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Nov 10, 2009 3:13 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk community notes, November 11

Nov 10, 2009 3:13 PM

As The East Hampton Press is distributed this morning, people will already be gathering around the Suzanne Koch Gosman flagpole garden at the Playhouse Community Center for a Veterans Day Memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. It provides a few moments to contemplate those who have served and those who have given their lives in the seemingly unending wars that have unfortunately been a part of our lives. We can recall that at an earlier time the holiday was called Armistice Day in honor of the end of World War I. Sadly, an armistice celebration seemed no longer to be appropriate for the wars that have followed, hence the change. Though many of us may not be physically at the flagpole, nevertheless this may be a propitious moment to take a few moments and think of those we knew and those we do not know personally, who have more than paid their citizenship dues through the years. And, perhaps it’s time to meditate upon “Studyin’ War No More,” as the old hymn goes.


The above reminds us of the appropriateness of the Naked Stage presentation this Saturday of “The Way Home.” As some may recall, at the last production of that company at our library, Naked Stage director Josh Perl announced the plan to charge a fee to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project scheduled for this Saturday at Guild Hall. At 3 p.m. “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro will be presented. At 6 p.m. there will be a high school monologue challenge. And at 8 p.m. “Pvt. Wars,” a comedy by James McLure, will be offered. Though we rarely note events outside of the Montauk area, sometimes worthy programs are appropriate. We think this is one of those times.

Meanwhile, in a very different mood, on Saturday night at 7:30 the Montauk Library will be offering another free program. It will be the “ZigZag Quartet,” which is featured as a classical crossover ensemble. Francisco Raldan will be on guitar, Alexander Wu on piano, Hilliard Greene on double bass and Rex Benincasa on percussion. They will offer music representing a sweep of styles from samba, blues and tango to the traditional fandango. So, there you have it—a rich choice of how to spend your Saturday leisure time.

Leisure time recalls a recent encounter with two couples we met while returning from a hike. Dina and Steve Hughes come from Delaware and Linda and Mitchell Dickenson are residents of Maryland. Dina and Mitchell are sister and brother and with their spouses, have been coming to Montauk to fish for 23 years, often with friends and usually renting the same cottages. The women fish wearing pink and with pink rods. The group has created a special chrome trophy to be awarded to the member who has caught the heaviest fish. At the moment, Steve was the celebrity being photographed for his 11-pound, 32-inch striper caught at the Hither Hills beach. They all were totally enjoying their experience and sharing their love for Montauk.

Along with five others, including Charlotte and Bob Schorr, Jerry Pluenneke, and Jack and Peggy Graham, we spent last Wednesday morning taking a C.P.R. course taught by Terry Ross of Second City C.P.R. Training. Terry is a professional who works with Gurney’s staff and teaches all over the country. The event was sponsored by Lori Newell of Living Well Yoga and Fitness. Terry put us through our paces with the C.P.R. program revised two years ago. We were given hands-on experience working with both adult and infant dolls. At the conclusion, many members left feeling much more secure with the knowledge gained and expressed hopes that they would never have to use it.

Welcome home to Bob and Daphne Stern who recently returned from a trip to Germany. And, speaking of trips, it’s bon voyage to Frank and Carol Gannon who will soon be heading for Puerto Rico to be followed by a stint in Egypt.

While voting at the firehouse, Gert Murphy mentioned that there was an ongoing writer’s group which meets weekly on Wednesday nights at 6:30 at Fort Pond House. It is free and evolved over time as a “grass roots” organization. “Having an audience to read your work to is a gift,” said Gert. We dropped by last week and found a caring, supportive group of people from all walks of life, including Dave and Stephanie Krusa, Ed Johann, Bob Martin and Pat Pacis. Others attend from time to time. Their interest in each other’s work was impressive and their criticism was constructive. It’s nice to know that this special kind of communal participation is available.

Just a reminder that the Montauk Playhouse has its November schedule out now and it includes many interesting sports programs with open gyms several days a week and a Friday night youth program. For reasonable fees, the town sponsors yoga classes held by Joy Hear and Jarzana Bernard several days a week. Check it all out.

If you’d like to bring hand-picked cranberries to your Thanksgiving table, then mark Saturday, November 21, for a 10th anniversary “Cranberries and Dunes” hike sponsored by the Trails organization (EHTPS) and led by Lee Dion (375-2339). Meet Lee with a harvesting container at the end of Napeague Harbor Road off Route 27 on Napeague.

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