It is really starting to feel like summer in the hamlet. The beaches are now open on the weekends and the weather is great. Just a reminder to try and help keep the beaches clean. The new bathrooms at Indian Wells are beautiful and so are the sidewalks, but we need help from the community and visitors to keep them that way.The new nautical flagpole at the Amagansett Lifesaving station is flying the flags on weekends and also the surf forecast report flags. Check it out.
The third annual Nazi reenactment at the Lifesaving station and on the Atlantic Beach will be Friday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. This is a great family event. For more information, go to www.Amagansettuslss.org, or join the event. It is a spirited reenactment of the fateful day in 1942 when coast guardsman and local hero, John Cullen, came across four Nazi saboteurs along our Amagansett beaches.
There will be a skit, directed by the town crier, Hugh King, and you can walk the same steps that John Cullen did on the night in which he helped protect our country from unimaginable harm.
All are invited to meet at the station steps at 6:30 p.m. The reenactment will start following a brief introduction.
While at the station you will also have an opportunity to be some of the first to enter the historic boat room to witness the continued work and get a look at the work that still needs to be done.
The Junior Lifeguard Program begins Saturday, June 21, at Indian Wells and Ditch Plains Beaches. The program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 15, is the last day to take the test.
Before beginning the program you must pass a swimming test at the YMCA. The testing takes place on Sundays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. and is for ages 9 to 14.
There is also a new program for those who have completed the Junior Lifeguard program. It is called the Cadet Program and is for ages 15 and up. To register for either of these programs, go to Indian Wells beach on a weekend and chat with one of the lifeguards.
Amagansett’s own, Juliana Nash, is the mother of Ruby and Zane Stenerson and an accomplished, singer, song writer and playwright. Her most recent success is the play “Murder Ballad.” Juliana will speak and sing as part of the Amagansett Library’s lecture series today, Wednesday, June 11, at the Amagansett Library at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested. Call 267-3810.
The Amagansett Library offers story and craft time every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for children and their families. This week’s theme will be Beaches, a perfect kickoff for summer.
A Book Cover workshop for grades 4 to 6 will take place on Sundays, June 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. Learn how to make a book cover using your favorite books as examples.
For younger children and their caregiver/parent, every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. is First Story time. Fridays at 10 a.m. is Shake, Rattle and Roll. On June 27, a speech pathologist will visit the program to answer questions about speech development.
In Amagansett School news, this week is NWEA testing. Tomorrow, June 12, is the summer reading kickoff program and box top drawing. Box tops are 5-cent coupons found on some of your favorite foods. Clip and collect them for money for our school.
Congratulations to Amagansett Alumni Elizabeth Bistrian, Lucy Emptage and Noah Gualtieri, 8th graders in the East Hampton Middle School. They attended the East Hampton High School awards dinner on Wednesday, June 4, at the high school and received varsity letters and pins; Elizabeth Bistrian for lacrosse, Noah Gualtieri for swimming and Lucy Emptage for swimming and lacrosse.
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 worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. It is also home to the Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food Pantry on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed.
Stony Hill Stables, at 268 Town Lane, is having its annual benefit for the Stony Hill Stables Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. The Benefit Cocktail Party will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the stables. There will be a Pony Drill Team presentation and a dressage finale performed by Grand Prix riders. The foundation’s goal is to create essential opportunities for children and adults to connect with the community. Scholarship applications for the 2014 season are currently being accepted. Local residents of Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton and Westhampton are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications and more information are available at www.stonyhillstables.com.
Tickets for the annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation Benefit are priced at $125 for a single ticket and $200 for a couple. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line. Contributions are gratefully welcomed and can be sent to Stony Hill Stables Foundation, P.O. Box 283, Amagansett, NY. For more information about Stony Hill Stables and the Stony Hill Stables Foundation, visit the website or call (631) 267-3203.
Saturday, June 14 at the American Legion Hall across the street from Brent’s, there will be a Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. to benefit the Montauk Rugby Club. Stop by and check it out and have some fun for a good cause.
A Benefit Race for the I-Tri Girls for the Maidstone Triathlon will be held Saturday, June 21, at 5 p.m. at the Maidstone Pavilion in Springs. The race is open to ages 17 and up. It is a 300-yard bay swim, a 7-mile bike and a 1.5 mile run. You can join as an individual or as a relay. The cost is $120 for individuals and $170 for relays. Dinner is included with each registration. For more information or to purchase additional dinners for family members for $25, please go to www.turbotri.org. One hundred percent of the entry fees go directly to i-tri to provide the necessary training and equipment for 55 girls on the East End who are training for the Maidstone Park Youth Triathlon, which takes place on July 13. For more information or if you would like to make a donation, contact Theresa Roden, Box 567, East Hampton, NY 11937, call (631) 902-3731 or visit www.iTriGirls.org.
Remember to keep your calendars clear for Saturday, July 12. That is the day of the 100 year anniversary of the Amagansett Firehouse. Joe LaCarruba will be the Grand Marshal of the parade, this is sure to be a grand, special day.
Balsam Farms on Town Lane has a new homemade bloody mary mix. Check it out and don’t forget about late night pizza at Felice’s/Astro’s Friday and Saturday night, and check out all the other local farms and businesses our hamlet has to offer.
Have a great week and thanks for all your Amagansett news.