Montauk Community Notes, May 22


There’s no getting around it, this time of year is busy for the lady of the house.I’m a gardener and in spring I’m obsessed with starting my garden. On our day off together my husband, Don, and I work outside a good part of the day. Don started up the lawnmower for the first mowing of the year. It’s a big chore and I think Don procrastinates on this, or is it just that the weather didn’t cooperate? As for me I’m furiously digging and preparing beds in the vegetable garden, readying them for transplants I plan to purchase soon. I’ve planted leafy things like lettuce and arugula, and also beets because I happen to like them, though not everyone does.

In the little time I’ve had off I’ve gradually spring cleaned the inside the house. Switching to warm season clothes is a major hassle. There’s a ton of extra laundry, including the washing of quilts, curtains and small rugs. I wait for a sunny day because I fervently believe in drying laundry outside as much as possible. This being Montauk, damp air necessitates a whirl in the dryer, as well, especially for articles to be
stowed away.

I, along with everyone in Montauk, was glad there was nearly perfect weather for the music festival this past weekend, though Friday was a little unsettled. By Saturday morning downtown was hopping with out-of-town visitors for the festival, which kicks off our season a week early.

Memorial Day is a week early this year which explains the understated sense of frenzy around town. Clients at the real estate office where I work are rushing about finalizing and preparing for summer rentals, some of which, to their seeming shock and consternation, start this week!

Here’s a quick rundown of some special happenings, in honor of Memorial Day around Montauk this week.

Montauk veterans are invited to the Third Annual Fish Fry at the United States Coast Guard Station on Saturday, May 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans will be treated to a scrumptious free lunch.

This Sunday, May 25, starting at noon, the fourth annual Montauk Memorial Day Parade will highlight Montauk’s Veterans and service members as they march down Main Street in honor of men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The march starts at Kirk Park and moves east through town, ending on the village Green. There will be entertainment and presentations, as well as a solemn commemorative service. The number to phone for answers to your questions about the luncheon and parade
is 668-9825.

There should be lots of activity Friday as artists arrive from all over the country to set up booths on the Village Green for the free Juried Art Show opening Friday morning at 10 a.m. The event continues for three days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., ending at 5 p.m. on Sunday. This show is presented by the Montauk Artists Association and hosted by the Depot Art Gallery and Art School. You’ll find fine art, ceramics, jewelry, outdoor sculpture, photos, prints and drawings. The show has achieved a high rating with roughly 80 artists from all over the United States as well as other countries showing and offering their work for sale.

Stop by the Depot Art Gallery for their All Member Art Show from Memorial Day weekend through Monday, June 9, when all members in good standing will be showing their art. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Also this Saturday, at 10 a.m., the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a scenic Memorial Day weekend Montauk Point Hike from Point Woods to the Montauk Lighthouse and back. Join other hiking and nature enthusiasts and learn about the history of Montauk en route. Bring food and liquids. This is a moderately-paced seven mile hike. Meet at the Point Woods trail head, end of Camp Hero Road, about four miles east of downtown Montauk. The hike leader will be Rick Whalen, who is reachable at (631) 267-6608 or (631) 275-8539. It’s always wise to confirm, as this column is written way ahead of weather reports for the weekend.

Something we all enjoy, the Women’s Guild of Montauk Community Church Rummage Sales opens for the summer season this Saturday. Sales continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, through Labor Day weekend. Jot down a list of items you may need for your home and bring your list with you because this is the place to find things.

Also at Montauk Community Church, don’t miss the debut performance this Friday night of what has been billed as the East End’s newest eclectic all-girl vocal ensemble. The Chickpeas appear at 7 p.m. in the church Guild Room. The show is free and everyone is invited. Longtime church members Debbie Coen and Susan Raymond will appear with the group.

St. Therese Church holds its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Boards this Sunday after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mass. All types of boards will be blessed including skateboards, surf or boogie boards.

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, May 31, next week, when classical pianist Olga Vinokur is slated to perform a concert of classical solo masterpieces composed by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin at the Montauk Library. According to library programs director Carolyn Balducci, Ms. Vinokur is a dynamic pianist gaining recognition for her impassioned performances and elegant musicianship. Free and open to the public, the concert will take place in lower level Suzanne Koch Gosman Room at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s hoping for a safe and enjoyable Montauk 2014 “season.” I have two special requests: Honor the crosswalks used by pedestrians in downtown Montauk, and please send Montauk social events, including birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, anything special you’d like mentioned in Montauk Moorings, to Your emails are the highlight of my week!

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