Southampton Village is the place to be this week!For those shoppers who mourn the loss of the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Parrish Present shopping event formerly held over the Thanksgiving weekend, don’t despair! The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host its Christmas Marketplace at the Southampton Center (the former Parrish Art Museum building on Jobs Lane) from December 6 through December 22, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The month-long marketplace will feature local merchants, artisans, museums, and a farmers market. To add more cheer, Santa, holiday elves, carolers and musicians will be on hand to entertain shoppers. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, storytelling and more for kids. Admission to the marketplace is free.
For those who do not posses the wrapping gene, The Flying Point Foundation For Autism will be at the marketplace on the weekends of the 13th and the 20th to wrap gifts for a small donation as part of its annual Wrap It Up For Autism campaign. Even if you can’t make it to the marketplace on those weekends, the Foundation will come to your home or business and do the wrapping for you throughout the season. Just email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Stony Brook Southampton will light up the night at its annual windmill lighting on Friday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. A festive reception will follow in Chancellors Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus. Admission to the lighting is free.
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will continue the good cheer at its “It’s A Wonderful Village” annual all-day Holiday Stroll of Southampton Village on Saturday, December 7. From 1 to 4 p.m. enjoy horse and buggy rides, carolers, a visit by Santa and refreshments at the chamber office on Main Street in Southampton. Visit www.southamptonchamber.com to get all the latest info.
While out and about, stop by the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum for its 12th annual Winter Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shop at the art market for authentic and unique Native-made jewelry, art, and other handcrafted traditional and contemporary pieces direct from the artisans. While there you can feast on variety of dishes from Algonquin culture at the Shinnecock traditional food stand such as homemade succotash slow-cooked with cranberry beans, corn and pork, savory clam chowder, roasted squash, and more.
The event will also highlight traditional live dance and musical performances by the Wikun Village staff. Visit www.ShinnecockMuseum.com to find out more.
The Conservatory of Ballet and Danse Arts with the New York Dance Ensemble will stage its annual performances of “The Nutcracker,” on Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at 5 p.m., and on Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m. at Southampton High School. This year’s performance will be dedicated to the memory of Southampton resident Kevin Cancellieri, brother of the group’s choreographer Megan Cancellieri. Proceeds from the performance will go toward establishing a dance scholarship in his name. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids 2 and under. Call to purchase tickets at (631) 537-1684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Care will host its 6th annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 230 Elm. The event will have arts and crafts, bounce houses, family photography, face painting, sports inflatables, and more for the whole family to enjoy.
As admission, each adult is asked to bring a non-perishable food item and each child an unwrapped toy to be donated to local families in need. Having fun while helping others is always a best bet in my opinion. Call (631) 681-6033 for more details.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist on Cameron Street will hold its Christmas Concert and Carol Sing on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. The musical gathering will feature Loreen Enright on piano accompanied by her talented choir of students. Admission is free.
The Olde Towne Garden Club will host its holiday meeting and buffet luncheon on Monday, December 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion on Meetinghouse Lane. Luncheon will be served at noon followed by a photo presentation given by Lynn Falkowski highlighting the group’s work for the past year. Group members are asked to bring a covered dish serving six to share. Guests are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. to register. Admission for guests is $5 per person. Call to make a reservation at (631) 488-8777.
The Southampton Inn is happy to announce that it is a drop-off location for donations to the Toys for Tots campaign. As an added bonus, everyone who drops off a new unwrapped toy to the drive will receive a coupon good for one free breakfast with the purchase of a breakfast at the inn’s on-site restaurant Oso. The coupon will be valid through the end of December, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
I’m sorry to say that I missed the Parade of Lights this year, as I was in Baltimore spending the Thanksgiving holiday at my sister’s place. A belated congratulations goes out to Nick Epley and Carly Oster! Nick popped the question to Carly on stage at the tree lighting in Agawam Park following the parade. Ms. Oster said yes to the delight of the whole village and I’m sure to the relief of Nick.
Also, as I predicted in my column last week, the North Sea Fire Department was a tough act to beat at the parade. The crew from North Sea won first place this year for its sleigh-themed truck pulled by “reindeer.” I can’t wait to see what the reigning champs come up with for next year. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Mark Fichandler and Ivan Montoya, of Studio-Fichandler, will offer a talk and demonstration about creating two holiday displays; a centerpiece for a hall or dining table and an arrangement in a vase at the Rogers Memorial Library on Friday, December 6, at 10:15 a.m. Registration is required.
Local residents Hilary and Eric Woodward will offer a talk about their four-month biking trip from coast to coast as part of the library’s Armchair Traveler session on Monday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Dorothy DeMarco, store manager of Vines & Branches in Southampton, will offer a talk and tasting of balsamic vinegars and olive oils on Wednesday, December 11, at noon. Reservations required by December 8.
Pianist Alina Kiryayeva and clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov will present a whimsical and imaginative program titled “Carnival” on Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m. They will perform works by Bassi, Chopin, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Rossini and others.
To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.