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NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 20, 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.
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As the end of 2021 quickly approaches, we’d like to thank you for your support of our mission to expand the historic Playhouse building with Aquatic and Cultural Arts Centers. Your generosity has allowed us to move this vital project forward. Please consider continuing your commitment to the future of Montauk with a year-end gift to the Playhouse Foundation. To donate, click here.
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Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday Season — from all of us at the Playhouse Foundation!
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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 January 17th!
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THE MONTAUK FOOD PANTRY’S TOY DRIVE
The Montauk Food Pantry’s 9th annual toy drive was a great success, with seven carloads of toys from Montauk delivered to the Eastern Farm Workers Association in Bellport for children in need. The community’s outpouring of support was incredible and the Pantry thanks everyone in Montauk for their donations and Tom Flight, for matching every toy donated.
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COMMUNITY CAROLING & HANDBELL CONCERT
On Thurs., Dec. 23, beginning at 6pm, there will be community caroling on the front porch of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church (120 Main Street) with Bonnie Grice and the Dickens Carolers (a benefit for the food pantry), followed by a holiday handbell concert. More info.
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DECEMBER 26TH GUIDED SEAL HIKE
A hike to observe wintering seals at Montauk Point State Park will take place Sun., Dec. 26 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.
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CREATIVE CLASSES
A variety of classes for children and adults—crafting for kids, flower pressing, and knitting, to name a few—are being offered at Poppy Heart, the new shop/studio in the village. Click here for their upcoming classes and events. With a commitment to giving back to the community, Poppy Heart donates a portion of their monthly proceeds to the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and features the work of local artists on their website and in their gallery, commission free.
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NEW YEAR’S DAY HITHER WOODS HIKE
The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will host an 8-mile hike on Sat., Jan. 1 at 10am through the Hither Woods preserve. The clockwise circuit features the challenging Serpent’s Back Trail as well as the Old North Road and Laurel Canyon Trail. Meet at the Hither Hills Overlook parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
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AQUATICS & CULTURAL ARTS

TRAILBLAZING MONTAUK MERMAID
The Montauk Historical Society shared this fascinating story on their Facebook page: In 1918, Annette Kellerman visited the men stationed at the Montauk Naval Air Station and performed within a ten act line-up. Kellerman was a famous professional swimmer who starred in silent films and vaudeville stage performances, often as a mermaid. She was also a staunch advocate for women’s swimsuit reform, arguing that the cumbersome and heavy bathing suits were dangerous—sometimes drowning wearers. Early in her swimming career, Kellerman chose to wear a swimsuit similar to the men’s suits of the early 1900s and later developed a one-piece bathing suit for women. Photo: The Everett Collection
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GET IN THE SPIRIT WITH THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE!
Nancy Atlas has shared last year’s entertaining holiday episode from her popular online “Friday Night Hustle” series. The show features a roster of East End musicians performing live at the Talkhouse. Click here to view for free on her YouTube channel.
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UPDATE: COVID-19 TESTING, VACCINATIONS & BOOSTE
TESTING | As of now, there are no Town-sponsored Covid testing or vaccination clinics operating in Montauk.* Due to high demand, starting today (Dec. 20), East Hampton Town’s testing site has been moved from Town Hall to the EH Town Center for Humanity (former CDCH school) at 110 Stephen Hand’s Path in Wainscott. Free saliva and nasal PCR tests, with no appointment required are available Mon. through Fri., 9am – 5pm and Sat. from 10am – 2pm. Rapid tests are $109. To preregister, click here. Due to high demand, PCR test results may take at least 36 hours or more and although rapid tests are offered at the Town site, they may be unavailable. For more information on all nearby testing locations, click here.
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VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS | For information about upcoming vaccination/booster clinics at East Hampton Town Hall and to schedule an appointment online click here. Appointments are required for Covid-19 vaccinations/boosters at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. For more information and to make an appointment at the Hospital, click here.
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*As the situation around the Omicron variant develops rapidly, the information above is subject to change. For updated Covid information, visit the Town’s Covid Updates page: click here.
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LINKS TO COVID-19 RESOURCES
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GIVE BACK WHEN YOU SHOP ON AMAZON
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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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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