Weekend Bee: It’s Watermelon Time

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It’s August in the Hamptons. Our best advice: Find your secret refuge, and don’t tell anyone about it. Here’s ours, pictured above, which shall remain nameless. It’s safe from city dwellers, Bravo reality shows and (fingers crossed) long-range missiles from Pyongyang.

Need more ideas? Here’s our local guide on how to enjoy August in the Hamptons.

Does my coffee taste burnt?

No it doesn’t, thank you very much. In the “triumphant news” category, SagTown Coffee in Sag Harbor has made a Phoenix-like comeback, rising from the ashes at 78 Main Street to re-open in time for the August rush. Owner Shane Dyckman is confident that there will be no more disasters (the shop was smoke-damaged in the December fire that destroyed iconic Sag Harbor Cinema). “We are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., 365 days a year for the next 20 years,” he says on Instagram. Welcome back, SagTown.

Quick takes…

• JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “Your Business” and part-time Amagansett resident, has published a new book (click here) called The Startup Club, which teaches kids valuable lessons about starting a business. Buy it for your kids so they can invent the Next Big Thing and fund your retirement…

• If you like Bay Burger in Sag Harbor, you probably already know that owners Joe and Liza Tremblay make cult-favorite frozen dessert Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream. The Sag Harbor Express made this video about how the ice cream is made (with local milk and all-natural ingredients). Yum…

• You don’t look a day past 29. And neither does Stephen Talkhouse, the music venue in Amangansett, which will celebrate 30 years in business Monday with a slew of musical performances, according to 27East.com. (The building itself is from 1832). Many compare it to the Stone Pony and CBGB. It’s named for Stephen Taukus Pharoah, a Montaukett Indian whose likeness hangs behind the stage…

• News we can use: Park Place Wines & Liquors of East Hampton has put together this helpful list of cocktail hacks. Here’s one: Need to chill a bottle of wine fast? Wrap it in a wet paper towel before placing it in the freezer…

On tap for the weekend…

• As journalists, our job is to explain things. We can’t really explain this. But there is an artist, Pat McCarthy, who is journeying from Brooklyn to Montauk (if we understand things correctly) via rickshaw with live pigeons. He makes sculptures. And bottom line, if he safely arrives, and possibly even if he doesn’t, there will be an art opening of his work, Pat’s Pigeon Brunch, on Saturday at Boo-Hooray Summer Rental in Montauk, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be followed by an actual brunch on Sunday, at noon. Ask your questions then…

• That wet suit looks familiar! Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott is having its big “SWAP” event on Saturday and Sunday, where one can purchase used sports equipment at a discount…

• The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is throwing a Summer Family Party on Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be real live artists and (perhaps more importantly) Tickle Water

• Gurney’s Montauk is teaming up with Hamptons International Film Festival to screen the 2003 movie Open Water, about a couple accidentally left to fend for themselves in shark-infested waters. Good times. Anyone want to go for a swim? Anyhow, watch it at 8:30 p.m. Sunday for free on Gurney’s deck….

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Good things happen to babes who hustle.” — Watermelon Road, the healthy snack company founded by Jamie Melzer, in this post on Instagram. Good things SHOULD happen to people who make dried watermelon jerky. It’s a thing.

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

 

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