Today Mike Bahel turns 50 years old. Make sure you wish him cheers for the new decade. I met Mike when he came here from Lock Haven University to work as an intern at Body Tech. When I was a trainer there, he used to say to me “L, do you think you are still going to be a trainer when you are 50?” Well, I am way past that and I still am. Mike now owns Body Tech and is now a trainer when he is 50. Welcome to the club Mike. Enjoy the best, you deserve it.It’s here! Paddlers for Humanity Block Island Challenge is this Saturday, July 30. The weather forecast and the winds look perfect. If you haven’t been training, please consider sponsoring a paddler. Go to the Paddlers for Humanity website and while you are there, you will see all they do for our community.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support the Amagansett Lifesaving Station benefit on Saturday, July 23. David Lys said he couldn’t have asked for a better turnout of weather, people, historians, celebrities and the community. Love where we live.
August is almost here and as usual the first weekend is loaded with great events in our hamlet.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will hold its 103rd annual Church Fair on the grounds of the manse on Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, August 7, from noon to 4 p.m. I am particularly fond of this fair because it is the good old-fashioned kind, with games for kids, raffles for grownups and beautiful things to buy. It also has great food. Take the time to check it out.
The Run for the Rotary 10k and 5k road race will take place on Saturday, August 6, at 9 a.m. at Fresh Pond. Registration is at 8 a.m. If you are not a runner, you can walk it. That’s what I do. Hope to see you there.
There is still time to get your tickets for the White Hot Night Summer Splash! This is the primary fundraiser to support The Amagansett Village Improvement Society. There will be great food, music and many fabulous auction items. Tickets are $65. For more information, call Joan Tulp at 631-267-3664 or go to the AVIS website.
The East End Classic Boat Society and Community Boat Shop is having its annual meet on Sunday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Louse Point in Acabonac Harbor. You can sail or trailer your boat over and meet fellow members. Admission is free and parking restrictions are waived for the day.
The Clamshell Foundation’s annual Sandcastle Contest is Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Beach. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Clamshell Foundation on their website. This year is special in honor of founder Rossetti Perchik. If you don’t want to build a castle, please take the time to check out the ones that are made. They are always very special.
The Amagansett Fire Department Chicken BBQ is right around the corner on Sunday, August 21; get your tickets from a friendly fireman or at Vicki’s Veggies.
I haven’t written about the Amagansett Library in a while. The library has a lot of great new things going on. Don’t forget about Authors After Hours. This week’s author on Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m. is Lydia Millet, an award-winning novelist and short-story writer known for her dark humor. Her works include “Mermaids in Paradise,” “Ghost Lights,” “Magnificence” and a story collection, “Love in Infant Monkeys” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is also a conservationist who has authored numerous Op-Eds for The New York Times. Lydia will talk about her newly published “Sweet Lamb of Heaven,” a psychological thriller.
There is a new science fiction book club discussion beginning Tuesday, August 9, at 4 p.m. The book to be discussed will be “The Goliath Stone” by Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington.
It’s not too late to sign up for the children’s summer reading club. Drop by the library to sign up. Parents and caregivers can register little ones. Elementary and middle school kids can sign up as independent readers. Kids keep track of what they read, receive help selecting books and get lots of reading help along the way. This is a fun way to get your summer reading done and see what other kids are reading too.
Enjoy all the stuff going on and I will keep bringing you more Amagansett news.