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Gee whiz, we sure are into the thick of it South Forkers! It snowed earlier this week and winter is still, technically, just under a month away. Amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle that is constantly whirring around us this time of year, there’s still a lot of cool, low-key stuff going on that’ll satisfy even the most finnicky Scrooge-y scoundrel… for the weekend at least.

White Room Gallery’s got new East Hampton digs while the American Hotel hosts a powerhouse wine dinner with NoFo-based Paumanok Vineyards. Following tradition, The Nutcracker will be performed at Southampton High School all weekend long and  there’s a few noteworthy art exhibits kicking around for all to see.

However you choose to spend this first December weekend, please tip your servers, dress appropriately for cold weather, and don’t be that guy in Starbucks on Main Street East Hampton that interrupted an in-person, in-progress 11-item-long coffee order because his banana bread wasn’t warm enough. Step it up, South Forkers. We’re better than that.

The Nutcracker will be performed all weekend long at Southampton High School. (Photo credit: Kyle Froman)

Catch a Christmas classic in Southampton

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present their 14th annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic The Nutcracker this weekend at Southampton High School (141 Narrow Lane). Performances begin tomorrow, December 1, at 7 p.m. and continue Saturday, December 2, at 1 and 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, December 3. Advance ticket prices range from $25 to $45, while day-of tickets are between $30 and $50. Tickets for students are $15 and can only be purchased with a student ID. Premium and orchestra seating is also available. To reserve tickets, in advance call 888-933-4287 or click here.   

Take in some art at White Room’s new East Hampton spot

The White Room Gallery has a new location in East Hampton! Set up at 3 Railroad Avenue, “Naughty or Nice” will be the new spot’s latest exhibition, beginning tomorrow, December 1, and continuing through February 4. Open Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., the exhibition features a cleverly contemporary blend of pop art, mixed media pieces, works on canvas, photography, and more. Think a cartoon devil licking an ice cream cone or Kate Moss holding a teddy bear. Is it naughty or is it nice? Go there tomorrow and decide for yourself.

Wine and dine at The Hotel

Sag Harbor’s American Hotel hosts a wine dinner featuring selections from Aquebogue’s Paumanok Vineyards tomorrow, December 1. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the five-course meal will pair some of the Hotel’s classically French dishes with some of Paumanok’s most satisfying sippers. $250 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call the Hotel at 631-725-3535.

East End business owners will be on hand to talk about their experiences at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. (Photo courtesy of Parrish Art Museum)

Grow your business network at The Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts “The Art of Business Growth” tomorrow, December 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. Kidd Squid Brewing Co. owner Rory McEvoy, Stuart Disston, of Austin Patterson Disston Architcture Firm, Cristina Peffer from Ram Design, and Megan and Andrew Conklin of Montauk Ice will be the presenting panel members, discussing what it’s like to be a business owner on the East End. $16 for adults, $10 for seniors, free for Parrish members, $10 for member’s guests. Register here. All are welcome.

Feel festive at Westhampton Beach’s WinterFest

WinterFest is on Main Street Westhampton this Saturday, December 2. Closed down between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Main Street will come alive for attendees to get first dibs on artisan vendors offering unique wares. Food vendors will also be part of the fun, because let’s face it: shopping brings on food. Live music will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. along with a traveling phot booth and a pet parade at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center beginning at 4:30 p.m..

The Women’s Art Center of the Hamptons will have a new exhibition his month at Kathryn Markel Gallery in Bridgehampton. (Photo courtesy of WACH)

See the ladies of WACH’s latest exhibit

The Women’s Art Center of the Hamptons will have a new exhibition “Color Code” at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton beginning tomorrow, December 1. Featuring the work of Marylyn Dintenfass, Catherin Latson, Regina Sender Levin, Christa Mainwald, Karen Nicol and Grainne Watts all are invited to join in for the opening reception this Saturday, December 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.. “Color Code” will be on view through December 31.

Go to the movies in Amagansett

The Whale screens at the Amagansett Library tomorrow, December 1, at 1 p.m.. We all love a good movie, and Amagansett will be showing ‘em all Friday afternoons for the rest of the month. Movies are free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register. Help make the season bright for the kiddies by donating NEW toys, sports equipment, craft kits, puzzles, art supplies and games to the library. Got a lot of reusable bottles (the redeemables that are nickel throughout New York!) kicking around? This is a good opportunity to donate those mountains of La Croix sparkling water cans. Stop lying to yourself and cash ‘em in here. Last day of the toy drive is next Friday, December 8.