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Happy Thursday! Behold, pictured above, a pleasant cocktail hour on Shelter Island (specifically, on the lawn at the Ram’s Head Inn). Shelter Island, the island off the coast of Sag Harbor, accessible by ferry only, is sort of like the forgotten Hampton. Full of halcyon charm, it’s also a place that time forgot. There’s a lot of forgetfulness about Shelter Island, including the fact that we forget to go there, all the time. But once we do, we LOVE it. So here’s a reminder: Go to Shelter Island.
And if you care to go this weekend, the Ram’s Head Inn, built in 1929, is hosting its second annual Summer Games, with bocce, cornhole and horseshoes, on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. There will also be live music, BBQ and (we hope) lots of Harry’s “Summer Thyme” Cocktails, which is that red drink pictured above…
Did someone say sharktooth jewelry?
Put this in your calendar: The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton will host a “Xmas in July” pop-up next Tuesday, July 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Handy! And here we usually save our Christmas shopping till the last minute. A number of local vendors will be there, including Bombelle (East Coast city-girl graphic tees), FIN Montauk (sharktooth jewelry), Hamptons Handpoured (soy candles that smell like the Hamptons) and a few artsy types, like Montauk photog James Katsipis and illustrator Peter Spacek. On second thought, we might not be cool enough to attend Xmas in July.
“I think I just got bit by a tick”
Ah, if we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard (or uttered) that. Good news, if you are into pest control: The family-owned Suburban Exterminating has a new office this summer in Flanders, which is kinda the Hamptons. At least, it’s closer than Suburban Exterminating’s headquarters, in Smithtown. The new location is a result of increased pest control service calls from eastern Long Island homeowners and businesses, says president Jason Byers. “We’re thrilled about the growth,” he adds. Fun fact: The company sometimes use beagles to detect termites. Release the hounds, Suburban Exterminating.
On tap for the weekend…
Elements Fitness Studio, the barre and dance fusion studio founded by Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, has recently opened a new location at 68 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. Celebrate with a mimosa at the studio’s “Brunch at the Barre” grand opening event (details here) on Friday at 12 p.m. And then presumably schedule a workout to work off the mimosa.
East Hampton Point, everybody’s favorite place in Springs to watch the sunset, is feeling all viva-La-France and will celebrate Bastille Day this Saturday with a five-course tasting menu. As luck might have it, the Clamshell Foundation’s Annual Great Bonac Fireworks are that same night — meaning you can sip some pét-nat (or perhaps some real Champagne) and get a free show. Répondez here.
Manna, the new-ish Italian restaurant in Water Mill, will feature the bossa nova sounds of Ludmilla Brazil tonight (it’s almost the weekend, people), 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., part of the eatery’s Thursday live-music series.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Of course we can scoop ice cream on the beach,” Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream, the small-batch ice cream made in Sag Harbor, as it shared this Dune Road photo on Instagram. (We also like the ice cream’s trademarked catch phrase: “It’s from the Hamptons so you know it’s rich.”)
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