Doesn’t our little village look beautiful during this time of year?I make it a goal to trek down Main Street and its environs at least once a day, every day—except for in the summertime when I avoid the most-used thoroughfare like the plague. But before anyone gets bent out of shape, I do still visit downtown in season, I’m just more stealth in my approach.
Last week, I paid visits to events at Bay Street, The American Hotel and John Jermain Memorial Library. This week, I’ve got a similarly busy schedule as there are lots and lots of things to do in our little slice of heaven.
On Friday, December 13, Erica Lynn Huberty will read from her latest, “Watchwork, A Tale in Time,” at Canio’s Books at 6 p.m. The action of the book takes place in the shadows of the luxury condominium rebuilding of the Bulova Watchcase Factory, telling the tale of a local worker who inadvertently uncovers a past life.
Ms. Huberty’s collection “Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales” was short-listed for both the Eric Hoffer Prize for Short Fiction and the Benjamin Franklin Award for fiction. It was named one of Long Island Pulse Magazine’s top book picks for 2011.
“Watchwork” is now being sold at Canio’s, SagTown Coffee and the Wharf Shop. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to our local Peconic Habitat for Humanity.
Over at the library, “Reynold Ruffins: A Retrospective of Illustrations” is hanging, and will be on exhibit through January 17. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. to learn more, please call 725-0049.
Also on Saturday, there’s a Christmas Sing-along and Bell Concert at Old Whalers’ Church. This year’s production will feature the reading of a new children’s story, “Christmas Catcophany,” by East Hampton author Marlene Stehr Markard. The event begins at 1 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 8 and older, and free for children under 8. Purchase tickets at the door or buy them in advance by calling 725-0894.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Community House Fund at Old Whalers’, established to improve and maintain the facilities used by many community groups that serve several hundred people each week, and to ensure the continuation of those services. Among the groups that find a home there are the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, Alcoholics Anonymous and the East End branch of the LIGBLT Network, which provides resources and services for gay youth. Contributions to the Community House Fund are tax deductible and welcome at all times.
Romany Kramoris Gallery is showing what is being called “a snowstorm of local artists” in its colorful “Holiday Invitational.” The small works by Adrienne Kitaeff, Al Salsano, Alan Nevins, Alma Fuerte, Barbara Hadden, Bill Skripps, Chloe Natasha, Christina Schlesinger, Christopher Engel, Daniel Kramoris, Deby Zum, Dorothy Frankel, Edwina Lucas, Eleanor Kupencow, George Wazenegger, Isabel Pavao, Jean Edwards, Jeanne Betancourt, Joan Tripp, Jorge Silveira, Joyce Brian, Laura Rozenberg, Lauren Foschino, Lutha Leahy-Miller, Maria Orlova, Peter Lipman-Wulf, Pol, Richard Udice, Rick Gold, Roxanne Panero, Sheryl Budnik, Shey Wolvek, Stephen Finkin, Stephen Palmer, Taffi Laing, Ted Davies, Veronica Mezzina, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Randy Smith, Michael Yurick and more are affordably priced and make great presents.
Receptions are planned for Saturday, December 14, and Saturday, December 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. The gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and stays open later on select weekend nights. For more information, call 725-2499 or visit www.KramorisGallery.com.
Lastly, shopping for someone who has it all? How about buying them a raffle ticket to possibly win the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum’s beautiful brand new 2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio Pop? Tickets are $100 each and being sold through the drawing date, which is Monday, December 23. But be aware that only 350 tickets have been made available so scoop yours up now.
You can order a ticket online at www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org/win-a-fiat.shtml or by calling 725-0770. Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Capital Campaign.
See ya around town!