There’s a moment at the end of my weekly yoga class that always makes me feel thankful and blessed.As my fellow practitioners and I lie, eyes closed, in resting pose, the instructor quietly tiptoes through the studio and spends a few moments with each of us. She anoints us with a small drop of heavenly smelling oil, pausing to gently touch our foreheads for the briefest of moments.
I’m not one to be all what I call “hippy-dippy granola,” but let me tell you, at that moment I feel nothing but pure love and at one with the universe. I’m thankful for that moment, and for other countless moments that happen every day, every week, every month and every year.
What are you thankful for? How can you do something to add to your happiness and that of others? I hope that we all take even the smallest bit of time to think about that—and not just today or this coming week, but as we go about our daily lives.
Another thing that I am thankful for is the fact that BookHampton will be setting up shop on the lawn of the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 8 and daily from December 15 through December 23. This, for a word nerd like me, is paradise.
Speaking of the museum, our friend Peter Marcelle—I love that he’s thrown his spirit into the vibrantly growing arts scene here—is hosting an auction to benefit the organization at his Bridgehampton gallery on Friday, November 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fundraiser will include nicely priced gifts and lots and lots of auction items, which will feature such great gets as gift certificates at the American Hotel, Cuddy, Sen, Il Capuccino’s, a Christmas tree, Bay Street Theatre tickets, works of art and many, many other great items.
Admission is only $10. Tickets will be sold and taken at the door. Need to know more? Then drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SagHarborWhalingMuseum.org.
Hanukkah begins early this year, with the first night of the holiday being Wednesday, November 27, and the first day sharing the blessings with Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28.
Here in the village, there will be a public Hanukkah Candle Lighting at the windmill on Saturday, November 30, at 6 p.m. The event will be hosted by Temple Adas Israel and all are invited to participate at this free event.
The temple will also host a Hanukkah Party at the temple on Sunday, December 1, at 3 p.m. In addition to the usual Hanukkah fare—latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and dreidle games—the festivities will include traditional Hanukkah songs, a drumming circle, dancing, a Hanukkah Cookie Bake-Off with prizes, olive oil tasting and candle lighting (bring your own menorah if you’d like) and other fun activities for all ages. Admission is $5.
For additional information on either event, please call 725-0904, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.TempleAdasIsrael.org.
After all that Thanksgiving turkey, revel in the giving spirit by heading to Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton for the Peconic Land Trust’s Giving Tuesday event on December 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Celebrating the international #GivingTuesday movement, the PLT is joining in to spread awareness about the work of the trust, encourage charitable giving and giving back to the community by hosting a volunteer work day. Simultaneously, the trust will collect donations of non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries.
All volunteers are asked to please RSVP to Outreach Manager (and one of my fave yoga buddies!) Kathy Kennedy or Event Coordinator Lisa Pepe. Call either of them at the Peconic Land Trust at 283-3195 or connect via email to events@PeconicLandTrust.org by December 2.
Kudos to Cove Deli and Jordan’s Initiative for offering free cups of coffee to military veterans every Thursday this winter. Vets, pick up a free cup of freshly brewed coffee at Cove, compliments of the non-profit foundation Jordan’s Initiative. Bless our vets and those who remember that it’s our privilege to honor them.
Lastly, there will be an “Art Walk In The Hamptons” in the village on Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Join Ingrid Liot for a guided walk at 1 p.m. at Ramony Kramoris Gallery or do your own thing.
Participating galleries include: Grenning Gallery, The Hooke Sculpture Gallery, Monika Olko Gallery, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Kramoris Gallery and Tulla Booth Gallery. In addition to all the great art and fellowship with like-minded culture addicts, refreshments and holiday spirits will be served at select locations. For more information, visit www.artwalkhamptons.com.
Cheers to happy and healthy holidays!