Montauk Community Notes, June 12


Today, Wednesday, June 11, at the Montauk Library at 7:30 p.m. the Montauk Writers Group reads from their works. Writers interested in joining the group are especially invited to attend.Group member Patria Baradi Pacis has kindly submitted for this column the following paragraphs excerpted from, “A Portrait of a Lady,” a chapter of Ms. Pacis’s book in progress, “My African Memoirs.”

“Eden was a beautiful lady. Her skin was fair, her eyes dark brown. Her black hair was always up in a French twist adorned with satin bows that matched her dress, bag and sandals. She wore little makeup, pink rouge and lipstick. Her hands and feet were impeccably manicured with matching fuchsia nail polish.

“Eden was petite, yet appeared ten feet tall by the way she carried herself when she walked into a room. Her shyness was often mistaken for aloofness but when she got to know you better, she won you over with her charming personality and million dollar smile. During her younger days, Eden was courted by many suitors, rich and poor, but a hardworking lawyer, who saw her picture in the local paper, won her heart.

“A world traveler, Eden chose to live in Montauk for her love of nature and for its small town feel. She was active in the community and wore her Sunday best to church. On weekdays, she ate lunch at the Playhouse Senior Nutrition Center. On bingo Tuesdays, when she won, she chose Hershey’s chocolate kisses to share with her friends. Playing mahjong, Chinese style, was her favorite pastime. She had a photographic memory, which gave her the advantage of anticipating her opponent’s next play. She loved to win.”

“Eden,” says Ms. Pacis, “was my Mom. She passed away two years ago, just short of 102. I miss you Mom, especially on your birthday, June 12. Happy Birthday! Dad waited for you, 33 years, since he died.

“Dad, Happy Father’s Day to you. I’ve missed you too. Take care of Mom. Ok?”

“A Portrait of a Lady” will be read in full by Ms. Pacis at tonight’s event.

The Montauk Farmers Market, brought to us by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, returns this Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., continuing on Thursdays until October.

On Saturday, June 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Concerned Citizens of Montauk bring back marine botanist Dr. Larry B. Liddle, Professor Emeritus, Southampton College, for a special low tide seaweed identification walk. Dr. Liddle has devoted years to studying, collecting, and mounting seaweed specimens as works of art. The demonstration is free and open to the public; no registration required. Children are encouraged to attend. Meet in the upper parking lot at Montauk Point near the steps that lead to the lighthouse. Call (631) 238-5720 for more information.

Don’t forget the special picnic hosted by the Hampton Dancers AARP Community Group and ARF, in memory of animal advocate and devoted community volunteer Jean Fischer, on Tuesday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Deep Hollow Ranch. Tickets are $25 or just $15 if accompanied by a cat-friendly donation. Proceeds benefit ARF of the Hamptons.

Admission includes lunch, cookout style, with vegetarian choices available, hayrides, 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 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 Library

Thank you to noted author Dava Sobel who gave a fascinating talk at the Montauk Library on Sunday on the subject of contemporaneous geniuses Galileo and Shakespeare. Attended by about 23 avid listeners, we continued this year’s exploration of the works of these amazing men, both born in 1564. Ms. Sobel is a resident of East Hampton, and is the author of international best-seller, “Longitude,” as well as the biography, “Galileo’s Daughter.”

Ms. Sobel said she has finally completed to her satisfaction her play, “And the Sun Stood Still,” and now seeks new venues for its performance. The play made its debut this year by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company in Colorado. Good news—Ms. Sobel has a new book in progress, tentatively titled “The Glass Universe.” Set around the late 1800s, the book explores the introduction of women into scientific fields particularly astronomy, mainly because women were willing to do painstaking, tedious work at small compensation. Great strides in human knowledge were made due to their efforts.

Children’s Librarian Julia Ann Korpi has a fun program planned for this Saturday, June 14, at 4 p.m. Add your voice to the largest group sing of the national anthem in history as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation’s most iconic symbol, the Star-Spangled Banner. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will “Raise It Up!” and celebrate the anniversary by uniting the original manuscript with the flag at the Smithsonian, from June 14 to July 6. Join the party at the library on June 14 to add your voice to voices across the country and world! Eighth- to 12th-graders earn community service points by helping children with crafts and singing, in addition to setup and cleanup.

On Tuesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. the Friends of the Montauk Library meet for the first general meeting of the year, followed by Dr. Gioacchino Balducci’s lecture “Sicilian Cuisine: A Minestrone of Civilizations,” a culinary history and reminiscence. The presentation is free.

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