This Summer Had One Steamy Social Scene

The 2012 summer social scene was a steamy one. Dan’s Papers society writer Susan Saiter reports some of the highlights: It was an old-fashioned hot July when the Sag Harbor Historical Society settled on Main Street for its annual benefit on the lawn at the Annie Cooper Boyd House. (Boyd was a Sag Harbor artist.) Historical Society President Nancy F. Achenbach welcomed guests, including architect Paul Alter, artist Diane Schiavoni and oyster farmer of Noank Aquaculture Co-op, Bill Brauninger. Vice-president Tucker Roth said the society has done important work in helping to keep Sag Harbor’s famous streets and other village spots much as they were in the paintings by Boyd. Keeping chain stores out and mom and pop stores in has been a goal of many Sag Harbor officials and historical society members. “For example, you can still buy a spool of thread in Sag Harbor,” said Barbara McLaughlin, referring to everybody’s favorite five & dime, the Sag Harbor Variety Store. One of the auction items at the event was a set of pews from the Sag Harbor United Methodist Church building recently remodeled by Elizabeth Dow. Also helping to build the Society’s fund was treasurer Bob Espach, selling reproductions of a nostalgic photo of Main Street that proves how much preservationists have succeeded in keeping the town uniquely historic on the East End.

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