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Holiday 2020

In Montauk, It Takes a (Gingerbread) Village

Christmas was Kathy Surrey's favorite holiday. Each year, Ms. Surrey, a longtime night manager at the Montauk Manor, would begin preparing for the holiday around Thanksgiving, turning out a dozen or more glorious gingerbread houses to display in the Manor's lobby.

Dec 22, 2020
Christmas Services Online and in Person

Several churches are holding services for Christmas with online or in-person attendance.

Dec 21, 2020
Deep-Dish Bonac: A Social History of Clam Pie

You can come from the depths of salt-of-the-earth New England and still know nothing of the East Hampton clam pie. I should know. I am such a person. I was raised in Newburyport, Mass., home to such icons as the American Coast Guard, William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator Magazine, and parts of the Underground Railroad. I grew up on whole-bellied clams, both steamed and fried, but, until I moved to East Hampton half a decade ago, I had never heard of them being baked into a pie. 

Dec 3, 2020
Drive-In Movies in East Hampton Village

The annual Santa Parade in East Hampton Village has been canceled because of the pandemic, but the village and the Chamber of Commerce are offering a safe, festive way for families to celebrate the holidays: drive-in movies at Lot 2 of the Main Beach parking lot.

Dec 17, 2020
Quest for Cheer Sparks South Fork Tree Spree

A mix of the holiday spirit and a desire to pierce the pandemic gloom with strings of twinkling lights has led to a record-breaking boom in Christmas tree sales, according to several South Fork vendors, and left those who waited too long scrambling to find a tree.

Dec 17, 2020
Festive Holiday Dining Options In or Out

South Fork restaurants continue to serve up intriguing options for Christmas and Christmas Eve. It is best to pay close attention to ordering deadlines and make reservations early.

Dec 17, 2020
Will East Hampton Have a White Christmas?

Bill Evans, chief meteorologist at WLNG Radio and the National Weather Service, was at least honest about the likelihood of a white Christmas on the East End this year. "Eleven percent chance," he said apologetically, adding, "That's why, when Bing sings, he says, 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.' He's dreaming of it!"

Dec 3, 2020
Joining With All People of Prayer

Saint Augustine points to the early Christians’ tradition of celebrating Christmas in the winter as anything but coincidental. In the Northern Hemisphere, we have just passed the darkest day of the year and now move into a period of ever-increasing light and a new year brimming with hope and enthusiasm.

Dec 3, 2020
Holiday Improvisations

Christmas was a new experience when I married into a local family and settled in Amagansett in the early 1960s. Neither my upbringing, which was secular and Jewish, nor my college years or gad-about life in New York City as a young woman of bohemian leanings had been at all Kris Kringle-y.

Dec 3, 2020
Celebrating Kwanzaa on the East End

Calls for change — for justice system reforms and an end to systemic racism — echoed throughout 2020 in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. That is why, when James Banks of Southampton celebrates Kwanzaa this December, he will reflect a little more closely on some of the principles of the holiday — most notably, he said, "unity."

Dec 3, 2020
An East Hampton Ghost of Christmas Past

At Christmastime in East Hampton, the festive lights across town enliven holiday spirits. This is the story of one of those spirits.

Dec 3, 2020
In Sag Harbor, a Symbol of Hope and Light

To light a menorah in the window at Hanukkah is to illuminate one's small corner of the world with hope. This year in Sag Harbor, for the first time in quite a while, a highly meaningful menorah will be lighted in the window of the Center for Jewish Life.

Dec 2, 2020