Westhampton Community Notes, November 28

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As many of you have probably noticed by now, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day—today, November 28. Therefore, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy “Thanksgivukkah,” and I hope your turkeys have as many legs as candles on your menorah this year.

Books & Books, right here on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, will host author and Press columnist, Phil Keith, on Saturday, November 30. Mr. Keith will be stopping at the shop between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss his new book, “Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds.”

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 7. It will be held at the church, located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. “Silver Tea” will be served and decorated fresh green wreaths, handmade ornaments, jewelry and other gift items, as well as baked goods, will be available for purchase.

Westhampton Beach Village’s Holiday Winterfest will take place on Saturday, December 7. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hampton Arts Twin Cinema with a holiday movie for the kids. Following the movie, you can enjoy a horse-and-buggy ride that will take you up and down Main Street. Some shops and restaurants along Main Street will be offering activities for the kids, such as craft and holiday treat stations, while the adults can knock out some holiday shopping. Then, at 3 p.m., Mrs. Claus will be stopping at the Westhampton Free Library to read some holiday stories, and the local radio station will be on hand with some free give-aways.

While that sounds like a lot, there’s still more to do that evening. The village’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will take place on the Village Green, next door to the post office, at 6:30 p.m. on December 7. There will be complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, and holiday songs will be performed by the Westhampton Beach High School Chorus and the Hampton Synagogue Youth Choir. And, of course, there will be the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck. Save the date!

The Family Service League is holding Project Toy again this year. Officials are looking for donations so they can purchase toy and gift cards for kids of all ages. Last year, they provided toys for 5,000 children and still had a waiting list. For more information, or to make a donation, please call (631) 428-3700, ext. 255, or visit www.fsl-li.org.

Speaking of the Family Service League, representatives will hold the Great Chefs of Long Island tasting fundraiser on Sunday, December 8, from 2 until 5 p.m., at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Representatives of more than 40 of the top restaurants and wineries on Long Island will be on hand for this premier tasting event.

Tickets are $200 each and can be purchased by calling (631) 427-3700, ext. 255, emailing jsandler@fsl-li.org or online at www.fsl-li.org. I went last year and it is certainly worth the trip. Enjoy!

And congratulations to Stephen Arrasate for winning the third annual Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Poker Tournament held at Agave’s on Friday evening. Steve beat out last year’s winner, Eddie Mansfield, with Peggy Killian taking third place. Nice to see one of the Wednesday night poker crew represent!

On The Calendar

Saturday, November 30: Westhampton Boy Scout Troop 62 members are having a wreath sale at the Westhampton Post Office on Mill Road, next to the 7_Eleven, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The money raised will go toward buying camping gear and supplies.

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