Daily Bee: Pear Poetry. Car Washes. And Pickles!


Happy Tuesday! If you are reading this dispatch, it means you likely survived the weekend’s frigid temps — the result of a polar vortex that can be seen from space (as this Instagam from astronaut Scott Kelly at the International Space Station can attest. And yes, apparently you can Instagram from space). It could have been worse: White Face mountain near Lake Placid registered wind chill of -114 degree wind chill, making it colder than Antarctica. Fun times! But good news: We hereby declare the worst of Winter 2016 is behind us.

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice

Lovers of the written word, unite. Golden Pear, whose sandwiches have enlivened many a Hamptons beach picnic, on Thursday will host an evening of “Poetry at the Pear” at its Bridgehampton location, pictured above, starting at 6 p.m. All artists are welcome to read excerpts from books, chap books and poetry while enjoying local wines and bites. Details here. “Join us for a night of inspiration as you get to know other writers and artists in our local community,” author Jackie Taylor, who is hosting the event, tells Hamptons.com. The series will be held quarterly throughout the year or /until the lone and level sands stretch far away. Sorry, we got caught up for a moment.

Have an A1 Day

Now that we’ve seen “Breaking Bad,” we’re entirely distrustful of car-wash businesses — which of course, make really good front for money launderers. You know who else is wary of car washes? The East Hampton Town Planning Board, possibly for other reasons. The board recently saw site plans for an eco-friendly car wash (put forth by an anonymous applicant…of course) to be located near the dump in Springs. At a meeting, Reed Jones, the board’s chairman, said he sees car-wash proposals all the time. “They come, they make their presentations, and they walk away,” he said, according to the East Hampton Star. All that said, if it’s not a front for drug money, we’d love to see a car wash in Springs. (Bias alert: The Hampton Bee is headquartered in Springs.) We’re sick of driving to Southampton to wash our car.

Quick takes…

Backyard Brine, the North Fork company owned by Randy and Cori Kopke that sells its artisan pickles in retail shops and farmers markets, is building its own pickle factory. Here’s a picture….New York State is home to over 100 farm breweries and 409 wineries, according to New York State’s Division of Tourism, many of them on Long Island…Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa now has 10,000 Instagram followers, which it celebrated by writing this in the sand.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“You can’t go wrong with heart balloons.” — Helen Ficalora, the Montauk-bred jewelry designer, posting this photo to Instagram. Especially pink heart balloons. Really now.

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