Remsenburg and Speonk community notes

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Can you believe that Christmas is next week? It looks like I have got a lot of shopping and holiday preparations to finish—and quick.

Though I have not yet given away any gifts, I received my first official present on Friday night during our company’s annual Christmas party, which was held this year at Four Season’s Catering in Southampton. As the winner of an in-house drawing, I am now the proud owner of a Blu-Ray player thanks to my generous publisher, Joe Louchheim. Thanks again, Joe!

Raynor Country Day School in Speonk also celebrated the holiday season this past week. The school’s annual “Gingerbread Build” for pre-kindergarten students, their parents and grandparents was a big success!

Students used all sorts of yummy building materials to create an assortment of architectural designs: licorice log cabins, sweet skyscrapers and houses with marshmallow trees. Additionally, guests enjoyed a tour of the school and even got to build their own gingerbread houses while enjoying holiday carols.

There are a few more local Christmas events planned between now and the big day, so get your tickets now if you plan on attending.

The “Wonder of Christmas” production will be staged at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m.; on Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m.; and two shows are planned for Sunday, December 21, at 3 and 7 p.m. The event will be presented by The White Christmas Production Company and Living Water Full Gospel Church of Riverhead.

Reserved tickets are $25 for adults and $21 for senior citizens and children under 12. All tickets sold at the door will be $28. For reservations, call 722-4969, ext. 203 or 204.

Also, the fifth annual Jessie Haynes “Toys for Tots Concert” will be held at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead today, Thursday, December 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. Make a difference in a child’s life and bring a new, unwrapped toy. All musicians are welcome to bring instruments to perform on stage. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit jessiehaynes.com.

There are also a few other opportunities for Remsenburg and Speonk residents to shine on stage in the near future.

The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue will hold auditions for its production of Tom Wolfe’s “Six Degrees of Separation” on Sunday, January 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., and again on Monday, January 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Quogue Community Hall. The play contains roles for four women and 13 men ranging in age from 20 to 60. No need to bring a monologue as readings will be from the script. Bring a headshot and resumé if you have them.

Rehearsals begin in February and performances will be held from March 19 through April 5. The shows will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Quogue Community Hall. If you are unable to attend these audition times, but would still like to read, contact the company and, if possible, an alternate time will be arranged. For more information, call 267-2052 or 726-4656 or e-mail hamptontheatre@optonline.net.

It is also that time again for the teens to compete for the title of “Hampton Idol.” The Southampton Town Youth Bureau will hold auditions for the competition on Friday, January 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Southampton Town Community Center in Hampton Bays.

The actual competition will be held on Friday, February 27, from 8 to 11 p.m., at Hampton bays High School, where 20 local middle and high school students will perform vocal numbers to win the title of Hampton Idol. Prizes, gift certificates and cash will be awarded. For more information, call 702-2425.

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