Weekend Bee: Welcome, Magic Steve. Plus, Wine Pairings & Red Algae

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Happy Friday! And greetings from the Hamptons, where it is still, quite pleasantly, the off-season (as demonstrated by empty picnic tables at Maidstone Beach, pictured above). We have soothing vistas of nature, and humpback whales, to keep us distracted from post-election chaos. Bring us more supermoons, dammit. One thing we do not have: Scallops. It was apparently a very poor harvest, due to rust tides, sparse habitats and warmer waters. *Sigh. There goes the distraction.

Greeting, earthling businesses. Take me to your leader

And speaking of transitions, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce has a new head honcho: Steven “Magic Steve” Ringel, who replaces the now-retired Marina Van (memorably captured shaking a blue bucket in this vintage Hampton Bee photo). Ringel scores points for having one of the most interesting résumés we’ve seen (including, but not limited to, performing magic tricks as a professional magician). We hear there may be plans for an upscale art and wine festival, which we wholeheartedly would endorse. Also, how about a few educational workshops, for local businesses who still haven’t figured out how this social-media gizmo stuff works? (There are shockingly few Hamptons businesses with active presences on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Make it happen, Magic Steve.

Quick holiday takes…

  • End of year can mean only one thing: Hampton Jitney Value Pack Annual Sale. Go directly to the Hampton Jitney HQ in Southampton (or order online) and secure yours now. Because a $21 ride to the city with complimentary water and granola bars is worth it…
  • It’s time to SIMBY, yo. East End Pops Up will host a “shop-in-my-backyard” event with products from over 20 local artists (including photographer extraordinaire James Katsipis, jewelry ‘shark’ Bella Ornaf of FIN Montauk and Deborah Lukasik of Southampton Soap Company) at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett on Nov. 26 and Dec. 17. Details here
  • No plans for Turkey Day? Consider stopping by the Montauk Yacht Club, which is hosting its Thanksgiving Day Buffet next Thursday. Kids under 6 eat free, which is a rather tempting offer if you happen to be a parent of voracious eaters

On tap for the weekend…

  • In the “Calgon, take me away!” category, White’s Apothecary in Southampton will be offering Tata Harper mini-facials all day today, until 5 p.m. Tata Harper is a brand that makes beauty products out of stuff like red algae, in case you didn’t know (we didn’t)…
  • Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is hosting a five-course dinner tonight with local wine pairings from Macari Vineyards. Can we get a “yum, yum,” please….
  • Stephen Drucker, who we humbly submit once brought House Beautiful back from the near-dead, will be at Book Hampton in East Hampton on Saturday, for a talk and signing of the new design book Sunnylands, moderated by Wendy Goodman. We’d attend, if we were worthy enough. Details here

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Scuttlehole Rd maples are putting on a good show this year,” Daniel Richards Design, posting this lovely photo to Instragram. Like we said, soothing photos of nature are appreciated during these turbulent times. If the maples aren’t enough, try this sunset photo by Sportime Amangansett, or this windswept beach by yours truly the Hampton Bee.

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