This week will start out with a bang between New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day traditions, such as polar bear plunges. There are some other activities on the agenda for the first week of 2013, too.
50TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: Celebrate New Year's "Bond Style" at Gurney's in Montauk. Joe Delia & Thieves and a DJ will perform. Top Shelf open bar all night, five-course dinner, plus a one-and-a-half-hour cocktail party with seafood bar,pasta station and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR: The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton Village will serve an early evening a la carte dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a $125 four-course prix fixe dinner starts at 9 p.m. The menu for the second seating includes a glass of Champagne. For the menu and more information on making a reservation, click here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: The East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge takes place at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett at 1 p.m., but the festivities go on between 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The money raised goes to the local food pantries. Wear a costume for the contest. Price: $25 minimum fee
WINTER NATURE HIKE: New York State Parks 2nd annual First Day Hikes is a great way to kick off the New Year. Hikers meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse concession building at 1 p.m. for the 2 1/2-hour hike of a three-mile loop. Call 631-668-5000 to make a reservation. Price: $5 per adults, $3 for children 7 to 18, and free for children 6 & under.
SEAFOOD SHOP'S POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: The Seafood Shop in Wainscott holds its annual plunge to benefit Phoenix House, which runs substance abuse treatment and prevention programs for adults and adolescents, including the Phoenix House Academy of Long Island in Wainscott. Gather at Beach Lane Beach at 2 p.m. Price: $10
LVIS SALE: The Ladies Village Improvement Society's Bargain Box and Bargain Books shops are holding its annual sales, starting Wednesday and running through Jan. 23. You'll find 50 percent off all women's, men's and children's clothing, as well as books and collectibles.
WINTER MOVIE SERIES: The Friends of the Montauk Library's movie series will screen "Hope Springs," with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a long-married couple who attends an intensive counseling session to work on their relationship. Free refreshments. Movie starts at 7 p.m.
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, Southampton Hospital, and South Fork Community Health Initiative will co-sponsor a free Community Health Fair in the school building on the grounds of the Most Holy Trinity Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free flu shots, visual dental exams and dental hygiene instruction, free glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, STI and HIV screenings and colorectal screening packages, and much more is offered.
BERLIOZ'S LES TROYENS: Guild Hall in East Hampton presents The Met: Live in HD, Berlioz's "Les Troyens." at noon. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Price: $22 general admission, $20 members, $15 students.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Springs Fire Department pancake breakfasts are back for the winter. Price: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 6 and under.
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