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On Thursday, a rift appeared along the downtown Montauk beach as snow continued to fall. On Friday, sandbags and concrete pavers were left exposed. T.E. McMorrow
A study in contrast: Shaun Jones checking the lines the Pontos at dock in Montauk on Thursday. At right, cross-country skiers took to the trails of the Bell Estate in Amagansett.Amanda Jones, Judy D'Mello
In Montauk, the Shagwong Tavern remained open throughout the storm.T.E. McMorrow
Snow blanketed the roads on Thursday afternoon as officials urged residents to stay home so that plow crews could clear them.Durell Godfrey
In East Hampton Village, a crew worked to remove two massive piles of snow from the Reutershan parking lot on Friday afternoon.T.E. McMorrow
A 10-foot-tall wall of snow separated the two sides of Main Street in Sag Harbor Friday morning.Carissa Katz
A blasting wind and frigid cold did not deter the sledders on the hill in front of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor on Friday.Carissa Katz
Martell's in Montauk was covered in snow on Thursday.T.E. McMorrow
Clearing a path as the snow continued to fall Thursday afternoon in East HamptonDurell Godfrey

Workshop participants chose from evergreens of all varieties as they began to assemble holiday centerpieces under the tutelage of the Garden Club of East Hampton on Monday. Durell Godfrey Photos
At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 4, Rosemary Killen, the club’s project chairwoman, stood among some of the raw materials. Durell Godfrey
Club members spray-painted dried flowers, seedpods, and decorative branches on Nov. 4.Durell Godfrey
Wendy Phillips, Rosemary Killen, Jake Markum, and Cathy Santamarina worked together on Nov. 18.Durell Godfrey
Olivia and Debbie Druker sorted through Santas, snowmen, and other ornaments that will be added to the finished centerpieces. Durell Godfrey
The materials included some that were store-bought, but many that were collected and prepared by garden club members.Durell Godfrey
The "experts" from the Garden Club were on hand at the senior citizens center on Monday to offer suggestions and help.Durell Godfrey
Workshop participants hard at work on MondayDurell Godfrey
At left, Pat Mercer of the Garden Club of East Hampton was in fine holiday spirits on Monday. On the right, Raphael Rojas showed off his finished centerpiece.Durell Godfrey
Martina Sandy, left, and Mike Geller had pieces to be proud of by the end of the workshop.Durell Godfrey

Long kept at the East Hampton Village Department of Public Works impound yard, this fake giraffe has been released to a new, unnamed owner. Durell Godfrey

Studio 3 presents "Mixed Nuts" at Bay Street Theater Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Durell Godfrey Photos
"Mixed Nuts" is a blend of "The Nutcracker" and "Beauty and the Beast."Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts" Durell Godfrey
Ballet, jazz, tap, "Mixed Nuts" is not only a blended story, but a blend of styles. Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts"Durell Godfrey
"Mixed Nuts" is a visual delight.Durell Godfrey
"The Nutcracker," in the Hampton Ballet Theatre School's more traditional interpretationDurell Godfrey
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School's production featured costumes by Yuka SilveraDurell Godfrey
Professional dancers shared the stage with student dancers in the Hampton Ballet Theatre School's production.Durell Godfrey
The Hampton Ballet Theatre School's productionDurell Godfrey

A "Polar Express" train will leave East Hampton for Montauk on Wednesday at 7:09 p.m. Durell Godfrey

Before the doors opened at 10 a.m. Friday, the line already stretched down the street. Durell Godfrey
Bundles of Grey Gardens stationeryDurell Godfrey
Would-be buyers peered through the windows at Grey Gardens as they waited for the doors to open on Friday morning.Durell Godfrey
Some went with purpose, others were merely there to shop. At left, Dyanna Nesbit held a parrot figurine, purchased for a friend who believed it had belonged to the Beales.Durell Godfey
People were asked to wear blue booties as they traipsed through the house.Durell Godfrey
A flock of early birds waited for the clock to strike 10.Durell Godfrey
Browsing the offeringsDurell Godfrey
A sign on a bedroom doorDurell Godfrey
The documentary and a photo reel played on a TV in one of the rooms.Durell Godfrey
"There's quite a bit of wicker," Susan Wexler of Behind the Hedges said earlier this week. Durell Godfrey

Bill Stewart, with his daughter Fairleigh, took home the title of Master Blade for his creation on the right. John Musnicki and Durell Godfrey
Jacks both classic and less so.Durell Godfrey
Artists in other mediums, like the metal artist and blacksmith James DeMartis, left, brought their talents to bear in the pumpkin-squash medium.John Musnicki
Drew Hallock's creation was a pumpkin eating brains. Fantastically yucky.Durell Godfrey
Cute and screamy.John Musnicki
Entries in the Protest Patch categoryJohn Musnicki
John Musnicki
David E. Rattray's whale gourd won second place in the Freestyle category.Durell Godfrey
John Musnicki

Clockwise from top left, Kendall Van Zelst, Perri Wolfman, Abbi Newthaler, and EileenChristmas Durell Godfrey
Eunice Chung, left, and Natalia Ristich, right, and, yes, that's an owl on her hat.Durell Godfrey
Rachael Duell, left, and Cathleen Springer, rightDurell Godfrey
Ellie Thompson, left, Lynn Donohue, center, and Ruth FoleyDurell Godfrey
Quinneth Rutigliano, left, and Clifford ClarkeDurell Godfrey
Aubrienne Krysiewitz-Bell, left, and Durell GodfreyDurell Godfrey
Daisy Dohanos, left, and Kris SuarezDurell Godfrey

The Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station's annual lobster bake fund-raiser will be held Saturday evening. Durell Godfrey
A still from the award-winning film "Hidden Figures"