Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, November 21

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With the rapid approach of the holidays, and the inevitable fact that many of us will have far less free time over the next six weeks, it is even more important for us to spend as much time as we can with our families. Just make a point to make some time in between all of the office parties, gatherings and shopping. The season is really about one thing: family.So, make picking out your live Christmas tree a family excursion. Or go shopping for those holiday decorations together. Do something to mix things up!

And if you know of a local holiday event, please feel free to send me an email and I’ll be sure to share it with others.

If you’re looking for a fun distraction to your holiday obligations, then you should make a point of catching a performance of “Nunsense,” the latest musical offered up by the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre. It is a comedy about (you guessed it!) a bunch of nuns and their crazy antics. And one of our own, Flanders resident Glenn Abramowitz, is starring as Brother Joe!

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in downtown Riverhead. Group members had to rent a stage at the theater due to ongoing construction at the Riverhead High School.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students, and proceeds will support the high school’s scholarship fund. And I promise you that you will enjoy a wonderful show featuring a talented group of actors, directors and producers.

If you would like more information about the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre, or its scholarship fund, please visit www.rfct.org.

Don’t forget that our Big Duck’s big day is coming up next month. Elected officials and community residents will celebrate the lighting of our fine feathered friend on Thursday, December 5, at 7 p.m.

Suffolk County Parks Department officials will be “ducking” the halls (see what I did there?) and are promising another fun-filled evening that will feature the singing of carols by the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir and a number of special guests, including the big guy in red who will be ushered in by members of our Flanders Fire Department so he can flip the switch and light the Big Duck.

You simply do not want to miss this one. It’s a great evening and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy seeing Santa.

On The Calendar

Tuesday, December 3: Friends of the Big Duck, monthly meeting, 7 p.m., David W. Crohan Community Center, Flanders Road, Flanders.

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