The Mendelsons will be at home for Thanksgiving this year. Husband Don works in a wine and spirits shop in Southampton and will be there at least half the day. I’ll prepare the festive turkey dinner, though perhaps I’ll draft son Dan to help, if Dan’s not too busy trotting around Fort Pond and working up an appetite. I’m typically up to my elbows in food prep on Thanksgiving morning, glancing occasionally at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV while I chop, slice and dice.I’m thankful for my family, near and far, and friends, including you, kind readers. I’m eternally grateful to live in Montauk. It’s so hectic in the rest of the world!
The 40th annual Montauk “Run for Fun” Turkey Trot around Fort Pond is scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving morning no matter what the weather brings, rain, shine or, unlikely as it seems this year, snow! The family event is hosted by Keeshan Real Estate and the Town of East Hampton Parks and Recreation Department. Both the three and six mile races begin at 10 a.m. at Montauk Circle, near the gazebo.
If you register early, there’s a $5 discount. The registration fee goes up to $15 per person, day of race. Montauk Playhouse, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is the place to go if you can register early. The first 300 to register receive a free water bottle. Montauk Beer & Soda is in charge of the water table for the race. As always, there’s race categories for all ages, a breakdown of these categories and registration forms can be downloaded at ehamptonny.gov/248/Recreation. Please note, registration on Thanksgiving morning will be conveniently moved over to the Montauk Chamber of Commerce office, across the street from the Montauk Green, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and no later.
The Montauk Community Church Christmas Fair, organized by the Women’s Guild, is slated for this Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offered for sale will be baked goods, handmade items, Christmas decorations, new and used toys, handmade rugs and other gifts. Rummage rooms will be open between 9 a.m. and noon. If you’re looking for an energy boost to start your holiday shopping. Refreshments will be available for sale at the fair.
While out and about on Saturday, be sure to stop in as well, across the street at the Friends of the Montauk Library’s Holiday Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower level of the library. You’ll find new books, jewelry and other small gift items, sure to please everyone on your holiday shopping list.
The annual Christmas at the Lighthouse celebration where children, their parents and care providers are invited to meet Santa, enjoy caroling and pony rides, is this Sunday, November 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the lighthouse gift shop will be festively decorated and open for business.
Due to unexpected and upcoming capital projects at the lighthouse, a small fee of $2 per adult will be collected this year at the event to help raise funds toward next year’s holiday event. If enough funds are collected, perhaps we can look forward to the return of the Lighthouse Lighting in 2017.
The annual Jingle Bell Hop, to benefit the nursery school at St. Therese, is Friday, December 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at East by Northeast Restaurant in Montauk. The “Hop” includes a hot buffet, dance music, and a raffle with generous prizes including gift certificates for local eateries and even two-night stays at several Montauk hotels, which might come in handy for your overflow visitors this holiday season and beyond.
Tickets for the Jingle Bell Hop are available at St. Therese School, and cost $30 per person, $35 at the door.
Lastly, it’s inspirational to see how many of our downtown businesses have already begun to decorate for this year’s Montauk Chamber of Commerce Starbrite Holiday Lighting Contest. Categories are Best Inspirational, Brightest, Best Traditional, and Best Display of Montauk. Judging for the contest takes place December 13.