CALENDAR of Current Events


Tues. Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Herman Melville‘s Birthday with special guest scientist/writer Carl Safina author of Song for the Blue Ocean, View From Lazy Point and Beyond Words:What Animals Think & FeelArt Silent Auction closes and winner announced. Author talk & refreshments. Learn more about the art auction items at:

Tues. Aug 22, 7 p.m. “Good Shoemaker, Poor Fish-Peddler: a Memorial for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti upon the 90th Anniversary of their Unjust Executions” with historian/folk musician Stephen Sanfilippo.


Sat. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day! Bring your teddy bear and come for tea and a teddy bear story.

Stay tuned for our next book group: Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist.  Call the shop for information.

Moby-Dick Marathon, 2017 Events

Thurs., June 1, 6:15 p.m., At Jermain Library: Film screening of John Huston’s 1956 Moby-Dick starring Gregory Peck, Orson Wells and Richard Basehart! Screenplay by Ray Bradbury.

11:00-12:15 p.m. begins at  Canio’s Books, Main Street
12:30- 3:45 p.m. Old Whaler’s Church, Union Street
4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Canio’s Books

SATURDAY, June 10:
10:00 – 1:50 p.m. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, Main Street
2:00 – 5:50 p.m. John Jermain Memorial Library
6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Canio’s Books

SUNDAY, June 11:
11:00 – 1:15 p.m. Eastville Community & Historical Society, Hampton Street
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. reading concludes at Canio’s Books, and After-party follows.


Earlier 2017 events:
Dante Workshop: Four sessions with Canio Pavone
Irish Film series: The Dead with Joseph Shaw
NWEI Community Six week Workshop: Climate Change
The Spirituality of Resistance Forum with Rev. Kimberly Johnson and Michel Dobbs
Writers’ Resist Forum, co-sponsor with SBU SH
Nature Writing Workshop with Scott Chaskey
Winter Jazz Concert
African American Read-IN, co-sponsor with JJML
Racial Justice East End Book Group:
     The Third Reconstruction by Rev. William Barber,  first session
Writing Resistance Workshop with Maryann
Irish Film Series: Jimmy’s Hall with Richard Lawless and Sigrid Meinel
Poetry of Healing with Maggie Bloomfield and Susan Dingle
Racial Justice East End Book Group:
     The Third Reconstruction by Rev. William Barber,  second session
Celebrating poet Bill Knott
Feminist Book Group, bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody
Herman Melville, Modern Master presentation with Lisa Dickman
Non-Violent communication workshop, co-sponsor with Joanna Komaska
Moby-Dick Film screening
Moby-Dick Marathon
Feminist Book Group, bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody
Vanishing Acts Poetry event with John High and Martine Bellen
Writing Habits presentation by Elise Lorello
Thurs. July 6, 13, & 20: Canio’s Master Workshop series:
 Julian of Norwich seminar with David Townsend  explores the life & times of this 14th English mystic whose radical insights on the nature of the divine still inspire readers today. David Townsend is Professor of Medieval Studies and English at University of Toronto. Registration fee ($80.) includes a copy of Revelations of Divine Love. Thursday afternoons 4 to 5:30. Register early; space is limited.
Sat. July 8 at 5 p.m. Author Leigh Gallagher presents her new book, The Air BnB Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry…Made Billions and Created Plenty Controversy.





Canio’s Cultural Cafe Selected Lectures/Events, 2014

Mark Doty Master Writer's Workshop, 2014

Mark Doty Master Writer’s Workshop, 2014

Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s (CCC) new year started early January with our Master Workshop on Dante’s Divine Comedy; and soon after,  we hosted NWEI six week Climate Change workshop.  Both were sold out, and despite the worst winter in years, we did not have to postpone a single session.   Our Sag Harbor Thomas Merton Circle Book Group continued meeting and we celebrated his birthday together on January 31 with a community dinner in the village.

Kathryn’s Photography workshops ran continuously throughout the winter months, often focusing on Master Photographers’ work, including Vivian Maier.  In April, Kathryn brought a dozen photographers to Finding Vivian Maier at the Sag Harbor Cinema, with a dinner & film discussion in the village right after.  It was a great evening.

As we head toward summer, more has & will be happening at the Cultural Cafe.  Please be sure to sign up for our emails, if you haven’t already.  We look forward to seeing you at a CCC event this year!

Canio’s Cultural Cafe Selected Lectures/Events, 2013

The Cultural Cafe had a number of special offerings in 2013.  Over winter we sponsored Voluntary Simplicity, a community course created by the Northwest Earth Institute.  For five weeks community members met to discuss thoughtful articles from NWEI and to discover ways to simplify and enrich their lives.

Writer and teacher, Indira Ganesan, lead a terrific Master Writing Workshop in the summer.  Ganesan brought creative techniques, a skilled ear, and a thoughtful presence to the participants.


