APRIL 27, 2020
Welcome to our fifth Community Newsletter, created to keep you informed about what’s going on around Montauk. We continue to be proud and heartened by the many ways our Montauk community is pulling together to support and help each other. If you have Montauk community information to share, please send an email to our Development Director, Julia McCormack at: jmccormack@montaukplayhouse.org and we’ll do our best to include it in the next issue!
The Montauk community is saddened by the loss of one of our own; the world renowned photographer, artist and conservationist Peter Beard. At the Playhouse Foundation, we remember with gratitude his early support of our mission and the “Beard’s Bash” parties he hosted for our benefit—designing the invitations and contributing his artwork to our fundraising auctions. He will be greatly missed here in our hamlet and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Click here to watch Peter Beard: A Wild Life, a short film directed and produced by Derek Peck for NOWNESS.
Although CCOM’s annual Great Montauk Cleanup was postponed this year, many people throughout Montauk honored Earth Day by cleaning our roads and beaches on their own and with their families—including the Playhouse Foundation’s Chair, Chip Duryea. Here’s Chip with the debris he picked up during his Earth Day hike from the lighthouse to the western overlook. Thank you Chip—and all of those who answered the call to help keep Montauk beautiful!
It’s a great time to take up gardening and to sharpen your horticultural skills! Fort Pond Native Plants is open and serving customers at their newly-renovated shop. Now offering delivery/curbside pick-up, they have a wide variety of seeds, flowers, vegetables and herbs in stock. On their Facebook page, they remind us that despite our current situation, spring has indeed arrived: “Plants will still grow, flowers will still bloom, and we will all get through this together.” Instagram: @fortpondnativeplants
Gurney’s Resorts has launched a new social media campaign— #GoneHomeWithGurneys—where they’ll be offering free streamed programming on their Instagram account, @gurneysresorts. Look for heath and wellness tips, recipes, an educational youth program presented in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, and more. Learn more
JUSTIN BURKLE | Justin’s photography “captures the natural beauty that is Montauk and what lurks above/below the surface.” Follow Justin on Instagram at: @41degreesnorth and visit his website, where you can view his collections of artwork inspired by the ocean.
GUILD HALL | Although closed for the time being, Guild Hall in East Hampton is offering virtual arts, education and cultural programming via their new initiative, “Guild Hall@Home.” Their 82nd Annual Artist Members Exhibition is now viewable online, they have a wide collection of past gallery talks, performances and lectures on the LIVE from Guild Hall section of their website, how-to ART BREAK segments with East End artists, online film screenings in partnership with HamptonsFilm—and more. Visit guildhall.org for more information.
MONTAUKERS LENDING A HAND | In recent years, Montauk’s Maureen Rutkowski (background) has travelled the country with the nonprofit Team Rubicon, a national crisis response organization. She’s been sticking closer to home these days, but has kept busy helping to plan coronavirus response operations in NY and the northeast. Last week, alongside her daughter Alexandra and Montauk friend Joy Hear (foreground), Maureen volunteered at an Island Harvest warehouse, packing food kits to be distributed to families all over Long Island.
FOR THE MONTAUK FOOD PANTRY | The Surf Lodge has created a fundraiser for the benefit of the Montauk Food Pantry. They’re selling their signature $100 hoodies and $25 beanies and donating 100% of the proceeds to the pantry to support their vital work. To learn more, email them at: events@thesurflodge.com. The Montauk Food Pantry’s next drive-through distribution date is Tuesday, April 28. For more information, visit: montaukfoodpantry.org
Pantry and produce boxes filled with a selection of fruits, vegetables, and staples are becoming popular options at restaurant and food spots. Each place offers a different twist on their boxes, so make sure to check with each for contents as well as ordering and delivery guidelines. If you know of any other local spots offering pantry and produce boxes, please let us know!
M & R Deli: M & R now offers family produce boxes that include 40 lbs. of produce for $50 with Tuesday/Friday delivery options. For more information, click the link.
Sammy’s: Sammy’s is offering a “Stay at Home Stash” order of two weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables for $50 and pints of soup to go. Click on the link for full details.
The Clam Bar: This iconic spot on the Stretch isn’t open yet but they’re now offering a $100 “Pantry Box,” filled with a week’s worth of staples and groceries for four, that you can order for yourself or someone in need. Order by Tuesday for Friday delivery. Click their link for more info.
Here’s the latest list of spots offering take-out and delivery. New to the list this week is Bennett Shellfish (photo) and Best Pizza on the Napeague Stretch. Make sure to check out each spot’s offerings—many also have drinks to go and well-priced specials. Click the names below to go to each website, where you can view menus/ordering guidelines. Let’s all help support our beloved local spots by ordering a meal to go!
Several businesses are offering online shopping and pick-up/delivery to Montauk that may be faster than national chains. Click the names below to go to their websites, for offerings and ordering info. New to the list this week: the Montauk Market (next to Air & Speed).
Montauk Market: Click the link to view their Facebook page, for offerings, hours, and delivery info.
East End Food Institute: Shop their virtual farmer’s market online. Free delivery, $50 min. order.
Naturally Good: This healthy Montauk mainstay offers grocery shopping via email, click on the link for details. All orders must be submitted by 2 pm for same-day pick up.
Gosman’s Fish Market: Fresh local/specialty seafood and more. $100 min., $15 delivery charge.
Baldor Specialty Foods: Offering free home delivery to Montauk with a $250 min. order.

For ongoing local coverage, visit the websites of our community news outlets and follow them on social media for all the latest news. If you’re able, support them with a donation or subscription.
DAILY LOCAL TV UPDATES: Tune in to FACTS@FIVE for ultra-local updates on the coronavirus.
Monday – Friday at 5PM on LTV Channel 20, also live-streamed on their website HERE.
The Montauk Chamber has information on their website that includes resources and links for small business owners. Learn more
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.
To support the Foundation while shopping on Amazon, go to: smile.amazon.com, select us from the list and a portion of the purchase price of eligible products will then be donated to the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation.

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