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NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 22, 2021
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Welcome to the latest issue of our community newsletter—featuring news of what’s going on around Montauk to help keep us all informed, connected, and safe. If you have Montauk community info. to share, please email our Development Director, Julia McCormack at:jmccormack@montaukplayhouse.org and we’ll do our best to include it in our next issue on December 20th!
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GIVING TUESDAY IS NOVEMBER 30TH

Held every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving that empowers people to transform their communities. The Playhouse Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 with the goal of raising funds to expand our Community Center with Aquatic and Cultural Arts Centers. Please consider giving back to our community this Giving Tuesday with a gift to the Playhouse Foundation. Visit montaukplayhouse.org to learn more about the project and to donate, or call us at 631-668-1124.
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TURKEY TROT RUN FOR FUN
The 45th annual “Run for Fun” Turkey Day run/walk race will be held as a hybrid event this year. Participants can choose either the in-person or virtual race (3, 6 or 11 miles). The in-person race starts at 10am Thanksgiving morning, November 25, at the Village Green. All proceeds benefit the Montauk Food Pantry, the East Hampton Food Pantry, the Springs Food Pantry and East Hampton Meals on Wheels. Safety restrictions apply and registration must be completed in advance online. More info.
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LIGHTING THE LIGHT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holiday season in Montauk kicks off with the “Lighting the Light” event on Saturday, November 27 from 4–6 pm. The fun starts at dusk with music by Sarah Conway & The Playful Souls and complimentary hot cocoa. Santa visits the lighthouse the next day, Sunday, November 28, from 11am – 3pm. Read more.
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HOLIDAY DINNER FOR MONTAUK SENIORS
The 42nd Annual Holiday Dinner for Montauk Seniors is Sunday, December 5, beginning at 1pm. This year’s (free) dinner will once again be available only via pick-up or delivery. Call the Montauk Firehouse at (631) 668-5695 to reserve a dinner and for more information.
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HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
The Montauk Food Pantry is collecting toys for the children of Eastern Farm Workers. Donate a new, unwrapped toy (ages infant to young teen) 9am–12noon, Monday – Friday, through December 4 (drop off in the lobby of the St. Therese pre-school). The Captain Kid store (now in the village in the Homeport store, next to White’s) is running a matching toy drive: if you purchase any toys for donation there, they will match the donation!
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CLEAR SKIES AHEAD!
Great news from the Town of East Hampton: “The longstanding vision of John Keeshan, a Montauk citizen who has advocated for a landscape at the gateway to Montauk free of overhead electric lines, is poised to come to fruition. NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele and EH Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc recently announced an intergovernmental partnership to fund the placement of the electric lines underground, which will not only enhance the view but will increase the electrical grid’s resiliency. The ‘gateway’ section will extend an overhead wire-free area along Old Montauk Highway that was achieved through a community effort led by Dan Cahill, another Montauk resident.” More info.
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AQUATICS & CULTURAL ARTS
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GUIDED SEAL HIKES AT THE POINT
A new series of hikes to observe wintering seals at Montauk Point State Park begins Saturday, November 27 at 9am. A NYS Park naturalist will lead visitors on a scenic beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. $4 per person (children under three are free), reservations required. More info.
TOUR THE ART BARGE’S D’AMICO HOUSE
The D’Amico Institute of Art (aka the Art Barge) will offer a tour on Saturday, November 27 from 11am – 12pm of the D’Amico Studio and Archive. Visit the former home of Mabel and Victor D’Amico in Lazy Point and get a sense of early modern living on eastern Long Island. Learn about the couple’s history as progressive art educators and enjoy the vast collection of objects, furnishings, ephemera, and artworks, along with the breathtaking vistas of Gardiner’s Bay and Napeague Harbor. For more info, call (631) 267-3172.
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GIVE BACK WHEN YOU SHOP ON AMAZON
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner! Don’t forget to set the Playhouse Foundation as your selected charity when you shop Amazon, via smile.amazon.com—and a portion of your purchase price will be donated to the Playhouse Foundation (for no extra charge). It’s an easy way to give back to your community by supporting our mission this holiday season!
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UPDATE: COVID-19 TESTING, VACCINATIONS
& BOOSTERS
Covid testing is no longer taking place in Montauk* or Wainscott, but has resumed at the EH Town Hall campus. Free saliva and nasal PCR tests, with no appointment required are available Mon. and Wed., 7am-5pm; Tues. and Thurs., 10am-6pm, and Sat., 10am-2pm. To preregister, click here. Appointments are now required for Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters shots at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
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For more information and to make an appointment, click here.
*A new testing site at the Playhouse is set to begin operating soon, on Fridays from 9am–6pm. Click here for more information on nearby testing locations.
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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The holiday season can be a challenging and stressful time for those dealing with depression and mental health issues. Seeking support and reaching out to help others is even more important now, with the added stress and isolation brought about by the pandemic. Click here to visit the NYS Office of Mental Health online, where you’ll find resources for mental health programs, crisis prevention, and more.
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For holiday coping tips click here, for self-care strategies click here, and for info on helping children and teens cope click here.Make sure to talk to your doctor or mental health professional and seek professional help if you need it. Call 911 if you need immediate medical assistance. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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LINKS TO COVID-19 RESOURCES
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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. The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Visit montaukplayhouse.org to learn more and to donate.

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STAY CONNECTED

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AAQ / Resource: Bruce Nagel + Partners Architects

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