Montauk Moorings, August 28, 2014

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We had a little surprise at our house over the weekend. While dozing in front of the TV on Saturday night, my husband, Don, was wakened by strange popping noises emanating from our basement. The oil burner, which heats our hot water, seemed to be having a problem. In a minute the burner clicked on as normal. On Sunday morning Don commented we should schedule Marshall’s soon for maintenance.While I was cutting out squares for a quilt, on Sunday afternoon the popping noises began again, this time accompanied by blinking lights, loss of internet and phone, TV and telephone service. The clothes dryer went haywire. I was home alone and quickly phoned Don via cell. Don became quite agitated, saying we might have a “bad neutral.” That’s when too much voltage comes in over the electrical lines to the house. This, he said, could fry all our computers, appliances and electrical devices.

Don said to unplug all the computers. The problem continued into the evening. I phoned the new local power service, PSEG. Don said it was vital that they make a record of our problem in case we had to make an insurance claim.

As of Monday morning, no service truck from PSEG had arrived. They said there were a lot of problems locally due to extreme amounts of energy demand right now.

Before dawn on Monday I caught the first train to Southampton, to finish writing this column at work. I was surprised by the crowd at 5:38 a.m. Every station along the way was crowded.

It’s almost time for Tumbleweed Tuesday! All are welcome to join the celebration at a free Tumbleweed Tuesday Concert on September 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring the Nancy Alas Project, sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Free hot dogs, water, soda and chips will be available. Free beach balls will be given out for the kids! Ben and Jerry’s will be selling ice cream. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and relax on the village green.

This Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m., the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation (MPCCF) will host the second community information meeting to detail their updated plans for the completion of the currently unfinished space inside the historic Montauk Playhouse. The meeting will be held in the Senior Nutrition Center at the Playhouse Community Center. New plans will be presented and discussed in detail, followed by a Q and A session and refreshments. Results of a needs assessment survey distributed last fall showed overwhelming community support for both an Aquatic Center and a large, multi-use space for cultural events and conferences. The MPCCF board hired two leading consultants, for pool design and nonprofit development planning to focus on creating a new construction and operation plan that would cost less both to build and to operate and, most important, be financially self-sustaining via revenues generated by use and services. The entire community is invited to attend this important meeting.

The Women’s Guild of Montauk Community Church will hold its half off price sale on clothing and linens this Saturday, August 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. This is the last weekly rummage sale for the 2014 summer season. Thereafter, there will be once monthly sales, dates of which are to be announced.

Montauk’s “Take a Kid Fishing” outings this summer were a great success! The kids caught a lot of fish and learned basic techniques. Participating boats were the Viking Fleet, Ebb Tide and Breakwater. “The Montauk Chamber of Commerce thanks all the boats who volunteered and gave their time and fishing wisdom,” said Laraine Creegan, executive director of the chamber. According to the captains, the children had a ball and their proud parents enjoyed watching every moment.

At Montauk Library, children’s librarian Julie Anne Korpie sends word that this year’s summer reading club has come to an end. They had the most participants ever! This Saturday, August 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and back by popular demand, Miss Korpi invites kids of all ages to join her outside the Montauk Library for delicious ices and then create chalk art. Kids can also sign up at the library this week to volunteer for community service.

Plan an outing with family or friends to a wonderful museum. Thanks to the Friends of the Montauk Library, passes are available that facilitate free or reduced access and reductions at Children’s Museum of the East End, South Fork Natural History Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86. in Manhattan, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue and the Brooklyn Museum.

Passes may be checked out the day before your visit and returned the next day for a two night loan. For more information, please ask at the library circulation desk.

Also available are reduced price child and adult tickets to Long Island Game Farm, for $10 each, available at the library circulation desk. Regular ticket prices range from $16.95 to $18.95, so this is a substantial reduction for a good family adventure!

On Saturday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m., the Montauk Library presents The ZigZag Quartet, four musicians from Manhattan who cross boundaries, dance styles and musical genres from flamenco to jazz to new works composed expressly for them.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13, when brilliant young concert artist Drew Petersen returns to the library at 7:30 p.m. to perform a concert of works composed by Robert Schumann and Joahnnes Brahms.

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