Montauk Community Notes, August 7


I love to watch the dramatic approach of a summer storm. I went for a quick walk with my dog, Chance, on Sunday evening and we were surprised by dark purple clouds and rolls of thunder approaching fast from Long Island Sound in an otherwise sunny sky.

Later, out the window, I watched feral Pretty Cat napping in her favorite spot by the patio, seemingly unaware of the approaching storm. The cat uncurled from its sleeping position, looked up in surprise as leaves flew by and when the downpour began, shook an indignant paw and ran into the woods.

Congratulations to Taylor Harned of Montauk, who was named to the dean’s list at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the spring semester. Eckerd College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church. For more information about the college, visit

Navy Beach restaurant has announced that it raised $10,000 for the U. S. Navy SEAL Foundation and has extended its fundraising campaign through Labor Day, setting a subsequent goal of $15,000.

The campaign began with a cocktail party on June 1, with more than 100 people attending. The cocktail party, which raised more than $5,000 “honoring our warriors, supporting their families,” was the official kickoff to a month of fundraising efforts and raised another $5,000 with the “dine & donate” program where diners add $1 to their tab. Supporters can also donate via the Navy Beach website,

The Shark’s Eye Tournament, July 27 to 28, made history as Montauk’s first satellite tag-and-release tournament. In the two-day, no-kill tournament, 10 boats participated and 64 sharks were tagged and released, among which were 33 Mako sharks, all with Mustad-provided circle hooks designed to do less harm to released sharks.

The tournament’s success was due to the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Montauk Boatmen, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Shark Brothers, Mote Marine, OCEARCH, Carl Darenberg of Montauk Marine Basin and Capt. Michael Potts.

This week, the satellite-tagged sharks are already showing up on OCEARCH’S website, pinging back their locations. Beamer, a 200-pound blue shark named by Montauk schoolchildren, will provide information for years to come. Go to and check on Beamer’s wide-ranging progress.

Host and chief organizer of the event Carl Darenberg said, “With the success of this tournament, I’m going to mandate circle hooks for all future shark tournaments. Its success was beyond my expectations, and means that my kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy the ocean the way I have.” Full tournament results are available at Montauk Marine Basin’s website,

This Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be a Craft Fair at Second House, the second of two annual open-air craft markets sponsored by the Montauk Historical Society. You’ll find handmade crafts, nautical gifts, seashell and beach-glass art, gallery quality framed photographs and paintings, sculptures and more. Vendors set up on the lawn under shady trees surrounding historic Second House Museum. For information, please call 668-5340.

Now in its Second Season, Montauk’s “Take a Kid Fishing” program teaches angling techniques. The Montauk Chamber of Commerce program is intended to generate more interest in fishing in kids age six to 16. The harbor’s captains and mates are eager to take kids out on the water and teach them how to bait, hook and clean their catch. Fishing equipment, bait and personal flotation vests will be provided.

These learning expeditions take place on various dates in August starting Monday, August 12, on a variety of fishing boats. Children fish for free; however it must be their first time ever on a fishing boat. There’s a $10 fee for adults. Sign-ups are accepted only on Monday afternoons at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce on Main Street or by emailing Pat Shea is coordinating the sign-ups. Visit the Montauk Chamber’s Facebook page for outing updates and photos. Call 668-2428, or visit for more information.

At the Montauk Playhouse on Thursday, August 8, at 7 p.m. is FamilyFest’s National Circus Project. The same day at 4 p.m., also at the Playhouse, there’s a special “Circus Skills Workshop” for kids. This renowned circus arts-in-education program stages an entertaining circus performance with award-winning performers. The hands-on, fun afternoon “Circus Skills Workshop” teaches kids a variety of classic circus skills, including juggling, plate spinning, balancing, clowning, acrobatics, and more. The event is sponsored by Willow Unique Gifts.

FamilyFest tickets are $15 per person, per performance or workshop; and are available for purchase online at, by phone at 668-1124, at the Willow gift store and at the door.

The newly formed Hamptons Dancers AARP Community Group offers group classes in fitness, yoga, ballroom/nightclub dancing, country western dancing and specialized programs for seniors, starting September in Montauk. The classes are for all ages and fitness levels. Come to an open house at Montauk Community Church to learn about the programs, register for classes and for dancing, on Wednesday August 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Lori Newell at Living Well Yoga and Fitness, (631) 259-1385 or visit

At The Library

Tonight, Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. head over to the Montauk Library, for “Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout,” a concert with Nina Et Cetera, featuring songs made famous by Johnny Cash, the Carters, Bob Dylan and others. The sound of this Long Island band ranges “from an acoustic whisper to an electric roar.” Here’s a partial song list: “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Fever,” “Sloop John B,” “Riders in the Sky,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

Learn to create a plastic bag tote, clutch or a wine bottle caddy from recycled plastic bags, taught by Carole Sheer, at the library, this Friday, August 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring: 20 to 30 plastic grocery bags, a size N crochet hook (10.00mm) and sharp scissors. No experience necessary!

Also on Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Child and Grown-up Book Chats for you and your K though third grade readers continue. Books are supplied by the library. During August, be sure to visit the lower level to view the beautiful display of quilts by Janet McLaughlin.

Library Programs Director Carolyn Balducci extends a cordial invitation for Sunday, August 11, at 3:30 p.m., when the Aviva Players’ eighth annual concert at the library presents songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and opera. The Aviva Players bring a wide range of musical styles from Donizetti to Cole Porter as well as performing contemporary works including two seven-minute operas by East Hampton second-home owner, Mira J. Spektor. The theme for the program is, “Love,” and program highlights, from Broadway, are: “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” “I Will Be Loved Tonight,” “Bill,” “Just One of Those Things,” and “Younger Than Springtime.” From opera: “Chacun le sait” from “La Dille du Régiment” (“Daughter of the Regiment”) and “Esulti pur la Barbara,” from “L’ Elisir d’Amore” (“The Elixir of Love.”)

The concert is free and open to the public and takes place downstairs in the Suzanne Koch Gosman Room.

Please Call 668 3377or visit for more information on these and all programs at the library.

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