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This Weekend: 'Mixed Nuts,' Polar Bear Plunge, and Artisans Gift Show

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:10
Students of Studio 3 in Bridgehampton will perform "Mixed Nuts" at Bay Street Theater, with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year's story blends "The Nutcracker" with "Alice in Wonderland."
Durell Godfrey

The holiday festivities are in full swing with Santa likely showing up in your hamlet sometime over the weekend and plenty of places to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, such as the annual Artisans Gift Show in Springs. In between all of that, catch a "Mixed Nuts" performance at Bay Street or take a dip in the ocean during the Polar Bear Plunge at Cooper's Beach in Southampton Village to raise money for Heart of the Hamptons, an organization which assists more than 1,500 people in the community each year. 

Friday, December 13 

UGLY SWEATER FUN: With cookie decorating, crafts, and games for teens, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 4 p.m. 

“Mixed Nuts” DANCE PERFOR­MANCE: A classic holiday tale with a twist, blending "The Nutcracker" with "Alice in Wonderland," by students of Studio 3 in Bridgehampton, $30 cash only at the door, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, 7 p.m. Also Dec. 14, 7 p.m., and Dec. 15, 1 p.m. 

MOVIE NIGHT: With snacks, for families with children 4 and up, Amagansett Library, 6-7 p.m. 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Art of Song featuring the New York City vocal trio, Duchess, $25 per ticket online at, East Hampton Presbyterian Church session house, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, December 14 

GIFT SHOW: Featuring East End artisans, Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Also Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 and 22. 

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: To benefit Heart of the Hamptons, minimum donation $25, register by 9:30 a.m., Cooper’s Beach, Southampton Village, plunge at 10 a.m. sharp. 

BY HAND ARTISANS GIFT SHOW: Ashawagh Hall, Springs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

HOLIDAY MARKET: Goods from brands like Senlis and Joey Wolffer Jewelry Bar, Serena & Lily Design Shop, 332 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

HOLIDAY PHOTOS: Use green-screen technology, Montauk Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: At veterans graves, volunteers needed, Calverton National Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: The Railroad Museum of Long Island decorated for the holidays, refreshments, gifts for children, and gift shop, Santa visit on the H.K. Porter steam locomotive No. 1 at noon, free admission, 416 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Also Dec. 15. 

SANTA VISIT: The hamlet’s Fire Department will provide for St. Nick’s “sleigh ride,” and a host of family activities, including ornament making, cookie decorating, and games, are in store, the Amagansett Square, noon-3 p.m. 

HORSE AND BUGGY RIDES: Part of Southampton Chamber of Commerce’s It’s a Wonderful Village promotion, from Southampton Village Hall, 23 Main Street, noon-3 p.m.

HISTORIC INN TOUR: Self-guided, with hot drinks and treats available at various stops, sponsored by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, $15 in advance at or $25 at the door at Baker House 1650, 181 Main Street, East Hampton; White Fences Inn, 371 Montauk Highway Water Mill, or 434 on Main, Amagansett, noon-6 p.m. 

GINGERBREAD COOKIE DECORATING: Hampton Library, Main Street, Bridgehampton, noon-4 p.m. Space limited. 

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: Creative Edge Studio’s annual dance showcase, $10, East Hampton High School, Long Lane, 1 p.m. 

SANTA VISIT: With refreshments, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, 2-4 p.m. 

SEAL WALK: Three miles round trip to seal haul-out spot, advance reservations required at 631-668-5000, meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground, 2 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: Caroling, light refreshments, nature craft activity for kids at Mashomack Preserve’s historical manor house, decorated for the holidays, 47 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, 2-5 p.m. 

CAROLS & COOKIES: Plus cocoa and a visit from Santa, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Amagansett, 3-5 p.m.

PARADE AND BONFIRE: Downtown Riverhead’s 20th annual event with Santa. Take a chair to sit by the fire, parade starts on Main Street, 3 p.m., bonfire begins at 4 on the riverfront. 

HOLIDAY DINNER PARTY: Hosted by the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, $63 per person, South Fork Country Club, Amagansett, 6 p.m. Reserve by Dec. 6.

CONCERT:  Gene Casey, East Hampton Lib­rary, 6-8 p.m.

DINNER BENEFIT: For the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, $200 per person, reservations online at or at 917-741-6257, Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, 6:30 p.m. 

“THE NUTCRACKER”: American Dance Theatre of Long Island, advance tickets at, $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and kids under 12, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 7 p.m. Also Dec. 15, 1 p.m. 

HOLIDAY MUSIC: Songs of love and peace with Gloria Reuben, $30, First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, 2 Main Street, 7 p.m.

CONCERT: The Sag Harbor Community Band and Sweet Adelines, by free-will donation, Old Whalers Church, Sag Harbor, 7:30 p.m. 

WINTER CONCERT: Caroline Doctorow, funded by the Bridgehampton Association and Suffolk County, $20, Bridgehampton Museum Archives Building, 2539A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 7:30 p.m. 

“REVEL IN YOUR SPIRITS”: Christmas show with Sarah Conway, for those 21 and older only, $20 admission, Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, 8 p.m. 

Sunday, December 15 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: East Hampton Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

WREATH MAKING: $85 for adults, $65 for children, register and pay in advance, Marders, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

HANUKKAH PARTY AND SHOPPING: Festive multigenerational programming and dinner with latkes prepared by Jason Weiner of Almond, Temple Adas Israel, Sag Harbor, 10:30 a.m.

HIKE: Moderate-pace 1.5 miles from Poxabogue County Park, Sagaponack, to Vineyard Field, Bridgehampton with Dai Dayton of Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, 631-745-0689, 10-11:30 a.m. 

WREATH MAKING: Free workshop for cancer survivors, caregivers, and those in treatment, material and instructions provided by Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Parrish Memorial Hall, 235 Herrick Road, Southampton, 12:30-3 p.m. 

SEAL WALK: Three miles round trip to seal haul-out spot, advance reservations required at 631-668-5000, meet at the Montauk Point State Park Office in the lower parking lot near the playground, 2 p.m. 

HOLIDAY CABARET: Seasonal favorites from the screen and stage, stories, and selections from the Great American Songbook with the singer Valerie diLorenzo and accompanist Amanda Borsack Jones, reservations recommended, hosted by Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library, at the library, Southampton, 2 p.m. 

LESSONS AND CAROLS: With student string ensemble, singers, and organ, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Bridgehampton, 4 p.m. 


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