The CCC sponsored an Earth Conscious Essay Contest.  Writers were invited to submit an original essay on a theme taken from Orion Magazine’s anthology, The Thirty Year Plan, “Describe one thing- an emotion, insight, technology, resource, practice, policy, habit, attitude- that humanity is increasingly going to need in order to build a better, more sustainable future.”

We had our first Master Artist series dialogue with April Gornik in her studio in the fall, and held a number of writing and photography workshops throughout the year.  Here’ a summary of the year’s highlights:

NWEI Voluntary Simplicity six week workshop

Freeing our Minds with Zen Koan, Michel Dobbs
Poetry of Well Being
African American Read In

On the Environment, Trebbe Johnson
Master Writers Workshop, Indira Ganesan

“Living Out Loud,” celebrating the ESSAY with David Bouchier & friends
Nassau & Suffolk county Poet Laureates speak, Linda Oypr & Ed Stever
Speak up for the Earth, Earth Day celebration
Pink Smoke documentary screening

The New Millenium discussion, Andrew Bailey
Charting your Path, Robert Wilkinson
Poetry with Bob Hershon

Master Writers Workshop, Indira Ganesan
Rena’s Promise Reading with students

Poetry of Well Being
Dock-to-Dish, CSF celebration, Paul Greenberg
Foodopoly discussion with Wenonah Jauter
IASA event: Italian American Studies Association reading

Master Artist’s Talk, Gillian Pederson-Krag
Thomas Merton Circle film presentation

Master Artist Studios series:  A conversation with April Gornik
Grace Schulman Poetry reading

Ghost Stories with Annette Hinkle
Poetry Reading with Kathryn Levy

Thomas Merton Book Group
Poets on Childlessness & Parenthood, Adam Penna & Sarah Gutowski
Holiday Open House
Jazz Concert with Steve Shaughnessy & Bryan Campbell

Canio’s Cultural Cafe Selected Lectures/Events, 2012

2012 was a creative year for CCC.  We hosted several Master Writing Workshops for the community,  including nature writer Carl Safina and essayist David Bouchier.

Our first workshop focused on the life and writings of Thomas Merton. It helped us start the new year with renewed awareness and intention.  The six week session was facilitated by Eda Lorello, a local Merton expert.

In the spring, we partnered with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt & South Fork Natural History Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Carson biographer Linda Lear spoke under a tent in the meadow behind SOFO, an osprey nest overhead.  In fall, we welcomed local nature writers & enthusiasts to read selections from Carson’s work and discuss her influence on their lives and careers.
Partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, we screened the documentary film Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, in May.  The film by Jules Hart follows the ordination of women R.C. Priests, and the broader issue of women’s rights in the Church.

Later in the summer we sponsored the North West Earth Institute’s Reconnecting with Earth course which brought together community members for six weeks to discuss thoughtful and challenging essays about our relationship to Earth.

Maryann & Kathryn continued their writing and photography workshops, encouraging the creativity of community participants.

In the fall we partnered with the Charles and Tee Addams Foundation for an evening of storytelling and folklore at the Addams home and studio.   Folklorist John Eilertsen from Bridgehampton Historical Society presented.

Other highlights from the year include the African American Literature Read In co-sponsored with the John Jermain Memorial Library.  We partnered with the Hampton Library to host a mini-marathon reading of poems by Emily Dickinson. In spring we were enthralled by storyteller Jeanne Marie Merkel who presented an evening of CelticVision: the Inner and Outer Landscapes of the Celtic Soul.

The Gift of Time, by Ronnie Murtha
Winter’s Walk with Thomas Merton, facilitated by Eda Lorello
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy in the Occupy Movement
African American Read In
Celebrating the Life & Poetry of Gerrit Henry
Inner & Outer Landscapes of Celtic Spirituality
MWW, Essay with David Bouchier
Memorial Reading for Anne Porter
Rev. Sekou Speaks Out
Celebrate Rachel Carson at SOFO with GFEE & FLPG
Mysteries & Memories of Maytime, by Ronnie Murtha
Take Back the Word Workshop with David Townsend
Chants of Manhood, Historic Sea Songs by Stephen SanFillipo
50 Years of Investigative Reporting, Karl Grossman
Emily Dickinson Marathon Reading, co-sponsor with Hampton Library
Pink Smoke documentary film screening
Celebrating Rachel Carson’s Birthday
Bloomsday Celebration with words & song
Lynn Buck Memorial Celebration
Election Games event with WPKN
Rena’s Promise Kids’ Camp event: Young creative writers’ read
Jazz Concert: Celebrating America’s idiom
MWW, with nature writer Carl Safina
NWEI Reconnecting with Earth workshop
Poetry Reading
Cavafy by Daniel Mendlesohn
Contemporary Issues dialogue with Katrina vanden Hueval & Stephen Cohen
Poetry & Jazz Performance
Plant & Sing
Folklorist at Addams Foundation
Poetry Reading
Women in Long Island History
MWW, Poetry by Marvin Bell
Best American Poetry celebration
Celebration of the Season
Holiday Jazz: Celebrating America’s music idiom
Environmental Read In

Plus, ongoing Writing & Photography Workshops throughout the year.

