Quogue Community Notes

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Last week’s column began with a brief discussion of seasonal spirit serving as “a beacon of hope and positive energy.” This week, At Quaquanantuck salutes all those residents of our fair village who summon that spirit and share it with their neighbors and the rest of the community by putting up beautiful decorations—strings of colored lights outside and electric “candles” or menorahs in windows—that light the way to the generosity and warm wishes for peace on Earth in our hearts that are the hallmark of this holiday season.

And, once again this year, there is no better example of this most welcome tradition than the Christmas tree that Cathy Marckwald puts up in the top of the windmill at the corner of Quaquanantuck and Club Lane, which Cathy, bless her heart, has made a bright annual beacon of holiday good will and warmth for all to share.

Of course, perhaps the most interactive approach to summoning the holiday spirit can be found in the tradition of joining with family, friends and neighbors to sing yuletide carols. Recognizing this, the Quogue Association is once again hosting a session of caroling on the village green off Jessup Avenue on Saturday, December 20, at 3:30 p.m., when there is still enough light to read the lyrics for those verses that few carolers can remember. There will be refreshments for the singers, and the little ones can look forward to a visit from Santa, courtesy of chauffeurs from the Quogue Fire Department who are pitching in so that the reindeer can rest up for their big night next week.

In this season of giving, don’t forget that the Long Island Blood Services Bloodmobile will be parking at the Quogue Library on Saturday, December 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; call 653-4224, ext. 4, to make an appointment.

Those who peruse the editorial page of this paper will note that The Press is calling on local residents to support local merchants when doing their holiday shopping. In Quogue, that means being sure to see what’s available at the Quogue Liquor Store, Double Rainbow, the Quogue Country Market, Have Your Cake Bake Shop, The Inn Spot, and Haywire, to name a few.

This coming weekend is Haywire’s last for the season, as well as for 2008. After being open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Haywire will go into hibernation as the snowbirds in charge fly south for the winter. The shop will reopen sometime around Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

Have Your Cake, Ltd. will open its retail shop on Jessup Avenue next week for the Christmas holiday, offering desserts of the season: Bûche de Noël: vanilla or chocolate; chocolate raspberry ganache cake; handmade truffles, petit fours and peppermint bark; decorated Christmas cupcakes; merlot poached pear almond tarts; frosted gingerbread cake and cookie gift platters.

Holiday pies will include: pecan, pumpkin and apple, and the array of choices will be rounded out with the usual complement of muffins, scones, cookies, quiches, cakes and decorated shortbread snowmen, trees, and mittens. The shop will be open on December 23 from noon to 5 p.m. and December 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the weekend after Christmas, scheduling decisions will be made on the fly. In order to avoid disappointment, be sure to call 631-653-8233 to order direct from baking headquarters (ordering early is always better) or to be sure the Jessup Avenue Bake Shop is open.

It’s great to have these stores in our midst, but it’s important to remember that none of them will be able to sustain their businesses without support from the local community, and then they would be in our midst no more. And that would indeed be a shame.

The results are in for the judges’ picks in the 4th Annual Juried Art Contest for high school students sponsored by the Art Gallery of the Quogue Library in conjunction with the Westhampton Beach School District.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony reception on Thursday, December 11, at the library. Of 35 entries submitted by the students, 10 were named the best in individual media and genre categories and three others were awarded prizes in the overall Best in Show judging.

Top honors for Best in show, which included a cash award of $100, went to Lindsay Mager. The $50 second prize was awarded to Julia Christ, and the $25 third prize was awarded to Kristen Stalter.

The theme of “Inside Looking Out” encouraged students to consider a wide range of interpretation when expressing their creativity. First place in sculpture was an unusual consideration of “inside-out”: a computer deconstructed to show its complexity on a wooden frame.

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