Our son-in-law and daughter, Matthew and Jessica (Holthaus) Badour, of Lithia Springs, Georgia, proudly announce the joyous arrival of their first child, Caius Thomas, born November 6, 2016, at 12:55 a.m., at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Baby Badour weighed in at 7.2 pounds and was 21 inches long.
Delighted grandparents are Ron and Jamie Holthaus of Hampton Bays, Carla Forst of Birmingham, Michigan and Denny Badour of Charlevoix, Michigan. Great-grandparents are Gerhard Holthaus of Rio Vista, California, and Leroy and Camille Birdsall of Essexville, Michigan.
Incidentally, the name Caius in Latin, means rejoice and we really are!
Happy birthday to you, Darren Ottati! Darren’s day to shine is on Saturday, December 3. And a champagne toast to Judi and Don Veeck. Judi and Don’s wedding anniversary falls on Saturday, December 3. Cheers!
More cheering for Emma Squires! Emma was among 42 Paul Smith’s College athletes named to the United State Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-Academic Team for success in the classroom this fall. Emma is a natural resources management and policy major.
And let’s hear it for Hampton Bays’ violist Brandon White, who had a very busy musical month in November, turning in a flawless performance of his one-hour senior recital in the Snell Theater at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Brandon performed music by Telemann, Benjamin Britten, Brahms, and contemporary composer Paul Hindemith. His parents were on hand, along with many friends and colleagues.
That performance was followed by a concert on November 15 with the Crane Symphony Orchestra as principal violist and a performance on November 17 of Dvorak’s Quintet No. 2, with four equally gifted colleagues. Bravo!
The Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society’s Christmas ornament has arrived! This year, the group is happy to commemorate the Good Ground Market. Built in 1912, the butcher market was owned by Alwin Scholz, and later, by his son Theodore. When the supermarkets opened in town, the market couldn’t compete and closed.
In 1966, Marian Scholz opened Davie’s Used Furniture and Antiques, and the whole family helped with the store. In 2002, Marian’s daughter, Karen Andrews, took over the reins and turned it into a multi-dealer shop. This year they celebrate 104 years as a family-run business. The ornaments are $15 and can be purchased at Good Ground Antique Center, Quogue Sinclair Fuel and Shinnecock Hardware.
Ron at the UPS store would like me to let readers know that the store will be open on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sunday, December 18. Get wrapping and shipping, folks!
Lots of ho-ho-hamlet holiday happenings going on around here, so I shall get right to it.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is having its annual Home and Hearth Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 3, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the church at 165 Ponquogue Avenue.
The fair features raffle baskets, handcrafted decorations and gifts, homemade goodies, greens, wreaths and the famous cookie walk.
The Hampton Bays United Methodist Church is also having its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Anderson-Warner Hall, 158 West Montauk Highway.
There’s a nice selection of wreaths, a jewelry table, baked goods, vendors, and thrift shop treasures galore. Breakfast and lunch items are available for purchase.
Flanders, Riverside, Northampton, Community Association (FRNCA) and the Truth Community Church are co-hosting a Christmas event on Saturday, December 3, at 6 p.m., at the church, located at 46 Bell Avenue in Flanders. Children will have the opportunity to make their own Christmas tree ornaments and hang them on a community tree on the church property.
There will be arts and crafts, plenty of refreshments, music, and a brief telling of the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning of Christmas.
The 14.5 Motorcycle Club is hosting its second annual toy and clothing drive on Sunday, December 4, from 1 until 5 p.m., at the Flanders Men’s Club, 1018 Flanders Road. Bring a new, unwrapped, toy or new clothing for kids up to age 18. There will be food, raffles, a bounce house and a visit from the big man in red. RSVP 14.5MC on Facebook or shoot an email to email@example.com.
Bring your pampered pets on over to the Hampton Bays Public Library for a photo op with Santa this Sunday, December 4, from 1 until 4 p.m. There’s a $10 fee and all proceeds will be donated to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Please feel free to bring along a donation for the shelter. To set up a time, call the library at 631-728-6241, ext. 120, or 121.
Santa will be pulling into town for the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce and Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree lighting, on Sunday, December 4, from 4:30 until 7 p.m., opposite the firehouse, 69 West Montauk Highway. Afterward, all are invited back to the firehouse for hot cocoa and photos.
Monday, December 5: Hampton Bays Beautification Association meets at 7 p.m. in the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.
Wednesday, December 7: Hampton Bays Beautification Association holiday celebration, 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Oakland’s Restaurant, 373 Dune Road. Lunch is $35 per person. For reservations, call Grace Daly at 631-723-0726.
Sunday, December 18: Michelangelo Lodge Christmas Party, 1 p.m., at Edgewater Restaurant, 295 Montauk Highway. $40 per person includes salad, entrée, one glass of wine, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. For reservations, call 631-728-6779, or 631-728-3379.