Montauk Community Notes, April 30


I’ve been watching “Animal Homes,” a three-part Nature series on PBS featuring “never-before-seen intimate views of the lives of animals in their homes.”

In the last week, a determined pair of robins constructed a nest on top of the porch light right outside our front door. Husband Don noticed the beginnings of a straw nest, not too far along, so he took it down. The following day, he was startled when a bird flew at his head. The nest grew, soon topped by an impressive mud-shell lining exactly like what I saw on “Animal Homes.” Over the weekend construction halted, so we’ll see if work resumes weekdays when the porch is quiet again.At Montauk Community Church on Sunday, April 26, the congregation was delighted by the baptism of Riley Diane O’Brien, daughter of Judith Rade O’Brien and Chris O’Brien. Riley’s maternal grandmother, session member Karen Rade, presented Riley for baptism. At approximately age two, Miss O’Brien graciously accepted the ceremony, all smiles, even when sprinkled with water by Pastor Bill Hoffmann.

Flowers for the MCC sanctuary on Sunday were a gift from Nancy Pfund, who, as she does every spring, provided armfuls of daffodils from her garden.

Congratulations to congregants Carol and Joe Nye, who celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary that same day.

Sunday also commemorated wedding anniversary 35 for husband Don and me. We hiked the wooded trail by Eddie Ecker Park. A mysterious forsythia some yards down the trail pointed the way to a quiet rocky beach. The yellow flowers highlighted a handwritten sign, letters illegible, pointing to a new path for us to explore.

Help keep Montauk’s state parks pristine in the fourth annual “I Love My Park Day,” an initiative of Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele. Volunteer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday for a beach cleanup of the coastline in Montauk Point and Camp Hero state parks. Volunteers are also needed to prune and cut back the 4-wheel drive access roads in those parks.

On Saturday night, April 25, husband Don and I, along with close to 40 others, enjoyed a concert at the Montauk Library featuring the Pat DeRosa Orchestra. The three-piece orchestra consisted of Mr. Pat DeRosa, at age 93 demonstrating a lifetime’s worth of skill alternating on saxophone, clarinet and flute. With him were daughter Patricia DeRosa Padden, pianist and vocals; and granddaughter Nicole DeRosa Padden, flute and vocals. The audience was treated to a full program of jazz standards, including “Satin Doll,” “New York, New York,” “The Girl From Ipanema,” and favorites of Mr. DeRosa, “Stella by Starlight,” and “Misty.”

We learned Mr. DeRosa, who studied and played saxophone from childhood on and had a legendary career starting during WWII as a member of the Army Air Force’s 20 piece dance band, has one current wish: to perform with Billy Joel! Mr. DeRosa’s family has been writing to Mr. Joel to arrange a meeting of great minds. I’m putting this out there in hopes of positive results. Mr. DeRosa is a virtuoso on sax. He grew visibly youthful as he performed. Amazing! Did I mention he has a great sense of humor? He said he’s willing to travel to meet up with Mr. Joel.

Mark your calendar for the free Spring Concert at the Montauk School gym, the return of Music for Montauk, Saturday, May 9, at 4 p.m. The strings along with piano classical concert, hosted by Lilah Gosman, will feature spring seasonal selections from Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and more, and includes Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Calloway.

Directly following, attend Music for Montauk’s Spring Awakening Party. Meet the artists, hear about the 2015 season over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Gosman’s Restaurant, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets for the party, $25, are available now at Naturally Good Foods and Café or visit A portion of ticket sales help support Music for Montauk’s 2015 season.

Tonight, Wednesday, April 29, Gil Gutierrez on jazz guitar, Bob Stern, jazz violin; Peter Martin Weiss, bass make a return engagement at Montauk Library. Celebrated Mexican jazz guitarist Gutierrez is joined by East Enders Stern and Weiss, in an informal free concert of works by Mexican and Latin American composers including originals by Gil himself. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

For kids, the library presents a puppet show of the story of King Midas by Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets this Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Visitors and residents alike are invited to watch an excellent puppet show, and it’s free.

Also this Saturday at the library, Library Program Director Carolyn Balducci, as part of the Women Celebrating Women Series, has for you a staging of Nora and Delia Ephron’s play, “Love Loss and What I Wore.” The cast includes five talented East End actors, Linda Betjeman, Kathy Brockbank, Susan Cincotta, Jenifer Maxon, and Sara Mundy. It is directed by Terry Brockbank. Curtain time in the lower level Suzanne Koch Gosman Room of the library is 7:30 p.m. This event is free to the public.

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