Thanksgiving has come and gone and events are already starting to center around the Christmas season. The Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society has sent its crew out to place lit-up Christmas trees along Main Street that every year make our fair hamlet more festive for the Christmas season. And on Friday, December 5, at 6 p.m., the folks at the Topping Rose House will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. There is no admission fee and all ages are welcome to enjoy the annual lighting of their magnificent tree. This should be a merry evening of carols, holiday snacks, hot cocoa, and mulled wine for adults.Also on the 5th, from 8 to 10 p.m., there will be a benefit for the Children’s Museum of the East End. They’re holding a “Trivia Night” at Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes. The cost is $10 per person, and you are allowed up to 5 adults per team. You can register at www.cmee.org/trivianight.
The next day, December 6, promises to be a busy one. The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will be holding its first of the season winter Garden Book Group at 11 a.m. Moderated by Carolyn Gemake, reviewers will discuss “The Gardens of the British Working Class” by Margaret Willes and “A Weaver’s Memoir” by Jack Lenor Larsen. The group meets in the Horticultural Library, on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House. Admission is free and you can call for more information at (631) 537-2223.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society (STPS) and the Town of Southampton have announced two inaugural hikes to celebrate the opening of the Hamlet to Hamlet Footpaths.
On Saturday, December 6, at 9 a.m., the Town of Southampton and STPS will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor and refreshments will be available. Then, at 10 a.m., STPS will offer a choice of two guided hikes from Mashashimuet Park. The hike to Bridgehampton is 3.7 miles, passing through the Greenbelt along Long Pond and Crooked Pond, then following the old railroad right-of-way to the junction of Lumber Lane and the present railroad crossing, a short walk from the Bridgehampton train station. The hike to Noyac is 5.3 miles, crossing from the Greenbelt into the Mulvihill Preserve along the Middle Line right-of-way, then along The Bridge golf course north to Trout Pond. You can find out more by going to www.southamptontrails.org
Hayground School in Bridgehampton will hold its annual artisanal food and craft bazaar, “Homegrown for the Holidays,” on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bazaar will feature the work of more than 35 local artists, food purveyors, and vendors. Admission is free and will feature raffles for specialty items and live music by local musicians. Proceeds from the event directly support local artists and business owners, and help fund Hayground School’s Visiting Artist Program which invites local artists, musicians, writers, performers, and scientists to lead intensive workshops with Hayground School students. Vendors interested in participating can contact Kerri Deuel at email@example.com. Hayground School is located at 151 Mitchell Lane.
On that same day the Bridgehampton Museum will be hosting a craft day in the Corwith House, located at 2368 Montauk Highway, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Demonstrators will include, among others, Bob Hand, Bob Hand Jr and Jack Combs carving decoys, David Berson doing marlinspike seamanship, Gail Horton, rug hooking, and Janet Hines and Jeanelle Myers, quilting, The program is being supported by Suffolk County and admission is free. And over at the museum’s Archives building, at 2539-A Montauk Highway, the Clay Arts Guild of the Hamptons will be showing and selling handmade wares on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. The Guild will also be at the Archives building on the second and third weekends of December. For more information, call 537-1088.
The Bridgehampton Association will also be holding its annual Holiday Fair at St. Ann’s Parish House on Main Street this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many items will be for sale including jams, puddings, cookies, candies and cakes, and even doggie treats. There will also be hand-painted ornaments, colorful bows and decorated wreaths. Hand-knitted hats, mittens and sweaters for children, jewelry, scarves, and hair ornaments will be available. In addition, raffle tickets will also be on sale for the Pot o’ Gold table displaying tempting gifts, baskets of cheer and gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants and shops. You can even buy homemade sandwiches and treats for lunch while shopping. There is no admission fee to the Holiday Fair.
The spirit of the holiday season will be found at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 7, when the Choral Society of the Hamptons and the South Fork Chamber Orchestra present “Celebrate with Bach and Mendelssohn,” in two performances, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) for adults and $10 for youth, 18 and under ($15 at the door). More information can be found at www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org. or call 204-9402 to purchase tickets.
Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will be hosting a year-end toast to our precious Greenbelt on December 8 at 6 p.m. at Bay Burger, 1742 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. Join them for good cheer, good food and good conversation with friends and family. All are welcome! This is a free event to all members and friends. Light refreshments and holiday treats will be served. There will also be a cash bar (wine and beer). Help to kick off their 2015 membership campaign. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (631) 745-0689.
And don’t forget that Fred Thiele’s office will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program at his office until Friday, December 12. Donations may be dropped off at his office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2302 Main Street, Suite A, in Bridgehampton. For more information, call Assemblyman Thiele’s office at (631) 537-2583.