Montauk Community Notes, November 17

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This writer, along with my family, enjoyed a wonderful time at the annual Montauk Boy Scout Troop 136 Prime Rib Dinner on Saturday evening. Our party, totaling eight, arrived at 7 p.m., and all tables at the Montauk Firehouse dining room were full. Service was brisk and soon we were seated at a table at the front where we enjoyed the nearby vocals and acoustic guitar by Montauk resident Bruce Macarthy, a member of The 3 B’s and formerly of Hot Wax.

Along for the dinner were our son, Dan, and girlfriend Janet. This was Janet’s first foray to a traditional Montauk social occasion. At the end of her stay she left a handwritten note: “Thank you for bringing me to the Scout dinner. It was a blast, and a great community event!”

Scouts, all wearing red polo shirts, stopped by to say, hi, to my cousin, Chris Heyen, and his wife, America. Chris has volunteered as a Scoutmaster over the years. I enjoyed chatting with America’s friend Sharon, who spent Saturday at the firehouse baking eight large pans of brownies. She said it was fun observing Scouts as they peeled potatoes. Some Scouts tried to use potatoes aimed at pots as target practice. “Boys will be boys,” she said.

Compliments to chef Joan Franzone. Every serving of prime rib at our table was done to perfection. The gravy was “dynamite.” It can’t be easy to prepare this entrée for a gigantic crowd. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” to Scout mom volunteer, Gail Herbert, who celebrated her birthday while working at the event.

Executive director of Montauk Observatory, Donna McCormick, sends word to Montauk Moorings that the observatory, a NYS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, recently launched a campaign at GoFundMe.com/MontaukObservatory to raise funds needed to complete work on the observatory. When facilities are finally up and running, students, researchers and the community will be able to gain access to the telescope via the internet at little or no cost.

Lori Hubbard and husband Jim will perform an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country and folk music at a free coffeehouse at Montauk Community Church this Friday, November 18, starting at 7 p.m. in the Guild Room. Their coffeehouse performances are always a good time for all. Free will donations gratefully accepted, which support various church and local charitable groups.

Ms. Hubbard also leads “Thankful for Music,” with songs, dance and play for kids, age 1 to 5, at Montauk Library, Tuesday, November 15, starting at 11:45 a.m. Advance registration is required.

The annual ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service hosted by the East Hampton Clericus is this Sunday, November 20, at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. It’s an inspirational service for the entire community.

This Sunday, November 20, at Montauk Library: “Piano Works for Four Hands,” featuring Marlene Markard and Ellen Johansen, pianists who specialize in challenging works written for piano duos by American composers, including Aaron Copeland. This program, free to the pubic, is recommended for family audiences and starts at 3:30 p.m.

The Montauk Community Church Christmas Fair is slated for Thanksgiving weekend, on Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offered for sale will be baked goods, handmade items, Christmas decorations, new and used toys, handmade rugs and other gifts. Rummage rooms will be open between 9 a.m. and noon. Refreshments will be available for sale at the fair to provide energy as you commence your holiday shopping.

While you’re out and about on Saturday, November 26, stop in at the Friends of the Montauk Library Holiday Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Look for new books, as well as jewelry and other gift items.

The annual Jingle Bell Hop, to benefit the nursery school at St. Therese, is Friday, December 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at East by Northeast Restaurant in Montauk. Montauk resident Kathy Mercurio has been working door-to-door downtown, seeking donations of raffle prizes. I heard it straight from Kathy that our Montauk businesses have been extremely generous so far this year with fantastic prizes including gift certificates for local eateries and even two-night stays at several Montauk hotels, which might come in handy for your overflow visitors this holiday season and beyond.

Tickets for the Jingle Bell Hop are available at St. Therese School, and cost $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. The “Hop” includes a hot buffet, raffles and dance music.

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