Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, December 5

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What a nice break from the colder weather we’ve had these last few days. While I hope this warm streak lasts a tad longer, I must admit that I would love to have a white Christmas. There’s just something special about a fresh blanket of crisp snow that makes Christmas morning extra special.Since we cannot control the weather, this is a good time to start planning some fun indoor activities for the kids—and the Southampton Town Youth Bureau is there to help.

The organization is hosting a Sports and Recreation Night this Friday, December 6, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the SYS facility located at 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. Those in attendance will enjoy dodgeball, basketball and kickball, and there also will be music and snacks. Sounds like a great night.

Admission is $5 per person, and round-trip transportation is available for an additional $2. If you would like more information, please call (631) 702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.

While we usually wait a bit to decorate our yard for Christmas, it is always nice to be out and about and see all of the decorations and the lights around town. Living as close as we do to our friend, the Big Duck, we love to drive by once the evergreen garland with the Christmas lights and ornaments is hung.

Be sure to drop by the Big Duck Ranch tonight, Thursday, December 5, at 7 p.m., for Santa’s much-anticipated arrival and to watch our hamlet’s fine feathered friend get lit up for Christmas! Suffolk County and Southampton Town officials, volunteers with the Flanders Fire Department and members of the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir will all be on hand to make sure the holiday season gets started with some style. I hope to see you and your family there.

Another fun and exciting family event sponsored by the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department is the trip to Manhattan to see the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” on Wednesday, December 18. Hampton Jitney buses will depart from Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays at 10 a.m. and will leave Manhattan at 7 p.m. following the 2 p.m. show. That means you will have plenty of time after the show to shop and take in the sights. You might even want to visit the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree or grab an early dinner.

The cost is $90 for Southampton Town residents—add $10 if you don’t live in the town—and that covers transportation and a ticket to the matinée. Reservations are required, so please call (631) 728-8585 to reserve a seat before they sell out.

My family goes to see this show every year and it is always fabulous. You don’t want to miss it!

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