Quogue Community Notes, November 21

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The Quogue Historical Society is sponsoring an exhibition talk this weekend at the society’s Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue. On Saturday, November 23, at 11:30 a.m., Betsy McMahon, a teaching volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History, will be talking about our village’s historical connection to the hunting of the great cetaceans in the days of yore, as illustrated by the ongoing exhibition, “Whaling in Quogue: From Shore to the South Seas.”Over at the Quogue Library, there will be a morning family event with children’s author Deborah Belica and illustrator Elizabeth Karsch at 11 a.m. The two women will offer a presentation on their book, “Isabella’s Special Wish,” and will sign copies afterward.

The question at the heart of the book is this: If you could ask a king for a special wish, what would it be? Ms. Belica and Ms. Karsch, both Long Island natives, detail the silliest of events with Isabella as she sets off on her whimsical quest to deliver her special request to the king.

Just one more week to get over to the November exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Tray Jolie: An Exhibit and Auction of Tray Art by East End Artists,” and put in a silent auction bid for one of the exceptional works on view.

“Tray Jolie” presents a variety of responses by East End artists to an invitation to create pieces of art using identical square trays. The artists were given free rein to paint or otherwise decorate their trays using paint, collage, assemblage or any other technique to create a unique work. The concept of the show was to give each artist a challenge and a common starting point for the application of his or her own vision.

One of these exceptionally imaginative works might just be that special gift you’ve been looking for as the holidays loom. Art lovers and savvy gift shoppers have only to enter a bid (or bids) in the book in the library art gallery in order to have a chance to purchase the tray or trays that have caught their eye.

Bidding will continue right up to, and into, the “Tray Jolie” wine reception on Friday, November 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the library. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the library, so it’s a win-win: great art for a very good cause.

And even though overstuffing on your Thanksgiving feast might make you feel like an anaconda in the jungle that has just swallowed an okapi whole and you’re thinking you won’t have to eat again for at least a week, remember to get yourself and your family over to the firehouse for the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 1.

It’s this kind of event that really helps us to appreciate how special our community really is. And the pancakes are almost as wonderful as the fine men and women volunteers who will be serving them.

Grace at Double Rainbow on Jessup Avenue has reminded At Quaquanantuck what a good idea it is to shop locally. Just in time for the holidays, her shop has Godiva assortments, including the 70-, 36-, and 19-piece boxes decorated for the season.

Grace also has a dark assortment box, six-piece truffle box, the Godiva Holiday Bear, Godiva Santas and chocolate turkeys that are most appropriate for Thanksgiving. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the big feast day on November 28, Double Rainbow will be open at 11 a.m. each day.

Only a few more weeks remaining for the annual fall leaf pickup in our village. The rules are the same as in past years: no bagged leaves—they won’t be picked up; no brush, twigs, branches, or lawn clippings mixed in with the leaves; leaves must not be piled around fire hydrants or utility equipment. Leaves must be on the shoulder of the road by December 15 in order to be picked up.

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