As the holiday season rapidly approaches and we gear up for seasonal shopping, it’s worth remembering our local businesses when we are parting with our precious dollars. To highlight the contribution that mom-and-pop shops make to a community, once again, the Saturday following Thanksgiving has been officially marked Small Business Saturday.
As noted by State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, “the dedication and entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses are vital to the prosperity and vibrancy of every community throughout New York State. Local shoppers are encouraged to support the wide array of small businesses located on Long Island’s East End.”
Remember that it is the small businesses that get hit up for donations for every single charity—local or otherwise—and that most gladly hand them over. It’s the owners of the local businesses who are involved with organizations that raise money and give help where it is needed. It’s the owners of local businesses who, mostly, live right alongside us. Come on, help ‘em out. Shop local.
One thing we look forward to every December is the arrival of a platter of Greek pastries baked at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. It arrives as if by magic and for us marks the beginning of the over-consumption of the season. But who can resist?
You can order your own delicious baklava (phyllo pastry with honey and walnuts), kourambiethes (powdered sugar cookies), koulourakia (tea cookies), spanakopita (spinach-filled phyllo), tiropita (cheese-filled phyllo) and finikia (honey-dipped nut cookies), by calling the church office at 631-283-6169 or by downloading the order form on the church website, dormitionhamptons.org. Plus, the church’s holiday boutique is now open and includes the fresh-baked goods. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
Shifting gears completely, have you ever wondered what it is like to work as a police officer? Well, you can find out by participating in the Southampton Town Police Department’s Civilian Academy, which begins January 24. The 14-week program will meet one night per week, from 6 to 9 p.m. Seating is limited.
To apply, send an email to Lt. Susan Ralph, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will send you a short application. Completed applications will be accepted up until December 27.
With the deadline approaching for enrollment in a health insurance plan, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation is providing free assistance for enrollment in the health plan marketplace. “Facilitated enrollers,” who have undergone New York State training for enrollment into the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace products which include Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan, will be available to help individuals understand coverage options, apply for assistance that could lower the cost of health coverage, and enroll in a plan.
All representatives are available in the Suite M conference room at the East Hampton Healthcare Center, 200 Pantigo Place, East Hampton. This is a free community service, no appointments are necessary. Call 631-329-2425 for hours and more information.
If you have a story, milestone, event information or news tip to share, please email email@example.com. So on to the news in the community:
For The Holidays
The Retreat for victims of domestic abuse collects gift cards redeemable at local food stores so clients can shop on their own. Cards from Stop & Shop, King Kullen, Walmart, Gala Fresh, IGA, or Best Market in increments of $5 to $50 may be mailed to The Retreat, Holiday Drive, 13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937.
Town & Country Real Estate is opening all its East End offices for a winter coat and accessories drive. Gently used or new winter coats, hats, and gloves will be distributed to those in need in shelters in the area. Donations may be made through December 15 at the offices in Westhampton Beach, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk.
The South Fork Natural History Museum will begin its annual holiday toy drive on Saturday, November 25, and it will continue through December 20. All items collected will go to Heart of the Hamptons. New, unwrapped toys for children and gift cards for teens are being requested and may be dropped off during museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Remsenburg Garden Club will host its annual Wreath-Boutique Sale on Saturday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Remsenburg Academy. Club members make beautiful and unique handmade wreaths and home-baked goods that will be available, along with locally grown poinsettia arrangements, quality tag sale items and raffles. This is the club’s only fundraiser. All proceeds help maintain community plantings and local charities. Any questions, call Dorothy Labowski at 631-325-8603.
Several East Hampton groups are joining forces to present a screening of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a 2006 documentary about former US Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate the general public about global warming. The screening will take place on Wednesday, November 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. The film has been raising international awareness of global warming and reviving the environmental movement.
Sponsoring groups are The East Hampton Town Energy Sustainability Committee, the East Hampton Town Recycling and Litter Committee, and the East Hampton High School Environmental Awareness Club.
A new holiday exhibit will open this weekend at the Clinton Academy called Sweet Dreams: Antique Quilts & Coverlets and the Stories They Tell. Keeping warm during the long and damp winters here on the South Fork, meant going to bed early and nestling under layers of blankets and quilts. These bedcovers were often made at home and displayed excellent needlework and exceptional design skills. The curators have gathered together an exciting collection of rare and beautiful bedcovers along with doll quilts, antique sewing equipment, several bedwarmers and a few cradles and a Dominy bedstead. Most of the quilts are from the collection of the East Hampton Historical Society, but a few are from private collections. The bold folk art patterns and bright warm colors of the quilts will warm up the gallery.
