Congratulations to Brandon White! Brandon performed as principal violist with the Crane School of Music Symphony Orchestra last month on November 17. Among the works performed were Rimsky-Korsakov’s beautiful “Scheherazade.” Brandon’s very proud parents, John and Anne White, were in attendance at the concert. Bravo, Brandon!More applause for Tyler Carbone and Alexis Fotopoulos! The two Hampton Bays High School student-athletes, along with 116 other seniors, were honored as Suffolk Zone Leadership award winners at a ceremony that was held on December 2 at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch in Hauppauge. Tyler and Alexis were selected for the award because of their excellence in physical education, leadership ability and willingness to help others. Nice going!
Hamlet-dweller Beverly Livernoche has her paintings and photographs on display this month at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. In addition, Bev and a number of other artists and photographers are on exhibit at the Southampton Town Hall on Hampton Road in Southampton.
Looking to spruce up your pampered pooch for the holidays? Well, here’s a neat idea. Jackie Ostrander, of Hampton Mobile Groomer Ltd., offers a variety of services to accommodate all of Fido’s needs, from head to toe, right outside your door. Check it out at www.hamptonmobilegroomer.com or give Jackie a call at (631) 375-3765.
Su Gilmore over at Tin Roof at 48 West Montauk Highway would like to let readers know that the shop is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the holidays. Stop in for some great host and hostess gifts. And GiGi’s Kids, right next door, has a large assortment of new and gently used items for that little person on your shopping list.
Hampton Bays United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be closing its doors for the season on Saturday, December 12. Hours until then are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stop in for some thrifty buys.
Michelangelo Lodge 2451 Order of Sons of Italy’s Christmas Party is this Sunday, December 13, at noon, at Edgewater Restaurant. The cost is $40 per person and that includes a salad, a choice of four entrées, dessert, coffee, tea, soda, and one glass of wine. For reservations, give Annette a call at (631) 728-3379.
The Hampton Bays Public Library is hosting a Winter Holiday Sing-along with Stan Wiest on Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m., in the Helen Gould Room. Stan will be playing several selections from his album “Music to Drive By,” in addition to telling humorous stories of his performances for and with celebrities. Copies of the lyrics will be provided as well as refreshments for all. Call (631) 728-6241 to reserve a seat.
The Compassionate Friends will hold a Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway in East Quogue. Guests are invited to bring a framed photograph of their child or sibling to be displayed during the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.
The Twin Forks/Hamptons chapter is here to support families in our area who have lost a child. The organization meets regularly on the third Friday of the month at 7 p.m., in the parish hall at the church.
Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association (FRNCA) is holding a holiday party, which is also a toy drive, on Monday, December 14, at 7 p.m., at the David W. Crohan Community Center, located at 655 Flanders Road. The price of admission is a donation of at least one unwrapped, new toy for the Phillips Avenue Elementary School children (kindergarten through grade four) in Riverside. The event is open to members and non-members alike.
The Hampton Bays Public Library is holding a “Food for Fines” event through Thursday, December 31. Bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for each of your overdue books and the fines will be waived.
Friday, December 11: Evening Prayer, at 6 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Ponquogue Avenue. Rest from decorating and shopping with a quiet, 30-minute service to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Saturday, December 12: Poets Rising group will meet at 1 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Poems, prose, anything goes. This month they will celebrate with memories of yore.