After nearly two years of waiting, the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce got off the ground this month. For the first time ever, businesses in the hamlet now have their own chamber, and its first meeting is scheduled for the end of this month.
“It was really a way to have people help pay for the [St. Patrick’s Day] parade,” Chamber president and founder Lee Satinsky said, though he also pointed out that Amagansett never had a chamber before now, so creating it was a good move for the community.
Satinsky, who owns The Computer Shop in Amagansett, said the Chamber is still waiting on a few approvals, but it has been up and running officially for two weeks. “It takes a while to get a 501c6,” he said, noting that the organization already has a board and 10 members, and many more have applied or plan to apply. “Everyone wants to be a part of it,” Satinsky said. “The Chamber is growing fast.”
So far the Chamber’s board includes Satinsky, Michael Clark of Crossroads Music, Colin Wood from Atlantic Terrace Cafe and Patty Sales, who works at Star Island Grill and has been Satinsky’s “partner in crime” organizing the Amagansett St. Patrick’s Day parade since they started it five years ago.
The parade is scheduled for 12:01 p.m. on March 9 and the Chamber is hosting an after party at Stephen Talkhouse (161 Main Street) in Amagansett. “It’ll be good,” Satinsky said, noting that they are raffling off a 27-inch iMac computer at the event.
To raise funds for the parade, the Chamber is also hosting a pancake breakfast at Talkhouse on March 3. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and costs just $10 per person. All the proceeds will go to support the parade and the Chamber, and Satinsky said it would be a fun morning with good food and some activities, so “Bring the kids.”
The Amagansett Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for membership. For more information and an application, visit amagansettchamber.org, call Lee Satinsky at (631) 267-3088 or email [email protected].