I cannot believe that it is the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday that I was making holiday plans for 2007 and, now, 2009 is almost upon us!
Though many things in 2008 were challenging, there have been some special things for which I am thankful. I have a job that I love and continue to grow in; I work with some really terrific people, especially my former and current bosses who have made me better at my chosen profession; and I have a family, both related and created, that has been enormously supportive of my choices. Additionally, because of my work here at The Press, I have met some really amazing people who have inspired me in countless ways.
I hope that each of you has things to reflect upon and be grateful for from this past year. If there is something particular on your mind, drop me a note and I will be glad to spread some of your good tidings as well.
Last week I received a very sweet letter from Samantha Petersen, a third-grader in Mr. Hudson’s class at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School. In the nicest possible way, Samantha corrected my error from a few columns ago when I mentioned that Ms. Zeltmann’s class went to see “Flat Stanley” at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. It turns out that Mr. Hudson’s class also attended the event.
Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Samantha. It seems that I should also be thankful for the young readers of this column!
I also got an update last week from Kathy Fusco at Sprinkles in Speonk who wanted to thank the community for supporting her business this year. For those of you who are looking for some after-holiday bargains, stop in at her store at 230 Montauk Highway and take advantage of the sales there including 20-percent off all dishware, holiday kits, sprinkles and pans, and 30-percent off selected mixes, bakeware and supplies.
If you are looking for an enjoyable evening out on the town next week, check out Little Feat at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 3. Tickets are $45, $60 and $75. Call 288-2350, ext. 102, stop by 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach between noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or purchase tickets online at whbpac.org.
If opera is your bag, tune into WLIU at 88.3 FM this Saturday afternoon, December 27, to hear the New York Metropolitan Opera perform “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. The station will air a new program at 1 p.m. each Saturday and next up will be Puccini’s “La Boheme” on January 3.
More music information coming your way, this time for the kids. The Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department is once again accepting registration for “Rock Camp,” a program for children age 8 to 16 that teaches students the art of singing, song writing and more.
Classes will be held every Saturday, from January 17 through February 14, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Lodge at Squiretown Park in Hampton Bays. Following the program, participants will perform their original material on February 14 at Regulars Cafe in Southampton and again at the Hampton Idol finale at the Hampton Bays High School on February 27.
This camp is available to all young residents of Southampton Town. Call 728-8585 for more information or to register.
Lastly, if you are looking for some ways to give back to the community next year, the Westhampton Beach School District Adult Continuing Education and Recreation Program is looking for instructors for its spring semester. Call 288-3800, ext. 311, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Safe and happy holidays to all!