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Christmas Eve Services 
Wednesday, Dec. 24

Amagansett Presbyterian Church, candlelight service, 7 p.m.

Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Christmas pageant and candlelight service, 5 p.m.

Community Bible Church, Noyac, 5 p.m.

East Hampton Presbyterian Church, candlelight services, 5 and 11 p.m.

Incarnation Lutheran Church, Bridgehampton, 7 p.m.

Montauk Community Church, candlelight service, 5:30 p.m.

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, East Hampton, carols and hymns in parish hall, 4:45 p.m., Mass at 5:15 p.m., in Spanish, 9:30 p.m.

Old Whalers Church, Sag Harbor, candlelight services, 5 and 11 p.m.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Bridgehampton, Masses 4 and 5:30 p.m., in Spanish 10 p.m.

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, Southampton, family Mass 4 p.m., Masses 6 and 8 p.m., midnight candlelight Mass

St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Sag Harbor, Masses 4, 5:30, 10 p.m. Carols 9:30 p.m.

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Bridgehampton, children's service, 4:30 p.m., musical/choral prelude, 10 p.m. with guest musicians including Chris Shaughnessy of Sagaponack on viola, Steve Shaughnessy of Sag Harbor on bass, Song A Cho of Sagaponack on violin, and Terry Keevil of Stony Brook on oboe. First Eucharist of Christmas, 10:30 p.m. 

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, East Hampton, family service 4:30 p.m., Christmas carols 10:30 p.m., midnight service starts at 11 p.m.

St. Peter the Apostle, Amagansett, 5 p.m.

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Montauk, Masses, 4:30 p.m. and midnight, in Spanish at 7 p.m.

St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Amagansett, 5 p.m. Southampton Presbyterian Church, 5:30 and 8 p.m., family candlelight service 6:30 p.m.

Springs Presbyterian Church, lessons and carols 5 p.m., service at 10 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, Bridgehampton, candlelight service 4 p.m.

Christmas Services
Thursday, Dec. 25

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, East Hampton, Mass, 10:30 a.m.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Bridgehampton, Masses 8 and 10 a.m.

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, Southampton, Masses 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m., in Spanish 12:30 p.m.

St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Sag Harbor, Masses 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m.

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Bridgehampton, communion, 10 a.m.

St. Peter the Apostle, Amagansett, 9 a.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, East Hampton, communion service, 10 a.m.

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Montauk, Masses, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

An episode of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" filmed in East Hampton Town with a fellow comedian and fellow South Fork homeowner, Jimmy Fallon, hit the Net last week. 

The two-part episode in Mr. Seinfeld's acclaimed web series starts with him picking up Mr. Fallon at his Sagaponack house in a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, with a camera crew and an East Hampton Town police car in tow. The two take a detour from the coffee part of the segment to switch cars — Mr. Seinfeld's own 1994 Land Rover Defender — and pick up a 13-foot Boston Whaler at Lazy Point. They tool around Napeague Harbor for a bit before getting back in the Corvette and taking off down the Napeague stretch.

In Montauk, they enjoy breakfast and, of course, coffee at John's Pancake House. Dawn Rennar, who served them and gets a little on-air time herself, told The Star the funny men were very nice and very generous. 

With Christmas just days away, the Montauk businesses with the best Christmas decorations have been named.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce, which announced the winners of the Star Bright contest, broke the friendly competition into four categories. J&P Pool, Spa, and Patio, which has a storefront on South Erie Avenue, won for brightest display, while the Sunrise Guest House on Old Montauk Highway won for best display. 

The Candied Anchor on Main Street, which opened this year, took home the award for best inspirational display, and Martha Greene Real Estate on the Plaza earned bragging rights for best traditional display. 

The prizes are ads in Dan's Papers, The Montauk Sun, and Montauk Life. 

Christmas Performances
The Old Whalers Church will hold two Christmas celebrations this weekend. A radio play version of “A Christmas Carol” will be performed in the chapel of the church tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The free, hourlong show will include members of the East End theater community, church members, friends, and sound effects.

“Home for Christmas,” a free concert of music for choir, bell choir, organ, harpsichord, trumpet, and audience carolers, will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Dominick Abbate, the church’s music director, will play the organ and direct the choir, and David Cummings will lead the bell choir. Walter Klaus, former director of music at All Souls’ Church in New York City, will play the harpsichord, while Ben Jones will be the trumpeter. A reception will follow. Free-will offerings will be accepted at both events.

Candlelight services will take place at 5 and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Both services will include carols, a Christmas Eve meditation, and the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.

Canio's Good Cheer
Canio’s Books will hold an open house on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. as a way to “say thank you to all our loyal customers.” Refreshments and good cheer will be offered.

Santa in North Haven
While his sleigh is in the shop at the North Pole, Santa will borrow a fire truck to visit children on North Haven on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The North Haven Village Improvement Society has arranged for his transportation.

