- The Stephen Talkhouse
in Amagansett roared with laughter Friday night, as a packed house celebrated the second annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant fundraiser, which benefitted the Donald T. Sharkey
Community Memorial Fund.
Stephen Talkhouse managing partner Peter Honerkamp. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
The event was held in memory of beloved Amagansett resident Donald T. Sharkey
, who passed away on July 6, 2009. The fund set up in his name, provides scholarships to local students, funds local fire departments and the Wounded Warrior Project
. "This contest is dedicated to the memory of Don Sharkey. This is a contest Don would've loved. It brings members of the community together, it makes people laugh, and it's a spoof on what we put women through," said Stephen Talkhouse managing partner, Mr. Amagansett Pageant contestant, and friend of Sharkey, Peter Honerkamp
Ten contestants, including Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman
, East Hampton Town Board Member Dominick Stanzione
and Stephen Talkhouse promoter, and Hamptons/NYC event organizer, Nick Kraus
, who competed for the crown by performing a talent for the audience and answering a variety of questions about the town of Amagansett.
Schneiderman showed off his drumming skills, contestant Larry danced the Tango and sang, however the highlight of the night was the hilarious video competition between Kraus and Honerkamp.
Kraus' video featured interviews will local politicians, musician Richie Havens
, the East Hampton Town Crier, Hugh King
and even Kraus' third grade teacher, all of whom explained to viewers why Kraus should be the next Mr. Amagansett.
East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
"When Nick was a little kid all he did was talk about Amgansett and nobody in the school knew what Amagansett was. Was it a place? Was it a thing? Was it something you ate? He certainly let us know what and where Amagansett is, and he made a name for Amagansett right here at the school," said Nick's third grade teacher.
Kraus also interviewed East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson
, who said, "I don't know what about town government Nick Kraus doesn't understand. I've told him time and time again, Amagansett is a hamlet. It is a part of the town of East Hampton. It doesn't work the other way, Nick."
Town Crier King told the audience of Kraus' time in the Coast Guard in 1942. According to King, while on patrol, Kraus came across four men trying to bury clams in the sand. "Of course Nick realized you really don't bury clams in the sand," explained King, in a story referencing four German Nazis who landed on the beach in Amagansett during World War II.
Mr. Amagansett 2011, Kenny Wessberg. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
Richie Havens said of Kraus, "If it wasn't for Nick, Woodstock would've never been here!" The video finished with a mock political advertisement targeting Honerkamp, which urged viewers to vote for Kraus and said, "When there's a crisis in Amagansett in the early afternoon, can you count on Peter Honerkamp to answer the phone? Is Peter Honerkamp going to give Amagansett to Israel? Is Eastern Long Island Part of the Middle East? Peter Hornerkamp thinks so. Can you have a former Bikini model in charge of Amagansett? Is Peter Hornerkamp even an American citizen?"
In the end, only one man can be crowned, and though Honerkamp was the initial choice for Mr. Amagansett 2011, he was disqualified from the pageant for bribing the judges with free tickets to an upcoming Joan Osborne
show at the Talkhouse.
As a result, Kenny Wessberg
, a third generation rider of an 1890 big wheel bicycle, and a member of the East Hampton Fire Department
was crowned Mr. Amagansett. When asked what he'll do with his newfound position of standing in the community, Wessberg said, "I'm going to ride my bicycle right down the middle of Main Street on St. Patty's Day."
At the end of the pageant, Honerkamp offered up a round of drinks on the house, and attendees celebrated, laughed, and remembered the jovial spirit of Donald T. Sharkey, all while raising money for a great cause. I can hardly wait for the Mr. Amagansett 2012 Pageant to arrive.
If you would like to make a donation to the Donald T. Sharkey Community Memorial Fund, visit donsharkeyfund.org
Mr. Amagansett 2011 contestants. (Nicole A. Flotteron)