Amagansett Notes

Church Fair Saturday
The Amagansett Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scoville Hall, across Meeting House Lane from the church. A bake sale, craft table, deacons’ silver tea, and offerings from vendors and artisans have been promised. Some vendor tables are still available. The cost is $50, and those interested have been asked to send an email to

Gift Market
Also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the community room at the senior citizens housing complex at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church will host a “winter wonderland” featuring jams and jellies, holiday cookies and cupcakes, jewelry, candles, scrubs, bath salts, clothing, natural cleaners, and lotions, among other items.

Boatbuilders Party and Drawing
The East End Classic Boat Society’s annual holiday party and raffle drawing for a boat is set for Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hartjen-Richardson Community Boat Shop, behind the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road. This year’s raffle boat, a sunshine tender, was built by the society’s members. It will go to its new owner complete with sail, oars, and a new galvanized trailer.

Stony Hill Trail Jaunt
The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will host a Stony Hill jaunt on Sunday at 10 a.m. Participants in the brisk three-mile hike will take in the rolling topography of Stony Hill and grasslands of Amagansett. An optional post-hike bonus is a walk on the Nancy Kane Trail for a brief tour of Green River Cemetery in Springs, the final resting place of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Frank O’Hara, among others.

Hikers have been asked to meet on Red Dirt Road about one mile east of Accabonac Road. Irwin Levy can be contacted at 516-456-1337 or for more information.

Library Programs
The date of an artist’s reception for an exhibition of work by Tracy Jamar at the Amagansett Library was moved from Friday to tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Jamar is the library’s artist of the month for December. She makes fiber works and has exhibited widely, and will give a talk on contemporary fiber artists on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

A series of figure drawing classes led by Linda Capello resumes on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Students will practice rendering clothed models in an open studio setting through gesture sketches and longer observation. The classes will focus on anatomy, proportion, foreshortening, mass, and line quality. The fee is $10 per session, and adults of all skill levels will be welcomed. Students must provide their own materials. Ms. Capello can be called at 631-725-1117 for additional information. The class will also meet on Dec. 16.

The Wednesday at One book discussion group will meet next week to dive into “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah. Mr. Noah, the host of “The Daily Show,” was born in South Africa to a white Swiss father and Xhosa mother. Under the country’s apartheid system at the time, such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, he was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away.

New to the fiction shelves at the library are “Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel)” by Michael Connelly, “In the Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende, “Man Plus” by Frederik Pohl, “Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra” by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, “Alone on the Shield” by Kirk Landers, and, in audiobook CD format, “The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Nine” edited by Ellen Datlow.

In nonfiction, “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions” by Valeria Luiselli, “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery” by Scott Kelly, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self” by Manoush Zomorodi, “Henry David Thoreau: A Life” by Laura Dassow Walls, and “The Reporter’s Kitchen: Essays” by Jane Kramer are now available.


A.V.I.S. Carolers
Looking ahead, the Amagansett Village Improvement Society will host holiday caroling on Dec. 16. Carolers have been asked to meet at Amagansett Wine and Spirits at 11 a.m. for the walk along Main Street. All have been invited to lend their voices to the annual event.

For Kids in Hospitals
Also ahead, Ashley Rea and Tori Schmitt have invited all to decorate homemade sugar cookies at the American Legion Hall on Dec. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. Ashley and Tori, who attend East Hampton High School, have asked participants for donations of children’s books, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, and markers for Tori Story Time and A.R.T., or Aesthetic Relieves Tension.

Tori Story Time is a program that collects children’s books to donate and read to hospitalized children. The program promotes learning in both children and students, leadership skills in teens, and literacy in children. A.R.T. promotes the creation of art as way to relieve stress and escape from the outside world.

A.R.T. and Tori Story Time have joined together to provide coloring books and utensils for children to keep them occupied during hospital stays. Students will visit hospitals to distribute the supplies and interact with children. Reading and making art with children, Ashley and Tori said, ignites and inspires their imaginations and promotes social activity. Pediatric patients rarely receive this experience, which is why they are asking the community to join them to decorate holiday cookies and cheer up children during the holiday season by donating to their programs.