Sunday, October 04, 2009

Bits & Pieces

Sven and I got in a walk at LeCount Hollow Friday, where the calm sea was translucent blue-green, typical for this time of year. Not many cars in the parking lot. We saw several fishermen and a couple hikers. On the way home, we stopped at Wellfleet's future French bistro to check if the bakery had opened. We spoke to builder Andrew Parkington who told us imported kitchen equipment has only just cleared customs in Los Angeles. This delay pushes the opening date back until after Oysterfest, perhaps the first week of November.

Oysterfest is only two weeks away. Check the Web site often if you want to sign up for one of the space-limited activities, like harvesting oysters. Be sure to take your children to hear the Elbows, and don’t miss Maroussia Chavchavadze’s stall with colorful woven goods to benefit American Friends of Georgia, or non-resident Sarah James’s watercolors featuring – what else? – oysters!

My mother used to enjoy Denya Levine’s accordion playing and called Stephen Russell “one of handsomest men I have ever met,” which always made Steven blush, if she happened to say this in his presence, which she often did in her old age. Therefore, it seems fitting that Denya will be performing with Steven today at the Flying Fish, on what would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. Here’s a copy of the announcement Denya sent: “Hi there, friends and relations. We're having a fall fling at the Flying Fish: Singing session, hosted by Stephen Russell and myself, Sunday, October 4, 7:30 pm. Come early and have dinner or have some luscious dessert or a drink. If you like, bring a song to share, an instrument...We like songs with a hearty chorus we can all sing, something traditional or old or funny or???”

Finally, since it is Fall for the Arts weekend, we went down to see which galleries were open. Martha, the manager at Left Bank, was doing a rousing business in the back room while we admired recent paintings by Jim Holland. At Harmon Gallery, we chatted with Vincent Amicosante and checked out some of his recent paintings, as well as images of Hamburg by Cynthia Guild. The work of both artists had caught Sven’s eye earlier in the day. Let me share with you the art I fell for this weekend: one of our favorite modern artists, David Hockney, apparently is creating with his Brushes App on iPhone, and the images are amazing ...