Daily Bee: We’ve Got Montauk Fireworks, Sidewalk Sales and Patios

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We’re suckers for fireworks.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce hopes to make this year’s Fourth of July celebration as big and bright as ever — so it’s turning to GoFundMe, the crowdfunding site, to raise donations. It got the idea from the organizers of Shelter Island’s fireworks, who are also using GoFundMe, according to Laraine Creegan, the chamber’s executive director. (Apparently, we’re not the only ones who love a good display….Shelter Island has raised $36,000 and counting for its fireworks.)

The costs of Montauk’s fireworks have risen to $23,000 from $16,000 a decade ago. “We source about half of the cost from our hotel members,” Creegan says, but “we struggle to make up the difference from chamber resources and that means taking away from or eliminating another special event that contributes to our prime, short tourist season economy.”

So donate already, dammit. We suggest all you newfangled hipster hotspots in Montauk be the first to pony up (it would be a good way to build goodwill in the community). Contribute to Montauk’s GoFundMe campaign here.

Retail therapy in the “First Hampton”

Fun! We love to shop small, and the village of Westhampton Beach will host a sidewalk sale this Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26). The Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event, which is called “Shop-Stroll, Stay on Main.” (Just saying, this reporter patronized a similar event 10 years ago in Westhampton, and purchased a pair of Oakley flip-flops that she still wears to this day.) Expect to find discounts on beachy items, trendy clothing, artsy stuff and more.

For history buffs: Westhampton Beach, incorporated in 1928, is often considered the “First Hampton” because it was the first village in the Hamptons to rent out rooms and the first Hampton to be served by Long Island Rail Road, according to the chamber.

The back patio is open

We repeat, the back patio is open. Fresno’s restaurant in East Hampton announces on Facebook that guests will be served on its verandah this weekend. See a photo of the lovely back room here. Head chef Gretchen Menser serves up New American cuisine.

Got a tip? Email thehamptonbee@gmail.com.

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