Amagansett Community Notes, December 5


Welcome December and all the December birthdays. Happy Birthday to Jackie McGovern, Liz Pucci, Nick Pucci, Declan Bistrian, Barry Bistrian, Matt Brierley, Tom Connors, Marilee Talmage, Marcie Angel, Rose Littman, Johnny Ryan, Shelia Wenz, Susan Disunno, Trish (Toast) Erikson, Zach Myer, Samantha Merritt, Kelly White and Aldi Bionozi.I trust you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holiday in our beautiful, cold hamlet. I had my feast at friends with my first fried turkey. It was fabulous.

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, author, Juliana Driever; curator and writer, Margeret 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

A Winter Youth Basketball program for kindergarten through grade 8 begins Saturday, December 7, and runs through 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 East End Classic Community Boat Society will have its holiday open house Saturday, December 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Community Boat Shop in Amagansett. There will be a raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m. for the boat built this year, a Goeller dinghy. The Community Boat Shop is located at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett (behind the Marine Museum).

A new galvanized Load Rite trailer, sail & rigging and oars & oarlocks will be raffled off with the boat. The Goeller dinghy was constructed by volunteer members of the society as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization. Raffle tickets are still available at $5 a ticket or a book of 5 tickets for $20 at the Community Boat Shop, which is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Community Boat Shop is managed by the East End Classic Boat Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, which is dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of small wood boat building and restoration on the East End.

The society conducts programs on small boat design, building and restoration at the Community Boat Shop. There are lessons in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance.

The East End Classic Boat Society welcomes new members, from beginner to advanced skill level. Membership is $35 for an individual and $45 for a family. The Community Boat Shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round.

The Amagansett Free Library will be having a special program, Pet Pals with Cornell, for children in kindergarten and up on Saturday, December 7, at 3:30. Please register in advance by calling 267-3810. There will be rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and mice on hand to learn about and explore.

On Sunday, December 8, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a special event for families. It is “A Christmas Memory,” a dramatic reading of Truman Capote’s classic holiday story by Tom Wolfe and Jere Jacob. The largely autobiographical story takes place in the 1930s and describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. Register in advance by calling 267-3810.

New winter programs have begun for preschoolers. Mondays at 2:15 p.m., will be flash story and craft time and Wednesday at 2:15 will be Tot-Hop. Bring your preschoolers to move with songs and rhymes and play.

For children in kindergarten and up there will be a Lego Club on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Sixth-graders will be available as play partners and will earn community service hours.

The library still has its regularly scheduled programs for caregivers and tots age 10-36 months. Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. is First Story time and Fridays at 10 a.m. is Shake, Rattle and Roll.

In Amagansett School news tomorrow, December 5, there will be a Wake up Amagansett assembly followed by Coffee and Conversation.

The PTA will be having a meeting Monday, December 9, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the school library.

Thank you to all who came out and supported the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett’s Christmas Fair to benefit Scoville Hall. The church holds its worship service Sundays at 10 a.m. and all members of the community are welcome to attend.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church is home to the Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food pantry on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Worship service is held on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Thanks for all your news, enjoy your week and remember, kindness matters.

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