Much to Do in Montauk This Weekend

Major Gen. Mark Westergren of the Air Force presented Navy Capt. Joseph Pugh of Montauk and Edgewater, Md., with a Defense Superior Service Medal and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross at his retirement ceremony on Friday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Jane Bimson

Santa at Firehouse
On Sunday, before heading back to finish his holiday chores, Santa will pay a visit to the Montauk Firehouse. He will meet with children, listen to Christmas wishes, and pose for pictures. Before the jolly one arrives by fire truck at 1 p.m., there will be a bouncy house, games, and crafts for the kids to enjoy.

Jingle Bell Hop
There will be food, live music by the Three B’s, raffles, and happy-hour prices all night, at the Jingle Bell Hop, a benefit at East by Northeast restaurant tomorrow at 7 p.m. to raise money for the St. Therese nursery school. Tickets cost $30 in advance at the nursery school or $35 at the door.

At the Library
Ellen Johansen and Marlene Markard will play piano works for four hands on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library. The holiday concert, which is recommended for family audiences, will include works for two players by such composers as Mendelssohn, Handel, and Tchaikovsky as well as a sing-along.

Both pianists are accomplished soloists who have played together across Long Island, and each runs her own music studio in East Hampton.

Tech Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. will be cover the basics of email.

“Good Time” is the movie this week on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The crime drama stars Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the Montauk Library will have their annual holiday cookie party next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the library. People have been asked to take a plate of their favorite cookies to share. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Montauk Food Pantry.

On Wednesday, the library will sponsor a holiday bus trip to New York City. The bus will depart from the library parking lot at 8 a.m. and return by 8 p.m. The fare is $35 to do your own thing and $55 for bus fare plus admission and an audio guide to “Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Registration and payment must be made in advance at the library’s circulation desk.

The rummage sale at the Montauk Community Church will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon with lots of new offerings. For sale will be clothing for all ages, household items, and linens, among other items.

St. Therese
Father Tom Murray of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church will have his annual open house in the rectory from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and a tree lighting and blessing in front of the church will cap off the day at 6.

The Giving Tree is up in the lobby of the church. People can take a card from the tree, buy the item on the card, and return it to the tree unwrapped.

Looking ahead, the annual Christmas concert in the church will take place on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

As of Jan. 1, when the winter Mass schedule begins, there will be 5 p.m. Masses on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays, until Feb. 18, the first Sunday of Lent. There will be no 8:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays.

Nonperishable food is being accepted for the Montauk Food Pantry at the parish center on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canned tuna, juice, cereal, soups, beans, rice, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, and diapers of all sizes are needed.

Star Bright
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce has issued a reminder to business owners that the deadline for Star Bright Montauk, a contest for the best holiday decorations for businesses, is Friday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. There are several categories including most traditional, best display representing Montauk, brightest display, and most whimsical.

Toys Needed
The Montauk Food Pantry is collecting toys for the children, which will be distributed through the Eastern Farm Workers Association, which aids migrant and seasonal farm workers. Unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 1 to 15 can be taken to the St. Therese parish center or can be dropped off at Deborah Thompson’s Day Spa on the South Plaza, before Tuesday. Alice Houseknecht can be called at 631-668-3958 to arrange for pickup or drop-off.