The rain of the first weekend in August made for some challenging days in the hamlet. We spent that weekend at Indian Wells in the rain along with other dedicated parents and their children at the Junior Lifeguard Tournament. We cheered them on, dressed in rain gear and had a great time. A family of dolphins swam by to join the festivities as well. Many thanks to every member of the Ryan family, all the lifeguards, East Hampton Ocean Rescue, Tom Cohill, the amazing volunteers and Chris Chapin, who lead a dedicated 13- and 14-year-old group in every event, Ricci Paradiso and her photos, and the Town of East Hampton for all they do and did to make this Junior Lifeguard tournament a very special event. The weather is now perfect and I trust you are enjoying it. Today is Marguerite Gualtieri’s birthday. I hope she has a nice one.The Alec Baldwin Foundation is sponsoring the Red Devil swim to support the Hurricane Swim Team on Sunday, August 17, at 7 a.m. at Gardiners Bay, Fresh Pond in Amagansett. The cost is $30 for the half mile, $40 for the mile and $50 for the 5K course. Please register at www.active .com and please support the Hurricanes, even if you don’t want to do the swim. For more information, go to www.easthamptonoceanrescue.org
The Wednesdays at One book club will take place today at the Amagansett Free Library. The book under discussion is “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay.
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. the Amagansett Library and the Amagansett Food Institute are joining forces for a presentation on oysters, clams and scallops and the work of the East Hampton Town Hatchery. Barley John Dunne, director of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery will give this lecture.
A special event for children at the library this week takes place today at 3:30 p.m. with an ice cream making workshop. On Wednesday, August 20, Crazy Locomotion with Crystal of SoFo will take place at 3:30 p.m. and then at 7 p.m. for adults and kids grade 3 and up there will be a Mystery of the Milky way lecture with Dr. Inglis of the Montauk Observatory, followed by Stargazing at 9 p.m. using two telescopes.
Saturday, August 16, at 3:30 p.m., families can join the library for sun and solar story and craft time. Please call ahead to reserve a spot as space is limited. On Saturday, August 23, there will be a hands-on music jam with Jack Licitra. Tonight, the teen movie at 6 p.m. is “Enders Game” and tomorrow at 3:30 for families is “Muppets Most Wanted.”
Paws to read with Suki and Jazzy continues on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. This is truly a special program with a special little dog. The library has a lot of great programs, so stop by the circulation desk to find out more.
The deacons and the community of the First Presbyterian Church would like to thank all who supported the annual Summer Fair of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett. The church holds its summer worship service on Sundays at 10 a.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Saint Thomas Episcopal Chapel has worship service on Sundays at 10 a.m. Saint Thomas Chapel is located at the corner of Montauk and Indian Wells highways. The chapel is an extension of St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton where the pastor is The Reverend Denis Brunelle.The Reverend Deborah Tammearu will lead the sermon at Saint Thomas’s on Sunday, August 17.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church is located across the street from the Amagansett Post Office and worship services are held there on Sundays at 11 a.m. Make sure you check out the thought-provoking billboards. The church is also 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.
There is a new outdoor movie series on Tuesdays in August at the American Legion Hall to benefit Project Most, an after-school program that benefits our youth. On August 19, the movie will be “Hairspray,” which is one of Lucy Pearl’s favorite. On Tuesday, August 26, the movie will be “Forest Gump.” This is a good old-fashioned drive-in. The cost is $30 per carload, $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:15 p.m.
Wednesdays outdoor movies continue in Amagansett Square at 8 p.m. Look for the sign on the lawn for this week’s event. Thursday, August 21, “The Croods” will be showing at Maidstone Park. This is an event to benefit CFAR (Citizens for Access Rights). Please bring your family and support. The cost is $5 for non-members and members are admitted for free. For more information, go to www.citizensforaccessrights.com.
Amagansett Art: Across the Years, an exhibition and sale to benefit the Amagansett Historical Association takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. through Labor Day at the Jackson Carriage House.
The Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, the Amagansett Historical Association and Jack’s Stir and Brew Coffee have begun an August trash pickup. Meet at Jack’s at 6 a.m. on Sundays for garbage bags and fresh brewed coffee and start picking up trash. Prizes will be awarded for the most trash collected at the Gansett Trash Bash on Sunday, September 7 from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Miss Amelia’s Cottage. Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce Networking Night at 434 Main Street, the new beautiful Lodging by the Sea. Bring your business cards and mingle.
The Amagansett Fire Department Chicken Barbeque that we wait all summer for is this Sunday, August 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Amagansett Firehouse. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Please buy tickets ahead of time from one of our volunteer firefighters or, from Vicki at Vicki’s Veggies. See you there.
Three more weeks of summer, have fun, smile, be nice, safe, patient and don’t forget the sunscreen.