The windmill at Stony Brook Southampton was ceremoniously lit on Friday, a longstanding tradition that dates back to when the campus was owned by Long Island University and known as Southampton College.
U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, who began the tradition while he was provost of the college, was among the speakers. From Southampton High School, Voices of Southampton, called VOSH, and Men of Southampton, called MOSH, sang holiday music. There were snacks and refreshments donated by local merchants, including Tate's, and activities and entertainment for children, including John Reid the Balloon Twister.
The historic windmill was undergoing repairs last year, and was missing its yoke and blades during the 2011 lighting. But the windmill was made while again in time for Friday's lighting.