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What You can Expect at the Theater
Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor
One of the treasures of the East End, Bay Street Theatre is open every month except January and February. It puts on live performances and has actvities for children. Their website is: baystreet.org The theatre is located at the foot of Main Street on the wharf in Sag Harbor.

The box office is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday through Sunday. Phone: (631) 725-9500

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A Bit of Culture Amidst the Intelligencia
Guild Hall in East Hampton
Guild Hall has a museum, a theater, and an educational center. The Hall, housed in a lovely building near the swan pond on Main Street in East Hampton, remains open, though less active, during the winter. On the web at: guildhall.org

Phone: (631) 324-0806; Box Office: (631) 324-4050

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Whales Made Sag Harbor Thrive
The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
Right up the street from town, a recent exhibit at the museum included "artifacts that were obtained by whalers while in port, such as intricately carved items from the native people of Alaska and shields from the South Sea islands. Also on display [were] moving and informative letters addressed to family members that tell of the whalers' adventures and hardships while on board the whaling ships."

Open May 18th - October 1st
10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday and 1pm-5pm on Sundays

Located at 200 Main Street in Sag Harbor, NY

Telephone: 631-725-0770

Website: Whaling Museum

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The French have Arrived in Bridgehampton.
Pierre’s is highly recommended. Surprisingly good food and a pleasant staff.
Pierre’s is located on Main Street in Bridgehampton between the public library and Anne Moore’s marvelous hat shop. Two weeks after it opened in the summer of 2002, it received a poor review from the New York Times. Citysailor sent our ace food reporter and two friends to check it out on December 28, 2002.

That day, as it does every day, Pierre’s was offering a prix fixe dinner in addition to its regular menu which has dinner entrees in the low $20 range. The holiday prix fixe included a glass of champagne for $35.

The meal started with complementary amuse bouche, served in espresso cups. This carrot-apple soup with a rich cheese flavor was a pleasant surprise. One of the diners thought that the waiter was bringing espresso to the wrong table and had to be convinced that it was actually indeed a soup!

Pierre’s had already passed our first service test with high marks - this is where we ask to sit at a particular table, and then after sitting down, decide to move to another table. The first table was a bit chilly: the staff was unruffled in helping us find a warmer one.

After moving we took some time in deciding what to order, finally settling on an onion soup appetizer with hanger steak (extraordinarily tender and flavorful), a whole grilled sea bass flambé, and lastly a prix fixe foie gras appetizer with a sea bass (not whole) entree.

The soft, tasty foie gras surrounded with an excellent port wine sauce was served atop a mound of creamy polenta which like the soup and the delicious potato served with the hanger steak was made more flavorful with cheese.

The whole sea bass flambé was superb -- moist and flavorful. It was set aflame at the table using a mixture of pastis and brandy. And the sea bass (not whole) was also excellent, served in a squarish mound with some wispy fried leeks on top. It had a lovely cream sauce different from the sauces on the steak and whole fish.

Don’t forget to try the melting chocolate cake for dessert - a ring of warm crusty chocolate with thick chocolate sauce in the middle and crème fraiche on the side. The adequate coffee was the weakest part of the meal.

The new chef who joined the restaurant in mid-August is an Egyptian with a French culinary background.

The restaurant has a long bar near the entrance and seating along the side and in the rear. Friendly and helpful staff, an inspired chef, and a charming and handsome French owner (Pierre), have made this an outstanding addition to Hamptons dining.

Pierre's will be closing for a winter break from early January until March 6th, 2003. Pierre’s is located at 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton. Telephone: (631) 537-5110.

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Poxabogue at Alison's for the Winter
Great Atmosphere at low golf course prices
The grill at the Poxabogue Golf Course has moved to Alison's by the Beach for the Winter. They are serving breakfast and lunch, while Alison's returns for dinners.

Alison's has a lovely atmosphere which makes lunching on the omlettes, burgers and salads especially enjoyable. The prices can't be beat.

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January and February - 2003
Talks at the Southampton Library
Selected Talks (all free):

January 24 (noon on Friday) -- The Importance of Daydreaming with Simon Van Booy. The poet will discuss sourcs of poetic inspiration.

January 26 (3 pm on Sunday) -- Chopin piano concert performed by Victoria Dondysh.

