Instead of breaking out the heavy coats, scarves and snow boots this week, Southampton, get out your bikinis, board shorts and flip-flops!On Saturday, December 14, head on over to Coopers Beach for an invigorating dip in the Atlantic at the tenth annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Human Resources of The Hamptons. The event kicks off with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. and the plunge takes place at 10 a.m. sharp!
If you are hesitant to plunge in a skimpy bathing suit, don’t feel like you have to wear proper beach attire. Suits of all kinds are acceptable. Just ask Village Trustee Richard Yastrzemski, who has plunged in a full business suit in years past, or members of our local EMS and fire departments who plunge in Christmas-themed getups. And of course there is the costumed contingent of fearless plungers that have dressed as everything from mermaids to housewives having a spa day to members of the band KISS.
Since I have plunged before, I will offer a few pieces of sage advice to first-time plungers passed along to me by veterans of the event. 1) Wear something on your feet, the cold sand is the worst part. And 2), Have some hot coffee, cider, or if you are over 21, something stronger to drink afterward.
Entry to the plunge is a minimum of $25 per person. So, get out there and do something good for those less fortunate!
Bring the kids and your own camera to the Rogers Memorial Library for pictures with Santa on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Festive refreshments will be served.
Later on that evening, stop by The Shinnecock Revival Center’s annual Christmas Party on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the warehouse behind the Shinnecock Indian Outpost. The party will feature live Native and musical entertainment, dancing, a delicious buffet dinner, toy giveaways for the kids, raffles, door prizes, and more. Tickets to the party are $20. Call (631) 875-7120 for more info.
The YAWP Program at Stony Brook Southampton will once again showcase their young talented writers and actors with a special one-night-only performance and gala on Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. The plays range in topics from inspirational and emotionally engaging, to often hilarious, highly entertaining and theatrically compelling. For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/yawp.
The First Presbyterian Church Music Department will perform its “Carols In Candlelight” concert of sacred and secular music on Sunday, December 15, at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on South Main Street. Admission is a freewill offering.
The Southampton Elks will host a Comedy Nite featuring Bernie Fursh, Erik Levy, Sandip Buch, Eamma Willmann, Wambui Bahati and Jose Carrasquillo on Sunday, December 15, at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on County Road 39. The comedy showcase will also have a Chinese auction and refreshments from the bar. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Suffolk Community College Scholarship Fund and Mercy Ministries Homes for homeless teens and unwed mothers.
The Basilica of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on Hill Street will stage an “all new” production of its Christmas Pageant under the direction of Pastor Father Mike Vetrano on Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. This year’s pageant performers will share the stage with live animals during the nativity. Admission to the performance is free. And, if your child has the acting bug, performers are needed to add to the merriment. The church is also looking for adult volunteers to help with costumes and shepherding “the angels and shepherds.” To volunteer call (631) 283-0097.
Coming up next week, The North Sea Fire Department will hold its 3rd annual Antique Truck Holiday Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fire Department on Bay Avenue and Noyac Road in North Sea. Santa will make an appearance at the breakfast and all money raised will go toward maintaining the department’s antique truck fleet, as well as funding appearances in parades and other events. After getting your fill at the firehouse, make your way across the street and pick up a Christmas Tree from the North Sea Lions Christmas Tree Sale at the North Sea Community House.
So a little birdie told me that another happy local couple had a successful on-stage marriage proposal this past weekend. Congratulations to Ms. Anita Boyer and Mr. Michael Contino! Michael proposed to his lovely girlfriend Anita on stage as the couple performed in Our Fabulous Variety Show’s “Holiday Spectacular Spectacular Spectacular!” at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
This won’t be the couple’s first trip down the aisle though. You may recall the two performed as Captain George White and Elizabeth Fordham in a reenactment of that couple’s 1850s wedding at the Southampton Historical Museum. Here’s wishing them many years of success both on stage and in life!
Pianist Alina Kiryayeva and clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov will present a whimsical and imaginative program titled “Carnival” at the Rogers Memorial Library on Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m. They will perform works by Bassi, Chopin, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Rossini and others.
The library will screen “The Intouchables” on Monday, December 16, at 3 p.m. This film is rated R and runs for 112 minutes. To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.