Admission is free and the hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Five homes will be featured in the House & Garden Tour sponsored by the East Hampton Historical Society. The tour will be held on Saturday, November 25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. A kick-off cocktail party will be held the night before at the Maidstone Club.
Tickets to the opening night cocktail party are $200 each, which includes entry to the house tour the following day. Tickets to the self-guided tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. For ticket information, go to easthamptonhistory.org or call 631-324-6850. Day-before and day-of tickets are available at the Clinton Academy on Main Street.
A reminder that the folks at the Springs Church are partnering with the Church of the Nazarene, which meets at the Springs Church, to collect items for those in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria. Items may be left at the side door of the church labeled for hurricane relief, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Requested items include shampoo, hand towels, bandages, toothpaste, hair combs, nail clippers, bars of soap, small packs of tissues. Volunteers will combine the items into packages that will be distributed to individuals in need. If you’ve got questions, call 631-324-4791.
Mark your calendar for the Holiday Bazaar to be held at the Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station on Sunday, December 3. Included among the many wares for sale are porcelain ceramics, handmade and vintage jewelry, essential oils for face and body, soaps and candles, coloring books for all ages, irresistible teddy bear prints and other affordable art work, Amagansett sea salt, artisanal olive oil and vinegar, jams, jellies, preserves and relishes, cozy socks for the winter ahead, art posters and cards by local artists, books about our area by local authors, very special birdhouses, and many more collectibles. Refreshments will be served. Come to get a jump on your holiday shopping or to marvel at the 1902 building and its recent restoration. For more information, contact Elena Prohaska Glinn at 631-324-3479.
The summer may be over but the fun is not in Montauk. There is a variety of events coming up over the Thanksgiving weekend. For starters, the annual Turkey Trot/fun run takes place on, you guessed it, Thanksgiving morning, November 23. Registration opens at 8 a.m. for your choice of the 3- or 6-mile course. So put the turkey in the oven and get out there to bank a few calories for later in the day. Day-of-race entry is $15 ($10 in advance at the Montauk Playhouse). For information, call 631-324-2417.
Then on Saturday, November 25, the annual Family Holiday Fun Day sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, hosted by and held at Montauk Yacht Club will take place from noon to 2 p.m. It is a free event for youngsters to create holiday crafts and tree ornaments. Cider, cookies and plenty of good cheer are served.
Also that day is the Montauk Community Church Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked goods, new and used toys, handmade items and other gifts will be for sale. Santa arrives at 11 a.m.
The Montauk Library Holiday Book Sale is that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And, yes! the ninth annual Lighting of The Lighthouse will take place between 4 and 7 p.m. The rain date is November 26. Parking and admission to the lighthouse grounds are free.
The next week, on November 26, is Sunday Christmas at the Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities throughout the day.
For details on chamber and Montauk events go to montaukchamber.com.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is moving its popular dog training classes indoors to a heated greenhouse at Wainscott Farms on Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. The next session of classes with instructor Matthew Posnick is set to start November 24. For a full list of offerings or to register, go to arfhamptons.org or call 631-537-0400 x202.
Congratulations to Pierson High School alum Kathleen (Rozzi) Gurak, who was recently honored with the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The daughter of Donald and Alice Rozzi, she was recognized for outstanding contributions to the profession of teaching. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is given in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Ms. Gurak is an associate professor of health and physical education at SUNY Genesee Community College. She began teaching in the public K-12 setting, serving as a teacher, coach, department head, and administrator for several years, mostly at Geneseo Central Schools. She began teaching at GCC as an adjunct in 1994 and has been full time since 2007.
According to a press release, Ms. Gurak is committed to helping her students succeed. She challenges them in many ways, always encouraging and enhancing their problem-solving skills while applying what they have learned. She helped develop new courses in the sports management, coaching, and physical education programs, mentors other full-time and adjunct faculty and volunteers for campus workshops and committees, and has served on Academic Senate. Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Teacher. She lives in Groveland with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Rozzi.
If you’re from Bridgehampton, you probably already know that the place to get a one-of-a kind wreath is at the Bridgehampton Association’s annual Holiday Fair. This year, it’s set for Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Ann’s parish house on Main Street.
The items for sale are the culmination of months of handiwork performed by members of the Association who have stitched, painted, knitted, baked and collected a splendid array of holiday presents for every member of the family as well as decorations for the home.
Charming booths have been assembled to tempt various gift-giving interests, including edible treats—jams, puddings, cookies, candies and cakes. There are also table accessories using fresh greens, hand-painted ornaments, and one-of-a-kind wreaths, using freshly-cut boxwood. Colorful accessories for children are all handmade by association members.
