Montauk Community Notes, January 15


No sooner do I sit down at the computer to write this column than my dog Chance decides he must go outside, or else, and nudges my arm and whines. Now that the new season of Downton Abbey has returned to PBS on Sunday nights at 9 p.m., I’m determined to write efficiently so I can tune in and enjoy the ongoing saga of this sophisticated soap opera. Last week I missed half the episode while wrestling Montauk Moorings into some semblance of logic.

Now that we’re in the depths of winter, the dreary time between the holidays and Valentine’s Day, I’m not finding as much going on around Montauk. Lack of news leaves room for more esoteric or perhaps downright weird jottings.

Thank you to good Samaritan and neighbor Ronnie Monte who spotted me walking in the dark from the bus stop on the coldest of recent nights and offered me a ride home without knowing who I was. I didn’t know it was Ronnie until I hesitantly hopped into her car. We shared a good laugh on recognizing one another.

My fellow choir members at Montauk Community Church on Sunday just past, commented on the noisy surf Saturday evening, January 11, which was so loud they felt almost frightened and feared more erosion of our beaches was sure to result. Bonnie Archer said she wondered if the noise was comparable to an approaching tornado. Pat Cidlowski went outside on her back porch to listen, where she found the sound much amplified from what she heard inside the house. It had been a mild evening with dense fog and not much wind so everyone was puzzled by the violent surf.

As for husband Don and me, we were watching the original 1986 “Aliens” film on Channel 13. Thinking to myself that the unfortunate characters in the film were having a really bad day at work, I finally had to stop watching as the menacing music and suspense became too oppressive. Horrific sounds of aliens popping out and attacking from behind creepy space station infrastructures totally drowned out the sounds of the restless Montauk surf.

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On return to The Press office from holiday break a week ago I was thrilled to find U.S. mail from Montauk resident and photographer Barbara Miller, who wrote to clarify information about choir programs at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk.

Ms. Miller enclosed an informative clipping from the East Hampton Star, March 29, 2007, in which Montauk’s Janice Hewitt wrote a bibliographic article on St. Therese’s 8:30 a.m. Sunday Choir directors, Mr. and Mrs. Maureen and Harry Theyard. I was fascinated to read of their illustrious careers at the Metropolitan Opera House and on Broadway, prior to their retiring to Montauk for a “more quiet life.” How fortunate for St. Therese Church that this talented couple decided to retire here!

For those considering joining a choir at St. Therese, Ms. Miller enclosed information that the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass choir at St. Therese, led by Harry and Maureen Theyard, rehearses on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

The smaller choir appearing at Saturday 5 p.m. Mass is led by Jane Hastay, and rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

I also received an email from George Reichling, in late December, who explained that Spanish-speaking singers belonging to St. Therese participate with the 5 p.m. choir on special occasions. Mr. Reichling went on to explain, “The first Sunday of each month at the 10:30 a.m. Mass there is a dedicated Family Mass. Perhaps that is what gave you the impression of a children’s choir.” St. Therese, like Montauk Community Church, does not at this time have a formal children’s choir, although the back-to-back neighboring churches both have children’s performances on special occasions and holidays.

I’d like to remind you that the Women’s Guild at the Montauk Community Church is holding an indoor rummage sale this Saturday, January 18, Martin Luther King weekend, from 9 a.m. to noon. As of this writing the weather forecast is good, though bear in mind that snow or ice cancels the sale. The rummage is a good place to find gently used winter weather gear.

The church weavers of the Women’s Guild, mainly Chrissy Herbert at this point, seek donations of cotton cloth for their rag rugs. Donations may be left in the new shed at the back of the church. If you have leftover fabric from quilting or sewing projects, particularly colorful cotton prints, please consider giving your remnants to this worthy project. Chrissy said her fingertips are raw from sewing together strips of fabric for the rugs. Should you need an easy project you can do at home this winter, see Ms. Herbert at church or give her a call as I think she’d appreciate help. She’s been experimenting with new color combinations and striped designs for the rugs.

Montauk Youth’s Maureen Rutkowski has sent word that Montauk Youth is seeking dancers in grade three through six for its “Funk Squad,” to perform on Montauk School Sports Night on March 14. Choreography by kids! Kids, here’s your chance to put together some great sounds. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, after school until 4 p,m. from January 14 through March 14. The cost is just $25 with a check made out to Montauk Youth. Parents, please contact Tara Coleman or Joy Hear at 574-7978 or if you’d like to assist.

Also from Montauk Youth, rollerskating for kindergarten through third grade takes place at the Montauk School Gym on Saturdays through February 8. Kindergarten and first grade are from 10 to 11 a.m.; second and third grade from 11 a.m. to noon. A $2 donation is suggested to help cover costs.

Adults are invited to join Friends of the Montauk Library for a variety of Out-of-the-House games—maj-jongg, Scrabble, cards—or you supply the game, or knit and chat with friends, on Wednesday, January 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Also on Wednesday at the library, Introduction to Windows 8/8.1 follows from 6 to 7 p.m. The class will be given on Tuesday, January 21, as well, from 2 to 3 p.m. This class is for individuals with prior experience with computers, who are new to the Windows 8 Operating System. Bring Windows 8 on your laptop, and a charger or power cord and mouse. Computer classes last approximately an hour with time afterward for individual questions. The class is free but requires advance registration at the circulation desk, or call the library at 668-3377.

This week on Friday, January 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Montauk Library welcomes East End Children’s Librarians to visit and discuss their roles in the development of children’s literacy.

The Friends of the Library free Winter Film Series continues this Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. with a showing of the film, “Enough Said.” Light refreshments and time for socializing will follow.

The Montauk Library will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It’s time to start planning your team for the popular Friends of Erin Pub Quiz at Gurney’s Inn, Friday, January 24, from 7 to 11 p.m., sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Friends of Erin.

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