Some easy to follow startup tips to help your launch your astronomy hobby. You don't need elaborate equipment or any investment in binoculars or telescopes. The Hamptons is the perfect place to engage in naked-eye astronomy.
Sue Rakowski, our curator, shares tips on how to get started:
The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce presents a first-ever series of holiday events
Each Friday Night, Sag Harbor will light up with holiday fun for the whole family, with extended shop hours, dining specials, holiday music on Main Street by WLNG, and weekly event highlights including the Sag Harbor Tree Lighting & Main Street Light-up, socially distant Santa visits, and so much more. Main Street’s historic small town charm will be on full display as our shops and restaurants invite you to shop small, support local and discover the gifts of the season.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
5:00 – 8:00 pm: Main Street Holiday Window Unveiling & Harbor Stroll
Enjoy extended shop hours and gifts with purchase as you kick off the holiday shopping season and support Sag Harbor’s small business community.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
5:30 pm: Sag Harbor Tree Lighting on Main Street & The Wharf
Watch the village light up with the spirit of the season, thanks to The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce! Special thanks to Chamber members Jackson Dodds & Company, the Sag Harbor Garden Center and Sag Harbor LVIS for their support. Enjoy holiday music on Main Street by WLNG.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Santa on a Fire Truck!
Join us for socially distant Santa visits & photo ops on Main Street. Location to be announced. Enjoy holiday music on Main Street by WLNG.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
5:00 – 8:00 pm: Shop & Give Back
Get your final holiday shopping done & give back to local causes with a portion of proceeds from shopping & dining to benefit our favorite East End charities, and music on Main Street by WLNG!
Participating Businesses & Holiday Specials
Ava’s & Around Again on Long Wharf Promenade: Exclusive Friday Discounts & Gift with Purchase. Open until 8pm Fridays!
Frances Valentine: 10% Discount on Friday Nights, Free Mask with Friday Night purchase while supplies last. Complimentary shipping, curbside pick up and local delivery also available. Open until 8pm Fridays!
In Home: Friday Night Gift with Purchase. Check store for Friday hours.
K PASA: Complimentary Dessert with your meal when you show proof of purchase from Friday Night shopping on Main Street!
Matriark Sag Harbor: Gift with purchases above $250. Check store for Friday hours.
Ryland Life Equipment: Gift with purchase packaged in Ryland Life Equipment tote. Plus, Virtual Styling, complimentary shipping over $100, curbside pickup, and local delivery available. Open until 8pm Fridays!
Sara Nightingale Gallery: 5% discount on Friday Nights, plus complimentary local delivery. Open until 8pm Fridays!
Sen Restaurant: Complimentary Edamame with your meal when you show proof of purchase from Friday Night shopping on Main Street!
Stella & Ruby: Friday Night Discounts, Free Shipping & Free Gift Wrapping. Open until 8pm Fridays!
Sunswell: Gifts with Purchase + Friday Night Holiday Grab Bag (with gifts for YOU!) Plus, local delivery & curbside pick-up. Open until 8pm Fridays!
The Wharf Shop: 20% off purchases between 6-8 PM Friday Nights with curbside pick-up available. Open until 8pm Fridays!
Plus great gifts and holiday cheer from Faherty Brand, Love Shack Fancy, OMO The Apothecary on Long Wharf, Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor Variety, Sagtown Coffee, Satori, Stella Flame Gallery and more.
For more information and regular Friday Night Lights Holiday Festival event updates, follow @sagharborchamberofcommerce on Facebook & Instagram.
New York State's Governor Cuomo is being cautious about re-opening businesses, schools and other entities. While the number of coronavirus cases continue to drop, we are following guidelines that include a cessation of new construction projects and are wearing masks in public where social distancing is not possible.
Workers are required to wear masks, too, but many landscapers use the masks as props and don't follow the guidelines.
These photos were taken around the neighborhood this morning:
We're all concerned about coronavirus and many are taking steps to practice "social distancing" and even self-quarantining.
It's a perfect opportunity to chill at home, contact friends via email, phone, texting or social media, binge watch your favorite shows and read.
We've been catching up on our east end history and wanted to share some intel on Mulford House, built by John Henry Mulford in 1680 and located at 10 James Lane in East Hampton, NY.
