Montauk Community Notes, October 23


Our son, Dan, on a recent evening after a rainstorm, spotted the feral cat we hadn’t seen around our house since last spring. A shake of the kibble box brought the skulking cat right down to the garden, where his abandoned feeding dish lay hidden in overgrown grass. He didn’t look malnourished and evidently has found more attractive accommodations elsewhere.“Cat whisperer,” as she calls herself, Janine Marmeno, recently reminded me that Mary Persan often has kittens waiting for adoption at Strawberry Fields, the florist shop right here in Montauk. Ms. Persan, along with Janine and other local volunteers, handles the kittens rescued from the wild tame enough to be adopted. ARF volunteers help make sure the kittens have all necessary shots.

Our last cat, Kitty, died two years ago at age 21. A long-haired gray lady, she spent her later years mostly on top of the breakfast bar, where she and her food dish were safe from the dog. She favored husband Don’s lap above all others, and since kittenhood, preferred spending nights at the foot of Danny’s bed. October 26 is Dan’s birthday. Perhaps I’ll meander over to Strawberry Fields on my lunch break to see if Ms. Persan has any gray kittens from a cute batch Janine describes as, “just about ready for adoption.”

The first coffeehouse of the season has been rescheduled for Friday, October 31, at 7 p.m. at the Guild Room at Montauk Community Church. That’s Halloween, so feel free to dress up, if the spirit moves you. I’ll go as a literary character and see if anyone guesses who I am. Join in for a free hour of coffee, snacks, good music and fun provided by fellow Montaukers!

During church services at MCC on Sunday, October 19, Women’s Guild president Iris Mitchell was visibly pleased to present Pastor Bill Hoffmann with a check; funds earned by the Women’s Guild during Saturday rummage sales this past summer. This year was a particularly successful season. Ms. Mitchell and Pastor Bill extended warm thanks to volunteers who help make the rummage sales possible, some present at Sunday’s service, but also folks who help out though they worship elsewhere. Pastor Bill remarked it’s a lively group, which meets weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings downstairs in rooms just beneath his office from where he can hear them laughing and talking. Some, he said, even work on Wednesdays. Ms Mitchell noted that additional volunteers are sought for the annual MCC Christmas Fair, coming up on Saturday, November 29, Thanksgiving weekend. It takes a lot of preparation beforehand as well as help at the fair itself and clean up afterward to make this popular event happen.

The Guild’s good work recently helped to purchase a modest home for the pastor and family of MCC’s sister church in Guines, Cuba. The family now resides in their new home and are absolutely thrilled, according Ms. Mitchell. Funds from rummage sales also go toward support of MCC and its local ministries, including Big Brothers and Sisters. Clothing donations are provided for migrant farm workers who work on local farms. Ms. Mitchell and Pastor Bill extend thanks to the entire Montauk community for labor, donations as well as their patronage of rummage sales, through which many good things are made possible.

It’s a great week to keep working on your scarecrows! Judges will be making the rounds during the week leading up to Halloween, so you still have some time to put one up, according to Montauk Youth director Maureen Rutkowski.

The New York State Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled two fun and educational activities for families on Saturday for this week. “Who Goes There?” starts at 10 a.m. Walk the beach at Hither Hills State Park with naturalist Latisha and discover how to identify tracks left behind by various creatures.

Also on Saturday, Family Adventure, “Walking Dunes,” takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., also at Hither Hills. Take a guided tour of this unique habitat.

Fees for programs are $4 per adult and $3 for children age 3 to 17. Children under 3 participate for free and there is no charge for parking. Meet at the check-in booth at Hither Hills State Park. Advance registration is required. Call 558-2554 for more information.

“A Brush with Cocktails” comes to Montauk, benefiting the East Hampton Girls Varsity Softball Team at East by Northeast restaurant, on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Paint, wine and dine and indulge your inner artist for a great cause. According to a press release, an artist will lead attendees through step-by-step instructions to create the evening’s “featured painting” and absolutely no art experience is necessary. Attendees take home their own masterpiece. Limited seating is available, so register early online at The fee is $80 per person, which includes materials, a buffet, raffles and a cash bar. Email or call (516) 606-7660 for more information.

Local Boy Scout Troop 136 will hold its 13th annual Prime Rib Dinner on Saturday, November 8, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Montauk Firehouse. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed yearly occasion. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door, and will be available at Becker’s Hardware Store on Main Street or at the Montauk Beer and Soda Store at 43 South Elmwood.

The Friends of the Montauk Library kicks off its movie season on Wednesday, October 29 (note day change from Thursday), at 7 p.m. The feature is “Chef,” starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Favreau is a chef who loses his restaurant then starts up a food truck to recapture his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. The film is rated R, and is 114 minutes. Free with refreshments to follow.

Family Time with Gourd and Pumpkin Painting for all ages takes place this Saturday, October 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join Children’s Librarian Julie Anne Korpi for gourd and pumpkin painting. Games and toys for all ages will be available. Students, grades six through 12 may help for community service points. Visitors and residents are welcome. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

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