The weekend is a big one in East Hampton Village, with a visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to BookHampton on Saturday at 5 p.m., but before that, some of the notable artists and writers of the area will take to the Herrick Park diamond for the storied annual benefit softball game.
The Artists and Writers Softball Game activities actually begin a day earlier, with a reception tomorrow at LTV Studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott. At what is billed as a pre-game party, guests will have a chance to meet some of the players, take in the music of Mary Fahl, bid in silent and live auctions, and enjoy food provided by supporting restaurants. Tickets are $50 at the door, which opens at 6 p.m.
Batting practice, to which the public has been invited, begins at noon Saturday on the Herrick Park field, which is behind the main municipal parking lot in East Hampton Village. Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10 per person. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House, the Retreat, and East End Hospice. Details about the charities can be found at artistswritersgame.org.
The criteria for who makes an artist or a writer are somewhat fungible. A peek at the lineups for the game showed Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astronomer, director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, and host of the television series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” among the artists. The actor and Hollywood director Ed Burns was among the scribes. Ringers included Jim Leyritz, a former Yankee star. It is worth noting that former President Bill Clinton, who was in town this week, has appeared in previous years.
Art by artists and writers' manuscripts and other materials tied to the big game are on view at Glen Horowitz Bookseller at 87 Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village through Sunday. There will be an opening reception Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Summertime parking rules in East Hampton Village remain in effect during the Artists and Writers Game, which means that the unwary could find themselves with a ticket by the time the late innings are played. A free, longer term lot that is an easy walk to the ball field can be reached from Gingerbread Lane Extension or Lumber Lane.
2014 Artists and Writers Game Lineups
Josh Charles (MVP ’10)
Joe Sopiak (MVP ’07 & ’08)
Neil deGrasse Tyson
David Baer (MVP ’11)
Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Mike Lupica (MVP ’09)
Leslie Morgan Steiner