Amagansett Community Notes, May 2

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April showers really do bring May flowers. The hamlet is blooming. Enjoy.

Happy May birthdays to Sue Bye, Sabine Tulp, Brett Bistrian, Caroline Cashin, Rick Slater, Big Bad John Ryan, Sabrina Bistrian, Brandon Bistrian, Otis Bistrian, Jackie McGovern, Matthew McGovern, Noah Gualtieri, Erik Davidowicz, Rosa Carmichael, Auntie Anne Sanderson, Laura Lee Drucker, Jim Czarnecki, Pat Lacarruba, Jennifer Miller, Valinda Valchich, Erin Leland and Ruby Stenerson,

The Amagansett Village Improvement Society sponsored a recent cleanup at the Amagansett train station. Volunteers raked, planted and collected 20 bags of garbage around the station. Stay tuned for the inside to be painted and the split rail fence repaired. Thank you for helping AVIS stay true to its mission of keeping Amagansett beautiful. If you would like to send a contribution to keeping the hamlet beautiful you can send a check to AVIS, P.O. Box 611, Amagansett, NY 11930. AVIS also has a new website. Check it out at www.amagansettavis.com .

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church holds services at 11 a.m. on Sundays. The Amagansett satellite of the East Hampton food pantry is open at the church on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its services Sundays at 11 a.m. as well. All members of the community are welcome to attend. St. Peter’s Catholic Church has mass at 9 a.m. on Sundays with coffee hour afterward on the front lawn.

Story and craft time will take place this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Amagansett Library. Children can join in for a fiesta to commemorate Cinco de Mayo with singing and dancing. For their craft, children will make maracas.

The library will present an illustrated lecture by Henry Osmers, historian of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, on his most recent book, “American Gibraltar: Montauk and the Wars of America,” on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Mr. Osmers will speak about the strategic role of this eastern promontory and the changes in warfare and technology on our shores from the days of the Montaukett Indians through the early 1980s. All are welcome, but are asked to call for reservations in advance at (631) 267-3810.

The library is holding two panel discussions. The first one is an author panel called “Curiouser and Curiouser,” which will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Four authors will speak for 10 to 15 minutes each about how curiosity drives their research and inspires their creativity. The authors are Melvin and Gilda Berger; Kate and Jim McMullan; Erica Farber; and Maureen Sherry.

On Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a children’s book review panel. The panel will discuss the importance of children’s literature and what really makes a children’s book. The panel will consist of Kaylee Davis, Todd Jackson, Renee McGrath and children’s Librarian Jeanne McDermott. Please register in advance for these events by calling 267-3810.

Sharon McCobb will hold her first meeting as Old Montauk Athletic Club president on Wednesday, May 8. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the O’Connors’ home at 54 Old Stone Highway in Springs. On the agenda will be the East Hampton Middle School’s Bonac On Board to Wellness 5K, which is scheduled for May 22, at 9 a.m.

Paddlers for Humanity will hold its fifth annual Hither Hills off-road half marathon this Sunday, May 5, at Eddie Ecker Park in Montauk. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. Single and two-person teams are welcome. Pre-registration is $65 per person or $100 per team. The day of the race, the entry fee is $85 per person or $150 per two-person team. Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in East Hampton that raises money and awareness for local and global organizations dedicated to bettering children’s lives. It also supports local families in crisis and awards scholarships to local students. Funds are raised through a series of paddling and running adventures and challenges. For more information or to register for this event or to donate please go to www.p4h.org .

Just a few more Sundays for the evaluation program portion of the Junior Lifeguard program, which is held on Sundays through June 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the YMCA RECenter Pool. This program is for children ages 9 to 14. For more information, please call John Ryan Sr. at 324- 2787. Participants must pass the swimming test to be admitted into the Junior Lifeguard program for this summer. The Junior Lifeguard program begins Saturday, June 22, at town beaches and culminates with a tournament on Saturday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5.

The Sunset over the Harbor Fundraiser Gala to benefit the Greater East Hampton Education Foundation will take place on this Friday, May 3, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at East Hampton Point Restaurant. Tickets are $35 per person and include a full dinner buffet and dancing with DJ Mike. There will also be a silent auction raffles. For more information please go to www.gehef.org . This is a great organization that brings many great programs and opportunities to our schools.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Amagansett School, sixth-graders have put together a video called “Then and Now.” There will be a screening on Wednesday, May 8, for members of the community to attend, you must reserve your spot by May 1, and you can do so by contacting the school at 267-3572.

Southampton Hospital and the East Hampton Lions Club will host a free Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post in Amagansett. Families are welcome to enjoy free massage, fitness class demos, health screenings, and more. This is a great way to spend the morning with your family and learn about getting and staying healthy.

Please save the date for the Amagansett Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Classic Car Show Benefit on Saturday, May 25. The rain date is May 26 at firehouse. For more information or to register your vehicle, call Steve Graboski at 726-9300 or send an email to promemod@aol.com. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. There will be firehouse chicken, pulled pork, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream and more for purchase. This is a fun day for the whole family.

Have a great week and thanks for all your Amagansett news.

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