Stony Brook Southampton’s annual Lighting of the Windmill will take place Friday, December 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, celebrating the holiday season as well as the news that the iconic landmark will soon be restored to its original glory.
This year’s event will honor Assemblyman Fred Thiele for securing a $500,000 capital grant that was used for the restoration and rehabilitation of the windmill, including new vanes. The structure has been standing at its Shinnecock Hills site since 1888.
“The Stony Brook University campus community is proud to be the caretaker of the windmill, a cherished historical icon that has existed in its current location for over a century,” Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include refreshments, music, an alumni-sponsored photo booth, guided windmill tours and crafts for children in the Student Center Cafeteria.
It will also include a 7:30 pm lecture in Duke Lecture Hall by Joe Warren, associate professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, titled, “Whale Watching From the Beach: How are New York Whales Reacting to a Changing Environment?”
To RSVP to the event, email Laura.Lyons@stonybrook.edu. For accessibility-related accommodations call 631-632-6873.