It was such a nice night for the annual Westhampton Beach Tree and Menorah Lighting last Saturday. It was the warmest and driest lighting I have ever attended. The singers sounded great and the Reverend Andrew Teagle and Rabbi Levi Welton spoke wonderful words about the true meaning of the holiday season.The tree looked great when it was lit and it was funny to see many folks surprised the tree that was lit was not the same as that of the past—that tree fell ill a few years ago, so the village now lights the two trees toward the rear of the Village Green rather than the one closer to Mill Road. Surely there were a few disappointed youngsters in the crowd when they learned Santa could not make it to the green but Frosty handled the spread of holiday cheer in his place.
Make sure you stop by Books and Books on Main Street here in Westhampton Beach before December 20. They have teamed up with the Phillips Avenue Elementary School to help kids put down electronic devices and read a book where the pages are paper instead. Books and Books has children’s books for sale that will then be given to the school so every child can go home for the holiday break with a book to read. The books range from kindergarten through fourth grade reading level, and prices start at only $3.99.
If you are looking for other ways to donate this holiday season, here are a few other places that are helping out: Dr. K.J. Malone of Essential Chiropractic, located at 204 Montauk Highway in Westhampton beach, is collecting unwrapped toys that will be donated to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to brighten a sick child’s holiday while they are recovering in the hospital.
The Southampton Town Police Explorers and Southampton Hospital are collecting winter coats and warm hats and gloves to help support Human Resources of the Hamptons. Drop-off locations are the Southampton Town Police headquarters lobby in Hampton Bays, the Southampton Hospital Café in the basement and all the way out at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church. For more information email SHTPDExplorer@gmail.com or GMinerva@southamptonhospital.org. Help them reach their goal of 600 coats to be distributed to local folks in need.
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will host its holiday party tonight, Thursday, December 10, at Trumpets on the Bay in Eastport. Tickets are $40 and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. There will hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing. The chamber was asking for RSVPs by Tuesday, but I think they will be glad to add a few more holiday revelers to the list. Call (631) 288-3337 or email email@example.com.
The Village of Westhampton Beach should be filled with the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when it will transform into a Dickens’s Family Holiday Festival.
There are plenty of activities to be held all around the village for both kids and adults to enjoy. Lillian’s Salon will be doing free nail art, temporary color hair streaks and temporary tattoos from 1 to 3 p.m. A scavenger hunt will start at 2 p.m. on the village green and my sweet tooth is looking forward to the sugar cookie decorating on the green from 1 to 3 p.m. And, of course, there will be photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kerrigan Realty. Tea Time with Teddy at the Patio has readings at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.—don’t forget your teddy bear or doll. There are plenty of other activities, far too many to list here, so visit the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce website www.westhamptonchamber.com for a complete list of events, times and locations. I’m pretty sure they are still looking for volunteers and folks to help out throughout the day.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will be hosting holiday performances of the Nutcracker during the upcoming weekend. I remember seeing the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center when I was in elementary school and one of my classmates at the time, Catherine “Kibby” Schaefer was one of the ballerinas in the performance. So whenever I see or hear Nutcracker, I immediately think of Kibby and elementary school, a time when life was so much simpler. Make sure you check out www.whbpac.org for more information and tickets.
The 14th annual Village of Westhampton Beach Holiday Lighting contest will begin next week. Judging will take place from Monday, December 14, until Sunday, December 20, so make sure you leave your holiday displays lit from 5 to 10 p.m. on those dates.
As in years past, there will be three main categories: residence, large business and small business. Under the residence category, there are three sub-categories: best traditional theme, most creative and best use of lights. Under both the business categories, the sub-categories are best window display, most creative and best use of lights. The winners of each main category will receive $100 and all the winners will receive a color photo of their home or business. The winners will be announced on the village website and here in The Press and the prizes will be awarded at the January 7 Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.
If you see a display worthy of recognition, you can nominate a residence or business by calling (631) 702-1550 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to all the contestants and I look forward to enjoying your visual displays for the holidays.
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to one of our Village Trustees, Brian Tymann, who will celebrate the start of his fourth decade on Sunday, December 13. Happy birthday, my bearded brother.