East Hampton Community Notes, November 24

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This week we had a nip in the air and even a touch of snow. Summer is long gone and we’re now trucking along head first into the holiday season. Thanksgiving is this week and I’m sure that we all have quite a bit to be grateful for—family, friends, and a beautiful, safe place to live. With tensions all around the country and the world running high, the comfort and ease of living in small town really makes the difference. I love that I can make a new friend in the grocery store, walk my dogs off leash, chat with friends while watching my son play soccer and find a close parking space in the Reutershan lot. Sometimes I take it all for granted. I have to remind myself how things could be different. Thank you, friends and neighbors, for your kindness and caring, and helping to making East Hampton what it is. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday. Eat and be merry! It is so terrible when a big, expensive appliance in your house breaks. When the maintenance man is talking, I can often see numbers and dollar signs spinning in his eyes like a slot machine (there goes Christmas). I had an up island company tell me I needed an entire new furnace. Being the doubting Thomas that I am, I made a phone call to my new best friend, Peggy at Grant Heating and Cooling, who after 90 seconds on the phone told me that the part that was broken was under warranty and sent expert serviceman Carl to my house within the hour. Thanks to them, I will, indeed, have a happy and cozy winter and be able to have a nice Christmas. Thank you!

I can’t think of a better way to start off the holiday season than going to a reggae concert. On “Thanksgiving Eve” (Wednesday, November 23), Winston Irie will be filling the air with his dulcet tones and swaying rhythms at The Leo Club (the club previously known as The Jag and Diamond Lil’s to us locals). At 8:30 p.m. the sounds of steel drums and bass guitars will have everyone moving their hips and smiling. The cost is $15 at the door. For more information go to www.theleoclub.com.

After filling your gullet with turkey and all the fixings, you might be feeling a tad bit guilty. Why not work off those calories while enjoying the beautiful vistas our town has to offer. The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society is having a 5-mile hike through the fabulous Barcelona Neck woods at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 25. Hikers should bring snacks and beverages. If you have any questions, contact sharstat@yahoo.com or call 631-283-4591.

Thanksgiving is a time when we give thanks for and spend time with our families. When I think of family, I always include my fur family members. My dogs are entertainers, protectors, companions, and personal trainers. They bring such life and love to our family. Anyone who would like to enjoy the wonders of pet ownership or those who are in the market for a new family member, should head over to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) this weekend for its adoption event. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, November 25—27. For more information, call 631-537-0400 or go to www.arfhamptons.org.

East Hampton is a veritable real estate heaven. There are so many homes that take my breath away. Sometimes when I walk or drive by, I wonder how they are designed and long to take a peek. Well, this weekend if you’ve ever wanted to take a look inside some of the best houses and estates around town, you are in luck! The East Hampton Historical Society is hosting its House and Garden Tour from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. Participants will take a self-guided tour through enchanting houses from the Atlantic Ocean to Gardiner’s Bay.

Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, call 631-324-6850 or go to www.easthamptonhistory.org.

This week, we bid a final adieu to Cafe Max. After 25 years, it will be closing its doors for forever. It was the place for locals looking for good food at a fair price— a place for regulars who wanted to get out of the “see and be seen” craziness and just have a good dinner. It will close for good on Saturday, November 26, and will be sorely missed by the local following. Goodbye and good luck!

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