Every Christmas season we play the “country bunnies” from those old stories and head on in to see the bright lights of the city. Manhattan is magical when it’s snowing, as long as you are not driving as it is falling. And if it is not snowing, there’s the opera, the ballet and the symphony to help elevate the holiday spirits of my children.
Manhattan is my husband’s old stomping ground and he loves to show us around. For our daughter, the clothing stores mixed with the occasional show capture her attention. For our older boy, it is dark rooms where people sing and play music while you nap until you go back outside and do something interesting. The youngest loses his finicky eating habits—“I don’t eat anything that starts with ‘H’”—and plunges into the ethnic restaurants, dim-summing and moo-goo-gai-panning as if there were no tomorrow.
It is family time and you have to let everyone make their own memories.
The Remsenburg-Speonk Board of Education will next meet on Monday, December 10, at 8 p.m., in the cafeteria of the elementary school off Mill Road.
It is time to have breakfast with Santa. Stop by the Eastport Firehouse on Union Avenue this Sunday, December 9, starting at 8 a.m., to enjoy some food and have your photo taken with the big guy in red. Santa will arrive via fire truck at 9 a.m.; come and tell him all your Christmas wishes.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 12. Photos with Santa cost $5 each.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to a tree-trimming party on Saturday, December 8, between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Attendees can make their own ornaments, enjoy some hot chocolate and listen to a few holiday stories.
The Remsenburg Association held its annual meeting last month. The new board has been elected and includes: Sue Mancuso Guerra (Basket Neck Lane), Jennifer Marwood (Pheasant Lane) and Philip Smyth (Remsen Lane). The new president is Jim Mendelson and all will begin their new terms in January.
Congratulations and thank you in advance for your service! Sue Hoffman and Meg Winslow were also recognized for their service to the board.
The Nutcracker Sweet Ballet at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a great way to celebrate the season. Paige Garrett of Remsenburg will be dancing the part of Clara this year. She has starred in several other performances. Local children will be dancing alongside professional dancers at this year’s shows.
Ms. Garrett’s opening performance is on Saturday, December 15, at 7 p.m. A second performance will be offered on Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m. Tickets are going fast. For more information, including ticket prices, call 631-288-1500.
Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Choral Society of the Moriches on Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church on Main Street. Laurie Pitcher, the author of the Up Seatuck Creek community column that’s published in this newspaper, will be singing in the chorus. Best of luck, Laurie!