East Hampton was abuzz with festivities last weekend, beginning with the chamber of commerce’s Santa parade on Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday evening with a tree-lighting party at c/o the Maidstone inn and a holiday fund-raiser at the Palm for the newly renamed Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.
In between there was a Christmas fair at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, an open house with Mrs. Claus at the Ladies Village Improvement Society headquarters, and a wreath-making workshop at the LongHouse Reserve, to name just a few of the happenings.
At the c/o the Maidstone on Sunday, the gift-bearing revelers made donations to Toys for Tots. Adults sipped wine while the kids enjoyed hot cider and a variety of treats. Steven Tekulsky, the newly elected East Hampton Town justice, took over Hugh King’s traditional spot at the top of the inn’s porch as master raconteur, also master of ceremonies.
Meanwhile, at the Palm, an onslaught of jolly visitors turned out to support the childhood center while enjoying cocktails, music by Mambo Loco, and a silent auction. The restaurant's side parlor rooms were packed with well-wishers, including East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., East Hampton Town Councilwoman Theresa Quigley, and East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen.
Santa Claus made his showing at the annual Santa parade the day before, and decided to mostly take Sunday night off in the village, except for a brief sighting at the tree lighting.