This weather is fabulous but I must say a little odd. Hard to believe it is 9 days until Christmas and 18 days until the Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Main Beach. Proceeds from the plunge go to all East Hampton Food Pantries. If you don’t want to plunge, please consider sponsoring a plunger. This is a great event and a great holiday tradition.Join the AVIS (Amagansett Village Improvement Society) for caroling on December 19 at 1:45 p.m. at the Holiday Bazaar at Amagansett Farmers Market, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m. This is a great time to shop local for your holiday treats.
Santa will be in the Amagansett Square in the gazebo on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The Amagansett School Choral Ensemble will perform and there will be ornament making, face painting and cookie decorating. This is always a magical day.
The following are church worship times in our hamlet: Saturday evening, the Mass of Most Holy Trinity takes place at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Amagansett at 5 p.m. St. Michael’s Lutheran Church across the street from the Amagansett Post Office holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m. St. Michael’s is home to the Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food Pantry. They are open Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. from November to May. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed.
The Amagansett Free Library will have its board meeting on Friday, December 18. Call the library at 267-3810 if you want to attend.
“A Christmas Memory,” a holiday classic by Truman Capote read by Christian Scheider, will take place at the Amagansett Library Saturday, December 19, at 3:30 p.m. Families are welcome, but reservations are requested. At the Amagansett Free Library for adults, don’t miss the Mysteries of the World Book Club that takes place the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the community room. This month’s club meeting will take place on Thursday, December 17 at 6 p.m. and the book will be “The Whisperer” by Donato Carrisi.
If you missed the sign-up for East Hampton Little League last weekend, make sure you mark your calendars for registration for the 2016 season. Registration will take place January 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Springs School and February 6 and 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sportime. There is no online registration.
Don’t forget about the Department of Parks and Recreation’s ongoing programs for adults and children. For more information, please check out www.ehamptonny.gov or stop by the youth park on Abrahams Path or the Montauk Playhouse on Edgemere Street or the Department of Parks on Pantigo Road. They will be having extra programs for youth during the school break.
The East End Classic Boat Society had its drawing for its boat Saturday, December 5. The winner was Dominic Sheehan from Armonk, NY, who owns a vacation home in Springs and is a sailing enthusiast and a father of three. He and his wife, Fariel, are looking forward to their first sail in the 13-foot Pooduck Skiff they won.
Mr. Sheehan said he purchased his winning ticket during a recent tour of the Hartjen Richardson Community Boat Shop in Amagansett where the boat was built. Mr. Sheehan had stopped by the shop to show his son how boats are built. The boat is going to a great new owner and family. I hope they have many happy years on the sea.
The Boat Society, at 301 Bluff Road behind the Maritime Museum, welcomes new members of any skill levels to build and restore vintage style wooden boats. Proceeds from the boat raffle go to pay operating costs for the nonprofit organization. Construction of next year’s raffle prize boat is already under construction at the shop. Membership in the group is open to anyone interested in boat-crafting. It costs $35 for a single membership and $45 for a family. The boat shop is open year-round on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out the Marine Museum while you are there, too.
Please take the time to talk, walk, smile and enjoy all the wonders and colors of the season. And remember, we are very lucky to live here. Be kind to everyone. You don’t know the battle they are fighting or surviving.
Have a great week and thanks for all your Amagansett news.