BY SUNNY DAVIS
November 15, 2018
Plenty of holiday cheer awaits everyone in Montauk! Savor the cozy, small town feel we have out here during the Christmas season of “Merry Making” ………there are some special celebrations and events worth attending for the entire family; here are some of my favorites…..and a tip for the best holiday spot EVER in Montauk:
A terrific pre-Thanksgiving activity always in my go-to bucket is the Annual Cranberry and Dunes Hike in Hither Hills @ the Walking Dunes on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th at 10am. This is a great outing for adults and kids as they have a true Bog to Table experience and learn how to hand pick wild cranberries. These red, ripe juicy and tart berries are native to our sandy soil and bogs and are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. Don yer’ wellies or hip waders, bring along a sturdy basket and some work gloves and harvest this beautiful red bounty from the bogs! Meet at the end of Napeague Harbor Road off Montauk Highway. Sponsored by EHTPS.org. For more info call Steve at 917-797-6265
The Turkey Trot Run for Fun is a Montauk Thanksgiving Day tradition that’s been going on for 42 years now. This run around Fort Pond gets bigger and bigger every year and just about everyone in town turns out for this very social event! Kicking off at 10am on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (Registration begins at 8am), there are many divisions and I especially love watching the adorable 10 and under age group – these kids can dash! It’s great to see all of the families run, mingle and talk about their upcoming Thanksgiving dinner (which is probably in the oven by 10am and the cook getting a few hours of peace and quiet in the kitchen while everyone is out running!) Sponsored by The Town of East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept. All proceeds benefit various food pantries in our town. You can register on the day of the race at the Montauk Chamber, across from the Village Green where the race kicks off.
- Full Moon alert! On Thanksgiving night, Nov 22nd the Full “Beaver Moon” will shine brightly – Moonrise time is 5:37 PM. What a beautiful backdrop for dinner.
- Also on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday November 24th from 4-7pm is the dramatic Lighting of the Lighthouse. Folks from all over the East End come out to Montauk on this evening, and there are tailgates in the big parking lot and on the grass. Georges Lighthouse Café will be open that evening and are ready to warm the crowd with hot soups, hot chocolate and hot toddies! It’s a great event for local folks to get together and see what everyone is planning for the holidays, and a great photo backdrop for family Christmas cards. Some of the boats that are still out at this time of year ‘round the point to catch the lighting at sea. Christmas music and carols are featured, and yes, Santa will be there getting an early jump on the eve of his big appearance at the Lighthouse on the following day, Sunday November 25th from 11am to 4pm. Bring those lists, Kids.
One of my favorite things to do in town just a few nights before Christmas is stroll around the Village enjoying the Christmas lights and displays twinkling at stores and businesses. BF and I did it last year, under a full moon, on a warmish clear night and it was heavenly. We grabbed a big red fleece blanket, filled a thermos with piping hot chocolate, and stopped by the candy store for their homemade marshmallows and peppermint bark. We walked up and down Main Street and ended up sitting under the lit-up gazebo surrounded by Christmas trees to savor our hot beverages and holiday sweets. The Full “Yule” Moon is on Saturday, December 22, rising at 5:37 PM. I would dare to say that anyone planning a holiday marriage proposal could not have a better backdrop than this……….
Montauk’s Gazebo – BEST HOLIDAY SPOT EVER.