Junior Girl Scout Troop 333 members, who include young ladies from around our area, are busy collecting items for Maureen’s Haven in hopes of earning their Bronze Award. They are requesting travel size shampoos and body washes, hooded sweatshirts and white socks. You can drop off your donations through Tuesday, December 20, at either Barth’s Pharmacy or Westhampton Glass in Westhampton Beach, or at Sportime of the Hamptons in Quogue.
The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council is conducting its annual wreath sale, with proceeds benefitting the local food pantry, various youth programs, scholarships and the homeless shelter. The wreaths are 20 inches in diameter and beautifully decorated for the holidays. They cost $20 each, two for $35, or four for $65, and can be picked up at the Immaculate Conception Church following masses on December 10, 11, 17 and 18. For more information or to order your wreath, please call 680-9879.
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating Holiday Winterfest in the Village this Saturday, December 10, and events are planned throughout the day.
You can start things off at 10:30 a.m. with a movie at the Hampton Arts Twin Theater on Brook Road, which will offer two viewing choices: “The Penguins of Madagascar: All-Nighter Before Xmas” and “A Golden Christmas.” There is no charge for tickets but attendees are asked to donate canned or dried foods. Seating is limited, so get there early.
Then take a step back in history and experience an “Old Time Christmas” with the Westhampton Beach Historical Society at the Tuthill Museum, located at 101 Mill Road, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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.
Also during that time and at various locations around Westhampton Beach, you can have a photo taken with Santa Claus, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or get your face painted. For more details, call the chamber at 288-3337 or visit www.whbcc.org.
Members of the Westhampton Alliance of Merchants (WHAM) are offering great holiday discounts at businesses on Main Street and around the greater Westhampton area. They will also be raffling off a $50 gift certificate, redeemable at any WHAM business, and no purchase necessary. To view a list of participating merchants, visit www.whamwhb.org.
Don’t forget to 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.
Westhampton Beach High School senior Augusta Greenbaum wrote a short, one-act play titled “MAID in the U.S.A.” that was selected to be performed during the prestigious Young American Writers Project (YAWP) High School Playwrights Festival at Stony Brook Southampton. Her play will be performed at the college this Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Way to go, Augusta!
On Sunday, December 11, from 4 until 6 p.m., Westhampton Beach Historical Society members are invited to the Tuthill House Museum to enjoy some traditional colonial Christmas music and holiday cheer. New members are always welcome.
Human Understanding and Growth Seminars (HUGS) will hold a meeting of the Greater Westhampton Beach Coalition on Monday, December 12, at 1 p.m., in the Westhampton Beach High School guidance conference room on Lilac Road. The group will discuss issues surrounding adolescent drug and alcohol abuse, prevention strategies and initiatives for the upcoming year. Call 288-9505.
The 10th annual Westhampton Beach Village Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged on Thursday, December 15. Village residents and businesses that would like to participate should leave their holiday lights on that day from 5 until 10 p.m. The first prize-winner will receive $100 and all winners will receive a color photo of their decorated home or business. (In case of rain or snow, the judging will take place on Friday, December 16, at the same time) The winners will be announced in a future edition of The Press and prizes will be awarded at the Village Board’s first meeting of the New Year that’s set for Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 631-702-1558.