It’s that wonderful time of year when our children have the opportunity to shine on our school stages. These kids really know what the season is all about. Even if you’re not feeling so festive (thanks to the incredibly mild weather perhaps?), you cannot leave one of these winter shows without a smile on your face and remembering how great they must feel by being able to share this special gift with all of us.Please note that tonight, Thursday, December 17, students in grades four, five and six at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School will share holiday music at their Winter Concert, which begins at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Mill Road school. The younger lot, specifically those in kindergarten through the third grade, had their moment in the spotlight on the evening of Tuesday, December 15.
The musical “Elf Jr.” will be performed this weekend by theater students attending the Eastport South Manor High School. Performances will be offered at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19, while a 1 p.m. matinée will be offered on Sunday, December 20.
All shows will be put on in the auditorium of the high school that sits off Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased only online at www.esmca.org/esmca-fundraiser.html.
Many locals visited Westhampton Beach Village this past weekend to take in a special performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The show starred many of our young thespians. Clearly, based on the reviews, they are a group of very talented and committed dancers!
Are you busy making plans for Christmas Eve which, believe it or not, is just ONE WEEK from today? If so, here’s some info you’ll need to know:
As is now tradition, parishioners of the Eastport Bible Church will once again offer a live nativity scene, complete with animals, in front of the Montauk Highway church on Thursday, December 24. The show will run from 4 until 10 p.m. and there is no cost—just stop by and check it out! Refreshments will be provided.
Inside the church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be offered at 7 and 9 p.m. All are invited.
The Remsenburg Community Church, located right on South Country Road in Remsenburg, will offer a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. and, as always, all are welcome. The church is beautifully decorated for the holiday and the Christmas Eve service is always popular, so plan on arriving early if you want a seat.
Volunteers are needed to ring the bell for the Salvation Army next to the entrance of the King Kullen in Eastport. Those interested are asked to sign up for at least an hour for any day between now and Christmas. Call Joyce Kelley at (631) 325-1582 to help with this worthy cause. As always, the money that’s collected will benefit the many programs offered by the Salvation Army.
In keeping with the giving spirit, students attending the Eastport South Manor High School have made great strides in collecting donations during their annual “Stuff-a-School Project” holiday drive, aimed at helping local organizations and individuals across Long Island.
Students are now busy filling the high school’s rotunda with donations. Once that is done, student volunteers will box everything up for distribution on Monday, December 21.
Two district graduates who are now serving in our military will receive two of the care packages. Other charities that will benefit from the drive include Boots on the Ground NY, a veterans’ organization based out of Ronkonkoma, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to all who contributed to this year’s holiday drive.