I heard that despite soggy weather, Archeology Fest, sponsored by the Montauk Historical Society on Saturday, October 4, had good attendance. That day, on returning home from work at 5 p.m. I was hailed from across the street by a young man introducing himself as Miles Washburn from Rhode Island. He said he had a great time at the Archeology Fest. He’s a flintknapper and was able to make and sell flints at the fest. Miles promised me a demonstration on arrowhead-making sometime in the near future. Miles said he’s met many locals already because he surfs. It’s nice to see a friendly face during the quiet season when our street can seem deserted and even a little spooky.That’s not to say town won’t have plenty of visitors this weekend for the 33nd annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Five days beforehand, glancing at weather predictions I don’t see anything alarming. Looks like a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures that may require jackets.
The family-oriented community Fall Festival takes place on the Green in the center of downtown, and kicks off with the famous Clam Chowder contest at 11 a.m. sharp, Saturday. A variety of chowders from local restaurants will be ladled “until they run out,” typically around 1 p.m. Professional foodies will judge and present awards for the best New England and Manhattan chowders. Cast your own ballot for the People’s Choice Award. Winners are announced at 3 p.m., Saturday, on the chamber’s Facebook page.
A spectacular Grucci fireworks display takes place on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Umbrella Beach. This year fireworks are a special tribute honoring the Montauk Fire Department’s 75th anniversary.
Both Saturday and Sunday will have lots of kids’ attractions: inflatable rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, street painting, crab races, pony rides (Sunday), a free carousel and more. Live music by Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks happens on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., along with raffles, delicious Oktoberfest-style food, clams and oysters and Long Island wines and beer. The Montauk Farmers Market makes its final appearance for the season Saturday, under the tent and Sunday, streetwise.
Don’t miss the annual Chinese auction by the Montauk Playhouse on Sunday under the big tent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The auction features dozens of fantastic prizes, all donated by local businesses and individuals. Auction prizes include electronics, sporting equipment, artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, and gift certificates for local services. Auction raffle tickets cost just $1 per chance and are available for advance purchase on the Green on Saturday. Auction proceeds benefit MPCCF’s fundraising campaign to construct an Aquatic Center and flexible-use Cultural Center at Montauk Playhouse Community Center.
The chamber’s annual Cash Catch drawing is held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, with cash prizes up to $20,000 awarded.
Free transportation to the festival will be provided on Hampton Jitney buses for all towns between Southampton and Montauk, on Saturday and Sunday. Please call 283-4600 to make free travel reservations, which are required. In addition, a free continuous bus shuttle loop will run from the center of Montauk, to the Lighthouse, the Harbor area, the LIRR and back. Transportation is supported by a grant to the Long Island Wine Council by New York State’s Empire State Development Corp and the I Love New York Division of Tourism.
The Fall Festival is the major annual fundraiser to benefit the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit organization which donates to organizations including the Montauk Food Pantry, the annual Fourth of July and Fall Fireworks funds, the Frank Cappozola Scholarship Fund and more.
Carousel Sponsors are 668 The Gig Shack, Ron Sullivan Welding, William R. Homer, Esq., Montauk Blue Hotel, American Credit Card Processing Corp. and Advantage Title. Other sponsors are South Edison Restaurant and Marshall & Sons.
The chamber is seeking volunteers for the festival, both days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or for a specific shift. Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help coordinate or run the many kids’ events and to ladle chowder (Saturday only), assist in the food tent (both days) and pitch in where needed for set up and break down. Volunteering is a great way to have fun while serving the community for a good cause. High school students earn community service points. To sign up, please contact Montauk Chamber of Commerce executive director Laraine Creegan at (631) 668-2355, Sharon Buckler at 668-2429, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Saturday, starting at noon, a Montauk Fire Department 75th Year Anniversary Parade and Muster will run down Main Street Montauk and end at Lions Field with an antique fire truck display. An Open House and Pancake Breakfast happens at the main firehouse on Sunday, October 12, starting around 8 a.m., benefiting this year’s Senior Citizen Christmas Party.
The Women’s Guild of Montauk Community Church will hold a Rummage Sale at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 11, rain or shine. Please also note, the Coffee House that had been tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 10, has been postponed.
Now in its 22nd year, the Hamptons Film Festival is also running this weekend showing films throughout the Hamptons at many different venues, as well as panel discussions with prominent individuals in the film industry. For more information and schedules please visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.
October is Montauk Library Archives Month, which is also celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Montauk Fire Department. Photos and memorabilia from the archives and fire department are on display now. Plan to visit any day the library is open. An Archival Open House will be held Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.
It’s National Teen/Tween Read Week! Stop by the library anytime they are open from Tuesday, October 14, to Saturday, October 18. Teens can snap a “selfie” while holding one of their favorite books. Cameras provided. Join in on Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 4 p.m. for a celebration!
The Montauk Library’s annual Autumn Theatre Trip takes place Wednesday, November 12. Tickets and transportation by charter bus to and from each theatre are $80 (non-refundable). Make checks out to “Montauk Library” and drop them off at the Circulation Desk by Wednesday, October 22. More details next week!