“It had the best views out here. The ocean on one side and the bay on the other,” said Westhampton Beach Fire Chief John “Chip” Bancroft as he reminisced about the Cupsogue Beach Hut, a favorite local hangout of his that was destroyed in a massive fire on the evening of Saturday, September 13. “It’s a huge loss for our community.”Mr. Bancroft along with his wife, Dawn, have been enjoying the family-friendly establishment for the past two decades. Their three children—sons Chris, 26, who is a member of the Eastport Fire Department, and Sean, 22, as well as their daughter, Camryn, 15—also were considered regulars there. I’m sure many locals feel the same way about this huge loss, as countless good times have been had at the Beach Hut.
Speaking with Mr. Bancroft this week, he told me of his days camping at Cupsogue Beach with family, but also of his special memories of the Beach Hut, where he would meet up with friends, family and the guys from the fire department on a weekly, if not daily basis. “It was a place for the locals to go hang out,” he shared. “Great bands, great food, and let’s face it—you couldn’t beat the views.”
Popular music from That 70’s Band, the Terri Hines Band, a local band from Center Moriches called Chain Reaction, and many more, brought many people together most nights of the week each summer. They could dance or simply catch up on current events. And, if you ever wanted great food at reasonable prices, this was “the place” to hit up. Mr. Bancroft noted the Lobster Night was one not to be missed!
For many in our hamlet, this was their beach of choice when heading out to hit the sand and waves on a summer day. As of earlier this week, there still was no determined cause of the fire. Fortunately, nobody was injured while battling the blaze.
It is also reassuring to have read in last week’s Southampton Press that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said there will be at least a temporary structure in place at the beach for next season, and that officials are committed to rebuilding the Beach Hut. Good news, indeed.
Finally, I think I speak for the entire community by saying how grateful we all are to the members of all 17 fire departments who responded to the blaze, including those from our “hometown” departments of Westhampton Beach and Eastport. Thank you!
The opening reception for ART Remsenburg’s Photography Contest, featuring photographs taken by your neighbors of local landmarks and other points of interest, will be held at the Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road this Saturday, September 27, from 3 until 6 p.m.
The reception is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. All of the entries in the contest will be on exhibit, including the award winners. If you cannot make opening night, you can still view the exhibit at the Academy until Monday, October 13. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our hamlet had quite a few entries! Please try to make it down to view the submissions of our friends and neighbors, a list that includes Hunter Skorobohaty, Ann Grist, Mary Moore, Toby and Ron Papageorge, and James Killoran. A bunch of photographers from our neighboring communities have also submitted their works.
Lisa Mendelson, who sits on the Art Committee at the Remsenburg Academy, helped Sally Pope set up the exhibit, and mentioned that there are many very talented photographers in our area!
Now, The Press News Group, which publishes The Southampton Press, would like to know the answer to this question: Who do YOU think of when it comes to people in our community who make a difference?
The Press is seeking nominees for its annual Community First Award. They want you to nominate those whose actions have benefited the lives of others and their community. The person you are considering can be a neighbor, a friend, a relative or even a co-worker.
To nominate someone, write a brief, compelling story about the individual, explain what distinguishes them from others, and highlight how the nominee’s actions benefit the lives of others. Please note that you can nominate someone who has already been considered for the award as long as he or she did not win the contest before.
The person chosen will be featured in The Press’ Hamptons Holiday publication, and have a donation made to an organization affiliated with the winner. Please email your nominations—the deadline for entries is Friday, October 24—to email@example.com.
Finally, please note that schools are closed this Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, in observance of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Happy New Year to all those who are celebrating!
Monday, September 29: The fourth annual golf outing and awards dinner supporting the Eastport South Manor Community for the Arts will take place at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, 105 Clancy Road in Manorville. The second annual Golf Ball Drop will take place at 6 p.m. that day. Chances to enter that contest can still be purchased online at www.esmca.org/2014-golf-outing.html. For more information about tee times and reservations, including cost, please call Barbara Stanco at (631) 678-7362 or visit www.esmca.org.
Sunday, October 5: The Remsenburg Association’s annual meeting and elections will begin at 11 a.m. and be held at The Remsenburg Academy, 130 South Country Road. All members are welcome.