We are now entering the thick of the summer season with many of us locals experiencing a feeling of being overwhelmed by all the crowds, and perhaps even feeling swallowed up by the fancy-schmanziness of it all everywhere we go … fancy cars, fancy people , fancy events… Now is the time to really make the effort to stay connected. Don’t give in to the urge to hide away on the weekends and become isolated. However our town may change during these busy months, there are plenty of venues and events that can blanket us in the comforting reminder that we still belong to a small, tight-knit community, after all.
Last Friday, there was a large turnout of mostly familiar faces gathered at the Amagansett Life Saving and Coast Guard Station on Atlantic Avenue to see the reenactment of Nazi saboteurs landing on Atlantic Avenue Beach with explosives. The incident occurred 71 years ago. To me, the portrayal of this event unfolded like a warm and happy small town experience. Hugh King, East Hampton Town historian, wrote and directed the scenes that were performed by well- known locals both at the station and on the beach. My grandfather, Milton Miller, who passed away last December was honored in a touching address by Councilwoman Sylvia Overby. Like his father before him, my grandfather served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and the restoration of this building was of huge importance to him during the last years of his long life. He would have been proud. Great job all!
Every Saturday through the summer and into the fall, the Springs Farmers Market is set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Without fail, stopping by each week is like getting a shot in the arm of small town feel goodness. The vibe is laid-back and friendly and most booths offer free samples of their wares. Next Saturday, market-goers will be treated to musical accompaniment by local musician, James Roberts, strumming the guitar commencing at 11 a.m.
For our canine friends, be sure to check out Dru Raley and Karen German’s “Bonac Dog Bark” booth. Adorable little packages of homemade dog biscuits are made from all wholesome ingredients baked from scratch in the church kitchen. After extensive flood damage to the Springs Community Church in 2009, Dru conceived the idea to market these treats whose proceeds entirely benefit the church. In an area where pets obviously rule supreme, these make delightful hostess gifts.
At this booth, tickets for the upcoming hugely popular “Lobster Dinner” to be held at the Springs Church on Saturday, June 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. can be purchased for $35 each. It’s a terrific deal that includes freshly caught lobster, coleslaw, corn-tomato salad, baby potatoes, rolls, beverages and strawberry shortcake. The number of dinners is limited, so those who don’t want to miss out need to reserve in advance. For tickets call 631-324-4791 or 631-655-2293 or email email@example.com.
Also on Saturday, at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the fourth and final seminar of Jane Martin’s “Business of Art” series, “Selling Your Art.” Covering all the bases and strategies used by artists to market their art successfully, this seminar is definitely a worthwhile two hours spent for all artists serious about turning their talent into a lucrative career. The cost is $40 at the door. Contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-324-7179 for more information.
It doesn’t get more charming and quaint than the Springs General Store with its covered porch and comfy Adirondack chairs, as a perfectly casual meeting place for friends while enjoying delicious refreshment. Every Sunday through the warmer months, from 4 to 6 p.m., local musicians are welcome to come down and join the open jam session that originated from Crossroads Music in Amagansett. It’s a lovely way to unwind and close out the weekend. With a duck pond across the street and picnic grounds overlooking Accabonac Harbor, it’s a simply idyllic venue. So for those of you musically inclined, don’t be shy. Just show up with your instrument at the store located at 29 Old Stone Highway. It sounds like a lot of fun!
After all the crazy rain this month, those who attended the picnic across from Maidstone Park Ball Field sponsored by the deacons of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church felt especially blessed to be granted a perfect summer’s day. We were pleased by the turnout, especially by our friends from the Springs Community Presbyterian Church and a surprise visit from the Reverend George Wilson who served as pastor of the church years ago. Our dessert table was particularly abundant with offerings that, frankly, were downright sinful! All in all, it was a laid-back, relaxing afternoon of fellowship and potluck which in my mind exemplifies the spirit of country life connectedness.
As our picnic wound down and we were packing up to leave, we got to cheer on the many participants of the Turbo-Tri fundraising triathlon-dinner event that took place that day from Maidstone Pavilion. So many people turned out to support the i-tri girls, which did not surprise me, as ours has always been a giving community. Stay tuned for the upcoming event in July.
As I am winding down writing this column and the weekend, I am truly feeling that despite all of our summer challenges, for those of us who reside in Bonac, there really is no place like home. Enjoy, everyone!