East Hampton Community Notes, December 17

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Last weekend a friend of mine told me about a fundraiser for East Hampton Youth Sports on Sunday, December 13, at Bostwick’s Chowder House. Being fans of any programs that keep kids active and happy, we attended. Since my son is only 3, I’m not really in the know with all the youth leagues in town as of yet, but I know that soon I’ll turn around and he’ll be wanting to join up. While we were there I got a chance to chat with Don Reese, the director of the program, and he filled me in on specifics. East Hampton Youth Sports is a registered nonprofit organization that runs the basketball and football leagues for hundreds of kids all over the Town of East Hampton. The kids compete with teams all over Long Island and have made the state finals several times, hopefully helping some of the youths involved to be on track for college opportunities later on.

Although many kids receive scholarships, participants in the program have to pay a fee. However, I didn’t realize that the coaches and managers are all volunteers, so all the money donated goes directly to the programing and supplies for the kids. The organization relies on the generous donations of numerous local businesses and citizens to be able to keep the programs on such a high level. Unfortunately, it is very costly to run these widespread programs, especially with all the traveling, so East Hampton Youth Sports is constantly in need of funding and volunteers. If you would like help our local youth by donating time, money, or both contact Don Reese at dwreese@lielite.org or mail a check to 20 Park Place in East Hampton and remember to claim it on your tax return.One of the wonderful things about East Hampton is the beautiful night sky we have here. I love to look up as I walk my dogs before bedtime and try to contemplate the galaxies far, far away.

It’s all about the stars on Wednesday, December 16, at the East Hampton Library. For the adults there will be a Starry Night Painting Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. with instructor Joyce Raimondo. The workshop is for all levels, no painting experience is necessary. Participants will view the works of Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration and create their own original works in Van Gogh’s style. Then at 4:45 p.m. there will be a children’s program creating constellation glow Jars. Students in sixth to eighth grade are welcome to make their own glow jars that reflect their favorite star patterns and constellations. The workshops are free, but registration is recommended as space is limited. Register at the library, call 324-0222 or go to their website at www.easthamptonlibrary.org.

One of the great things about summer is all the live entertainment. It seems like there are concerts everywhere. After Labor Day the East End can start to feel a bit deserted, but the off season isn’t boring if you know where to go. On Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the band “Mama Lee, Rose and Friends” will be singing their harmonies and spreading their love of music and happiness at Winston’s Bar & Grill (formerly Nichols). Then, on Saturday evenings through the end of the month, the Harbor Grill is featuring live music starting at 7 p.m. with a variety of bands and types of music making appearances.

As for me, I am a huge operaphile. I get teary eyed by the vocal acrobatics and even cried like a baby a few years ago when I had heard that Luciano Pavarotti had died. My friend Susie and I occasionally trek to Lincoln Center to see and feel the powerful vocal vibrations of the performers, but it isn’t something that we can do regularly. Thankfully, Guild Hall has a program for opera enthusiasts of the East End that brings the opera to us—The Met: Live in HD. On Saturday, December 19, at 1 p.m. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will be featured. This performance is a shortened English version that is whimsical and fun for the whole family. Tickets are an economical $22 (and you don’t have pay for the Jitney ride). For more information, call Guild Hall at 324-0806 or go to their website at www.guildhall.org.

If opera isn’t your style, but swing is more your thing, then you will want to head to the East Hampton Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 19. In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, musician Jerry Costanzo will be performing a tribute to the artist. The performance will feature Frank Sinatra’s hits and singles from back in the days when Swing was on the radio and the Rat Pack ruled the airways. Admission is free, stop by the adult reference desk for information and registration.

For those of you who don’t want to dress up to attend the opera or a Sinatra concert, not to worry, there is an event this weekend for you too. The Indian Wells Tavern is having its first annual Christmas Ugly Sweater Party at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 19. Pull out the doozy that Aunt Betsy gave you last year with the dancing reindeer, wear your singing snowmen with pride, and put all the ugly sweaters to good use. If you are too fashion forward to have an ugly sweater lying around, head to the local thrift stores where all kinds of treasures (both questionable and fashionable) can be found. There will be a D.J. playing rocking holiday hits so that you’ll be able to dance and really show off all your sequined and bedazzled glory.

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