Our humble and now weather-beaten Montauk home was built in stages by my parents, back in the late 1960s. High school weekends for my brother Paul and me, except in the depths of winter, were occupied by working on the house. As a break from painting woodwork and installing drywall many harvest moons ago, my Aunt Helen Dolce took us all on a hike on a wooded trail just north of what was then known as the Montauk Air Force Base. She knew the location of an ancient twisted apple tree accessible by a dirt road not too far from Montauk Highway. Subsequently, several shopping bags full of wormy apples were magically transformed into pies, applesauce and apple butter by my Mom.This morning, October 29, at 10 a.m. the East End Trails Preservation Society invites you to enjoy a Harvest Hike on lush trails around Big Reed Pond, now resplendent in fall colors. A few ripe grapes may still cling to the vine, and perhaps you’ll spot wild apple and hickory nut trees along the trail. Meet at the Nature Trails site off East Lake Drive, about two miles north of the intersection with Route 27. Follow the dirt road to the parking area. Your leader for this three-mile hike will be Eva Moore. Contact Ms. Moore at (631) 238-5134 to confirm in case of inclement weather.
I learned that 45 walkers from St. Therese Church and MCC raised close to $2,000 in last week’s Crop Walk. One fourth of the donations go to the Montauk Food Pantry, the rest going toward alleviating poverty nationally and world-wide. Pastor Bill Hoffmann thanks the Montauk community for its generous participation.
This and every first Sunday of the month is Food Pantry Sunday. Time to stock up the shelves and freezer of our Montauk food pantry, located at the annex of St. Therese Church. Let’s help those who depend on the food pantry particularly during holidays and winter months ahead. A box conveniently located in the narthex of MCC also accepts donations for the food pantry.
Plans have gone forward for the first coffeehouse of the season at Montauk Community Church on the evening of Halloween, this Friday, October 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church’s Guild Room. The event is free for the entire community. Light refreshments will be served. You’re invited to wear a costume if the spirit moves you.
A Halloween Costume parade for kids, with trick or treating, takes place in the center of Montauk from 4 to 5 p.m. this Friday. I’ll be working downtown all day Friday and I’m planning my costume.
Gurney’s Inn is having its annual Halloween Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday. For reservations, call (631) 668-1717. For instant updates on weekend Halloween events at venues around town ,check the Facebook page of Montauk Chamber of Commerce.
Montauk Community Church is having a potluck luncheon on Sunday, November 2, after church services. A signup sheet is now posted in the church narthex. Should you forget or be unable to prepare a dish to share, you are welcome just the same.
I heard through the grapevine that dedicated Montauk locals are working to bring back Music for Montauk. A fundraiser was held at the home of Bill Aken on Saturday. Mr. Aken founded Music for Montauk in 1991.
Last and most importantly, remember Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Our local polling place is at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. It is pleasant to see the friendly faces of local Election Day workers, many of whom work for us at the polls year after year.
At The Library
The Board of Trustees of the Montauk Library announced on October 22 that Denise DiPaolo has been hired as Library Director beginning January 2. Ms. DiPaolo will succeed Karen Rade, who will retire in December.
The Montauk Library’s fall theater trip is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12. Tickets are still available for the matinee performance of Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink.” Including bus transportation the cost is $80. Tickets ran out for George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara.” However, the library has arranged an alternative, a new play by Katori Hall, “Our Lady of Kibelo,” at the Signature Theatre. The cost for this play, including bus transport, is $60. Transportation only, to and from the theater district, is available at $30. A Hampton Jitney charter bus will leave the Montauk Post Office parking lot at 8:30 a.m. on the day. Deadline for payment is November 1. Call or visit the library for more information.
Mini Trick or Treat Night at the library for all ages is today, October 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by for treats, trivia, and a scavenger hunt! An extra treat will be given for checking out a book with your library card! Costumes optional.
The Friends of the Montauk Library kicks off its free movie season tonight at 7 p.m. with “Chef,” starring Jon Favrea, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Refreshments will be served after the screening.
The Friends are also sponsoring “Trash or Treasure Roadshow,” this Saturday, November 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. for free at the library. Certified appraiser Ed Costello will speak on how to identify a treasure, and offer appraisals to 45 people, one item each, no coins, bills or stamps, please. Advance registration is required for an appraisal.
On Sunday, November 2, at 3:30 p.m. at the library, Jane Weissman, artist and author will discuss “Protest & Celebration: Community Murals in NYC.” Her slide presentation and comments demonstrate how New York artists and neighborhood groups have worked together to create vibrant murals that beautify, celebrate, protest, educate and inspire.