Kids Culture 01.31.13

Shakespeare a la Hayground
    Students from the Hayground School in Bridgehampton will perform a lesser-known Shakespeare romance, “Cymbeline,” today at 1 and 6 p.m. at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
    The performances are the culmination of the school’s annual Shakespeare residency program, which brings acting teachers and directors from Shakespeare & Co. in Lennox, Mass., to Bridgehampton each winter to immerse students in Elizabethan life. The production features not only student performers but costumes, sets, props, sound, lights, playbill, makeup, publicity, and photos and video created by students, teachers, and parents.
    The play is “an epic adventure story,” according to the school, about Imogen, a resourceful princess who marries poor Posthumous despite her father’s objections, only to see him banished to the Welsh countryside. Her search for him is a tale “punctuated with colorful characters, jealousy, deception, sword fights, cross-dressing, and sleeping potions,” the school wrote.
    The performances are open to all. Tickets cost $10.

Student Art at the Parrish
    The Parrish Art Museum’s 2013 Student Exhibition, an extravaganza of art by kids from all over the East End, will open tomorrow in Water Mill with a celebration for family and friends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. honoring the work of the elementary school-level contributors.
    The show includes group projects by kindergartners through eighth graders and individual and group projects by high school artists. The high school artists will get the spotlight during a celebration on Feb. 9. The show will be up through March 3.

Happy Hearts
    Valentine’s Day may be a couple of weeks away, but at this time of year having something to look forward to can make a young heart soar.
    The East Hampton Day Care Learning Center’s Happy Hearts Valentine’s party isn’t until Feb. 9, but organizers have asked for reservations by Wednesday. The party will begin at 11 a.m. with a magic show by Bruce Majic. Valentine’s arts and crafts projects, cookie and cupcake decorating, and games will follow until 1 p.m., and refreshments will be available. The party is free, although donations will be accepted.
    Those who plan to partake in the fun have been asked to call the center, which is on Gingerbread Lane Extension, or e-mail

The Word
    Montauk middle school students will read their own poems, as well as those of other students and poets, and recite memorized works during a poetry event called “Word Up!” next Thursday at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall. The program grew out of the students’ work with professional poets who have been coaching them on writing, revising, and presenting their own original work. There is no charge to attend.

Love and Books
    A story and craft time at the East Hampton Library on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. will have Valentine’s Day as its theme, giving kids from 4 to 6 a chance to turn their thoughts to cupids and hearts and all things sweet.
    Older kids in fifth through eighth grades can indulge their love of books as part of a book club for young teens meeting next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. The first book to be discussed will be Sharon M. Draper’s novel “Out of My Mind.” Copies can be reserved in the children’s room or by e-mailing Refreshments will be served.

Not by the Hair . . .
    “The Three Pigs,” as interpreted by Wonderspark Puppets, will blow the house down on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor. The visiting troupe was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Chad Williams and Lindsey Briggs and performs in the New York City area, upstate, in Connecticut and New Jersey, and on Long Island.
    Tickets to their Sag Harbor shows cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for children under 3.

Happy Birthday, Amelia
    A 50th birthday bash for the Amelia Bedelia book series will pay tribute to the title character’s playful spirit and cheerful personality on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. The party, for kids 3 and up, will include games, crafts, and snacks. Advance registration with the library has been requested.

Workshops for Teen Writers
    Teen writers will have a chance to work with professional, published writers in two creative writing workshops run by the Young American Writers Project at Stony Brook Southampton during the winter break. The first runs from Feb. 18 through 22, the second from March 25 through 29. The registration deadline for the first workshop is Friday, Feb. 8.
    Both sessions will guide student writers as they develop their fiction, poetry, and personal essay skills. By the end of the week, participants will have produced several pieces of completed writing. The March workshop will focus on creative writing. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and cost $525, although partial scholarships are available.
    The Young American Writers Project was established and is sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and literature and is “dedicated to mentoring young people in the development of creative expression and critical thinking through writing,” according to a release.
    Students who participate in either workshop will be eligible to have their writing published in the YAWP E-zine and for presentation in a program at Stony Brook Southampton in April. Registration details can be found online at or by e-mailing

Meet the Animals
    Families with children 6 and older can tour the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 10 a.m. The tour offers a chance to meet some of the animals in residence there. Advance registration has been requested.