Montauk Community Notes, May 14


It’s Mother’s Day evening and I’m typing away. Dear husband Don is roasting a turkey breast, the heavenly aroma of which is wafting upstairs and making my stomach growl.Montauk seemed busy over the weekend despite intermittent pea soup fog. Observing through the window from my desk at Atlantic Beach Realty I saw young families with lots of tots. Folks were celebrating a special Mother’s Day weekend with the whole brood.

At Montauk Community Church after services on Sunday, husband Don received many compliments after singing, a cappella, Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” during offering. I’ll always remember him singing and how proud I felt. As always the service provided many opportunities for everyone to sing together too.

Don and I shared a table for brunch downstairs at the church with Debbie and Brian Coen, along with two of their seven grandchildren. As all Montauk knows, the Coens are a musical couple. This weekend, May 14 through 17, is the sixth annual Montauk Music Festival. I asked Brian which artists he can recommend. Jessica Lynn and her 9 piece band, that he saw perform under the tent during the 2014 Festival, was Brian’s reply. I’m going by his description to identify this band in the official festival program, a pull-out section in the May edition of The Montauk Sun, available free at newsstands and shops all around Montauk. Publisher Ken Giustino is a driving force behind the festival.

Local folks, head down to the pavilion at Gosman’s Dock this Friday from 3:30 to about 5 p.m. and catch the talents of the Montauk School Youth Showcase followed by the East Hampton High School Band. Alyson Faith and Funkytown Playground perform next at 5 p.m., also at the pavilion. In the event of inclement weather, these performances take place under the tent on the green in downtown Montauk.

Also in Montauk this week: Saturday, May 16, a book reading by biologist Judith S. Weis from 4 to 6 p.m. at Montauk’s downtown CCOM office. Dr. Weis is a professor of biological sciences at Rutgers University and author of four books; most recently, “Marine Pollution, What Everyone Needs to Know.” She’ll address the topic of marine pollution from numerous angles, beginning with its sources and history, and discuss common pollutants, why they are harmful and controversial, and how we can prevent them from destroying our aquatic ecosystems. RSVPs are not required.

Believe it or not, the following week is Memorial Day weekend! The summer season’s opener of the Montauk Community Church Women’s Guild Rummage Sale is Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Sales continue Saturdays until Labor Day weekend, September 5.

Debbie Coen is pulling together a coffeehouse at Montauk Community Church for the evening of Friday, May 22.

Also Memorial Day weekend, St. Therese of Lisieux Church invites you to join in for the fifth annual St. Therese’s Blessing of the Boards to bless surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, skateboards and boogie boards right after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. mass. This is Father Tom Murray’s first Blessing of the Boards.

Montauk Chamber of Commerce Director Laraine Creegan sends word you can now contribute to Montauk’s Go Fund Me campaign and help finance this year’s July 4th Fireworks at Umbrella Beach. Go to

At the Library

This week’s free movie presentation, hosted by the Friends of the Montauk Library, is “Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The plot revolves around the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, whose husband took credit for her works in the 1960s. Rated PG-13, screening begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Baking coach Lisa Basini visits the library on Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m. to teach you how to make crepes. Bring along a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy with your crepes creation. Space is limited, so sign up at the circulation desk this week. There’s a tasting charge of $5.

The Book Discussion Group meets at 12:30 this Sunday to discuss May’s selection “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron, available now at the circulation desk.

This Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., pianist and composer J.K. Hodge presents a live performance including an 18-minute screening of buster Keaton’s “Neighbors,” accompanied by music composed by Mr. Hodge himself.

Reserve a spot for the AARP 5-hour Driving Class, Thursday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. National AARP members, $20. All others, $25. Make checks payable to Montauk AARP and mail to Montauk AARP, P.O. Box 777, Montauk, NY 11954 Questions? Call John Kessler at 668-3348.

Silent Clown, a program for kids of all ages, is Saturday, May 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. A blend of mime, clowning, juggling, magic, puppetry and music! Visitors and residents welcome. There is no fee.

A special commemorative party at the library is on Saturday, May 23, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. commemorating the release of “Images of America–Montauk.” Robin Strong, Montauk Library archivist, has culled images from the library’s collection that best illustrate a pictorial history of Montauk.

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