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Holiday Fun for All

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by Deborah Skinner


The holiday vacation is right around the corner. School will let out Friday, December 23, for a winter recess somewhat shorter than you are used to — just one week. That is still enough time for many of you to travel to be with family or to take a lovely vacation. Others will remain close to home.

Here’s what our area has to offer during the coming days and the coming weeks:

Many students from Pierson Middle School are getting their play practice time in before the holidays, for the upcoming play — “Grease!”

They get down to the Community Room Program, after school in the Pierson cafeteria, to take a break from the chorus, dance or main character readings. You can hear the excitement as they tackle their parts. Look for the play to take place early in February.

On Friday, December 16, through Sunday, December 18, Studio 3 will debut “Mixed Nuts” at Bay Street Theatre.

“Mixed Nuts” is a classical Holiday Nutcracker… with a twist, where jazz, contemporary and hip hop are mixed in with traditional ballet. Come bring your families and support the many Sag Harbor dancers who are involved in this amazing performance. You may contact Melissa Spano Russo or the Bay Street Theatre box office in Sag Harbor at 725-9500 for more information or tickets.

Buckskill Winter Club, a seasonal ice rink and club house in East Hampton, will re-open for the season on

Friday, December 16. The Buckskill Winter Club, which first opened late 2004, will return for another winter season offering hours of open skating during your vacation. They also offer junior hockey, junior figure skating and evening firefly public skating parties. For more information call 324-2243 or take the short drive down Route 114 to 178 Buckskill Road in East Hampton.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is holding open auditions right after vacation, for the fifth annual Hampton Idol competition on Friday, January 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center located at 25 Ponquogue Avenue in downtown Hampton Bays.

Any Southampton Town middle or high school student in grades 7 to 12, is eligible to enter the audition with a solo performance of their choosing.

Sag Harbor has had a number of finalists over the years; the next winner could be you. Contestants should bring their own music without vocals. Finalists selected will perform in a Hampton Idol competition to be held March 24 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Southampton High School. Admission is $10. For additional audition information please call the Southampton Town Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2425 or visit them on the web at  www.town.southampton.ny.us. Information can be found by scrolling down the Department Directory to Human Services/Youth Bureau.

Sign up now! The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is sponsoring a ski and snowboard trip to Belleayre Mountain on Saturday, January 22, for youth 12 years old and up. The $80 per person fee includes roundtrip transportation, an all-mountain lift ticket, lunch and a free beginner lesson. Equipment rental is an additional $25.

The bus will depart from Red Creek Park (Hampton Bays) at 4:30 a.m. and will return to Red Creek Park at approximately 9 p.m. Chaperones are provided by the Youth Bureau and families are welcomed. Space is limited. First come, first served. For a registration form call 702-2425 for more information.

If we are lucky enough to have a little snow during this vacation, remember the Park & Recreation Department’s 9th Annual Snowman contest. Get outside and get to work creating your snowman, give him a title and send a picture of the snowman and the artist(s) to the Snowman Contest. Have fun. Be Creative. Win Prizes. Call Southampton Town Parks & Recreation Department at 728-8585 for all the details. Contest entry is free and open to residents of all ages.

Whether you spend your holiday near your Christmas tree or near a palm tree, enjoy the school break wherever you are.

Happy Holidays!