Hamptons Hot Picks: December 11 & 12

Oh so much to do, and so little time to fit it all in.


HBTS will put on an amazing “Nutcracker” this weekend at Guild Hall.

It’s that time of year where everything will be coming up “Nutcracker” all over the East End. This weekend, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will dance its version of the Tchaikovsky favorite at Guild Hall in East Hampton tonight at 7 p.m. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, December 12, at 1 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m.


Tonight, Friday, December 11, illustrator and photographer Durell Godfrey will discuss her awesome new adult coloring book “Color Me Cluttered: A Coloring Book to Transform Everyday Chaos into Art” at Canio’s in Sag Harbor at 5 p.m.


Kimberly Goff captures peace and beauty perfectly in this wonderful work.

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton is hosting a book reading and wine tutorial/tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. Owen Hughes will read from “Everything I have Always Forgotten” and Anna Jurinich will do the same with “The Christmas Odd Box.” Chimene Macnaughton from Wainscott Main Wine will lead the wine tutorial. Be sure to take in all the gorgeous artwork by Daniel Schoenheimer, Sally Breen and Kimberly Goff while you’re there.

Show your puppy some love on Saturday, December 12, by taking him or her to ARF‘s Puppy Kindergarten at Wainscott Farms with Matthew Posnick from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Classes (more will be held on Saturdays, December 19, 26 and January 2) focus on socialization, interactive skills and simple obedience. Bring the whole family but please park at the ARF Adoption Center and walk over to Wainscott Farms or park on the shoulder of the road.

You can also bring the entire gang to Guild Hall on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. for the annual Citarella Holiday Gingerbread House Family Workshop.Decorate a gingerbread house under the guidance of pros from the ultimate gourmet market Citarella. Fun for all ages!

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Celebrate at Rogers Mansion in Southampton take in all the holiday wonder there.

Whilst on the topic of the holidays, don’t forget to partake in some “Hearthside Cheer: Southampton’s 375th Anniversary Finale” holiday benefit fundraiser at Rogers Mansion for the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center in Southampton on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget that everyone is welcome to enjoy the pleasures of the holiday season at the Rogers Mansion for free during the rest of the month, during which the 20 room Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, built in 1843, will be festooned with garlands of fresh winter greens and flowers.

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“Jealousy” by David Slater.

Check out some serious art by David Slater at the “Dreams, Ghosts & Blue Moons” opening reception at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton on Saturday, December 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Speaking about historical matters, if you’d like to participate in a tribute to Richard Barons, who, sadly, is retiring from the East Hampton Historical Society this coming April, then please send a donation earmarked for the completion of the restoration of The Thomas Moran & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio to: Attention Isabel Carmichael, 101 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. And please include your mailing address so that the EHHS folks can acknowledge your gift, which is completely tax deductible within the limits set by law.

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Michael Heller took this great shot when the Vendettas performed a Christmas concert at the Bay Street Theater last year.

Lastly, rock out the night during The Vendettas giant Rock and Roll Holiday Spectacular at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m.


One of my very favorite photos of all time. It’s called “Members of the Seattle Tubing Society” by Burt Glinn and it’s available at Tulla Booth.

One more thing — If you haven’t yet seen the photos by the legendary Burt Glinn at Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor, you are surely missing out! Stop by and say hi, you’ll be glad you did. Here’s a bit more from yours truly in the Sag Harbor Express about his mind-blowing work.

Whew, I’m tired just typing all this stuff out! Cheers to a fantastic holiday weekend!


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