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Nov 25, 2009 11:08 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk plans a big party for the second annual light-up

Nov 25, 2009 11:08 AM

Last year marked the start of a tradition of lighting up the Montauk Lighthouse for Christmas, and the throngs who attended that event are a testament to the attraction of “The End” for those wanting to celebrate a holiday tradition.

This year, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce has expanded the new tradition, and will be holding a weekend filled with holiday activities just after Thanksgiving to boost the hamlet’s sleepy winter vibe.

“We’re trying to make it an old-fashioned Christmas,” said the chamber’s executive director, Laraine Creegan, who was busy Friday coordinating the delivery of 70 Christmas trees, which will light up Main Street for the first time, stringing lights on the gazebo on the green and preparing to have hot chocolate and cider delivered for the festivities.

Singing and caroling at the gazebo will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, and the chamber has organized a food and toy drive and the making of holiday ornaments on the green between 2 and 4 p.m. The downtown light-up will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, and afterward, judges will be make their way through the business district to consider who will win the prize for “Best Decorated Montauk Storefront,” which will be awarded Saturday afternoon. The festivities at the gazebo continue on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ms. Creegan is asking people to bring unwrapped toys and food to the festivities to help needy Montauk families.

Also on Friday will be a special benefit concert for the Montauk Historical Society, the organization responsible for lighting the lighthouse, an endeavor that is expected to cost the organization $50,000 this year.

The concert, titled “Autumn Serenade” and featuring autumn and Thanksgiving songs, will present baritone Joshua South and soprano Lilah Gosman. It will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 27, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. Ms. Gosman and Mr. South will be accompanied by pianist Jane Hastay and bassist/guitarist Peter Martin Weiss. Tickets are $25.

Ms. Hastay and Mr. Weiss are the founders of The Art of Song, a concert series that presents outstanding singers performing unforgettable songs. “Autumn Serenade” is a collaboration between classical and jazz music that was first performed last Thanksgiving weekend in Bridgehampton.

On Saturday, the Montauk Community Church will also hold a Christmas fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Montauk Library will hold a book sale, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The lighting of the lighthouse begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 28. Cookies and cider will be served and there will be live music and a visit from Santa Claus. 
Santa returns to the lighthouse again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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