East Quogue Community Notes, May 9

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For all those awesome moms out there: May your special day be as special as you are. Happy Mother’s Day!
And, if you still haven’t found the “perfect” gift, please remember that our downtown shops have lots of extraordinary items for your mom. From flowers to unique keepsakes, from delicious delicacies to fine bottles of wine, and from gift certificates to exceptional dinners, East Quogue’s Main Street has it all.

In case you missed last week’s column, the members of our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce and our East Quogue Civic Association are busy making exciting plans for the upcoming celebration of the 10th anniversary of our Village Green. This fun family event will take place in the park on Saturday, May 25, from 2 until 6 p.m.

Community volunteers are needed for all facets of the celebration, including the dunk tank. Sponsors are also needed to help defray the costs of this event. Sponsorships are available for both $250 and $500.

For more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsor, please visit www.eqny.com or www.eqcivic.com or shoot an email to contact@eqny.com or contact@ eqcivic.com.

And, on a more ethereal note …

Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, “Swan Lake” is a classic fable of love, dreamlike transformation and good versus evil. Last weekend, 45 young students danced alongside ballet professionals at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in the enchanting, hour-long production.

And I am so pleased to report that 12 of the graceful ballerinas were from our hamlet! They include: Hailey and Morgan Donahoe, Bailey Hudson, Ariel Kaplan, Ava Mongelluzzo, Kaya Raynor, Isabella Saso, Chloe Vargas, Emily and Makayla Vignieri, and Annabelle and Evangeline Wasser. Way to go, girls!

Congrats go to Christopher Tagliavia who graduated last month from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a bachelor of arts degree.

And, finally, if you love turtles—particularly, our native and endangered Eastern box turtles—as much as I do, you will not want to miss the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s annual World Turtle Day celebration later this month.

Fascinating facts about these amazing animals will be revealed as you get up close and personal with a variety of turtles and tortoises. A hike on the refuge’s trails to search for native pond and box turtles follows.

The event takes place on Sunday, May 19, with three talks and walks scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. This program is for adults and families, and a $5 per person donation is requested. For more information or reservations, call (631) 653-4771.
On The Calendar
Monday, May 13: The East Quogue Homemakers club meets at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. Members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.

Saturday, May 18: The seventh annual Stan Wong 5K for Cancer. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Newport Beach Marina in East Moriches. For more information, visit www.stanwongfoundation.org.

Tuesday, May 21: East Quogue Elementary School budget vote, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the gymnasium of the Central Avenue school.

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