Shop ‘Til You Drop: Hamptons Holiday Shopping News

Espressio Café grand opening
Espressio Café grand opening. Photo: Kathy Rae/Dan’s Papers

Have family visiting for the holidays, but don’t want them messing up your guestroom? Maybe you want to take a little staycation? The Southampton Inn is offering a buy-one-get-one sale on room rates in December. That’s right, purchase one room and get a second for 50% off. Visit, 631-283-6500 to make reservations.

Saturday, December 10 marks the return of the annual Oysterponds PTA Holiday Auction to Poquatuck Hall in Orient Village. Visitors can browse a selection of almost 100 prizes including a Sony PlayStation VR headset, Amazon Echo and other fabulous prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1, $5 or $10. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and mini-muffins will be provided by Hampton Coffee from 11:30 a.m. until supplies run out. The PTA hopes to reach a fundraising goal of $5,000. Email [email protected] or call 646-256-8029.

Speaking of raffles, the East End Classic Boat Society will hold its annual raffle drawing and reception in Amagansett on Saturday, December 10. Visitors to the event from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Hartjen-Richardson Community Boat Shop, behind the Maritime Museum, can view a variety of boats at the facility where members build and restore wooden craft of traditional design. This year’s raffle prize is a 13-foot Pooduck skiff by designer Joel White. Also on display is next year’s raffle boat undergoing construction: a sail-equipped Sunshine tender. Contact Ray at 631-324-2490 for more information.

Southampton Soap Company’s Holiday Gift Show will be back for its third year at The Farmhouse at 832 Scuttle Hole Road in Water Mill. Get your locally made, artisan gifts from 4–8 p.m. Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th, and from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Their boutique truck will also be open daily from December 19–23 from 3–7 p.m. and by appointment.

Ashawagh Hall in Springs will host the 18th annual By Hand Artisan’s Holiday Gift Show. Find beautiful and unique creations by local artists Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m – 5 p.m. and Sunday the 18th from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit for more information.

The perfect gift for any animal lover! The 2017 ARF Pet Calendar, celebrating its 12th anniversary, is filled with photos of dogs and cats, some with homes and some without. Displayed on a coffee table or kept beside the telephone, this desk calendar is beautiful and functional. Calendars are available at the ARF Adoption Center and the Thrift Shop in Sagaponack. To purchase over the phone call Kathy at 631-537-0400-x214.

Don’t just give this holiday season, give back. Free soup dinners sponsored by the East Hampton Clericus will be held at Most Holy Trinity Parish Hall one Wednesday per month through March 2017. The events are supported by the community and free to men, women and children of all ages. To volunteer email Cantor Debra Stein at [email protected], or for more details contact The Jewish Center of the Hamptons at 631-324-9858.

New Kids on the Block

A new world of possibility. The East End’s latest trattoria and bar, Centro, in the former Villa Tuscano space at 336 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, is now booking holiday parties at 631-594-5744.

Espressio Café is a new, modern and Europeanstyle café offering freshly made crepes, panini, wraps, salads, soups, Italian gelato, desserts, freshly baked pastries and illy coffee. Open year round every day from 6 a.m. 65 Main Street, Westhampton Beach 631-998-4100. (See photo of their grand opening above.)

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