East Quogue Village Green Anniversary Celebration Set For Saturday, May 25


The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce and the hamlet’s civic association have planned a day of family fun this holiday weekend in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Village Green.

The event, which is free and open to all, will take place on Saturday, May 25, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the hamlet park, located at the corner of Montauk Highway and Lewis Road.

Bob Kandell, who serves on the board of the East Quogue Civic Association, said the organizations are expecting anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 attendees at the event, which promises live music, face painting, a magician and plenty of food.

“It should be a phenomenal event,” he said earlier this week. “A lot of hours have gone into the preparation and we’re still not done yet.”

Southampton Town purchased the 3.6-acre property on which the Village Green now sits from the Wetterau family in 1999 for $650,000. The town used money from its Community Preservation Fund, which is supported by the 2-percent tax on real estate transfers, to close the deal. Three years later, the park was completed.

“The whole community came together to get that park established, and now we can celebrate that 10 years later,” said Donna Lanzetta, the president of the chamber.

She added that the organizations will have a rededication ceremony during Saturday’s event to thank all those who were involved in making the Village Green a reality, including former town supervisor Patrick Heaney and former deputy supervisor Robert Ross.

Mr. Kandell said there will be plenty of parking available on Lewis Road and Montauk Highway, as well as at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue. He added that people are welcome to bring camping chairs to sit in while they enjoy the music.

There will also be plenty of tasty food and drinks on hand from local vendors, including wine and beer from the Southampton Publick House, pizza and Italian sausage from Scotto’s Pork Store of Hampton Bays, pulled pork and brisket from the New Moon Cafe in East Quogue, hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by the Hampton Bays Boy Scouts, clams from Brewsters Seafood Market and ice cream from Mr. Softee.

Both Mr. Kandell and Ms. Lanzetta said they were grateful for the support of local sponsors, including Mendenhall Fuel, Attorney Daniel A. Russo and the Boardy Barn, for making the event possible.

The day will kick off with a performance by the East Quogue Elementary School Jazz Band and Chorus, and the music will continue with X-Session, a Long Island rock-n-roll cover band.

“It’s a break-even event,” Ms. Lanzetta said. “It’s not about making money. It’s just about celebrating our community and our wonderful park.”

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