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LIFE'S GUIDE TO THE 2018 SEASON W ith summer in the air the full calendar of events that make the Hamptons special begins to come into focus. From fairs and music to sports and more here is a quick look at some of the highlights of July and a look towards some of the bigger events to come.   ROCKETS RED GLARE!! Looking ahead one of the highlights of any summer season on the East End is a good fireworks display. And once upon a time nearly every village and town staged one. For reasons that have as much to do with cost (a good fireworks show can cost you $25-50,000) as well as safety we are down to a far smaller lot to view this sum- mer. The biggest and most timely is the annual “Stars Over Montauk.” Held on July 4th this full-blown Grucci fire- works display lights up the Hamptons skies like no other. And because it is free it does tend to draw quite the crowd. Held on the western end of the village beach its best to try and pick out your stretch of sand early. Maybe come for the day, pack a cooler, frolic in the water and wait for dark. If you’re just rolling into town that afternoon please be patient and let the local Police direct you to a parking area. You may have to walk a bit, but what a night to stroll under East End stars, huh? If you’d like a smaller, more intimate exhibition, Sag Harbor has one on the 4th as well. Very generously pro- vided by the Sag Harbor YC they shoot their charges over the harbor just beyond the breakwater on Bay Street. Be sure to bring a blanket, beach chair and the whole crew for a great show.   FAIR SUMMER FAIRS Over the course of the next few months there will be many chances to get outdoors and enjoy a variety of summer events. One of the most popular is BAY STREET THEATER’S SUMMER GALA. Held July 7 this 27th edi- tion is hosted on the Long Wharf under a most magnifi- cent tent and features fine food, crafted cocktails, a not to be missed silent auction and bevy of celebrities and well-known guests. That usually includes Alec Baldwin, Billy Joel, Alan and Arlene Alda, Julia Andrews and many, many more stars of film and stage. This year’s Gala will be hosted by the hilarious Jane Lynch! Tickets run from $425 - $1500 and can be purchased by calling 631-725-0818. One of the grandest of all summer events is East Hampton’s annual Ladies Village Improvement Society (LVIS) 122nd SUMMER FAIR. Held July 28th from 10am- 5pm on their Main Street home base next to the main parking lot you’ll enjoy multi-color booths, a carousel, plenty of kid’s activities, great food and one of the best silent auctions of the season. As afternoon turns to dusk linger for a delicious open-air BBQ with plenty of music and dancing! No wonder this has lasted over a century, it really is one of the family friendly highlights of the season. The largest fair of all is Southampton’s annual GREEK MEET THE AUTHORS T Khali Gibran Muhammad speaks at Guild Hall July 13. 6 | Montauk Life | JULY 2018 his summer take the time to meet some of the world’s best authors at the BRIDGEHAMP- TON LIBRARY’S “Fridays at Five” when every Friday in July a well-known author reads and discuss- es his newest works. This year we have best-sellers like James Patterson with his aptly named, “The President is Missing”, Walter Isaacson’s new look at “Leonardo DiVinci” and Ken Auletta’s scratching look at modern business “Frenemie: The Epic Destruction of the Advertising Business”. Tickets are $25. For a full schedule contact them at 631-537-0015 or go to their web site www.hamptonlibrary.org. East Hampton’s GUILD HALL 631-324-4050 of- fers a series of stimulating conversations with per- former/musician/actor Questlove (a.k.a. Ahmir Khal- ib Thompson) will be joined by some very special guests for two nights of conversations July 29 and August 12 that explore how to live your best creative life. On July 13 Khali Gibran Muhammad professor of Race, History and Public Policy at Harvard University will host a discussion on Equality in The Hamptons: Burying Our Heads in the Sand? Tickets for the first are $30 the second free, space is limited so be sure to call ahead. www.MontaukLife.com