Lightning Round, Part II

Fast talkers at Parrish
Marilee Foster shared a new way of scaring away farm critters or attracting fetishists at the second “Lightning Round” at the Parrish last week. Carrie Ann Salvi

    Farmer, winemaker, musician, “art worker,” editor, chef, and even artist, were some of the vocations represented last week at the Parrish Art Museum’s second “Lighting Round” presentation.
    Participants were asked to show 20 slides and speak for six minutes on who they are and what makes them tick.
    Marilee Foster, a farmer and writer, shared her secret weapon for scaring away birds from her crops — blow-up dolls. Esperanza Leon, who owns the Solar Gallery in East Hampton, spoke about identity in herself and the artists she shows. Levy Mwanza spoke about his work bringing sports and music to local youth. Ada Potter described her efforts to create art and participate in the art world in whatever way she could. Jason Weiner, a chef and restaurateur, spoke about winning the best potato pancake contest and how he manages to divide his time between two Almond restaurants, one in Bridgehampton and one in New York.
    Even The Star’s editor, David E. Rattray, got involved, assembling a variety of slides showing how the paper is put together as well as some iconic images from its past, such as Jackson Pollock’s overturned car following his fatal accident in Springs.
    Other participants included Scott Chaskey, a poet and the director of the Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill Farm, Kareem Massoud, who is Paumanok Vineyard’s owner and winemaker, and Almond Zigmund, an artist.