Sag Harbor Community Notes, December 3


Here we go. The countdown is under way. Santa will arrive at the windmill at 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, by fire truck. Bring the kids and join him and Mrs. Claus for caroling, candy canes and treats from the Golden Pear.The lighting of the big tree at the foot of Long Wharf, and all the Christmas trees on Main Street, will follow at 5 p.m.

Temple Adas Israel’s Hanukkah Party and menorah lighting will be on Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. at the temple at the corner of Atlantic and Elizabeth streets. The event will feature a holiday bazaar, music, food, Hanukkah gifts, decorations and books and activities for all ages.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, the celebration will move to Long Wharf, where the community menorah will be lighted. There will be songs, a blessing, hot chocolate and sufganiyout (jelly donuts).

These short, dark days are speeding by. In case you haven’t figured it out, it’s time to get your shopping done. The message from Sag Harbor’s energetic Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Santa’s visit and the light-up, is “shop small” and locally to support our community’s merchants.

An annual holiday tradition in Sag Harbor is the Harbor Bells English Handbell Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church at Route 114 and Union Street. It’s happening this Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m. Bring a food pantry donation and make a free will offering.

There’s more news this week about the Sag Harbor Partnership’s upcoming fundraiser at Estia’s Little Kitchen on Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. to benefit the partnership and the Eastville Community Historical Society. The partnership is the Sag Harbor civic organization that has been developing those fantastic local walking tour apps.

The latest news is that artist April Gornik, one of the prime movers of the partnership, has donated a large, framed print of her striking image of towering sequoias, “Forest Light,” to be put up for auction to raise additional funds. Bidding is already under way by email. The print is valued at $2,200 and bidding started at $1,000. Send your bid to The winner will be announced at the dinner.

GeekHampton also is pitching in to support the fundraiser. The Eastville Historical Society needs a good computer and backup system to store its historic images, including those from its exhibition over the summer, “Collective Identities,” which featured photos of residents of Eastville and Sag Harbor from long ago. GeekHampton has promised to make up the difference for the cost of a new computer if the Partnership can raise $1,000 toward the purchase in proceeds from the dinner.

The $100 ticket price covers dinner prepared by chef Colin Ambrose and choice of red or white wine. Of that, $50 is tax deductible. Contact the Sag Harbor Partnership at to reserve tickets. If you can’t make the dinner, a donation of $50 would be much appreciated. Go to the Partnership’s website for the donation link.

The annual Book and Author Luncheon featuring Arlene Alda to benefit the John Jermain Memorial Library, set for Sunday, December 6, from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the American Hotel, is sold out. Ms. Alda will talk about her most recent book, “Just Kids From the Bronx,” a memoir about her six decades in a Bronx neighborhood.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt invite everyone to join them at their free holiday party at Bay Burger on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike on Monday, December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Help the Friends celebrate the completion of their 18th year advocating for and protecting the greenbelt with a year-end toast to this precious local resource, which stretches from Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor to the northern verges of Sagg Pond in Sagaponack.

Light refreshments and holiday treats will be served. There will also be wine and beer for sale. You can help kick off the group’s 2016 membership campaign by joining. To attend the party, RSVP by email to or call (631) 745-0689.

The 8th annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Fest comes to Sag Harbor for four days beginning today, Thursday, December 3. All screenings are at the Bay Street Theater from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, December 6. Go to the Bay Street Theater website for information and tickets.

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum’s 2nd annual holiday cocktail party and fundraiser is set for Saturday, December 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the cozy Sage Parlor. There will be one-of-a-kind ornaments and artwork for sale, jazz by Steve Shaughnessy, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at the Whaling Museum’s website.

A senior advocate from the Suffolk County Department of Aging will be at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street on Tuesday, December 8, beginning at 2 p.m. to offer advice to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions about Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Health Care Act, drug plans, energy assistance and other senior programs, here’s your chance to get free professional advice.

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