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A lifelong Bridgehampton resident, Frank Sayre, suffered a terrible tragedy on Saturday when his house on Butter Lane burned to the ground. Usually you don’t say someone is fortunate to be in the hospital, but that is the case with Mr. Sayre who had been admitted to Southampton Hospital earlier in the week and therefore was not at home at the time of the blaze.

Besides all of his possessions, Mr. Sayre lost his pet dog and parrot in the early morning fire. Mr. Sayre is a veteran member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department and a regular at the Bridgehampton Senior Nutrition Center. I haven’t received word about any relief efforts, but will pass them along when I hear of them.

I was pleased to be included in a joyful gathering on Saturday, when friends and family of Joyce Manigo gathered at the Church of God in Christ to wish her a happy 50th birthday. Even if you don’t know Joyce by name, you probably know her from around town, from working at bake sales and dinners for her church to her involvement with the Bridgehampton School, where she is the district clerk and has been very active in the Parent Teacher Organization. Joyce: You don’t look a day over 40.

I’m sorry to say, my wife and I had to duck out of Joyce’s party just when what looked and smelled like a great dinner was being served, so we could hightail it over to the Bay Street Theatre, where local students, including a group from Bridgehampton High School, were taking part in the young playwrights’ festival. Congratulations to Laura Barrantes, whose play, “Modern Day Love,” a humorous take on “Romeo and Juliet,” was performed by her classmate Ryan Gholson and Oskar Golden, a student at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. (Sorry that my stomach was growling throughout the performance.)

The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center will open its doors for holiday sharing on Monday, December 22, at 5 p.m. Thanks to community groups including Island Harvest, Have a Heart, the Southampton Town PBA, the Southampton Village PBA and Dan’s Papers, among others, local center families will be offered turkeys, gifts and a warm celebration.

The center’s Girl Scout Troop also adopted a family in need for the holidays. The Girl Scouts are collecting specifically requested items for the 15- and 11-year-old sisters in a family of seven that is led by a single mother. The family’s house also needs repair work.

Other initiatives include a Visiting Artists program. In the past weeks local singer/songwriter Terry Winchell has been teaching music and creating songs, including an original Christmas carol, with the children.

The center’s director is Bonnie Cannon, who is also a Southampton Village trustee. For information, she can be reached at 537-0616, extension 16.

Christmas came early for Desmond Carranza, a resident of Hampton Bays, who won the restored 1984 Jeep CJ7 that was raffled off by the Bridgehampton Historical Society at its annual Christmas party last week.

Proceeds from the raffle 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. The society expects to move into the new building in about two years.

For now, the Corwith Homestead at 2368 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, features a Victorian Christmas Display showcasing hundreds of items from the archive. The exhibition is arranged to imitate an “olde shoppe” of Christmas gifts. Of course, the antiques are not really for sale but the museum gift shop features local books and artist greeting cards, as well as BHHS hats and shirts.

Admission to the museum is $5. It is open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit runs through January 9. For more information, call 537-1088.

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 has all sorts of bells and whistles from cameras to 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.

A Holiday Film Trivia Contest is running 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 heartwarming treat from a local eatery.

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 centerpiece for the holidays.

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