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Brrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. It looks like the winter weather has finally caught up with us.

Instead of having visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, this time of year always makes me long for the cozy nights in front of my old fireplace in my former Bucks County home. In addition to the regular holiday hoopla, I predict lots of visits to friends and restaurants with fireplaces in my future.

Raynor Country Day School students are also anticipating the festive season. They recently lit their holiday tree and entertained approximately 180 parents and other friends at their annual 
Winter Concert. During the concert, 
Ms. Angel’s ballerinas performed to “The Skater’s Waltz,” and Ms. Jenny’s and 
Ms. Doreen’s students in the 
Pee-Wee Theatre Troupe performed a self-styled version of “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

At the tree lighting ceremony, Ms. Lewis led students in holiday carols, after which many of the carolers headed back inside to enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

The kids at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School will hold two Winter Concerts this month. The first is set for Tuesday, December 16, for students in grades K-3, and the second show is slated for next Thursday, December 18, featuring the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Both concerts start at 6 p.m.

Sixth-graders at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School recently made a trip to Manhattan to visit the Egyptian and Greek artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The children, who are students in Ms. Bishop’s and Ms. Shaw’s classes, also enjoyed visiting Rockefeller Center and got to attend a production of “Wicked” on Broadway.

Ms. Zeltmann’s third-graders recently traveled a shorter distance, but also got to see a first-class production of “Flat Stanley” at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Mark your calendars and be sure to get out and make your voice heard on an important community matter. The Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School expansion vote is slated for this Friday, December 12. Voting will be held at the school on Mill Road that day, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

And don’t forget that the Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School’s annual Toy Drive is continuing through Wednesday, December 17. One gift can make a world of difference for a child who might not otherwise celebrate the holidays. Please bring your unwrapped, new toys to the school’s main office on Mill Road in Remsenburg.

Ho, ho, ho, there are some great local holiday happenings this weekend.

On Saturday, December 13, the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Christmastime on Main Street festival, from noon until 5 p.m. The day-long holiday festival will include horse-and-carriage rides, costumed carolers, holiday activities for children and more. For more information about “Christmastime on Main Street,” call 288-3337.

On the same day, Saturday, December 13, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will host its seventh annual “Santa and a Movie” event with a screening of “My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie” at 11 a.m., followed by a visit from the big and jolly man himself. Parents and grandparents: bring your own cameras to capture the moment. Tickets are free but in limited supply. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call the box office at 288-1500 for reservations. Ticket-holders may pick up their reserved seats at the PAC box office at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

Seal watching walks will be held at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton throughout the winter and spring. Beginning Sunday, December 21, at 9:30 a.m., the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island will lead a series of two-hour, 1-mile walks to observe a variety of species. Reservations for the walks are required. Meet at the Cupsogue Beach parking lot on Dune Road in Westhampton. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call 244-3352 or visit cresli.org.

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