The Clamshell Foundation will celebrate summer with the Great Bonac Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 14, at 9 PM over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton. This community viewing event is staged by the fifth-generation, family-owned Grucci production company, a top name in fireworks across the globe.
The four-decade long, annual tradition began in the 1970s when the late writer and actor, George Plimpton, began hosting firework shows at his summer homes in Amagansett and Sagaponack. Having founded The Paris Review, Plimpton’s affinity for Parisian culture led him to host the fireworks on the first Saturday after the French Independence Day, Bastille Day.
This year the foundation is dedicating its Great Bonac Fireworks to the memory of the late Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, who were tragically lost in a plane crash on June 2, and to its generous donors.
“Bonnie and Ben will be greatly missed,” William Kalbacher, CEO of The Clamshell Foundation, stated. “They did so much for the people, charities, and organizations without ever asking for recognition. The Clamshell Foundation wants to dedicate the fireworks to them and for all they have done for the community.”
Established in 1996, The Clamshell Foundation honors East End Long Islanders making a livelihood from the local waters by dedicating 100 percent of its profits to the community. The not-for-profit aids in funding for college scholarships, food banks, and fish seeding programs through donations for its annual fireworks show and Sandcastle Contest, held on August 4 this summer.
This Saturday, grab an ideal viewing spot at Maidstone Park, Sammy’s Beach, Gann Road, or any of the beaches off of Hands Creek Road, Springy Banks Road, or along Three Mile Harbor.
For more information, visit www.clamshellfoundation.org.