Happy Holidays Southampton! The festive season is officially upon us and there are so many fun events coming up that I’m not going to waste any time and get right to it.To shed some of those unwanted but deliciously earned Thanksgiving pounds take a hike! Southampton Trails and Preservation Society member Dai Dayton will lead a fast-paced, 4-mile “Walk It Off Walk” in Sag Harbor on Friday, November 29, at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the end of Round Pond Lane. Wear weather appropriate footgear. For info, call (631) 745-0689.
Stop by the Southampton Historical Museum’s Pelletreau Silver Shop on Main Street and feast your eyes on the antique silver bookmarks from the collection of Myra Weiser on Saturday, November 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. Ms. Weiser has amassed one of the largest collections of antique silver bookmarks in the world and approximately 30 of her standout pieces will be on display. They range in topics from animals to botanicals and were made by American and European silversmiths between 1800 and 1920. The collection will remain on view through December 28.
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce and the Southampton Village Christmas Committee will host its annual Parade of Lights, a decorated fire truck parade in Southampton Village, on Saturday, November 30, starting at 4:45 p.m.
The parade is always fun, and it’s a treat to see all of the creative ways each department and company has decorated their trucks. Everyone needs to bring their A-game to the parade because the team from the North Sea Fire Department, who took first place last year for their tropical-themed truck, is going to be pretty hard to beat.
The evening continues with the annual Village Christmas tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. in Agawam Park with performances by Voices of Southampton High School and Men of Southampton High School with featured soloist Julie Van Nostrand.
Afterward, The Southampton Cultural Center will host its annual holiday party, featuring a visit from Santa, refreshments and performances by piano students and the Prelude Overture String Ensemble at approximately 6 p.m. Admission to the festive fete is free.
The North Sea Community Association will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 1, in front of the North Sea Community House on Noyac Road. Come early, join your neighbors, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. From what I hear, the event will be hosted in part with the North Sea Lions, who will be holding their annual Christmas Tree sale at the Community House this year, starting on Saturday, November 30, from noon to 5 p.m. The sale will continue on Fridays, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through December 22. Proceeds from the sale will benefit local charities.
On Monday, December 2, at 8 p.m., stop by the Community House for the association’s monthly meeting, where the slate of 2014 officers will be discussed. In addition, tickets to the group’s February Wine and Cheese fundraiser will be on sale.
There is still time to RSVP to the Southampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday dinner on Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m. at Plaza Cafe in Southampton. Advance tickets are $70, or $60 for members. Call to reserve your seat at (631) 283-0402.
To encourage the community to shop locally, Southampton Village businesses will stay open on Friday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of proceeds from sales during that time will go toward funding the Southampton Center on Jobs Lane.
And, as an added bonus, participating restaurants will offer specials to customers who show a valid receipt of purchase from a participating merchant. Participating inns will offer accommodations at a special rate for this Friday night stay. To find out more, and to get a list of businesses participating, visit www.southamptonchamber.com.
Donna Freitas, an author whose research and book, “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy,” has generated national attention. She will speak at the Rogers Memorial Library on Monday, December 2, at 5:30 p.m., and will address the social issues surrounding the hookup culture which young people will face as they set out to navigate their independence.
“Bachelor Mother” will be screened on Tuesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. This film is not rated and runs for 81 minutes.
Victoria Lustbader, author of “Hidden” and “Stone Creek” will be at the library on Wednesday, December 4, at noon. She will discuss her recently-published third novel, “Approaching the Speed of Light,” which has garnered critical praise.
Mark Fichandler and Ivan Montoya, of Studio-Fichandler, will offer a talk and demonstration on creating two holiday displays; a centerpiece for a hall or dining table and an arrangement in a vase on Friday, December 6, at 10:15 a.m. To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.