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Further Lane East Hampton

Further Lane East Hampton

Sometimes worlds collide, time bridges eras, and we walk out of a fog bank into the sun...*

I love to read.  I read fiction. I read non-fiction. I read poetry. I read blogs by seriously smart people and I read recipes by seriously talented chefs...

Our Graybarn Cottage used to belong to Lois Wise, an author and advertising pioneer ("You've come a long way baby!").  It is filled with books - all kinds of books - floor to ceiling books! During the renovation of the house our summer intern Dara (now getting a Masters Degree in Jerusalem and working hard to save the world) and I lived on site. Despite the hammering and the dust, we had the great luxury of wandering through the house picking volumes off the shelves and reading books we might never have thought to buy or borrow.

Graybarn Cottage Books

Books at the Mill House Inn's Graybarn Cottage

I immersed myself in the American Classics that summer - books I had somehow missed reading in high school: Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald...

A couple of months ago, despite my husband's warnings, I took myself to the movies to see "Gatsby." Had I realized it was made by the same team that made "Moulin Rouge" I would have spared myself the waste of time! The movie made me so angry that I went to BookHampton the next day and bought a copy of the original. The next time I walked past the bookstore I noticed a new book in the window "Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" by Therese Anne Fowler.  Great timing and great reading!

Jazz Age East Hampton

Jazz Age East Hampton

Twice in the book I came across references to James Boyd, a noted historical novelist and friend of Scott's.  Near the end of his life Scott spent a lot time with him playing golf in South Carolina and in the Author's Notes & Acknowledgments she gives thanks to the Weymouth Center for the Arts - once James Boyd's home in Southern Pines SC, where she spent time as writer-in-residence during the writing of this novel and which had been visited by Thomas Wolfe and Scott Fitzgerald, among others.

Many years ago, we had a frequent guest named Jim Boyd. Jim was a former newspaper man and a great raconteur.  He would tell stories of hitching his family's railroad car to the back of a train and going, with his newspaper colleagues, to play golf on the courses his grandfather had built in Hilton Head SC. (Oh - and there was much imbibing going on during these train rides!)  Jim was a resident of a nursing home his mother had endowed in Southern Pines but he would escape whenever he could and come home to the Mill House Inn!
Talking about great timing: the East Hampton Historical Society is hosting an exhibition called “Jazz Age East Hampton (1919-1933): Clothes, Clubs, and Contraband” at their Clinton Academy Museum through October 13th.

East Hampton Historical Society

The Jazz Age in East Hampton

“This exhibition combines historic photographs, decorative arts, and many wonderful period fashions that will bring the Jazz Age to life. From a 70-year-old bottle of contraband liquor to a rustic croquet set, this exhibition will give viewers a kaleidoscopic vision of this lost time.”

I highly recommend taking a lovely walk to the other end of Main Street and spending some time with the ghosts of Scott & Zelda – then back into town to imbibe some excellent cocktails from the era at CittaNuova or Rowdy Hall!

Sometimes worlds collide, time bridges eras, and we walk out of a fog bank into the sun...*

*in tribute to another one of my favorite books, "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin

Foggy Morning in East Hampton

Foggy Morning in East Hampton

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