Southampton Community News, December 11

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Last month, Southampton resident Mary Nadurak celebrated her 94th birthday on Wednesday, November 26, with lots of fun, food and of course, family at the Q Club in Quogue. Mary’s five great-grandchildren were all in attendance, along with their parents. Bill Dinger Jr., his wife, Jenn, and their children Andrew and Grace of Fair Haven, New Jersey; Michael Dinger, his wife, Loren, and their kids, Miles, Grant and Whitney of Rye, New York, and William Dinger and his wife, Maureen, were all on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.Congratulations, Mary, on turning 94 years young—here’s to many more fabulous years!

This past Saturday, December 6, the ladies of the Southampton Garden Club held a workshop, led by club presidents Tish Bliss, Marge Sullivan and Pat Nadosy. Workshop attendees created 55 lovely basket arrangements, which they donated to East End Hospice. Garden club members also collected shopping bags of groceries and donated the goods to the food pantry at Human Resources of the Hamptons. The women of the garden club have certainly embraced the true meaning of the holiday season: giving back.

And, speaking of the spirit of the season, Harold Nelson was recently on the receiving end of a true act of kindness. Not too long ago, he unknowingly dropped a large sum of money, along with a receipt from GNC, while mailing a package at the post office. Postal agent Frank Quzzola found the money and called GNC to find out who purchased the products so that he could return the money to its rightful owner. In a letter to the editor this week, Harold thanks Frank for his efforts. Thank you Frank, for doing the right thing!

This weekend, be sure to head to the Southampton Arts Center and check out their ongoing exhibit, “Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition.” The exhibition offers people an opportunity to explore the all too common occurrence of awkward family photos, especially around the holiday season.

The collection of photos was curated and designed by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack of the viral internet sensation awkwardfamilyphotos.com and the #1 New York Times bestseller.

A holiday gathering to celebrate the season and the exhibition will be held this Saturday, December 13, at 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit will remain on view through January 4. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. each day.

The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will host its 13th annual Winter Festival this weekend, on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include dance and musical performances, demonstrations, activities for kids and an Art Market, featuring authentic Native-made jewelry, art and other pieces.

In addition, be sure to stop by and sample dishes from the Shinnecock traditional food stand, which will offer everything from homemade succotash to clam chowder and roasted squash. For more information, (631) call 655-5004.

The First Presbyterian Church in Southampton will offer a live nativity, featuring students in the youth group and live animals, to tell the story of Christmas on Saturday, December 13, at 4:30 p.m. outside the church, on the front lawn, on South Main Street. The next day, Sunday, Carols in Candlelight, a concert of sacred and secular musical pieces, will be held at 5 p.m. Admission is a freewill offering. For more information on either program, call (631) 283-1296.

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