A local history lecture co-sponsored by the Long Island Collection and by the East Hampton Historical Society, “The Woman Who Walked into the Sea: Huntington’s and the Making of a Genetic Disease,” by Alice Wexler, will be presented at the East Hampton Library on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m.
Author and historian Alice Wexler will share images from her new book with that same title and will discuss the medical and social history of Huntington’s disease, including the 19th-century East Hampton doctor, George Huntington, who lived on Main Street and for whom this illness is named.
The lecture will be held at the Clinton Academy at 151 Main Street. For reservations, please call the Long Island Collection at (631)324-0222, ext. 6. Refreshments will follow.
Expect a warm welcome and refreshments at the old-fashioned holiday celebration of the Ladies Village Improvement Society at its headquarters at 95 Main Street in East Hampton, on Saturday, December 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus, always a favorite among the young set, will be there to greet visitors and to spend time with each child. Don’t miss the museum-quality dollhouse built by Noel Thomas Seaview and generously donated to LVIS by Deborah Light. The electrified, three-story replica of a house built in 1892 is beautifully furnished and decorated for the season. It’s a must-see. Also, everyone can shop for the holidays at the LVIS Bargain Books and Bargain Box Thrift Shops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Another holiday shopping idea is the Library Bookstore, which has books on East Hampton history, historical maps and more. You can feel good that 100 percent of your purchase benefits the East Hampton Library. Visit www.easthamptonlibrary.org and go to the ‘book store’ link to start browsing. Also, the 2009 Library Society Calendar is in. It makes another great gift for the holidays. Stop by the circulation desk at the library to purchase a one. A tour of inns and B&Bs and other special places in East Hampton, sponsored by East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday, December 13. Check in at the Hedges Inn between 11 and 11:45 a.m. The self-guided tour takes place at noon and goes to 4 p.m. The Pollock-Krasner House will once again be on the tour. The last admission is 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by phoning 324-0632. Reservations are requested.
Also on Saturday, December 13, at 4 p.m. at the Clinton Academy, there will be a reading of “Charles Dickens & Friends,” a Victorian tale. Enjoy the richly descriptive writings of Dickens and fellow writers as they pretend that Mr. Dickens has returned to entertain us. Reservations are requested and admission is free. Call 324-6850.
Artist Jane Martin will be the featured artist at this Saturday’s art opening at Guild Hall with her show, “Reckoning and Rapture.” Members will have a private viewing from 4 to 5 p.m. and the gallery will be open to the public from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be a gallery talk featuring Jane at 3 p.m. Join art critic Phyllis Braff and Jane for a lively conversation as they discuss Jane’s work.
On Sunday at Tiffany & Company on Main Street, you can have your picture taken with Santa Claus. Children, families and pets are welcome. You can take home a 5-by-7 picture with Santa, with the proceeds benefiting Bide-A-Wee. Santa will be visiting between noon and 5 p.m. There will be holiday cookies and hot chocolate. For more information, call Heidi at 325-0200. Please note that all animals must be leashed or in a carrier. I personally do not think my cats would enjoy meeting Santa. I worked as an elf once (a long time ago) at the Herald Square Macy’s “Santa Land.” Also note that many small children find Santa very scary.
On Monday, Guild Hall’s Naked Stage drama group will present a staged reading of “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare. Directed by Josh Gladstone, it will feature performers Joseph Brondo, Joe DeSane, Gordon Gray, the wonderful Kate Mueth, Josh Perl, Gerard Doyle, Michael Nathanson, Josh Gladstone, Dick Horwich, Shashi Balooja, Minerva Scelza, Peter Fitzgerald, Tina Jones, Joe Pallister and Mary Hodges. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. Visit www.guildhall.org for more information.
Congratulations to Mary Damask of the East Hampton LVIS , who tells us proudly that she is overjoyed by the birth of her grandson, Jay Joseph Elliott Damask, who was born last August. John and Amy Damask of Boston are his proud parents.