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  • New Prize for Comic Fiction

    Writers, you have until the end of the month to get your submissions in for the new Robert Reeves $1,000 Prize in Comic Fiction, courtesy of Stony Brook Southampton and judged by the college’s Daniel Menaker, a former fiction editor at The New Yorker. Stories of up to 5,000 words can be sent to The Southampton Review. The fee is $15.

  • Also on Shelter Island, bluegrass and traditional American music will be on offer as part of the Plant & Sing festival at Sylvester Manor Saturday from noon until 10 p.m.

    The day will begin with the planting of garlic and the harvesting of fall crops, after which the music will get into full swing on the waterfront lawn. This year’s performers will include the Wainwright Sisters, the Deadly Gentlemen, Eastbound Freight, Edith & Bennett, the Ed Howe Bluegrass Band, and Jeff Davis & Friends.

  • The Shelter Island Friends of Music will present Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky in a free, four-hands piano concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.

    Mr. Weiss and Ms. Polonsky, who are married, perform separately and together. She is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed at venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Kon­zerthaus, and Carnegie Hall.

  • The Rising Stars piano series will return to the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts on Saturday evening at 7 with a concert by Robin Giesbrecht.

    A 2013 Pianofest artist, Mr. Giesbrecht will perform Ravel’s “Sonatine,” Scriabin’s rarely played Third Sonata, and Liszt’s 1848 transcription of the Overture from Wagner’s “Tannhauser.”

  • Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater will be busy this weekend. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Judy Carmichael and her quartet will perform music from “I Love Being Here With You,” the first all-vocal CD by the virtuoso stride pianist. Ms. Carmichael will sing standards from the Great American Songbook. Tickets are $45 for side seating, $55 for center, while $75 includes admission to an after-party with the artist.

  • Amagansett

    Graffiti was discovered at the back of the restrooms in the parking lot at Atlantic Avenue Beach on Aug. 20. Partially illegible, it began with, “As long as Bloods.” The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department did not estimate the cost of repairing the damage.

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  • “Mockingbird” Auditions

  • William G. Abel, East Hampton’s pre-eminent surgeon as well as the chief of surgery at Southampton Hospital for many years, died on Aug. 15 at his home on Baiting Hollow Road here. He was 92.

  • George Thomas Proferes, a longtime owner of the Paradise restaurant in Sag Harbor Village, which was in his family for close to 80 years, died at Huntington Hospital on Friday. He was 75 and had pneumonia, after having had lung problems for 30 years, his wife, Carroll Proferes, said.

  • Vernal Harold Lafoe, a former resident of East Hampton, died of cancer on Sept. 17 at the Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto, Fla. He was 88.

    One of six children, Mr. Lafoe was born on June 7, 1926, in Brownington, a small town in northern Vermont, to Harold and Pearl Lafoe. In 1944, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Navy and served with the Seabees, the Navy construction battalion, in the South Pacific.

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  • Hailing the Solstice
    All have been invited to a winter solstice celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Saturday at 7 p.m. The gathering will begin with a potluck supper, and those planning to share have been asked to prepare a dish with a generous six portions. A candlelight ceremony will follow, with drumming, dancing, and music.

    A suggested donation of $10 for each adult will go to local food pantries and also benefit the meetinghouse.

  • "Paintings of Hope," an exhibition of work by Haim Mizrahi, an East Hampton artist, will open at Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday at 6 p.m. The evening will include a candle lighting and songs with Chabad of East Hampton in celebration of the fifth night of Hanukkah.

  • A holiday concert at Ashawagh Hall Thursday evening will feature Caroline Doctorow performing with Russ Seeger, and the Job Potter and Friends band, with musicians to include Gerry Giliberti, Sarah Greene, and Randy Parsons.

    In store are folk, blues, and country music, including original songs, as well as holiday classics. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

  • There's one more chance before the holiday season to give the gift of a blood donation.

  • The East Hampton Historical Society has decked its halls, well, its lovingly maintained old structures, for two events this weekend.

  • With Hanukkah just days away and Christmas in just two weeks, this weekend offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate, shop, join others in song, or revel in those distinctly December aromas of gingerbread and hot cider. There are gift shows galore, several production of "The Nutcracker" and its variations, and even a "Frozen" show at the Southampton Arts Center for all the Anna and Elsa fans out there. Use this as a guide to make your list (and check it twice) of happenings through Dec. 14. 

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

  • Carmen Adriana, an East Hampton stylist, will be the guest host at a shopping event at the East Hampton Theory store on Saturday.

    In an email announcing the event, Ms. Adriana said that “Theory is always on my short list when I begin building a wardrobe for someone” and that when the store asked her to host the event she “calmly said yes and then did the happy dance.”

    She will offer her styling expertise at the store, which is at 46 Newtown Lane, from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Santa Claus' schedule is jam packed this weekend. He'll make appearances at the parade in his honor in East Hampton, and then later he will arrive by fire truck on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Find out where else the jolly old fellow will pop up Dec. 4 through Dec. 7, along with many other holiday events happening from Southampton to Montauk this weekend.

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 

    WINDMILL LIGHT-UP: Refreshments, holiday treats, music, and crafts for kids, Stony Brook Southampton, 5-7 p.m.

  • There will be no shortage of holiday festivities in East Hampton Village this weekend, providing the weather cooperates, but rain, shine, or snow, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center will ring in the season with cocktails, dancing, and live music at a fund-raiser on Sunday evening at the Palm.