Westhampton Community Notes, October 2

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Members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, as well as volunteers representing several other fire departments on the South Fork, participated in the Stephen Siller “Tunnel to Towers” Run and Walk this past Sunday.Money raised at the event will be used to build homes for severely injured veterans. The annual race commemorates the heroic sacrifice made by Fire Department of New York firefighter Stephen Siller—one of the hundreds of first responders who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Sunday’s race followed the route that Mr. Siller took as ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to respond to the attacks. Many of this year’s participants wore their bunker gear—as did Mr. Siller—as they walked or ran the 5K route that concludes in lower Manhattan, where they were cheered on by enthusiastic crowds. Great job, volunteers!

This Sunday, October 5, “Backpacks Squared” (Blessings in a Backpack and Backpacks For Fellow Students) will host the inaugural “Race for a Reason 5K Race-Walk-Fun Run.”

Registration kicks off at Cupsogue Beach County Park, on the very western end of West Hampton Dunes, at 7:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 to run or walk. (Children under 14 years of age can participate for free.) To register, visit http://raceforareason5K.itsyourrace.com ahead of time, or sign up on the day of the race.

All are welcome to stop down at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Westhampton Beach this Sunday, October 5, for the parish’s annual Blessing of the Pets ceremony. It starts at 4 p.m. on the church lawn and there will be donations collected for the Southampton Town Animal Shelter. Please call the church at (631) 288-2111 if you have any questions.

Human Understanding and Growth Seminar’s 12th annual golf outing is right around the corner. It will be held at Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, October 7.

The cost is $295 per player and that includes 18 holes of scramble-format golf with a cart, a barbecue lunch, cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. There will also be some great raffle prizes, including Disney Park Hopper passes, tickets to see the New York Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a 50/50 raffle. For more information or to register, call (631) 288-9505 or email Allison@hugsinc.org.

East End Arts will host the third annual “Arts Means Business” panel discussion next Thursday, October 9, from 3 until 6 p.m., at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Main Street in the village. Michelle Isabelle-Stark will discuss “Destination Downtown,” a marketing campaign created to boost the economy by promoting small businesses.

Tickets are $10 for chamber or East End Arts members, or $20 at the door. Visit www.eastendarts.org or call (631) 727-0900 for additional information.

The inaugural Dune Road Walk for Parkinson’s Research will take place on Saturday, October 11. The walk begins at 8 a.m. at Rogers Beach, 105 Dune Road in Westhampton Beach, and participants will head west to Cupsogue Beach before returning back to Rogers, for a grand total of 12 miles. If you wish to walk, you can register by emailing DuneRoadWalkForParkinsons@gmail.com.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton will host its third annual Westhampton Beach Oyster Festival down at the Village Marina on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be live bands, a pirate show, pumpkin painting, a chowder contest, craft beer and more.

Admission to the festival is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Visit www.WHBOysterFest.com for details.

Also taking place next weekend will be the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on the Village Green. The show runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12. More than 60 artists and craftspeople will be in attendance, selling everything from furniture to photographs.

Please note that throughout the day on Saturday, October 11, there will also be a free shuttle bus—called the Hampton Hopper—to take you around the village to all the different activities.

The Westhampton United Methodist Church, located at 116 Montauk Highway, will host a chicken dinner and gospel concert on Friday, October 17. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. The free concert, featuring the Glorification Singers, will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be free on-site babysitting for those in need. Call (631) 288-7746.

The third annual Walk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18, in Westhampton Beach. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. on the Village Green, opening ceremonies will commence at 9 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m. sharp. For more information or to register, visit www.adrcinc.org.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is teaming up with F. David Mogull Productions to bring the Hamptons Music Festival to our village the weekend of October 24, 25 and 26. The three-day festival will be held at and near the PAC, located at 76 Main Street.

On Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m., Duncan Sheik and special guest Jeff LeBlanc will take the stage at the PAC. Those tickets range from $55-$65 each. Then on Saturday, October 25, Natalie Merchant will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets to Saturday’s show range from $95 to $150 each. And on Sunday, October 26, local artists from Montauk to Patchogue will perform both inside and outside the theater, from 12:30 until 8 p.m. An all-access pass to Sunday’s finale costs $39 per person and, in addition to hearing some great music, it will also allow you to enjoy some delicious barbecue from Justin’s Chop Shop, as well as some cold beverages.

For tickets or more information, call (631) 288-1500 or visit www.hamptonsmusicfestival.com.

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