Sag Harbor Community Notes, December 24

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Did you the hear the single siren blaring here and there around North Haven, Sag Harbor and Noyac on Saturday? That was Santa aboard a Sag Harbor Fire truck, making his annual rounds to visit the homes of kids all over town. You know Christmas is here when Santa drives down your street.A year ago, in The Press’s last edition of the year before Christmas and the New Year, I wrote in this space: “It’s time to get cozy. Winter is here! Does anyone sniff snow in the air?”

Oh please. I’m not going to write that again. Right after, the Fates dumped a load of snow on us all and kept doing it over and over again for weeks on end. Here in North Haven, solid ice covered our private road from December until March, making dog walks a nightmare. Our Westie got a painful case of athlete’s foot and we almost broke our necks.

We might as well have been living in Maine. It was below freezing nearly every day of the season, bitter cold and windy on many days, and snow covered the ground for months. Yuck. Winter is fun in Vermont. Around here, its charms are short-lived. Let’s hope this winter season isn’t as grouchy as it was last year … or the year before that, which wasn’t very pleasant either.

I love winter in Vermont. But not here. So here’s hoping this one will be a nice, easy-to-bear season. And more important, here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Sag Harbor Historical Society invites one and all to celebrate the season at its annual Holiday Party this Sunday, December 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Annie Cooper Boyd House and at 174 Main Street.

Greet old friends, make new friends, and enjoy delicious refreshments. You also can view the new display of vintage Sag Harbor photos on exhibit at the Cooper Boyd House. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Call (631) 725-5092 for more information about the party, the society and how to join.

Have you made your year-end donations to Sag Harbor Food Pantry? Better get cracking. Write your check now, made out to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, and send it to the pantry at P.O. Box 1241, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

This is an amazing organization of 60 volunteers who, with the help of local businesses and donors, distribute food to hungry families all year and provide special distributions during the holidays.

Based in the basement of the Old Whalers’ Church, the pantry’s devoted crew deserves a mention in this column, their names gleaned from their recent newsletter. Nat Brown, Mary Reiser and Joe Lane, former president, vice-president-and-secretary, and board member, respectively, have stepped down but will continue doing their volunteer work. Diane Lewis is president now, with Howard Chwatsky vice president and Diane Youngblood secretary. Summer Semlear is treasurer. Board members are Ron Ahlers, Bryan Boyhan, Patricia Currie, Diana Neri, Dr. John Oppenheimer, with Evelyn Ramunno as ex-officio director.

Others volunteers’ names we see mentioned in the newsletter include Janet Grossman, Trish Currie, Kate Robertson, Regina and Steve Humanitzki, who plays Santa Claus during the Christmas distribution; Jim Burns, Chris Lawrence, Pam Kern and Leslie Reingold.

Some of the local business and organizational donors have been Bridge Garden and Good Shepherd Farm, Cromer’s Market, Harbor Market, Panera Bread, The Golden Pear, Suffolk Bancorp and Apple Bank, Provisions, Sag Harbor Baking Company, Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, the Hampton Classic, Cavaniola’s Gourmet Kitchen and the Falkowski family’s Country Garden Farm Stand.

Here’s a bracing way to keep enjoying the holiday’s glow even after all the presents are opened. Take a “Full Cold Moon Hike” with the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) on Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Sometimes this full moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. This leisurely paced, one-hour hike starts in Vineyard Field behind the SoFo museum. Afterward, there will be convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonshine.

Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the railroad tracks. To make a reservation, call the museum at (631) 537-9735 or contact leader Jean Dodds at (631) 599-2391 on the day of the event.

On Sunday, December 27, you can keep moving by hiking the Long Pond Greenbelt North Circuit from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a moderately paced 4-mile hike with spectacular views of Long Pond, Little Long Pond and Crooked Pond. Meet at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. The leader will be Dai Dayton, who can be reached at (631) 745-0689.

Strough Realty on Main Street is the collection point in Sag Harbor area for the winter coat drive organized by Southampton Hospital and the Southampton Town Police Explorers. Coats will be made available through Maureen’s Haven and Human Resources of the Hamptons to area residents in need of some warmth this winter.

If your brain gets a little tired of too much food, spirits and (we hope) family and friends, give it a little exercise at Canio’s Books. Beginning on Monday, January 11, from 10 a.m. to noon and for three more Mondays in January, Canio’s Cultural Cafe will present “Dante’s Il Purgatorio,” a Master Workshop with the bookstore’s founder, Canio Pavone. A luncheon will follow the final session. Call (631) 725-4926 to register. Registration and fee are required.The village is crazy busy but the list of community events for the coming couple of weeks is a little thin. Everybody’s settling in to be with loved ones for the holidays. Things will pick up in January, no doubt.

Last we heard, they are forecasting a high of 72 degrees on Christmas Day in New York. Maybe that’s a little too much of a good thing …

We hope you all find joy and peace in the coming days and in the months and years come.

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