It is here, the most official of all summer festivities: the Amagansett Fire Department Chicken Barbecue, which takes place this Sunday, August 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Please ask your friendly local firefighter to sell you some tickets or keep your eye out for the trucks passing through the neighborhoods selling them. This is truly the best chicken you will have this summer.So nice to see Mr. Softee ice cream truck at Indian Wells Beach and also so nice to see people being nice to each other on the beach and picking up their garbage. I know we all mourn the loss of Craig from Craig’s Ice Cream and, of course, our beloved Kenny, but it is nice to see that the scene at the beach keeps going. There will be an official celebration of Kenny’s life and a dedication of the memorial bench that I am sure you have seen at the head of the beach. The date of the dedication has not been set yet, but I will let you know as soon as I get it.
Tonight‘s movie to benefit the East Hampton Food Pantry will be the 1989 version of “Batman.” The movie begins at Indian Wells Beach at dusk. August 21 will be “Superman” (1979) and August 28 is “The Avengers” (2012). The suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family. Food will also be available for purchase. All proceeds go to the food pantry.
Wednesday night is also movie night at Amagansett Square, and there is a music night on Sundays at 5 p.m. Check out its website at www.amagansettsquare.com to see the most up-to-date happenings. Don’t forget, while you are there, you can pick up dinner from Hampton Chutney or the Meeting House Restaurant. Sounds good to me.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its worship service Sundays at 10 a.m. until Sunday, September 2, when it will return to the 10 a.m. schedule. Once again, the deacons and all the members of the congregation would like to thank all those who came out in celebration of the 100th annual summer fair on August 3.
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 on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.
St. Thomas Episcopal Chapel holds its worship service Sundays at 10 a.m. The church also holds Bible studies on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
The Amagansett Free library is, among other things, home to the Wednesdays at One book club that will meet today, August 14, to discuss the book, “Where’d you go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple. Please feel free to join the lively conversation.
The book club will next meet on September 9 to discuss “Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler.
The “Authors after Hours” series continues on Saturdays from 6 to 7 p.m. This week, the featured author will be Kari Marton and the book is “Paris, A Love Story.” Next week will sadly be the last in the series. The author will be Talia Carmer and the book is “Jerusalem Maiden.” This is a great event, so please make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 267-3810.
Remember the library has movies for “tweens” Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and for families on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Snacks are provided as well. Please call the library to find out the movie of the week and to reserve a spot.
Every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. the library has a story and craft time for families. This Saturday, August 17, the theme will be “Go Fish.” On Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., there is a craft time. Today is “Rip it Up Collage Art” with representatives of the Pollock-Krasner House. Next week, it’s “Ice Cream Making.” Please call the library to reserve a spot.
For more library news and programs please go to www.amaglibrary.org .
Thank you to all the supporters of the “Block Island Challenge,” which benefitted Paddlers for Humanity. The waves were rough, but the paddlers made it in record time. The next event will be Sunday, August 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Albert’s Beach. This is the Women’s and Girls’ 3-mile paddle. For more information or to register, please go to www.p4h.org.
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 bettering children’s lives. They also support local families in crisis and award scholarships to local students. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about this organization and to support it, because as you know children are our future.
These are truly the dog days of summer. It is tough to live here with the traffic and the crowds, but perhaps we should take time to realize what we have every day and enjoy it for a minute.