As a beacon of hope and positive energy, that ineffable element we know as holiday cheer or seasonal spirit now casts a light in the darkness of deepening winter, warding off the gloom of economic insecurity in a celebration of all the blessings that abide in family unity and our sense of community.
Go forth, take part, celebrate and share: that is the directive that yields the true meaning of this special season, and the raison d’etre for all the best holiday themed events on the calendar.
The Quogue School annual Winter Concert will be held today, Thursday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., featuring performances by pre-kindergarten through third-grade students, the fifth- and sixth-grade Band, and the fourth through sixth-grade Chorus and Chamber Choir. Younger grades will lead the singing of songs from around the world, culminating in a schoolwide performance of “When the Lights All Shine.” Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a lovely evening of singing, dancing and instrumental performance.
Quogue residents who come out to shop at the fifth grade Colonial Craft Shoppe today and tomorrow, Friday, December 12, will be supporting the class’s adopt a family program. The fifth-graders will take all proceeds from the Craft Shoppe along with funds raised by the other classes to Target on December 18 to shop for the adopted family.
Then, on Saturday, December 13, the sixth-graders will hold their annual decorative wreath sale at the Quogue Post Office from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds from wreath sales, as many residents will remember, go to the sixth-graders’ shopping trip to King Kullen on December 16 to bolster supplies at the local food pantry.
And, on December 17, the Quogue School PTA will set up its Holiday Bazaar at the school.
On Saturday, December 13, all are invited to the Quogue Library from noon to 2 p.m. to make their very own gingerbread houses. A story time, musical sing-along, and opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be part of the festivities. Be sure to register by calling 653-4224, ext. 4, as this event typically fills up fast.
There has been a lot of buzz about the film picked for Saturday’s Film Feast at the library, “The Visitor.” The feast begins at 6:30 p.m., the screening is at 7:15 p.m. Price of admission is a beverage and a dish that serves at least six; call the library to register.
On Saturday, December 20, the Quogue Association will host the annual “caroling on the green,” at 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments for the singers, and Santa himself is expected to stop by.
There still might be a couple of spaces left at the table for executive Cheffe Colette’s holiday menu prep workshop at the library at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, December 11. The fee is $15; call the library to register.
What gift could be better to share than the gift of life? Both the Quogue School PTA and the Quogue Library have organized opportunities for blood donations over the next two weeks, which is great because if one isn’t convenient, you can probably get to the other one (no giving twice so close together though).
The PTA blood drive is scheduled at the Quogue School on Tuesday, December 16, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. and will be coordinated with a “little doctors” program attended by 20 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders dressed in scrubs learning more about blood donations. The diminutive “docs” will also be checking out the “Alex” machine that takes the blood, spins it and separates the red blood cells out and returns the rest to the body. The machine allows LI Blood Services to get two units of red blood cells from one donor at one session.
For weekend donors, the Bloodmobile will be parking at the Quogue Library on Saturday, December 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; call 653-4224.