Montauk Community Notes, November 27


This week of Thanksgiving has a full slate of activities in Montauk to launch the holiday season.On Thanksgiving Day, starting at 10 a.m., rain, snow or shine, the annual Turkey Trot Run for Fun provides those not stuck in their kitchen an opportunity to work up appetites for the day’s feast. Show up at the Village Green between 8 and 9:30 a.m. to check in for a three- or six-mile race around town. The event is sponsored by East Hampton Town’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Keeshan Real Estate. Pre-registration is $8 per person. Forms and information can be found online at, and are available at the Montauk Playhouse this week. The cost to enter the day goes up to $10. The first 300 participants receive a commemorative tee-shirt.

The Montauk Fire Department 75th Anniversary Parade, which was canceled on Saturday, October 11, due to heavy rain, will be held this Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m. The parade begins at Kirk Park and proceeds to Hank Zebrowski Memorial Ball Park. Craig Tuthill, a 60-year member of the fire department, will be honored as grand marshal.

Please don’t forget to stop in at the Friends of the Montauk Library Holiday Book Sale also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, of course, will be on sale as well as decorative items and jewelry that will surely help check off some names on your holiday shopping list.

The Women’s Guild of Montauk Community Church also holds its annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. New gift items, ornaments, and all Christmas decor will be for sale in the church’s downstairs Community Room. Clothing rummage rooms and linens department will be open too.

The annual Family Holiday Fun Day sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Montauk Yacht Club takes place at the Montauk Yacht Club this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. A free event for youngsters, they’ll create holiday crafts and make tree ornaments. Miss Melody will entertain with a sing-along. Christmas caroling, apple cider and cookies should spread plenty of good family cheer!

The 6th annual Lighting of the Lighthouse rounds out Saturday’s festivities from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a spectacular view when the lights are turned on at dark. Live music and caroling will accompany Santa’s appearance! Rain date is Saturday, December 6.

Christmas At The Lighthouse is this Sunday, November 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Rain date is December 7. The Lighthouse will be decorated for the holidays. Hot cider and snacks served. The gift shop will be open. Pony rides available for young children, and kids can be photographed with Santa. Admission to the museum is free during this event but the tower climb is closed. For more information on holiday events at Montauk Lighthouse, please visit

Make note that Montauk’s businesses should be getting ready for the big “Star Bright” storefront lighting. Holiday displays must be ready by December 10. Judging takes place December 13.

“Walk for Awareness,” around Fort Pond, sponsored by the Greater East Hampton Education Foundation, GEF, benefiting the Tyler Project, will be held on Sunday, November 30. Register on the center Green at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the flagpole. Your dog is permitted provided it is leashed.

The Tyler Project has been established to improve coordination and delivery of health services for students, young adults and families in our community. Funding from the walk will be used for counseling and educational services and programs to help prevent some of the crises facing young people on the East End. Any donations collected at the signup area will be used strictly for the Tyler Project.

This week’s column has been assembled for you more than a week before some of these activities are to take place. For events that may be rescheduled due to inclement weather, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce Facebook page is an excellent resource for current information.

According to a press release I have received, Montauk’s Rutkowski family, who ran the Montauk Movie for 30 years, are sad to announce that as of December 1, CinemaCycle and the Montauk Movie will be shutting their doors.

“Our family has enjoyed every minute of bringing movies to Montauk for the past 30 years, as well as helping the community burn off those movie concession calories at spin classes for the last year and a half.

Due to changes in the way films are distributed, our 35mm movie projection equipment has become obsolete. 35 mm films are difficult to find, and when we do, we must commit to 2- to 3-week screenings (not the greatest option for a small community). We have grappled with the decision to convert to digital projection equipment, today’s standard, for several years. Due to high conversion costs and decreases in attendance, we feel that continuing to operate a seasonal movie theater in Montauk is just not feasible.”

A movie fundraiser will be held to benefit the East Hampton varsity girls softball team on Friday, November 28, your last chance to get fresh Montauk Movie popcorn. At 7 p.m. the holiday favorite, “Elf,” will be screened, followed at 9 p.m. by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets for the benefit are just $5 per person.

All equipment will be sold: bike shoes, spin bikes, movie reels, cinema seats, a popcorn machine, an ice machine, bike covers and more. Contact the proprietors at, or stop in any morning to see what is available.

The Rutkowski family thanks you for your patronage and kind words over the years.

Hurry to sign up at the Montauk Library for the popular “Do As You Like Bus Trip to New York City, scheduled this year for Saturday, December 6, and sponsored by the Friends of Montauk Library. This trip usually sells out. The cost for a round trip ticket is $30.

The Montauk Public Library free movie series continues on Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. with “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo.

The library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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