For the past 24 years, Paul’s Restaurant has hosted a Christmas dinner to benefit the residents of the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead. I had a chance this week to speak with Monte Gibson, Development Coordinator for the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, about the ranch and what it has to offer.The ranch is named for Timothy Hill, the eldest son of Jerry and Fern Hill. Timothy died in 1972 at just 13 years old, but in his short life he dreamed of providing children less fortunate with a place to live, in a loving and safe family setting. Since his death, Timothy’s parents have devoted their lives to developing the ranch and keeping Timothy’s dream alive. Today, the 70-acre horse ranch serves as a safe haven for at-risk youth from Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as children and families suffering from abuse, neglect, homelessness, drug addiction and post-incarceration. The residential programs focus on education, vocational training, life coaching and spiritual guidance. Since 1980, more than 1,000 children have been able to call the ranch home. Presently, 60 children reside at the ranch.
Through generous donations of local community members and businesses, Paul’s, on Hill Street in Southampton Village, has been able to provide each of these young adults with a gift as well as the ranch with a group gift at the Christmas dinner. This holiday season, as you stuff yourself with treats and write out your Christmas lists, open your hearts (and your wallets) and keep in mind the true spirit of the holidays: giving back. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the restaurant or mailed to Paul’s Restaurant, 21 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968. Please make checks payable to Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.
Speaking of giving back, mark your calendars for the annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons, which will be held on Saturday, December 13, at 10 a.m. at Coopers Beach. Brave the chilly water and jump in for a good cause! Sponsor and registration forms can be found online, at www.hrhamptons.org.
Once you’ve recovered from an overdose of tryptophan and crazy family members, there will be lots of holiday activities to keep you busy this weekend.
Southampton officially kicks off the holiday season with its annual Fire Truck Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 29. The parade starts at 4:45 p.m. from the Windmill Lane firehouse and travels up Nugent Street, down Main Street and Jobs Lane and ends at Agawam Park. Following the parade, everyone is invited to the park for songs, cheer and, of course, the tree lighting. For more information, call the Southampton Chamber of Commerce at (631) 283-0402.
The Southampton Cultural Center will host its annual holiday party with a visit from Santa, refreshments and music following the tree lighting on Saturday, at approximately 6 p.m. Call (631) 287-4377 or visit www.scc-arts.org.
The Southampton Ice Rink, located at the driving range on County Road 39 (across from the Southampton Golf Club), will host a variety of family activities and specials this weekend, from Friday, November 28, through Sunday, November 30. Kids interested in the new skating school can partake in free demo classes on Saturday, November 29, at 10 a.m. Later, a Skating Exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on all of the fun! Be sure to make the Southampton Ice Rink’s opening weekend festivities part of your busy schedule this holiday weekend! For more information, call 872-5228 or visit www.southamptongolfrange.com.
And, lastly this week, some community news especially close to my own heart. My grandparents, Barbara and Donald Fanning of Southampton celebrated 61 years of marriage on November 21st. Barbara and Don have four daughters, Mary Thomas of Winchester, Virginia, Dona McKissick of Springfield, Virginia, Theresa Hunter and Erin Frankenbach, both of Southampton; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Congratulations to you both!
The White family will be at the Rogers Memorial Library on Monday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m., to talk about their journey to Africa for a 10-day safari through four national parks in Tanzania, including the Serengeti.
Certified Holistic Stress Management Consultant Kathy Malfitani, BSN, RN-BC, will be at the library in a program co-sponsored with Southampton Hospital on Friday, December 5, at 10:15 a.m. to offer an interactive lecture including information on the nature of stress and the importance of nourishing our body and mind with exercise and mindfulness (living in the present).
The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer a concert by Wolfgang’s Revenge on Sunday, December 7, at 3 p.m. They will perform a program of acoustic sounds—from jazz, Latin, and Caribbean, to Southern fiddle music.
Call (631) 283-0774 or visit www.myrml.org.