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WHAT'S NEW IN 2018 That’s why this year’s celebration of the MONTAUK PLAYHOUSE is so sweet. Because not only have those original dreamers seen their plans become concrete reality with the rehabilitation of the old Playhouse building into a youth center, gym, nutritional and gathering place for seniors. This year it is poised to break ground on the final, most ambitious phase of this essential community center. With 70% of the total funds on hand for the full-scale build-out this summer steel and concrete will begin to be laid to build the last two components of the Playhouse. An Aquatic Center with a 25 yard fitness and a 30X30 leisure/rehabilitation pool with men’s and women’s lock- ers. That will be paired with a multi-purpose event and conference space, suitable for live performances, film, music and social and small business gatherings. It has taken nearly $6 million dollars of private and community funds to get to this point. And to celebrate that milestone this year’s annual Gala will be especially special. Always a “must-go” on the social summer cal- endar guests at this year’s event will enjoy music by Nancy Atlas and Friends, catering by RCANO events and local food and beverage favorites. All while danc- ing under the big tent! More importantly, homage will be paid to two of Montauk’s most admired citizens, Lisa DeVeglio and Roger Feit. Lisa will be honored for her tireless com- mitment to the Playhouse Foundation who along with the legion of local and second home owners have sup- ported, encouraged and paid for this project. Without them the Playhouse might still be nothing more than a burned-out relic of a forgotten past. This year’s Gala will be held August 4. To join this year’s celebration be sure to grab your ticket, now. There’s only 400 and they always sell-out. Individual ones are $300 with tables available. To find out more go to And if you’d like to start your Playhouse season ear- lier remember there are two other events this July to join. On July 21st the 10th annual OCEAN SWIM will be held while on the 26th the always popular live per- formance of PETER AND THE WOLF will be given by the Hampton Ballet Company with the accompaniment of the Hampton Festival Orchestra. Tickets are only $15 so call soon.   UNDER THE BIG TENT Two Decembers ago Sag Harbor was devastated by a fire that destroyed a large chunk of Main Street. Central to that was the old SAG HARBOR CINEMA a beloved landmark many thought worth saving. And so a civic co- alition was formed to not just save, but re-imagine the building into a new cultural center for film and the arts. Since then $6 million was raised to first buy the building, plans were drawn and approved to actually build the new facility and now money is pouring in to actually get the first shovel in the ground! If you’d like to help there are two ways to join the cause. The easiest is write a check! It’s not only 100% tax- deductible but goes a long way towards ensuring Sag Harbor has another cultural center to serve the village year-round. Like to party? Then be sure to buy a $50 ticket to the 2nd ANNUAL BIG TENT FAIR. Held July 8 on Long Wharf from 5-8PM you’ll be treated to great food and wine from local restaurants and wineries, live music by the HooDoo Loungers, an art auction for the adults and face painting for the kids. To find out more or participate go to ■ 8 | Montauk Life | JUNE 2018 LEGENDS LOST T here are figures on the East End who not just seem larger than life, but are. Many are familiar faces round the world, others known better closer to home. This past few weeks we’ve lost three who straddle both sides of notoriety and their passing will be missed by those here and far away.   MASTER BUILDER   ROBERTA GOSMAN This year marks the 75th anniversary of Mon- tauk’s Gosmans restaurant. One of the longest continuously held family businesses on the East End it will meet this milestone without one of its founding members. Roberta Donovan Gos- man passed away May 10 at the well-deserved age of 85. Together with her brothers John, Em- mett, William, Hubert and Richard she guided this complex through most of the past