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TGIF! We have developing ceramics news: The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons is opening a new gallery in Bridgehampton. That’s right, potters and sculptors, this is your moment. Eve Behar, president of the non-profit guild, tells us the gallery — which is called Celadon, and formerly existed in Water Mill — will “present work from the vast ceramic art range of functional ware to figurative and abstract sculpture.” Lovely! First up is a Valentine-themed show called “Flame,” which of course is a clever name because ceramics (duh) are forged in fire. A reception will take place at the new Celadon storefront, at 128 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, on Sunday, Feb .14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fun factoid: People have been making pottery in the Hamptons for a long, long time. Some of the earliest artifacts are Native American earthenware dating back 10,00 years ago. If that inspires you to fire up the kiln, consider taking a class in the potters’ wheel at the Clay Art Guild’s learning studio in Water Mill.
We toast you with our Driftwood Ale
The always-impressive, somewhat-feared Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade has revealed this year’s Grand Marshal: Captain Paul Forsberg, whose family started Montauk’s Viking Fleet ferry company in 1936. The parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. Like any halfway decent chamber of commerce, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot clam chowder, donated by local restaurants.
For history buffs, and those with nothing else to do, here is a list of every grand marshal in the parade’s 54-year history. (Someday, Montauk Parade, you will be ours!) As always, the Hampton Bee disputes Montauk’s claim that it is the 2nd largest parade in the state — we think Syracuse’s is — but we’ll let organizers duke it out for “We’re No. 2” bragging rights. Coincidentally (we think?) Syracuse also just announced its grand marshal, too. Erin go bragh!
Did someone mention the weekend?
Not only is it Friday, but it’s a holiday weekend. Par-tay. The band New Life Crisis is playing at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett on Saturday; details here. If dark comedy is your thing, check out Hampton Theatre’s production of “Dead Accounts” at the Quogue Community Hall. Apparently the play can help us understand why Donald Trump may lead us into the abyss. Or, courtesy of Montauk Public Library, stay at home and read this list of David Bowie’s Top 100 favorite books.
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