What makes Sag Harbor such an appealing place is its smallness. Its narrow winding streets sometimes lead us right up to someone’s doorstep. Some village houses are so close together, you could easily pass a fresh baked pie from the kitchen window of one through to another. It’s a place where we can get to know our neighbors based on sheer proximity. One particular opportunity we have to meet one another comes every year during the interfaith Thanksgiving service led by Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton clergy. Folks from different faith communities attend, and all are welcome regardless of belief or non-belief.
This year the service will be held at the Old Whalers’ Church, 44 Union Street on Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. It’s a rare moment when we put aside differences to celebrate what we have in common, a desire to give thanks for the many gifts we enjoy, even in these difficult economic times when lots of us are struggling. The service is usually lively with many different voices participating. And afterward there’s fellowship and great food to enjoy! Plus it’s free! See you there.
If the thought of sitting around the family Thanksgiving table makes you lose your appetite anticipating the arguments that are bound to arise, prepare yourself with a program on compassionate communication. On Sunday, November 20, from noon to 3 p.m. workshop facilitators Anne Fleming and Barbara Singer will offer tips on how to speak honestly and listen empathetically. Fleming and Singer base their practice on Marshall Rosenburg’s “Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life.” The workshop takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. A donation of $10 has been suggested. For information, call 537-0132.
For some, there’s nothing better than hiding out in a darkened theater all afternoon absorbed in the sights and sounds of the big screen. This weekend, documentary film buffs can indulge their passion in an entire day of films on Saturday, November 19, at Bay Street Theatre. The Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival is offering an impressive lineup of documentaries, many with a local connection. One focuses on prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell, the beloved “elusive muse” of choreographer Balanchine. The great dance master is buried in Oakland Cemetery. There’s a film portrait of abstract expressionist painter Esteban Vincente who lived and painted for many years in Bridgehampton. One film tells the story of the preservation of the Amagansett Life-Saving Station.
Student short films turn their lens on the problem of bullying, the power of positivity, and the pleasure of music. Festival day pass is $35. Tickets for the gala fundraiser Friday night are $75. For more information check out the website: www.HT2FF.com, or send an e-mail message to info@HT2FF.com.
Tis the season to be shopping. A holiday market and fundraiser will be held at the Pierson High School gym on Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. An assortment of gift items, from live greenery, art, and pottery to gourmet goodies, stationery, jewelry and more will be for sale. Light refreshments will be available all day. Admission is free, however, organizers ask for a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for distribution at the Wyndham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in Wyndham, New York. The community was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Irene flooding. The Sag Harbor School District has partnered with this school in an Adopt-A-School Program. For more information, contact Cheryl Bedini at 631-680-9837.
Longtime peace activist and avid letter-writer Larry Darcey will offer personal reflections on the work of Thomas Berry and “Our Time in Transition” at Canio’s on Friday, November 18, at 6 p.m. Thomas Berry, ecotheologian and cultural historian, is author of “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future”; “The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality and Religion in the 21st Century”; and “The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth.” The event, sponsored by Canio’s Cultural Café is free of charge and open to the public. All are invited.