Castles In The Sand

Jessica Mackin-Cipro

The Sandcastle Contest is an East End tradition. Every August beach-goers gather to view and create magnificent sculptures in the sand at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett.

This year marks the 28th annual event. The day is presented in memory of Rossetti Perchik, the founder of the foundation. All donations ensure the continuation of the Clamshell Foundation’s events as well as benefit the people, programs, and projects here on the East End.

Each year an artist is selected to create a special t-shirt. This year’s artist is Richard Mothes, an East Hampton local. His art reflects the East End community. Shirts with his piece, “The Hunter Needs Protection,” an image of a shark, will be sold for $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Clamshell Foundation.

One hundred percent of all profits go back to the East End community to support college scholarships, food banks, and fish seeding programs.

The contest is open to all age groups and levels. The event will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more info, visit

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