I keep reading that the next financial crisis to rear its ugly head will involve credit cards. Let it be known that, like any true-blue American, I have more credit cards than I could ever use and have taken to using the extra ones as drink coasters or even to shim stock around the house.
But if we are in a credit crisis and they are cutting people’s lines of credit and making it harder and harder to get a new credit card, why does every bank in creation feel the need to send me an application? I’m beginning to feel like a mark, and I think I will treat these offers as suspiciously as I do those e-mails promising me a seven-figure sum for merely allowing someone in Nigeria to borrow my bank account for an important transfer.
Times might be tight, but I thought I saw Santa Claus leaving the Hampton Library on Saturday in the back of a silver Mercedes-Benz. Okay, it was an older model, but it sure beats the sled he used to cruise around in. Santa made his annual visit to the library courtesy of his friends in the Bridgehampton Lions Club who are somehow able to convince him every year to take a break from his busy schedule and drop in to visit with local kids and even offer an early gift to each one. A good-sized crowd stuck around to sing Christmas carols along with library director Susan LaVista and members of the Bridgehampton School Band.
The Hayground School at 151 Mitchell Lane will hold a holiday bazaar and open house on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. You can find a variety of gifts from the apothecary, kiln, greenhouse, kitchen and library. There will also be gifts from the Hampton Coffee Company in Water Mill, Sacred Sweets, and jewelry fashioned by Janet Conde and Rima Mardoyan. Call 537-7068 for information.
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will present Wayne Mezitt, who will discuss “Using Woody Plants To Expand the Seasons of Interest in the Garden” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Immediately after his talk, there will be a holiday party. Mr. Mezitt is the chairman of Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and the fourth generation of his family to head the family business.
Members of the Alliance are admitted free. Non-members are asked for a $10 donation for both the lecture and the party. For more information, including how to join, call the Alliance’s office at 537-2223.
The Hampton Library’s 11th annual Book Angels program runs through Friday, December 19. Participants select a paper angel from the library tree and shop for a book for the child described. You simply tape the angel to the book and return both to the library for wrapping.
Librarian and historian Julie Greene will offer a Genealogy and Historical Database demonstration in which she will show participants how to search the Federal Census to find out interesting facts about their families on Thursday, December 18, at 5 p.m. This class is free but registration is required.
The library will also offer “How To Use Your Cell Phone” on Saturday December 20, at 3 p.m. (And here, I always thought they were only good for paperweights.) So if your phone as all sorts of bells and whistles from cameras and text messaging, not to mention the contact list and other items, this class is for you. Note: This class is not for prepaid phones or the new iPhone. A $5 fee is due at registration. Space is limited.
The Film Appreciation Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. to watch a film and discuss it. Next up is “Il Postino” (“The Postman”) in Italian with English subtitles, on December 17. There will also be a regular Friday matinee, at which recently released foreign and independent films, will be shown. “Days and Clouds,” in Italian with English subtitles, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 12.
Librarian Jill Burdge will lead a Great Books discussion group, which will meet on Monday, December 15, and regularly afterward on the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m. In December, the group will discuss “Antigone.”
For kids, the library will offer a Recycled Light Bulb Craft on Saturday, December 13, at 1:30 p.m. Participants have been asked to bring in a burned-out light bulb (with no cracks) to use to paint a holiday scene.
A Holiday Film Trivia Contest will run from Tuesday, December 16, through December 23. Pick a question or two about old classic, and recent holiday movies, madcap adventures, and animated stories. The person with the most correct answers will win a heart-warming treat from a local eatery.
Pizza and Politics returns on Wednesday December 17, at 5:30 p.m. when the topic will be “Growing up Multi-Cultural.” Students are invited to stop by for a slice of pizza and a chance to meet Claudia, a young woman from Guatemala with Chinese roots, and Wilson, a young man from Ecuador.
A Gingerbread House Craft will be offered on Saturday, December 20, at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required. Children of all ages and families have been invited to come and make a gingerbread house to enjoy as a center piece for the holidays.
Remember, the Bridgehampton Historical Society is raffling off a fully restored 1984 black Jeep CJ7, which has been parked on the lawn of the Corwith House. Only 500 raffle tickets, at $100 each, will be sold. The drawing will be held on Friday, December 12. Proceeds will be used to help pay for the restoration of the Nathaniel Rogers House, the society’s future headquarters at the corner of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road. If you want to buy a ticket, call 537-1088.