Posts By:Emily Leonardo

Throwback Thursday- Pet Month

May is National Pet Month.  An early Montauk resident, architect Andrew J. Thomas, was an animal lover known for the “personal zoo” he kept on his Spanish-style estate overlooking Fort Pond Bay.  On August 9, 1929, the East Hampton Star published this report about the exotic menagerie residing on the estate grounds after visiting with the… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Celebrating the Long Island Potato!

In 1937 the first annual Long Island Potato Festival took place in Riverhead, on the grounds of the Suffolk County Agricultural Society. It was advertised nationally as “the Long Island potato growers answer to the thousands of dollars being spent for publicity by other potato-producing states,” and was called the “first, constructive campaign to be conducted on… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Camp Wikoff

In 1899, almost a year after the Rough Riders left Montauk’s  Camp Wikoff, the government decided to sell its property sitting unused at the vacant camp.  “The site of Camp Wikoff is to be sold at auction,” reported the Ogdensberg Journal.  “The property consists of one quartermaster’s warehouse, one commissary storehouse, four detention camp buildings, 22 hospital… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Earth Day

Giorgina Reid fights erosion on the Lighthouse bluffs, from the Al Holden collection. Today is Earth Day, its 51st birthday.  Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson kick-started the event on April 22, 1970, after observing the sickening results of a California oil spill the year before. “Twenty million Americans were inspired by Earth Day— at the time,… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Bicycle Race

Although cyclists ride year-round, springtime is the season associated with outdoor athletics.  This photograph from the collection of Al Holden was donated with the information, “Bike race start at Gosman’s.”  Although undated, most likely this photograph was taken in the late 1970s.  George Watson, owner of the Dock, began launching annual athletic events from his… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- In Montauk Dear with You

“In Montauk Dear with You” was sung on this particular recording by Lilah Gosman in the late 1980s. Both Easter and Passover are being celebrated this weekend:  Easter lands on Sunday, April 4th.  Passover began on March 27th and will end on Saturday evening, April 3rd.  In celebration of friends and family members arriving in… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Jazz at Gosman’s Dock

We first learned about Toots Thielmans from Pat DeRosa, the 99-year-old Montauk jazz saxophonist who was recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  DeRosa recalled with delight the summer that Thielmans played jazz at Gosman’s Dock.  Thielmans had been catapulted to fame in 1969 after the release of Midnight Cowboy. The movie’s melancholic theme… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- The Lighthouse

The Montauk Lighthouse structure as we know it today received its daymark, or dark red horizontal band, in 1899.  It was done to help sea captains distinguish which lighthouse they were looking at during daylight.  A lighthouse at night, with its steady or blinking flash, dispersed location information to the sea traveler, but during the… Read more »