Back in 1895, a group of 21 civic-minded East Hampton women began raising money for a village beautification project aimed at improving unsightly public areas and installing oil lanterns along Main Street. Its community mission and membership has grown steadily throughout its 115-year history and today the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society includes more than 350 volunteer members and is instrumental in many conservation, preservation and education programs in town. Continuing with its tradition of serving the East Hampton community, the LVIS is hosting an Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 11, at its historic headquarters on Main Street.
The highlight of the event will be an appearance by Santa’s merry bride, Mrs. Claus, and a few North Pole elves that will share in a children’s story time and dish out candy canes, cookies and refreshments to the crowd.
“They really decorate the LVIS house beautifully for the holidays,” said Mary Talley, the LVIS’s public relations chairwoman. “It’s fun for the kids, but is also a great shopping spot for parents. So anyone who wants to do Christmas shopping, there will be some great things available, a lot of kids holiday books and seasonal items for the home.”
An octagonal circa-1800 style dollhouse found in the lobby will be fully decorated for the Christmas season and families are encouraged to visit between 2 and 4 p.m. so children can share their holiday wish lists with Mrs. Claus.
The LVIS Bargain Box thrift shop, bargain bookstore and furniture annex are regularly open from Tuesday to Saturday and offer a trove of gently used donated items, and for the holiday event the shops will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some extra special gift shopping opportunities. Admission to the holiday celebration is free.
For more information contact the Ladies Village Improvement Society at 324-1220.