Westhampton Community Notes, December 1

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The Moriches Bay Project has teamed up with Cor-J (aka Mill Road) Seafood and has brought back its cocktail sauce called “Shucks.” Each 6-ounce jar of cocktail sauce costs $8 each or $6 if you buy six or more jars, plus $4 for shipping and free gift-wrapping. A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping keep our bays and inlets clean. Order online by December 1, or before they sell out, by going to MorichesBayProject.org or by emailing MorichesBayProject@gmail.com.Just in time for your New Year’s celebrations, the Westhampton Free Library will host a sparkling wine tasting on Friday, December 2, at 6 p.m. Learn about the different sparkling wines while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and music from Craig Boyd. Registration is required for this event and admission is $25, designated drivers admitted at no cost. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 631-288-3335 or visit www.WesthamptonLibrary.net for more information or to register.

The Westhampton Free Library is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving as members of the Board of Trustees. The board is comprised of five to seven people who regularly meet at the Westhampton Free Library on the second Wednesday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. and for special meetings, as may be necessary. Currently, the Board has a vacancy for one member, but is interested in gauging community interest in serving as a Trustee not only now but in the future. To be eligible to serve as a trustee you must be a registered voter, a resident of the Westhampton Beach School District and dedicated to public service. Applications are available at the circulation desk and online at: http://www.westhamptonlibrary.net.

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Tea and Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 90 Meeting House Road. Gift items will be for sale, including fresh greens, jewelry, baked goods, and handmade ornaments and a miniature Norman Rockwell Village with all the trimmings. For more information, call the church office at 631-288-2576.

The Hamptons Interfaith Council will host the holiday lighting ceremony on the Village Green on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. Come see tree and menorah get lit for the holidays and enjoy some songs from the Westhampton Beach High School chamber singers and vocal jazz group and the students from the Hampton Synagogue Hebrew school. I believe the jolly, fat guy in the bright red suit is slated to have a sit-down with children who would like to meet him after the lightings.

Speaking of holiday lights, the Village of Westhampton Beach will hold its 15th annual holiday lighting contest this year. The judging will take place during the week of Monday, December 12, to Sunday, December 18, and residents and business owners are asked to leave your holiday lights on from 5 to 10 p.m. This year there will only be two categories, residence and business, and there will be three sub-categories: “Best Traditional Theme,” “Most Whimsical” and “Best Wow Factor.”

The winners of each category will receive a cash prize of $50. Winners will be announced on the village website and in the Western Edition of The Southampton Press; prizes will be awarded on January 5 at 7 p.m. at the Trustees meeting at Village Hall, 165 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. For additional information or to make sure your lights get viewed, call (631) 702-1550.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge in Quogue will host a holiday open house on Saturday, December 3, from 1 until 3 p.m. All are invited, during which you can make a holiday ornament to bring home with you, enjoy hot chocolate, light refreshments, crafts, and listen to live holiday music by a toasty fire. You can also shop for thoughtful presents for your loved ones as they will have apparel and gifts, fair trade gift items from Sobornost for the World Foundation, and some arts and crafts from local artists. This is a free celebration for adults and families, but reservations are preferred. Attendees are also invited to bring along their favorite holiday treat to share. For more information, visit www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.

Peconic Bay Medical Center and WALK 97.5 radio have teamed up for a community toy drive on Saturday, December 3, from noon to 2 p.m. Drop off an unwrapped gift in the lobby located at 1300 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead.

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is currently preparing for the village’s Winterfest on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s theme is Candyland and there will be lots of events going on around the village for kids and adults to enjoy. The chamber is also looking for some sponsorship help from those looking to help out. For more information call (631) 288-3337 or visit www.WesthamptonChamber.org.

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