We are delighted to share that our renovation project of Guild Hall is well underway, and significant progress is being made in the galleries, offices, and community spaces. You’ll see activities on our grounds this fall and winter, improving and enhancing our walkways, external lighting, and plantings.

Regarding the John Drew Theater, we are thrilled that Peter Pennoyer Architects is now leading the entire project, including the theater enhancements, in collaboration with expert performance venue consultants Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. We are currently in the review and early planning stages. Before the holidays, we look forward to sharing more details regarding the future theater, which will include maintaining the circus tent motif and balloon chandelier and improving audio-visual technology, lighting, and audience and artist experiences.



Join us at LTV on Saturday, October 22 from 6-10PM for a Community Social & Spooky Silent Dance Party. Great for all ages, and costumes are encouraged!

The pre-Halloween fête will include:





What’s your name? Samantha Young

Where are you from? East Hampton, born and raised.

What’s your role at Guild Hall? I am the Marketing Associate and Concessions Manager.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? I went to Cazenovia College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Theater History.

What’s your favorite Guild Hall program of all time? I love so many of the programs that Guild Hall produces, but my heart will always have a special place for the Student Art Festival. That was my first introduction to Guild Hall as a kid, seeing my art on the wall. Now being able to watch as other kids get that experience, and to work in a place where we provide so much to the community, especially the younger generation, is very gratifying.

What’s your passion? A true passion of mine is food. Being able to take on the new role of Concessions Manager and pick out food and beverage to serve has been a lot of fun. We are now working on our selections for when we reopen in 2023, continuing our focus on local purveyors.



Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s), by Warren Neidich, is a community-oriented artistic project that aims to create a transcontinental heartbeat across America. Sixty-five artists from Los Angeles wrote sets of instructions, in the form of love letters, to an equal number of artists from the East End who performed them in an open and improvisational way at the waters’ edge at Main Beach in East Hampton. In the spring of 2023 the reverse will occur, with East End artists writing love letters to LA artists to be executed at Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica in conjunction with the 18th Street Arts Center. Due to adverse weather conditions on the final night, we have rescheduled the fourth happening for Sunday, October 30 from 6-9PM. We hope you will join us.





Foodies rejoice! New York Times food & wine writer Florence Fabricant returns for a special fall Stirring the Pot, this time at the new Carissa’s Bakery location at 3 Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, November 12 at 4PM. “Holiday Pie Primer with Carissa’s” will include a conversation with co-founder/Pastry Chef & Baker Carissa Waechter and one of her fellow bakers while they simultaneously present a Thanksgiving pie-making demo from start to finish. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the final product and one lucky guest will go home with a whole pie of their own!



Exterior design & images copyrighted by Guild Hall, Peter Pennoyer Architects, and Hollander Design Landscape Architects, 2022.

Dance party photo by Jessica Dalene Photography, 2021.

Portrait of Guild Hall team member Samantha Young.

Christine Sciulli’s Swept Away presentation of “Signal to Sea” coinciding with a SpaceEx rocket return. Photo: Amy Kirwin

Cherry Pie by Carissa’s. Photo courtesy of Carissa’s The Bakery.



Community Social Media Partner: James Lane Post

Event supported by CitarellaRoberta’s PizzaKidd Squid BreweryLil’ BirdieEast Hampton KitchenOysterblissBig Olaf Ice Cream Shop


Stirring the Pot

Lead Sponsor: Ciuffo Cabinetry

Supporting Sponsors: Citarella and Landscape Details

Media Partner: PURIST

SWEPT AWAY is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Hayden Family Foundation.

Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.



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