Montauk Community Notes, March 28


A group of Montauk School teachers and local residents departed on Saturday, March 23, for Ireland. Patrick Moloney, Montauk School staff member and tour guide, along with his wife, second grade teacher Regan Moloney, has organized this trip for several years. My friend MaryAnn Christman Peluso is on the trip for the second time accompanied by her daughter Christine, who is on break from her job at Harvest. Lisa Grenci rounds out the group of just over 20 travelers. According to Ms. Peluso, Mr. Moloney has expanded this year’s itinerary with overnight stays at five hotels, including the famous Ashford Castle, which dates to 1228. The five-star luxury castle hotel is situated beside tranquil Lough Corrib in Mayo and is one of the best castles in Ireland. Last year the tour only stopped at the castle for lunch. Ms. Peluso is particularly thrilled about the overnight this year.

The travelers return on Saturday, in time to catch a concert previously scheduled for March 6 but rescheduled due to inclement weather. On Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., multi-talented singer-harpist Erin Hill, accompanied by Mike Nolan on pedal steel guitar, returns to the Montauk Library for a “Celtic Celebration.”

Ms. Hill is a world-class harpist praised for her exquisite voice. She’s a talented actress, most recently appearing alongside Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci as First Fairy in Classic Stage Company’s production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” Ms. Hill writes pop tunes with science fiction lyrics, and performs them with her band, Erin Hill & Her Psychedelic Harp.

While in the U.S. Navy, Mike Nolan formed a ship’s band performing country music. He landed in Nashville as a session guitarist and participated in late night jams with legends ranging from Dicky Betts to Neil Young and even John Lennon. For more information about the concert, please call the library at 668-3377. This event is free and open to the public.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, during school spring recess, through Sunday, March 31.

The Friends of the Montauk Library will hold a spring sale on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., downstairs at the library. Nearly new books for $3 as well as bargain toys, decorations and jewelry will be for sale.

Also on Saturday, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will hold a scenic 4-mile hike to Lost Boulder. Meet at the Montauk Recycling Center on the north side of Route 27 at 10 a.m. Contact leader Ed Porco at 631-477-0741, or 631-603-2262 on the day of the hike, for more information.

St. Therese and Montauk Community Church join together for an Easter sunrise worship service at the Montauk Lighthouse beginning at 6 a.m. this Sunday. According to the Reverend Bill Hoffmann, the pastor of the of the Community Church, the Reverend Michael Rieder, the pastor of St. Therese, has promised a perfectly warm, sunny spring morning.

Calling all kids from toddlers to 10 years old for St. Therese’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, taking place on the grounds of the Parish Center at 11:30 a.m. on Easter. Please bring your own basket. Afterward, everyone is invited to stay for light refreshments.

Also on Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Gurney’s annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Gurney’s Sea Grille.

On Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. a meeting for residents is scheduled at the Montauk Firehouse, where attendees will learn of the department’s plans to improve Montauk’s emergency preparedness. This is for any emergency such as hurricane, snowstorm or power outage. Plans are to expand an emergency assistance program for special needs residents. The department needs help to identify those in our community with medical conditions or disabilities who may need assistance before, during and after such an event. Opportunities to volunteer will be presented, with a follow-up meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at 9 a.m.

On Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Montauk Child Care Center at the Montauk Playhouse will host an open house. Parents are invited to a guided tour, to meet the staff and see for themselves the fun and learning happening at the center. Refreshments will be served. A program of the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc., the center offers an extensive educational and developmental curriculum, state-of-the-art learning and play facilities, trained teachers and staff, and nutritious meals and snacks. Open Monday through Friday, the center welcomes children age 6 weeks to 5 years, year-round or just for the summer. Contact 668-3760 for more information.

The Friends of the Montauk Library Knitting Group meets at the library Tuesdays, from 4 to 5:45 p.m., April 2 and 9 and concludes April 16. Participants are invited to knit and chat.

“Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole has been chosen by the Montauk Library Book Discussion Group as the April selection, and is now available at the circulation desk. Discussion is scheduled at the library on Sunday, April 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation will hold its first-ever Manhattan fundraising event at Toby’s Public House at 86 Kenmare Street at the corner of Mulberry Street in Manhattan. The “Montauk Meets Manhattan Cocktail Party” takes place Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets, $100 per person, are available online at and by phone at 668-1124. All proceeds benefit the foundation, the mission of which is to raise funds for the restoration and development of historic Montauk Playhouse.

Wishing all Montaukers a blessed and safe holiday week.

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