Montauk Community Notes, July 11

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Most would say the weather was perfect for the July 4th weekend, though it was a bit too hot for me. Town was hopping, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such traffic snarls.My niece Jenna Melnyk was home for the holiday, on vacation from her job at DuPuis Design Agency in Ventura, California. She brought along Sophie and Meghan, two college friends now living in Brooklyn, for a barbecue at my brother’s house, a few blocks away. No traffic issues for us. Considering the 90-degree weather, brother Paul manned the grill with great aplomb.

Also present were my niece Amber and her husband, Kevin Otto, Kevin’s brother, Pete Otto, and our son, Dan. Little Ellie Bee Otto stole the show. At nine months she can’t wait to start walking and does a great approximation as long as someone lends a hand.

Belated best wishes to three special congregants at Montauk Community Church who all celebrated birthdays on July 4th: Cam Pacis, Iris Mitchell and, last but not least, Pastor Bill Hoffmann. “It’s great to have so many Yankee Doodle Dandies at one church,” Reverend Hoffmann said on Sunday, “but we’re still debating which of us the fireworks were for.”

I have news of three more Montauk scholars to congratulate:

Andrew Foglia has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Alia Knowlan has been named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter 2013 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Tom and Cindy Dess of Montauk have sent word that their son, Thomas, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has completed his sophomore year and is majoring in pre-law and history.

Montauk’s the place for outstanding family fun this summer.

The Ray Red Concert on the Green, canceled last week due to rain, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 10, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation presents FamilyFest 2013, a four-part summer series of family-friendly programming, featuring a mix of theatrics, acrobatics and athletics. Sponsored in part by Solé East Resort, FamilyFest runs every other Thursday, from July 11 through August 22, at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center on Edgemere Road. This year’s programs open on Thursday at 7 p.m. with BREAKSK8, roller-skating break dancers. This event is also sponsored by T.S. Home Maintenance.

On Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” should delight children in what is becoming a FamilyFest tradition. More on this and other programs will follow.

Tickets for FamilyFest are $15 per person, per performance or workshop; $50 per person for the four-part series (which includes the circus workshop) and are available online at www.montaukplayhouse.org, by phone at 668-1124, at Willow gift shop in Montauk Village, or at the door.

Children’s librarian Julie Anne Korpi has announced a Child and Grownup Book Chat for grades K through 3 at the Montauk Library beginning Friday, July 12, and continuing every Friday until August 9, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Caregivers are encouraged to check out the books ahead of time. Books are available on the day of program, too.

Storytime is Monday at 10 a.m. Listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft! All are welcome to listen. The crafts are most appropriate for preschool children.

For adults, a Mah Jongg instruction class taught by Shelley Faber will be held Tuesdays, July 16 and 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register and ask for Mah Jongg Card details at the circulation desk.

Sign up for the email list to receive program reminders and updates or call the library at 668-3377 for more information.

Classical pianist Drew Peterson will perform a concert entitled “Mostly Chopin…and Some Surprises!” at the library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed a child prodigy, Mr. Petersen, now 19, has performed solo and concerto recitals in Europe and the United States including at the Music Festival of the Hamptons. His extraordinary talent has earned distinctions that include a Chopin Foundation scholarship, the Hilton Head International Young Artists Competition, and the Kosciuszko Foundation, among many others.

Mr. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University Extension School and a diploma in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Canciones de Amor,” love songs from Spain and South America, will be presented at the library on Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. All aspects of love will be explored through the evocative music of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Spain. The program will feature guitarist Francisco Roldán and soprano Camille Ortiz-Lafont, a native of Puerto Rico.

Both concerts are free.

Montauk’s Sarah Conway, along with the Playful Souls, are back at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Save the date to see a great band with an eclectic mix of tunes, from country rock to blues, jazz and folk. The Playful Souls are Randy Hudson on guitar, Klyph Black on bass, Dan Koontz on keys, James Benard on drums, plus special guests. There’s a $10 cover. Call the Talkhouse at (631) 267 3117 for more information.

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