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Generous Generations

Originally Posted: January 30, 2007

The Parrish Art Museum turned the spotlight onto the next generation of local artists this past weekend with the opening of their School Art Festival. Students from Elementary and Middle Schools all over the East End including Our Lady of the Hamptons, Hayground School, and Southampton and Riverhead school districts contributed works that filled the museum floor to ceiling.

Christen Heine, Abi Holder and Allura Leggard at the Parrish Art Museum.

The young artists including Christen Heine, Abi Holder, Emma MacLerio and Allura Leggard filled the museum for their opening, eager to find their pieces. Some favorite pieces included the Warhol-inspired paintings from Our Lady of the Hamptons and the Giant Lighthouse painting from Georges Seurat at the Aquebogue School. The sheer magnitude of some of the pieces left us as awestruck as the talent. The local high schools start their show March 10th, and we recommend stopping by to take a look at the future protégés of the local art scene.

Saturday evening, the Peconic Bay Medical Center brought the Swinging 60's to the Inn at East Wind with their Candlelight Ball. Go-go dancers in the lobby welcomed guests as they joined the gala winding through the lavish ballrooms. Several hors d'oeuvres tables set around the room with LP serving platters and ice sculptures continued the Rock and Roll mood.

Cliff Polacek, Susan and Deb Burke, Brian Hughes, and Lisa and Tim Hubbard
at the Candlelight Ball.

Guests talked over cocktails and perused silent suction items for the whole family including sports memorabilia, artwork, beautiful purses - we had our eye on the one from Rafe. With dreams of summer you couldn't help notice the family passes to Splish splash and other local attractions. Raffle tickets also seemed to be going like hotcakes as we saw people taking a chance at winning a new car or truck or minivan donated by local car dealerships. John Smiarowski was the lucky winner, we can't wait to see the new wheels!

The atmosphere was upbeat as guests including Dr. Clara Markovits, Cliff Polacek, Susan and Deb Burke, Brian Hughes, Lisa and Tim Hubbard and others gathered to honor physicians Dr. Richard Rubenstein and Dr. Scott Johnson for their commitment to the community, as well as the 9 local car dealers helping with the raffle.

After the cocktail hour, guests headed into the dining room where the LP table numbers showed that not a detail was missed by the attentive staff. After a tasty dinner, with the Rock and Roll theme and some great music, many guests took the chance to try a few of their own retro dance moves.

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