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Greenport: Plenty of events going on in the village

As I sit writing this on Sunday morning, it’s a balmy 38 degrees (with the wind chill we can make that 25 degrees). I do love the Christmas season, but couldn’t we make it just a tad warmer?

The Greenport Business Association has been hard at work to ensure that we all get into the spirit of the holidays. While I can’t list all of them — you really need to pick up one of their brochures — here are a few of the many events going on in the village this weekend.

You want to make sure you’re at the foot of Third Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, when the East End Seaport Museum will host a children’s film about the sea. Also at 11 a.m., and running until 3 p.m., is the Railroad Museum’s annual holiday open house where, rumor has it, Santa will be making an appearance. And from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, you can catch the holiday pet parade in Mitchell Park.

There will be free holiday concerts at Brecknock Hall at 4 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Reservations are required; call 477-3800, ext. 221. The annual lighting of the menorah will take place in Mitchell Park Sunday at 5 p.m.

If sports is more your thing, there will be a North Fork vs. South Fork kind of thing on Wednesday, Dec. 8, when the GHS boys basketball team hosts East Hampton at 6 p.m. and on Friday, the 10th, when it takes on Southampton at 6:15 p.m. Come on out to support coach Al Edwards and the great group of guys he coaches.

Speaking of basketball, I report with great pleasure that, as of this writing, the Duke Blue Devils are 6-0 in college hoops. So here’s a question for my non-Duke-rooting friends Linton, Diana, Jade and Matt Duell (Maryland and St. John’s fans); Tenesha Jensen (also a Terps fan); the Swains — Lou, Louis and Matt (UNC fans); Tim McLaughlin (Boston College); and Frank Van Sickle (Syracuse): Can anyone stop Duke? Stay tuned!

Congratulations are definitely in order for Sandra Bonczyk and Carl Vultaggio. Carl found an extra-special “egg” in their chicken coop last week and Sandra is now sporting it on her third finger, left hand! I wish the two of them a lifetime of happiness together.

The ELIH Auxiliary will host a book sale on Friday, Dec. 10, in the hospital conference room from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stock up on winter reading and holiday gifts for the entire family. They’ll have children’s books, cookbooks, craft books and more. For information, call 477-5196.

Blowing out one more birthday candle this week are Nancy Ryan, Sissy Herrmann and Caitlin Ryan, all on Dec. 2; “David T.” Tuthill, Corrine Ruther and Laura Atkins on the 3rd; Amanda Corwin Golz, Danielle Hubbard and Dan Letteriello, all on the 4th; Erica Gaud, Kathleen Sands, Tom Wood, Victoria Jensen Johnson and Ivan Suarez on the 5th; Michele Jensen and Kelsey Hubbard on the 6th; F.J. Kiernan on the 7th; and Chris Golden and Rob Lehmann on the 8th.

I’m sending extra-special birthday wishes to two extra-special people in my life: my husband, Jim, who celebrates Dec. 5, and my sister-in-law Cindy Tooker, whose birthday is the 6th. I hope your birthdays are as special as you are to me. I love you both!