Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, November 14

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How can it be that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, and Christmas is less than six weeks away? Before we know it we will all be sitting with friends and family, sharing stories as well as a delicious meal, and giving thanks for all that we have—and, for some of us, dreading the official start of the Christmas shopping season.Personally, I love to give gifts. But what I can really do without is having to stand in long lines and deal with cranky salespeople and cashiers for three weeks. Without fail, the following always happens on my trips to the mall: spending way too much time searching for a parking spot that does not require the hiring of a taxi to transport us to the mall’s entrance; getting pushed out of the way by some crazy, high-speed shopper on a mission; and swimming in a sea of my own sweat because, while it is freezing outside, the thermostat in the mall is cranked to a balmy 95 degrees.

And don’t forget the joyful lugging of shopping bags, none of which ever fit nicely in one hand, and the ever-popular visit to the food court filled with children and parents all having temper tantrums at the same time. Shall I continue?

Don’t get me wrong—I love the holidays. I just wish that there was more emphasis on the family part and less on the crazy shopping practices that we have all become far too accustomed to. Best of luck to all of you brave souls who are clipping coupons and participating in that madness called “Black Friday.”

Since we are talking about the upcoming holidays, please take a moment to mark your calendars for the annual lighting of the Big Duck, an event that marks the start of the season in Flanders!

This year’s lighting will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 7 p.m., at the Big Duck Ranch off Flanders Road. Be sure to get there early because there is always traffic and parking is limited. As always, Santa Claus and others will be in attendance to light up our fine feathered friend.

Happy birthday wishes are going out to Rebecca Merker who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, November 17. All of us here in Flanders hope you have a wonderful day.

There is still time to get your tickets for the Harlem Wizards fundraising game that will be played tonight, Thursday, November 14, at the Riverhead High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. It promises to be a contest filled with lots of fun, tricks and pranks, all the while raising money for the Riverhead Central Faculty Association’s Scholarship Fund.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $12 for students and $15 for adults. Be sure to arrive early to ensure that you’ll have a seat! Call Sandy at (631) 369-6712 if you need more information.

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