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  •     I want to thank Mr. Ira Rennert. Really. 

        Years ago when he began work on his compound in Sagaponack many were outraged. How could he take that lovely unbroken vista, Fairfield, and build something on it?

        Rumors swirled as more and more work was done in this huge ex-farm field overlooking the ocean. People tried to get a look at it. They flew over it and crept up from the beach to try see what was going on.

  • The first part of Guild Hall's annual Student Art Festival, with work by children in kindergarten through eighth grade, will be on view through Feb. 23.
  • East Hampton was abuzz with festivities last weekend.
  •     After stockpiling dried flowers and seed heads  in fall and gathering  evergreen boughs of all kinds, members of the Garden Club of East Hampton spray on sparkling color,  make bows, and gather small ornaments for a December visit to the East Hampton Senior Center, where they help everyone make holiday baskets.

  • The top of the Cedar Point Lighthouse was removed last week for restoration and taken by barge to Sag Harbor.
  • A giant spider that took a family to propel down the street may have been the biggest standout at Sag Harbor's annual Ragamuffin parade on Sunday, but there was no shortage of impressive costumes.
  • The annual harvest festival at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard was a daylong extravaganza of food, fun, and games.
  • Of all the prizes offered, the best may have been the camaraderie as dog-lovers gathered in East Hampton on Saturday for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 20th annual Stroll to the Sea
  • England's Castle Theatre Company took over the grounds of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack on Friday evening during the gloaming hours to perform their version of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."
  • Outstanding in the Field, a self-described "restaurant without walls," made the East End Community Organic Farm in East Hampton the latest stop on its 2013 "roving culinary adventure."

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