Daily Bee: Early Sunsets, Art Shows & Swedish Pancake Parties

Maidstone Harbor Marina

A December sunset over Maidstone Harbor Marina.

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Happy Friday! And no, it’s not your imagination: The sun is setting ridiculously early these days. The above photo was taken at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday at Maidstone Harbor Marina in Springs. In fact, RIGHT NOW is the darkest time of 2015, as the year’s earliest sunsets come a few weeks before the Dec. 22 winter solstice. (You might also think it’s the darkest time of 2015, because we have abominations as presidential candidates; that’s also correct.) But wait, there’s hope: Starting Sunday, the sun will begin setting a minute later. Before you know it, it will be June. And post-Election Day.

Home for the holidays

In other news, J. Crew, maker of preppy pencil skirts, has moved back into its old location on Main Street in East Hampton. A fire in April damaged summer frocks and forced the store to temporarily relocate to Newtown Lane. There will be a re-opening celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the national brand has reported losses and struggled with women’s clothing in the past year.

I’ll have some art with my deviled eggs

Over at Cowfish restaurant in Hampton Bays, there is an artist reception tonight for Carolyn Munaco, an East Ender whose work is inspired by the coastline and great outdoors. See paintings of seahorses and big-mouthed fish here. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and features hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Some 45% of the proceeds will be donated to Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Back to the Bays Initiative, a marine program that aims to bring back our once-thriving shellfish population. Cowfish, which overlooks the Shinnecock Canal, is open all winter long.

If big-mouthed fish aren’t your thing…

Then stop by The White Room tonight in Bridgehampton from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for prose and perhaps some prosecco. The gallery’s “Book Readings and Wine” event will feature readings by authors Owain Hughes (“Everything I have Always Forgotten”) and Anna Jurinich (“The Christmas Odd Box”), followed by a wine tasting and tutorial “Shop It Like a Somm.” For the uninformed, a “somm” is a sommelier, someone who knows a lot about wine. The Somm session will be led by Chimene Macnaughton of Wainscott Main Wine & Spirits, who will tell you how to find hidden holiday value on menus and retail shelves. And folks at White Room: Please name your next event “Prose & Prosecco.” We think that’s better than “Book Readings & Wine.”

We’re suckers for poinsettia

Well how lovely! Sag Harbor Florist will host an open house on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. There will be wreaths, garland and holiday plants, as well as your standard orchids, blossoms and branches. The Bay Street shop is owned by Anastasia Casale, a self-described “romantic at heart.” She grows much of the plant materials on her own property (according to Painting the Hamptons blog.) We’ll take the bouquet with the juniper berries and pinecones, please.

Other holiday happenings…

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.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Swedish pancake party today for small kings and queens,” c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, as it posted this delightful photo on Facebook. Can someone invite us to a Swedish pancake party, please?

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