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07/23/14 6:00am
07/23/2014 6:00 AM
The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck will present this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer,” based on the 1998 film of the same name, beginning Thursday, July 24.

Set in 1985, the play is a romantic comedy about Robbie Hart, a wedding singer/wannabe rock star and Julia, the waitress who wins Robbie’s affection. The production is directed by Amanda Mouzakes, with musical direction by Jake Boergesson.

Performances will take place July 24-27, July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Chances for two tickets to the Broadway show “Rock of Ages” will be sold at all performances.

Admission is $20. Student rush tickets ($15) may be available 10 minutes before curtain time. Visit nfct.com or call 298-NFCT (6328).

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07/21/14 12:00pm
07/21/2014 12:00 PM
Artist Ann Sage of Greenport holds a buoy painted by artist Jada Rowland, her 'buoy bird' is next to her: the others are by Rich Feidler, John Wissemann and Nancy Wissemann Widrig. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Artist Ann Sage of Greenport holds a buoy painted by artist Jada Rowland, her ‘buoy bird’ is next to her: the others are by Rich Feidler, John Wissemann and Nancy Wissemann Widrig. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Their purpose is to mark the location of underwater lobster traps, but later this month, they’ll become creative masterpieces.

The Stirling Historical Society in Greenport recently recruited 20 artists, most of them local, to paint vintage lobster buoys that will be auctioned off during a benefit gala this upcoming Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hanff’s Boat Yard on the corner of Main and Sterling Streets.

“Greenport is a wonderful town with a great nautical history and the Stirling Historical Society is really the keeper of that history,” said Cindy Pease Roe, a Greenport painter who conceived the idea for the event and is organizing it with Gail Horton, president of the historical society.

Tickets to the gala cost $75 and include a raw bar, local wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by local musician Grant Werner. Each of the 20 buoys, which were purchased from Triangle Sea Sales in Greenport, will have a minimum starting bid of $100. The evening’s proceeds will benefit the historical society’s efforts to install heat, air conditioning and a security system at Berber House, its archives building.

Featured artists are Ms. Roe, Ms. Horton, Megan Barron, Kathleen Bifulco, Randee Daddona, Rich Fiedler, Lori Guyer, Isabelle Haran-Leonardi, Eddie Martinez, Brenda Miller, Greenport mayor David Nyce, Emilia Olsen, Parker Roe, jada rowland, Ann Sage, Frank Uellendahl, Caroline Waloski, John Wissemann, Nancy Wissemann Widrig and Amy Worth.

Artists were given free reign to design their buoys, Ms. Roe said. Many feature depictions of the water, boats and mermaids.

She plans to paint the scene from her oil painting “Hanff’s Boat Yard” on the buoy she’s decorating.

“The buoys reflect each artist’s style, but they tie into the area very well and what Greenport is all about,” Ms. Horton said. On her buoy, she’s painting the names of all the boats built at Hanff’s Boat Yard from its inception until today.

“I live in Greenport and work in Greenport,” Ms. Roe said. “I would like to see the historical society raise enough money to improve their facility. Whatever they do really benefits Greenport in the long run — and anything that benefits Greenport, I’m behind.”

Tickets to the Stirling Historical Society’s Summertime Gala are available at Ireland House, C21 Greenport, Greenport Wines & Spirits, Salamander’s, Clarke’s Garden, Special Effects, Vines & Branches, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Sweet Indulgence. Guests are asked to wear nautical attire. Call the historical society at 477-3026 or email stirlinghistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

07/21/14 7:00am
Credit: Ashley Pinciaro

Credit: Ashley Pinciaro

I recently found two columns about books, the first amusing, the other a little troubling. The troubling one was about “trigger warnings,” notes of caution affixed to college reading lists or courses. The premise is that people who have been subjected to certain traumatic experiences should get a formal heads-up that a given book contains themes, chapters, paragraphs — perhaps only words — that revolve around one or more of life’s more unspeakable events. Such writing might cause upsetment, or worse, in someone who’s gone through such terrors.  (more…)

07/20/14 2:00pm
07/20/2014 2:00 PM
Mary Dowd of Greenport browses art nouveau titles Saturday at a temporary bookstore operating at Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead. Around 400 art books were donated by the family of Southold resident Bob Peters, who died in December. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Mary Dowd of Greenport browses art nouveau titles Saturday at a temporary bookstore operating at Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead. Around 400 art books were donated by the family of Southold resident Bob Peters, who died in December. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Bob Peters wasn’t an artist, but he deeply appreciated the work of those who were.

So when the avid collector, who lived in Manhattan and had a home in Southold, died unexpectedly in December at age 75, his family found themselves wondering what to do with his massive compendium — particularly his impressive library of thousands of art books.  (more…)

07/18/14 10:00am
07/18/2014 10:00 AM
Suffolk County Historical Society executive director Kathy Curran in the organization's East Wing Gallery Thursday.  Workers are moving furniture and artwork into storage while the space is restored. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Suffolk County Historical Society executive director Kathy Curran in the organization’s East Wing Gallery Thursday. Workers are moving furniture and artwork into storage while the space is restored. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Suffolk County Historical Society is one step closer toward giving its East Wing Gallery a makeover. (more…)

07/18/14 8:00am
Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she's been practicing for this weekend's swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she’s been practicing for this weekend’s swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The matriarch of the family — good old granny — always leaves a certain legacy behind. Whether it’s her perfect chocolate-chip cookie recipe or the slightly off-kilter jokes she made, grandmas are known to pass down fond memories.

This summer, Joan Archard of Patchogue is paying homage to her own grandmother’s less conventional achievements through a feat of athleticism to be attempted in Greenport.

Well, off Greenport.  (more…)

07/18/14 6:00am

pigroast

Orient Fire Department’s annual pig roast is next Saturday, July 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $10 for kids 8 to 12. Beer, wine and soda are included and Mixed Nutz will provide live music. Tickets are available at Orient Country Store, Fork & Anchor, Orient by the Sea restaurant and the Candyman.  (more…)