Husband Don and I took advantage of mild temperatures on Sunday afternoon to walk on Gin Beach. I said we’d better enjoy this because we might not be back until May. Ever the optimist, Don cited numerous winter holidays in the last 25 years when it was warm enough to stroll the beaches of Montauk.At Montauk Community Church on Sunday, Pastor Bill Hoffmann delivered a thought-provoking sermon on the meaning of Advent, which begins this week. Due to the absence of some members, I stepped up to the plate as lead soprano for the choir. This takes a bit of focus. Imagine my surprise as I glanced down from my music to see little Vera Kate Ryan, daughter of Colin and Kate Ryan. Vera, age under three, scrambled up to stand with the choir and was right in front of me. Her hair is swept up in two little pigtails just like Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Later, husband Don, also a choir member, commented we didn’t end with quite the volume we had planned. I don’t think anyone noticed.
To enjoy a truly spectacular choral performance this season, don’t forget the Choral Society of the Hamptons, “Celebrate with Bach’s and Mendelssohn’s Magnificats,” taking place this Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Tickets are adults, $30, $35 at the door; youth, 18 and under, $10, $15 at the door. More information can be found at www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org. Montauk residents participating in this year’s holiday concert are Susan Raymond, Karen Padden, Bill Gossman and Evan Harrel, Gary Hodgins and Iryna Androskova.
Brian Matthews, secretary of the Montauk Friends of Erin, sent a press release announcing the election of the following members as officers: Marc Remmes, president; Joseph Bloecker, vice president; Brian Matthews continues as secretary; Rich DeVore, treasurer and Richard Weiss, sergeant at arms. In addition, the Friends of Erin extend a tremendous thank you to Joe Bloecker for his leadership and guidance in the many years he served as president. They look forward to the new leadership continuing the Friends of Erin’s long-standing tradition and commitment to the Montauk Community.
St. Therese of Lisieux Church holds its annual Jingle Bell Hop at Montauk’s East by Northeast Restaurant this Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Festivities celebrate the 25th anniversary of St. Therese nursery school. The evening’s entertainment includes dance music with lead singer Cheryl Erb and the band, Lost Time, hors d’oeuvres, one hour open bar, refreshments and lots of prizes and raffles. Admission is $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Raffle donations for the hop are greatly appreciated.
The St. Therese congregation is once again seeking volunteers for their outreach program. To help can be as simple as volunteering one day a month to cover the church hotline from your own home phone. Other opportunities include volunteering at the Montauk Food Pantry, providing rides to church or doctor’s appointments or taking care of household or garden chores for the elderly. St. Therese Church’s website, www.sttheresemontauk, has a list of 10 suggestions. Navigate to the most recent church bulletin on the website to download a sign-up form, or call the church office at 668-1318 for more information.
Also this Sunday, from noon to 3:30 p.m., the annual Senior Citizens’ Holiday Dinner takes place at the Montauk Firehouse. Sponsored jointly by the Fire Department and Montauk Lions Club, all Montauk seniors are invited for holiday food, music and cheer. Homebound may call ahead this week at (631) 668-5695 to arrange for delivery of dinners.
In other news, the annual election of the Montauk Fire District takes place Tuesday, December 9, from 2 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse at 12 Flamingo Avenue. One commissioner for a five year term and one for a one year term, both commencing January 1, 2015, will be elected.
We had a crisp, sunny morning last Saturday for the “rain date” of the 75th Anniversary Parade of the Montauk Fire Department. The temperature was brisk, about 40 degrees. A gentleman standing next to me shouted, “Your mothers told you what to wear,” when the East Hampton Fire Department marched by attired in smart dress uniform overcoats. Many out-of-towners were on hand for Thanksgiving weekend, enjoying the parade, especially the antique fire trucks, which included a ladder carrier, harnessed to East Hampton firefighters in lieu of horses. The same fellow quipped, “these budget cuts are ridiculous!”
Montauk’s “StarBright” weekend will be here soon when the best holiday decorated businesses in the downtown village and harbor areas will be decided. Storefronts are judged on originality, lighting, creativity and effort. Participating business owners must have decorations up by December 10, and call the chamber’s office to register. Judging is on the evening of that day with winners posted the following day at the chamber’s office and website, www.montaukchamber.com.
New York State Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Family Adventure Seal Walk this Sunday at Montauk Point State Park, starting at 1 p.m. for a two-to-three-hour program including a short overview and then a walk to discover the seals that visit our area each winter. Reservations are required. Please call (631) 668-5000. Family Adventure programs are designed for children age 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program fees are $4 per adult, $3 for children age 3 to 17; children under 3 participate for free.
This week’s Friends of the Montauk Library free winter series movie is “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. The plot tells of a chance encounter that evolves into a promising collaboration between two musical talents. Rated R, the film runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.