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Oct 3, 2016 9:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Montauk Community Notes, October 6

Oct 3, 2016 1:57 PM

Some descriptions in my husband Don’s notes, taken during the coffee house at Montauk Community Church on Friday evening, September 30: “Smokin, pure magic baritone, power and nuance, brilliant falsetto, joyful.” Performing, were jazz vocalist Steve Washington, who hails from Washington, D.C., in collaboration with local jazz performers Jane Hastay and husband Peter Martin Weiss. MCC church member Deb Coen organized the event.I’d been fighting off a cold and didn’t attend. Husband Don took copious notes and even came home with two copies of Mr. Washington’s latest CD, “Right to Love.”

Some highlights were, “Besame Mucho,” “Shenandoah,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Quiet Nights, Quiet Stars,” “Stardust,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” According to Don, Mr. Washington’s choices fit the audience to a “T.”

The highlight of the night was a cameo appearance by Montauk’s favorite saxophonist, Pat DeRosa, 95, present along with daughter Patricia DeRosa Padden and granddaughter Nicole DeRosa Padden. It just so happens that Mr. DeRosa had his saxophone waiting out in their car. The sax was fetched and then Mr. DeRosa joined in with Peter Weiss on bass, and Jane Hastay on piano, for an inspired rendition of Coltrane’s “Take the A Train,” which Mr. DeRosa had learned playing alongside the late great Johnny Coltrane himself, back in the day.

Don’s notes end with, “What a show!” Thank you, to all who made this memorable occasion possible.

As the week begins, I’m eying the forecast and hoping that Hurricane Matthew, currently barreling down on Jamaica and Cuba, will not travel up the East Coast to dampen Octoberfest plans for this weekend in Montauk. It’s the 35th annual fall festival, sponsored by Montauk Chamber of Commerce, and kicks off promptly at 11 a.m., Saturday, with the famous Clam Chowder Contest. Soup, donated by local restaurants, will be available from cauldrons simmering on grills in front of the chamber building until supplies run out, which is usually around 1 p.m.

Local food personalities judge and present awards for the best New England and Manhattan chowders. Festival attendees can participate by voting in the People’s Choice Award. Winners are announced at 3 p.m. that day on the chamber’s Facebook page and posted at www.montaukchamber.com, which, please note, is where you should go online for current updates.

Plans for both days include children’s activities; inflatable rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, street painting, crab races, pony rides (Sunday), and a free 30-horse carousel. Live music by Hopefully Forgiven, on Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m., raffles, and Oktoberfest-style food, clams and oysters, and Long Island wines and beer will be available. The Montauk Farmers Market will be situated in the tent, Saturday and Sunday, on the street.

The Montauk Playhouse Foundation’s annual Chinese Auction returns under the big tent on the village green, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Auction chances are just $1 each and available for advance purchase on the village green on Saturday. Bid for dozens of exciting auction prizes, all donated by local businesses and individuals, including sports equipment, electronics, artwork, jewelry, and gift baskets and valuable gift certificates for local restaurants, hotels, and services. This popular annual event will also feature live musical entertainment by local band “The 3 Bs.” All auction proceeds will benefit the campaign to construct an aquatic and cultural center in the historic Montauk Playhouse.

Octoberfest is the chamber’s major annual fundraiser. The chamber donates proceeds to Montauk’s other not-for-profits such as the Montauk Food Pantry, the July Fourth and fall fireworks fund, the Frank Cappozola Scholarship fund, and others.”

Also happening in Montauk this week, a rummage sale is planned, rain or shine, for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, at Montauk Community Church.

Suffolk County senior advocate Frank Masterson will be on hand at the library on Wednesday, October 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. helping seniors with concerns such as Medicare and Medicaid, EPIC, Food Stamps, home health services, HEAP and other federal, state and county programs. No appointment is necessary.

This week’s free Wednesday night movie, brought to you by the library staff, is “The Meddler,” a comedy/drama rated PG. Screening starts at 7 p.m.

Reserve for tickets now at Montauk Library, for Met Opera in HD at Guild Hall, Saturday, October 15, for Wagner’s “Tristan Und Isolde.” Ask at the library front desk for special group rate of $15 per ticket. The program begins at noon.

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