Almost Weekend Bee: It’s Getting Spooky in the Hamptons

Photo credit: Mr.TinDC, Creative Commons

Photo credit: Mr.TinDC, Creative Commons

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Happy almost weekend! Let’s side aside puppets, Putin and nuclear codes and focus on what’s really important, dammit: Halloween. In case you didn’t know (and we actually more recently discovered this ourselves) the Hamptons really, really gets into Halloween…somewhat surprising, considering this is a seasonal beach community. Anyhow. A slew of pre-Halloween activities kicks off this weekend, including the “Spooktaculuar” haunted house at the Southampton Arts Center. This is perfect because the building, in our opinion, sort of looks like a haunted house on a regular basis — see above photo, for pete’s sake. The kid-friendly Spooktacular opens Friday. Details here.

In other pre-Halloween-related news…

The Children’s Museum of the East End will host its annual Halloween Bash tomorrow; details here. We salute those organized parents who already have their kids’ costumes figured out.  Meanwhile, Bridgehampton Lions Club gets into the spirit with its annual pumpkin Carving Contest on Monday. And Cafe Max — good ole Cafe Max in East Hampton — is continuing to show the black-cat love, offering a $75 gift certificate to anyone who adopts a black cat this month. Meow.

Quick takes…

  • RIP Janis Hewitt, a former reporter at The East Hampton Star, who was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday…
  • Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor was rated #1 in Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for top hotels in New York State and The Mid-Atlantic (besting #8 Mill House Inn in East Hampton)…
  • Park Place Wines & Liquors in East Hampton reports that it has stocked up on local and craft ciders, in honor of apple-picking season. “Dry and crispy, these ciders taste like fall,” the shop says.
  • Facebook, everybody’s favorite social network, has apparently added features to make it easier for folks to order/buy from your business. Read this story for details. Figure it out. Tell us how you did it.

On tap for the weekend…

  • The “Real Men Wear Pink” breast cancer benefit will be held at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton on Saturday. Men are encouraged to wear Financial Times-hued salmon pink; Nantucket reds don’t count (we made that up). Tickets are $100 and benefit breast cancer organizations.
  • Babette’s restaurant in East Hampton has a “Locals” prix-fixe dinner ($21.95), not to mention juice-infused cocktails (we didn’t make that up) on Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Boo! The Shelter Island Historical Society will present Historic Haunts of Long Island book signing with author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky on Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Did someone say paranormal?

Social Media Quote of the Day

“We are also picking winter squash, gourds, and cherry tomatoes,” Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill, in this Facebook post. Because autumn is not just about apple and pumpkin picking, people.

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