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Despite the lack of snow, its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Hamptons. There are glowing trees at the Maidstone hotel in East Hampton, light-strewn grape vines at Wolffer winery in Sagaponack, and toy soldiers at Pierre’s restaurant (above) in Bridgehampton. Fun! And don’t forget: Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its seventh annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” this weekend at Guild Hall (details here). Nothing says “holiday cheer” like little ballerinas in tutus, in our opinion. Except for maybe Blue Point Brewery’s “Jingle Mingle” aged imperial stout.
Bright Lights, Small Town
Speaking of decorations, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce has
ordered incentivized all local businesses to get themselves decked out for the holidays in time for the annual “Star Bright” storefront lighting competition. “Everyone should be lit up by December 10, in time for the December 14 judging,” the Chamber says. Prizes include ads in local papers. (Young readers: A “local paper” is something printed out, with news on it.) Here is a pretty photo of gift shop Vintage Pink from last year’s Star Bright show. Montauk businesses, you have been warned: You have ONE day left to decorate.
Marley was dead
Meanwhile, over in Westhampton Beach, things are getting all Dickensian this Saturday with the Victorian era-themed Dickens Holiday Festival on Main Street, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be sugar cookies to decorate, paper dolls to dress, hot beverages to consume and — rather randomly — beards and mustaches to judge at a “Dickens Whiskers War” competition at Lillian’s Hair Salon and Spa. There will also be roaming carolers, and hopefully chimney sweeps and street urchins. By the way, Westhampton is not the only Long Island town to have a Dickens festival. Port Jefferson has one. Apparently, if it weren’t for Dickens, we wouldn’t have Christmas as we know it (please read this David Bouchier essay on such topic here.)
While we’re at it…
A quick roundup of other holiday happenings this weekend: Christmas tree lighting at the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island, this Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Santa at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, this Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Hanukkah specials continue at Nick & Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton. And a Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at the Children’s Museum of the East End, this Saturday, at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.
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