Welcome to what could be accurately described this year as the first of two Fourth of July weekends in our hamlet. Sixth grade graduation at the Amagansett School took place on Friday, June 21. Our students now move on to East Hampton Middle School. Good luck and congratulations to Helen Barranco, Alexandra Barron, Ryan Fowkes, Rianna Helier, Oliver Hoffman, Emily Hugo, Joseph Lam, Rose Littman, Ravi MacGurn, Kurt Matthews, Abigail Modek, Grace Myer, Ethan Pratt and Kate Ward.The American Legion gave awards for Americanism to Kate Ward and Citizenship to Ravi MacGurn. The American Legion Auxiliary gave awards for Americanism to Grace Myer and Citizenship to Helen Barranco. The VFW gave awards for Scholarship to Emily Hugo and Leadership to Kurt Matthews. The Lloyd Peak Award went to Emily Hugo and Kurt Matthews.
The Amagansett Rockhounds of the East Hampton Little League Girls American League Division won the championship on Saturday, June 15. The team was coached by Amagansett resident Bill Hugo, father to Emily and Anna Hugo. The team is comprised of third- and fourth-graders from Amagansett, East Hampton and Springs.
Congratulations to Ethan Pratt and Kurt Matthews for making the 11- and 12-year-old All- Star Little League Travel Team.
The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue and Swim Across America Hamptons Swim to fight cancer will take place on Saturday, July 6, at Fresh Pond Beach in Amagansett from 6 to 11 a.m. My daughter, Lucy Pearl, will swim for Team Fighting Chance in honor of Jay Chiat and Ann Cashin. For more information or to sponsor a swimmer or join a team, visit www.swimacrossamerica.org.
Winston Irie will kick off Reggae Sundays in Amagansett Square on Sunday, July 7, when his band performs from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or your beach chair, pack a picnic or pick up food from Hampton Chutney or Meeting House. For more information, call 267-8500 or email email@example.com.
An Amagansett Fine Arts Festival will be held at the American Legion from Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be paintings, prints and sculpture for sale. Admission is free. For more information, please go to www.amagansettfinearts.com.
There will be a Poetry Marathon at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road, on Sundays, beginning July 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. The series features local artists in a marine setting. July 7 will feature the work of Grace Schulman and Sandra Lager. Admission is free. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.easthamptonhistory.org.
For the Fourth of July holiday, the museum will be open from Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children. For more information please call 324-6850.
Bring your kids to the Amagansett Library on Saturday, where there will be a petting zoo with Jason from Green Meadow Farms from 11 a.m. to noon. This will also be the kickoff for the summer reading program of the summer.
On Wednesday, July 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the library will host a “Seashore See and Touch” exhibit with Cornell Cooperative Extension. This hands-on presentation introduces kids and families to local marine life including the horseshoe crab. Reservations are required for this event. Call 267- 3810.
For the summer there will be an event and crafts every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Future events include author appearances, art with the Parrish Art Museum and Pollock-Krasner House, Dinosaurs with Cornell and much more.
Every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. the library will have a story and craft event for families. July 13 is “I Love Bugs.” Please register in advance by stopping in or calling 267-3810. Film nights for “tweens” (8 to 14) will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The first movie will be “Oz the Great and Powerful” on July 10. Future dates will be July 17, 24 and 31 and August 7, 14 and 21. Registration for the movies is requested. Movies for families will take place at the library Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The first movie will be “Monsters Inc.” on July 11. Future dates are July 18 and 25 and August 1, 8, 15 and 22.
The Adult Wednesdays at One Book Club meets at the library on July 10. The book will be “Book of Illusions” by Paul Aster. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk.
The Amagansett Village Improvement Society offers free tennis lessons for Amagansett kids on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue courts. Bring your racquet and be coached by Peter Hoopes. For more information, call Joan Tulp at 267-3810.
Please save the date for the “Summer Splash” on Saturday, August 3. This year there will be a Roaring ’20s theme. For more information, go to email@example.com.
The Town of East Hampton offers free Youth Recreation for high school kids in ninth through 12th grade, every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montauk Playhouse and every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the East Hampton Middle School. For more information about this and other summer programs please visit the town’s website, www.town.east-hampton.ny.us.
Citizens for Access Rights will hold its annual fundraiser at the Stephen Talkhouse on Monday at 7 p.m. For more information, please go to www.citizensforaccessrights.com. The fundraiser will feature music from Telly and Hopefully Unforgiven, the Realm and the Pandemics. There will be a raffle, CfAR apparel and more. The cost is $20 for CfAR members renewing at the door, $10 for current 2013 members and $25 for non-members. All proceeds go to protect beach access on the East End.
Citizens for Access Right (CfAR) is a group of East End residents who support open access to local beaches. One of the treasured aspects of living on the East End is the free and open use of our ocean and bay beaches.
Stop by Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale on Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amagansett Square. All proceeds go to pediatric cancer research. Check out www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.
Saturday, July 13, Paddlers for Humanity will have a swim-paddle-fun run race at Maidstone Park in East Hampton starting at 9 a.m. 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 benefiting children’s lives. For more information please go to www.p4h.org.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett begins its summer schedule on Sunday, with services starting at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars for the spectacular summer fair on Saturday, August 3.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church holds worship service on Sundays at 11 a.m. It is also home to the Amagansett satellite of the East Hampton food pantry on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
St. Peter’s Catholic Church holds masses at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a coffee hour on the front lawn.
The Devon Yacht Club will have its fireworks on Saturday, July 6, at 9:15 p.m. If you are not a member of the club you can view them from surrounding bay beaches.
Happy Fourth of July and happy birthday to: Kathy Piacentine, Nina Piacentine, Meg Weitz, Susan Ryan, Jack Bistrian, Kathy Bistrian, Chris Pucci, Matt Smudzinski, Juliana Nash, Jake Albright, Joe Disunno, Luisa Perez, Thomas Treadwell, Hannah Baker, Finn Li, Chris Pucci, Francesca Poblete, Calandra Sheen, Nancy Kane, Ashley Blackburn, Kate Ward, Mike Bahel, Paul Dickinson and Dylan Ann Cashin.
With all the celebrations in the hamlet, please take the time to mourn the loss of Sheila Okin a beloved mother, grandmother, wife and friend of many in our hamlet.
Please be kind and safe and thanks for all your Amagansett news.