Photos by Durell Godfrey
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- A beautiful waterfront house on a bluff in Springs may be an unlikely place for a museum, but suspend your disbelief. This is no archive of ancient artifacts nor a paean to priceless paintings. No, this is the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT, a good-humored and astonishingly expansive assemblage of midcentury kitsch — ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and commemorative items, among other things — a proud and highly concentrated collection that numbers in the thousands.
For the 15th straight year, the local Ecuadorean-American community and Comunidad de Base brought a slice of Ecuador to the Village of East Hampton with their annual Pase del Niño Viajero de San Joaquin celebration.
The search for perfect holiday gifts can test your imagination, shopping stamina, and, above all, patience.
Susan Wood Richardson, a photographer who has worked for magazines and movie companies all over the world, recently dropped anchor in Amagansett in a house that is large enough for the furniture she has collected at auctions and yard sales and antiques shops, including Balasses House, which used to be in Amagansett.
When Barbara Toll, an art adviser and former gallery owner, sold her Sag Harbor house and moved into a two-bedroom condominium in the Watchcase factory in 2015, she was eager to give up the maintenance responsibilities that come with homeownership, but she wanted to retain some of the aspects of her former, beloved home.
Customers come from near and far and at this point the general manager of London Jewelers in East Hampton can often spot them the minute they walk in. They are almost always men, and when they look at the cases of glittering jewelry and watches and rings, they suddenly seem unsure they’re in the right place. Then, with a quick glance, they see “Humidor” in big letters on a glass door to the right and shelves of cigars inside a climate-controlled, walk-in room.