With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, it is time for all things Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, “Festivus,” you name it, for the next month ahead. And then we turn our focus to celebrating the New Year, then Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter/Passover and before you know it, it will be Memorial Day, right? I guess that is just wishful thinking on my part, as I am not a big fan of the frigid temperatures we deal with during winter.I really can’t complain about the weather so far—we have lucked out with mild temperatures this autumn. It was so warm last week I was able to take a walk barefoot on Lashley. I walked by about a dozen surfcasters and a half dozen surfers taking advantage of the beautiful day, as well. I will probably have to put on sneakers and layers of clothing the next time I head to the beach for a walk, but that’s ok as long as I am finding beach glass and not feeling too much like an icicle.
Congratulations go out this week to six members of Girl Scout Troop 333 here in Westhampton who have earned their Silver Awards, the second highest award Girl Scouts can earn. Troop members Cayla Kuey, Hannah Donneson, Isabella Topping, Paige Rignola, Julia Galasso and Lindsay Rongo also received proclamations from Legislator Jay Schneiderman for their efforts. It is no wonder these girls are excelling in their duties—they are being led by two great ladies from our community, Allison Galasso and Barbara Kuey.
Each girl had to complete a 50-hour community project. Cayla and Hannah filled 15 Thanksgiving food baskets for local families, Isabella collected items for the Soldiers at the 106 Rescue Wing who are deployed, Paige did a “Texting it can wait” campaign at the Westhampton Beach High School, Julia redid the garden at the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce building and Lindsay did a bee/butterfly garden at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
Thank you, young ladies, and also congratulations to the Girl Scouts.
If you are looking for some holiday gifts or would like to enjoy some delicious tea, you are in luck. The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will host its annual Tea and Bazaar from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the church on Saturday, December 5. “Silver” tea will be served and gift items, fresh green wreaths, jewelry, baked goods and handmade ornaments will be available for purchase. For more information, call (631) 288-2576.
After you enjoy your tea, you can head on over to the Village Green at the east end of Main Street for the Village Tree and Menorah Lighting. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Westhampton Beach and the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce.
Leading up to the lightings, members of the community will sing holiday songs and there will be cookies and latkes from the Beach Bakery and hot chocolate from Hampton Coffee Company to enjoy. And if I remember correctly, there was a chubby guy in a red suit who arrived on a fire truck last year. Let’s see if the kids in the village were good and get another visit this year.
If you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned Christmas holiday gathering, then head on over to the Tuthill House Museum on Mill Road on Sunday, December 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. and join the Westhampton Historical Society. There will be wine and cheese served and a sing-along with Jim Badzik, who will be playing the keyboard. All are invited to enjoy.
Are you in need of some pointers or ideas on how to decorate your home for the holidays? The Quogue Historical Society will be hosting a Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 12, from 2 until 6 p.m. The tour will visit five historic houses, all beautifully decorated for the holidays.
After the tour, there will be a cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Casati/Judge residence in Quogue. Ticket prices are as follows: $50 for the tour only, $40 for the cocktail party only, and $85 for both the tour and cocktail party. For tickets or more information, call (631) 996-2404, email email@example.com or visit www.QuogueHistory.org.
Get ready to go back in time to the Victorian era and enjoy “A Dickens Family Holiday Festival” next week. The Village of Westhampton Beach will be transformed from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, with roaming carolers, Dickens characters and live music and entertainment.
The kids can enjoy “Tea Time with Teddy,” during which they will enjoy a reading of the “Nutcracker” while sipping on tea and snuggling with their favorite teddy bear or doll. There will be three start times; noon, 1 and 2 p.m. at the chamber office on Glovers Lane. Tickets are $5.
There will also be a Whisker Wars Beard and Mustache competition, photos with Santa, food vendors and kids activities around Main Street. The chamber is also looking for volunteers to help out with the day’s festivities—you could be a Dickens character, a caroler, a food vendor or another of many positions. If you are interested in lending a hand, call the chamber office at (631) 288-3337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on December 12, make sure you stop by Kerrigan Country Realty, located at 122 Main Street. They are sponsoring the second annual Toys for Tots toy drive, in conjunction with a Meet Santa and his Elves event. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 122 Main Street, here in Westhampton Beach. Hot cocoa and sweets will be served. Make sure you bring your camera for photos with the big guy in red and also an unwrapped toy or gift card as a donation.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will be hosting holiday performances of the “Nutcracker” during that weekend. Make sure you check out www.whbpac.org for more information and tickets.
Are you itching to let your inner Clark Griswold loose? The 14th annual Village of Westhampton Beach Holiday Lighting contest is right around the corner. Judging will take place from Monday, December 14, until Sunday, December 20, so make sure you leave your holiday displays lit from 5 to 10 p.m. on those dates. The three main categories are residence, large business and small business, with a few sub-categories in each. The winners of each category will receive $100 and a color photo of their home or business.
New this year, you can nominate a residence or business by calling (631) 702-1550 or by emailing email@example.com.