Oh boy, the holiday season is full-fledged and upon us. And here I thought that December was going to be a leisurely time in which I could finally get caught up. Ha!
Feeling all bah humbug? Then I’ve got just the remedy for you! Here’s what happening this weekend.
Our Fabulous Variety Show is putting on not one but TWO spectacular shows sure to get you in the holiday spirit. First up, “The New Christmas Carol,” a brand new re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic. Set in modern times, the show focuses on issues of anti-bullying, grief and the profound effect we can have in others’ lives. Staging Friday and Saturday, December 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Next up, it’s OVFS’s first youth production, “How Scrooge Stole Christmas,” a fun and comedic holiday variety show based off of the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Follow Scrooge and Max and their little minions, the Grinchettes, while they alternately dance and try to save Christmas. Show times are Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Don your gayest ugly sweater apparel tonight, Friday, December 2, and head over to Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor for a Holiday Party – Tree Lighting and Ugly Holiday Sweater Happy Hour party from 4 to 10 p.m. Bring warm hats, gloves, scarves and socks for donation to Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach while you’re at it. There will be plenty of rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the Lynn Blue Duo, musical Pierson students, and more.
But wait! Here’s a few more things that should be on your calendar too. Check them twice, whether you’re naughty or nice.
On Saturday, December 3, stop by and check out Carrie Doyle at BookHampton in East Hampton as she reads from her newest, “Death on Windmill Way.” The talk and Q&A will start at 4 p.m. I’ve just started reading this book and I’m loving it! Can’t wait to see how the mystery unfolds …
On Saturday, December 3, it’s time for the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce‘s annual East Hampton Santa Parade, which kicks off the Holiday Season, starting on Main Street in front of the Huntting Inn at 10 a.m. This year’s parade will feature floats, bands, antique cars, local fire departments and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer.
Following the parade, Santa will be at Rowdy Hall by the fireplace for photos and visits with children of all ages. A suggested donation of $2 per photo will be collected for the local food pantries. In addition, children and adults can make a holiday card for a veteran at the Walter Reed Hospital. A representative from Wounded Warrior will personally deliver the cards to the veterans before the holidays. In keeping with tradition, Rowdy will also be collecting canned and shelf stable food for the local food pantries. Dreesen’s Donuts and warm apple cider will be served.
On Sunday, the holiday traditions continue at c/o The Maidstone Hotel, which hosts its own annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Hundreds of families are expected to gather at the Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel to watch the 35-foot pine tree light up to announce the commencement of the holiday season.
The family-friendly ceremony is highlighted by a visit from Santa Claus and features holiday music from the East Hampton High School choir. In the holiday spirit, c/o The Maidstone Hotel will serve complimentary Christmas cookies, traditional saffron buns and hot apple cider. Also keep in mind that c/o The Maidstone Hotel is once again a drop point for U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The toys will be picked up on December 16 and distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.