Welcome to the first full week without school and the arrival of summer in our hamlet.On Saturday, Stony Hill Stables at 268 Town Lane in Amagansett, which has been owned and operated by the Hotchkiss family for more than five decades, is having a fundraiser for the Stony Hill Stables Foundation, at the stable at 6 p.m. The foundation promotes equine sports through education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults in the local East End community. At the second annual benefit cocktail, there will be a dressage exhibition as well as an exciting Pony Drill Team presentation performed by the young riders from the stables. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. They can be purchased online. For more information, visit www.stonyhillstables.com or call 267-3203.
The Amagansett Library will screen the Oscar winning documentary short, “Nocente,” followed by a discussion with the film’s executive producer Susan MacLaury on Saturday at 6 p.m. Seats can be reserved by calling 267-3810. This is a touching story about homelessness as seen through a child’s eye.
This story will certainly raise awareness. Homelessness exists here in the Hamptons too. Our librarian, Cynthia Young, works closely with Maureen’s Haven an organization that helps the homeless by providing overnight shelter. In 2012- 2013 it served more than 312 people on the East End.
Story and craft time for families takes place every Saturday at the library starting at 3:30 p.m. Each week there is a different theme to the stories and crafts. This Saturday, the theme will be “Sweet Strawberries.” This is a nice way to enjoy the afternoon with your child. The library also offers regularly scheduled programs for toddlers and babies, Every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. is “First Story Time” and every Friday at 10 a.m. is “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
Betsy Hughes is running her seaside summer camp, Amagansett Beach Kids, for the fifth year. This is an is old fashioned, fun and relaxed alternative to traditional camps or daycare. Kids get to enjoy arts and crafts, splashing and collecting seashells. On sunny days, camp takes place at Albert’s Landing; rainy days, activities are moved indoors. Camp started this week and runs through September 6. It meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Saturday program is also now available as is a half-day program for younger children. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betsy at (610) 573-0304.
The Amagansett Village Improvement Society offers free tennis lessons for Amagansett children ages 5 and up beginning on Tuesday, July 2, at the tennis courts on Atlantic Avenue. Lessons will be taught by Peter Hoopes at 4 p.m. each day. Children should bring their own racquets. For more information, please call Joan Tulp at 267-3664.
The Town of East Hampton holds sports clinics at the Youth Park beginning June 24. It offers tennis, basketball, baseball and softball for children in kindergarten and up. There will be a soccer clinic at the Stephen Hands Path fields and at Lions Field in Montauk. The town’s sailing program is held at Fresh Pond in two-week sessions, and swimming lessons are given at Albert’s Landing, East Lake Beach in Montauk, Maidstone Park Beach and Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. A girls volleyball clinic begins July 10 at the Montauk Playhouse. I urge you to go to the town’s Department of Parks at 200 Pantigo Road and check out all the fabulous offerings. You can register there as well. For more information, visit www.ehamptonny.gov .
While you are out and about on the town, please check out the town Marine Museum on Bluff Road and the East End Classic Community Boat Shop behind it. The boat shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 324-6850. The shop is managed by the East End Classic Boat Society, which is dedicated to sustaining the skills and tradition of wood boat building and restoration on the East End. For more information, visit www.eecbs.org .
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its service Sundays at 11 a.m. Make sure you check out the thought-provoking sign in front of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. It holds services at Sundays at 11 a.m. St Peter’s Catholic Church holds services Sundays at 9 a.m. followed by a coffee hour on the front lawn.
The tragic death of my daughter Lucy Pearl’s lacrosse teammate Anna Lytton should make us all stop, think and slow down and appreciate all we have and understand that it can be taken away in a second. Celebrate the life of Anna and celebrate your own by taking that extra effort to be kind and respect others.