The Artists and Writers Softball Game didn’t set an attendance record at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday afternoon, though the Scribes and Paletteers went at it with gusto as they always have — for 70 years, it is said — and, in the end, the Writers had the last word, winning 12-8.
The Hampton Lifeguard Association took 100 junior and senior guards to the United States Lifesaving Association’s national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., this past week, with the 47-member senior guard team finishing sixth among 33 teams vying for the championship trophy.
The Hive was swarming Friday as Shaquille O’Neal shot hoops with youngsters and who, prior to a screening of Ben and Orson Cummings’s documentary on the 2015-16 Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, and the inspiring tradition behind it, told the crowd that he, too, had gone to a school like Bridgehampton.
Saturday promises to be the sportiest weekend day of the summer inasmuch as four events here, namely Fighting Chance distance swims, the Artists and Writers Softball Game, a Hamptons Hoops Academy basketball clinic, and the Hampton Cup junior tennis tournament are vying for attention.
On Saturday the rains came, but it didn’t spoil the first ever release of bobwhites in the hamlet of Montauk by the Third House Nature Center group. Juvenile bobwhite after bobwhite fluttered off into the green tapestry of Montauk County Park atop the hills east of Lake Montauk. Such release of this quail species, native to most of the United States, but not common anywhere, could be the beginning of the comeback of it not only in Montauk, but in the rest of East Hampton Town as well. Two more release days are planned by fall in this five-year program.
Sharks are hot. As in the past few summers, shark sightings seem to be capturing a lot of headlines and attention of late. Ever since Steven Spielberg put the toothy fish on the silver screen several decades ago, the mystique and fascination continues to grow.
A tent almost as big as you’d see at the Hampton Classic had been set up at Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach Saturday morning, uniting, for the first time, the Party for Pink, which was to be held there that night, with its sporting arm, the Hamptons Paddle, 3 and 6-mile races that drew about 150 participants.