East Hampton Community Notes, November 13

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I do not like to start my column off with any sad news. But, this is when a community comes together. Most people have known or met Darcy Rodriguez at one time or another. Darcy was diagnosed with lung cancer in September and sadly passed away last week. She leaves behind two small children who need looking after. Thank goodness for Carla Gagliotti, who has now taken in the children, but she will need help.Allison Lupo of Amagansett started a GoFundMe account, which seems like the best way to raise money these days. Go to the web address at http://www.gofundme.com/gktjtk to donate. Checks can be sent to 55 Glade Road, East Hampton 11937.

The holiday season is upon us, and we should always be grateful for what little or plenty that we have.

Remember—giving feels good and it’s a good thing.

This year The Retreat is starting up its first annual Gift Card Drive. The Retreat will collect gift cards to local food stores so that guests can shop on their own and provide a grateful Thanksgiving experience for their families. Please send gift cards by November 17 to 13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937. You can also take part in The Retreat’s Adopt-A-Family Program. You can provide by donating holiday presents or gift cards for a family in need. To learn more about how you can become involved in brightening the holiday season for survivors of domestic violence, call Christiana at 329-4398 or email cdinkelmeyer@theretreatinc.org.

Through this Saturday, the Jewish Center is holding a clothing drive for Maureen Haven homeless shelter. If you have gently worn winter clothing that you can donate, please bring it to the Jewish Center. A few of the items that are needed are coats, pants, lightly worn boots, tops, hats, gloves and scarves. If you do not have anything in your closet to donate, please consider a donation of any of the following new, packaged items: Men’s underwear, socks, bras, women’s panties. All sizes are needed.

On Thursday, at 11 a.m., the Jewish Center is having an Apple Pie Bake-Off. Bring in your prize-winning recipes and bake away for a chance to be the apple pie baking champion. There is a $10 entry fee and a light brunch will be served. You can send in your recipes in advance and all your ingredients will be prepared for you.

For more information and to RSVP for either of these events contact Goldie at 312-4286 or email info@jewishhamptons.com.

I went to see Hamlet opening night at Guild Hall. The shortened adaptation was perfect for the small stage. The sets were simple, unique and effective and Guild Hall’s own Josh Gladstone did a stupendous job. I recommend seeing it. The show runs through November 23, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Guild Hall will have a “Table Talk: Bridge Tips for Beginners” with George Aman. This talk will focus on explaining the basics of bridge, and give the attendees a flavor of the game and learning by playing.

On Tuesday, November 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., The East Hampton Chamber Mixer will be held at the Huntting Inn, located at 94 Main Street. Reservations can be made by emailing Marina Van at marina@easthamptonchamber.com or by calling 324-0362.

Enjoy and give.

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