Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, December 4

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I hope everyone enjoyed their time with family and friends over the long Thanksgiving weekend. I know that Antoinette Piazza and her husband, Shawn Mundinger, a had a special delivery on the holiday!Antoinette, who is better known as “Toni” at her barber shop and candy store in the Village of Westhampton Beach, welcomed her first baby girl, Marlena Marie, on Thanksgiving Day! What a perfect day to arrive. Best wishes to you and your family, Toni. I can only assume that Marlena will receive a lifetime of free ice cream and haircuts. What more could a kid need?!

One of our family traditions is to put up our Christmas tree right around Thanksgiving; the day we pick is usually based on my husband’s work schedule. So, we picked our day and the kids were excited.

Well, wouldn’t you know that the artificial tree we’ve had for more than a decade finally bit the dust due to a faulty wire. (Its normally peaceful and twinkling lights now offered more of a nightclub strobe-light atmosphere.)

So, on Sunday morning, we set out as planned and attended the Eastport Fire Department’s breakfast with Santa, which turned out to be the highlight of our weekend. The food—homemade blueberry pancakes, biscuits with gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and fresh coffee and orange juice—was delicious, and everyone enjoyed the visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A great job goes out to all who made this event possible. The food and spirit of the event gave us the energy needed to begin our search for our new real tree.

We stayed local and settled on one up for sale just down the road, at Bay Gardens in East Moriches. It is beautiful and we are officially ready for Saint Nick’s arrival!

Our household is settling in for a month of festivities. With two children age 4 and 6, you really have no choice but to keep a full calendar.

With that said, here are a few events that you can also enjoy if you’re looking for some holiday family fun:

Caroling, hot chocolate, cookies and more can be found this Friday, December 5, at the Eastport Elementary School’s annual Holiday Lighting, which begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Montauk Highway school. Band and chorus students will be leading attendees in a sing-along. Santa will also be making an appearance.

If you would like to make a donation to the toy drive being organized by the Eastport South Manor Teachers Association, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to tomorrow night’s lighting ceremony. You can also drop off your donations at the elementary school.

Children attending the Raynor Country Day School will continue with their holiday concerts tomorrow night, Friday, December 5. The Speonk school’s Senior Chorus and Band—made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders—take the school stage at 6:30 p.m.

Then, on Wednesday, December 10, the first-, second- and third-graders—members of the school’s Junior Chorus, as well as recorder students—will get their turn. The curtain also goes up at 6:30 p.m.

And the final concert will be offered on Friday, December 12, and features the pre-K and kindergarten chorus, and ballet encore, as well as the “Big Chill” kindergarten and first grade theater production troupe. That concert also begins at 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome and there is no charge for any of the shows.

Those who know me the best know that I am all for small business. With that said, please make sure you stop by and see what our local merchants are selling for the holidays. Shop local people!

Those still looking to purchase their holiday wreaths and poinsettias should stop on down at The Remsenburg Academy, 130 South Country Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 6. Members of the Remsenburg Garden Club are holding their annual Holiday Boutique that day and will also be selling baked good and boutique items.

Club members spend several weeks making these beautiful wreaths, which cost $35 each. Della Robbia wreaths will also be available for purchase and cost $50 each. For more information about Saturday’s event, please call Dorothy Labowski at (631) 325-8603.

On a final note, volunteers are still needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of the Eastport King Kullen along Eastport-Manor Road. Even those who can volunteer for only an hour at a time are welcome to participate. Please call Joyce Kelley at (631) 325-1582 if you can lend a hand.

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