Amagansett Community Notes, November 28


Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I trust you will spend it with your families or friends and give thanks. I am thankful, grateful and proud of my daughter Lucy Pearl Emptage.

The 37th annual Turkey Trot will take place tomorrow (Thanksgiving day) rain, shine or snow. The Run for Fun Turkey day 3 or 6 mile run/walk begins at the Montauk circle in Montauk at 10 a.m. If you haven’t done so, please register at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and no later. The cost is $10. There will be free T-shirts for the first 300 contestants. The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department and John Keeshan Real Estate sponsor the race. Montauk Beer and Soda provides the water table.

The Town of East Hampton is also offering 8-week programs at Sportime Arena. They began November 11 and include Flag Football, Roller Hockey, Lacrosse, Dodge Ball, Soccer, and multi- sport. For more information, stop in the Department of Parks or go to

There will be a Winter Youth Basketball program for grades K- 8 on Saturdays, from December 7 to March 1 at the Amagansett School. Please register at the Department of Parks.

Biddy Youth Basketball for grades 3 to 8 has begun at the John Marshall School on Saturdays and will continue through March 1.

Youth Recreation for grades 9 to 12 takes place every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the East Hampton Middle School and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montauk Playhouse.

The Women’s Guild of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will hold its Christmas Craft Sale on Saturday, November 30, at the Amagansett Fire Department from 10 a.m.-to 3 p.m.

There will be hand-crafted items, Christmas decorations, Rada stainless steel cutlery and much more to buy.

Donations of baked good are always appreciated. Hot chocolate and coffee will also be available for sale. For more information, call Lucy Bennett at 267-3655.

Raffle tickets for a handmade quilt will be sold for $5 and the winner will be announced at the end of the sale.

There will be other special raffles and cards with the painting of the church by Gracella Conkle, wife of the late Pastor Reverend Paul Conkle, will be sold in boxes.

All proceeds from this Christmas sale plus the women’s guild treasury will be donated to the Scoville Hall Building fund.

Sadly, this will be the last event for the Women’s Guild. Formerly known as the Mother’s Club, the name was changed to the Woman’s Guild on February 11, 1934. There were ten members.

The members of the Women’s Guild will be honored at a coffee hour following worship service on Sunday, December 1, at 11 a.m. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, there will be an informal prayer service at 8:30 a.m. in the Yule Room. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

The Amagansett Free Library is happy to share its expanded digital book collection with 3M. They offer Penguin titles, including recent best sellers such as “And the Mountain Echoed” and many great mystery titles.

Books can be downloaded through the 3M app onto iPads, Nooks and Kindle Fires. Bring your eReader to the library and they will walk you through the process, or log on to for easy to follow instructions.

Story and craft time for families continues with a special theme on Saturday, November 30 at 3:30 p.m. Please join the fun.

Balsam Farms,, is still open for harvest business and Amber Waves Farms is still growing for holiday harvests. Check them out.

There is news from the Wounded Warrior Project; “Soldier Ride the Movie” is taking tax-deductible contributions to finish the documentary. Soldier Ride began in 2004 when Chris Carney began a coast-to-coast bicycle ride in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The movie documents his first ride cross-country. Over the years Soldier Ride has grown from cross-country to international and local and regional rides. Check it out at

Congratulations to Amagansett’s own Alexandra Branyon, a filmmaker from our hamlet. She will be featuring her film at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 7, at 5 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre. Tickets are $15. The artists featured in her film, “Treasures from the Rubble” are Outsider Artist Lois Wilson, who lived in poverty in the slums of Yonkers, and Folk Artists Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Sybil Gibson, who were isolated in rural areas of Alabama and not exposed to art, yet all three had an unstoppable creative impulse and ultimately became serious artists.

Before the movie is screened there will be a panel of artists to discuss “The Unstoppable Creative Impulse” on Saturday, December 7, at 3 p.m. at The American Hotel. The moderator is Faith Middleton from NPR and host of the Faith Middleton Show. Seating is limited to 70 people. The event is free, so make reservations early. The panelists will be Alexandra Brayon, filmmaker; Edward Butscher, poet, critic and author; Juliana Driever, curator and writer; Margaret Kitchings, composer and vocalist; Aaron Louis, director of Audio Visual at the Museum of Modern Art; Maria Maciak, media director at Ross Institute; and Mercedes Ruehl, theater, television and film actress.

This is all very exciting for Alexandra and our hamlet. For more information, please go to

School is closed until Monday, December 2, for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holiday.

Enjoy your holiday with family and friends and I am grateful for all your Amagansett news.

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