Montauk Community Notes, January 23


We’ve survived beyond the midpoint of January, a harsh month, even in beautiful Montauk. A pleasant surprise on Sunday, it was sunny by the time we left church. It’s lovely to watch through choir room windows as the sun emerges from behind clouds; rays of sunshine glint off the ocean, just like in Fred Borth’s pen and ink drawing on the front of the church bulletin.Good news at Montauk Community Church, Gene Beckwith announced that son David Beckwith, who now lives in St. Louis and has been fighting cancer for more than a year, has responded well to treatment and prayers. According to Gene, David has been able to “enjoy life and ride his motorcycle.” During prayer time, concern was also voiced for Loretta Sullivan who has recently been feeling poorly. She’s especially missed at choir.

Saturday’s Women’s Guild Rummage Sale was reportedly a success. Sister-in-law Dawn Melnyk and I caused a stir by arriving a half hour before official opening, only because we start work at 9 a.m. I had a hard time tearing myself away and was late for work. This convivial community happening seems all the more cheery on a rainy in mid-January morning.

It’s great to see the friendly smiles of those ladies of the Guild who haven’t taken winter refuge on warmer shores. I made a beeline to the men’s and children’s clothing room, where for sale one also finds gently used linens and various crafty notions. I picked up an oversized wooden crochet hook. “What do you plan to do with that?” Jean Ruggles asked. I plan, someday, to crochet rag rugs at home. At small expense I bought a skein of new white cotton yarn, wrapper intact, enough to make a tea towel. That’s a perfect project for a beginning knitter like me.

A reminder, next Sunday after worship at Montauk Community Church, a potluck luncheon follows the annual Congregational Meeting. There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. It’s best to plan ahead and let others know what you’re bringing.

Montauk Moorings received word that Maria Paula Sierra Narvaez has been awarded a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta. Ms. Narvaez, who is currently an au pair in Montauk, has successfully completed level 3 of an English as second language program at Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus. In her scholarship application, Ms. Narvaez said she studied physical therapy in her native country, Colombia. She wants to learn English, earn a degree and “help more people around the world.” Ms. Narvaez hopes to study neurological disorders in children.

Based in Riverhead, Peconic Bay Zonta covers the East End of Long Island and is affiliated with Zonta International, which works to improve the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. For more information about the local Zonta group, see

“Moorings” loves to receive notices of dean’s list and other scholastic achievements of your scholars. Please send announcements to my email at

Montauk Youth invites first- and second-graders to “Join the Party with Joy Hear” after school for Zumba, on Wednesdays, January 22 to February 5, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Space is limited, so immediate registration is necessary. The fee for Zumba is $15. For more information on Zumba and how to download a registration sheet for your child, please call 668-6416.

On Saturday, January 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., for all ages, Children’s Librarian Julie Anne Korpi at the Montauk Library is holding a Family Time and informational meeting to begin planning the May 10 puppet show.

Join Ms. Julie Anne Korpi this Saturday for crafts, games, and family fun. Learn how folks of all ages can be involved in the puppet show. This activity is free of charge.

Ms. Korpi hopes to make the puppet show a community project. Kids and people of all ages can use their own special skills, including art for puppet making and set decorating. Sixth- to eighth-graders will work with younger children in writing and acting. This counts toward the eighth grade community service requirement. Sixth- and seventh-grade students are not required to do community service, but Ms. Korpi knows they’ll enjoy volunteering. Older students and adults are invited to aid in the process. Most of Ms. Korpi’s Saturday programs in upcoming months will be Family Time and puppet show prep and rehearsal. Ms. Korpi has invited Katie’s Puppets to do a show and a puppet-making workshop on a date soon to be announced.

Kids aren’t the only ones with winter cabin fever. Friends of the Montauk Library’s Sally Krusch has come up with a new activity for grownups which she has humorously named “Play Time.” You’re invited to join the Friends of the Library for a few hours to play board games or cards. Bring your own favorite game. Play Time continues this month, Wednesdays, January 22 and 29, at 4 p.m. at the library. Ms. Krusch hopes for a good turnout to keep Play Time going through February and March.

The Friends will present Lee Daniels’s “The Butler,” at the library on Thursday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., for this week’s free winter film series selection. Light refreshments and time for discussion follow the screening.

On Friday, students in first through third grade can take the school bus from Montauk School to the library. Kids will listen to stories, play games, and make crafts. The late bus will stop at the library to bring kids home. Permission slip and advance registration are required.

The library’s Book Discussion Group meets for January’s selection, “Open Heart,” by A.B. Yehoshua, this Sunday, January 26, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. All who love reading are invited to this book discussion.

For more information on free programs at the library and to confirm, in the event of bad weather, please call 668-3377.

Read more books to improve chances to win big at the Winter Pub Quiz, this Friday, January 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Gurney’s Inn. The Pub Quiz is an annual event sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Montauk Friends of Erin, to raise funds for the annual Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal will be announced at the event. Tickets are $30 per player in advance, or $35 at the door. Due to limited seating, reservations will be made only for teams paid in full. Teams are limited to four players. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the quiz, with M.C. and quiz master extraordinaire, Rori Finazzo Butterfield, begins promptly at 7. Look for a cash bar, snacks, prizes and raffles. Please call (631) 946-3872 to make reservations.

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