Daily Grind

Blood donations are always needed, particularly during the holiday season when many seem too busy to sit for a half-hour to give blood.

The New York Blood Center will be on the South Fork several times this month, starting Wednesday at Pierson High School. Donations will be accepted from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the school on Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor. 

Next week, representatives from the blood center will be on hand at the Sag Harbor Fire Department's headquarters on Brick Kiln Road on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 8 p.m. Firefighters will offer refreshments to donors. 

The blood drive that is usually held at the Bridgehampton Fire Department has been moved to the Bridgehampton Community House next door, on the corner of Montauk Highway and School Street, since the firehouse is under renovation. It is scheduled for Dec. 17, which is a Wednesday, from 2 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Looking ahead to January, the Southampton Fire Department will host a blood drive on Jan. 13 from noon to 7:15 p.m. at its firehouse on Hampton Road. The New York Blood Center will be at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, which held a drive last month too, on Jan. 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Meals on Wheels' clients were well fed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The day before Thanksgiving, Meals on Wheels delivered turkey dinners, prepared at Dreesen's catering kitchen on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton Village. Rudy DeSanti Jr., who runs Dreesen's with his wife, Christina, and is contracted by the program to make daily meals, reported that he made Thanksgiving dinners for about 65 Meals on Wheels clients. 

On Thanksgiving Day, parishioners at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church cooked Thanksgiving dinners for homebound residents regularly served by the East Hampton Meals on Wheels program, as well as their family members or caregivers. More than 70 free dinners were delivered on Thursday, more orders than had ever been received before in the nearly 20-year history of the church's Thanksgiving effort to serve the homebound.

Gretchan Howe, the executive director of East Hampton Meals on Wheels, said the church donated the spread of turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pies, and more.

Parishioners also served Thanksgiving dinners at the church on Thursday to anyone who wanted to have a fellowship meal.  

Meals on Wheels serves anyone, regardless of age, who is homebound because of illness or injury. The organization is funded through donations, and clients pay a sliding scale fee based on what they can afford.

While the actual Art Basel Miami Beach fair won’t open to the public until Thursday, many of the satellite fairs sprouting up all over Miami this week will open their doors to patrons today and tomorrow.

Untitled, one of the fairs on the beach and the home of Eric Firestone Gallery and Halsey Mckay Gallery for the week, had its vernissage last night and will hold a VIP preview today before opening to the public tomorrow.

Art Miami will hold its VIP preview tonight and open to the public tomorrow. Galleries based in or with associations to the South Fork will include Birnam Wood Gallery, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Keszler Gallery, Peter Marcelle Gallery, and Louis Meisel Gallery. Mr. Marcelle's gallery will show Peter Beard, Alfonso Ossorio, Larry Rivers, Dan Rizzie, and Donald Sultan in addition to some other artists not affiliated with the area. Jeff Muhs, an artist from Southampton will be at the Lyons Weir Gallery booth.

Miami Project will host Berry Campbell Gallery, which is in New York City, but shows a number of South Fork artists such as Syd Solomon, Gertrude Greene, James Brooks, and Dan Christensen.

Laurie Lambrecht's photography will be on view at the Rick Wester Fine Art booth at Pulse, which has its tent at Indian Beach Park.

At NADA, located in the Deauville Hotel in North Beach, East Hampton Shed, an exhibition space founded in 2012 and headquartered in the shed behind the Vogel Bindery on Blue Jay Way, will show Brian Kokoska beginning Thursday.

At the big fair, some of the East End artists slated to be displayed include Ross Bleckner, Robert Gober, Joe Zucker, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, Eric Fischl, and Mary Heilmann. Lynda Bengalis and Julian Schnabel are both scheduled to appear in the fair’s Conversations series, Ms. Benglis on Thursday at 10 a.m. and Mr. Schnabel on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Most fairs will remain open through Sunday.

Though it may be the off-season for the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the show's staff is working hard to drum up items for its annual food drive. 

The drive, which was started a few years ago, calls for more than just non-perishable food donations. The Classic is also looking for household goods, pet food, and King Kullen gift cards, all of which will be donated ot the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, which serves about 250 people per week.

"The gift cards are especially important around holiday time," said Kate Soroka, the assistant site manager at the horse show, who is organizing the drive. She said that gift cards can be made in any amount, though increments of $25 are preferred for each card.

Donations can be dropped off at the main office on the show grounds, at 240 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Non-perishable items can also be left in the bin outside the office. Gift cards can be emailed to Kate@hamptonclassic.com or dropped off during office hours. 

Donations are being accepted through Christmas, but should be dropped off by Dec. 15 for distribution in time for Christmas. 

