Project Most Executive Director Tim Dryden with his wife Maureen.
- With very little in the way of speeches it was mostly fun, mostly music, mostly great food, great drinks and great friends in support of Project Most
, an after school program that serves what might otherwise be latchkey children in the East End.
Dubbed "A Taste of Land & Sea," the benefit featured tastings from wonderful East End restaurants such as Nick and Toni's, Della Femina, The 1770 House
, Bostwicks Chowder Bar, Estia's Little Kitchen, Foody's, Dreesen's, Food & Co., Harbor Bistro, Meeting House, Art of Eating Catering
and Debbie Geppert Catering. There was also a wonderful Raw Bar by the Seafood Shop
(live mermaid included). The wines were courtesy of Channing Daughters
Winery and Paumonauk Vineyard and the full bar was provided by Domaine Franey, while Hampton Coffee Company
served up espresso and coffee.
A live mermaid shared space with the shucked clams and oysters provided by the Seafood Shop.
Held under the stars and a tent at East Hampton Indoor Tennis
on Daniel's Hole Road, volunteers greeted the guests who followed the lantern lit path to the festivities. The main attraction was the Nancy Atlas
Band that always pleases any crowd at any event in the East End. Guests sipped, swayed and supped on the absolutely delicious hors d'oeuvres, clams and oysters that were indeed the tastes of the evening. Guests also received a biodegradable gift bag with a Morning Glory seedling plant, an appropriate gift as Project Most partners with the Springs Community Seedlings Project.
As the Project Most mission statement notes, "We are committed to building on the strengths of our children by providing students a range of academic support, enrichment activities, and a positive social environment everyday...after school." Along with the essential after school supervision there are enrichment activities complimented by academic support and mentoring. A professional teacher coordinates the program and designs activities to compliment but not duplicate the learning needs of the children.
Enrichment Activities including art, yoga, soccer and other sports, group guitar lessons, weekly water safety and swim instruction, physical exercise, hands on science activities, dance and movement, Hip-Hop, photography, crafts, field trips to local cultural institutions, and socialization time.
As always the Nancy Atlas Band had them swaying and stomping.
The lucky kids who participate in Project Most might otherwise be one of the estimated 600,000 children in New York State who return home from school to no adult supervision daily. An alternative to private for-profit programs, the non-profit Project Most program charges a sliding scale fee for their services based on family income verified on the application, allowing low and middle income parents the assurance that their children are cared for after school. The program currently serves the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts.
Truly an extraordinary program, their website featuring a video with Executive Director Tim Bryden
, Program Coordinator Rebecca Morgan
, and, of course, the kids tells the story better than I ever could. Take a look and see if it is for you and what you can do to support Project Most.
For more information go to www.projectmost.com
Biodegradable gift bags with Morning Glory seedlings were the swag of the night for party goers.
Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com