Thank you for making our BIG TENT: Party for the Cinema the event of the summer!
WHAT A CELEBRATION!
Long Live the Sag Harbor Cinema!
The Big Tent: Party for the Cinema was a joyful, exuberant celebration that brought our whole community together, once again, on Long Wharf. Between 5 and 8pm, over 1,000 people came through the tent to share their enthusiasm and give support for the buying and rebuilding of the Cinema. People of all ages were there. Faces were painted, rosé flowed, Wildlife Rescue Center raptors enchanted people at the ticket line, and restaurants from all over the village served delicious bites. The Sag Harbor Fire Department once again served the best burgers, and everyone worked them off dancing to the great HooDoo Loungers. We estimate that the art auction will net us more than we made from last year’s party altogether! Endless thanks goes to the very generous artists who donated work to the auction. Almost 100 volunteers greeted everyone with warmth and grace while taking tickets and serving food, and the Sag Harbor Whalers kept everything running smoothly, Caps, T-shirts, books and Cinema ornaments provided by Bongiorno Brand, SurfandSlide, East End Press and Terri Doyle made for delightful swag! And we are grateful to have shared the Big Tent with Bay Street Theater.
And then there was the sign. Thanks to the efforts of Chris Denon of Twin Forks Moving & Storage, Clayton Orehek, master neon artist, and John Battle, sculptor and master metalsmith, we were all able to be thrilled to see the sign once again brought by Chris Denon on his truck, which was lit after we made brief remarks. "Sag" is in great shape, and "Harbor" needs some work, but it is in very capable hands! A poster of Madam Rosa, the first arthouse movie shown by longtime Cinema owner Gerry Mallow, was presented to him to thank him for having kept the theater in the great tradition of independent movie screenings for 38 devoted years.
Our Mayor Sandra Schroeder also said a few words, and afterwards we all wished we’d had more time to thank everyone who made the party possible, so please look for our ad in this week’s Sag Harbor Express newspaper.
We felt the love and we hope you did, too! Thank you all for your support!
– Judi Caron, Nick Gazzolo, April Gornik, Diana Howard, Susan Lacy, Hilary Loomis, Susan Mead, Carol Ostrow, and Jayne Young: The Sag Harbor Partnership Board
Photos courtesy of Michael Heller
Our Art Auction for the Cinema will continue!
Work not sold will be available directly from the Sag Harbor Partnership, with proceeds benefitting the Cinema. Artist have generously offered to let us continue to sell the work till the end of the summer.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation
Bridgehampton National Bank
Brown Harris Stevens Real Estate
The Lorber Family Foundation
Michael Graff & Carol Ostrow
Nicole Miller & Kim Taipale
Romy & Bogdan Cosmaciuc
Nick Gazzolo & Renée Shafransky
Bob & Hilary Loomis
Thank you to our teen winners of the Sag Harbor in Focus 2 contest!
Their exhibition at the Sag Harbor Historical and Whaling Museum was spectacular!
Special thanks to Ralph Gibson, judge, and Ray & Carol Merritt and the Cygnet Foundation for sponsoring this wonderful show.