Tell us about yourself and your connection to East Hampton.
I first came to East Hampton in 1968! At 18 years of age, I knew I had to be part of this town. Like many of us, I had taken summer shares in a house which further spurred my quest. Luckily, in the seventies, I convinced my parents to purchase a home despite mortgage interest rates at 14%. What really drew me at first was our beaches. I have always been curious as to why I am so drawn to the water. I love walking and reading near the water. I read that our atmosphere in East Hampton contains negative ions, a name given to a small molecule that’s gained a negative electrical charge, are found in extremely high concentrations near the ocean? These molecules pass through us and are mood stabilizing. Well, I am certainly charged with happiness! So, year-round… calm waters, storms, dancing waters, I go! In addition to protecting our Town’s natural beauty, I’m grateful for those who have protected and preserved our built environment, as well.
How did you first get involved with the Historical Society?
A few years ago, I was approached by a friend that the Historical Society needed help at the Antiques Fair. I must say I was slightly intimidated, not sure how I would be received. I was delightfully surprised how welcoming they all were! That welcome opened my door. And to add, how wonderful it is to meet new people and to work together as a community. So, I say to all, join us and let’s play.
What motivates you to volunteer in the community?
So why Historical society? There are so many organizations out here requiring help. How to choose? My interest in history knows no limits. Enjoying every inch of East Hampton, how can we ignore historical legacy? It’s important that we preserve the past for future generations. My interest encompasses the how, when, and why artists, artisans and architects came to East Hampton and built the community we know today.
Do you donate your time to any other organizations? If so, which ones and what spurred your interest in them?
I have volunteered for many causes… President of the Parents Association at the UN International School, fundraising for scholarship for the Hellenic Medical Society and other endeavors. Education is dear to my heart.
Which of the Historical Society’s sites do you find most interesting? Why?
Like so many, we watched the restoration of the Moran Home and Studio for years. It nearly fell apart after Hurricane Sandy. And the color of that building, what were they thinking? I had to find out. I am currently one of the educators at the Moran Home and Studio. It has been so much fun learning about Thomas Moran. What a character! He was the first artist in the 1800’s to be an East Hampton superstar. His legacy is amazing. I invite everyone to come when we are open to learn about Thomas and his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, who was also a renowned artist. Aren’t we all curious about what happened in East Hampton in the past? Lucky that we have the Historical Society to help provide us with that historical perspective.