Shari Thompson, Alison Fantini, Joan Tulp, Kim Slater and Marguerite Gualtieri are among the members of the Amagansett Village Improvement Society marking the 100th anniversary of the civic group.
The Amagansett Village Improvement Society held its first meeting on September 21, 1921, according to “Amagansett: Lore and Legend,” published by AVIS on the occasion of its 75th birthday in 1996. “The first officers were Miss Florence Eichhorn, president; Ms. Harry L. Hamlin, Vice-President; Mrs. John Mulford, Treasurer, and Mrs. George V. Schellinger, Secretary. “
The company stated as its objectives: “The improvement of roads, sidewalks, cemeteries, parks and green spaces in said Amagansett and the surrounding area, and for the improvement and advancement of the welfare and best interests of said Amagansett. village of Amagansett. “
On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, AVIS is demonstrating remarkable continuity. Today as then, the company is a committed group that cares deeply about its unpretentious hamlet and wishes to preserve its inimitable charm and beauty.
The group maintains the hamlet’s triangles, planters, benches, trees, flag pole and flower boxes and lines the main street with flags on appropriate holidays. Partnering with the Amagansett Fire Department, the company decorates the tree on the green for Christmas, sends Santa and Mrs. Claus to meet the kids, and hosts Christmas carols up and down Main Street.
The company provides scholarships to students in the hamlet and offers free tennis lessons to children and adults at the John Day Jackson Memorial courts on Main Street and Atlantic Avenue. Recently, the group cleaned up the Long Island Rail Road station and celebrated the start of summer with ice cream at Miss Amelia’s cottage.
“We continue to do what we do,” said Joan Tulp, co-president of the company, a member of its board of directors for more than 50 years and unofficial mayor of the hamlet last week. In June, AVIS honored Ms. Tulp by dedicating a tree and plaque to her on the tennis courts. She is “the heart of this hamlet,” said Cathy Peacock, its co-chair, at the dedication. “She loves Amagansett and she never wanted that to change.
“Of all the boards I’ve ever been on, this is the best,” said Ms Tulp, meeting with other members last week at the Amagansett Beach Association, where parking is reserved for her. car (GANSETT license plate, of course).
“We have never stopped doing what we do,” said Michael Cinque, “be it the trees, the main street, the tennis, the flags, the planters.” Christmas tree lighting, he said, “is a really cool thing that gets everyone in the holiday spirit. It has always been our thing. nice community thing. “
Miss Amelia’s Cottage, Amagansett Lifeguard and Coast Guard Station, Miankoma Hall and Amagansett Library are among the buildings that stood in 1921 and 100 years later still stand, noted Hugh King, historian and Town Crier of East Hampton Town. Many more remain, reused, on Main Street, a testament, he said, of the continuity represented by AVIS.
The company was formally incorporated in 1937, and its goals and objectives were broadened to include “the preservation of historic objects, the collection and dissemination of information regarding ancient history,” according to “Amagansett: Lore and Legend”.
“The statutes and constitution were again amended in 1948 to give men full membership. In her 50 years as a director, Ms. Tulp said, there has always been at least one man on the board. (Robert Hillman, she thinks, was the first.)
The group “helped get the area in front of the village’s commercial establishments made; sidewalks laid; underground power lines laid along Bluff Road; Long Island Rail station painted. Road. And to develop its grounds, ”adds the book.
At about seven years in office, “I think I’m one of the new members,” said Victor Gelb, the company’s treasurer, who, along with his wife, Cam, owns 434 on Main bed and breakfast. “We wanted to join because we were new to the community, and it seemed like a great way to get to know people and get involved. I think what we are doing for the hamlet is very important. Amagansett is lined with our trees, and we maintain and replace them when needed. “
The Deborah Light Triangle, the Abrams Landing Triangle and the Howard Purcell Triangle, designed by Charlie Whitmore and Sons, and the Joseph Hren Triangle designed by Groundworks at Hrens in East Hampton, “are beautiful and add to the visual presence in the hamlet,” Mr Gelb said.
The Bayberry is also generous to meet the landscaping needs of the hamlet. “They love Amagansett like we do,” Ms. Tulp said. “They are ready to help us in any way they can.”
The Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold the annual Summer Splash party and the company’s fundraising this year (“Definitely next year,” Ms Tulp said), but the company managed nonetheless, in part thanks to Lyle’s sale in 2020 Greenfield’s 1960 Nash Metropolitan Convertible, which graced the lawn outside Amber Waves, the hamlet’s farmer’s market, for some time. The Amagansett resident donated the proceeds to AVIS.
Residents interested in joining the society can visit keepamagansettbeautiful.com. “We are very happy and proud of what we are doing,” Ms. Tulp said.