Between the dunes


If you do nothing else this week besides checking out the Amagansett School Talent Show, make sure you go to the Amagansett Post Office and check out the amazing art show art teacher Liz Paris has put on display.

The work is very impressive and really shows her love of art and her talent in teaching it to her students. A few of my personal favorites are sixth-grader Emma Newburger’s pencil drawing and then there is the second-graders’ reproduction of Matisse paintings. Two stand out as my personal favorites: one by my daughter, Lucy Pearl Emptage (of course), and the other by her “God brother” Noah Gualtieri, but you go see for yourself. It’s a not-to-be-missed exhibit.

The students at the Amagansett School have been practicing on their own or under the strict tutelage of a parent, such as Sabrina Bistrian and her assistant Otis, to prepare for tomorrow night’s Talent Show at the school at 6 p.m. It is being organized primarily by Jackie McGovern, a teacher at the school, and Janine Jablow, the school’s social worker. It is an evening that is sure to bring smiles to all who attend.

There is no school on Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, for teacher and professional development days. No complaints here; Lucy and I are back to “Soarin” the Epocot skies among other Florida festivities, such as a visit to Shamu the whale.

Among the topics when the PTA met April 14 was the recruiting of new officers and the plant sale fund-raiser, as well as the upcoming tag sale fund-raiser. So before you hit the dump in your spring cleaning efforts, perhaps speak to a parent from the school to see if your “junk” may be someone else’s “treasure.” Today is the monthly PTA hot lunch; this month’s feast will come from Luigi’s, which is always a favorite.

On Monday, April 7, Kelly White, director of programs at the Amagansett School, led the monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting because Superintendent Dr. Judith Wooster was absent. The guest speakers were Principal Tom Lamorgese, Assistant Principal Chris Tracey and guidance counselor Bridget Anderson from the East Hampton Middle School.

They spoke about curriculum and activities, and answered questions regarding our children’s transition to the school for seventh grade. I have a few years before Lucy goes there but a big concern among the parents and the students, besides to honor-roll or not-to-honor-roll, is the locker issue. Amagansett students don’t have lockers so this prospect seemed daunting to some. But all left the meeting much more at ease. Thanks to Kelly White and representatives of EHMS for helping to ease our minds.

At the Amagansett Free Library, Saturday Storytime for children at 2 p.m. continues, as well as other programs. For further information, call the library at 267-3810 or go to the library’s website or, even better, stroll on in.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, “Just As We Are” is the title of the sermon to be given by the Reverend Steven E. Howarth on Sunday April 20 at the 11 a.m. worship service. Bible class continues to meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Yule Room and don’t forget about the upcoming fund-raising lasagna dinner on Saturday, May 17 in Scoville Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, please call the church office at 267- 6404. Take-out dinners will be available as well, which is always a good thing.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, there will be a huge barn sale for St. Luke’s Church; proceeds will go to its outreach charities. Beautiful furniture, books and many other treasures will be for sale.

Also on Saturday, April 19, there will be a benefit for the roller rink, which is right around the corner from the American Legion Hall. The East End Ice fund-raising fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. If you would like more information, please call 329-0905.

I hope you are enjoying all the beautiful flowers, especially the tulips, in particular in our hamlet.

I know summer is just around the corner, or at least a real spring, when we get the hoses pumping—not the fire department variety. Our outdoor hoses and outdoor shower are now ready to rock courtesy of Harold McMahon Plumbing. I made the mistake (only once) of trying to turn it off in the winter myself. Needless to say, a few burst pipes later, I decided to stick with the professionals, a fact that can be applied to many aspects of our lives, be it pipes or people.

To quote my friend Dave, “Drum roll, please …” The official name of our Little League first and second grade girls softball team is the “Lookouts.” They got that right! Stay tuned for more schedules and stats of other teams as well as we get into the season.

Our first official game is Wednesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Amagansett School against the Montauk Volcanoes. Come cheer on the lassies. Have a great week and please send me your Amagansett news.

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