Daily Bee: Rainy Day Pottery Painting, Travel Delays & Tesla Pop-up

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What’s that about rainy days and Mondays? If you are dreading this week, with its forecast of tumultuous weather, here’s an event to consider: The Hampton Art Space in Hampton Bays, pictured above, is hosting a VIP party on Tuesday night, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  — where you can paint something ceramic, like a mug or a platter, to the soothing sound of raindrops, if the rain hasn’t stopped. The event is both BYOB (bring your own beverage) and PYOP (paint your own pottery), which certainly spells F-U-N to us.

Owner Jackie Maloney, a watercolor painter, opened the studio in 2012 as part art space, part boutique and part party space. All ages and skill levels are welcome. VIP stands for “very important painter,” so we understand there will be no bouncers or velvet ropes. All sales from the evening (including pottery, paint supplies and gift items in the studio) are 30% off.

Suddenly helicopters are looking better…

It’s been difficult times for those traveling to and from the Hamptons. Last week, Hampton Jitney president Geoffrey Lynch released a statement, apologizing for delays and sort of blaming Mayor de Blasio for the inability of Jitneys to take left turns down Lexington Avenue from E. 86th Street. The new traffic restrictions are apparently part of the mayor’s “Vision Zero” campaign for safe streets. “Unfortunately, we were not made aware of this planned closure and we are currently working with NYC DOT on a solution that may involve a possible left-turn exemption and/or a new stop location,” Lynch said, who hopes to have a resolution before summer 2015 schedules go into effect.

Meanwhile, over at LIRR, there were a lot of unhappy campers when the 4 p.m. train from Montauk back to the city was canceled Sunday due to congestion on the tracks caused by a disabled train. There were even more grumblers when rain caused service delays in Nassau County. Ah well. We can’t all live in the Hamptons.

So maybe a new Tesla is the solution?

If you’re in the market for an expensive new car, and Land Rovers aren’t your thing, then there’s the Tesla pop-up coming soon to the East End this summer. Everybody’s favorite electric car company is currently showing off its Model S in a mobile store in Santa Barbara, a West Coast posh location — and after that, it’s the Hamptons or bust, according to Fortune magazine. (By the way, even the mobile stores sound chic — they are made up of storage containers with steel beams and a canvas roof….more on that from our friends at Curbed Hamptons.) Tesla, always a company to do it differently, sells its cars directly to consumers, which annoys dealerships. Say what you will about Elon Musk, the company’s founder, but Tesla takes an innovative approach to nearly everything it does…and is a good one to study for inspiration if you want to shake things up a little.

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