Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Un-Hampton

US Home Town Locator describes the vicinity known as Pine Neck as a populated place located in Suffolk County. That might be so during the summer, but definitely not during off season, unless one includes the deer that swim over from North Haven.  Hence, Pine Neck is rather a sleepy, quaint town.          

Wikipedia states that Noyac(k) is a hamlet located on the South Fork of Long Island, in the Town of Southampton.  Additionally, the Noyac Civic Society mentions that Noyac (also spelled Noyack - named from an Indian word meaning a long neck of land - Jessup’s Neck) is a bay, a creek, a road and locality close to Sag Harbor.  Furthermore, I can attest to the discrepancy in the spelling of the hamlet, for I’ve always known it to be “Noyac,” in oppose to “Noyack,” but, as they say, different strokes and all that.  But to me, it will always be "Noyac." In fact, an email address of mine is Noyac@, and it’s been that way ever since emails originated and I joined cyberspace.

Still according to Wikipedia, Sag Harbor is an incorporated village in Suffolk County, New York, with parts in both the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton. It’s interesting that the spelling of East Hampton is two words, but not so with Southampton and Westhampton. There must be something about those folks in the East that makes them a wee bit different from the folks in the South and West.  

Sag Harbor has often been referred to as the “Un-Hampton,” as in the past, everyone flocked to the Hamptons of the East, West and South, before they ever discovered the real booty found in the old whaling town of Sag Harbor.  Those similar to myself, who either grew up or summered in Noyac, were often referred to as "locals.” However, that too was debatable, back in the day, as Sag Harborites declared themselves “locals” and considered anyone from Noyac - "city."

To sum it all up, Pine Neck, the populated place in Suffolk County, is situated in Noyac, the hamlet town on the South fork of Long Island, which is part of the incorporated village of Sag Harbor, and has parts in both Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, all of which are located in New York. 

Why is any of that important?  I’ll tell you...

My story, The Big Bad Rain Monster is based on the place, Pine Neck; the hamlet, Noyac; and the incorporated village of Sag Harbor and other vicinities in the East and West where organic farming and farmer’s markets are located.  However, to hopefully appeal to children, the location is simply referred to as Slow Turtle Lane in the Village of Pelican Bay.  Most children find those names, as well as others in the story, amusing, or at the very least, interesting.  Thus, the attention of the young one is secured, until at least the next few sentences.

As I write this post, I’m sitting at a long glass table, facing the living room which is surrounded by windows on three sides.  The front windows lookout to the calm, blue bay - Noyac Bay, which is illustrated throughout the pages and on the cover of The Big Bad Rain Monster. 

Wait.  Hold on.  I’ve moved outside.  And, why not; it’s a beautiful, sunny, breezy day, and not only is the bay within a few steps, the sea-salt fragrance awakens my senses and I feel as vibrant as this east-end day.

I agree with My Uncle Walter who said many years ago, “I don’t care where you go, there’s no place better than Noyac.”  It’s no wonder to me that I was inspired to write my first book, The Big Bad Rain Monster based on Pine Neck, Noyac, Sag Harbor – the “un-Hampton,” New York.

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