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Nov 28, 2011 12:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Community Notes, December 1

Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

Hello, Westhampton Beach. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and/or friends. We celebrated with our friends John and Marie and their daughter, Ella. The food was fantastic, the company even better. Thanks for hosting, guys!

For many, December 7 is a day that will live in infamy as it marks the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. For me, it has special meaning as it is the date on which two of my favorite people were born. I would like to send happy birthday wishes to my best friend, James McSweeney, and my girlfriend, Retta Radin. I consider it a gift that both of you are in my life and I hope your birthdays are filled with all the wishes you can imagine.

Local Holiday Happenings: The Westhampton Presbyterian Church, located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue, will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea this Saturday, December 3, from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. You can enjoy some tea while shopping for jewelry, gifts, baked goods and fresh wreaths. For more information, call 288-2576.

Westhampton Village’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will take place on Saturday, December 3, starting at 5:30 p.m., on the Village Green. Holiday songs will be performed by the Westhampton Beach High School Chorus and the Hampton Synagogue Youth Choir. There will be free hot cocoa, cookies and potato latkes for all to enjoy. And, of course, Santa will arrive by fire truck, his usual method of transport while his sleigh is being prepped for Christmas night, to have his photo taken and listen to gift requests.

As always, this holiday event is co-sponsored by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, the Hampton’s Interfaith Council and the Village of Westhampton Beach. For more information, please call 288-1654.

East End Hospice will hold its annual Tree of Lights Celebration on Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m., near the gazebo on the Village Green in Westhampton Beach. All are invited to remember their lost friends and loved ones. You can call the East End Hospice Development office at 288-7080 to place a light on the tree in memory of your loved one.

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is having its Holiday Party at Casa Basso, located at 59 Montauk Highway in Westhampton, on Wednesday, December 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be appetizers, a three-course dinner, dessert, dancing and a cash bar. Music will be performed by the Killer Bees. The cost is $40 per person. For reservations or more information, call Victoria or JoAnn at the chamber office at 288-3337.

Time’s Running Out: The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is still collecting nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for our local food banks and pantries. You can drop off your items in the theater lobby until Sunday, December 18, whenever the box office is open (noon until 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and later on nights of performances).

The Westhampton Beach Historical Society is holding an open house to celebrate the holiday season next Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Tuthill House Museum, located at 101 Mill Road right here in Westhampton Beach. All are welcome to enjoy warm cider and cookies and take a trip back to an 1840 Christmas. Patti Birks’ specially crafted holiday ornaments and knit creations will be available for purchase in the gift shop. And on Sunday, December 11, from 4 until 6 p.m., members of our Historical Society are invited back to the Tuthill House Museum to enjoy some traditional colonial Christmas music and holiday cheer. New members are always welcome.

After attending next Saturday’s open house, you can swing by Eckart’s Luncheonette, located at 162 Mill Road, for its open house celebrating 100 years of business. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on December 10. Shirley Eckart welcomes you to stop down for some free food, share your memories of the popular eatery, and honor Warren “Red” Eckart, the founder of the luncheonette. For more information, call 288-9491.

The Quogue Historical Society is hosting its Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 17, from 2 until 6 p.m. The tour includes visits to five Quogue houses that will be decorated for the holidays and be followed by a festive cocktail party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Demirjian, from 6 until 8 p.m. Tickets to attend both events cost $85 each. Tickets for the house tour only are $50 each; cocktail reception tickets are $40 each. You can purchase tickets the day of the event, between 1 and 5 p.m., at the Society’s Pond House, located at 114A Jessup Avenue in Quogue. They can also be purchased ahead of time at The Lily Pad, located at 130 Jessup Avenue. For more information, call 669-240.

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