Water Mill Community Notes, December 10


It was something of a surprise driving home on Saturday evening and noting the many homes decorated for the holidays. I suppose it should not have been surprising because it was sweatshirt weather on Saturday, perfect for spending a few hours untangling lights and stringing them on trees. I joined the ranks on Sunday.The holidays do sort of creep up on me and talking about it with a co-worker, she nailed it with this statement:

“When I come down each morning now, I’m startled by the Christmas tree in the living room … I think, huh, what’s that doing there?”

With just two weeks until Christmas and being halfway through Hanukkah, the holiday season is surely here!

In the spirit of giving, there are many organizations spearheading collections for those in need in the area. The schools, churches, food pantries, Southampton Town Police and Southampton Hospital and more have set up collection bins. Warm coats and outerwear are always needed as are new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable foods and so much more.

Indeed, it’s difficult to grasp that in such a seemingly affluent area—we are in The Hamptons, after all—that the need could be so great. But, in fact, it is. Here are a few drives going on in our area:

All Southampton School District buildings have a bin for cold weather clothing, as well as unused toiletries. Items may be dropped off any time during school hours.

Human Resources in Southampton always accepts new, unwrapped toys, games, toiletries, clothing. This pantry serves the greater Southampton area. Speaking of Human Resources, the annual Polar Bear Plunge, a major fundraiser for the organization, is this Saturday at Coopers Beach in Southampton. Get there by 9 a.m. to register if you have not already done so.

Look around and you’ll find many more places looking to spread joy this season.

Susan and Robert Armusewicz are thrilled to announce the birth of a granddaughter. Claire Louise Armusewicz was born on November 19 at Southampton Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and her parents are Brian and Marcy Armusewicz from Southampton. Her maternal grandparents are Kris MacMillan from Southampton, and Rick MacMillan from Dublin, New Hampshire. Her great-grandmother is Gloria Westerhoff from Southampton. Her big sister, Avery, Can’t wait to meet her! Congratulations to all!

The next installment of PechaKucha will be held at the Parrish Art Museum on Friday, December 11, at 6 p.m. The event will feature speakers from varied fields delivering rapid-fire presentations on the theme of living creatively on the East End. Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds, resulting in a compelling 6-minute, 40-second long presentation. Vol. 14 of PechaKucha Night Hamptons includes presenters ranging from restaurateurs and artists to a documentary filmmaker and a psychoanalyst. It is so popular that Friday’s session is sold out but a waiting list will start at the Parrish at 5 p.m.

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