http://ccritz.com/media-admin.php It’s a beautiful day here in Sag Harbor and as if that’s not enough, it’s my birthday. Actually, I am not sure that will make the day better unless I somehow ignore that I have turned 63, only a year away from that sobering threshold immortalized in the Beatles song, When I am 64. You know, something like “will you still love me…”
Kesinga As Scarlett O’hara said “I won’t think about that today, I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
Ok, Ok, I’m all better now…
Anyway, here we are in the heart of the Hamptons, the summer playground of the rich and famous. Sag Harbor, the “harbor” and town are up and running for the season but are still have an “off-season” feel because school isn’t out. When it is in a few weeks, watch out.
Brenda and I went out for drinks last night and the bartender commented “it hasn’t gotten crazy yet” and said that the place would be jammed in a few weeks when school is out and everybody heads east for the summer. As it’s still early in the season, we are happy to enjoy a more laid back Sag Harbor.
If you look at just about any promotional information for this area it will include an image of the town windmill, a modern reproduction of what was once a regular sight on Long Island before the advent of electricity. In “days of old” windmills were used to grind grain, pump water and many other uses. It’s nice to know that wind power and more broadly, renewable energy is making a comeback. Pandora has lots of solar power aboard, enough to satisfy just about all of our power needs, even heating water for showers and making fresh water with our RO system. Tree lined and shady, Main street is about as pretty a place as you will find, especially before the summer hordes arrive.At the head of Main is a tiny charming park. Forgive the shot of the statue’s backside, but I just like this angle best. Shopkeepers can afford to put their best foot forward as their clientele are willing to pay extra to support a beautiful shopping experience. In one shop we found a small armchair that we loved. However, we didn’t love the price, $2,500. The shopkeeper was quick to point out that for a modest fee, they could ship it to us and we’d save the entire sales tax. Here’s a better idea, don’t buy the chair and save $2,500. Charming architecture is everywhere. Note: It’s not the house that’s leaning…For us, no trip to Sag Harbor is complete without a visit to Sag Harbor Florist, from our viewpoint, one of the most beautiful florists you’ll find anywhere. Housed in a charming period brick building across from the waterfront park, it’s a perfect setting. Trust me when I say “you have to be there”. Their website doesn’t do the place justice. When you enter the shop, and there are multiple rooms to enjoy, the aroma is intoxicating. Imagine the scale of the home that can do justice to an arrangement like this. “Jeeves, be sure that the table in the entrance hall is dusted. The’ll be refreshing the flowers today.”Imagine spending a day arranging flowers in this space? There is so much going on here every day that they often spill out onto the side yard as they prepare flowers for a big party, wedding or charity benefit. There just aren’t that many places in the country that have a clientele with the resources to support such high end business. To that point, Billy Joel, “Piano Man” and aging rocker keeps his boats here. I always make a point of checking out what’s on his docks. His taste in boats tends toward the look of a classic runabout and Rogue certainly fits that bill. I understand that right across the street from his dock is a building that houses his extensive collection of motorcycles. I didn’t have the nerve to try and peer into the windows.
Well, I’d better get going and finish this post so we can head ashore. Besides, it’s my birthday and the clock is ticking and there’s still lots to do. Time ticking away? Hmm… I won’t think about that today…
Oh yeah. One more thing. We visited our son and family last week. Our granddaughter is really growing up. I haven’t posted a picture of her in a while so here goes. Cute or what?Anyway, time is short and we need to enjoy the place before the hordes arrive and as this is THE place to be, they’ll be here soon enough.
Bye for now…
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