By Deborah Skinner
Last year, we had had 35+ inches of snow by this date. This year, we have had none. You may not be sledding but there is still a full January/ February calendar with plenty to do.
How about a ski trip? There is still time to reserve a seat for a ski and snowboard trip later this month. The Southampton Youth Bureau is hosting the trip to Belleayre Mountain on Saturday, January 28, for ages 12 and up. The $80 fee includes transportation, all-mountain lift ticket, lunch and a free beginner lesson. Equipment rental is another $25. The chartered coach will leave Red Creek Park (Hampton Bays) at 4:30 a.m. and returns to the park around 9 p.m. Chaperones will be provided by the Youth Bureau. Space is limited! Ski reports say, as long as it is cold, they will make snow, so call 702-2425 for a registration form or visit them online at www.southamptontownny.gov. On the main page go to Department Directory and scroll to Human Services/Youth Bureau. Sign up sheets are also available in the Community Room at Pierson. Sign up today!
Last week, the Southampton Town Youth Bureau held auditions for the next Hampton Idol. All singers must be residents of Southampton Town. This year, the Hampton Idol gala competition will take place closer to home on Saturday, March 24, at Southampton High School from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information please call 702-2425. Transportation will be available.
There are more than 75 enthusiastic Pierson middle school students working very hard on their roles and behind the scenes of “Grease.” Come see Danny Zuko, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenicke, Frenchy and the whole gang; a cast that truly love their roles, as does each and every member of the crew. The middle school extravaganza is always a family favorite. Show time on January 26, 27, 28, is at 7 p.m., and on January 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 and on sale at Pierson’s Main Office (between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. during school days) and will be at the door.
HarborFrost is coming back again, bigger and better in year two. Events will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 in downtown Sag Harbor. Friends of the YARD Program will start the weekend with a HarborFrost Gala Party at Page @ 63 Main (formerly Spinnakers) on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. This event, for adults 21 and over, featuring music, dinner “by-the-bite” and a “Basket Auction,” will benefit YARD, which sponsors programs for youth on a year round basis. So tell your folks to support the Beach Program and other year round programs which we all hold so dear, by ordering tickets at 725-5302 ext. 750.
HarborFrost will feature music all around the village beginning Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Later, on Long Wharf, ice sculptures will be created and at 3:30 hearty souls will bravely take on the Frosty Plunge behind the Windmill. Don’t be afraid, jump in! And thanks to an early winter sunset, there will be Grucci Fireworks at 6:15 p.m. Saturday’s outdoor events will be held on Sunday, should it rain.
Congratulations to Sam Miller, a senior at Pierson High School, who has been named an INTEL semifinalist. We are always proud when we have a student from Sag Harbor receive this honor.
Each year, as the reality of “thinking green” becomes more important, we realize cutting down trees for all those shopping bags and books and flyers is not a great thing. Happily, we can announce another wonderful publication is now available online: “Sag Harbor for Kids” at your finger tips by going to http://www.sagharborkids.org. Congratulations to the Sag Harbor Youth Committee for their dedication to this effort.
There is a section in this little booklet called “When Help is Needed.” It can now be reported that there is a new Alateen Meeting available in Bridgehampton. The program is for ages 12 to 18. Alateen is a fellowship of like minded peers who share their experiences. The weekly meetings will be held at St. Ann’s Church on Thursday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, you may call 631-786-0368 or 793-0074.
The YARD advisory board is looking for additional board members (adult and youth) to lead and strengthen our programs. We need you to decide the trips and events you’d like to see offered by the YARD Program. Presently we are working on a fun event for Pierson parents to benefit their children and could use your help. And students can earn community service hours and leadership skills, which will be a part of their resume. If you can contribute time, thoughtfulness and leadership one evening a month, please call Richard Kudlak at 379-3970. For more information on YARD contact D. Skinner at 725-5302, ext. 750 or email: YARDDirector@aol.com.