Montauk Community Notes, April 23


Last year’s garden observations led me to conclude that spring and summer ran two weeks late. This year’s lateness is even more pronounced with daffodil buds not fully emerged until the second week of April. Now, in April’s fourth week half the yellow flowers, that for me symbolize hope and optimism, are newly opened, half are still in bud. The first bumblebees showed up this week, attracted by Japanese andromeda bushes, in full bloom alongside our front porch. Husband Don found a tiny brown frog he first mistook for a blowing leaf, hopping across our kitchen floor.Enjoy the first spring coffeehouse at Montauk Community Church this Friday, April 24, when local singer and songwriter Bill Akin shares his unique repertoire of folk and country songs. Paul Gene joins Mr. Aiken on keyboard with Deb Coen on backup vocals. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Guild Room and is free of charge. Good will offerings gladly accepted.

A bumper crop of outdoor summer concerts on Montauk’s Green and Gosman’s Dockside Stage are planned for this summer, according to a press release from the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. To help fund these free concerts, the chamber holds its 7th annual Concert for the Concerts, this Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Swallow East restaurant at the harbor. This year’s fundraiser features Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Joe Delia and Friends and Ray Red. Miss Melody performs for the kids from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. These artists will generously donate time and talent both for this event and at upcoming summer concerts. A donation of $10 per person can be paid at the door and kids accompanied by an adult are admitted for free. A 50/50 raffle and a free kids raffle drawing are planned highlights. A light menu including kid-friendly choices will be offered. All proceeds benefit the Summer Concert Series.

Maureen Rutkowski of Montauk Youth needs your support to organize this year’s Mother’s Day Race in Montauk, coming up fast on May 10. According to Maureen, much still needs doing: put up fliers around town, seek donations, sell raffle tickets. Day of race, help with runner registration or handing out numbers and pins, or staffing rest stops along the route is needed. All proceeds benefit a local family in need. Please contact Maureen at to volunteer.

A reminder, today, Wednesday, April 22, from noon to 2 p.m. is the final day to register 2- and 3-year-olds for St. Therese Nursery School. Bring along your child’s birth certificate and updated immunization form. A $50 registration fee is required.

Gurney’s Inn is holding Spa Soirée Wellness Weekend, April 25 and 26, for spa-goers and spa industry professionals, including a cocktail party on Saturday evening with music by D.J. John Blandon. Enjoy signature spa-tini cocktails and a menu of spa inspired hors d’oeuvres. Also planned, a spa brunch, beach walk, seal hike and screening of filmmaker Susan Rockefeller’s “Mission of Mermaids: A Love Letter To The Ocean.”

For reservations for Wellness Weekend or any of the individual activities, please call Gurney’s Inn at (631) 668-1717 or visit for a schedule of events.

Big news! Music for Montauk makes its return with a Spring Concert at Montauk School gymnasium at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Admission is free. The program includes selections from Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and more. Directly afterward, attend Music for Montauk’s Spring Awakening Party to celebrate the rebirth of Music for Montauk. Meet the musicians and hear about the 2015 season over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Gosman’s restaurant, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $25, available at Naturally Good Foods and Cafe, or click the link at

This week’s free Friends of the Library film presentation is Foxcatcher, rated R, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo with a plot loosely based on the 1986 recruitment of U.S. Olympic gold medalist wrestlers Mark Schultz and brother Dave to coach U.S. wrestlers.

Along with roughly 40 music enthusiasts on Sunday afternoon, I enjoyed Montauk Library’s concert by classical pianist Jonathan Howe, who is a member of the music faculty at East Hampton High School. Having conventional tastes, I most liked Mr. Howe’s selections from Chopin, particularly Ballade #3.

More challenging, Mr. Howe performed a work by his father, distinguished American composer Hubert Howe, who was present for the concert. He turned pages while his son performed Pentachordal Etude #1, a difficult and modern piece, which did not exactly tell a ballad nor contain what I would define as thematic melody. Deep, ominous chords along with rills of high notes conjured up for me the threat and then recession of a dramatic Montauk thunderstorm. After presenting Mr. Howe Sr.’s etude, father and son gave each other a big hug.

Remember, the Montauk Library vote takes place this Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the library. That same night starting at 7:30 p.m. the Pat DeRosa Dance Band/Jazz Ensemble returns to reward you with an invitation to get up and dance, back-by-popular demand. I’ve seen this ensemble and they’re stupendous, especially Mr. Pat DeRosa, 90-plus years young, who really, really swings on his saxophone!

Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., brings more jazz to the library with the Gil Gutiérrez Trio.

Celebrated Mexican jazz guitarist Gutiérrez will be joined by East End jazz artists Stern and Weiss, in an informal concert of works by Mexican and Latin American composers and originals by Gil himself.

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