Weekend Recap: Our Top 10 Stories of the Week, March 29–April 4

Nancy Nano, Robert Downey Jr., Mary Cantone
Nancy Nano, Robert Downey Jr., Mary Cantone

A new COVID-19 testing site opening on the East End, comfort food and cocktails from Hamptons and North Fork chefs, a Sag Harbor business and a local nonprofit helping to save lives, the power of art and virtual gallery tours, questions for these challenging times and some escapism with Robert Downey Jr. are all among the Top 10 posts this past week on DansPapers.com.

Riverhead coronavirus COVID-19 testing site
ProHealth taking coronavirus tests at their Riverhead site

Drive-Thru Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Site Opens in Riverhead
The first testing facility on the East End began serving the Hamptons and the North Fork on March 31. Opened by ProHealth Care, a network of primary and urgent care services, this facility provided a great relief for Hamptons and North Fork residents who previously had to drive more than 30 miles farther west, and 35 minutes longer (according to Google Maps), to the testing site in Stony Brook.

"Alice Hope: Surge," on view at Tripoli Gallery,
“Alice Hope: Surge,” on view at Tripoli Gallery, Photo: Courtesy Tripoli

East End Art Lives On Through Local Galleries’ Digital Archives
Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t peruse local art galleries online, and maybe order a piece or two. Discover the works of renowned and up-and-coming artists hailing from the Hamptons and North Fork from the comfort of home, with these eight local gallery websites.

Marissa Drago, Scott Kampf and Dominic Rice
Marissa Drago, Scott Kampf and Dominic Rice, Photo: Barbara Lassen, Karen Weissner

East End Chefs Roundtable: What’s Your Comfort Food?
Meatloaf and matzo ball soup. Roti bread and hot dogs. Beef with mashed potatoes and eggplant Parmesan. Food in all its forms provides not just sustenance but genuine comfort, and the perfect centerpiece to conversations we’ve had over the years with favorite Hamptons and North Fork chefs about the culinary creations they call their classic “comfort foods.”

Ina Garten Cook Like a Pro on Food Network
Ina Garten, Photo: ©Food Network

Ina Garten Shares Jumbo Cocktail Recipe
Mixology with the Barefoot Contessa herself! “During these stressful times, it’s really important to keep traditions alive, and my favorite tradition is the cocktail hour,” Garten says in an Instagram video. “I like to make a lot of Cosmos. You never know who’s going to stop by—wait a minute, nobody’s stopping by!”

Nancy Nano, Photo: Courtesy Nano
Nancy Nano, Photo: Courtesy Nano

Nancy’s Tailoring & Sag Harbor Helpers: Making Masks & Assisting Elders
In times of crisis, the strongest communities come together to ensure the well-being of their most vulnerable members. That outpouring of love and support can be witnessed crystal clear on the Sag Harbor Helpers Facebook page and in the efforts of Nancy’s Tailoring & Alterations in Sag Harbor, where owner Nancy Nano volunteered to transform her shop into a medical mask–making operation

Peter Beard search in Montauk
A search for Peter Beard is ongoing in Montauk, Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

Peter Beard Missing in Montauk: Major Search Underway
The 82-year-old photographer wandered away from his home off Old Montauk Highway on Tuesday, March 31, resulting in a massive mobilization of that included numerous local residents as well as Montauk Fire Department volunteers, East Hampton Town Police, NY State Park Police, state police K9 units, a drone and even a Suffolk County Police helicopter.

The Retreat logoThe Retreat Provides Help, Hope and a Haven in All Times of Crisis
During the current coronavirus crisis, just as it has every day since it began in 1987, the East Hampton–based Retreat offers a safe haven for families in crisis, providing domestic violence and sexual assault services along with education to families, friends and neighbors in Suffolk County.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, Photo: © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM

Robert Downey Jr. Binge List: 10 Must-See Movies
The Hamptons homeowner had decades of great film roles—and Oscar nominations—before he flew into a whole other level of super stardom as Tony Stark. A Scanner Darkly, anyone?

question mark sign in sand beach
Photo: iStock

Questions and Answers: What We’re Asking in the Age of Social Distancing
Last week we pondered the power of gathering around the electronic campfire. This week we wondered about everything from how to get grandma on Zoom to how to best work from home to when it’s okay to join a virtual happy hour to the importance of Vitamin C to the simple joy of snack cakes.

William Ris Gallery owner Mary Cantone, Photo: Barbara Lassen
William Ris Gallery owner Mary Cantone, Photo: Barbara Lassen

William Ris Gallery and the Art of Community in a Time of Uncertainty
“This time of uncertainty is undoubtedly stirring up emotions which will likely prompt some creative consciousness,” says Mary Cantone, owner of the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport. “Time sequestered, sheltered at home, being alone with one’s thoughts, it all requires alternative approaches to surviving the unknown. The arts, all of them, have been the salvation of people’s existence during struggles and strife through centuries.”

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