There is something in the air all around East Hampton. Lights are twinkling through the night, holiday music is being played, people are decked out in holiday wear, and even the cars are sporting antlers and garlands. There have been Santa sightings all over town. We saw Santa taking a quick break at Cittanuova on Sunday morning. The East Hampton High School Key Club members were on site helping the youngest members of the community to make ornaments and holiday treats. Of course, they also had to check Santa’s list and perhaps try to convince him to put their names in the “Nice Column.” I’m not sure who was having the most fun, the tots, teens or adults, as a good time was had by all. The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton, who were also taking toy donations for the less fortunate members of the community. It’s not too late to donate and help make someone’s holiday special. For more information, contact the East Hampton Kiwanis Club at www.hamptonsweb.com/kiwanis.On Thursday, December 24, if you’ve finished all your holiday shopping, why not head over to Guild Hall to check out the new exhibit “Dancing with Truffaut: Stephanie Brody-Lederman.” The show features oil paintings in the style of Francois Truffaut studying psychological and physical beauty in simple, yet complex formats. The artist, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, has taken top honors twice (a rare feat), at the Guild Hall Members Exhibitions. This show features new works recently created and completed here in East Hampton. For exhibit times and information go to www.guildhall.org or call 324-0806.
On Sunday, December 27, why not try to burn off those holiday meals by taking a hike with the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. The hike will be on the beach of Northwest Harbor and features gorgeous views of Shelter Island, Cedar Point Park and Barcelona Neck. The tour will include a history lesson about the time when Northwest Harbor was one of the main ports of the town. Interested hikers should meet at the end of Northwest Landing Road. For more details and information, contact Celia Paul and Steve Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-7907.
Schools will be closed this week and parents will be looking for activities to do with their cherubs. The East Hampton Library is featuring several art programs for children this week. On Monday, December 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. they will have a “Magical Mobiles” Art Program. Children 4 years old and above can join in to make beautiful snowflake mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder and the holiday season. On Tuesday, December 29, at 2 p.m. there will be a puppeteer workshop in which the children will design and create their own puppets inspired by their imagination. Then on Wednesday, December 30, at 2 p.m. there will be a snowglobes workshop in which the participants will design and create their own working snow globes. It sounds like fun for everyone. The programs are free, stop by the children’s desk at the library to register or call 324-0222.
Be forewarned, there will be polar bear sightings at Main Beach in East Hampton next week. The East Hampton Food Pantry’s annual Polar Bear Plunge with take place Friday, January 1, at 1 p.m., but registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Polar Bears, penguins, and all sorts of costumes are strongly encouraged for jumping into the ocean on New Year’s Day. The cost for participation is $30, but all the funds go directly to feeding the needy of our community. For more information contact go www.easthamptonfoodpantry.org.
Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the best things in life! Remember, it is not just the presents that make the holiday, but the people we share it with, the friends and family that truly make our lives rich.