Montauk Community Notes, June 5


The past few weeks have brought back my summer crew. First, son Dan who’ll be home a few days most weeks to work locally. He returns to Manhattan for part of the week to take a summer class. Dan just finished his first year of graduate school at Hunter College where he’s studying to be a teacher.Returned for their second summer, as well, are Agon and Tony, Albanian brothers in their early twenties, both studying economics. Also in graduate school, Agon contacted me early this year to make arrangements. It’s easy to settle back in with folks we know. Our house has some quirky rules and regulations which these guys take in stride. One senses that life in Albania entails some rigors. They’re just happy to be back in Montauk to work and save money for school.

During June weekdays in Montauk are slow so the brothers help with work around this old place. I have a hard time keeping up with yard maintenance, especially now that I’m admittedly a little older. Last week the boys climbed right up onto the roof and cleaned gutters, as well as trimmed back problem tree branches. At home the boys live in a rural area outside a city, and they’re accustomed to doing these kinds of tasks, or so they say. I was amazed how quickly they work. They are strong guys over six feet tall with cheerful dispositions. Unlike Mendelsons, they don’t fear heights. Laughing, Agon said, “Albania’s a mountainous country.” In a flash they were up the ladder and on the roof.

The brothers would be glad to do odd jobs in the neighborhood to fill in until summer hits full swing. Get in touch and I’ll introduce you. The younger brother, Tony, says, “Agon can do anything.”

Another pair of brothers, Jacob and Ritchie Nessel, are the honorees at the annual Montauk Harbor Old-Timer’s Dinner, this Thursday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clam and Chowder House at Salivar’s. The event is hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.

For more than 50 years the brothers have made a living fishing in Montauk. Richie Nessel, who captains the “Nasty Ness,” recently received the Chester Wolf IGFA Sportsman Award at last year’s first annual tag and release Shark’s Eye Tournament. He was instrumental in easing this year’s New York State fishing regulations and limits, specifically addressing the summer flounder restrictions compared to those in neighboring states.

Tickets are $40 and include dinner with wine or beer. Stop by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce office, or call 668-2428 to purchase them. Don’t wait because from what I hear around town tickets are selling fast.

The Blessing of the Fleet is also this weekend, on Sunday, June 8, beginning at 5 p.m. Organized by the Montauk Boatman’s and Captain’s Association, this annual event starts at the end of the town dock aboard the USCG Cutter Ridley. A tradition since 1955, boats line up in Lake Montauk and pass by to receive a blessing for a good season from local clergymen. Boats continue out into Block Island Sound where they’re met by the Ridley. Memorial wreaths are cast into the sea to commemorate lives of members of the fishing community who have died in the previous year.

I’ve been requested to announce ahead a special picnic to be hosted by the Hampton Dancers AARP Community Group and ARF, in memory of and to honor Jean Fischer, who along with husband Herb did much to help local charities, and especially loved cats. The picnic is on Tuesday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Deep Hollow Ranch here in Montauk. Tickets are $25 or discounted to just $15 if accompanied by a donation of one of the following: dry/wet cat food; brand new cat toys; new fleece blankets and towels; a tall cat habitat or a medium/large cat carrier. Proceeds from admission sales benefit ARF of the Hamptons.

Admission includes a cookout lunch, (vegetarian choices available), history of Deep Hollow Ranch, hayrides and a country western dance lesson with James West and time for general dancing. ARF will be on hand to discuss the TNR Operation Cat program and will hold a cat adopt-a-thon.

For more information, please call the Hamptons Dancers AARP Community Group at (631) 283-1488 or reach them by email at

At The Libary

Guitarist William Feasley returns to the library with oboeist Sarah Weiner on Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. Diverse works by Galilei, Telemann, Kapsperger, Castaldi, Sanz, Alegria and Sor, as well as beloved Irish tunes should delight all.

On Sunday, June 8, acclaimed author and scientific investigator Dava Sobel, who lives in East Hampton, will speak on Galileo’s Poetry and Shakespeare’s Astronomy from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. also at the library, the Montauk Writers Group will read from their work in progress. Participating writers include Ed Johann, Celine Keating, Dave Krusa, Stephanie Krusa, Patti Leber, Audrey Morgan, Gert Murphy and Patria Baradi Pacis. During the year, the group meets regularly to discuss their work. This event is free and open to the public. Writers who might be interested in joining the group are especially welcome. Plan to arrive a bit early. Last year’s reading was so popular that it was standing room only.

Don’t forget Mondays at 11:45 a.m. when preschool-aged children and their caregivers will be entertained by stories, sing songs, and make crafts with Miss Korpi at the children’s alcove. Younger audience members are invited to listen.

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