With the temperatures in the mid-60s, it was a little unsettling to hear Christmas songs on the radio this weekend, and yet, believe it or not Santa Claus will soon be coming to town. Literally. Thanks to the members of the Bridgehampton Lions Club, Santa will be taking a break to visit with children at the Hampton Library on Saturday at 3 p.m. Not only will Santa have gifts for the children, but there will be refreshments and the singing of carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the front lawn.
While you are in town, why not plan to eat as well? Joshua Hostetter is holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for his Eagle Scout project at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for those 14 and older and $10 for those 13 and under. For his Eagle Scout project, Josh plans to beautify the front of the Bridgehampton Senior Nutrition Center on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. For more information, call 537-1757.
You also know the holidays are approaching when the decorated Christmas trees show up on Main Street. Unfortunately, those trees don’t just appear by magic. In fact, they are donated by the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society, which once again is asking businesses and individuals to help defray the cost. The suggested donation is $75 and contributions can be sent to the BVIS at P.O. Box 872, Bridgehampton, New York, 11932.
The Choral Society of the Hamptons under the direction of Mark Mangini will present its annual Christmas concert with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. There will be two performances, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. A reception and silent auction will follow the later performance at the Bridgehampton Community House. Tickets are $25 for adults ($35 at the door) and $10 for youths ($15 at the door). Preferred tickets are also available for $50. Check out ChoralSocietyOfThe Hamptons.org, or call 631-204-9402 for more information. Tickets are also available at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.
Here’s a reminder that the Bridgehampton Association will hold its annual Holiday Fair at St. Ann’s Parish House on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Members of the association have been working for months, stitching, painting, knitting, baking and collecting an array of holiday presents for every member of the family as well as decorations for the home.
Booths will be set up 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 knitted hats, mittens and sweaters for children are handmade by association members. Not to be missed is a wonderful collection of fashion accessories, trendy jewelry, scarves, “facinators” and hair ornaments, some generously donated from private jewelry boxes, some brand new, purchased especially for this event. Another popular booth offers “Trash and Treasure,” decorative items for the home and garden.
Raffle tickets will also be on sale for 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 May, and by selling quality used books at the old firehouse on School Street in Bridgehampton. Funding is provided to more than 20 East End organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, East End Hospice, Peconic Land Trust, Maureen’s Haven, the Dominican Sisters, the Hampton Health Society and many others.
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has once again announced that his district office will accept donations for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program.
Donations can be dropped off at his office, at 2302 Main Street, Suite A, in Bridgehampton, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until December 16.
Participants are asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, which will be distributed to a needy child.
Since its inception in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children. For more information, call Assemblyman Thiele’s office at 537-2583.
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will sponsor a garden book discussion group on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the horticultural library at the Bridgehampton Community House. There will be reviews of “American Eden,” “Founding Gardeners,” and “Thoughtful Gardening.” The discussion group is free. For more information, call 537-2223.