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Would you believe me if I told you our Christmas tree is still on display in our living room? We have managed to take down some of the decorations that we had put up elsewhere around the house this season, but the tree still stands.

Believe it or not, it’s not even close to a record. I distinctly remember one year when I went out to my wife’s family’s property in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods and chopped down a really beautiful cedar tree. (I can only rationalize taking a cedar tree because it was growing in a former pasture the family was trying to keep clear.) I liked that tree so much, I didn’t touch it until the end of February. And even that wasn’t a record. When I was in college, one year we kept the tree up until April when just about every needle had fallen to the floor and it had become a real fire hazard.

Speaking of fire hazards (and effortless segues) I am also late in announcing that the Bridgehampton Fire Department held its annual elections in December and reelected John Healey as chief. Richard Thayer was reelected first assistant chief and Timothy Doran remains second assistant chief. Jack Zito will serve another term as treasurer, and Richard Kelly has taken over as department secretary from Walter Bucholz. I’d like to take a second here and remind everybody that these guys are all volunteers who put in a tremendous amount of time and energy to help the community. Congratulations to all.

Musicologist Prentiss Dunn will present a series of lectures on the music of Gustav Mahler and fin-de-siecle Vienna on three consecutive Sundays in February—February 8, 15 and 22—at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. The talks are sponsored by the Hampton Library.

Between the 1890s and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Vienna was the site of one of the most fertile and original creative periods in art and architecture, literature and psychology, philosophy and music. The series will focus on Gustav Mahler, the most fascinating Viennese composer of that time and one of the most innovative and prophetic voices in the history of western music. Registration is required; please call or stop by the library to sign up.

The Film Appreciation Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. This group, led by staff members Jennifer Hartig and Jill Burdge, will watch and discuss films of contrasting genre and directorial approach. “The Long, Hot Summer” will be the feature when the group meets on February 18. The library also offers a Friday matinee screening of foreign films on the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. “The Pope’s Toilet” will be shown on February 13.

“How To Use Your Digital Camera” will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 21. If you are new to digital photography, this class is just for you. Learn how to use the basic features of a digital camera, including flash settings, optical and digital zoom, menu settings, image quality and much more. Bring your digital camera, your manual and your questions. A $5 fee is due at registration.

For children, the library will also offer a Valentine’s Day craft on Saturday, February 14, at 2 p.m. The program is for children 5 and older who will get to make old-fashioned valentines for a special person in their life. The program is limited to 10 children. The library will screen “Wall-e,” the story about a lonely robot, at 1 p.m. on February 18.

The Bridgehampton Historical Society kicks off its spring Parlor Music Series with singer/songwriter Terry Winchell on Saturday, February 7, at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Reservations are required at (631) 537-1088. The concert will take place at the Corwith House on Montauk Highway.

Ms. Winchell recently returned from a European tour and will perform songs from her latest CD, “Vice Versa,” as well as many favorites including her single about swimming in Trout Pond.

Don’t forget, the society’s exhibit on the history of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike will be on display through March 6. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5.

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