The weather was just fine for the annual “Christmas on the Village Green” hosted by the Water Mill Community Club on Sunday. It was seasonably chilly, but comfortable enough for those waiting for the arrival of the jolly one.
Community Club members and friends gathered for delicious cider and doughnuts from The Milk Pail and coffee and hot cocoa from Hampton Coffee Company. The festive air was amplified by the singing of carols as Santa arrived via a tractor-drawn haywagon provided by Tom White with help from Jeff Gardner. All the children had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap to have a chat about their Christmas wishes. Artie Muller, who has been to a few of these gatherings, had his photo snapped with Santa and a gaggle of his local great-grandchildren.
Thanks to everyone who made this wonderful, small-town tradition happen, including Strong Oil Company. Wink!
By the way, the windmill looks beautiful in its holiday finery thanks to Charlie Corwith and his crew of lighting elves and we love driving by and seeing the holiday greetings on the big lighted sign.
Speaking of the holidays, if you’re pressed for time as the days until Hanukkah and Christmas fly by, consider having your holiday purchases wrapped by the volunteers at Wrap It Up for Autism. They’ll be set up in a vacant storefront at 38 Main Street (next to Barrister’s) in Southampton on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. And if you’ve got a lot of things to get wrapped, call or text 631-255-5664 to set up a special drop-off time. It will help you cross one thing off your list of to-dos, plus it will help out the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, which asks for a donation of $2 to $5, depending on the size of the package wrapped.
Back for its second year, the Cycle-Thon at Core Dynamics set for Saturday, December 17, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., will once again raise money for Maureen’s Haven, which helps out the homeless in our area. A $15 minimum donation is requested and you can sign up at the front desk or call 726-6049.
Dylan Meschutt McMahon, 20, a 2009 graduate of Southampton High School and resident of Water Mill recently joined the United States Navy. He is the son of Stephen and Marcia McMahon, a member of the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Company and is currently enrolled in the Suffolk County Community College Culinary program. He will be shipping out on February 21 to the Great Lakes in Illinois. Dylan, who is thrilled about this next chapter in his life, has expressed his thanks to U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, and David Hawke of Strong Oil Company for their letters of recommendation.
Stumped for a gift for that person who has everything? Well, the Water Mill Museum is selling an 1886 hand signed print by the artist H. Pruett Share of New York City. It is matted and in an elaborately carved wooden frame measuring 44” x 37” with glass. The printer notation is “copyright by C. Klackner of 17 East 17th St., NY.”
The scene is of a woman mending her fishing nets on the shore, with ships on the water in the background. We don’t know what location the artist had in mind, but it is reminiscent of the Hudson River and the Palisades. H. Pruett Share was a prominent New York Artist and one of the founders of the Salmagundi Club, an art institution still active today on lower 5th Avenue. The Water Mill Museum has had this in its possession for about 20 years. The board has decided to find a new home for it, as it is not an artifact that fits within its mission. Photos are up on the Water Mill Museum Facebook page for all to see, and more information may be had by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum would like to sell it for at least $300; interested parties can see it in Water Mill most days, by appointment.