Hold onto your hats, here come Christmas and the holidays!Santa Claus himself will be here this Saturday, December 3, at the windmill at 3 p.m., arriving from the North Pole aboard a Sag Harbor Fire Department truck to meet Mrs. Claus and visitors. At 5 p.m., he will light the Christmas tree at the windmill.
There will be caroling and candy canes and, new this year, the local early-childhood school, Our Sons and Daughters, will conduct a 90-minute village lantern tour leaving from Dodds & Eder at 3:30. Around the Fire catering will serve organic pizza at the windmill to raise funds for the school.
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival begins at Bay Street Theater today, Thursday, December 1, and runs through Sunday, December 4.
There are 25 films to be screened. Admission is $150 to all of them, plus a gala celebration in honor of career achievement award winner Alex Gibney on Saturday and a tribute to the producers of the American masters series on Friday. Tickets are $15 for individual films. As of yesterday, November 30, tickets are no longer available on line so you must buy them in person at the Bay Street box office.
The Sag Harbor Fire Department Auxiliary’s annual Girls Night Out featuring shopping, a Chinese auction and a 50-50 raffle happens tonight, Thursday, December 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the main firehouse at 1357 Brick Kiln Road. Admission is $15; if you bring an item for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry, it will be $10.
Christ Episcopal Church’s annual Christmas Boutique happens on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church on Route 114. Stop by for tea, pastries and chats with neighbors as you shop for Christmas trees, wreaths and greens; gift baskets; gift certificates to local restaurants; crafts from Haiti; silver, china and holiday decorations. This event is a big hit every year.
Lion President Steve Espach has posted a great video slideshow featuring the Lions Club Christmas tree sale on the club’s Facebook page. This year’s sale gets under way at the windmill tomorrow, Friday, December 2. Lions will be on hand to sell trees Tuesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. When a Lion isn’t on site, just head over to the Sag Harbor Liquor Store at 52 Main Street to pay.
The proceeds will support the Sag Harbor Youth Committee, the Pierson FIRST Robotics Team28, the Piersonian yearbook and Lions scholarships.
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum celebrates the holidays with its third annual holiday cocktail party and fundraiser this Saturday, December 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum at 200 Main Street. Steve Shaughnessy will be playing live jazz in the Sage Parlor, which will be decked out for the season. Tickets are $25. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a ceremony to honor directors who have passed away. Call 631-725-0770 for information.
If you have yet to make your tax-deductible donation to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, which so many families rely on at this time of year, get your act together! Checks should be made payable to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry and mailed to the pantry at P.O. Box 1241, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963-0043.
Temple Adas Israel at 30 Atlantic Avenue will present a Klezmer Music Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with Polina Shepherd and Lorin Sklamberg. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 631-725-0904 for information. “Klezmer” is musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe.
A cold-stunned leatherback turtle washed up on the sand at Long Beach on Saturday, November 26. Kathryn Szoka of Canio’s Books posted a photo and account that day. She reported the noble creature was rescued and the prognosis is good. (For details, see Mike Bottini’s outdoors column in today’s sports section.)
Join in “The Jump In! Campaign” to increase awareness of the pollutants flowing into ground and surface waters around the East End. It’s happening tonight, Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at the John Jermain Library at 201 Main Street.
How is the renovated and enlarged library building affecting patronage? Looks as if the youngest kids are especially enthusiastic. Catherine Creedon, director of the library, reports in the latest library newsletter that picture book circulation in September 2016 was up 68 percent over the same month in 2015 and Beginning to Read book circulation was up 36 percent.
The Friends of the Library’s annual Book & Author Luncheon is set for this Sunday, December 4, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at the American Hotel. Tom Clavin of Sag Harbor will talk about his book, “Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission.” Check with Chris Tice at 631-725-3803 to see if tickets are still available. The cost of the three-course luncheon is $55. Only a few tickets were left early this week.
It was great to see Sag Harbor native Jimmy Durning and his wife Holly in town from Florida last week but the reason for their visit was not a happy one: the passing of his and many others’ good friend Richard Egosi of the Sag Harbor Egosi clan.
An Irish film series gets under way 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 discussion of the film will follow on Friday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at Canio’s Books of Sag Harbor, which is hosting the film series at the Bridgehampton library. The screening is free. The next film will be shown in January.
The Sag Harbor Community Band’s annual holiday concert is set for 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, 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.
The Sag Harbor Historical Society’s annual holiday tea party is set for Sunday, December 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Annie Cooper Boyd House & Museum at 174 Main Street. Old photos that local people have been submitting to the Historical Society will be on display. If you have some of your own, submit them now to be scanned and they will be returned. Call 631-725-5092 for further information.
The Long Island Shark Collaboration (LISC) will present an interactive lecture on Thursday, December 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the John Jermain Library at 201 Main Street. The topic will be the large coastal sharks found in the shallow ocean waters off the East End and the young-of-the-year tagging effort conducted by LISC. Call the library at 631-749-0049 for details.