Westhampton Community Notes, December 5

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You know that the holidays are upon us when the folks over at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church host their annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea. This year’s event will take place this coming Saturday, December 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the church, located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue.“Silver tea” will be served and there will be decorated green wreaths, handmade ornaments, jewelry and other gift items, as well as baked goods, available for purchase. There is no charge to attend, but make sure you bring some cash for all the cool presents.

Saturday is jam-packed with activities—so let’s get right to it!

Members of the Westhampton Beach High School student government will host a Polar Bear Plunge over at Rogers Beach on December 7. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the plunge will take place at 11 a.m.

There is a sponsorship minimum of $15 required before the event; the amount goes up to $20 if you wait until the day of the plunge to pay. Students are raising money to help support the Adopt-A-Family program. Sponsorship forms can be printed out by visiting www.pdfcast.org/pdf/pbplunge2.

Westhampton Beach’s Holiday Winterfest also takes place this Saturday in the village. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hampton Arts Twin Cinema with a holiday movie for the kids. You can catch horse-and-buggy rides up and down Main Street beginning at noon. Also during that time, some shops and restaurants along Main Street will offer activities for the kids, including craft and holiday treat stations. And, of course, there will be discounts offered on merchandise. Don’t forget to head on over to the Westhampton Free Library at 3 p.m. and catch Mrs. Claus reading some of your favorite holiday stories.

Also on Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., Hampton Watercraft and Marine, located at 401 Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach, will be offering free photos with Santa—with a twist! The big guy in red will arrive by boat and the photos will have a “surf” theme, so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served and a few elves will be on hand to help kids make Christmas ornaments. Please bring along a nonperishable food item for donation to the local food pantry.

And then at 5:30 p.m. head on over to the Village Green for Westhampton Beach’s Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting. (Last week’s column had the incorrect time due to some faulty information on the chamber’s website—sorry about that.) There will be free hot chocolate 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.

The Family Service League is once again hosting Project Toy this year. Organizers are looking for donations so they can purchase gift cards for kids of all ages. Last year they provided toys for some 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.

The West Hampton Dunes Barrier Beach Preservation Association and First Coastal are offering a unique gifting opportunity this holiday season. For $50, community members can give their friends and relatives the gift of a cleaner bay.

The $50 voucher provides 500 oysters for the group’s oyster farm, and the recipients are welcome to join scientists from the Cornell Cooperative Extension in placing the oysters in the farm and, later, harvesting them. One adult oyster can help filter up to 50 gallons of water a day—pretty impressive.

Those interested can also spend $10 for 100 oysters and $25 for 250 oysters. For more details, or to place an order, visit www.barrierbeach.org and click on “Moriches Bay Project.”

Finally, I would like to personally thank the Rotary Club of Westhampton for naming me a Paul Harris Fellow. I am truly honored for this recognition. Thank you.

On The Calendar

Thursday, December 5: Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee-West will meet starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Free Library, Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach.

Sunday, December 8: East End Hospice will host its annual Tree of Lights Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the gazebo on the Westhampton Beach Village Green. Attendees will gather to remember lost friends and loved ones, and dedicate holiday ornaments in their honor.

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