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Feb 25, 2014 1:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Water Mill Community Notes, February 27

Feb 25, 2014 1:32 PM
Facebook is very helpful for a columnist. It was while scrolling my Facebook feed on Sunday morning that I saw a great photo of the studio that is taking the place of the Celadon Gallery in Water Mill. Still operated by the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, the space was recently converted from gallery to studio, which was determined to be a much better use of the wonderful location.A quick post on Facebook received a reply to my query as to whether Nancy Robbins, the force behind the guild, might be there later in the day so I could snap a photo of her inside the studio.

I popped over in mid-afternoon (after a failed attempt to ice skate in Greenport with my family in tow), and Nancy was out back getting the guild’s kiln fired up. By the way, I learned that firing a kiln is a lengthy and complicated process that takes many hours.

The new studio is lovely. It’s beautifully lit with plenty of space for potting wheels and supplies. Classes in the studio will start next week. There is something for every age and every skill level, but you’ll need to reserve soon because space is limited.

Perusing the brochure for upcoming classes even made me want to try my hand at throwing pottery, but I think I’ll have to put that on the list with learning how to draw and how to play the ukulele, among the million other things I’d like to try.

For more information on the studio and its classes, check out the website at www.HamptonsClay.com or call 726-2547.

One of these days, I plan to get on over to the Water Mill Community House for the traditional New England barn dancing. Unfortunately, it won’t be this Saturday when Ted Crane will be there to call the dances and Wild Thistle will be providing the beat. Plan to arrive at 7:45 p.m. if you need a quick lesson in the moves. Bring a dance partner if you have one but don’t worry if you don’t. It’s all fun. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 students, children up to 16 are admitted free with an adult. Don’t forget to wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floors. Call 725-3103 if you’d like to talk to someone who knows the skinny.

With the lovely weather last week, I had an opportunity to take a few walks in my neighborhood. It was distressing to see the number of mailboxes that have been destroyed. I counted six on the ground, which is far too many to be the fault of the snowplow, not to mention the very same dent in the side of each. Has anyone else noticed a flux in damaged mailboxes? Send me an email if you have.

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The mailbox damage is indeed from snow plows. Lots of snow this winter and lots of contractors being hired to plow. Not all of them are gentlemen. When you start seeing mailboxes on the ground in summer, then you'll know it's vandalism.
By btdt (449), water mill on Mar 28, 14 12:02 PM