Canio’s Cultural Cafe Selected Lectures/Events, 2011

Thanks to everyone for making 2011 such an interesting year for Canio’s Cultural Cafe (CCC).  We introduced our Master Writing Workshop series with poetry workshops led by Mark Doty and Marvin Bell, plus a short story workshop led by Simon Van Booy.  More workshops are planned for the coming year.  Please call 631.725.4926 for details.  Here are some select 2011 CCC events:

January 6, The MOBY DICK Marathon Reading Phenomenon
January 16, Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Andrew Blake
February 13, 22nd National African American Read-In co-sponsored with John Jermain Memorial Library
March 5, Local writier, Wafa Hallam discusses Memoir Writing
March 12, John Turner lecture on Exploring the Other Island, Long Island’s Natural World
March 19, Celebration of Irish Literature
March 26, Naturalist Carl Safina on the Local-Global Environmental Web
May 20, Poetry Reading
July 7, Student creative writers read from Rena’s Promise summer workshop
July 10, Poetry Reading
July 16, Poetry Reading
August 7, Celebrating Wilfred Sheed
August 15, MWW, Poetry by Mark Doty
September 9, Poetry Reading
September 24, Emily Dickinson marathon reading at Hampton Library
October 8, Poetry Reading
October 29, Halloween at Charles Addams Foundation, Sagaponack
November 5, Artist Jean Holabird on Creative Arts & Nabokov
November 10, Astrologer Robert Wilkinson on The Way Forward
November 12, Poetry Reading
November 19, Poetry & Prose discussion with Lucas Hunt & Simon Van Booy
November 18, Larry Darcey on the legacy of Thomas Berry in the OCCUPY Movement
December 2, MWW, Fiction by Simon Van Booy
December 8, MWW, Poetry by Marvin Bell
December 10, Celebration of Emily Dickinson birthday, Prof. George Held on Dickinson’s Hymnal, common meter
December 17, Celebrate the Season event
December 30, Winter Jazz with Steve Shaughnessy & Tom DePetris

CCC Selected Lectures/Events, 2010

2010 was a great year for Canio’s Cultural Cafe events.  Thank you all for joining our readings and gatherings.  Some of our events are available on line at East End INK:   We are looking forward to more creative events in the New Year.

January 16, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Day celebration
February 20, 6 p.m. Celebrating African American writers
February 27, 6 p.m. Celebrating John Steinbeck’s Birthday
March 20, 6 p.m. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Terry Sullivan
March 27, 6 p.m. Celebrating Women’s History Month:  Rebecca West & Penelope Fitzgerald discussion
April 10, 6 p.m. Benefit Poetry reading for Haiti Library
April 17, ALL DAY Emily Dickinson Marathon Reading with Hampton Library
May 1, 6 p.m. Whalemen’s songs by musician/historian Stephen Sanfilippo
May 23, 2 p.m.  Memorial Reading for poet Allen Planz with Hampton Library
July 10, 6 p.m. 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, Hilma Wolitzer
August 20, 6 p.m. Bob & Omo Moses, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
September 7, 6 p.m. Writing coach Natalie Goldberg on Writing
September 11, 6 p.m. Historian Patricia Sullivan, Lift Every Voice
September 19, 6 p.m. Larry Darcey on Meditation
October 9, 6 p.m. Dr. Sam Slipp, Quest for Power
October 10, 6 p.m. Jim Philipps, Crisis in Catholic Church & Way Forward
October 23, 10 a.m. Capote B&W Hike & Lecture Celebrating Truman Capote’s work
October 30, 6 – 8 p.m. Literary Costume Party
November 5, 6 p.m. Robert Wilkinson on Light & Laughter in the coming Season
December 10, 6 p.m. Celebrating Emily Dickinson with Julie Sheehan
December 17, 6 p.m. Peter Matthiessen, Are We There Yet, A personal Zen story
December 30, 4 p.m. Jazz with Steve Shaughnessy & Tom de Petris

Saturday, January 16, 2010

MLK Tribute
Canio’s Cultural Cafe remembered Dr. King
Tramar Pettaway singing Amazing Grace

Tramar Pettaway singing Amazing Grace

A packed room listened intently as community members Joanne Carter and Lisa Votino-Tarrant read excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches on Faith, Social Justice, and Equality.  Tramar Pettaway raised his voice in song to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy.  We watched and listened to Dr. King’s final speech in Memphis in support of the sanitation workers strike.

With the lights low Tramar closed out our program with We Shall Overcome.

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