Almost Weekend Bee: The Ubiquitous G.E. Smith. Serafina Re-Opens. Plus, Contra Dancing

G.E. Smith. Photo credit: Phil Konstantin, Wikimedia Commons.

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Happy Thursday! One of the more fascinating characters wandering the Hamptons is G.E. Smith, pictured above, the guitarist and former Saturday Night Live musical director who we often spot taking smoke breaks at Indian Wells beach in Amagansett. Last summer, proving he can swing both ways, Smith managed to play both the GOP Convention and local eco-friendly gal Edwina von Gal’s Perfect Earth Project benefit, within a few weeks of each other. He either gets along with everyone, or no one; hard to tell. Tonight, he headlines a benefit for The Retreat, a domestic violence agency, at Stephen Talkhouse. Doors open at 7 p.m. Details here.

Quick takes…

Did someone say lobster roll? The Clam Bar at Napeague, whose yellow striped umbrellas make us want to take the top down for an open-air ride down the Montauk Highway (unfortunately we don’t own a convertible), announces on Twitter that opening date is April 8, weather permitting.

In more season opener news, Serafina in East Hampton will be opening its doors and serving pizza again, starting this Friday. “Get ready, get set!” the owners say on Facebook. Perhaps we will wash it down with our last bottle of Wölffer Rose, just like they did on Showtime’s Billions this past week (see this Instagram video).

A shift in directionBombelle, whose East Coast luxe tee shirts we’ve profiled here, is adopting a new business strategy, according to an email blast from owner (and part-time Sag Harbor resident) Barbara Dolak. It’s selling direct to consumer via its website (parting ways with its brick-and-mortar partners). What does that mean? “LOWER PRICES,” she says. “We learned who our customer is. And we listened.” Hell, ya. Shirts that once were $135 are now $59. Clap, clap, clap.

On tap for the weekend…

  • We can’t stop writing about Coco Myers and her popup art openings at the Malia Mills boutique in East Hampton, because we now think she is some sort of superwoman, charged up on either ionized water or experimental fumes from the Montauk Project. She is opening her sixth (that’s right – sixth!) offseason Folioeast art show this Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’d go even if wine and cheese weren’t served. Details here
  • Local artist and community activist April Gornik invites all to a discussion of women’s rights, because….look how far we’ve come? Amirite, ladies? *Sigh. The discussion will be held at the Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor, Sunday at 2 p.m. . Details here
  • We admit, we don’t know much about contra dancing, which according to the Sag Harbor Express is “as much a part of New England culture and history as clam chowder, fiddling, and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.” But it looks like fun; check out this video. The Long Island Traditional Music Association hosts a contra dance this Saturday at the Water Mill Community House, details here

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Our mini company is ready for competition this weekend!!” — Kelly Hren’s Dancehampton, posting this adorable photo on Instagram of tiny dancers (we’re suckers for cute ballerinas and a young Mikhail). We’re sure they’ll take home the mirrorball trophy.

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