Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is something very satisfying about a day set aside for simple gratitude. I try to make it a point to be grateful for all kindnesses and good things throughout the year but this day brings us all together to share in the joy of formally recognizing our good fortune. Happy Thanksgiving to all.The Water Mill Community Club will hold its annual covered dish supper, followed by the organization’s annual meeting and elections, on Wednesday, December 4, at 6 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, but please bring along a dish to share. There will be a review of the club’s activities over the past year and a look ahead at the plans for 2014.
If anyone is interested in running for a position on the club’s board of directors, contact Pat Sliwienski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those planning to attend the meeting, should RSVP by December 2 to the same email address.
Ann Lombardo, president of the Water Mill Museum, was kind enough to send along an interesting link to a website that features the work of photographer Jeff Heatley. The website is a photographic journal of sorts that features images of history, architecture and culture. The Water Mill Museum was one of his subjects. Check it out at www.aaqeastend.com/contents/water-mill-museum-a-history-1644-2009/.
On your mark, get set, go! It’s time to start shopping now that the Thanksgiving starting gate has dropped. If you’re looking to shop locally, check the Pop-up Market at the Parrish Art Museum, over the rest of this holiday weekend, that will feature art-inspired fashion, home, and decorative items. Featured vendors and products include Eric Cahan’s miniature resin sculptures, Color Samples, and Ray Geary’s OTC Pill Study from the arts meets design marketplace Grey Area; oversized handmade candles measuring up to 40 inches high from Quemar Candles; travel bags and handbags and with a sculptural feel from Fairchild Baldwin; and luxury cashmere sweaters and accessories from Artikay Cashmere.
And there is always an interesting assortment of items in the museum’s gift shop, which is open year-round.
Also at the Parrish will be a holiday reception Friday evening, November 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. It is open to the public. Hours for the Pop-Up and the Gift Shop are Friday, November 29, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, 10 a.m. to 5 pm. More information may be found at www.parrishart.org. Entry to the Pop-Up and reception is free with museum admission.
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now add Giving Tuesday to the list. I like the sound of this one and many nonprofit groups are taking advantage of the season of giving to boost donations. The Flying Point Foundation for Autism, based in Water Mill (full disclosure: I am the founder and president), will take part and if you’re in a giving mood on Tuesday, visit our website, www.fpf4autism.org, and click the DONATE button. On behalf of the board and the families we serve, thank you in advance.