 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 537-4700.

Salon Series with Tanya Gabrielian. 6 p.m. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. $20. $10 members. 283-2118.

Candlelight Friday with Greg & Peter Weiss. 5 to 8 p.m. Wolffer Estate, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. 537-5106.

SAT APR 19

Lucerne Festival: Abbado Conducts Mahler Symphony No.2. 6:45 p.m. The John Drew Theater, Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. 324-0806.

SUN APR 20

Open Mic Night. 6 p.m. Every Sunday. Muse in the Harbor, 16 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 899-4810.

SAT APR 26

Broadway Baby- A Concert with Valerie diLorenzo. 7:30 p.m. Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. $15 general admission, $10 seniors and students. 287-4377.

The Feelies Perform. 8 p.m. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. $25 to $35. 288-1500.

SUN APR 27

Sixth Annual Concert for the Concerts. 3 to 7 p.m. Zum Schneider, 4 South Elmwood, Montauk. $10 donation. 668-2428.

Readings, Lectures & Classes

THU APR 17

ESL for Beginners. 6 p.m. Every Thursday. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

First Annual Captain Albert Rogers Lecture & Reception. 4 to 6 p.m. Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. $10 adults, members free. RSVP by April 15. 283-2949.

FRI APR 18

Adult drawing Class with Hilary Helfant. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. $240. 237-4377.

Jewelry Making Classes with Eric Messin. 6 to 8 p.m. Through May 3.  Or Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Pelletreau Silver Shop, 80 Main Street, Southampton. $365 members, $385 non-members. 283-2494.

SAT APR 19

Basic Dog Obedience Class. 9 to 10 a.m. Also Sundays. Through April 27. ARF Adoption Center, 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott. $150 for five classes. 537-0400 ext. 202.

Intermediate Dog Obedience Class.  10 to 11 a.m. Also Sundays. Through April 27. ARF Adoption Center, 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott. $150 for five classes. 537-0400 ext. 202.

MON APR 21

Speaking Shakespeare: A Classical Acting Class. 6 to 9 p.m. Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. $300, $275 members.

Poetry Workshop. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Every Monday. East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton. 324-0222.

Come Knit With Us. 1 p.m. Meets every Monday.  John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor.  Free.  725-0049

Math Tutoring. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meets every Monday. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. Free. 725-0049

ESL Conversation. 6 p.m. Meets every Monday.  Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

TUE APR 22

Wellness Foundation Walking Group. 10 a.m. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday. East Hampton YMCA RECenter, 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton. 725-0049.

Early Parenting Support Group. 11:30 a.m. Meets every Tuesday. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. Free, weather permitting. 725-0049.

Prepare for your Naturalization Test. 1 p.m. Meets every Tuesday. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

East Hampton USFD Continuing Education Acting Classes. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Twelve Sessions. Middle School Auditorium, 76 New Town Lane, East Hampton. $140 for all sessions. 346-8094.

Bridge for Beginners. 5 to 6:25 p.m. Through April 29. Room 76, East Hampton Middle School, 76 New Town Lane, East Hampton. $150 for all sessions. 907-2917.

Bridge for Intermediate Players. 6:30 to 8:25 p.m. Through April 29. Room 76, East Hampton Middle School, 76 New Town Lane, East Hampton. $150 for all sessions. 907-2917.

English Conversation Classes. 5:15 to 7 p.m. John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

Claudia’s Mat Pilates Class. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 22. East Hampton Middle School Wrestling Room, 76 New Town Lane, East Hampton. 721-7515.

Sewing: From Soup to Nuts. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Room 19, East Hampton High School, 4 Long Lane, East Hampton. 335-0758.

Memoir and Personal Writing. 5:30 p.m. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

WED APR 23

“Natural Management of Childhood Fevers with Dr. Van Couvering.” 7 to 9 p.m. Our Sons and Daughters School, 11 Carroll Street, Sag Harbor. (518) 265-9423.

Knitting Circle with Mimi Finger. 2 p.m. Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. $5 per session, free for members. 283-2494

Basic Spanish with Nancy. 4 p.m. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

ESL Intermediate. 6 p.m. Every Wednesday. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

FRI APR 25

“From Cradle to Grave: The Rev. Nathaniel Huntting’s Extraordinary Records of East Hampton.” 7 p.m. Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 324-6850.

“Tree Talk: An Introduction to the Fascinating Lives of Trees.”  7 p.m.

SAT APR 26

Jody Mitchell Reads and Discusses Her Latest Poetry. 1 to 2:30 p.m. East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton. 324-0222.

SUN APR 27

“Fruits of the Sea” Presentation. 2 p.m. Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. 283-3195.

Events, Workshops & Meetings

THU APR 17

“Spring Ink” Writing Workshop. 10 a.m. Six-week program. Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 725-4926.

