There was something in the air this week. People seemed a little brighter and a little kinder. Perhaps it was people sensing the holiday cheer, with the trees in town all lit up in a multitude of colors and designs (although I still miss the serene days of the blue bulbed trees glowing along Main Street). The windmills have their lights and wreaths, the museums and shops around town have all their glitter and holiday gear up and hanging with determination. Santa Claus made his appearance in town and nervous children glanced around to make sure that they were indeed being good. There is something magical about this time of year. But even more so, the magic is in how our community comes together in the holiday season and really does ensure that everyone will have a happy holiday season. There are a number of ways for us all to get involved and not only have fun ourselves, but share our happiness with all those around us.Eating for a good cause is really a thing. Get your appetites worked up on Wednesday, December 9, for St. Luke’s Church’s East End Chefs’ Program. This edition of the program features chef George Gounelas from The Old Stove Pub and his Greek fare. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25. It is open to all community members and the proceeds go toward St. Luke’s scholarship fund. For more details and information, contact St. Lukes’s Church at 329-0990 or www.stlukeseasthampton.org
One way to start your weekend off on the right foot is by taking a lantern tour of Main Street, East Hampton with Town Crier Hugh King and Historian Richard Barrons. The East Hampton Historical Society presents the Lantern Tour at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11. Tour participants will learn about the historical traditions of village residents between 1750 and 1920, and be entertained by the vast knowledge of history of the guides, but also numerous old stories and tidbits too. Participants will meet in front of the Clinton Academy on Main Street. But remember that preregistration is required. To purchase tickets, call 324-6850 or go to their website at www.easthamptonhistory.org.
For those interested in “Adopting a Family” for the holidays, please contact Christiana McPherson at The Retreat’s Holiday Help Line at 329-4398. You will be able to really share the holiday spirit by making a huge difference in the lives of East End families by donating presents, gift cards, and making wishes come true. The deadline for gifts is Friday, December 11, but if you are running late with your items, not to worry, I’m sure that The Retreat will still be able to put everything to good use.
If you are looking for something fun and delicious to do with the kids this weekend, be sure to head over to Guild Hall on Main Street on Saturday, December 12, at noon. Citarella will be offering its Holiday Gingerbread House workshop for kids of all ages. Participants will learn from professional bakers the top architecture and decorating tips for making the ultimate Gingerbread House. Ticket prices are $20 or $15 for members. To register and purchase tickets, call Guild Hall at 324-0806 or go to their website at www.guildhall.org.
It’s the season of giving, but it’s also nice to get a little in return. This year the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton will hold its Holiday Party at Citta Nuova at 29 Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village on Monday, December 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Kiwanis Club is a group that does a lot for the whole community, but this time of year they are particularly targeted on the children with their Toys for Tots program. The holiday party is open to all and doubles as a toy drop off for Toys for Tots. There will be free appetizers and one complimentary glass of wine or beer will be available to everyone who brings one or more, new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. So it will be a great chance to mingle with some great people while helping children, attendees will definitely be put on Santa’s “Nice List.” For more information or other times and places to drop off toys, go to www.hamptonsweb.com/kiwanis/.