Don’t know what to give this holiday season? Why not give blood? Make a donation in honor of a friend or family member. It’s inexpensive; it costs nothing other than some time and maybe the pinch of a pin prick; and you’ll be serving the community as well as celebrating a friend. The Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps is sponsoring a community blood drive on Tuesday, December 16, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. at the main firehouse on Brick Kiln Road.
Students Petra Bateman and Alicia Tagliasacchi thought giving blood sounded like a good idea, and they’ve been rewarded for their efforts. Petra and Alicia organized a blood drive at Pierson High School recently. The two friends, who’ve known each other since kindergarten, worked to spread the word around campus and got 65 people registered to give blood. Some students were apprehensive, Petra said, and a little scared, but she was able to reassure those who never before donated. Although she’s given blood before, she wasn’t able to this time since she’s recovering from Lyme disease. Alicia admitted she was nervous about giving blood, but the nurses helped her feel comfortable, and she knew it was a good thing to do. “There was no way I wasn’t going to do it,” she said.
Teens helping teens is how this project works. When Petra was a junior, a senior student showed her the ropes, and she, in turn, will help train students to take over the blood drive next year. “It’s simple,” said Alicia even though there was some stress about it. “You want to make sure everything goes smoothly,” she said. But ultimately, with a little teamwork, “anyone can do it.”
The students’ blood drive administered by Long Island Blood Services yielded over 50 pints of blood, which qualified the two to receive scholarship money to the college of their choice. But the effort wasn’t just about the money. “I realized we could really help people,” Petra said. Although she’s had a longtime interest in medicine, lately Petra has become interested in political science and social science. She’s no newcomer to community service. Petra volunteered in the 20-mile Montel Williams MS bike ride which raises money for multiple sclerosis research. When the students learned about blood shortages on Long Island, they also saw an effective way to contribute. “We’re making a difference,” Petra said. “The blood is actually going to a hospital to help save lives.”
A mass for peace will be celebrated tonight, Thursday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church. Beginning in January, the monthly peace mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. every second Thursday. A monthly prayer service for peace will be held at 7 p.m. led by lay leaders every second Thursday. For information, call the church office at 725-0123.
Stock up on stocking stuffers and other goodies at the Stella Maris Christmas and holiday fair on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the school gymnasium. Home baked goods will be for sale along with locally made hand crafts and other wares. For information, call the school at 725-2525.
Stop in for tea with members of the Sag Harbor Historical Society on Saturday, December 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Annie Cooper Boyd House. This charming home, a gift to the historical society from Nancy Boyd Willey dates from the 1700s and has been undergoing careful renovation. Some of Annie’s original paintings of the village will be on view. Make this holiday tea a must-stop during your shopping rounds downtown.
If you’ll be in the city for the holidays, keep in mind a bit of Sag Harbor will be there too. An exhibition of photographs by Stephen Longmire will be on view at the South Street Seaport Museum through January 4. The exhibition “Keeping Time in Sag Harbor—the Other Port of New York” features the particular architecture of Sag Harbor tracing its days as a whaling village to its life as a factory town, to the present as a resort community. The show includes interesting Sag Harbor artifacts: an early picture of the village dating from 1840; a piece of the Old Whalers’ Church steeple; and a 1920s painting of Main Street by James Britton. For information, call the museum at (212) 748-8600 or visit its website at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.