This week we were pleasantly surprised with an article in Dan’s Papers on August 23rd, 2013. Lucille was featured in a half-page spread about her work and message behind her photography. As Lucille puts it, “At the end of life all we have are memories and photographs. This is what we pass down to the next generation.” Capturing children and their families is her entire life’s work and pride, easily radiating through the clear, carefully arranged photographs. By helping her clients design walls and coffee table books, the memories are preserved and even family members that are no longer with us can be remembered and cherished. Using your family as your artwork is crucial to building your children’s self esteem and confidence, and seeing how quickly the years pass by looking at each year’s photographs or holiday cards. Dan’s Papers really captured the spirit of Lucille Khornak and her work, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be in the paper.
Last weekend on Saturday, August 17th, the second annual Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink took place in Sag Harbor. It is an event for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which consists of a multi-skill level paddle boarding race and benefit. Co-hosted by Lisa and Richard Perry (native New Yorkers), it allows paddle boarders of all skill sets to compete and help raise money to donate to the foundation. In its first year alone, the Paddle & Party for Pink raised more than half a million dollars, a landmark feat for the event’s induction year. Special guests for 2013 included athletes Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton.
The Hamptons Classic is an annual horse show taking place in Bridgehampton, NY. Spectators and competitors come from all parts of the country to partake in the event. It is well-regarded as one of the largest show jumping events in the United States. Traditionally held during Labor Day weekend, it is one of the last major events to close the summer season of the Hamptons. More than 1,600 horses compete every year for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, drawing many local equestrians, novice riders, world-renowned competitors and Olympic riders. The Hamptons Classic is a favored event by celebrities and philanthropists as well, as the high-profile location has prime opportunities to see and be seen. This year marks its 38th year active, having been a way of reintroducing older horse shows that had concluded decades ago. Plenty of activities for the family are available as well, such as pony rides, petting zoos, boutique shopping, and special events. Ticket may be purchased at the door or in advanced. The ASPCA also often makes an appearance, encouraging adoptions of pets in need of loving, forever homes.
Located at 240 Snake Hollow Road, just off Route 27 in Bridgehampton, NY. Runs from August 25th thru September 1st.
In the Hamptons, there are plenty of old lighthouses to visit. A great way to teach the little ones about Long Island’s history in fishing, whaling, and other maritime ways of life, visiting at least one lighthouse a summer is a wonderful “daycation”.
Montauk Point Lighthouse
The most famous and oldest lighthouse in New York State, the Montauk Point Lighthouse was first build in 1792 after President George Washington authorized its construction with the 2nd Congress. Opening in 1796, it is one of the only active lighthouses left on Long Island. Its beacon flashes every five seconds for ships up to 19 nautical miles away to see and be guided back to the mainland. A classic visit for the family, guided tours include the tower, oil room, lookout points, lighthouse keeper’s dwelling, and more.
Standalone and Offshore Lighthouses
Many lighthouses are offshore, not connected to any main strip of land. The Little Gull Island Lighthouse is one of these that is also still active. First lit off Fisher’s Island in 1869, its 81 foot tower can be seen for miles still. Two Victorian house-esque lighthouses are the Race Rock Lighthouse and Long Beach Bar (Bug Light). Most of the offshore lighthouses are fairly small in stature, like the 49-foot tall Latimer Reef Light and the Orient Point (Coffee Pot) Lighthouse at 45 feet tall.
Easthampton and Southampton
In Easthampton, Cedar Island Lighthouse is tucked into county parkland, having been constructed in 1860. Now inactive, its charming 40 foot tall tower is homage to past times, with its unpainted granite and quaint appearance. Unfortunately, as more commercial spaces were hungered for, the oldest lighthouses were torn down to make room despite efforts to preserve them. The Shinnecock Bay Lighthouse suffered damage from the 1938 hurricane to its 150 foot tower, which was later demolished ten years later by the Coast Guard. The Gardiner’s Island Lighthouse is only a memory now, having been lit in 1855 but abruptly closing in 1898.
Southold has more lighthouses than any other town in the United States. The Horton Point Lighthouse houses the Southold Historical Society’s Nautical Museum. The lighthouse has been active since 1857, though between 1933-1990 it was inactive. The Plum Island Lighthouse has a very modest 55-foot tower and sits right near where the battle of Plum Gut occurred in 1775, just prior to the American Revolution. The North Dumping Lighthouse is one of the numerous inactive lighthouses, nestled on Fisher’s Island Sound. A simple brick tower cresting 21 feet, it was deactivated in 1959, not even 90 years after its opening.