I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend with family and friends. The hamlet feels frenzied with holiday madness. Let’s try and remember what the holidays are all about and it is not (in my opinion) about rushing around and shopping. Welcome December and December birthdays. Happy Birthday to Vanesa Betancur, Declan Bistrian, Jackie McGovern, Kelly White, Barry Bistrian, Samantha Merritt, Trish Erickson, Susan Disunno, Nick Pucci, Liz Pucci, Bob Pucci, Morgan Segelkan, Jenna and Lydia Budd, Aldi Binozi, Tom Connors, Marcie Angel, Matt Brierley, Johnny Ryan, Sheila Wenz, Zach Myers, Rose Littman, Marilee Talmage and Katherine Epstein. December is also Liz and Bob Pucci’s wedding anniversary. Busy month.The East End Classic Boat Society will hold a wine and cheese reception for all on December 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. in its boat shop at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett, where the raffle winner of a Pooduck skiff will be announced. Members of the club, which constructs and restores vintage wooden boats in addition to the drawing will offer tours of the shop, enroll new members and display their next raffle boat project and several vintage craft that are undergoing restoration. Among the vintage boats nearing full restoration is a 1955 Dunphy, a classic 16-foot runabout that was made using a cold-molded plywood technique. The boat’s exterior has been taken down to the bare wood and it is now being caulked, repainted and given multiple coats of varnish.
Since its founding, the society has built nine classic design boats from scratch. The Pooduck skiff has a lapstrake hull and is built of four different woods, including mahogany. Besides the boat and trailer the raffle prize includes oars and sails.
Ray Hartjen, the Classic Boat Society’s president, said the reception will feature wines from New Zealand. Visitors can see a wide range of boat shop equipment, as well as various craft for sailing, rowing and canoeing that are for sale. The restoration projects also include a 1921 Herreshoff 12.5 sloop.
Membership in the nonprofit society is open to persons with any skill level and costs $35 a year for an individual and $45 for a family. The group meets year-round every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its headquarters behind the Maritime Museum.
At the Amagansett Free Library there are special events for kids in grades 2 through 6. Kids are Mad Scientists takes place Saturday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m. The Group for the East End joins Amagansett Library for fun and exciting mad science experiments. Kids will create milk rainbows, make exploding lunch bags, and experiment with dry ice! This is hands-on science for kids. Register in advance as space is limited. Call 267-3810 or drop by the library to reserve a spot.
Computer Coding for Kids takes place at the library on Tuesday, December 8, at 4 p.m. Practice the fundamentals of computer programming. Please register in advance, as space is limited.
Some new books at the library are in fiction: “Golden Age: A novel (Last Hundred Years Trilogy),” by Jane Smiley, “Guilty,” by David Baldacci, “Playing with Fire,” by Tess Gerritsen and in non-fiction: “Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir,” by Michael White, “Mourning Lincoln,” by Martha Hoods, and “Sinatra: The Chairman,” by James Kaplan,
The Town of East Hampton Parks and Recreation holds youth recreation for grades 9 through 12 at the Montauk Playhouse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and at East Hampton Middle School on Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Thanks to the town for doing this for our youth. For more information, visit www.ehamptonny.gov.
A winter Youth Basketball program for kindergarten through grade 2 and girls only program for grades 3 to 8 takes place Saturdays beginning this weekend, Saturday, December 5, through March 5, 2016 at the Amagansett School. The cost is $40 per person. Register ahead of time at the Department of Parks behind the courthouse.
Clinics at Sportime began November 30. These are 8-week programs, so it is not too late to sign up. Just go by Sportime on Abraham’s Path next to the youth park. Flag football, inline skating, roller hockey, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, flag rugby and multi sports are available. Please register at Sportime.
Congratulations to all who came out and ran the fun run turkey trot for Thanksgiving. A good time is always had by all.
The following are church worship times in our hamlet. Saturday evening, Mass of Most Holy Trinity takes place at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Amagansett at 5 p.m.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church across the street from the Amagansett Post Office holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. St. Michael’s is home to the Amagansett satellite of the East Hampton Food Pantry. It is open Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. from November to May. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed. Maureen’s Haven, the homeless shelter hosted by the East End churches and synagogues, is in need of food and warm clothing donations. If you would like to help out, leave any of these items at St. Therese or St Michael’s Church with Maureen’s Haven printed on the bag. Thanks so much.
The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. and all members of the community are welcome to attend.
Please enjoy all that is in front of your lives and the beauty we are surrounded with in our hamlet. Have a great week and thanks for all your Amagansett news.