The pantry, located at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor Village, is open to residents of the Sag Harbor area on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. About 13,000 people received assistance from the food pantry from March 2013 to March 2014.

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.

Mamalee Rose and Friends will keep partygoers on their toes from 6 to 8 p.m., and there will be hors d’oeuvres from the Palm, wine from Amagansett Wine and Spirits, and a martini bar, too. Tickets cost $50 in advance through the center’s website at ewecc.org or $60 at the door.

In advance of the party, the center is selling raffle tickets for a range of prizes, with a five-night stay at Hotel Playa Cambutal on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula at the top of the list. Among the other prizes are tickets to a taping of “The Rachael Ray Show,” a one-year membership to the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, jewelry from Julie Vos, a gift basket from Rumrunner Home, and salon gift certificates. Tickets cost $5 each or five for $20 and can also be purchased online. The drawing will be during the party on Sunday.

The center, formerly the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, serves children from 18 months through prekindergarten age, offering a year-round, full-day early education program.

With Thanksgiving behind us, the Christmas lights are going up and holiday markets abound. Take a look at what's coming up this weekend from Southampton to Montauk:


ADOPT-A-FAMILY: Collection, presents and gift cards for clients of the Retreat, victims of domestic abuse. Call help line, 329-4398, for details.  

DRIVE: Non-perishable food, pet food, and household items. King Kullen gift cards. Drive for the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry. Hanukkah contributions by Dec. 7 and Christmas donations by Dec. 15. Drop off at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. 

TOYS FOR TOTS: New, unwrapped toys collected through Dec. 12. Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.’s office, 2302 Main Street, Suite A, Bridgehampton, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Live music, cookies and cider, Garden Shop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marders, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Also Saturday and Sunday.

READING: Katharine Holabird reads “Twinkle.” For kids of all ages. Donation, $15. Reservations a must at 537-8250. Children’s Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.

READING: Award-winning children’s book author Kate McMullan by “I’m Brave,” Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, 11 a.m.

PUPPET SHOW: “The Princess, the Frog and the Pea,” Goat on a Boat, East Union Street, Sag Harbor. Tickets: $12, Members $10, Children under 3 $10. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

BOOK ANGELS: Stop in and design an angel for Book Angel Tree, will be used to decorate a wrapped book gifted to a child in need. Hampton Library, Bridgehampton, 11 a.m.

OPEN STUDIO: For children with caregivers, all weekend. Parrish Art Museum. Free with museum admission, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

WILD LONG ISLAND: A live animal presentation from a natural from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, 1-2 p.m.

MUSIC: Folks/blues guitarist Jake Lear performs older blues musicians like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lighnin Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, Furry Lewis, Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, 5 p.m.

HOLIDAY PARTY: Representative Tim Bishop will be the guest of honor at a holiday party hosted by the East Hampton Town Democratic Party at the Palm restaurant, 6-8 p.m. Tickets, $45 at the door. 

COCKTAIL PARTY: Kick-off of East Hampton Historical Society house tour. Tickets $200. Reservations at 324-6850. Maidstone Club, 6-8:30 p.m.

FILM: “Making Space: Five Women Changing the Face of Architecture.” Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, 6 p.m. $10, free for members, students, and children. 

THEATER: Literature Live! presents “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, 7 p.m., $25, free for students.


HOLIDAY MARKET: Shopping with artisans and vendors, Chinese auction, food and beverages available all day, Pierson High School, Sag Harbor, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by Pierson Middle-High School PTSA.

FAIR: Santa visit, silent auction and rummage sale, Montauk Community Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

FOR KIDS: Make cinnamon dough ornaments. For kids 2 to 6. Donation, $15, $25 for non-members. Reservations a must at 537-8250. Children’s Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m.

BOOK FAIR: New and used. Montauk Library, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

HOLIDAY MARKET: Craft fair at the former LaCarubba's clothing store on Main Street will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends through Christmas. 

HOLIDAY PICTURE FRAMES: Family event, decorate a frame while listening to holiday music, then a photograph will be taken to put in the frame as a gift to a loved one. John Jermain Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS: Ornament making for all ages with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Drive, 1-3 p.m. 

HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR: East Hampton Historical Society, $75 day of tour, $65 in advance. Tickets at Clinton Academy, 10-4:30 p.m.

BASKETBALL FUND-RAISER: First Lt. Joseph J. Theinert 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to benefit Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund, Shelter Island School, 1 p.m.

LIGHTHOUSE LIGHT-UP: Gift shop open. Sponsored by Montauk Chamber of Commerce,  live music, caroling, visit from Santa. Montauk Point Lighthouse, 4:30-7 p.m. Rain date, Dec. 6.

