With our unusual autumn weather, my garden seems to have insomnia. While the native oak trees in my natural conservation buffers are displaying brilliant shades of orange and gold, the annuals on my terrace are still blooming brightly and profusely.There also seems to be an unusual abundance of my feathered friends mobbing my feeders. I just cannot seem to keep them filled.
So, if your garden is like mine, it is not too late to stock up on bird seed. And, at the same time, you will be helping two of my favorite organizations: the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society.
Their fundraiser takes place in the Nature Center of the Refuge this Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. My friends at Eastport Feeds, who deliver my cracked corn and sunflower seeds, will have plenty of bird seed available—even if you forgot to preorder. Bay Gardens will have beautiful bird-related gifts for holiday gift-giving. And I will also be on hand with my multiple award-winning book, “Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden.”
All proceeds will benefit our wonderful refuge, as well as our local Audubon society.
“Tray Jolie,” this month’s exhibit at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, is a must-see. Artists who have exhibited in the gallery were asked to create a piece of art using identical square trays. There were no rules or guidelines, and the concept of the show is to give each artist a challenge and a common starting point from which to apply his or her own vision.
What evolved is absolutely fantastic. Be sure to check out the exquisite trays of our East Quogue artists Peter Beston and Jonathan Pearlman.
Additionally, a silent auction will be ongoing during the month of November and persons interested in purchasing a tray may bid on it using forms available in the gallery. The Art Gallery Committee will host a party on Friday, November 29, at which the winning bidders will be announced. A portion of the proceeds will go to the library.
Many thanks go to the folks at East Quogue’s Hampton Fruit and Vegetable on Montauk Highway for their kind donation of the corn stalks that decorate the bulletin board on Bay Avenue. Extra special thanks from the East Quogue Beautification Committee also go to Anne Thomasino who has maintained the bulletin board for many years.
Saturday, November 9: Press News Group columnist Phil Keith will be signing copies of his latest book, “Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds,” at 3 p.m. at the Quogue Library, located at 90 Quogue Street. For reservations, call (631) 653-4224, ext. 4.
Wednesday, November 13: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, November 19: East Quogue Board of Education meeting at 7:45 p.m. in the cafetorium of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.