Weekend Bee: The Christmas Village That Ate the Hamptons

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#TGIF! It is STILL the holiday season in the Hamptons, as evidenced by the above photo. That is a whole lot of Christmas village, not to mention speeding trains, figure skaters, Alpine skiers, and at least one dirigible. See it for yourself at Hren’s/GROUNDWORKS on Montauk Highway in East Hampton. Staff will also ply you with spiked egg nog, which is everything we could possibly ask from a garden center. As we’ve noted, the Hamptons goes wild for the holidays.

Did someone say Victorian carolers?

If you can’t get enough of Christmas on the main land, then hop on a ferry to Shelter Island, where the historic Chequit Inn will be lighting its tree on Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details here. We are not kidding when we say this is the event of the season, but maybe we’re more into carolers wearing top hats and plaid petticoats than most. Or maybe it’s the mulled wine talking.

Marble serving trays make great stocking stuffers…

Our friends at Hamptons.com have put together this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, featuring gifts for Hamptonites. It’s actually less obnoxious than one might suspect, at least until you get to the $28,000 “Crocodile Kelly” bag from Hermès (available at the Perfect Purse in Southampton). We suggest one might watch this beloved holiday tale immediately after reading the list. We can tell you what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

On tap for the weekend…

  • Pinot Noir is the most “romanticized red wine” in the world, according to Wölffer Estate Vineyards. Winemaker Roman Roth will be singing Pinot’s virtues at a private dinner at Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor on Sunday at 5:30 pm. Spoiler alert: 2013 was an epic year for Pinot…
  • Holiday market! This weekend, check out the one at the Bridgehampton Museum Archives, featuring pottery by the Clay Arts Guild, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m…
  • Today is — no joke — National Bivalvus Day, which we recommend celebrating with a crisp Muscadet. If you care about oysters (and we do, particularly when they’re on the half shell), then head to Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow today at 4 p.m. for a free presentation on how Peconic Pearls are faring, post “Brown Tides”…
  • There will be a Polar Bear Plunge at Coopers Beach this Saturday (current predicted high temperature: 36 degrees), benefitting the Human Resources of the Hamptons. Let us know how it goes.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Why not open a special jar of Marmalade on New Year’s Day as they do in Britain?” — Josephine’s Feast, a local jam purveyor, asks (rhetorically, we think) in this Instagram post. We cannot think of a single reason not to, especially while bingewatching “The Crown” on Netflix. Cheerio.

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