Well, it’s that time of year, once again, when I don my powder blue acrylic cardigan, put on a Perry Como Christmas record, sip a little eggnog and feed my brokerage statements into the fire one page at a time, and thank God that while my portfolio may have shrunk, so has my oil bill. Season’s greetings to one and all in Chatterbox land. (Perhaps I should start the new year with a contest to come up with a more modern name for this old column—one that doesn’t conjure up the image of me in a housedress, listening in to your conversations over the old party line. If you have any ideas, send them along to the address printed above, and I’ll give them careful thought after the new year.)
This time of year, I like to remind my readers that Bridgehampton has all sorts of local organizations that count on your donations to either survive or thrive. And while times are tight, I’d like to urge you to remember groups like the Bridgehampton Association, which helps so many; the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society, which keeps Main Street looking sharp; the Bridgehampton Community House, which gives us a place to party; the Hampton Library, which nurtures our quest for knowledge; the Bridgehampton Lions Club, which spreads cheer by inviting Santa Claus to town every year; the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center, which provides many after-school programs for our kids; the Children’s Museum of the East End, which provides weekend activities for kids; the South Fork Natural History Museum, which reminds us that nature is important; Bridgehampton Historical Society, which works hard to protect our heritage; and the Bridgehampton food pantry at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, which feeds those in need.
Special mention this year to the Bridgehampton Fire Department, particularly its ambulance company, whose volunteers showed up at my house early Sunday evening to tend to my son Henry who suffered a mild concussion when he took a spill while trying to imitate his favorite snowboarders by building a makeshift snow ramp off the back deck. As is always the case, crew members dropped whatever they were doing and came to our aid. Thanks much.
Oh, and by the way, every year I manage to overlook at least one organization. If it’s yours, let me know, and I’ll give you extra special mention next year.
With the year winding down, make some time to visit the historical society’s Corwith House at 2368 Montauk Highway, where a Victorian Christmas Display showcasing hundreds of items from the archive is open through January 9. The exhibition is arranged to imitate an “olde shoppe” of Christmas gifts. 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.
The society is also working on a new exhibit, “Bridgehampton’s Historic Turnpike,” which will open on January 26 and run through March 6. The exhibit came about when curators Stacy Dermont and Julie Greene were doing research into the history of the turnpike and came upon some pretty interesting stuff. They are also soliciting information, including photographs, from the public to add to the exhibit.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $5.
The Hampton Library will present “Prince Caspian,” an installment of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia,” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, as part of its Movies and Munchies program. Wacky Word Games will be offered for kids 8 and older on Monday, December 29, at 1:30 P.M., and Amelia Green will offer an introduction to knitting on Saturdays, January 10 and January 24 at 1:30 p.m.
For adults, Film Appreciation Club will screen and discuss “My Life as a Dog” on January 21 at 3 p.m.