Montauk Community Notes, November 28


Negotiations continue as family plans for Thanksgiving dinner are fine-tuned. I ask my brother what kind of pie I should bring for dinner at his house. Surprisingly, he declares he dislikes pumpkin pie and thinks pecan pie horrible. Fancy this! I recall the many times I grew pumpkins from seed, roasted a pumpkin, and spent a heck of a lot of effort mashing and straining the innards for homemade pies.My brother said for a change he’d like coconut custard pie. I suppose I should be grateful I won’t have to climb a palm tree and smash open a coconut. A quick trip to Waldbaum’s for a package of sweetened flaked coconut should suffice. Husband Don recently mentioned in passing that he caught a program on NPR where a speaker reminisced about his family’s coconut custard pies. I can only guess my brother, Paul Melnyk, heard the same broadcast.

Thanksgiving weekend in Montauk the whole town turns out to usher in the holiday season.

If, like me, you’re not toiling in the kitchen and simultaneously watching the Macy’s parade on T.V., work up an appetite, as does our son, Dan, for the big feast.

The annual Turkey Trot Run for Fun takes place Thanksgiving morning. Show up at the Village Green between 8 and 9:30 a.m. to check in for a three- or six-mile race around town. The event is sponsored by East Hampton Town’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Preregistration is not necessary. The cost to enter is $10 and the first 300 participants receive a commemorative T-shirt.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30, Montauk offers a host of activities for you and your family.

Montauk Community Church holds its traditional Holiday Fair and Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We all look forward to this annual event. The first thing you see is the familiar faces of the ladies of the Women’s Guild. All are wearing holiday colors or their favorite Christmas sweater or sweatshirt. To behold the fair at opening, each volunteer standing behind her respective table, piled high with interesting and often handmade items—for me it’s like a journey back in time to Christmas of another era.

The second annual Family Fun Day sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Montauk Yacht Club takes place that same day, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Montauk Yacht Club.

What most consider best of all, the spectacular lighting of the Montauk Lighthouse is also on Saturday, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This is a free outdoors event for everyone. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Sarah Conway and the Playful Souls will play holiday hits. It’s amazing to see the lighthouse decked out in lights and don’t forget, Santa arrives at sunset. The rain date is Saturday, December 7. Parking and admission to the lighthouse grounds are free during the Lighting of the Lights.

Heads up: Montauk’s “Star Bright” weekend begins the evening of December 7. Best decorated Montauk business fronts dressed in Christmas splendor will be judged on originality, lights, creativity and effort. First-, second- and third-place winners receive awards. If you have a Montauk business and would like to participate, have your storefront decorated by December 6, and call the Montauk Chamber of Commerce to register. Winners will be posted at the Montauk Chamber on Sunday evening, December 8, at the Chamber of Commerce office and announced on the chamber Facebook page the following day.

Take time to stroll around Montauk and enjoy every moment of this magical time of year. What a pleasure it is to see the gazebo once again ablaze in holiday lights. Don’t forget to visit the harbor and dock area, too, where you’ll find unique hand-crafted gifts and nautical tree ornaments. Some restaurants in town offer a crackling fireplace to sit in front of and enjoy some holiday cheer, and many offer special holiday prix-fixe menus.

At The Library

On Tuesday, November 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Computer Class at the Montauk Library continues with “iPads, APP Updates, iCloud, e-Mail and General Use.” Bring your iPad. Although there is no charge for this class, registration is required at the circulation desk.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 27, Thanksgiving Eve.

Another reminder, the library holiday book sale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find gift books, seasonal decorations, jewelry and much more. Be sure to come to this very popular start to the holiday season.

On Sunday, December 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. plan to be at the library for a free concert, “Sing We All Merrily: An Early American Holiday” by Linda Russell & Companie, who will bring the holidays to Montauk with bagpipes, dulcimer, flute and harp.

Linda Russell is an Early American balladeer who takes her music to historic sites, museums and festivals throughout the country. She has produced eight albums of traditional American music, including “Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas” on Rounder Records and “Christmas Past: Traditional Holiday Music from the 19th Century and Before” on the Helicon Records label. This will be a musical celebration of an 18th century Christmas. I wouldn’t miss it!

For the fifth and final event in its tribute to the bicentennials of the births of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the library is organizing a group trip to see the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD ‘Encore’ broadcast of Verdi’s Falstaff at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Wednesday, December 18. The opera broadcast will start at 6 p.m. Patrons are urged to arrive by 5:45. The cost of the ticket to see Falstaff is $15. Round-trip transportation between Montauk and East Hampton can be arranged for an additional fee. The library’s Verdi-Wagner series has been co-sponsored, in part, by funding from the Friends of the Montauk Library and The New York State Council for the Arts Decentralization Grant, as administered by the Huntington Arts Council. Reservations may be made at the library’s circulation desk, or by calling (631) 668-3377 or visit

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