Not to be missed is a wonderful collection of fashion accessories, trendy jewelry, scarves, gloves and hair ornaments, some generously donated from private jewelry boxes, some brand new. Another popular booth features “Household Treasures”, antiques, collectibles and decorative items for the home and garden.
Raffle tickets will also be for sale for the Pot o’ Gold table displaying unique gifts, baskets of “cheer,” as well as gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants and shops. Visitors can refresh themselves by buying delicious homemade sandwiches and treats while shopping. There is no admission fee to the Holiday Fair.
The Bridgehampton Association was established in 1984 and is made up of volunteers who raise money at events such as the fair, the annual golf tournament in the spring, and by selling quality used books at The Book Bay in the old firehouse on School Street in Bridgehampton. The proceeds are disbursed to more than 20 East End organizations, including East End Hospice, Peconic Land Trust, Maureen’s Haven, the Dominican Sisters, the Children’s Museum of the East End, Southampton Hospital and many others.
Celebrity chef Jean-Georges will be cooking up some special fare for it’s the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center’s holiday dinner benefit set for Saturday, December 2, at the Topping Rose House. Tickets for the three-course dinner, which will start at 6:30 p.m., are $200 per person, and may be reserved online at bhccrc.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a new branch manager at the Gold Coast Bank’s Southampton branch. Maryann Hudson of Shirley brings more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance, and is a skilled manager that consistently meets bank and customer service standards, according to a press release. She was a branch manager at Suffolk Federal Credit Union prior to her move to Gold Coast Bank.
Do you play chess? The Rogers Memorial Library is hosting a continuing chess series for adults on Mondays in November and December, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The fee is $25.
Also at the library is “Battle of the Brains,” a trivia night hosted by Bob DeStefano, on Monday, November 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a team or come alone. Pizza and snacks will be served.
Two “Holiday Book Trees” workshops will be offered on Saturday, December 2—10:15 a.m. and noon—with Rachel Foster, who will demonstrate how to make a holiday evergreen tree out of discarded books. The fee is $10.
Harry Mikkelson will lead a session of Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday, December 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. for young adults ages 17 to 35 and is beginner-friendly.
To register for library programs, visit myrml.org or call 631-283-0774, extension 523.
Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will present Joe Landry’s “A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play,” on Friday, November 24, Sunday, November 26, Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 3, at Southampton Cultural Center.
Performance times are Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m.
The Hampton Bays Civic Association will meet on Monday, November 27, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue. The topic of discussion will be “The Water You Drink in Hampton Bays” with guest speaker James Warner, representing the Hampton Bays Water District. He will address the status of the three wells taken off line due to contamination and the acceptability of the current water supply. He will give the status of both the DEC investigation and the carbon filter retrofit and whether or not the retrofitted wells will provide drinking water in the future. Other issues Mr. Warner will discuss are the water flow issues at the planned CPI townhouses, including the status of the agreement with the Suffolk County Water Authority for a hook-up as described in the supplemental DEIS, and the effect, if any, on the water supply of the compromised underground gas storage tanks recently removed from the east side of CPI.
For more information, go to hbcivic.org, email email@example.com or call 631-728-2289.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is holding its Home and Hearth Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss the famous cookie walk, a chance to win a raffle basket, or the opportunity to purchase handcrafted Christmas decorations and gifts. And Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the parish office at 631-728-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder that the Hampton Bays Fire Department is helping out the families at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island by bringing a truckload of gifts to the residents there. Help them stuff the truck by bringing an unwrapped toy (or more than one!) to the firehouse any time between now and December 11. The firehouse is located on Montauk Highway and there is someone there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mark your calendar for the East Quogue PTA’s third annual Holiday Boutique on Thursday, November 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the East Quogue School. There will be many local vendors showcasing their products to help make your holiday shopping easy, fun and festive. Please come show your support!
The East Quogue Adopt A Family program needs your help. These are uncertain times for us all, but we all know of friends and families in great need. Families right here in our community are facing a holiday season with no presents for their children, no money to put food in the table or buy warm clothes for the winter. You can help make the season a little brighter for these families. Please donate money or a gift certificate that can be passed on to these families. Any donation is accepted and greatly appreciated.
Donations may be mailed to EQ Adopt A Family at P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942 or dropped off at Roses and Rice on Main Street in East Quogue. If you know of a family in need, please contact the East Quogue Adopt A Family, PO Box 71, East Quogue, NY 1942, or leave a message at 631-653-4444.
Looking ahead to some holiday happenings, the East Quogue Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host its third annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 3, at the firehouse on Main Street. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Santa will be on hand to visit with the children and families. For tickets and more information, call 631-653-4444 or 631-241-3066.