HAYRIDES: Part of Southampton Chamber of Commerce’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” program. Provided by Scorpion Farms, Southampton Arts Centers, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

THEATER: Literature Live! presents “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, 2 and 7 p.m., $25, free for students.

PARADE of LIGHTS: Fire trucks on Main Street and Job’s Lane, Southampton, 4:45 p.m., followed by tree lighting,  Agawam  Park, and a holiday party with Santa at the Southampton Cultural Center. Sponsored by Southampton Chamber of Commerce.

GIFT SHOW: Reception for “Home Spun.” Silar Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Road, 5-9 p.m.

HOLIDAY PARTY: Santa visit and refreshments, following tree lighting at Agawam Park, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, 5:30 p.m.


PARLOR JAZZ: Antoinette Montague. Bridgehampton Historical Society’s archives building, 2539-a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. Tickets $25, $15 members (available online), 7:30 p.m.

CELTIC CHRISTMAS: Cherish The Ladies present a Celtic Christmas program. Prime Orchestra $55, $53 members, Orchestra $45, $43 members, balcony $30, $28 members. John Drew Theatre, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 8 p.m.  


SANTA VISIT: Caroling, pony rides, face-painting, refreshments, caroling. Gift shop open, Montauk Point Lighthouse, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Rain date Dec. 7.

The Montauk Fire Department will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a parade on Saturday.

The parade will be held start at 11 a.m with Craig Tuthill, a 60-year member of the fire department who is the grand marshal of the parade, leading it from Kirk Park to the Hank Zebrowski Memorial Ball Park.

The parade was originally scheduled for Oct. 11, during the Montauk Chamber of Commerce's annual Fall Festival over Columbus Day weekend, but a downpour forced the department to cancel the celebration. 

Forget all that shopping and do something for yourself today. Air out those lungs, stretch those legs, and, maybe, get a couple of hours' break from those relatives: Two trails groups in East Hampton and Southampton are leading post-Thanksgiving outings, and newcomers will be welcomed.

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society has two hikes planned for Friday, both beginning at 10 a.m. One, of about 3.5 miles circles Barcelona Neck from a meeting point at the Sag Harbor Golf Course clubhouse. The other takes on Barcelona from a different approach; the five-miler begins on Swamp Road near the intersection with Edwards Hole Road.

Montauk will be on the schedule on Saturday and Sunday with hikes in Hither Woods. ehtps.org


Work off some of those extra calories in a beautiful environment. Choose a 5 mile or 3.5 mile distance. Note meeting place for each.

(5 miles)

Originally opened by the NYS-DEC in 1992 and currently under the stewardship of EHTPS, this unique trail winds its way past a lowland pine, maple and tupelo swam, passes through an upland oak forest and skirts both tidal and freshwater wetlands. The panoramic views of the Peconic Estuary from atop 80 foot high bluffs highlight this hike. Included is a short stroll along a bay beach and a walk along a newly cut, never before hiked, trail addition. Meet at the intersection of Swamp Road and Edwards Hole Road, approximately 1 mile north of Route 114. Leader: Richard Poveromo 631-283-4591 or day of hike 917-584-7280

(3.5 miles)

We will circle Barcelona Neck. Using old Trustee Roads dating back to the 1700s. Towering bluffs offer sweeping views of Shelter Island, Northwest Harbor, Cedar Point Lighthouse, the Grace Estate and the North Fork. Some beach walking is possible. Meet at the Sag Harbor Golf Course Clubhouse at the end of Barcelona Neck Road, which is east or Route 114 between Swamp Road and the Sag Harbor Village boundary. Leader: Carol Andrew 631-725-3367. 

The Southampton’s trails group’ s Thursday outing begins at Round Pond near the Sag Harbor Village line at 10 a.m. and follows a fast-paced route, skirting Long and Little Ponds. southamptontrails.org

Julianne Moore, an Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author who owns a house in Montauk, will read from her new children's book, "My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me," and sign copies for kids and their parents at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday.

Charline Spektor, the owner of the independent bookshop on Main Street, said Ms. Moore's appearance was scheduled at the last minute. Ms. Moore has done readings at the store before, for books in her "Freckleface Strawberry" series. 

Her latest picture book is about how first-generation children handle having mothers who may speak or dress differently, and how special that can be. "It speaks to a whole generation of kids," Ms. Spektor said. 

The reading will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the signing. 

BookHampton will match the revenue from sales of Ms. Moore's book that day and make a donation to Project MOST, an after-school program for students in East Hampton and Springs. 


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