Montauk Community Notes, May 16


Excitement builds! Both established and emerging musicians will perform at the Montauk Music Festival, a free, three-day event starting this Friday and running through Sunday. More than 200 artists will perform a variety of musical styles, from rock, folk, pop, Americana and reggae to blues, jazz and bluegrass. The festival’s goal is to cultivate an atmosphere of goodwill and promote local charities. Musicians are from the tri-state area and as far away as the Midwest, Maine and Florida. Performances are family friendly and children are encouraged to attend.
The festival is organized by Montauk native Ken Giustino, publisher of The Montauk Sun. Mr. Giustino is a congenial businessman I met while working part-time at a local real estate office. At Atlantic Beach Realty we appreciate how the festival brings visitors to Montauk a week before the season officially begins. I asked Stefan Lonce, editor and art director of The Sun, whether Mr. Giustino is a musician. According to Mr. Lonce, Mr. Giustino is neither a singer, nor does he play an instrument. I think he just loves music.

Meet the musicians at the opening night party at Gurney’s Inn on Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. Call 668-2345 to reserve tickets, which are $35 per person, and include a three-hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Several bands will perform at the party.

The festival features workshops, which are free for participating musicians and will also take place at Gurney’s on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. The informal workshops will give attendees a chance to meet some of the industry’s top experts in promotions, booking, management, social media, studio engineering and production.

The business community welcomes the performances spread throughout town, including a two-day showcase stage set on the green. Food and beverages will be available there on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A schedule of concerts can be found at,, or in the May issue of The Sun.

Also this weekend, library program director Carolyn Balducci has announced a free concert on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the library The duo known as AcquAria, Michela Musolino, vocalist, and Vincenzo Castellana, drummer, will perform “Sempri am Mari” (Always the Sea), a dynamic program of Sicilian folk music, maritime songs; fishermen’s chanties; legends and love songs illustrating the bond between Sicily’s people and the sea.

Wednesday, May 22, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., members of the Montauk Writers Group will read from works in progress. The event, free and open to the public, takes place in the Suzanne Koch Gosman Room in the lower level of the library. Writers who might be interested in joining the group would be especially welcome.

Here are brief bios, sent by Ms. Balducci. I suspect they were written by the participants, and I have shortened them only to fit available space:

Ed Johann is a carpenter and a recreational writer of fiction. He lives in Montauk and has never been published.

Dave Krusa, Montauk resident, writes fiction and poetry, Mr. Krusa started digging clams at too early an age. This aggravated his problem with contumacy. A lifelong anarchist, he attended many colleges but had an unusual ability to irritate professors. Without the artful filtration of his wife, Stephanie, he would likely have been incarcerated.

Stephanie Krusa, semi-retired after many years as an educator, has finally found time to follow other passions such as playing acoustic guitar and creative writing. Current projects include a memoir of her childhood and historical fiction about Abigail, a haunting presence at the Montauk Point Lighthouse since her demise during the Christmas Storm of 1811.

Patti Leber, transplanted from New Jersey, has been a full-time Montauk resident for 19 years where she has been active in community service. Although her careers have involved finance, her passion is the arts. She uses writing as a means to express personal reflections on life.

Audrey Morgan is a graduate of New York City’s High School of Music and Art and Hunter College with degrees in art and education. She taught art in Westbury, Long Island, and established Audrey Morgan Interiors in Westport, Connecticut. The “city girl” says the contrasting rural honesty of the Montauk landscape has inspired her poetry.

Gert Murphy has had a few pieces published in The East Hampton Star. She describes herself as the fastest Catholic girl in Manhattan back in the ’50s, a retired public school teacher (after 30-plus years)—afflicted with anecdotage—trying to organize same in a school piece called “All Present” and/or a memoir tentatively called “They Never Told Me When Lent Ended.”

A diplomat’s daughter, Patria Baradi Pacis was born in Manila and traveled extensively in childhood and attended international schools in the Philippines, the United States and Africa before graduating from Barnard College. Her language skills and love for travel resulted in a position with Delta Airlines until her retirement after 9/11. Patria’s writings and photos have been published worldwide. Patria lives in Montauk with husband Cam and their black Labrador, Princess Penguin of Kauai.

Please call the library at 668-3377 for more information.

Last, it’s time for me to eat some crow. The May-June issue of Audubon magazine is here and confirms that those marauding visitors to my yard who eat cat kibble are not ravens, but crows. This is proven by their tail feathers, which fan out to a rounded, shell shape when they slow down to land. Ravens, solitary creatures, often seen alone or in pairs, prefer mountainous regions and have wedge-shaped tails that come to a point.

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