Montauk Community Notes, June 19


Sunday morning, June 15, was a perfect sunny day for the baptism of Vera Kate Ryan at Montauk Community Church. Vera is the daughter of Colin and Kate Ryan, both teachers. Mr. Ryan is a special education teacher at Montauk School. The church was unusually full with family members of the Ryans who traveled to Montauk for the special occasion. Vera, who is about one year old, was lively and interested in everything. When not carried by her parents she scooted up the steps toward the flowers at the front of the church. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Bill Hoffmann. “That was quick,” said Vera’s older brother Zebediah, age about 5, who stood along with his family at the baptismal font. This caused a general chuckle. While held in Pastor Bill’s arms for all to see, Vera especially enjoyed her introduction to the congregation. The congregation sang, “Jesus Loves Me” then all clapped in Vera’s honor. She beamed.In other church news around Montauk, this Sunday, June 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. all are invited to join the congregation at St. Therese Church for a send-off picnic on the Parish Center Grounds for Father Mike Rieder. Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be provided. You’re asked to bring a potluck salad, side dish or snack, enough to serve 6. Bring your own beach chair or blanket. Contributions to help put together the picnic and toward a gift for Father Mike are appreciated and can be dropped off in envelopes labeled as such at St. Therese Church’s office. Please call 668-2200 for specifics.

The East Hampton Baccalaureate Service will be held on Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, with the Reverend Tony Larson of the Springs Presbyterian Church preaching. Join in to give a blessing to East Hampton High School graduating seniors. Commencement takes place at the high school Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m.

Last week my husband brought home asparagus, pickles, broccoli rabe, and artisan bread from the Montauk Farmers Market. The market continues all season, on the Green, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and brings us fresh local produce, fish, local cheeses and more. The market is sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.

Darenberg’s Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament, the 44th annual, and now a tag tournament, will be held this year from June 26 at 4 p.m., through June 28 at 10 p.m. Advance registration is required. The boat limit is only 150 boats. Call 668-5900, visit or email for more information.

Also coming soon and requiring advance registration, the Sail Montauk Junior Sailing Program begins Monday, June 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kids from age 10 through 16 learn to sail. Each boat is limited to 4 to 5 students accompanied by a certified instructor. Classes meet dockside each morning at the Montauk Yacht Club, where briefing and instructions take place before sailing and hands-on participation. As sessions progress and once comfortable handling their boats, students fine-tune their skills with racing and games. The cost is $590 per student. Session 1 is from June 30 to July 11. Contact Emily Havlik at or reach Ms. Havlik by phone at (631) 522-5183, for more information.

The Montauk Mustangs collegiate baseball team has games under way all this season. Visit for complete home and away game schedules. The website also posts up-to-the-minute scores for the Mustangs and lots of game photos.

If your child wants to play baseball, Hamptons Baseball Camp will be holding camp at Lion’s Field throughout the summer. Their schedule is posted at

I enjoyed a fabulous evening at the works in progress readings of the Montauk Writer’s Group on Wednesday, June 11. The Suzanne Koch Gosman Room in the lower level of the library was transformed into a bistro with tables covered with red checked cloths, every table graced with a freshly cut peony. Ed Johann served as M.C. and also read from “The Coconuts,” his work in progress. Seven other writers presented their work. I was impressed with the caliber of diverse pieces presented. It would be a stretch for me to join as the group is quite accomplished. I’m thinking about it!

If you’re a fast reader there’s still time to participate on Sunday, June 22, when the Reading Group at Montauk Library meets to discuss “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” by Nathan Englander, at 12:30 p.m. The book is available at the circulation desk.

Also on Sunday, the library’s Spring Classical Concert Series continues at 3:30 p.m. when New York City based violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkes will perform a program of classical works for violin and piano, including early sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and others. Both Ms. Kobayashi and Mr. Siepkes are award-winning emerging artists who often perform as soloists and as members of chamber orchestras.

This year’s Friends of the Montauk Library Book Sale takes place on Saturday July 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, there’ll be books by the pound, raffles, auctions, plants, jewelry, a children’s section, white elephant tables, baked goods, refreshments and more. The rain date is Sunday, July 6. At this point, the Friends of the Library are seeking volunteers. It takes scores of helping hands to bring all those books and tables out to the Green! Consider donating baked goods for the ever-popular table at the entrance of the fair. If you’d like to help, please contact Pat Donna at or give her a call at 668-3371.

Have a great week, and don’t forget to help me by sending your sociable news to I love to hear from you!

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