Kismet Kapers by Bradlee White

Is it possible that Labor Day weekend is here already?  The phragmities are beginning to droop, the fawns are grown, though not yet out of their spots, and the ferry schedule is changing with fewer trips. The Kismet Community Association (KCA) has announced the fall meeting, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m.

Cheryl and Tom going to the Murder Mystery event.

Kismet celebrated several almost end-of-season events two weeks ago. Murder at the Great Gatsby, based on an online and boxed game, surpassed all expectations and surely is one of the best events of the summer. Thirty-one Kismetians signed up and dressed up for the Roaring Twenties themed event. The Kismet Fire Department community room was totally transformed into a speakeasy with dimly lit tables, boxes of stored “hootch” and 1920’s music on the speaker system. This was a brainstorm of Kerry Cannava Turner, who, with the help of her significant other, Michael, and friends Dana, Dana’s son Jackson Davis, and Jeff Schou set the scene, arranged a delicious catered dinner from a Bay Shore restaurant and managed the BYO  bar. Upon arrival, each participant was assigned a role, an alias identity and given an envelope with clues specific to their character. Everyone was encouraged to mix and mingle in full character to share their secrets and guess who done it. Subsequently, the murder victim, Sam McWarty, aka Donovan Arthur, was found, and the murderer was revealed to be movie star Zetta Zarbo, aka Kate Arthur.

The action moved to the beach on Saturday. John and Robin revived the long-standing GuacOff, a competition for chefs and mixologists for the best recipes for guacamole and margaritas. Former Kismetians, associated with past events, John Blesso and Brian and Leslie Hughes came over from Fair Harbor. Guests (anyone on the beach at 6 p.m.) were able to sample and vote on entries served by their creators and laid out on three large tables hauled to the beach. Entrants provided lists of their ingredients, with items like pineapple and garlic in guacamoles, sweet cream and traditional salty garnishes for margaritas. As to be expected the ballot tally took longer than the sampling. After the tally, winners were awarded bottles of tequila. Later that evening, another more recent tradition was revived. A beach luau lit by tiki torches and glow sticks was organized for East Lighthouse residents and guests by East Lighthouse residents Ginny Butler, Genevieve Higgens and Debbie Epstein.

The Flower Ladies are making a cameo appearance TODAY, Sept. 2. Sponsored by Sam Wood Inc. and Island Beach Realty, the proceeds will go to the KCA. They should be set up downtown for the 5:30 p.m. ferry. These lovely bouquets sell out fast so be there early. The KCA is accepting bids for the new online and hard copy Kismet Directory and is seeking volunteers with Excel spreadsheet experience for data entry. The Kismet Fire Department Auxiliary is selling raffles for raffles (scratchoffs) with the drawing to be held this weekend. We are also looking forward to the JAM (Jillian A. Metcalf Foundation) festival and life celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m., with a DJ, live bands (including Tim Mooney and friends), food trucks and raffles. The non-profit foundation was established to honor the late year-round resident Jillian Metcalf, a nursing student and friend to so many. Her spirit of helping others will be carried on by the provision of financial aid to nursing students. Jen Cole and Jillian’s sisters, Shannon and Brittany Ann, sold tickets last weekend at the Kismet Inn and now tickets can also be reserved online by scanning the QR code on the posters everywhere in town.