Amagansett Community Notes, June 6


Have you see the beautiful big American flag on the historic flagpole in front of the firehouse in Amagansett? It was donated by Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wines and Spirits to the Amagansett Village Improvement Society. On hand to receive the flag was Joan Tulp, co- president of AVIS, and Debbie Disunno, Bob Jensen and Kieran Brew of the Amagansett Fire Department. Many thanks to Michael. It is a beautiful addition to our hamlet and just in time for Flag Day on Friday, June 14.

Last Thursday, May 30, East Hampton High School held an award ceremony for community scholarships. AVIS awarded scholarships to Amagansett School alumni LB Lownes, Riley McMahon, Ricki Slater, Laura Gunderson and Jacqueline Smudzinski.

Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald who received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Quinnipiac University at the May 19 commencement.

The Amagansett United States Lifesaving and Coast Guard Station Society will hold the second reenactment of the landing of Nazi saboteurs on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lifesaving Station on Atlantic Avenue. There will be a reenactment led by town crier Hugh King of the fateful day in 1942 when Coast Guardsman John Cullen came across four Nazi saboteurs on the beach.

Society members will be happy to tell you about the great restoration work that has gone on at the station and you will have the opportunity to see the historic boat room to get a firsthand look at what has been done and what still needs to be finished.

There will also be a special tribute to Milton Miller. Coastguardsman Miller was the last living serviceman to be stationed at the Amagansett station. Mr. Miller died last December and his presence will be missed.

The society is accepting charitable tax deductible donations. You can obtain more information by emailing

On Sunday, June 16, Main Beach Surf and Sport will sponsor a charity Stand-up Paddle Race for Paddlers for Humanity. The race will start at Beach Lane in Wainscott at 9 a.m. and head east to Indian Wells Beach. This is a surf zone race. Participants will enter through the surf, round a turn buoy on the outside break and ride the wind swell downwind to the finish, where another turn buoy will be located. They will then exit through the surf to the beach .Registration will take place at the Main Beach Surf Shop starting at 7:30 a.m. Race support is provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. Visit or call 631-537-2716 for more information.

There will be a Youth Soccer Camp from June 17 to June 20 at East Hampton High School. The camp is staffed by the high school coaching staff. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $85. Grades six through eight will meet from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $100. Checks should be made out to EHHS Varsity Club and mailed to Rich King, Head Coach EHHS Boys Soccer, 2 Long Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. For more information, contact Don McGovern or Mr. King at

The deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett and the Springs Presbyterian Church will host a church picnic on Saturday, June 15, at 4 p.m. at Maidstone Park.

Reminder to save the date for the Presbyterian Church’s 100th annual summer fair on Saturday, August 3. Details will follow.

Stony Hill Stables on Town Lane has been owned and operated by the Hotchkiss family for more than five decades. The Stony Hill Stables Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, has been set up to promote equine sports through riding education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults in the local East End community. The second annual benefit cocktail party will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the stables. There will be a dressage exhibition performed by Grand Prix dressage riders as well as an exciting Pony Drill Team Presentation performed by the young riders of Stony Hill stables. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. They can be purchased online. For more information, visit or call 267-3203.

Story and craft time with a different theme each week takes place every Saturday at the Amagansett Free Library at 3:30 p.m. This Saturday the theme is “Take Wing.” On June 15, it will be “Fab Dad,” for Father’s Day. On June 22, the theme will be “Fly, Fly,” and on June 29, it will be “Sweet Strawberries.”

The library also offers regularly scheduled programs for toddlers and babies each Tuesday. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” takes place at 10 a.m. and “First Story Time” is held at 1:15 p.m. The library also offers many book clubs and special events for adults. Stop by the circulation desk for more information.

In school news, Thursday June 6, is the monthly “Wake Up Amagansett” assembly followed by coffee and conversation with the superintendent, Ellie Tritt. There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, June 10, at 9 a.m. in the school library, and the summer reading kickoff will be June 13 at 1 p.m. The last day of school and the sixth grade graduation is June 21, which is also the first day of summer. Yahoo!

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