Folks at the Custer Institute sent along this bit of celestial trivia as we head into the shortest days of the year. Some might think December 21 has the latest sunrise and earliest sunset because it is the day of the winter solstice with just nine hours and 11 minutes of daylight. December 21 has a sunrise at 7:11 a.m. and sunset at 4:22 p.m. But, the latest sunrise is 7:14 a.m. from December 28 to January 11 and the earliest sunset is 4:19 p.m. from December 3 to 14. So the earliest sunset occurs a few days before the solstice and the latest sunrise happens a few days after the solstice.Meanwhile, 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 until 8 p.m. Museum members are invited for a 5 p.m. opening preview on that same date with light refreshments being served. Many of the paintings on exhibit, as well as books on local history and vintage Christmas ornaments, will be available for purchase.
Also at the museum’s Archives building, members of the Clay Arts Guild of the Hamptons will be presenting a show of their beautifully crafted items this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information call the museum at (631) 537-1088. The Archives building is located at 2539-A Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.
The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) has launched a “Community Holiday Drive” benefiting more than 100 kids (age 2 to 13). The museum is asking folks to help provide toys and winter clothing for children served by CMEE’s partner organizations including Long Island Head Start, The Retreat, Riverside Rediscovered, and the Wuneechanunk Shinnecock Preschool. Also, the museum will donate one membership to a family in need for every family membership purchased during the month of December. New, unwrapped toys and books for 3- to 13-year-olds as well as new or gently worn winter clothing (including gloves, hats, and boots) in children’s sizes can be dropped off in CMEE’s lobby during normal business hours. Staff members have also curated an Amazon wish list (http://amzn.to/1Or3Ts5) for those who would like to participate but are unable to visit the museum this December. Distribution to participating families will begin on Wednesday, December 16, and will continue through the following Tuesday, December 22. For more information, please visit www.cmee.org.
CMEE has also announced that its annual gingerbread house decorating workshop will be held on Saturday, December 12, at 10 and 11 a.m. at the museum, located at 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. Families with children of all ages will be provided with a collection of treats as well as access to a “candy bar” before sitting down to decorate. The cost for each gingerbread house is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Sharing is encouraged, but due to space restrictions, no more than two children can work on one house at a time. Preregistration is required. For more information contact Paul A. Johnson at Paul@CMEE.org or (631) 537-8250 extension 209.
On Monday, December 14, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will be holding its Holiday Party from 6 until 8 p.m. The members are inviting folks to help them celebrate the end of the organization’s 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 and beer). RSVP to email@example.com or at (631) 745-0689.
Finally, looking ahead, on Saturday, December 19, there will be a “Hamlet to Hamlet Jaunt” from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, the hike will begin at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor for a moderately-paced 5-mile hike along an abandoned railroad spur to Bridgehampton. For more information, contact hike leader Marilyn Kirkbright at (631) 726-7503.