Happy Thanksgiving. I suppose the holiday season is now officially upon us, and all of the scheduled events in and around Bridgehampton certainly demonstrate that.This weekend is especially busy. For Christmas tree fans, this Friday, December 6, at 6 p.m., folks at the Topping Rose House will be lighting the majestic tree in front of the house. There will be holiday carols by the Bridgehampton High School band and chorus and complimentary hot cocoa and gingerbread will be offered. The public is invited to this free event.
On Saturday, December 7, the Bridgehampton Association will hold its annual Holiday Fair at St. Ann’s Parish Hall on Main Street in Bridgehampton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for family and friends, and for yourself.
Your children will have the opportunity to explore meditation, Qi-Gong, art, music, yoga, drumming and peaceful communication at “Exploring Alternatives—A Fun Day for Kids age 6-11” at the UUCSF Meetinghouse, located at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike from 1 to 4 p.m., this Saturday. For information call Alternatives Counseling at (631) 283 4440.
The sixth annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will be screening 22 documentary films for three days on December 6 through 8 at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Bridgehampton’s own Lana Jokel, the director of the closing night film and winner of the Filmmaker’s Choice Award for “Larry Rivers Public and Private,” will be on hand Sunday night, December 8, for the film’s screening at 7 p.m. and for a Q&A session afterward.
Also this weekend, the Horticultural Alliance has two programs open to the public. On Saturday, at 11 a.m., the Winter Book Group will be discussing “Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton” by Edward Hyams, and “Bringing Nature Home” by Doug Tallamy. The meeting will be in the Horticultural Library, ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House, and admission is free.
On Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m., the Horticultural Alliance will present “The Fragrant Garden: Resplendent Flowering Trees and Shrubs,” an illustrated lecture by Lois Sheinfeld, immediately followed by the alliance’s annual holiday party. This event will be in the Bridgehampton Community House, main auditorium. Admission is $10 for non-members of HAH and includes both the lecture and the party. For information on either event, call (631) 537-2223.
On that same day, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a Holiday Wreath Workshop with Diana Conklin at the Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. The program is limited to 20 people; preregistration and prepayment are required. The $30 fee includes materials and light refreshments. To register, contact Robin Harris at (631) 283-3195 ext. 19.
And again on that same busy Sunday, December 8, the Choral Society of the Hamptons and the South Fork Chamber Orchestra present “In Terra Pax,” in two performances, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Music by Vaughan Williams, Finzi, McDowall and Warlock. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Call 204-9402 for additional information.
If you like to plan ahead, tickets are available now for “Bridgehampton Gospelfest” on Sunday, December 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. The performance features the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble. Donation is $30 for the concert and $50 for the concert with a cocktail reception. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Michelle Cannon at (631) 537-0616 ext. 16. All proceeds will benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center.
And if you’re still holiday shopping, the Clay Art Guild will be exhibiting and offering for sale the work of guild members at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives building (2539-A Montauk Hwy) on two weekends. This holiday event will fill the space with a wonderful selection of handmade pottery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 to 15 and again from December 20 to 22 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. And thanks to funding by the Town of Southampton and by Suffolk County, local folk artists will join the Clay Art Guild at the Archives building on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., demonstrating decoy carving, quilting and rug hooking. Call (631) 357-1088 for additional information.
And as we recover from last week’s Thanksgiving celebration, let’s all remember those wise words uttered by an anonymous wit: “May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!”