Yes, it’s that time of year again. With Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve all in play, everyone is counting their blessings, celebrating family unity and generosity of spirit, and hoping for good health, peace and happiness in the year to come.
At Quaquanantuck, meanwhile, is celebrating a critical time on the astronomical calendar that too often plays second fiddle to the big holiday guns. Forget, if you can, how cold it might be outside, and rejoice in the knowledge that the days have started getting longer again now that the winter solstice is past. It won’t be too noticeable right away, but by the second half of January those precious extra minutes of daylight will start to add up into the self-evident miraculous harbinger of spring that so many SAD victims long for.
The holidays this week and next week provide a few days of well-deserved rest for the staffers and volunteers at the Quogue Library, which will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Of course, speaking of days off, bear in mind that Quogue School students are now on their winter break, with the school scheduled to reopen on Friday, January 2.
If you have a craving for some of the sweet or savory delights from the ovens of Have Your Cake, Ltd., be sure to call 631-653-8233 to see if you can submit an order or if the Bake Shop on Jessup Avenue will be open on the weekend following Christmas. Call 631-653-8233 for more information.
Chief Chris Osborne of the Quogue Fire Department sent some news along for this column a few weeks ago, and, what with all the holiday hoopla, At Quaquanantuck must apologize for not having the space to publish this information before now.
First of all, Chief Osborne offered thanks to “all our friends and neighbors” who made the pancake breakfast of Thanksgiving weekend such a great success. The chief addressed special thanks to “brother and sister firefighters” from neighboring departments “who took time to enjoy the morning with us.”
Chief Osborne also passed along results from the recent Quogue Fire Department elections on December 1. Newly elected officers of the QFD are: Chief Engineer, Christopher Osborne; 1st Assistant Chief, R. Timothy Shea; 2nd Assistant Chief, Theodore Yates; 3rd Assistant Chief, C.J. Podlaski; Captain, Company 1, Joe Caldera; Lieutenant, Company 1, Michael Mcmahon; Captain, Company 2, Bruce Davidson; Lieutenant, Company 2, John Sipala.
Speaking on behalf of the all the officers and men and women of the Quogue Fire Department, Chief Osborne also wished all Quogue residents a healthy and safe holiday season.
Former Quogue resident Kelly Phillips Bookamer, the younger daughter of the late Sid Phillips, recently teamed up with North American Hairstylist of the Year winner for 2006 Nicholas French, a Westhampton resident, to work on a photo shoot for an upcoming edition of Modern Salon Magazine.
Kelly, the author of “Dear Dad—Life Through the Eyes of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic” and a motivational speaker and Law of Attraction life coach, had decided to cut her long hair and donate it to Locks of Love. She and Mr. French, who did the cutting, got together at the Matrix Academy in New York City for the photo shoot so that Kelly’s donation could be included in the January edition of Modern Salon, which has a theme of “Big Change.”
For more information about Kelly’s book, send e-mail enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“That’s a Dilley!” Once again, a decoy carved by John Dilley of Quogue has fetched a pretty penny at the annual fall decoy auction organized by Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. in Easton, Maryland.
Very little is known about Mr. Dilley, who is featured in Henry Fleckenstein’s book, “Shorebird Decoys,” other than the fact that he carved shorebird decoys in Quogue in the early 1900s. At the Easton fall auction, a dowitcher shorebird decoy that he carved went for $66,125, well over the Guyette & Schmidt estimate.
The January show at the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library will be “God’s Architecture: The Spiral/Sphere Exhibit” by Mym Tuma. The show will open on January 3 and an artist’s reception is planned on Saturday, January 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.
In her East End studio, Ms. Tuma takes the essential forms of nature and abstracts them into both paintings, pastels, and unique sculptured, three-dimensional paintings. Her exhibit of acrylics and pastels includes, shells, rounded stones, sea birds and the ocean itself, “which is a tremendous influence, and is also the source of life,” according to the artist.
The Westhampton Beach School District Adult Continuing Education and Recreation program is looking for instructors for its upcoming spring semester. Anyone interested in participating in the program is asked to call the Office of Adult Continuing Education at 288-3800 (Linda Hoover, High School) for an instructor information packet.