Montauk Community Notes, May 9


Long-time Montauk resident Sylvester Schneider, a native of Bavaria, opened the Montauk version of Zum Schneider in May 2012. The restaurant is a satellite of the original at 107 Avenue C in Manhattan. Mr. Schneider founded his restaurants because he was homesick. He also founded the modern oompah band, Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa’s, of which he is the frontman.

On Saturday afternoon at Atlantic Beach Real Estate we were astonished to hear the unmistakable sounds of an approaching oompah band, which soon appeared, along with a group of lederhosen-clad men carrying what looked to be a striped tree trunk about 12 feet long. A procession of roughly 30 casually dressed people brought up the rear.

I consulted the internet and discovered Zum Schneider was having its grand reopening and May Day celebration. The stalwart men were carrying a maypole. According to Wikipedia, the pole, like the one I saw heading east up Main Street, is traditionally painted blue and white, the colors of the Bavarian sky. Just before the maypole is erected there may be a procession through the village usually ending up in a central place or restaurant, watched by crowds of spectators and accompanied by a brass band. The installation of the pole takes place in the afternoon as the crowds while away time drinking beer and eating sausages.

Two hours later the oompah band, the blue and white striped pole and the brawny men appeared on the opposite side of Montauk Highway, heading back out of town.


Congratulations to Jillian Rennar of Montauk who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Ms. Rennar was one of approximately 386 Flagler seniors at the spring commencement ceremony held April 20 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Oswego State senior men’s basketball forward Hayden Ward of Montauk continues to collect post-season honors. He’s been named to the 2013 All-America Second Team and DIII News All-America Fifth Team. Mr. Ward, the State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Year, averaged 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game to help lead the Lakers to a 19-8 record and the SUNYAC semifinals. His parents, Lisa and John Ward of Montauk, and sister RyAnn must be so proud!

The Montauk Music Festival presents, new this year, a Montauk Youth Afternoon Showcase at Gosman’s Stage, Friday, May 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gosman’s Outdoor Stage will be alive with talented kids from Montauk School who will showcase a variety of musical talents. What a great way to kick off a weekend full of music. More information about the upcoming festival can be found at

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will sponsor a 9-mile hike from the Hither Hills overlook to Third House, on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m.. Participants should bring food and liquids and carpool to Third House at Montauk County Park, three miles east of downtown Montauk. Contact hike leader Rick Whalen at (631) 267-6608 or (631) 275-8539 for more information.

On Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m., there will be a 4-mile hike of the Shadmoor Preserve. This easy walk through the Montauk moors, perfect for Mother’s Day, is punctuated by panoramic bluff top views of the Atlantic. Meet in the parking lot of the Montauk Library. Richard Poveromo leads the hike. For more information, call Mr. Povermo at (631) 283-4591, or on the day of hike at (917) 584-7280.

St. Therese Catholic Church will have its annual Hanging Basket Sale for Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and after masses on Sunday. There will be a beautiful array of hanging baskets for your mom. All proceeds benefit the nursery school. Another plant sale, including vegetable flats, will take place Memorial Day weekend.

Entries for the ninth annual Parents as Reading Partners Theme Creation Contest are due to Ms. Kleinberg in the Montauk School library by Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. All students in kindergarten through seventh grade have been invited to submit a slogan about reading. Kids have been asked to think of a theme, then design a bookmark and pin. Students may work alone or in groups of up to three. PARP programs encourage parents to read with their children for at least 15 minutes per day. Montauk School students will choose one winning theme and design by popular vote. Questions? See or email Ms. Kleinberg, or visit

It’s time to register for the fall tackle football program. PAL of Suffolk County requires youth football advance registration for boys and girls age 5 through 11 between April 15 and May 15. Online registration ends May 15. Visit; or fill out and mail an application to: East Hampton Youth Football, 20 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937.

Friday, May 10, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is Half Day Hang Out for kids in grades three through six at the Montauk Library. After early dismissal, participants take the Montauk School bus to the library for games, crafts, and to listen to some cool information. A permission slip and registration is required. Children must be picked up by a parent or caregiver at the library.

Tween & Teen Game Night at the library happens Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for grades three to six. For grades six and up it’s 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Join in for games and make Lego creations. Walk-ins and visitors welcome.

Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the library will host a free concert, “Enchanted Gardens: Mozart, Debussy and Richard Danielpour,” performed by Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao, classical pianist, director of Piano/Theory at Snow College, Utah.

On display at the library in May, in the lower lobby and display case is a tribute to Music For Montauk. In the Suzanne Koch Gosman Room are the beautiful watercolors of Sally Sullivan O’Connor.

On Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day, the library will be closed.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop is now open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is an $8 parking fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. parking is free. Admission to the museum is adults $9; seniors, $8; children up to age 12, $4. Minimum height requirement is 41 inches to climb the tower. Visit: for more information.

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