Pictured Above: The Big Christmas Show: A Musical Radio Play opens tonight at the Southampton Arts Center |. Dane DuPuis photo

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 46 degrees and light and variable winds. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 34. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 53, and We’re expecting showers on Sunday, mainly after 1 p.m., with increasing clouds and a high near 59.

• The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents “Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” this evening at 6:30 p.m. at CAST, 53930 Main Road in Southold. This hour-long bilingual family event celebrates the journey of a Mexican-American child during the Holidays. Using Aztec-inspired dance, vibrant costumes, ballet and traditional Christmas carols, Navidad explores a magical journey through two rich and vibrant cultures. Also at CAST on Sunday at 2 p.m., actor Anatol Yusef presents “More Shining than the Crown,”  a free afternoon of Christmas stories by Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and Charles Dickens performed by a mix of visiting and local artists. Admission to both events is free, and more details are at castnorthfork.org.

• The Big Christmas Show: A Musical Radio Play conceived and written by Joe Landry and Michael Disher opens this evening at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. In the play, when a star-studded  variety broadcast starring Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, Ethel Merman and a host of other celebrities forces the WBFR radio staff and performers to rise to the proverbial occasion, an unexpected heartfelt harmony occurs on Christmas Eve in 1950. Tickets are $20 and are available at southamptonartscenter.org.

• The 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Polar Bear Plunge will be held at Coopers Beach in Southampton this Saturday, Dec. 9. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the plunge is at 10 a.m. The plunge benefits year-round food pantry and assistance programs for more than 2,400 families in the Town of Southampton. Sign up at heartofthehamptons.org.

• Peconic Ballet Theatre’s annual “Nutcracker” will be this weekend at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Performances are Dec. 9 at Noon and 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at Noon and 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at whbpac.org.

• Photographer Susan Meiselas will discuss her five decades focusing on the lives, stories, and perspectives of subjects on the edge of the mainstream, in conversation with Lindsay Morris, at The Church, 48 Madison Street in Sag Harbor, Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, or $10 for members, and are available at thechurchsagharbor.org.

• Santa Visits Sag Harbor’s Windmill on Long Wharf on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Riverhead also holds its annual Holiday Parade & Bonfire on Saturday. The parade starts at 3 p.m., followed by the bonfire and visits from Santa along the riverfront from 4 to 5 p.m. East End Arts also holds a maker’s market on the riverfront from 2 to 6 p.m.

• The Cutchogue Fire Department’s annual Stuff the Sleigh 5K run and walk will be held this Sunday at the fire department headquarters at 260 New Suffolk Road in Cutchogue. A Kids Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. Bring unwrapped toys to donate. Sign up at cutchoguefiredept.org.

• Greenport’s Congregation Tifereth Israel’s annual menorah lighting will be held in Mitchell Park on Front Street on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. All are welcome, and in the spirit of ecumenism, the menorah will remain lighted throughout the holiday season.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

December 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:16 a.m., 6:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:24 a.m.,5:45 p.m.
Greenport: 6:53 a.m., 7:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:26 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:48 a.m., 7:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:15 a.m., 8:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:22 a.m., 8:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:07 a.m., 5:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:16 a.m., 3:23 p.m.

December 9
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:56 a.m., 7:18 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:04 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
Greenport: 7:33 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:11 a.m., 8:42 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:28 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:55 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:02 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:53 a.m., 6:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:02 a.m., 4:15 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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