Daily Bee: Poetry at Almond, PechaKucha at Parrish, Tree Lighting at Chequit.

Photo credit: Almond

Photo credit: Almond

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Happy Tuesday! Tonight, the “Artists & Writers Night” series continues at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, this time hosted by Max Blagg, an English-born writer who will be reading poetry from his new book. Not sure about you, but poetry is way over our heads. We tried to glean some insight into Blagg’s work by watching this video of him, presenting live at PechaKucha night at the Parrish Museum. Something about frozen songbirds and small knives. And a lot about dying. Cool. Bring the kids! Reservations are required for the 7 p.m. dinner, and the cost is $45. Chef Jason Weiner will prepare a three-course menu, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer.

Speaking of reading out loud…

The Parrish Art Museum will present the 14th edition of its popular PechaKucha night this Friday at 6 p.m. (and drat – it’s already sold out, though you can join the waiting list if you arrive at 5 p.m.). If you are unfamiliar with the format, PechaKucha is sort of like a Powerpoint presentation on speed, perfect for those with attention-span problems. More poetically, PechaKucha is also the Japanese word for “chit-chat.” Each presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to talk about living creatively on the East End. At past events, we’ve heard a number of Hamptons business owners — Taylor Rose Berry of Harbor Books, Sameer Mohan of Saaz restaurant and Ted Delano of Made By Sea — give entertaining presentations. This Friday’s PechaKucha features Jesse and Meredith Finkelstein of Print All Over Me, the DIY design site; greeter Bonnie Munshin of Nick & Toni’s fame; and would-be Sag Harbor mayor Robby Stein.

Note sure what we like more, the tree or the hummus

We can’t keep track of all the tree lightings going on this time of year…unless it’s your first EVER tree lighting. That is the case at Chequit Inn on Shelter Island, which will flip the switch this Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., as carolers in Victorian finery sing carols (festive!) and guests sip mulled wine and cider. Chequit Inn, you may recall from our profile here, is a 120-year-old hotel  recently renovated by new owners David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea of Salt Hotels. We hear its Red Maple restaurant serves pumpkin hummus, which pairs well with mulled wine and cider.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Get a running start on the week, and own the challenges that are ahead. You only fail if you stop trying!” — Elements Fitness of East Hampton, complete with this Facebook photo of a toned person doing something that looks energetic. This quote simultaneously inspires us and reminds us how lazy we are this time of year.

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