Notes from Amagansett


I sit down to write this on Sunday, May 11, as my final duty before I celebrate not only Mother’s Day with my daughter Lucy but Pentecost, which is the actual birthday of the Episcopal Church. We will be participating in a mother-and-daughter celebration and Lucy will join her fellow Sunday School classmates in signing the Lord’s prayer. I can’t think of a better way to start off the day. I hope your day was filled with as much celebration and love as you desired.

The colors of Amagansett are absolutely stunning right now. We have the tulips at Hamptons Realty, the dogwoods, and the forsythia in full bloom as well as the lilacs starting to grow, to say nothing of all the potted plants in our neighborhood. It’s all beautiful and yet we complain and sneeze and rub our eyes from the pollen. As with everything in life, I guess we must once again take the good with the “achoo.”

In batting news, Marc Matthews’s Rangers are really doing it. Lucy’s Lookouts are 50-50 and I have no news on the Grasshoppers or the Lugnuts due to rain and I trust the Cardinals are still out there, but no word from them to date.

Today, Wednesday, May 14, the Bible class of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will meet at 1 p.m. to continue its study of Paul the II’s Letters to the Corinthians. The class will meet in the Yule Room under the guidance of the Reverend Steven E. Howarth. All are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m., the Summer Fair Committee will meet in Scoville Hall to plan for the 92nd annual summer fair, which will be held on Saturday, August 2. Meanwhile, this Saturday, May 17, is the date for the Lasagna Benefit Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in Scoville Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Take-out dinners are available. “An Awesome Responsibility” will be the title of the sermon on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. to be given by the Reverend Steven E. Howarth. The deacons will meet on Tuesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Yule Room.

The Amagansett PTA will be holding a tag sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the school on Saturday, May 24. To make a contribution, contact a PTA member or a parent at the school. Please give Cassie, the school’s receptionist a break.

On Saturday, May 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, there will be a benefit for the children of Thomas Kopka, who died recently at the age of 38. Tickets are $25. For more information, please call 537-0553.

The Indian Wells Beach Clean-Up is on Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Don’t forget your gloves.

In Beach Hampton news, the Amagansett East Association’s president, Alan B. Klopman, was one of the moderators at the Temple Adas Israel of Sag Harbor’s memorial of the holocaust on May 4.

In school news, the fruit of the month is pineapples. Today, Wednesday, is a voter registration drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The PTA will have its monthly meeting on Monday, May 19, at 8:30 a.m. in the school’s library. In addition to having elections for officers, guest speaker Cindy Pierce Lee will discuss “cyber-bullying,” which was a topic briefly touched on at Dr. Wooster’s “Coffee and Conversation” get-together on Monday, May 5. The main focus of the “Coffee and Conversation” was “VTS,” which stands for Visual Training Strategy, an educational tool currently being introduced in our school. It allows our children to “think outside of the box.”

There is no right or wrong, which not only builds confidence but implores students to look at art or other scholastic situations with an open mind. This is great stuff.

There will be an in school art exhibit on Tuesday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Come marvel at your child’s art work under the tutelage of art teacher Liz Paris and don’t forget to vote on the library and school budgets from 2 to 8 p.m.

Make sure you check out the Amagansett Library’s new website at

Please remember to collect your box tops. There will be a prize drawing on Wednesday, May 21 at the PTA’s monthly hot lunch.

May birthday wishes go out to Marion Greene, May 9; Sabrina Bistrian, May 13; Sabine Tulp, May 3; Caroline Cashin, May 8; Lucy’s god brother, Noah Gualtieri, May 16; Rosa Carmichael and Brandon Bistrian, May 17, and May 30 is the birthday of Laura Lee Drucker, Didi Lamborn, and my little sister, Anne Sanderson, mother of Lucy’s cousin “Baby Iz.”

Have a great week, enjoy it all and don’t forget to keep that “wry sense of humor alive.”

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