Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!If you stuff yourself, walk it off! There are two organized hikes planned in the area for the day after Thanksgiving. Both are at the same time, so take your pick.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society will hold its annual “Walk It Off” hike at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 25 from the end of Round Pond Lane in Sag Harbor. Call Carol Crasson at 631-537-9735 for reservations and information. This will be a fast-paced hike offering views of Round Pond, Long Pond and Little Long Pond.
The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, meanwhile, will meet at the same time at the Sag Harbor Golf Course clubhouse east of Route 114 for a hike on Barcelona Neck along old Town Trustee roads dating back to the 1700s. You’ll see Northwest Harbor, Cedar Point Lighthouse and the Grace Estate and there will be fine views of Shelter Island from high bluffs. Call Carol Andrews at 631-725-3367 for information.
Shops throughout the Sag Harbor business district will be offering specials on November 26, which is “Small Business Saturday,” a Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce promotion to encourage people to shop locally instead of going online or heading to the big box stores.
Eighth-grade students from Pierson Middle/High School are seeking donations to raffle off as prizes to raise funds for a trip to Washington D.C. Each day during the month of January, they plan to pick a raffle ticket and award a prize of the day.
The students are looking for “anything that you could donate, either a gift certificate or an item from your favorite store.” Donations may be dropped off with Rich Terry at the main office of the Pierson Middle/High School. You also may call any fundraising committee member to arrange a pick up. They are Kristen Davey, Meg Kinney, Cynthia McKelvey and Kristen Schiavoni.
Jules Feiffer will speak at Canio’s Books tomorrow, Friday, November 25, at 5 p.m. on the topic of creativity and “Cousin Joseph,” his latest graphic-noir novel, a prequel to “Kill My Mother.”
In “Cousin Joseph,” Mr. Feiffer navigates the moral dilemmas faced in Hollywood during the Great Depression. His publishing career spans seven decades, beginning with “Sick, Sick, Sick: A Guide to Non-Confident Living” in 1958. He may be best known for his Village Voice Feiffer comic strip, which ran for 42 years, but he also has written two novels and several children’s books and he was the illustrator for “The Phantom Tollbooth.” In 2010, he published his autobiography, “Backing into Forward: A Memoir.” Next season, Bay Street Theatre will stage his play, “’The Man on the Ceiling.”
Canio’s Cultural Café will launch an Irish film series on Monday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton with a screening of “Michael Collins.” A soldier, Irish revolutionary leader and politician, Collins was a leading figure in the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century. A film discussion will follow on Friday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at Canio’s Books. The screening is free. The next film will be shown in January.
The Sag Harbor Community Band’s annual holiday concert will be on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whalers’ Church at 44 Union Street. The Long Island Sound Chorus of the Sweet Adelines will accompany the band. For more information, you may call 631-537-1468.
The Wharf Shop is raffling a “Dragon Hatchimals” egg to raise money for the Retreat, the shelter for victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $5 each, five for $20, available at the shop on Main Street through December 21, when the drawing will take place.
Tom Clavin of Sag Harbor will talk about his book, “Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission,” at the Friends of the John Jermain Library’s annual Book & Author Luncheon on Sunday, December 4, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at the American Hotel. The cost of the three-course luncheon is $55. Email Chris Tice at email@example.com or call her at 631-725-3803 to order tickets. I’ve got mine.
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival begins at Bay Street Theatre on Thursday, December 1, and runs through Sunday, December 4. Tickets are on sale now at the festival’s website.
The closing night film on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. will be “Unlocking the Cage,” by Sag Harbor’s resident filmmakers of national renown, Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker. They follow animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he files the first lawsuits aimed at breaking down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, transforming them from “things” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.
Lana Jokel’s “A Moment in Time,” featuring interviews with artists of the Hamptons, is the festival’s opening-night film. A celebration of the PBS series, “American Masters,” follows on December 2, including awards for the series creator, Susan Lacy, and its executive producer, Michael Kantor, followed by a screening of the feature film, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”
The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry is conducting its annual pre-winter fundraising drive. At this time of year, demand rises for the pantry’s help. Send your tax-deductible donation to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1241, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963-0043.
The Sag Harbor Lions Club annual Christmas Tree Sale will get under way at the windmill at the foot of Long Wharf beginning on Friday, December 2. Lions will be there Tuesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale will end on Sunday, December 18, or earlier if sold out.
Proceeds from the sale will go to the Sag Harbor Youth Committee, the Pierson FIRST Robotics Team28, the Piersonian yearbook and to Lions scholarships given out in late May.
This year the club is selling Fraser firs ranging from 4 to 10 feet in height and $55 to $105 in price. Douglas fir wreaths will be available up to 24 inches in diameter for $20 along with a larger size up to 36 inches in diameter for $50. They will also have a dozen of the smaller wreaths pre-decorated for $40. Bows will be for sale at $10 each.
“We decided to go with Fraser firs this year because the species is known for the longevity of its needles.” Lion President Steve Espach said. “In the past, with the Balsam firs, we’ve had needles falling off the trees the day after they were delivered. Our new supplier cuts our trees and then delivers them fresh a few days later.”
The club will be accepting cash, checks and major credit cards. When a Lion isn’t on site, just pick out a tree, tie it to your vehicle and head over to the Sag Harbor Liquor Store at 52 Main Street to pay for it.