Daily Bee: Is It St. Paddy’s Day Yet? Plus, Nutcracker & Curry News

Photo credit: Montauk Friends of Erin

OK, so it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But this just in, folks: The always-impressive, somewhat-feared 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montauk, N.Y., has been officially scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 20, 2016. We plan to be there with our Montauk Brewing Co. driftwood ale. Like any halfway decent chamber of commerce, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot clam chowder, donated by local restaurants. Yum!

Montauk Friends of Erin, the 53-year-old civic group that raises money for the procession, has created a Facebook page for the big event . This is also the point where — at the risk of losing the Hampton Bee’s chance to ever become the parade’s grand marshal — we must point out (again) an erroneous bit of information circulated by Montauk Friends of Erin. The Montauk parade is not New York State’s second largest, as the group claims. We have good sources who tell us that the St. Paddy’s march in Syracuse, N.Y., is actually the second largest in the state, after New York City’s drunkfest that cruises up 5th Avenue. Indeed, the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day parade ranks in the top 10 of the entire country.

Moral: Don’t claim to be No. 2…well, ever.

News related to an actual upcoming holiday

If you just pulled out your green sweater at the mere thought of Montauk’s parade, there is no need — we repeat, no need — to put it back. You can wear it to an upcoming performance of everybody’s favorite Christmas play, “The Nutcracker,” at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton. The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its seventh annual production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved classic on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. and 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are $25 for adults and $20 for children (under 12 years of age). You can also spring for premium seats. Director Sara Jo Strickland opened HBTS in 2007 and teaches the next generation of dancers in her Bridgehampton studio.

And speaking of green….

Well now, this Somewhat Daily Dispatch has been brought to you by the color GREEN. We have learned that Highway Bar & Restaurant, the aptly named eatery alongside the Montauk Highway in East Hampton, is now hosting Thai night every Thursday, with a $35 prix fixe meal that includes classic dishes made from this green curry paste. Delicious! Click here to see the restaurant’s recent photos of dishes made by chef Anand Sastry.

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