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Dec 11, 2011 9:52 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Amagansett Community Notes, December 15

Dec 11, 2011 9:52 PM

The East End Classic Boat Society will hold a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Community Boat Shop in Amagansett. There will be a raffle drawing at 5:30 p.m. for the boat built this year, a Sunshine Tender. The Community Boat Shop is located at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett behind the town Marine Museum.

A new galvanized Load Rite trailer and a pair of oars will be raffled off with the boat. The Sunshine Tender was constructed by volunteer members of the society as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization. Raffle tickets are still available for sale at $5 a ticket or a book of five tickets for $20 at the Community Boat Shop, which is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors can also view a Beetle Cat, a 12-foot gaff rigged sailboat that was restored this year by members of the society and a Herreshoff 12.5, built in 1921, that was donated to the society and is scheduled to be restored over the next year. Rowboats and sailboats in the society’s collection will also be on display.

The Community Boat Shop is managed by the East End Classic Boat Society, a not-for-profit educational organization, which is dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of small wood boat building and restoration on the East End.

The society conducts programs on small boat design, building and restoration at the boat shop. There are lessons in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance.

The East End Classic Boat Society welcomes new members, from beginner to advanced skill levels. Membership is $35 for an individual and $45 for a family. For more information, contact Ray Hartjen, the group’s president, at 631-324-2490 or

Saturday, December 17 is also the second annual “Santa on the Square” at Amagansett Square. In addition to the town festivities including a visit from Santa, the Amagansett School Chorus will give a special holiday performance from noon to 12:30 p.m. This is sure to be a delight, so make sure you check it out.

Worship service at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett takes place on Sundays at 11 a.m. The Children’s Christmas Pageant will take place during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 18.

Worship service takes place at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Sundays and all members of the community are welcome to attend.

The Amagansett satellite of the East Hampton Food Pantry is open in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Today, Wednesday, December 14, is the PTA Hot Lunch at the Amagansett School, and Thursday, December 15, is the holiday concert led by music teacher Cindy Galvin at 6 p.m.

A fundraiser for the East Hampton High School varsity softball team’s spring training trip to Florida called “Movies with the Bonackers” will take place on Friday, December 16, at the high school. There will be two movies; At 6 p.m., “The Polar Express” will be shown, and at 8 p.m. “Elf” will be screened. The cost is $6 for one movie or $10 for both.

With all the hustle bustle in the hamlet, don’t forget the true spirit is all about giving. When buying all your presents think of making a donation to someone or less fortunate than you or a good cause in the community.

One of those organizations is the Hampton Lifeguard Association, nonprofit. Anyone wishing to make a donation can email John Ryan Sr. at or call him at 324-2787. The association trains our lifeguards and junior lifeguards and helps keep our beautiful beaches safe.

“Santa Paws” will be coming to One Stop Pet ( behind the Computer Shop ) on Sunday, December 18, from noon to 2 p.m. Bring your pet in for a free photo with Santa and a goodie bag.

Congratulations to L.B. Lownes for being inducted into the East Hampton High School chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday, December 7.

In library news; Saturday storytime for families and their caregivers will be “Holiday, Hijinks” on December 17, at 3 p.m. For more information please contact Jeanne McDermott at 267-3810.

Today’s “Wednesday at 1 Book club” will be discussing, “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls. There is also a book club which meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Its next meeting is January 9, and it will be reading “Kafka on the Shore” by Harkin Murakami. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and get more information about other fabulous ongoing programs.

Enjoy this holly, jolly time of year and have a great week. Please send me any Amagansett news you would like to share. Make sure you check out all the beautiful lights on Bluff Road. Thanks again to Andy Sabin for providing them.

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