East Hampton Notes

LongHouse Reserve’s Instore shop will be open for holiday shopping or simple self-indulgence on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The shop is at the entrance to the gardens, off Hand’s Creek Road. The selections may be browsed anytime at longhouse.org.

Late holiday “shoppers” will be welcomed at the Animal Rescue Fund adoption center on Daniel’s Hole Road tomorrow until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served to those stopping by to size up potential pet companions.

Army 1st Lieut. Jon Bishop Simmons is expected home on Monday for a brief Christmas visit with family and friends.
A 2006 East Hampton High School graduate and 2010 graduate of Clemson University, he has just returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he was deployed at Shank Forward Operating Base. He is stationed at Fort Stewart in Savannah, Ga.

Home, Sweet Home will be open on Saturday and Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so the public can view the Christmas decorations in the museum.

Donations for the Springs Food Pantry are being collected in the lobby at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.
Gift suggestions for senior citizens can be found on a “mitten giving tree” at the RECenter. Each tag on the tree has a request for a specific item. The gifts need to be in by tomorrow.

Sunday’s 10 a.m. service of Lessons and Carols at the Presbyterian Church will feature music by the chancel choir, the handbell choir, and soloists.

The Rev. Nancy Howarth will be the guest preacher at a 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service. The Rev. Steve Howarth will lead an 11 p.m. service. There will be no service on Christmas Day.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will welcome the holiday with a 4 p.m. concert of classical works for voice and piano, on Saturday in Hoie Hall. Admission is $20, free for those under 18.

A children’s Christmas pageant will be Sunday at 10 a.m. with holiday window decorating at 1:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve services are at 4:30 p.m. for families, 10:30 p.m. with carols, and a midnight Mass with candles will begin at 11 p.m. Communion will be given at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.

There is a full schedule ahead of services and Masses at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. On Christmas Eve there will be carols and hymns at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with Masses at 5 and 8 p.m. and in Spanish at 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Masses will be at 9:15 and 11:30 a.m.

“The Bishop’s Wife,” a 1947 holiday classic starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven, will be shown at the East Hampton Library on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Rachel Joyce’s “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” is the next title for members of the Saturday book group. They will meet on Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Copies can be picked up at the library.