Happy New Year and welcome to 2014 in the hamlet. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays with family and friends.
Snowstorm Hercules really dumped on us. I trust all are safe and sound and had some fun in the snow.
Happy January Birthdays to Ryan Bahel, Maddie Hughes, Phil Merritt, Peter Rana, Annette Webb, Marissa Brophy, Matt Lownes, Mackenzie Bennett, Jacqui Thorsen, Bryce Slater, Cassidy Walsh, Casady Czarnecki, Lizza Ryan, Grandmother Evelyn, Kalie Peters, John Emptage Jr., Mary Greenfield, Eddie Van Halen, Jonathan Simone, Tiana Treadwell, Ellie Tritt, Matt Ruggerio. Eddie Ryan, Zachary Newman and Axl Rose.
If you didn’t come out to do the Polar Bear Plunge, I hope you watched or sponsored a swimmer. All proceeds go to the East Hampton Food Pantry.
Amagansett’s school principal raised a lot of funds for the cause and took the plunge in the 38 degree water. Many thanks to the Hurricane Swim Team, East Hampton Ocean rescue, Vicki Littman, the town and village of East Hampton and all the sponsors for making this day a success.
Crossroads Music has joined with the Amagansett Library for teen music month for ages 13 to 19 on Saturday, January 11, 18 and 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of the library. Rising stars on the local music scene will play for our teens. Reservations are recommended since space is limited.
The Amagansett Free Library has a lot of new programs for children and adults. Please take the time to stop in and experience the beauty of the library.
Saturday, January 4, at 11 a.m. is story and craft time for families at 3:30 p.m. the theme will be penguins.
Ongoing programs continue for tots Mondays at 2:15 p.m. for pre-K 3 and 4 year olds. Tuesdays at 10:15 is First Story time for Caregivers and Babies ages 10 to 36 months. Wednesday at 2:15 is Tot Hop for pre-K 3 and 4 year olds. Thursdays at 4 p.m. is Lego and Games for grades kindergarten and up and Fridays at 10 a.m. is Shake Rattle and Roll for babies.
The library also offers a lot of adult programs and you can now download books to your Ipad, Nook, kindle or any E-reader. Stop by the circulation desk for more information.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church holds its services Sunday at 11 a.m. They are also home to the Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food pantry.
The food pantry is open on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. donations and volunteers are always welcome.
School is back in session. Friday, January 10, will be Student Council Spirit Day. Remember to wear your pajamas.
On Monday, January 13, there will be a PTA meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. in the school library.
Check out the Town of East Hampton website for ongoing youth programs, www.ehamptonny.gov.
Congratulations again to John Reinbold, a summer resident of Montauk. He is the 2013 winner of the annual raffle conducted by the East End Classic Boat Society for the boat constructed at its Community Boat Shop in Amagansett.
The boat is a Goeller dinghy, the first sailboat built by the Classic Boat Society at its boat shop since the building’s opening in the fall of 2008. Volunteer members of the society constructed the boat. The drawing took place during the Holiday Open House at the Community Boat Shop on Saturday, December 7. Raffle boat winner John Reinbold also won a new galvanized trailer to tow his boat with.
Plans are being made to construct a raffle boat for 2014. Next year’s raffle boat will also be a sailboat. The boat is modeled after the Cape Cod Oyster Sloop, a popular boat in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The boat will be called the East End Sharpie.
The Community Boat Shop is managed by the East End Classic Boat Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, which is dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of small wood boat building and restoration on the East End.
The society conducts programs on small boat design, building and restoration at the Community Boat Shop. There are lessons in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance.
The East End Classic Boat Society welcomes new members, from beginner to advanced skill level. Membership is $35 for an individual and $45 for a family. The Community Boat Shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett (behind the Marine Museum). The boat shop is open year-round so check it out on one of your winter walks.
Enjoy winter in the hamlet, stay safe and warm and thanks for all your Amagansett stories and news