Amagansett community notes


Today we have a new president and no matter how you voted, we are all now a part of history (the good kind). Today is also Tiana Treadwell’s 7th birthday, so happy birthday to her. I trust the inauguration and her birthday were both discussed in Miss Muthig’s first grade.

This weather has made for some treacherous walking conditions. My mom is facing six weeks in a hospital rehab program for a slip on the ice. But it also has made for some fun times, like Loot and me snowshoeing on the dunes right here in Beach Hampton. One’s got to take the good with the bad, like I always say.

Here’s an update on Amagansett moms who are in business: you can still go to Alison Goggins’s for cool hats, scarves, and other stuff. Sabine still does Knitting on Sundays at BookHampton from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call (631) 604-2799. Katherine Epstein’s Flower Life Newsletter continues with tips on how flowers can light up, heal and perhaps even change your life. For further information, go to Susan Karlin, president of Suka design, another Amagansett mom, has some tips on her website,, for advancing your organization even in these tough times. The title is “Marketing through Performance Anxiety.”

Don’t forget about “Gone Local” and everything else we have right here in our hamlet, including the Community Boat Shop, which is open to the public at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett. For information, call (631) 324-2490. Also, check out to find out the news about our local museums and goings on.

Important news: If you can give blood, please do so on Monday, January 26, from noon till 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, across the street from Brent’s on Montauk Highway. All you have to bring is yourself and a photo ID. Thanks ahead of time to all who give.

Also at the Legion Hall, there will be dancing to the music of the Blue Collar Band on Saturday, January 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight with light food and a cash bar. You must be 21 and the admission is $10. Call 267-8728 for more information.

The Chess Clinic still continues at the Town of East Hampton Youth Park as does PAL basketball at the Amagansett School and Minor’s Soccer Clinic at the hockey rink, all good stuff.

At the Amagansett School this week, in addition to the sixth-graders having English language testing, the PTA is sponsoring its after-school bingo game on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Remember what Sabrina Bistrian always says: when my daughter Lucy turns 21, Sabrina is taking her to Vegas because Lucy not only wins the box top drawings all the time but bingo as well.

Next week, Monday, January 26, the PTA will meet in the school library from 9 to 10 a.m. All parents are encouraged to attend. Not only will Bernadette Gildae be the guest speaker on parenting styles, and perhaps some budgeting and “Wii” questions and issues will be covered.

January 26 is also the date for the start of the international circus at the school, winding up with a student performance on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m., in the school gym for parents and family members.

It is almost February with birthdays of the “three amigos,” Elizabeth Bistrian on February 13, Lina Bistrian on the 28th, and, yes, my daughter Lucy Emptage on the 29th and, no, that is not a typo.

The First Presbyterian Church is proud to announce seven new members: Desiree Albright, Christy Coberc, Ed Duryea, Connie Judson, Brian O’Connor and Claude and Robert Plachy, M.D. On Sunday, January 11, the following church members were elected to serve as elders: John Emptage Jr., Betsy Martin, Barbara Borg, Lynn Dale, Ron Fleming and Mary Vorphal. Judith Kuneth was elected to serve on the board of the deacons.

The following were appointed to serve on the Buildings and Grounds Committee: Connie Judson, Brian O’Connor, Josephine Crasky and Calmon Booth. Congratulations to all.

In library news, please go to for information about the March 10 Library Lobby Day in Albany in support of all libraries, not just ours in Amagansett. Story time at our library is on Saturday, January 24, at 10 a.m., and January 31 at 2 p.m. Join the library to get cozy. For more information, please call Kelly at 267-3810.

Tomorrow, January 22, teens are invited to the library at 6 p.m. for snacks and a discussion about “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. This sounds like a pretty gruesome story to me, but what do I know?

Sylvester & Co. at Home at 154 Main Street in Amagansett is holding what it calls a “Winter Blues Breaker” reception on Saturday, January 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. People can meet the artists, Jim Napierala and Mary Ellen Bartley, who will be there only from 5 to 6 p.m., whose work is on display at the art and home furnishings showroom. The reception is open to the public and no reservation is necessary.

“We wanted to create a fun, simple event for people to get out of their houses,” says Lynda Sylvester. “The evening will be about art, blues music, books and a chance to see our latest offerings.”

In the words of the infamous Jay Chiat, “I’ve spent my life seeking order and creating chaos.” Sound familiar? Have a great week. Please send me any Amagansett news.

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