In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the colonies. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. While Thanksgiving’s history in North America is rooted in English religious and cultural traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation, it is today, for most of us, a secular holiday.But as we finish celebrating Thanksgiving Day, some are already thinking ahead to Christmas and what that day means to children. New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is again inviting his constituents to join him in celebrating the holidays by participating in the United States Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots.” From Monday, November 28, through Wednesday, December 14, you are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to Fred’s district office at 2302 Main Street, Suite A in Bridgehampton. For more information call 631-537-2583.
Don’t forget that the 9th annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival (HT2FF) will be running four full days of “all docs, all day,” from Thursday, December 1, through Sunday, December 4, at the Bay Street Theater and Arts Center in Sag Harbor. Founded by executive director Jacqui Lofaro of Bridgehampton, the festival will include a wide variety of documentary films. Local award-winning radio personality Bonnie Grice and writer, director and arts professor Andrew Botsford will share emceeing duties. For more information and ticket prices for other activities of the festival contact HT2FF online at www.HT2FF.com or call the Bay Street Theater box office, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday at 631-725-9500. Bridge Gardens will also be celebrating the season with a “Holiday Open House” on Saturday, December 3, starting at 1 p.m. sharp with a demonstration on “table scaping,” and at 2:15 p.m. there will be a “Winter Garden Walk.” Ongoing activities will include activities centered around pinecone birdfeeders, a garden scavenger hunt, nature ornaments and holiday bulb planters, all accompanied by cider, hot chocolate, cookies and treats. From 3 until 5 p.m. there will be live music, a tree lighting, and more refreshments. If you are planning to attend, you are asked to RSVP by Friday, December 2, to Robin Harris at 631-283-3195. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation.
The Bridgehampton Association will be holding its annual Holiday Fair at St. Ann’s Parish House on Main Street in Bridgehampton on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lots of colorful articles will be offered for sale and raffle tickets will also be on sale for the Pot o’ Gold table displaying unique gifts, baskets of cheer as well as gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants and shops. Visitors can refresh themselves by buying delicious homemade sandwiches and treats as well as coffee, while shopping. There is no admission fee to the Holiday Fair.
Finally, the Bridgehampton Museum will be hosting the Hamptons Clay Art Guild at the museum’s Archives Building, located at 2539-A Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Guild members will be presenting their clay sculptures for show and sale every Saturday and Sunday starting on November 26 and running through December 18. In addition, the Bridgehampton Museum will hold its own Holiday Party and Gift Sale on Friday, December 2, from 5 until 7 p.m. There are no admission fees and all are welcome.