Writing Workshop: The Memoir. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 24. .John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. $30. 725-0049.

FRI APR 18

GeekHampton Free E-Waste Recycling Day. 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Also Saturday and Monday. GeekHampton, 34 Bay Street, Sag Harbor. 723-3660.

SAT APR 19

Trainer Program. 10:15 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturdays through September 27. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. $155 for the series, $140 members. 208-9200.

The World of Tarot. 10:30 a.m. For teens and adults. John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

South Fork Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Open House Celebration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SoFo, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 537-9735.

Spring Antique Wicker Sales Event. ARF Thrift Shop, 17 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. 537-3682.

MON APR 21

The W Connection. 4 p.m. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Philosophy with Susan Pashman.  1 p.m. Mondays through May. Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton. 537-0015.

Art Journal Workshop with Susan Schrott. Noon to 3 p.m. Also April 28 and May 5. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. 749-0042.

TUE APR 22

Outdoor Life by Evelyn O’Doherty. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. 537-5106.

ADHD Support Group. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. . John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0049.

WED APR 23

“The Wines of Italy” with Carie Penney. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. 537-5106.

THU APR 24

Mac Griswold Discusses “The Manor.” 7 p.m. . John Jermain Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. Registration required. 725-0049.

Surfrider Foundation Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Mercado Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar, 1970 Montauk Highway, 237-1334.

FRI APR 25

Hamptons GLBT Meet and Greet with Author Paul Novello. 6 to 8 p.m. Hamptons GLBT Center, Old Whalers Church, 44 Union Street, Sag Harbor. 725-0894.

First Annual Poetry Affair. 7 to 9 p.m. LTV, 75 Industrial Road, Wainscott. $5 donation suggested or non-perishable item for East Hampton Food Pantry. 537-2777.

SUN APR 27

Green Your East End Wedding Showcase. Noon to 4 p.m. Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 606-0198.

East Hampton Trails Preservation Society Spring Brunch. Reservations by April 19. East Hampton Point Restaurant, 295 3 Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton. 329-2800.

TUE APR 29

Wine-Themed Stories & Poetry by Tyler Armstrong. 6 to 7 p.m. Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. 537-5106.

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Bridgehampton National Bank Donates $25,000 to Local Food Pantries

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The Bridgehampton National Bank (bridgenb.com) Annual Apple Campaign, which was started in 2011 to provide contributions to local food pantries, culminated Monday with the distribution of $1,000 checks to each of 23 food pantries from Montauk to Greenport to Deer Park and Melville. At a presentation and reception at the BNB Bridgehampton office, pantry representatives Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, Springs and Sag Harbor were on-hand to accept the funds.   Maureen’s Haven, which helps the homeless on the East End, also received a check for $2,000. This is only part of the $25,000 donated by bank customers, employees and the company itself.

“This is one of the community programs we are most proud,” said Kevin M. O’Connor, president and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank.  “It is a true collaboration between the bank, its customers and employees, working together to help those most in need in our communities. It is the essence of what it means to be a community bank.”

The Apple program began nearly five years ago with a conversation initiated by the East Hampton Food Pantry. They suggested the “apple” as a means of recognizing donations. With 26 branches across Suffolk and Nassau Counties, BNB took its Apples bank wide. The program is an annual holiday tradition which runs through the end of January.  In lieu of a holiday gift, BNB donates in the name of its employees, customers enthusiastically participate and BNB matches donations and fills in any gaps to reach the goal and fund one pantry in each of its markets. In addition to the financial gift, branch staff collected non- perishable foods during the months of November, December and January, which are also distributed to local pantries.

Fish Eye View Highlights Long Island’s Life Underwater

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A photo of a seahorse by Chris Paparo.

A photo of a seahorse by Chris Paparo.

By Stephen J. Kotz

From the surface, the teeming ecosystem of an East End bay reveals itself in glimpses: a bluefish breaking the surface; a school of silversides darting through the shallows; or a spider crab moving slowly along the edge of the eelgrass.

But for Chris Paparo, who has been taking underwater photographs for more than 25 years and is better known as the Fish Guy, the view is decidedly more detailed.

This Saturday, Mr. Paparo will present a free slide show and lecture, featuring his underwater photography, “An Underwater Journey of Long Island Through the Eyes of a Fishing Biologist,” at the office of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CCOM executive director Jeremy Samuelson said he first learned about Mr. Paparo from his Facebook page, Fish Guy Photos, and was eventually intrigued enough to invite him to speak as part of CCOM’s environmental education outreach efforts.

“We all suffer a bit from this National Geographic thing in that we think the only beautiful things worth saving are halfway round the world,” said Mr. Samuelson, “but his photographs show you find them right here in our backyard.”

