Westhampton Community Notes, December 4

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Our seventh-graders over at the Westhampton Beach Middle School have been hard at work these past few weeks. To date, they have collected 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!

Speaking of raffles, 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 this coming Monday, December 8, and announced the next day.

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

It is finally here! The annual Westhampton Beach Holiday Winterfest is all set for this Saturday, December 6.

The day’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the screening of two holiday movies for the kids over at the Hampton Arts Twin Theater, including one of my favorite movies, “Elf.” The other, which I have never seen, is “Frozen.” To gain entry to either film, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or a children’s toy.

Then that afternoon select shops around the village will host craft and holiday treat stations, all while offering special discounts. You will also be able to send your holiday wishes to Santa with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the gazebo on the Village Green, and listen to Mrs. Claus read some of your holiday favorites starting at 2 p.m. at the Westhampton Free Library.

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 cap off the day’s merriment, 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 many holiday favorites.

And, to help you stay warm while waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus, there will be marshmallows roasting and Hampton Coffee will be providing free coffee and hot cocoa.

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

Moving on, the Westhampton Beach Historical Society is hosting its Gala Holiday Party on Saturday, December 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Main Street and Potunk Lane in Westhampton Beach.

Guests will enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres catered by Chef Arielle Ferrara, former executive chef at The Riverhead Project, as well as wine, hot cider, coffee, tea and dessert. There will be live music performed by Sampawan Creek, an authentic early American band that features singing, violins, guitars, mandolins, tin whistles, and fife and drums. Local carolers will join in the festivities as well. There will also be a large selection of interesting items from local merchants raffled off.

Tickets cost $40 per person and all are welcome. Please call (631) 288-1139 to make a reservation.

And don’t forget to keep your holiday lights illuminated from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, December 15, if you want to enter Westhampton Beach Village’s annual lighting contest. As always, there are separate residential and business divisions, and prizes will be awarded to those whose holiday displays pack the biggest “wow” punch. Good luck!

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