Monday was the first really cold day of fall. Frost had formed overnight on lawns, but it was sunny. Victoria Bustamante picked me up and we were off to Caumsett State Park at the very northwest end of Suffolk County and the Long Island Sound. Once the estate of Marshall Field, complete with a dairy farm, it is now a beautiful 1,500-acre preserve with a local Matinecock Indian name meaning “place by a sharp rock.” The sharp rock was one of several glacial erratics left when the last advance of the Wisconsin glaciation swept down across the whole of northern America more than 10,000 years ago, creating the North Fork and the morainal line of Harbor Hills that runs along the Sound from Southold on the east to beyond Great Neck at the edge of New York City on the west.
Frank Ackley, who last was heard from a year ago, phoned the other day to say he and a doubles partner with whom he’d been playing for the first time had made it to the semifinals of the United States Tennis Association’s clay court championships recently in New Orleans.
Nick West, a former East Hampton High School soccer star, scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season Sunday as Messiah College, for which he plays, defeated Johns Hopkins 2-0 in a second-round National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III playoff game.
The Old Montauk Athletic Club was expected to receive about $5,000 from the proceeds of Saturday’s Brewathlon relay race in Montauk, a rowing, biking, running, rowing contest that originally was to have taken place at the Montauk Brewery on Oct. 27.
The second leg of what has come to be known as Montauk’s Grand Prix, the 3.3-mile Dock race, attracted more than 220 entrants Sunday, a record. The entries included scooters, skateboards, baby strollers, bicycles of all sizes, and dogs of all sizes.
Fall marches on! At 6:30 last Thursday evening on a trip to Southampton Village by way of Deerfield and Edge of Woods Roads, both lanes were clear and only a single leaf fell. Three hours later on the return trip the roads were half leaf-covered while three dozen leaves floated down. Fall had begun in earnest.
The East Hampton High School girls volleyball team, which had cruised through league play undefeated this fall, at 12-0, and which seemed poised to win the county’s Class A championship and possibly go upstate for the first time since 2009, was dealt a cruel blow here Monday by fifth-seeded Kings Park, a well-balanced team like the Bonackers, but one that in the end that afternoon made fewer mistakes.