Peace on Earth
A Buddhist candlelit holiday peace service will take place tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Vajravarahi Meditation Center at 112 Hampton Street. Gen Kelsang Norden, a Buddhist nun, will guide prayers and meditations of the Buddha of Compassion. The service is open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

At Cormaria
The Cormaria Retreat House will host two events this weekend. One, called “Advent Day of Prayer: Following the Dancing Star,” will offer an opportunity “to stop amid the busyness of the Christmas season” on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sister Ann Marino will be the presenter. The fee is $30.

On Sunday morning from 8:30 to noon the center will have a “holly ivy” breakfast. The $15 fee will benefit the center. Children under 8 will be admitted free.
 

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.

On Christmas Eve the Rev. Nancy O. Arnold will lead a service of stories, songs, and reflection at 4 p.m. Peter Martin Weiss will provide the music. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Christmas Eve at St. Ann's
On Christmas Eve at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton, Christmas Eve observance begins with a children's service at 4:30 p.m. with candles and carols.

At 10 p.m., five musicians will play during a choral and instrumental prelude to the 10:30 service. The guest musicians include Chris Shaughnessy of Sagaponack on viola, Steve Shaughnessy of Sag Harbor on bass, Song A Cho of Sagaponack on violin, and Terry Keevil of Stony Brook on oboe. All of them have played with the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Megan Chaskey of Sag Harbor will play flute.  

Ceramics for Sale
A holiday ceramics sale with items from local craftspeople will continue at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives Building on Montauk Highway Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rock Doc
Joel Thome, a rock and orchestral composer who worked on many projects with Frank Zappa, is the subject of a documentary film that will be shown at the Hampton Library on Monday at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Christmas Massses
Christmas Eve Masses at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be at 4 and 5:30 p.m., and in Spanish at 10 p.m. Christmas Day Masses will be at 8 and 10 a.m.
 

Christmas Eve
On Wednesday, Christmas Eve services will happen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 5 p.m., and a candlelight service at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church will begin at 7 p.m.

A Christmas Day service will start at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s.

Daddy Issues
In-store performances at Innersleeve Records will resume Friday with Daddy Issues, an all-female trio from Nashville who will take to the store’s intimate stage at 5 p.m. The band, along with the Glazzies, will perform again at 8, this time a few doors up Main Street at the Stephen Talkhouse. The latter band is profiled on C1 of this issue.

Back at Innersleeve, Broken Arrow, featuring Paul Hamilton, Clark Hamilton, and Chuck Finch, will perform a set of songs by Neil Young on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Holiday Crafts and Gifts
Those needing last-minute gifts can take advantage of the holiday market and craft fair at the former LaCarrubba’s clothing store at 171 Main Street, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prospective vendors can send an email to Dana.Kalbacher@gmail.com for reservations. The cost to exhibit is $35 per day, and vendors have been asked to provide their own tables. The door will open at 8:30 for vendor setup and placement.

Boat-Book Party
Members of the East End Classic Boat Society have invited all to the launch of “Plans and Dreams: 23 Ready-to-Build Boat Designs,” a book by Paul Gartside, on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road.

Along with the designs, “Plans and Dreams” includes discussions of materials, construction, and traditions. “The book is wonderful as an object,” wrote Burt Van Dusen of the society. “Its oblong format is perfect for looking over plans. The crisp drawings on the heavy paper reveal details not often found in these types of books and, along with the photographs of boats in progress and life on or near the water, help the reader to the ‘dreams’ referred to in the title.”

All of the featured designs, Mr. Van Dusen wrote, are within reach of the patient amateur builder.
 

"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.

At St. Therese
A family Christmas concert will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The adult and children’s choir will be singing holiday tunes, some solo. The audience will be invited to join a sing-along of traditional carols.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and midnight at St. Therese, and in Spanish at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Santa's Last Stop
Before he heads back to the North Pole to check on his elves, Santa will make one more stop in the hamlet — at White’s Drug and Department Store on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. If you sign a receipt for one or more purchases, your name will be entered into the store’s holiday raffle, with a chance to win a wide-screen television, an eight-foot stocking filled with toys, and other prizes.

Also getting into the holiday spirit is Kailani on Main Street, offering a holiday boutique with sales of up to 50 percent off. A donation of nonperishable food for the Montauk Food Pantry will get you an extra 10 percent off.

A Movie and a Book
The Montauk Library’s free winter movie series will take a brief break for the holidays. “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film for the cook in all of us starring Helen Mirren, will resume the series on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

“Room” by Emma Donoghue is the next book up for discussion when the library’s reading group meets on Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Holiday Market at Outeast Gallery
The holiday market at the Outeast Gallery on Tuthill Road will be open through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for last-minute shopping.

Christmas Pageant
At the Montauk Community Church, this year’s Christmas pageant will take place during 10 a.m. worship on Sunday. A candlelight service will be held on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. There will be no Christmas Day service.

If you’re driving around this weekend you might want to check out the winners of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s Star Bright contest for business owners. J&P Pools won for brightest, Sunrise Guest House for best display, Candied Anchor for most inspirational, and Martha Greene Real Estate for its traditional theme. A special mention was bestowed upon Sammy’s restaurant.

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