Water Mill Community Notes, December 5

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It would seem that local organizations are sending out their year-end newsletters because the mailbox was chock full of them this week.The Water Mill Museum sent a newsletter that contains a bit of news, a bit of history, a tidbit or two, plus two great ideas for a gift that anyone living in Water Mill might appreciate: (1) the “Water Mill: Celebrating Community” book and (2) a personalized brick to be placed at the museum’s Celebration Brick Path.

The Water Mill Community Club sent out registration forms to renew membership for 2014. I’ve written it before and I’ll write it again but this membership is about the best deal in town. A Family Club Membership is just $45 and gets you invited to all the wonderful events held throughout the year. If you’re a tennis buff, you can up it to a Family Tennis Membership for $400, which allows unlimited access to the club’s courts.

And speaking of the Water Mill Community Club, its annual Christmas on the Green event will be held on Sunday, December 8. It starts at 2 p.m. and Santa should arrive shortly after. Remember, the green gets very chilly so dress warmly and enjoy cider and donuts and the opportunity to take pictures of the tots with Santa that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

The hamlet green got dressed up just in time for this Sunday’s event with the help of more than a dozen volunteers who gathered there to set up and decorate all the trees that line the green along Montauk Highway, put up the Season’s Greetings sign, and other touches that add a festive feel. Thanks to all who helped out.

Also, on December 8, there will be a holiday open house at the Laurel Group at Baywoods in Water Mill. Starting at noon, you may stop in to take a photo with Santa, enjoy the festive atmosphere and get some holiday decorating ideas, along with discounts for items purchased that day. For additional information, call 726-6610 or visit www.thelaurelgroup.net. This event is free to the public.

Big news from the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. Starting in April, they will shift their focus to education, which will include a name change for Celadon Gallery to the Clay Art Studios of the Hamptons. The studio will offer classes in wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing and other techniques. They need a bit of help, though, with the cost of converting the building to a studio. If you can help out, email hamptonsclayart@optonline.net.

Are you ready for a hoedown? Then head on over to the Water Mill Community House on Saturday where Dick Haile will be calling the dances and Dunegrass making the music at the traditional New England contra dance. Bring a snack to share. For more information, go to www.litma.org.

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