Welcome to the 13th issue of our community newsletter—created to bring together, in one convenient place, all the news of what’s going on around Montauk—to help keep our community informed, connected, and safe. Sent out every other week, look for our next issue on August 3rd. If you have Montauk community information to share, please email our Development Director, Julia McCormack at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to include it in the next issue. Make sure to see the information below about our virtual Montauk Swim Challenge, beginning on August 15th!
The Town of East Hampton announces that free Intermediate through Advanced swim instruction classes begin Monday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at Montauk’s East Lake Beach. Classes run Mon. – Fri. (through Aug. 7) and instructors will evaluate children at the first session to determine their level. Pre-registration is required. Pre-register with the Parks and Recreation department at (631) 324-2417. For more information, click here.
Concerned Citizens of Montauk will host their 2nd Annual Teen Beach Clean Up on Saturday, July 25th (rain date: July 26th). Two Clean Ups will be held: from 9am-11am at the beach entrance across from the IGA and from 4pm-6pm at the beach entrance at the corner of S. Emerson and S. Essex. Gloves, bags, and hand sanitizer will be provided and volunteers are asked to wear masks. For more information, call CCOM at (631) 238-5720 or click here.
MONTAUK SKATE PARK IS NOW OPEN
The Town of East Hampton announced the opening of the Montauk Skate Park on South Essex Street last week. They report that all New York State COVID-19 safety protocols are in place and ask that all visitors to the park wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. (photo: @manolo770)
SECOND HOUSE RESTORATION UPDATE
The Montauk Historical Society reports that Phase II of the restoration of Second House continues, with the 1880 wing window installation completed on the eastern end of the house. As the installation continues, the porch windows toward the front of the house will be completed next, followed by the kitchen and laundry areas. Follow the MHS on Facebook for updates and read more about the history of Second House, here.
AQUATICS & CULTURAL ARTS
MONTAUK SWIM CHALLENGE | Registration is now open for the Playhouse Foundation’s virtual Swim Challenge, taking place Aug. 15 – Aug. 22. There are three distance categories (1/2 mile, 1 mile, 5K) for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Participants will seek personal sponsors for their swim, swim their chosen distance, and log their results online. We invite the entire community to participate—this is an especially fun summer activity for kids and families! To register online via the Elite Feats platform, click here.
NEW ART GALLERIES | Two new art galleries have opened in Montauk village. Montauk residents and art world influencers Adam Lindemann and Amalia Dayan have launched South Etna Montauk at 6 S. Etna Avenue with the debut exhibit “Painting is Painting’s Favorite Food: Art History as Muse,” curated by Alison M. Gingeras. The exhibit explores the various ways artists deploy art history as their central muse and includes works by Derrick Adams, John Currin, Betty Tompkins, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Chase Contemporary has opened a summer pop-up gallery at 716 Montauk Highway. Works on view include a selection of paintings by Richard Hambleton and sculptures by artist Carole Feuerman.
UPDATED: RESTAURANTS, MARKETS & MORE
Here’s the latest list of spots offering dining, take-out, delivery, and food shopping. New to the list this week: Bravo Toast and Round Swamp Farm‘s Montauk store. Make sure to check with each before arrival, to find out their guidelines and hours. Click the names below to go to each website, for further information. Virtually all Montauk eateries are now open, and operating within the new local safety guidelines. (Photo: Squash salad at Sweet AZ.)
ABOUT THE MONTAUK PLAYHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER FOUNDATION
The mission of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation is to raise funds for the restoration and development of the historic Montauk Playhouse, creating a vital community center for the arts, education, recreation and human services for Montauk and the East End.
The Playhouse Foundation’s mission represents the very best of what Montauk is today, and will be tomorrow. Creating a unique gathering space with recreational, educational and cultural opportunities is critical to helping us retain and enrich the character of our community and to ensure our future. Visit montaukplayhouse.org to learn more and to donate.
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