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Town Focus: Mattituck, Day 4

The Mattituck Presbyterian Church is on Sound Avenue

The Mattituck Presbyterian Church is on Sound Avenue in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2012) Credit: Erin Geismar

I wrapped up my day yesterday at the North Fork Community Theatre, where I got a glimpse of the theater group’s upcoming show and spoke with board members about their fundraising campaign.

The theater was built in the mid-1800s, initially as the Mattituck Presbyterian Church. The group has leased the space from the church rent-free for more than 50 years - an agreement that will come to an end in August.

Look for a story on the theater and what the building means to the people who use it later today.

Tonight, I’m headed to the current Mattituck Presbyterian Church to see how community volunteers help run John’s Place, a homeless outreach shelter. Every Thursday, the church opens its doors to the less fortunate, providing them with a place to sleep for the night, a warm meal and resources for after they leave.

Also, I’ve gotten some great suggestions this week, including inquiries about the children’s summer camps on Laurel Lake that existed until the 60s and an offer to check out the original bank safe from Mattituck Bank that was blown open in a bank robbery in 1918.

Keep them coming. If I don’t get to them this week, it will be one more reason to come back to Mattituck.

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