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Happy #HumpDay! Just like that, the week is half-over. We’d like to thank the good people who invented Memorial Day Weekend (apparently, ladies in Boalsburg, Pa., who decorated solders’ graves) for making our summer work week go by that much quicker. If you happened to be in Montauk this past holiday weekend, you would have witnessed fog (see photo above, snapped by Brooklyn architect Rachel Newton) rolling in on little cat’s feet. And in case you’re wondering, we have poet Carl Sandburg to thank for that line. He composed it while in Chicago, not the East End, but the same sentiment applies.
Speaking of the one-time idyllic hamlet now overrun by drunken bros…
Is the season off to a good start in Montauk? It depends on whom you ask. The East Hampton Town Police Department is quite pleased, reporting just five arrests over the weekend. “Overall, Montauk was busy and crowded but for the most part orderly,” the EHTPD says. “There were zero commercial noise complaints and no instances of over occupancy at any bars or restaurants.” (No word yet on instances of naked cavorting).
Now, ask any musician who regularly plays in Montauk about whether the season is off to a good start, and you’ll get a different answer. Most are boiling over the town’s unexpected decision to review venues’ live-music permits — which has effectively canceled numerous concerts. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark my friends,” singer/songwriter Nancy Atlas fumed last Friday on Facebook. “Please explain to me, and the four other people in my band, why we now have 10 shows that are cancelled in Montauk for this very pivotal weekend and the next month.” Musicians plan a rally June 14 at the town meeting at the Montauk fire department…at which you’ll probably see a lot of this.
Let’s all take a deep cleansing breath now
And inhale the delicious, intoxicating scent of roses. Oh wait. Turns out we’ll have to wait a bit longer this year. This just in from the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton: Because of cool spring conditions, roses — which typically bloom in early June — will bloom in late June this year. But here’s some better news…Bridge Gardens is now hosting “Fridays at Four” tastings and tours, where it partners with local winemakers, brewers and more for tours of the garden accompanied by a local beverage. “It’s a great way to start the weekend,” according to the gardens. Total. Respect. The first tour is June 24 with Channing Daughters winery, at which point roses should be blooming. RSVP at Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.
Dockers Waterside, everybody’s favorite place to watch the sunset in East Quogue, reports that it had 1,873 people through it doors on Memorial Day, many of them munching on lobster rolls. “My feet hurt,” owner Larry Hoffman says on Facebook….
Wild By Nature, the all-natural grocery store in Hamptons Bay, is hosting a summer kick-off event this Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Don’t miss out on all the fun!” the market says. We think we can read between the lines here and think that means a lot of free stuff will be given away….
Joey Wolffer, whose Styeliner boutique in Sag Harbor got a recent mention in the New York Times, has introduced yet another fringed handbag, called the Hobo Bag. We wonder how many hobos there are in the Hamptons? Regardless, here is a photo…
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Tiny happy people laughing,” Whalebone photographer extraordinaire James Katsipis posting this cool aeriel view of Montauk on Instagram.
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