Bridgehampton Community Notes, December 3

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The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) is offering a chance for you to “test your smarts” on Friday, December 4, at the Townline BBQ at 3593 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack for its second annual Trivia Night Fundraiser from 8 until 10 p.m., with registration beginning at 7 p.m. All adult fans of trivia and of friendly competition are welcome to compete, with all proceeds from the evening going toward “CMEE on Wheels,” the museum’s initiative to bring family programming to underserved communities throughout the East End.In addition to prizes for the top three teams, those attending will also have the chance to win raffle gifts from local businesses like the Mill House Inn and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Tickets are $10 per player in advance, $15 at the door. Teams may have up to five players. For more information about the event, contact Paul A. Johnson at Paul@CMEE.org or telephone him at (631) 537-8250, extension 209.

You know the holiday season is upon us when the Bridgehampton Association announces its annual Holiday Fair. It will be held at St. Ann’s Parish House on Main Street this Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be a wide array of holiday gifts for every member of the family as well as decorations for the home.

There will be jams, puddings, cookies, candies and cakes, table accessories made from fresh greens, hand-painted ornaments, one-of-a-kind decorated wreaths and table trees with unique decorations. Children’s hats, mittens and sweaters will be available for sale, as well as a wonderful collection of fashion accessories, trendy jewelry, scarves, hair ornaments and small gift items.

There will also be raffle tickets on sale for the “Pot o’ Gold” table with unique gifts, baskets of cheer and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops. And if you work up an appetite doing all that shopping, there will be delicious homemade sandwiches and treats as well as coffee available for sale. As always, there is no admission fee to the Holiday Fair.

The Bridgehampton Association raises money at events such as the fair in order to provide funding to more than twenty East End organizations, so you can get some great gifts while also helping to support many local nonprofit organizations.

On Saturday you can also head over to the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons’ library at 11 a.m. for the Book Discussion Group’s return of their successful “Do not read this book” talks. Carolyn Gemake will be the moderator. Remember, you don’t need to read the books yourself … the presenters have done that for you. Presenters will be Mike DeVito discussing “What are Gardens For? Visiting, Experiencing and Thinking About Gardens” by Rory Stuart, Susan Brackett discussing “Jacques Boyceau and the French Formal Garden” by Franklin Hamilton Hazelhurst, and Joan DiMonda discussing “Dream Plants for the Natural Garden” by Hank Garritsen and Piet Oudolf. Bring your own beverage and refreshments will be served. Enter on the School Street side of the Community House and for more information call (631) 537-2223.

Bridge Gardens will be offering programs also on this Saturday and this Sunday. Saturday’s event will be a Watercolor Workshop Series with Lois Bender from noon to 3 p.m. This is the perfect time of year for a relaxing watercolor class led by skilled educator and watercolor artist Lois Bender. Appropriate for beginners and more experienced painters alike, Lois’s class will help you develop your skills and capture the natural beauty around you. With a focus on florals and landscapes, and with a nature sketchbook style, you’ll enjoy relaxing and creating beautiful art for yourself or to give as a gift to someone special. The watercolor series continues in December on Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19. The fee is $45 per class, and prepaid reservations are required. Materials will be available for purchase, or bring your own supplies. For more information and to reserve, please visit Lois’s website at www.GardenSpiritsNY.com.

Then on Sunday, December 6, there will be the annual Holiday Wreath Workshop at Bridge Gardens from 2 until 4 p.m. Reserve your spot for this annual wreath-making workshop where you will be using plain evergreen wreaths to create a beautiful decoration to grace your front door or mantle. This program is led by Diana Conklin, of Everlastings by Diana, who brings a wealth of additional locally-grown greens, dried flowers, seed pods and berries for you to enhance the basic form. Bring your ribbons, seashells, feathers, lights, or other decorative items if you would like. Diana promises to help you make your vision come true. $30 per person includes all materials and light refreshments. Bring work gloves and clippers. Space is limited so advance reservations are required with a credit card. Rain or shine. To make a reservation or for more information and directions, call (631) 283-3195, ext. 19 or email events@peconiclandtrust.org.

Over at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives building there will be an exhibition of watercolors by Bernard Springsteel with the opening preview being held on Friday, December 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Museum members are invited for a 5 p.m. opening preview on that same date. Many of the paintings will be available for purchase.

Also at the museum’s Archives, starting on this Saturday, December 5, members of the Clay Arts Guild of the Hamptons will be presenting a show of their beautifully crafted items. Their show will be open on the following two Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (631) 537-1088.

And looking ahead, on Monday, December 14, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will be holding their Holiday Party from 6 until 8 p.m. They’re inviting folks to help them celebrate the end of their 18th year with a year-end toast to our precious Greenbelt. Join them for good cheer, good food and good conversation with friends and family. All are welcome to join them at Bay Burger, 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike for this free event. Light refreshments and holiday treats will be served. There will also be a cash bar (wine & beer). RSVP to greenbeltnews@aol.com or at (631) 745-0689.

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