Notes from Amagansett

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After our parent-teacher conference on Thursday, May 1, my daughter Lucy and I not only went to Kumon and the high school girls lacrosse game (they lost), but we had the exciting experience of seeing the girls softball team, the Grasshoppers, in action.

The game had all sitting on the edge of their bleachers, Abby Okin as catcher made some incredible plays and the winning run was scored by Marissa Brophy. They beat the Bees 11-10. Way to go girls!

The Lug Nuts defeated the Volcanoes on Wednesday, April 30, and, unfortunately, the Rangers lost on Friday, May 2. Better luck next time. I had no news from the Cardinals camp but I will keep you posted. The Lookouts have their second game today, May 7. All is good.

Don’t forget your mom’s day, this Saturday, May 10. At the Amagansett Fire Department, the Ladies Auxiliary is holding a plant sale at 10 a.m. It’s the perfect opportunity for a perfect gift for your mom or your friend’s mom.

Today, May 7, at 6 p.m., is the last dinner meeting of the year for the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. All members are encouraged to attend. Elections will follow the feast.

“The Prevailing Spirit” is the title of the sermon to be given by the Reverend Steven E. Howarth on Sunday, May 11, at the 11 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett. The Women’s Guild will host its annual Mother/Daughter Dinner on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at Scoville Hall. A brown bag raffle will be held during the dinner.

Don’t forget about the church’s lasagna dinner on Saturday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. A 50/50 raffle will be held during the dinner. Take-out dinners will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the church. For more information or tickets, please call Elizabeth Rossuck at 324-2042.

The Presbyterian Church’s Bible class will meet on Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the Yule Room.

On Saturday, May 17, a memorial dinner will be held to raise funds for the family of Thomas Kopka at the American Legion Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. Thomas Kopka, a lifelong resident of East Hampton, died of brain cancer on February 23 at the age of 38. He leaves behind his wife, Katie, and five young children. This event will benefit the kids, who are struggling with the loss of their dad. Tickets are $25. Any questions can be answered by calling 537-0553.

Don’t forget your gloves when you head off to the Indian Wells Beach Clean-Up. It will be held Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Garbage bags will be provided.

Thanks to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and a New York State legislative grant, the Amagansett Free Library will be hosting a series of art history programs for elementary school students. Students in kindergarten through second grade can register for a series of three Wednesday afternoon events: June 4, 11, and 18 at 3 p.m. The kids will be exploring prehistoric cave painting, Greek and Roman pottery and Byzantine mosaics.

Grades three through six can register for Saturday afternoon sessions, June 7, 14, and 21 at 2 p.m.

They will create and learn about Egyptian papyrus and hieroglyphs, African tribal masks and royal headdresses, and Japanese katagami and katazome. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call Kelly at the library at 267-3810, for more information and to register.

The library is also beginning its after school program today, Wednesday, May 7; this is a repeat of the pilot program introduced in March. It takes place at the library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reading, art projects and even exercise make up this program, a great opportunity for all.

On Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. the library will be hosting a special story time and craft program. All are invited to share stories about their moms and grandmas, and will be able to create a special gift as well. Another nice way to show our moms just how much they mean to us.

Saturday, May 17, is another opportunity to sign up for the East Hampton P.A.L. Football Cheerleading and Football Camp for ages 7 to 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the EHMS.

The Fruit of the Month at the Amagansett School for April was oranges. On Wednesday, April 30, the Health and Wellness Committee treated all the students to oranges during snack. Pineapples are the fruit for May and students are asked to bring in favorite recipes using the fruit which will be compiled in a recipe book to be given out at the end of the year and, wow, the end of the year is coming quickly.

The Amagansett School Chorus will perform a Memorial Day “Salute to our Veterans” concert on Thursday, May 22, at the East Hampton Senior Nutrition Center. The theatre program is working on their performances of “The Giving Tree” and “Wemberly Worried” to be seen on June 11.

Today, Wednesday, May 7, sixth-graders Bridget Stonemetz (voice/ French horn) and Emma Newburger (flute) and fifth-graders Danny Okin (percussion), Matthew Smudzinki (percussion) and Jack Bistrian (violin) will travel to the Westhampton Beach Middle School to participate in the NYSSMA State Solo Competition. Congratulations and good luck to all.

The P.T.A. is hosting teacher appreciation week tomorrow by providing all the teachers a well-deserved breakfast. Not only do they deserve it, but it reminds us all how important breakfast is to our growing children’s bodies and minds. They will have their monthly meeting and elections on Monday, May 19, and May 21 is the monthly hot lunch and a box top drawing, so start collecting them now. Kleenex seems to be providing Lucy and me with a lot of box tops which are ten cent coupons that can be found on most cereals and Baggies. Last collection we made more than $80 and the money goes toward P.T.A. events like hot lunches and tee-ball.

Lucy and I attended the Hampton’s Hoe Down on Sunday, April 29 at Town Line Restaurant. This benefit was put on by Amagansett’s own Paul Nicholls who founded Team Continuum which benefits Pediatric Cancer Care. Despite the damp April weather, Paul and his charm and his gang raised money to help children with cancer and their families. Not only was the event fun and the ribs amazing, but the cause cannot be beat.

The days are flying by, don’t forget about the P.T.A. Tag Sale on Saturday, May 24. Before you throw out your used sporting equipment or the like, please think of donating it to the sale.

The most important thing we must remember this week is our moms; there is nothing or no one that can replace your mom and if you have lost yours, I know you feel the pain. Who else has sat up with you all night rocking you with a fever or drinking your vomit in Coca-Cola by mistake? Or driven you anywhere, anytime for anything and is always there, whether you know it or not, because, “Yes, we really do have eyes in the back of our heads.” Have a great week and don’t forget to cherish your mother.

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