The art gallery at the Quogue Library will open a new exhibit this week. “Fall Collective: Celebrating East End Artists” is a group exhibition showcasing the vibrant and diverse work of a number of East End artists, such as Ellen Ball, Christopher Engel, Virva Hinnemo, Fulvio Massi, Dan Welden and others. The show will be on view through November.
Westhampton Presbyterian Church will hold its Christmas Tea and Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, from 1 to 3:30.
Don’t miss the Christmas tree and menorah lighting at the gazebo on Saturday, December 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Includes live holiday music by the Westhampton Beach High School Chorus, refreshments from Hampton Coffee Company and Beach Bakery and a special appearance by Santa, who will arrive by fire truck.
Please note that the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is a collection point for new toys for kids. Drop off your donations at the chamber office or Village Hall during regular business hours.
The VFW Post 5350 will host a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. It will take place at Gabreski Airport and this one will have a clock but no official timekeeper. It’s just to get your day started off right before filling up with turkey. Online registration is available at signmeup.com/122214.
The Westhampton Free Library will host a wine tasting on Friday, December 1, at 6 p.m. The event will feature the music of Craig Wayne Boyd, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle ticket for a bottle of Sparkling Point’s 2007 Brut Seduction and tastings of four Sparkling Pointe Vineyard wines. Registration is $25 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. Designated drivers will be admitted free of charge.
Dessert and Discuss at the library will be about the history of Santa on Friday, December 8, at noon.
To register for library programs, call 631-288-3335 or sign up online at www.westhamptonlibrary.net.
You won’t want to miss the lighting of the Big Duck so mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 29. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and will include a visit from Quackerjack (the mascot of the Long Island Ducks baseball team), duck carols led by students from the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, refreshments and the ever-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck.
There is just one more chance to partake of the Eastport Fire Department’s famous buffet breakfasts and it’s this Sunday, November 26. Breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to noon and the cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for those under 5. All proceeds benefit the fire department and they’d also appreciate a donation of a non-perishable food item to help them “stuff a truck.”
The Southampton Youth Bureau will host a Glow Night on Friday, December 1, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the SYS Recreation Center in Southampton. The illuminated gym will feature glow in the dark games such as basketball, Capture the Flag, soccer and more. The event is open to students in grades 6 through 12 and participants are encouraged to wear white or bright neon colors. Admission is $10 per person and transportation is available for $2. For more information or to view the transportation schedule/bus permission slip, visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or call (631) 702-2425.
The South Fork Natural History Museum will be the location for an open house called “Space: The Next Frontier,” co-sponsored by the Montauk Observatory. It will take place on Saturday, November 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it will be a day filled with family fun and educational events related to astronomy and outer space, including portable planetarium shows. This is a SoFo event that is being co-sponsored by Montauk Observatory. To register, call SoFo at 631-537-9735 or visit SoFo.org.
If you happen to be in Riverhead on Saturday, December 2, then you might want to stop at the Suffolk County Historical Society Building for the seventh annual Wooden Wonderland holiday craft show and sale. Admission is free. The event will feature local handmade wooden items, as well as other local artisans’ wares. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations will go on all day indoors in the galleries and outdoors. The event includes dozens of local vendors, holiday arts and crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings and other wooden items, local artisan-crafted holiday and everyday gifts, handmade soaps, candles, hats & scarves, and much more (too much to list!). There’s something for everyone on your holiday list. For more information, call 631-727-2881 x 100.
The Southampton Town Kiwanis Club is selling holiday cards made from an art project completed at the Flying Point Foundation for Autism’s summer camp. Two beautiful paintings were made from pieces of paper each painted with a specified color (as author/illustrator Eric Carle does) and put together on large canvases like a collage/mosaic in the style of Charley Harper to create the card images. If you’d like to purchase the cards, check out the Flying Point Foundation for Autism on Facebook and email email@example.com. A pack of 10 cards is $12 and the proceeds will help Kiwanis and the Flying Point Foundation for Autism.
The Polar Express will make a stop in Southampton, courtesy of the North Fork Trolley. Inspired by the iconic film and award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the magic of The Polar Express comes to life Thursdays through Sundays from this weekend until Christmas. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas and interact with
characters from the movie and listen to Liam Neeson’s reading of “The
Polar Express.” When you arrive at the “North Pole,” participants will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa. To book your trip, visit northforktrolley.com.
Take A Hike
Remember that the day after Thanksgiving is the annual Walk It Off Walk in the Long Pond Greenbelt. Meet at 10 a.m. at the end of Round Pond Lane in Sag Harbor on Friday, November 24, for the walk with leader Dai Dayton.