One of the great things immediately noticeable across the South Fork is a strong, steady, palpable sense of community felt among the residents. This weekend, there’s lots of happenings that celebrate all things East End, especially the people who live in it. Artists, photographers and musicians band together in a slew of special exhibitions where the subject matter commemorates the beauty, vitality and vibrancy of our special little corner of the world. A section of the Paumanok Trail in Montauk will see plenty of action as the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society leads three morning hikes on Saturday and the Water Mill Museum hosts a celebrity chef teaching you how to sharpen your knives just in time for the holiday season. Holocaust survivor and East Hampton resident Judy Sleed shares her unbelievable story at LTV Studios while groundbreaking photorealism artist Audrey Flack will be at Southampton Arts Center.
Finally, Veterans Day is on Saturday. Tomorrow night at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Warriors Rock, a non-profit musical tribute will be performing in honor of local veterans. Proceeds will benefit American legions and Veterans of Foreign War organizations in Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach. If you can’t make it, be sure to take a minute, and thank a vet. The South Fork is full of them.
Take your lunch break at Guild Hall
“Lunch Break: Chart of the Inner Warp” is at Guild Hall tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in East Hampton. Part of a series discussing art, “Lunch Break” is an open, participatory discussion on how to interpret and understand art. In this particular instance the current exhibit being covered contains works from artist Mary Boochever. This is a “pay what you wish” event, with tickets starting at $5. Get yours here. Attendees are welcome to join staff for lunch in the Guild Hall Pantzer Gallery or Minikes Garden after the program. Bring your own lunch or grab some light bites from Louise & Howie’s coffee bar in the lobby (there’ll be a delicious but limited number of small croissant sandwiches from Tutto Caffé available).
Support your local VFW
Pay tribute to our veterans and first responders with a concert in Westhampton Beach tomorrow night beginning at 7 p.m.. Brought to us by musical tribute Warriors Rock, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring U.S. military veterans and their families are appreciated and recognized for their service, the concert will be led by founder Gary Racan and the studio e-band performing at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will be donated to Westhampton Beach VFW Post 5350, Hampton Bays American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 and Westhampton American Legion Post 834. Tickets are $35 and are available here or by calling 631-288-1500. For more information, call 631-566-1889.
See an array of artistic works at Keyes Art
“Our Community” is the latest exhibition at Keyes Art on Main Street in Sag Harbor, opening this Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Featuring a large roster of artists (over two dozen; some local, some not, some living, some not) the exhibit includes works from well-known, iconic photographer Bert Stern and abstract expressionist Fay Lasner to local sculptor Nathan Slate Joseph and East End-based ceramic artist Hilary Helfant. “Our Community” will be on view through New Year’s Day. For more information call 631-808-3588.
See some East End images in Springs
Bonac Print Shop’s second annual art showcase is this Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Featuring over 20 East End artists showing a vast variety of works capturing the East End in several different mediums, there’ll be an opening reception party on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. with music, food and drinks. A portion of the proceeds of sales will benefit Prayers for Jeff, a fundraising effort for East Hampton resident Jeffrey Yusko, who was tragically hit by a car while riding his bike back in May. Jeff remains intubated and unresponsive since the accident occurred. Remember folks, these roads are tiny and windy and shared. Pretty please, with sugar on top, pay attention.
Hike a part of the Paumanok Path in Montauk
The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts three hikes throughout on Saturday, November 11, as part of a series to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening and completion of the section of the Paumanok Path in East Hampton Town. At 9:30 a.m., there’s a six-mile hike along the path beginning at Hither Woods (close to East Lake Drive) to Third House Museum in Montauk. The second hike, also six miles, starts at 10:30 a.m., and then there’s a shorter 3.5-mile hike beginning at 11:30 a.m.. Click here for sign-up and hiking details. There’s a $10 suggested donation.
Meet a local Holocaust survivor at LTV
LTV Studios in Wainscott hosts a screening of I Am Judit at 6 p.m. followed by a Q&A this Saturday, November 11. The film tells the story of Judy Sleed, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, talk show host and longtime East Hampton resident. Directed by Christiane Arbesu, the film shows Sleed finally lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding her painful and distressing childhood — a secret she’s kept from her family for decades. Admission to the screening is free to the public and no reservations are necessary. The incidence of hate against Jews is quite possibly at the present time the highest it’s been since World War II. People need to know the Holocaust happened. This is one of those incredibly special, eye-opening opportunities to hear from one of the very few remaining Holocaust survivors in the world, and it’s right here in our own South Fork back yard. Go to it, listen to her story and try your best to spread love not hate.
Meet an art heroine at SAC
The Last Art Heroine screens at Southampton Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.. The short documentary on American artist Audrey Flack, a pioneer in the genre of photorealism. Her work ranges from printmaking and photography to painting and sculpture. She has the distinction of being the first photorealist painter whose work was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Who run the world? GIRLS! This event is free and you can register here.
Sharpen your knife skills in Water Mill
The Water Mill Museum and Water Mill Community Club will host a joint event on sharpening your knife skills tonight, just in time for Thanksgiving. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the museum the event features executive chef and “Chopped” winner Jay Lippin guiding you on all things knives. Attendees can learn about the history of different types of knives, what makes a good knife and how to properly care for and sharpen them. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information email [email protected].
See the second part of the Black Film Fest at the Parrish
The conclusion of the Black Film Festival is at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow, November 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.. Presented in collaboration with the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, the event will include a screening of Haiti Is A Nation of Artists followed by a Zoom discussion with director Jacquil Constant. There’ll be a light reception at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $16, $13 for friends of the child care center, $10 for members and students, and $5 for children. Get yours here.