Amongst all of the recent holiday distractions, it’s good to know that Richard Hendrickson continues to monitor our local weather as a U.S. Cooperative Weather Observer. Dick has confirmed that November was a very pleasant month, although we are below normal in rainfall. Dick noted that November is often our wettest month of the year, but for this November we had less than two inches of rain. There are many years when a November month has given us more than 4 inches and sometimes more than 6 inches of rain and some snow. Rain fell on six days for a total of only 1.79 inches.Our warmest day was 66 degrees on November 1 and our coolest night was 17 degrees on the 25th. From now on, Dick predicts, there should be many northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph, and the night temperatures might make for skating by the Christmas vacation. The turkey has flown away until next year, Dick notes, but Santa and his sleigh will come with snow.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of Santa, some local organizations are preparing for their annual holiday parties. We’ve heard from the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt that they held their annual holiday party for friends and family on December 9 at 6 p.m. at the South Fork Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. And the Bridgehampton Museum will be hosting its annual members’ Christmas Party on Friday, December 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Museum Archives at 2539-A Montauk Highway. RSVP to 631-537-1088.
For those of you planning to hang Christmas lights around the office or your home, remember that no matter how carefully you put those lights away last year, they are going to be tangled into a huge ball this year, so plan accordingly for the extra time it’s going to take to untangle the mess.
If you’re still holiday shopping, or if you’re just beginning to shop, the Clay Art Guild will be exhibiting and offering for sale the work of guild members at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives building on two weekends. The Guild will fill the space with a wonderful selection of handmade pottery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 to 15 and again from December 20 to 22 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. And thanks to funding by the Town of Southampton and by Suffolk County, local folk artists will join the Clay Art Guild on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Bob Hand, his son Bob, and Jack Combs will be demonstrating decoy carving, Janet Hines will be quilting and Gail Horton will be rug hooking. Call (631) 357-1088 for additional information.
If you were looking forward to a great holiday concert to attend, the Bridgehampton Child Care Center, one of the oldest institutions in Bridgehampton, had announced a change of date for their holiday benefit concert. Unfortunately, its “Bridgehampton Gospelfest,” featuring the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, has been cancelled for this holiday season. I’m told that they hope to have the concert this coming spring.
Despite some financial setbacks this year, the center continues to serve more and more children in their after-school program, and continues to serve our community in many other ways, as well. They have been a valuable asset to many Bridgehampton families for many decades. We should all hope for better times for the center.
Finally, some suggestions on gift giving by novelist, journalist and humorist Oren Arnold: “To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”