Westhampton Community Notes, November 27

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The Kiwanis of Greater Westhampton is raffling off a $500 Visa gift card to help raise money for the less fortunate this holiday season. Raffle tickets cost $5 each and there are only 300 chances being sold.Tickets can be purchased at Rori’s Flowers in Quogue, Lynne’s Cards and Gifts in Westhampton Beach and over at the Hentschel Agency on Montauk Highway in Westhampton. The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 8, and announced the next day.

Seventh-graders at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School have been hard at work collecting more than $10,000 worth of prizes and services donated by our local merchants for their upcoming raffle!

The kids are raising money to help pay for their field trip to Frost Valley early next year. The three-day journey provides students with an opportunity for personal exploration and growth, and also helps them get to know themselves and their peers a little better.

Raffle tickets are on sale through Saturday, January 10, with the drawing to be held on Saturday, January 17. Tickets are a buck each, or you can buy six for $5. Just look for your favorite seventh-grader and buy a few!

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 6, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. Silver tea will be served and there will also be baked goods, fresh green wreaths, jewelry and gift items available for purchase at the church located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue. Call (631) 288-2576 for more details.

The annual Westhampton Beach Holiday Winterfest will also be held on Saturday, December 6, and there will plenty of activities for all ages.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. with the screening of two holiday movies for the kids at the Hampton Arts Twin Theater, including one of my favorite movies, “Elf.” The other is “Frozen.” Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, or a children’s toy to gain entry to either film. Afterward, some shops around the village will host craft and holiday treat stations, all while offering special discounts.

During the afternoon you can have your picture taken with Olaf, from the movie “Frozen,” or send your holiday wishes to Santa with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Village Green. Mrs. Claus will read some of your holiday favorites, starting at 2 p.m., at the Westhampton Free Library on Library Avenue.

And DeeAngelo’s Pleasant Avenue Café, located on Main Street, will be the place to hit if you want to chat with Santa Claus. The big man in red will be arriving at 3 p.m. Please bring along a new, unwrapped toy as the restaurant will be hosting a Toys For Tots drive that day.

To finish off the day’s festivities, Westhampton Beach’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on the Village Green. Singers from the Westhampton Beach High School Chorus and the Hampton Synagogue’s Youth Choir will be performing some of your holiday favorites.

And, to help you stay warm while waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus, who will leave his sled at home and arrive on a “Sons of the Beach” fire truck that evening, Hampton Coffee will be providing free coffee and hot cocoa. There will also be marshmallows roasting!

Please visit www.whbcc.org for additional details on that day’s festivities.

Speaking of holidays and lights, Westhampton Beach Village’s annual Holiday Lighting Contest is right around the corner. This year, homeowners can enter one of four different categories: Best Holiday Theme, Most Traditional, Best Use of Displays and Lights (colored lights), and Best Use of Displays and Lights (white lights only). Previously, there was only one Residence category.

Shop owners will still be divided into two divisions again this year: Large Business and Small Business.

The owners of the house, and two businesses, with the biggest “wow” factor will each receive a $100 prize!

The judges will be making their decision on the evening of Monday, December 15, and all entrants must keep their exterior lights illuminated that night between 7 and 10 p.m. If there happens to be a downpour or blizzard, judging will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at the same time. The contest winners can collect their prizes at the first Village Board meeting of 2015. Good luck!

And I think it’s appropriate to end this week’s column with a quote—Happy Thanksgiving!!!

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” —Frank A. Clark

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