Mulford House remains largely unchanged and is found on the site of the Mulford Farm. The home is a picture perfect snapshot of New England architecture of the time. One of the earliest inhabitants is Samuel Mulford (1644-1725). Samuel was a political reformer who argued against "taxation without representation" and was a member of the Colonial Assembly. His trade was whaling.
The activist traveled to London in both 1704 and 1725 to protect and lobby for fair treatment of whalesmen on the East End of Long Island. He said the tax on their work was unfair. After his protests and speeches, reforms were enacted.
The Mulford Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The East Hampton Historical Society offers tours of Mulford Farm.
Call 631-324-6850 for more information.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Hamptons is a big tradition. Parades and festivities to enjoy the Irish holiday abound. The holiday falls on Tuesday, March 17, but activities on the Twin Forks are held are different days to allow celebrants to participate in more than one event.
One of the shortest parades in history takes play on Saturday, March 14. It’s the 12th Annual AmO'Gansett St. Patrick's Day Parade featuring this year's grand marshals, the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Come on out and cheer on these amazing lifesavers. The parade steps off on Main Street at noon.
Prior to the parade, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a beach cleanup from Indian Wells Beach to Atlantic Avenue Beach. The facebook page for the event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/amagansett-chamber-of-commerce/amogansett-parade-beach-clean-up/658942951517247/
The 2020 Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on Saturday, March 14 at noon. The grand marshal is Preston Jankowski and the theme is “Love Local.” Check https://whbstpats.com
or details on the route, as it will be changed this year due to construction on Main St.
The parade on Route 25 takes place from 2 to 6 pm. Sponsored by the Cutchogue Fire Department and the New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the festivities begin at the Traffic Light on Cox Lane, down Route 25, to the center of Cutchogue Village.
For more details: 631-734-5959 or visit www.northforkchamberofcommerce.org.
Hampton Bays/March 21
The 16th Annual Hampton Bays Hiberians St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m.
The parade is judged, and prizes are awarded to the Best Float, Best Band and Best Marching Group. This year $1,000 prize for best entrant will be donated to the winner's charity of choice; there will also be a $500 prize for runner up, organizers said.
"So have some fun, get creative and enter your group into the parade! Let's keep this tradition going in Hampton Bays," organizer said.
The grand marshal is Michael P. Quinlan, active in the Hampton Bays Hibernians and the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he was "Man of the Year" in 2015. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus 7023 and Southampton Elks Lodge 1574.
One of the East End’s biggest parades is in on Montauk. This year is the 58th St. Patrick’s Day Parade that kicks off at noon on Edgemere Road and then turns on to Main Street. Master of Ceremonies Rick White will greet paraders at the IGA on Main Street.
The parade, organizers proudly add, is Long Island’s second largest St. Patrick's Day (the largest is in Center Moriches on March 15 from 2 to 4 pm on Main Street.) The grand marshal is Charlie Morici Sr.
Starting at 10 a.m. on the green, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot soup in St. Patrick's Day Parade souvenir mugs. "Montauk's finest soups are made and donated by local restaurants," organizers added. For more info, contact the Montauk Friends of Erin: http://www.montaukfriendsoferin.org/contact.html
Indian Wells Tavern, a favorite pub for locals in Amagansett, has announced it is closing.
In their Facebook statement, Indian Wells announced:
“After 12 incredible years, Saturday, February 29th will be our final night of business. The restaurant has been sold and new owners will be launching a new restaurant. We wish the new owners the best and look forward to supporting them upon opening. We are incredibly thankful to all of our staff, customers and friends who have supported us over the years. You can visit us at either of our Bostwick’s locations this spring, Bostwick’s Chowder House or Bostwick’s on the Harbor.”
The Tavern has been a preferred gathering place for sports events, celebrations and parties throughout its tenure on Main Street.
Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton announced the acquisition of the restaurant space. Highway Restaurant & Bar is a member of the TOMS Hospitality portfolio, that includes Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park, Loring Place, Charlie Bird, and Shuko.
The new owners say they plan to refresh the décor but plan is to keep the tavern style. The menu will “honor many local favorites and will be executed with fresh ingredients and the high standards of cuisine for which Highway is known. Patrons will still be able to watch their favorite teams on the bar televisions, have a pre-Talkhouse cocktail they have always loved, or enjoy a delicious and easy meal at the bar or in the dining room.”
Plans are to open in early summer 2020.