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.
The Montauk Village Association, which is responsible for the flowering plants sprinkled about the hamlet, including those in the trees, is getting ready for its annual Greenery Scenery party. It will be held at the Montauk Lake Club on Aug. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Mickey Valcich Vanessa Trouble and the Red Hot Swing will provide the music, and the event will include a live auction and dinner. Tickets are on sale at $125 per person. Mickey Valcich is this year’s honoree.
Downtown Montauk has become quite the place to hang out at night. In addition to the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s free concert series on the green, a group of classic-car lovers has begun meeting in the Kirk Park parking lot, sometimes with up to 25 cars dating from the 1920s.
George Hear of Montauk started the gatherings after attending one in Amagansett at which he handed out fliers touting the Montauk meet. He said he had purposely planned them for Monday nights to bring more people to the downtown area.
In an ongoing attempt to encourage more people to use the ocean beach at Kirk Park in Montauk, East Hampton Town officials have embarked on a restoration project there. The plan is to widen the beach’s main sandy path across the street from the parking lot, where parking was made free last year, reduced from a $10 fee for those without East Hampton Town resident parking permits.
It seems as if someone has been taking it upon him or herself to remove no-parking signs from a stretch along the south and north sides of Industrial Road in Montauk. The signs were posted two years ago to prevent patrons of the Surf Lodge from parking their vehicles on the environmentally sensitive strip of land that borders Fort Pond on the south and a smaller pond on the north.
Montauk’s first Polynesian tiki bar opened in June and the people — locals, vacationers, fishermen, and even kids — have found it. Lynn’s Hula Hut, owned by Lynn Calvo, is located in a sandy “island” in the Montauk Marine Basin’s parking area.
Before opening the Hut, Ms. Calvo was hired to serve Polynesian-style drinks at South Fork parties from her small pickup truck, which has fringed palapa leaves (dried palm leaves) hanging from its bed.
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.