By day, Mr. Paparo, who received a degree in marine biology from Southampton College, manages the marine sciences center at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. “It’s exciting to have gone to school here as an undergrad and be back here for the next phase of the college’s life,” he said. Besides overseeing the facility’s operations, Mr. Paparo leads tours and field trips for visitors to the marine science center from local schools, museums and other community groups.

Before joining the university’s staff, he worked for four years at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and another 13 years at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead as its educational coordinator and one of its rescue techs.

“The reason I went into marine science is my dad took me fishing when I was six, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said.

Besides giving lectures on his underwater photography, Mr. Paparo finds time to write a naturalist column for On the Water magazine and contribute to Fisherman magazine.

Mr. Paparo, who said he was certified as a scuba diver in 1993, first took up underwater photography as hobby. In recent years, “it’s snowballed a bit” with the advent of first the internet and later Facebook. Today, he said, every chance he gets he grabs his scuba gear and his Canon underwater camera rig, to explore beneath the surface of local bays.

Those who attend his lecture will see photographs of fluke, striped bass, porgies, puffers, winter flounder, sea bass and many other fish species. “Now you are going to see it from their point of view,” he said.

“I start with all the important game catch and then show the by catch, the crabs, snails, clams and end with the exotics, the tropical fish that come up in the summer time,” he continued.

Over the years, Mr. Paparo has photographed everything from tiny seahorses, which frequent the bays—“you have to know where to look for them,” he said—to sharks out in the ocean, although the latter he photographs from the safety of a boat.

“I haven’t seen any sharks diving, but I haven’t ventured out in the ocean to do any ocean diving,” he said. But he goes out with a friend and they tag and release sharks. “One of the makos we tagged off Shinnecock in 2012 was found 2,200 miles across the Atlantic,” he said. “It’s neat when you get a recapture like that.”

But Mr. Paparo said he has seen his share of sharks close to shore. “They are very abundant around here,” he said. “I’ve seen makos in the inlet. It’s just a matter of being out there and if you are out there the amount of time I am your chances of seeing them go up.”

Last year, Mr. Paparo said he was thrilled to see a string ray he estimated at 3-feet in diameter swimming around Ponquogue Bridge in Hamptons Bays. Although he was unable to photograph the fish, he caught it on video.

“I still get excited when I find an octopus,” said Mr. Paparo, who added that he has never seen one while diving, because they are very elusive creatures. “We collected two last fall, little guys,” he said. One was in a net, another came up with the anchor. “The first one was about the size of a gum ball, and the other one was even smaller, about the size of my pinky nail. If you didn’t know what you were looking for you would have missed them.”

Mr. Paparo said many amateur photographers fail to recognize how much work goes into capturing images of wildlife. “If you only go once, you won’t necessarily get the chance,” he said. “You never know what you are going to come across. And just because you saw it doesn’t mean you are going to get the picture.”

Mr. Paparo’s talk takes place at CCOM’s office at 6 S. Elmwood Avenue in Montauk. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information, call CCOM at (631) 238-5720.

 

State Education Aid Increases by $1.1 Billion

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New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced Monday that the 2014-15 state budget will increase state aid to education by $1.1 billion to more than $22 billion.

“The State Legislature has improved the governor’s 2014 state budget proposal by increasing school aid from a proposed 3.9 percent to 5.3 percent across the state,” said Assemblyman Thiele. “Suffolk County’s share of aid also would increase by 5.3 percent. Suffolk had gotten its fair share of this year’s school aid increase.”

A major part of the school aid increase was the reduction of the Gap Elimination Adjustment by $602 million. The GEA was originally enacted to close a state budget deficit back in 2008-09.

Mr. Thiele said the final state budget also includes the governor’s $2 Billion Smart School Bond initiative to improve classroom technology and construct pre-kindergarten classroom space. He expressed support for the governor’s Smart School Bond Act, which must be approved by voters in November.

“The focus on improving quality education is a goal I fully support,” said Mr. Thiele. “This state aid proposal accomplishes that goal for Long Island and New York State.”

“Superintendents in my district conveyed that their priority for this year’s budget was the reduction of the GEA—a budget-balancing fiasco imposed by the Democrats in 2010 when they controlled all three branches of government.” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle. “This year, we were successful in restoring $602 Million of the GEA money to local school districts. The state’s commitment to education is now well over $22 billion. This budget meets the needs of New York State’s children while at the same time providing property tax relief to residents who help underwrite the costs. I am pleased to have obtained increases for each school district in my area.”

Under the state budget, the Sag Harbor School District will receive $1,637,585, a 5.92-percent increase in state aid. The Bridgehampton School District will receive $656,377, a 10.9-percent increase. The East Hampton School District is set to receive $2.76 million in state aid, a 4.15-percent increase, and the Southampton School District will get $2.6 million, a 9.9-percent increase.

