The magic of the holidays is actually the goodness of people’s spirits that seems to prevail at this particular time of the year. Beginning in November here in the Hamptons, benefits of all shapes and sizes begin to appear that seem to magically produce goodwill and aid many philanthropic organizations. It is amazing and gratifying to watch what a lot of dedicated people can do.
This year I have the privilege of being involved in a new event called “Fantasy of Trees in the Vineyard.” Almost as magical as Santa himself, the terrace and grounds of the Winery at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, will be transformed into a sparkling, festive holiday wonderland. This year, as the “Fantasy of Trees” unfolds, so do the hopes of the many cancer patients and their families who benefit from the charity chosen to benefit from the event: Fighting Chance.
A wonderland of 6-foot trees, all decorated by talented designers and special individuals, are available for purchase through silent auction, and will be displayed for two days and then delivered to the purchaser. Decorated wreaths will also be available.
A not-to-miss Fantasy of Trees festive gala will launch the event on Friday, November 29th. Tickets will go for $100 and a portion of the sale will go to Fighting Chance.
A holiday bazaar will feature candles, mulled wine and cookies, and gift items. Carolers, bell ringers, a visit from Santa, and all sorts of surprises will make the two day “Fantasy of Trees” an exciting family event.
The following Saturday, December 7th, is the annual “Lighting of the Vines” here at the estate and most of the proceeds go to benefit a selected charity. But we’re not the only ones! At many other places people are out seeking to do good as well – for the environment, historical buildings, and of course, people. Here are just a couple scheduled in November.
The Bridgehampton Museum’s late season cocktail benefit at the historic Galban estate, on Hedges Lane in Sagaponack, on Saturday, November 2nd. Also, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Meadows Program works to laboriously restore seagrass by hand. This year the celebration will feature a delicious raw bar of local shellfish, freshly prepared Peconic Bay scallops, local beer and wine, and live music.
So don’t forget to enjoy the magic of the season, but remember its inspiration – people.