Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, July 11


It is almost time for our family to load up the pickup truck and head on over to Coopers Beach in Southampton Village to enjoy a summer drive-in movie on Monday nights.Remember those? My friends and family will remember a truck bed filled with pillows and blankets, watching the stars and a movie. The gates at Coopers Beach open at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin when it is dark. We usually get there a little early because the hamburgers are pretty good at the Coopers Beach Cafe. Drinks and snacks are also available.

Donations are requested as follows: $40 per carload, or $10 per person if you are walking in. You can purchase tickets at the beach or in advance at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce office, located at 76 Main Street in Southampton Village.

The movie schedule is as follows: “The Sandlot” will be screened on Monday, July 29; “Herbie Rides Again” on August 5; “The Hunger Games” on August 12; and “Seabiscuit” on August 19.

The screenings are subject to change, mostly due to the weather, so you might want to call ahead and check on things. The number is (631) 283-0402. The chamber suggests an FM radio for the audio transmission. If you are in the front, the speakers provided are plenty loud.

The mosquitoes seem to stay away from the most part, but I would try to remember to bring some spray. And, not that you’ll need them, but they have some nice folks over there who are ready to jump-start cars with dead batteries!

“Independence Month at the Remsenburg Academy,” the latest exhibit on display at the South County Road building, opened on Friday night and more than 100 people were in attendance. Guests viewed drawings and historic ship models by Ed Cortez, and historic Long Island seascapes by Fred Bender.

Ed and Sally Pope provided a bunch of photos from the evening’s festivities, and it sure looks like those who stopped by had fun.

If you’re interested, you can join Mr. Cortez, a model ship builder, for an exclusive look at Long Island’s maritime history on Friday, July 19, starting at 5 p.m., at The Academy.

The exhibit, meanwhile, runs through Sunday, July 21. Exhibit hours are 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s annual fundraiser, “A Wild Night For Wildlife,” will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the home of Paul and Jane Dietche in Quogue. The live and silent auctions get more interesting every year and include custom-made birdhouses.

Gala tickets start at $175 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call (631) 653-4771.

Belated congratulations go out this week to brothers Ian and Jay Oxman, and Jonah Holderer, all of Remsenburg, and Sam Santora, of Westhampton Beach, for building the “Archimedes III,” a cardboard ship that took home several trophies during the annual Riverhead Cardboard Races, held on June 29. The boys took first place in the second competition of the Youth Regatta. They also took home trophies for the Best Captain and Best Themed awards. Great job!

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer kayak lessons for kids on Friday, July 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This program is for children 10 and older. Lessons cost $35 per person, are taught by an certified kayak instructor and will focus on safety and paddling techniques. For more information, call (631) 653-4771.

And speaking about water safety, we are very proud of Alexa Lampasona. The Remsenburg resident, and recent graduate of Manhattan College who works aboard a Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center tour boat, fearlessly jumped into the water after coming across a distressed clammer on Flanders Bay last week. Sadly, the clammer, who was from out of town and visiting family, was later pronounced dead.

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