Sag Harbor’s Modern Day Rum Runners

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Mike McQuade and Jason Laan with their Sag Harbor Rum, photographed at Murf's Tavern in Sag Harbor on Saturday.

Mike McQuade and Jason Laan with their Sag Harbor Rum, photographed at Murf’s Tavern in Sag Harbor on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Annette Hinkle; Michael Heller photography

Since its heyday as a 19th century whaling port, Sag Harbor has built a reputation as a hard-working town with a penchant for spirits — in more ways than one.

So perhaps it was inevitable in this day of micro-brews and locally sourced food stuffs that someone would produce a drink that evokes the flavor of yesterday.

Business partners Jason Cyril Laan and Michael McQuade are doing just that with Sag Harbor Rum, a decidedly 21st century twist on that most sea-faring of beverages.

The inaugural batch of Sag Harbor Rum is about six weeks from release and is now aging in old bourbon barrels, having been infused with exotic spices and fruits like ginger, black cherry, vanilla, pineapple and a touch of walnut and coffee.

Expect Sag Harbor Rum to hit the shelves of local liquor stores, bars and restaurants sometime in mid-May. A 750 ml bottle is expected to retail for $37 and a total of 6,000 bottles are being produced in this first batch of rum.

For Mr. Laan, it’s about time.

“I’ve been a life-long rum drinker and part of the Sag Harbor sailing community and I felt Sag Harbor was missing its own rum,” says Mr. Laan. “Mike and I worked at Murph’s together last summer and we wanted to do a liquor evoking the spirit of Sag Harbor with its whaling tradition — it’s perfect for an amber rum.”

“We’re not in the liquor marketing business,” he adds. “We’re bartenders who felt the East End needed its own rum.”

“We’ve been coming up with the concepts and we thought about it for a while,” says Mr. McQuade.

Laan brings a fair amount of knowledge to the distilling process, having lived in Amsterdam for six years where he ran a bar with a friend and produced a private label vodka. For Sag Harbor Rum, he and Mr. McQuade are partnering with Baiting Hollow-based Long Island Spirits and Rich Stabile, who brings 20 years of his own experience as a master distiller to the process.

While many big distillers want consistency of flavor in their spirits, Mr. Laan and Mr. McQuade are hoping for the exact opposite with Sag Harbor Rum.

“We’re doing batch numbers and we expect each to be slightly different and have its own profile,” explains Mr. Laan.

Of course, any sailor worth his sea-salt knows rum is made from sugar — not exactly a locally sourced crop. In the old days, seafarers provisioned rum when their ships called at ports in the Caribbean, storing it in whatever empty barrels were on hand. Over time, the rum naturally took on the flavor of the barrel along with whatever fruit or spices had previously been stored in it.

Mr. Laan and Mr. McQuade are using pretty much that same technique in producing Sag Harbor Rum.

“We’ve imported the rum from Trinidad,” explains Mr. Laan. “It’s distilled five times —which means you’re getting the purest rum. We import it at a large volume and put it in bourbon barrels to age here for about six months.”

Mr. Laan explains that initially, the rum doesn’t have much flavor when it arrives from Trinidad and only gains that with time.

“Most alcohols — including whisky or bourbon — get their color and flavor from the wood,” explains Mr. Laan who adds that botanicals such as spices, peppers and fruit are often added in the process. “We’re setting ourselves apart. Instead of traditional tropical flavors, we’re doing nuts, coffee and ginger.”

While there may come a day when Mr. Laan and Mr. McQuade will be able to infuse their rum with locally grown botanicals, for now, the pair are just excited about seeing their first batch of Sag Harbor Rum make it to market.

“We wanted a rum that was a great stand alone — a great sipping rum that mixes well with cocktails or tastes good on its own,” says Mr. Laan. “Because we’re doing small batches and because of the aging process, we wanted that hand-made artisanal feel, which is a bit of a trend right now.”

That feel extends to the hand-drawn label design on the bottle itself — which sports a whale, naturally.

“We’re going around doing pre-sales old school style — door to door, bar to bar — asking people if they’ll take a bottle or do a tasting at liquor stores,” says Mr. Laan. “It’s nice to see these micro industries — that’s what we want to fit into.”

“We don’t want to go outside the South Fork in the first year.”

To learn more about Sag Harbor Rum, visit sagharborrum.com or find them on Facebook.

Sag Harbor Rum Scuttlehole Special 

½ oz Vervino Vermouth – Channing Daughters Winery

2 oz Sag Harbor Rum

2 oz San Pellegrino Limonata

Splash of Bitters

The Montauk to Manhattan – a Rum Manhattan

2½ oz Sag Harbor Rum

½ oz Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Shake over ice and serve with a cherry of choice