Santa visited the village over the weekend, in several places. He is a busy man. There are many festivities happening around our quaint little village.
From December 12 through 23, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop presents “The Twelve Days of Christmas Sale,” where you can shop discounts on the entire store each day. You can also drop off wet and dry pet food at the ARF Adoption Center for their resident animals. Plus, all adoption fees will be waived for the wonderful companion animals who have been at ARF for more than six months. Just make sure when giving a pet for Christmas that the recipient is ready and willing to take on the responsibility.
On Friday, at 6:30 p.m., join Hugh King, East Hampton’s Town Crier, Barbara Borsack, a past trustee, and Richard Barons, the director of the East Hampton Historical Society, as they conduct their Lantern Tour of Main Street, which includes several of East Hampton’s historic buildings, such as Clinton Academy, the Osborn-Jackson House, and Home, Sweet Home.
Participants will walk down the street, stopping in front of the historic houses and hearing Mr. King’s lively commentary that brings to life the stories of the inhabitants, as well as going into three of the buildings to experience how they looked in olden times. Meet at the Clinton Academy Museum, located at 151 Main Street. Admission $15 by reservation only at 324-6850. The tour lasts about an hour and a half.
At Guild Hall on Friday, at 7 p.m., Saturday, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Hampton Ballet Theatre School (HBTS), will present its fifth annual production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ‘Nutcracker,’ featuring the students of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School as well as some parents and local actors. The ballet is choreographed by the director of HBTS, Sara Jo Strickland and costumes were designed and hand sewn by Yuka Silvera. Lighting design is y Sebastian Paczynski.
Advance ticket sales are $20 for children under 12 years of age and $25 for adults for general orchestra seating. Day of performance tickets sales are $25 for children under 12 years of age and $30 for adults for regular orchestra seating. Premium orchestra, box seats, balcony and group rates are also available. To reserve tickets in advance, call 1-888-933-4287 or go to hamptonballettheatreschool.com, and for more information, please call 631-237-4810 or email info@ hamptonballettheatreschool.com.
On Sunday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., join the Candlelight Tour of Decorated Historic Houses.
This is a rare opportunity to tour the interiors of some of East Hampton Village’s most important historic homes. Visit six structures that range in age from 1680 to 1784, that will be decorated in various periods representing Colonial times up to a turn-of-the-twentieth-century German Victorian Christmas tree. There will be costumed guides, carolers, and tasty treats all experienced through the charming light of flickering candles. Starts either at Osborn-Jackson or Home, Sweet Home. There is no admission charge.
On Sunday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a Yuletide Barn Dance. Before the mid-nineteenth century, Christmas was not celebrated with the enthusiasm that New Year’s generated. So in honor of the season, The East Hampton Historical Society will re-create a traditional holiday barn dance, with musicians playing traditional eighteenth-century music and a caller to keep all dancers in order. The barn will be decorated and there will be hot cider and doughnuts. Meet at the Mulford Farm Museum, located at 10 James Lane. There is no admission charge; donations are appreciated.
For more information, visit www.easthamptonhistory.org.
With all the food we tend to indulge in over these few weeks, you may want to give yourself the ‘12 Day Sweat.’ From December 12 through 23, join lululemon athletica East Hampton, which is hosting its favorite sweaty classes. All classes are complimentary and no sign-up is necessary. Classes will take place in its loft, at 35 Main Street. Any changes to the schedule below can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lululemonEastHampton. Workshops run at various times. Please check the schedule.
It’s not too soon to put the announcement out for an open call for all artists for my Annual Love & Passion show, which takes place on February 15. This show is in its ninth year, and this year’s theme is “Walk on the Wild Side.” There are certain limitations, as no wall piece can be larger than 24” in either direction. I have moved the location of the show to Water Mill, where it will be displayed in two separate galleries, the Sara Nightingale Gallery and Hampton Hang Gallery, which is located directly behind Sara. This is a huge community event, probably one of the few things that happen in the Hamptons at that time of year. Get your artist hat on and start creating. Enjoy.