Sag Harbor Community Notes, December 4

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With a busy, bustling Thanksgiving weekend now behind us, the holiday season is officially here. Come down to the windmill at the foot of Long Wharf on Saturday, December 6, where Santa will be on hand from 3 to 5 p.m. for the village’s Christmas annual light-up celebration.The Lions Club tree sale is under way at the windmill, too. Someone will be there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to handle sales. Otherwise head over to the Schmitz family’s liquor store on Main Street. Prices are posted on a sign on the windmill.

And mark your calendars now for the following Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., when the Sweet Adelines and the Sag Harbor Community Band will offer a holiday concert at the Old Whalers’ Church.

Chef Todd Jacobs, owner of Fresh Hamptons restaurant in Bridgehampton, will lead the next cooking demonstration in the East End Chefs series at the Whalers’ Church on Thursday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m. He’ll start the program with an organic leek and potato soup with Greek yogurt and fresh chives. The main course will be pan-roasted Raleigh Farms organic chicken with fresh rosemary and pan gravy, served with oven-roasted organic Brussels sprouts and brown basmati rice pilaf. Warm organic apple crisp with homemade whipped cream will be served for dessert.

Space is limited. Reserve in advance by calling Lillian at (631) 553-6515. The price is $20, payable at the door by cash or check. Wine and water will be available for purchase during the evening. Proceeds benefit the Community House Fund at Old Whalers’.

Today, Thursday, December 4, the ever-energetic members of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the season with their annual holiday party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Hotel. If you read this in time, and you’re a member who forgot all about it, or you want to join the chamber and take part in the fun, call (631) 377-2662.

Today also marks the start of the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, which runs through Sunday at the Bay Street Theater with 32 films on the schedule. Go to the website for details, a schedule and ticket information.

Today is also the date (Thursday, December 4) for the Sag Harbor Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary’s Second Annual Girls’ Night Out from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Brick Kiln Road firehouse. It will be a fun night of holiday shopping, a raffle and a Chinese auction. If you bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry, you’ll get $5 off the $15 entrance fee. For details, call Tara Fordham at (631) 236-3628.

Holiday decorations were going up all over town in the days after Thanksgiving, including festive lights on the iron lantern of the Cedar Island Lighthouse, which is spending the winter on the grounds of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum after having been restored at the Sag Harbor Boatyard over the summer.

Out on a chilly day stringing the lights on the lighthouse cap on Saturday, November 29, were Michael Leahy, chairperson of the Cedar Island Lighthouse Restoration Committee of the Long Island Lighthouse Society, and volunteers Vince Mauceri and Bob Coco, all from the Sag Harbor area.

A fund-raising campaign is under way to pay for the restoration of the entire lighthouse, which has guarded the entrance to Sag Harbor since 1868 and has been decommissioned since 1934. Gutted by fire in 1974, the lighthouse is now owned by Suffolk County as part of Cedar Point Park. Anyone who donates to the restoration effort will get a free lighthouse tour led by Bob Allen, grandson of the last keeper of the lighthouse. For information, go to the website cedarislandlighthouse.org or call Michael Leahy at (516) 458-9222.

Saturday, December 6, is a big day with many events. For one thing, Christ Episcopal Church’s Christmas Boutique and Tea Shoppe will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church at Union and Hampton streets.

For another, Robbie Vorhaus, the author of “One Less, One More,” will speak at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. His book is about discovering your life’s purpose. A communications expert, Mr. Vorhaus sees a common thread among happy and successful people: They all chose to change their lives and follow their hearts. His talk will include time for questions and a book signing. Registration is required with a limit of 20. Call the library at (631) 725-0049.

That same day—Saturday, December 6—there will be a reception at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. for artist Frank Gioeli, whose paintings and constructions will be on view through January 5. It’s also the day for the first-ever Sag Harbor Whaling Museum Holiday Party from 5 to 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, music and holiday cheer. Admission is $25 and registration is required. Call Greg Therriault at (631) 725-0770. Also check the museum website for a link to buy tickets.

If all those events weren’t enough for one day, mystery writer Paul Baptista of Sag Harbor will be at Canio’s Books on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. to read from his new novel, “The Borzoi Killings,” which is set in the Hamptons.

Sorry! It’s too late now if you put off buying tickets for the annual Book and Author Luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the John Jermain Library on Sunday, December 7, at the American Hotel. In fact, it was too late a couple of weeks ago, when tickets sold out, according to Chris Tice of the Friends.

The event is always a big hit but the Friends have never seen a response as enthusiastic as this one, Chris said, featuring Sag Harbor residents Susan Scarf Merrell, author of the novel “Shirley,” and author illustrator James McMullan, whose recent “Leaving China: An Artist Paints his World War II Childhood” has been widely reviewed and well received.

Coming up: The South Fork Natural History Museum Backpack Adventure for ages 5 to 7, exploring the Morton Wildlife Refuge on Jessups Neck in Noyac, on Saturday, December 13, at 10 a.m. For reservations, call (631) 537-9735.

Also, Pushcart Press editor and publisher Bill Henderson will read at Canio’s on Saturday, December 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. from his new memoir, “Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing.” The book is a story about an aging man who builds a holy place in Maine.

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