Happens every year: Signs large and small pop up all over, all pointing inexorably like flags stretched out before a stiff wind toward the end of year rituals known collectively as the holiday season:
Leaves, spent from the exertion of flashing their many hues, start to fall and skitter across the roads; a line of runners strung through the streets of our village describes the course of the Hudsy 5K; fall crops announce their colorful presence with authority at the farm stands; costumed children amble down Jessup Avenue; daylight backs up and darkness gathers in the afternoon; a single day, November 11, reminds us to honor veterans all the year ’round; the first Salvation Army handbell peals in a parking lot.
Village highway crews are starting their rounds to pick up leaves, which must be piled (not in plastic bags) by the side of (not in) the road by no later than December 15.
Those who prefer not to wait for pickup by the village may exercise the option of contracting with landscapers to take them to the highway department yard, as long as it can be proved they come from within the incorporated village borders. Call the village for details; 653-4498.
Remember that the village will not pick up leaves commingled with branches or brush. Brush may be disposed of free of charge at the Westhampton and Hampton Bays recycling centers from now until December 31.
The Godiva holiday collection has arrived at Double Rainbow on Jessup Avenue. Holiday Godiva includes the Godiva Holiday Bear, made by Gund and holding Godiva chocolates; holiday gift boxes with truffles and holiday gift boxes with chocolate assortments. As an added incentive (as if one was needed), Grace is offering a 10 percent discount on Godiva for all those whose orders total $100 or more.
Also available at Double Rainbow just in time for the season are Playmobil advent calendars and Hello Kitty/Chococat specialty items.
The Have Your Cake Bake Shop will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday period, beginning Wednesday, November 23, with hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, the shop will be open from 9 a.m. to noon so that customers can pick up pies and last minute desserts. Friday hours will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday from 8 until 3.
Perennial favorites, cream pies, sweet treat gift boxes, savory tarts, and chocolate turkeys will all be available. Remember to order early to avoid disappointment; email email@example.com or call 653-8233.
At Quaquanantuck directs the attention of all those who enjoy documentary films to the Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival, scheduled on Sunday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and, after a dinner break, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, where many village residents have enjoyed the Finest in World Cinema screenings and, in the summer, the commentary of Hamptons Take 2 host Andrew Botsford and his guests.
Come for all the films and brief interviews with the filmmakers, or pick and choose from the menu available at www.ht2ff.com.