Business Briefs: Iris Smyles at Almond, Golf Outing, Navy Beach Raises Funds

Iris Smyles
Iris Smyles
Iris Smyles

Iris Smyles at Almond’s Artists & Writers Night

Almond, a French bistro in Bridgehampton, will host its first “Artists & Writers Night” of the season with author Iris Smyles on October 4 at 7 p.m.

Ms. Smyles has published two fiction books, “Iris Has Free Time,” and “Dating Tips for the Unemployed.” Ms. Smyles is the founder and editor of the web museum Smyles & Fish and edited and wrote the afterword for the cult book, “The Capricious Critic.” Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, BOMB, Paris Review Daily and The Observer among other publications.

Almond will offer a family style three-course menu crafted by executive chef, Jason Weiner. The total cost is $45 and it includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and gratuity, but not tax. Reservations are required.

Almond is located at 1 Ocean Road in Bridgehampton. For reservations, contact Almond at (631) 537-5665.  For more information, visit

10th Annual Columbus Day Golf Outing

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce will be host the 10th Annual Columbus Day Golf Outing on Tuesday, October 11 at Island’s End Golf & Country Club on Route 25 in Greenport.

From 11 to 12 p.m. there will be the check in and lunch, and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Participants enjoy a change to win $15,000, can play 50/50 knock out pool, play in a putting contest, enjoy the beverage cart and assorted raffles and prizes. For more information please visit

Navy Beach Raises over $30,000 for the Navy Seal Foundation

Navy Beach had a fourth successful season of raising awareness and funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides immediate and continuing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. This year, Navy Beach raised $30,000 in funds for the organization and brought their four-year total to over $90,000.

The restaurant ran a “dine & donate” program from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day where at least $1 per meal was collected from lunch and dinner checks while giving customers the opportunity to donate more. The annual fundraiser in June brought together many local residents, business owners as well as active and retired members of the Naval Special Warfare community. The guest of honor was Long Island native RDML (SEAL) Thomas R. Richards, USN ret., former Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, a highly decorated veteran.

“Navy Beach has been truly fortunate over the last four years to both work with the Navy SEAL Foundation to assist the Naval Special Warfare community and to also be able to sponsor our efforts within East Hampton and Montauk where support for our Veterans and patriotic roots run deep,” Navy Beach partner Frank Davis said.

For over 14 years, U.S. Navy SEALs have been in combat for over 14 years, and are currently deployed in over 35 countries across the globe.

“Over the last four years, Navy Beach has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission of service to the warriors and families of Naval Special Warfare. Each year we are humbled by the generosity of Navy Beach and the Montauk and larger Hamptons’ community. The support generated is critical to those we serve and we cannot thank you enough,” Marc Wolf, Director of Development, New York Region, Navy SEAL Foundation said.

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides comprehensive, world-class programs that cater to each community’s needs. This is the fifth year the Navy SEAL Foundation has gotten a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog.

“The experience has been rewarding and the local community’s response and support has been tremendous.  Next year’s kickoff event will be held at the restaurant on Saturday, June 17. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation in the future and continue to look for even more ways to help increase awareness for the foundation and its efforts while also helping to raise the funds required for the organization to carry out its core mission,” Mr. Davis said.

Navy Beach located at 16 Navy Road in Montauk will be open through October 9. On September 24, 25 and October 1, they will serve lunch only starting at noon. On October 2 and 8, lunch begins at noon and dinner at 5:30 p.m. October 9 is the last day of the 2016 season, and they will serve lunch only starting at noon. For more information, visit or call 631-668-6868.

Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand

Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee of Yogashanti will host a week-long retreat on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand from December 3 to December 10.

Participants will enjoy the sights of Laem Sor Beach and the Samahita Retreat with access to their full-service wellness center, and healthy prepared meals. The retreat will include two yoga classes per day Sunday through Friday and one day free. Guests will need to book their own travel to the island of Koh Samui that typically goes through Bangkok. Passports are required but visas are not needed for stays less than 30 days.

The rate for a superior queen room for one person is $4,000, a superior queen room for two people is $3,000 per person, a semi-private room share with individual rooms and a shared bathroom is $3500 per person, and a semi-private loft share for two people is $3,000 person. These prices include seven night accommodations, all yoga classes, all meals, one spa service and transportation from Koh Samui Airport to Samahita. All other activities are not included.

To confirm your room preference or for more information, contact Lisa Olsen at or call at (575) 770-2379. Once confirmed, to secure the space full payment is required: $250 of your reservation is non-refundable and cancellations must be received by email to Only cancellations received before October 1 will receive a refund.

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