Amagansett Community Notes, August 1


A lot of water-related events and fairs coming up in our hamlet, which is what summer is all about.The Junior Lifeguard Tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, at Indian Wells Beach from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please have your kids there by 7:15 a.m. so they can check in for their events. This is such a great day and a way for our future lifeguards to hone their skills and play in the surf.

Also on Saturday, August 3, you can walk down the beach to the Clamshell Foundation’s annual Sandcastle Contest at Atlantic Beach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You better start thinking of your creations now. For more information, please go to If you would like to make a donation to the foundation, which does so much for our community, mail it to The Clamshell Foundation, Box 2725 East Hampton, NY, 11937.

And even more east, in Montauk, is the Paddlers for Humanity ninth annual Block Island Challenge, which begins at 6:30 a.m. from the Montauk Lighthouse to Block Island. The paddle is 18 miles and takes between six and seven hours. Paddlers are greeted with a catered lunch and a ferry ride home. Please register in advance for this event at

Congratulations to Sinead Fitzgibbon and Dennis Loebs on their upcoming September 14 nuptials. In lieu of wedding gifts they have asked their guests to sponsor them in the Block Island Challenge. They are both longtime supporters of Paddlers for Humanity, so it would be nice to pay it forward and sponsor their paddle.

The Wahine Women’s and girls 3-mile paddle will take place Sunday, August 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Albert’s Landing Beach. For more information please go to Please remember Paddlers for Humanity is an organization that is all about supporting our kids.

The 100th Summer Fair at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will take place on Saturday, August 3, on the church grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair has pony rides, great raffles and the 20th annual super raffle with fabulous gift certificates. There will be a plant table, a magic show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and many great kids’ games. The Second Time Around table will feature some real treasures. Donations of jewelry and slightly used books would be greatly appreciated. Please call 267-6404 and bring the appropriate donations to the church on fair day since there is no room for storage. Please note clothing will not be accepted. And for the first time ever credit cards will be accepted, so bring your family, cash or plastic and be prepared to have fun. Parking will be available at the church parking lot as well as the Amagansett School parking lot. Please do not miss this event. In my opinion, it should be a part of your summer routine.

Summer is not complete until you have attended the Amagansett Village Improvement Society’s annual “Summer Splash” party. This year’s party has a Roaring ’20s theme and will be held at the South Fork Country Club on Old Stone Highway on Saturday, August 3, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will be food and drink and a performance by jazz singer Vanessa Trouble and the Red Hot Swing Band. A silent auction will feature incredible items such as a trip to Panama, a bicycle, tickets to an Allman Brothers concert, sports tickets, golf outings and much more. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets are also available at the Amagansett Wine Store. Call 267-3664 for more information or visit the website

AVIS also sponsors free tennis lessons for Amagansett kids on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue courts. Kids should bring their own racquet. Classes are taught by Peter Hoopes. For more information please contact Joan Tulp at 267-3810.

Don’t forget, Wednesday is Movie Night at Amagansett Square. Today, July 31, at 9 p.m. the film will be “Riding Giants.” Bring a beach chair and a blanket and enjoy the movie on the big screen. Meeting House Restaurant will have their menu available to go so that is a treat. For more information please go to

The East Hampton Food Pantry and Hamptons Drive In will begin their summer movie series at Indian Wells Beach next Wednesday. The movies begin at dusk. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family. Food will be available for purchase, and all proceeds go to the food pantry at August 7 the movie will be “Spiderman;” August 14 is “Batman;” August 21 is “Superman;” and August 28 is “The Avengers.”

The East Hampton Town Marine Museum is holding its weekly Poetry Marathon on Sundays at 5 p.m. This long-running series features local poets, a fantastic marine setting, and a free reception afterward. The series is produced by Sylvia Chavkin. Sunday, August 4, will be Patty Noble and Gloria Beckerman. Sunday, August 11, will be Monica Enders and Teri Kennedy. For more information please contact

Sailing instruction for those 12 and over takes place August 5 to 15 at Fresh Pond Beach. Registration at the Department of Parks is required. Swimming instruction for ages 3 and up takes place at Albert’s Landing Beach from August 5 to 16. Swimming lessons are free. Please show up at 10 a.m. on August 5 if you want to participate. The Town of East Hampton also offers free Youth Recreation for grades nine to 12 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 and other summer programs please go to

Every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. the Amagansett Free Library has a story and craft event for families. Please register in advance by stopping in or calling 267-3810. This Saturday, August 3, will be the fifth annual Paper Boat Regatta.

Film nights for tweens (8 to 14) will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Today, July 31, is “Hotel Transylvania.” Registration for the movies is requested. Movies for families are shown at the library on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Please call the library to find out what tomorrow night’s movie is.

This Saturday, August 3, the authors series will feature Jules Feiffer, whose first graphic novel, “Kill My Mother,” was recently released. The series runs through the end of August.

The Monday Book Group will meet on August 5 at 1:30 p.m. The selection is “The Encanatadas” by Herman Melville. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join the conversations.

The Wednesday at One book club will meet August 14, and the book will be “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

The Miss Amelia’ s Cottage 2-Mile Race to benefit the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s grants program and the Amagansett Historical Society takes place Sunday, August 11, at 9 a.m. This is a fun family race for all ages and speeds. The fee is $10 for adults, $5 for those between the ages of 12 and 18 and free for those under 12. There are special awards, games and prizes at the finish line. To register ahead of time please email Hope to see you there.

Sunday worship services at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett take place at 10 a.m. St. Michael’s Lutheran Church holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. It is also home to the Amagansett satellite of the East Hampton food pantry, which is open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

St Peter’s Catholic Church holds their worship service on Sundays at 9 a.m. followed by a coffee hour on the front lawn.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, at the corner of Montauk Highway and Indian Wells Highway, has begun to hold summer worship services at 10 a.m. The church holds Bible studies on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Have a great week. Happy birthday today to Nina Gonzalez and Finn Li and thanks for all your Amagansett news.

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