Weekend Bee: The Season Is Here. We Heart Immigrants. Plus, SBA Loans

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Happy Friday! Let’s begin this post by stating the obvious: The season has started, people. We know: It’s only February. There is plenty of time for ice caps, squalls and wintry mixes. But here’s the thing…it’s not going to happen. Spring has sprung. It happened right about the time this above photo, taken at Indian Wells beach in Amagansett, was snapped over President’s Day Weekend (Feb. 19). Last year we also precisely calculated the exact moment (May 8) the season started, which was considerably much later in the calendar year. Sure, you can attend Harborfrost this weekend in Sag Harbor. Or, if you’re feeling more pedestrian, Winterfest in Riverhead. But we’ll be cracking open a bottle of Wolffer rosé and pouring it over any Eskimo ice sculptures we see (not really).

*Editor’s note: Don’t hold us to any of this. Weather-wise, we’re not even as accurate as the Farmers’ Almanac, which is historically inaccurate. That said, our new cat from Southampton Animal Shelter also thinks winter is over.

We heart immigrants

If you’re feeling down and out about the new president’s immigration policies, may we first suggesting watching this inspirational video by medical students at Syracuse University. Next, we propose you “like” OLA of Eastern Long Island on Facebook, which should keep you up to date on latest developments, hotline numbers, etc. Then, take heart at East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell’s words: “We understand how the immigrant community is an important part of our economy and our culture, and we intend to respect that.” (Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is expected to echo that when his town board meets next week). Lastly, #grabyourwallet and support businesses owned by or that employ immigrants, including Mitad Del Mundo in East Hampton, Isa Consignment in Hampton Bays, and pretty much every business in the Hamptons…

Quick takes..

For those of you missing your Karaoke at Zigmund’s, Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack is hosting Galivanting Thursdays…

Sam’s restaurant in East Hampton is now staying open on Mondays (more proof the season has arrived…)

The Inlet Restaurant in Montauk is now open on weekends and recently enjoyed  its first sunset (ditto)

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton is carving a whole pig next Wednesday…

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will teach you about SBA loans over bagels next Thursday. Both are better with lox. Details here….

On tap for the weekend

  • Spring, glorious spring! There is a “Seedling and Greenhouse Workshop” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the rather catchily named HAH (Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons) library, in the Bridgehampton Community House…
  • Did someone say red carpet? Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor will host an Academy Awards Viewing Party this Sunday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m…
  • Nick & Toni’s is getting all ethnic on us, introducing its variation of “Nonna’s Sunday Sauce” this Sunday, $20 prix fixe. Actually, you can substitute spaghetti squash for pasta. So, maybe not that ethnic. Dinner starts at 6 p.m…

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Who will be the 650th follower?” — Southampton Publick House, announcing on Instagram that it now has 600 followers. Everybody needs goals, people.

Got a tip? Nothing is too great or too small. Trust us. Email editor@thehamptonbee.com.

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