By Amanda Barbara
With the weather finally warming up, I am excited to share what has been going on in Kismet in June and also the upcoming events on the calendar for Fourth of July Weekend.
The Kismet Community Association (KCA) General Meeting was held on Sunday, June 4. Our newly re-elected president, Marsha Hunter, kicked off the meeting and reviewed the minutes of the October KCA meeting. The financial report was approved and the results of the bidding for the 2017 season for community maintenance, landscaping, and police hut cleaning were announced. Many were very happy and appreciative to see that our local vendors received the business including Bobby Kerr, Sam Wood, and John Altieri.
Kismet Fire Department Chief Dominic Bertucci reviewed the 911 processes with the community and provided an updated Kismet Emergency Sheet that lists the appropriate phone numbers to call. He stressed the importance of checking your smoke detectors and changing the batteries if needed. Also, he pointed out that residents should write down their actual home address on the Emergency Sheets and leave them on their refrigerators for those who rent to new island guests. (This topic made me personally realize that I actually don’t know what our house number is, since many of us refer to our homes by name, not number!)
Sam Wood spoke next and informed the community that his team would purchase and install house numbers to the bottom of the boardwalk for us. If you are interested in this service, give him a call and he will set up a time to complete the task.
Karen Spollen encouraged the collection of empty water bottles again this summer to raise funds for the Bottles for the Brave Program. Through the collection done last summer, the Blue Star Moms received more than $2,000 from the Kismet community. The collection container will be located behind Kismet Fire House. This money will allow these moms to ship packages to our troops and provide for any needs for our veterans and theirfamilies here on Long Island.
As a first timer to a KCA meeting, I had a strong and positive experience. I learned a lot about our little island and I was very impressed with all that is done behind the scenes to make it one of the best places to go on Fire Island. If you are a resident and weren’t able to attend the meeting, make sure you connect with Marsha and her team as they are updating the Kismet Directory for 2018 and collecting dues.
If you are looking for some sunrise inspiration this summer, there will be a few different options for you. Kismet Community Hall and Kismet Fire Department (KFD) will host yoga and Pilates on Thursday through Monday starting June 22. Instructors Stephanie Rogers and Derina Wilson will lead these classes that are available to all ages and abilities for the cost of $15 per class. Mats will be available. Check the hall door for a copy of the summer schedule.
Also, join Stormy Barbara in the Surf’s Out Courtyard for Sunrise Yoga on Saturday mornings. This class will kick off on Saturday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. and will continue every Saturday throughout the summer. It’s BYOM at (bring your own yoga mat), and will cost $20, which includes a complimentary mimosa.
If you missed the red carpet event on Friday, June 23 for the screening of “Kismet’s 15 Minutes of Fame” at the Fire House, don’t stress. Sam Wood and his family will have this film available later in the summer for you to watch. If you are too excited to wait, reach out directly to receive a copy.
Surf’s Out will be bringing back Shipwrecked Sunday Bottomless Brunch starting on Sunday, June 25. The summer will kick off with a new DJ, Rob Cutrone, as he makes his Kismet debut. Surf’s Out has expanded the brunch menu items and will be allowing the Blue Cups purchased on Sundays to be used throughout the week as they offer a Special Cocktail for $5.
A few of the July 4 extended weekend Kismet happenings include:
Saturday, July 1: Tradewinds – 6 p.m. at Surf’s Out
Sunday, July 2: No Request – 6 p.m. at Surf’s Out
Sunday, July 2: Annual KFD Fourth of July Parade
Monday, July 3: Streetfighter – 5 p.m. at Surf’s Out
Wednesday, July 4: Ed Travers – 7 p.m. at Kismet Inn
The Annual KFD Fourth of July Parade is the must see event of the weekend. With our local children in costume, this parade will make its way through town ending at the Fire House. The KFD graciously serves a barbeque afterwards and various raffles and T-shirts will be sold. Kismet League for Animal Welfare (KLAW) will have a table in Sam Wood’s driveway and will be raffling off a bicycle. Stop by their booth to enter and also pick up a copy of the 2018 Kismet Calendars developed by Joanne Agoglia.
Starting July 9, Kismet Fire House will have new movies streaming on a big screen. This will be free to the Kismet community and will take place every Sunday in July and August. Stop by the Fire House to get a copy of the list of movies that will be shown.
SAVE THE DATES!
Saturday, July 8: Barry’s Dead Band – 6 p.m. at Kismet Inn
Saturday, July 15: Christmas in July Party at Surf’s Out
Wishing everyone a safe, fun-filled weekend on the beach.