Tomorrow is Johnny Ryan’s birthday. Make sure to wish him a happy one! More birthdays this month that I didn’t mention are Bob Pucci, Vanessa Betancur and Morgan Segelken, and, of course, Christmas is coming. Congratulations to Joe La Carrubba, who was named the Grand Marshal for the 100th year anniversary of the Amagansett Fire Department Parade, which will be held in July of 2014. He is the oldest member and has served the Amagansett Fire Department and our hamlet for more than 60 years. It is an honor he so deserves, I am honored to know him.Thank you to all who came out and bought the beautiful wreaths to support the firehouse on Saturday, December 7.
Thanks also to all who supported the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett’s Christmas Craft fair on Saturday, November 30. The event raised monies for the Scoville Hall rebuilding fund and it was bittersweet because it was the last event given by the Women’s Guild.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. and all members of the community are welcome to attend.
On Friday, December 6, The Amagansett PTA sponsored a holiday event for St. Michael’s senior housing residents. Children and volunteers came to the center and made cookies and decorated the trees. This is the true meaning of Christmas.
St. Michael’s is home to the Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food pantry on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.
St. Michael’s holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m.
St. Peter’s church located on Main Street next to our school has beautiful holiday decorations. Worship service there is on Sundays at 9 a.m. It is so nice to see the renovations on a town landmark.
At the Amagansett Free Library, Story and Craft time continues on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. December 14, the theme will be Underground, The theme on December 21 will be Winter Festival and on December 28, Pinecone Bird feeders. New winter programs have begun for preschoolers. Mondays at 2:15 will be flash story and craft time and Wednesday at 2:15 will be Tot Hop. Bring your preschoolers to move with songs and rhymes and play.
For children in grade Kindergarten and up, there will be a Lego club on Thursdays at 4 p.m. sixth-graders will be available as play partners and will earn community service hours. Please contact the library at 267-3810 if you would like your child to volunteer.
The library still has its regularly scheduled programs for caregivers and tots age 10 to 36 months. Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. is First Story time and Fridays at 10 a.m. is Shake, Rattle and Roll. Winter Youth Basketball program for kindergarten through grade 8 runs from Saturday, December 7, to March 1, at the Amagansett School. Please register at the Department of Parks.
Biddy Youth Basketball for grades three to eight has begun at the John Marshall School on Saturdays, and will continue through March 1.
Youth Recreation for grades nine through 12 takes place every Saturday from 5 to 9 at the East Hampton Middle School and 7 to 9 at the Montauk Playhouse.
The Town of East Hampton is also offering clinics at Sportime Arena on Abrahams Path. Please go to www.ehamptonny.gov.
Balsam Farms has closed for the winter. We look forward to seeing them again in the spring.
In Amagansett School news, the PTA will have its annual holiday store on Tuesday, December 17, and Wednesday December 18. Children can buy treats for their families and friends.
Wednesday, December 18 will be the Holiday Concert, and the last day of school before winter recess is December 20.
The East Hampton Middle School PTA will be serving hot chocolate and donuts to all students on the morning of December 20.
The Amagansett Village Improvement Society (AVIS) will be having its traditional holiday caroling throughout the hamlet. Please go to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, as I didn’t have a date as of press time.
This is the time of year we think about giving as well as getting. Please consider giving to our food pantries, Amagansett Fire Department, Amagansett Library, Paddlers for Humanity (p4h.org), Amagansett Historical Association, Wounded Warrior Project, Scoville Hall building fund and CFAR, to name only a few. All these organizations make our hamlet the special place it is.
Be grateful for what you have and be compassionate to those who have less.
Have a great week and thanks for all your Amagansett news.