February 5 (noon on Wednesday) -- Larry Rivers: "What Didn't He Do?" A talk by Helen A. Harrison, Director of the Pollack-Krasner House.

February 9 (3 pm on Sunday) -- An Afternoon with Mayakovsky & Burliuk. Poetry, performance and reminisences with Ellen DePazzi and George Wallace.

February 13 (7 pm on Thursday -- The Social Behavior of Dolphins with Paul Forestall, Associate Professor at Southampton College.

February 27 (7 pm on Thursday) -- Memoirs by David Rockefeller. Presented by the man himself.

February 28 (7:30 pm on Friday) -- Memories of the Depression Years: Conversations with Local Residents.

February 3 & 24; March 24; April 7 -- (all at 7 pm) -- Architecture and Ambition, 350 Years of Building Southampton with Richard Barons, Director of the Southampton Historical Museum. Each talk covers a later time period, starting with the 1600's and going to the present.

March 2 (3 pm on Sunday) -- Concert and talk by Oscar Molina featuring Mexico, and South and Central America.

March 9 (3 pm on Sunday) -- Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and von Weber concert performed by Katherine Addleman and Alvin Novak.



For all of the above (free) events, please call 283-0774 x523 for reservations.

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January 22 & 29; February 19 & 26 and twice a month thereafter - 2003
The Play Reading Group at the Southampton Library
Read plays twice a month -- out-loud, I wonder?? That would be fun!

Or join the local history study group or the history book group.

For details call Genevieve Linnehan at 283-0774 x524

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Mondays 10 am - 12 noon through April
Play Bridge at the Southampton Library
Sounds like lots of fun to play Bridge at the Library! And, if you are afraid you need a little practice, try practicing here first.

Dates at the library: January 6, 13, (no bridge 20th), 27; February 3, 10, (no bridge 17th), 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28.

Bring playing cards -- the library will serve coffee.

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Until May, 2003
Montauk Wild Seals
Take a morning walk along the coast of Montauk State Park this Winter and have a tour of the seals!

About every 3 weeks between November and May a Seal Walk starts near the bathrooms in the main parking lot at Montauk Point State Park and lasts about 3 hours (about 3 miles of walking).

Led by the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI), the walks are cancelled if the weather is bad.

Accrding to their website, dates for the walks are December 29 (8:30am), January 12 (8:0am) & 25 (8:00am), February 15 (10:30am), March 5 (10:00am) & 30 (11:00 am), etc. The last walk is on May 25th.

Call CRESLI at (631) 244-3352 for schedule changes and cancellations.

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Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15, 2002
Guild Hall East Hampton Childrens' Performance - 2003
Drama Rama at the Drew for Kids

After taking a 12-week theater workshop, these young performers are ready to take to the stage!

A public performance featuring local young thespians will be held at The John Drew Theater on December 14 at 7 p.m. and December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is FREE!......Directed by Serena Seacat
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Box Office: 631-324-4050
http://www.guildhall.org/calendar.ihtml?id=110

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Sure Beats Maine and Rivals Secaucus
- Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead
A quiet phenomenon has been sneaking up on Eastern Long Island right between the North Fork and the South Fork: the modern day outlet center.

And the result is a shock to the uninitiated: store after name brand store offering huge discounts. We're talking Barneys and Nike. And 100 others.

While a recent visit to the Tanger Outlet centers was a serious shock to a long time Hamptons resident who had never heard about it, apparently much of the rest of Long Island have been making the pilgrimage on a regular basis from as far as Great Neck.

We at Citysailor highly recommend a visit. And, if you'd like to try a local hole-in-the-wall restaurant/bar with really delicious marinated steaks and steamed lobsters while you are up in Riverhead, try going to Cliff's which is just up Main Street from Sears.

Directions to Tanger: Go East on Route 27. Near Hamptons Bays follow the turn off to Riverhead (whatever sign from Route 27 to Riverhead you follow is fine). Continue on the road to Riverhead until you get to the traffic circle in Riverhead. There bear right and pass McDonalds. At the traffic light (Main Street) turn left. Keep on going for about three miles or so. The Tanger Center will be on the right.

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Department Stores and Shopping Center Goliaths
- Hildreth's Department Store
Back in 1842 when your great great grand-daddy was just a tot, Hildreth's was inventing the department store -- so OK, they never became as big as B. Altman . . . . But at least Hildreth's is still around. With five locations, now they even have a website

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