Happy Tuesday! As noted before on the Bee, the Hamptons is a national hotspot for standup paddle (just ask local businesses Paddle Diva in Springs, Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott, Air & Speed Surf Shop in Montauk and Pontoon Paddler in Westhampton.) But do you need some motivation to get your paddle on?
Then here’s some good news. Registration is now officially open for the 10th Annual Block Challenge (pictured above), which is an 18-mile paddle across the open ocean (!) to our favorite Rhode Island locale. (Did someone say great white?) The event starts at the crack of dawn on Aug. 29, takes about six hours, and you only need a whopping $1,500 to participate. This is the Hamptons, people. Now relax: All moneys raised go to Paddlers for Humanity, which funds a number of causes, many benefitting children on the East End.
The paddle was started in 2005 by a group of fisherman, surfers and other Long Island locals. This year’s event starts at the north side of Montauk Lighthouse and ends at good ole Champlin’s Marina on Block Island, where paddlers can celebrate with a catered lunch. Viking Fleet is providing free rides for paddlers on a return ferry back to Montauk.
For more information, visit www.p4h.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact 917.834.3888.
Speaking of fundraisers…
It must be that time of year. The 5th Annual ARF Designer Showhouse is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack. A slew of Hamptons designers — Brian P. Brady, Jamie Drake, Kevin Hart, Tamara Magel, Mark Schryver, Peri Wolfman — will be arranging vignettes from thrift-shop donations and personal collections. All proceeds go directly to ARF, which stands for Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, which our cat is quite pleased about. For more info, go here.
Get yer produce
Round Swamp Farm in East Hampton, where we think we once paid $25 for a bunch of scallions (just kidding, Round Swamp!), has resumed its full-time schedule. The stand on Three Mile Harbor Road is open seven days a week, while the location in Bridgehampton, which opened last year and is located behind Bobby Van’s restaurant, is closed Tuedays. Details on the farm’s site here. We can’t keep track of how many Snyder family members are involved in the business, but here are some helpful photos here.
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