My wish for you, dear readers, is that your Thanksgiving Day will be filled to overflowing with happiness and laughter, with the love of family and dear friends, and with delightful memories to warm your heart for years to come.And very happy Hanukkah wishes go to all of my friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith as their eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins at sunset on the evening before Thanksgiving.
Hugs and kisses go to my youngest grandson, Matthew. Our little soccer star turned seven on Sunday, November 24. Happy birthday, Matty!
Happy birthday wishes also go to Marion Smith who will celebrate her 93rd birthday on Tuesday, December 3. Marion was surrounded by family and friends as her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and George Payne, hosted an early birthday and Thanksgiving party at their Oakville home.
Marion—always known as the “gray-haired lady behind the counter at the East Quogue post office”—now resides at the Arbors Assisted Living facility in Islandia.
Friday, November 29: Quogue Library Art Gallery “Tray Jolie” reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Auction winners will be announced.
Monday, December 2: The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The nature chat starts at 7:15 p.m., followed by the main program at 8 p.m. Guest speaker Ken Thompson will discuss the history of bird field guides, as well as the authors and illustrators who created them.
Saturday, December 7: The East Quogue United Methodist Church hosts its annual Holly Luncheon, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Montauk Highway church. Enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts as you shop for wonderful gifts for Christmas.
Saturday, December 7: The Quogue Wildlife Refuge holds its Holiday Open House, from 1 until 3 p.m. Design an ornament, decorate jars for the night hikes, buy some fun holiday gifts or just enjoy the music, refreshments and ambiance.
Saturday, December 7: Visit the East Quogue Historical Society’s Asbury House, from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition to three display rooms, there will be a Christmas room with antique toys, dolls and books. Santa will be there and hot cider and cookies will be served.
Saturday, December 7: The annual tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the East Quogue Beautification Committee, begins at 5 p.m. on the Village Green.
Sunday, December 8: The Twin Forks Chapter of The Compassionate Friends hosts its annual community candle lighting ceremony, in memory of all children taken too soon. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. For more information, contact Lisa Corrao at (877) 969-0010 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org.
Saturday, December 14: Santa arrives at 2 p.m. at the big barn behind the New Moon Café on Montauk Highway. The event is sponsored by the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday, December 15: East Quogue Chamber of Commerce holiday dinner, 6 p.m., Stone Creek Inn, 405 Montauk Highway in East Quogue. Tickets cost $65 per person.