Montauk Community Notes, August 29

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I’m already nostalgic about the summer of 2013, which went by fast. Like many people living in Montauk year-round, I pretty much work all summer. Lately, I’ve been wondering if the golden glow surrounding my childhood and youthful memories of Montauk is explained because then I was here on vacation.My friend and co-worker Anne Maegli and I were at Alantic Beach Realty on Saturday morning when I noticed a candy-apple red racecar parked in front of Anthony’s Pancake House. Neither of us knew what kind of car it was, so Anne and I took a closer look. A 1957 Maserati, I think. Anne snapped a photo. From indoors, I watched for the owner, figuring I’d just dash back outside and ask a few questions. I heard the thrilling growl of the engine. Oh no! I was stuck answering a phone call. The Maserati pealed out, headed east.

This week our son Dan starts graduate school at Hunter College in New York. He and a friend from his graduating classes at Montauk School and East Hampton High School have signed a lease on an apartment in Astoria. It’s not so far away, I tell myself. I’m glad Dan is pursuing his education. He plans to be a teacher, though precisely which subject is indefinite; most likely history and social studies. He’s now thinking of becoming certified in special education too. As I work on this column Sunday evening I wait for him to stop by, pick up and drop off a few items, then Monday he’s off to the city. It’s not as though it’s the first time Dan’s been away. He even worked in London one recent winter. At least this time I know he’ll be home some weekends and surely holidays. I still feel a little something. Not exactly sad: nostalgic.

I stopped at the rummage sale at Montauk Community Church on Saturday. We celebrated my husband’s birthday last week, and bought Don a cushy new recliner from Hildreth’s in East Hampton. This is a seriously comfortable chair. I’ve already fallen asleep in it once when I should have been preparing dinner. I searched at the rummage for something to cover the arms of the chair. The manufacturer didn’t supply those antimacassar things and I’m not sure if the chair has been Scotch Guarded. In the linens section I found two matching white woven cotton “throws,” nice, nubby fringed ones, costing $5 each, at half price. I was thrilled to find precisely what I had in mind.

This weekend on Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to noon the rummage takes place for the last time this summer. All clothes and linens are still half price. On Saturday, October 12, there’s yet another chance to find exactly what you need, at a rummage for Columbus Day weekend.

Farmers markets on the Montauk Green continue on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 17. I’ll be back this week for corn and tomatoes. My garden tomatoes are not so big and still green. I’ve picked exactly one. My friend in northern Massachusetts reports “little green nubbins of tomatoes” also in her garden. Looks like a late harvest this year.

This Thursday is the final Margarita Midweek Madness event at 360° East at Montauk Downs, starting at 5 p.m. till late. The sunset view from the restaurant at the Downs is well worth savoring, along with your margarita, on a beautiful pre-Labor Day weekend evening.

Time to plan to attend St. Therese’s third annual Golf Outing at Montauk Downs on Tuesday, September 17. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The $200 per-player admission includes golfing fee and cart, plus there are raffle prizes. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch are also provided. Proceeds for the event are used toward rejuvenation of the Parish Center at St. Therese Church. Get your foursome together and buy tickets soon! For More information, call the Parish Center at 668-2200.

All 2,400 $100-priced tickets for the 2013 Big Bucks drawing at the Montauk Firehouse are sold out. The exciting event takes place Sunday, September 15, at 1 p.m., with prize drawings beginning at 2 p.m. First prize is $50,000 and you don’t have to be there to win. Since 1983, the Montauk Fire Department’s Big Bucks Bonanza has given away 1,641 prizes totaling $4,785,500 in prize money. Reach the 2013 Big Bucks Bonanza Ticket Committee at 668-3755 for more information. At this point I think they’re taking reservations for Big Bucks 2014.

If you think summer went fast, next thing you know the holidays are here and you need gifts. Think ahead and support the Montauk Lions Club too by shopping at the Craft Fair on the Green this Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. While shopping, be sure to visit the concession stand for tempting homemade food.

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society is having a Montauk Historic Bike Ride of roughly 20 miles this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. They’re planning a leisurely trip along the back roads of Montauk with several stops of historic significance. The ride should end before noon. Make sure your bike is in good working order. Helmets are required. Meet in the parking lot of Montauk Library. Your excursion leader is Burton Greenhouse, who can be reached at 668-6995 for more information.

Monday, September 2, is Labor Day. Wishing all Press readers a very enjoyable Labor Day weekend. You’ve surely earned it! Be careful in traffic and stay safe.

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