The Best Week December 2012

The holidays are upon us. What you need is a little comfort (and guidance) through the melee of shopping and celebrating and eating and drinking. Actually, it’s not that bad, is it? Doesn’t matter, we’ve got you covered, including two options for escape. It starts here, and with a little planning, you too can have the best week.

Three can’t miss events:

December 1
Shop for Charity
Glenn Bradford, Port Washington

The launch of Glenn Bradford’s new fine jewelry collection and recent paintings by his wife Sharyn will be up for sale. 100 percent of raffle proceeds and a portion of sales will go to the Women’s Fund of Long Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.

December 5
Pulse Winter White Party
The Carltun, East Meadow

The annual big bash for Pulse friends and lovers will feature astounding performances and much more.

December 20
Sounds of Color
National Arts Club, NYC

Long Island’s Steve Colucci and Rémy Martin are hosting a holiday event at the historic Gramercy Park venue. Colucci will exhibit new artworks as well as his newly designed silk scarves. Funds benefit both the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and American Cancer Society. For more info contact

Seven great days:

Sunday dinner is on you, make it special. Make it traditional, international and memorable, like our Table d’Hôte. Invite friends for the full Big Chill experience. Recommended Playlist can be deployed via last-minute wireless devices sold separately.

At time of printing, the pro hockey season was still frozen stiff. But Smithtown-Hauppauge Bulls are taking the ice (coach notes here). Taste some terrific Mexican & Latin cuisine at Maria’s (Nesconset). We hear they serve cranberry pear chardonnay sangria, too.

Need a little time alone? Don’t we all? Treat yourself to a little spaaah for a porcelain glow at Spa Belle Meade (East Setauket). Make your way to your cave and click off a few of the Top Ten Films of 2012 in the privacy of your own small screen.

Play hooky on this humpday. Hit the city early enough to catch a glimpse of the tree, then take in the 2pm matinee of David Mamet’s The Anarchist (more B-way online here). The second showing is 8pm for those who get pinned to the tree by tourists.

Our Holiday Gift Finder (checking it twice in our online guide) has the goods on what to buy for all your loved ones. Catch up with friends over Italian comfort food like the gnocchi Bolognese chef Joseph DeNicola dishes, handmade at Ruvo in Port Jeff and Greenlawn.

Attention swingers! Marshall Crenshaw is coming to Swing the Teapot (Floral Park and in our online article). Toots & the Maytals make their way to the The Capitol Theatre and Aztec Two-Step is at Boulton Center. No matter which way you go, you can have a Fa-ra-ra Friday.

Come to your senses. Step up to the barre with a pilates-ballet fusion class at Bridgehampton’s Exhale Spa. Then stop by the John Berg exhibit at Guild Hall for a collection of the most iconic album covers in rock history. Make a weekend of it at The Baker House 1650 (it’s in fashion).