With more than 8,000 people attending the Montauk Seafood Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Montauk Marine Basin, you could say it was a hit. Saturday, the busier of the two days, saw up to 5,000 people waiting on long lines to buy food coupons used for seafood tastings under a tent, and cars were parked all over West Lake Drive, in nearby restaurant parking lots, and even down nearby side streets.
New York State testing dominated the discussion when the Montauk School Board met on Sept. 10 and again on Sept. 24. Although Montauk’s seventh and eighth-grade students had high scores in the English and math tests given in April, the conversation focused on other areas where parents had their children opt out of the controversial tests.
Stephanie Whiston, an underwater photographer who conquered her fear of sharks by swimming with and photographing them all over the world, has established the Marine Education Foundation and now has an exhibit on view for schoolchildren and others at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.
Several residents of Second House Road in Montauk are calling for East Hampton Town to lower the speed limit on the two-lane artery and consider making it a no-through zone.
For more than a year now, since Ruschmeyer’s and Solé East have become popular nightspots for a younger crowd, residents have been complaining about speeding cars and commercial work trucks in the residential area, which also includes a school zone.
The Montauk Seafood Festival is set to happen on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. under a tent in the parking lot of the Montauk Marine Basin, near Lynn’s Hula Hut.
There will be nonstop music by the 3Bs, Timmy Fee, and Remember September. Fish races, a snapper derby, fish-print demonstrations, T-shirt airbrushing, and coloring contests will keep the kids busy.
Wendi Blair holds many jobs, but her favorite is that of photographer. For the last year, in rain, snow, wind, and hail, she has iced up and packed out fish for shipping from the dock at Inlet Seafood in Montauk.
She has the biceps to prove it, but she also has enough photographs from her experience to stage a monthlong exhibit, “A Tribute to Fishermen,” at the Montauk Library. It began with an opening reception on Sunday and is open to visitors during the library’s regular business hours though the end of the month.
The Montauk Seafood Festival will have its inaugural launch on the weekend of Sept. 21 at the Montauk Marine Basin on West Lake Drive from noon to 5 p.m.
The two-day event will be held under a tent near the Hula Hut and have nonstop music by three bands, food from at least 12 local restaurants, a snapper derby, goldfish races, and fish printing and airbrush painting on T-shirts and hats. In addition to seafood there will be burgers and hot dogs for the landlubbers.
I’m sure those of you who read my columns are expecting a rant about our summer visitors on this Labor Day weekend. And I do hate to disappoint, but social media has taken the fun out of that. This summer I learned to seethe internally and had not one fight with an annoying individual.
The Montauk School is all spruced up and ready for classes to begin on Sept. 4. There are new teachers, new equipment, new programs, and a new security system. Lee White, the newest school board member, was elected in May and has already taken his place on the board for several meetings this summer.
At St. Therese
A family Christmas concert will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The adult and children’s choir will be singing holiday tunes, some solo. The audience will be invited to join a sing-along of traditional carols.
Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and midnight at St. Therese, and in Spanish at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
A good-sized crowd turned out to support Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive who is running for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines, at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk on Thursday evening.
Mr. Astorino, a former radio producer who lives in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., is making a bid against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in November. He announced his candidacy in March, and accepted the Republican nomination in May. He is in his second term as Westchester County executive.