- 18 August 2016 - Special 2016 Edition of the Poetry Marathon -
This is a special edition of the Poetry Marathon, now in its 22nd year, to honor its co-founders,
Bebe Antell and Sylvia Chavkin. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, to be followed by a reception.
Poets who will read incude:
Rosalind Brenner, Jo Carney, Walter Donway, June Kaplan, Michelle Murphy, Dee Slavutin, Carole Stone, Virginia Walker, and Pauline Yeats.
Teri Kennedy will introduce each of the poets.
- August 2016 - East Side of Main Street Architecture and Character Studies -
Richard Barons, the director of the East Hampton Historical Society, will lead tourgoers up and down the east side of Main Street and will talk about its architecture as well as the characters who built the houses or lived in them.
Reservations required; free admission.
Meet Mr. Barons at the historical society office, 101 Main Street (the Osborn-Jackson House), at 10 a.m.
- July 2016 - Living Well Is the Best Revenge: A Jazz Age Fable of Sara and Gerald Murphy -
Sara Wiborg Murphy and Gerald Murphy, who met in East Hampton, grew up just as the Victorian ideals of the 19th century had begun to disappear and the uptight morals and stuffy formality of the past had begun to collide with a growing fascination with the industrial age and a volcanic eruption of modern European culture. Sara and Gerald Murphy found themselves immersed in a faster-paced culture in which Cubism and Surrealism were shattering the whole concept of what the visual arts had been.
Sara's parents, Frank and Adeline Wiborg, had built an impressive cottage on the 80 acres that were left, after selling other holdings, between he Atlantic Ocean and Hook Pond. The Dunes was completed in 1912. Wiborg had made a fortune from his Cincinnati printing ink and varnish company, Ault & Wiborg. Gerald's father, Patrick Murphy, had bought the Mark Cross company after persuading the former owner to expand his product line. He moved the business from Boston to New York City, where it became famous for high quality leather goods just at the time carriages gave way to automobiles.
Each set of parents seemed rigid in its own way and so, little wonder that the young couple (Gerald was a few years younger than Sara) decamped to Europe, where they lived a magical life for a while, captivating other members of the Jazz Age and cultivating quite the circle of friends who were aready or who became well known writers, artists, and bons vivants.
In part because of a donation from Laura Donnelly, Sara and Gerald's granddaughter, of antique file boxes of family papers dealing with the running of the family homestead, The Dunes, we have been able to bring home the extraordinary story and style of Sara and Gerald Murphy.