Very special wishes to you, my dear readers, for a happy Easter, and a spring filled with the sweet sounds of birds and the incredible warmth of the sun.
Don’t forget that our annual Easter egg hunt will take place this Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the East Quogue Elementary School. I’ve heard that the Easter bunny will be making a very special appearance and will be handing out lots of candy so, kids, be sure to bring your biggest baskets!
This wonderful family event, sponsored by our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, will be held rain or shine and tots to fourth-graders are invited to join in the fun.
Also this Saturday, at 11 a.m., an “eggstravaganza” will be held at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for children age 5 through 12. There is a $5 fee per child, and reservations are required.
And on Easter Sunday, March 23, kids age 2 to 4 can go down the Peter Cottontail Trail for an egg hunt at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. There are two sessions: one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. Reservations are required and children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $8 per child. For more information on either event, call the Refuge at 653-4771.
A very special sunrise service will be held on Easter Sunday, March 23, at 6:30 a.m. at the Swordfish Club on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.
Once again, the parishioners of the East Quogue United Methodist Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church will join together for a moving sunrise service that will be held on Easter Sunday, March 23, at 7 a.m. at the Ponquogue Beach pavilion on Dune Road in Hampton Bays. Pastor Larry Dunlap will preach at both sunrise services.
Afterwards, an Easter Sunrise Breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. at the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway.
This Friday, March 21, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will hold a “Sounds of Spring Night Hike.” Join one of the Refuge’s knowledgeable guides for a hike into the forest under the light of the full moon. Our northern native American tribes called the March full moon the “Crow Moon” because the cawing of the crows signaled the end of winter. The 90-minute hike begins at 7 p.m. and is free for adults and children age 11 and older. For more information or reservations (required), please call 653-4771.
On Saturday, March 22, the “thrifty ladies” at the Wesley House Thrift and Gift Shop, 584 Montauk Highway, will be celebrating Easter with a “25-Percent Off Anything Easter” sale. The thrift shop is open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, call Carol Davis at 653-5028.
Members of the East Quogue PTA will be conducting a community blood drive on Monday, April 7, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m., at the gym of the East Quogue Elementary School. Last year more than 30 pints of blood were collected. Free cholesterol screenings will be available for anyone who donates blood.
Blood transfusions are absolutely vital to saving lives, so please schedule an appointment right away. For more information, call Janet Brown at 653-5994.
Congratulations to all of our East Quogue Elementary School students who made the Sixth Grade Foreign Language Honor Roll for the second quarter. They are: Michael Arbelaez, Carly Bossung, Nicole Campsey Agee, Emily Christian, Toni-Layne Cotignola, Liam Culhane, Jarred Cummings, Lauren Ann Dyer, Kyle Ebrus, Julia Frangeskos, Jessica Giaquinto, Jennifer Gutman, Sabrina Rose Mason, Erin Moloney, Alexis Mucci, Sabina Muharemovic, Nuray Ozdemir, Julia Petersen, Maddison Raffel, Zoe Recchion, Wyatt Richter, Antonnia Rios, Madeline Sganga, Alexa Smith, Steven Tagliavia, Melissa Thienel, Madison Thornton, Maria Tuzzolo, Grace Vail, Dolores Salvador Valdespino, Kelly Ann Vetter, Taylor Wagner and Michael Zarro.
Congratulations also to our three East Quogue students who were named to the dean’s list at the State University of New York at New Paltz for the fall semester. Junior Lauren Tonnesen, who is majoring in finance, and sophomores Kristen Alestra and Shari Griswold, both theatre arts majors, earned that distinction. Dean’s list designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade point average in a semester while completing a full-time course load.