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Feb 20, 2012 11:40 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Community Notes, February 23

Feb 21, 2012 12:54 PM

Ialways like to start off my column with congratulatory news and this week I have some: Elise Thorsen, a senior psychology major, was named to the president’s list at SUNY Cortland for the fall 2011 semester.

Kristen Lia, a member of the class of 2012, has been named to the fall 2011 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.

Today is Ash Wednesday, which means it is the first day of Lent. It is customary for observing Catholics to “fast” (not necessarily food) for 46 days until Easter Sunday. In my opinion, this is sort like a New Year’s resolution. Every year I try to give up guilt. It has not worked yet. Maybe this year I will try for something a little easier. I need to think about exactly what that could be.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Most Holy Trinity will be holding masses for Ash Wednesday.

St. Luke’s will hold a 7 a.m. morning prayer and ashes; a 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist and ashes; and a 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist and ashes.

Most Holy Trinity masses for Ash Wednesday are at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Also at Most Holy Trinity, there will be a piano concert on Saturday, February 25, at 4 p.m. in Hoie Hall. The theme is “Composer-Pianist.” You will hear the works of Franz Joseph Haydn, Jonathan Katz, Zoltan Kodaly, Samuel Barber and William McNally. The performers are Jonathan Katz, William McNally, and Christopher Schmitt. A donation of $20 is requested and the event is free for students 18 years and under.

We are almost through a leap year February, which means that spring is right around the corner.

Winter in East Hampton offers events that take place only at this time of year. Here are a few—try to catch them while you can:

On Friday, February 24, at 7 p.m., Robert Hefner, director of Historic Services for East Hampton Village, will speak on “Town Street: The Story of East Hampton’s First Road” at Clinton Academy Museum, located at 151 Main Street.

This is the second talk in the East Hampton Historical Society’s 2012 Winter Lecture Series, “What’s in a Name?” There is no admission charge and reservations are not required. Refreshments will be served before and after the presentation.

For further information, please call the East Hampton Historical Society at 324-6850 or visit their web site at

On Sunday, at 4 p.m., Guild Hall teams up with the East Hampton Library for its free Winter Film Festival. This week’s film is “Unbreakable: The Western States 10,” which documents four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth as they participate in the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world. The film can be seen in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.

On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival presents legendary filmmaker David Lean’s version of “Oliver Twist,” hosted by Alec Baldwin. Following the screening there will be a conversation with Jon Robin Baitz, an American playwright, television producer (creator of ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and the play, “Other Desert Cities,” which is currently on Broadway), and sometime actor. The cost is $17 or $15 for members.

Call Guild Hall at 324-0806 or visit

Every week the YMCA East Hampton ReCenter offers “Friday Night Madness” for middle school students. At other times, they also offer ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap for prekindergarteners and up, as was well as beginner and intermediate karate and swim classes. Call for scheduling and more information at 329-6884.

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