East Quogue Community Notes, December 5

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go … ”And with all the fantastic events taking place this Saturday, December 7, our little hamlet will certainly be infused with holiday spirit.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., you can enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts as you shop for fantastic gifts for Christmas at the East Quogue United Methodist Church’s annual Holly Luncheon.

From 4 to 6 p.m., you can stroll through the wonderfully decorated rooms of the East Quogue Historical Society’s Asbury House, located on the grounds of the East Quogue United Methodist Church. In addition to the three display rooms, there will be a Christmas room filled with antique toys, dolls and books. Santa will be there and hot cider and cookies will be served.

Then at 5 p.m., the sounds of holiday music will envelop the Village Green at the annual tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the East Quogue Beautification Committee, The East Quogue Elementary School Senior Chorus, under the direction of Kim Clemensen and Principal Robert Long, will entertain with four holiday songs.

And the winners of the Beautification Committee’s talent search—Isabella Galway, Kaylee Hatcher and Lauren Dyer—will thrill us with their amazing renditions of “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” respectively.

There will be plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” as our surprise tree lighter pushes the button to illuminate the newly decorated holiday tree. Afterward, there will be community caroling, eggnog, hot chocolate and miniature holiday cupcakes.

And, if you are still looking for more fun things to do on Saturday, stop by the Holiday Open House over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Meet the awesome Holly King, buy some fun holiday gifts, or just enjoy the ambiance. Yours truly will also be there from 1 until 3 p.m. with signed copies of my book, “Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden,” wrapped for holiday gift-giving in shimmery green bows.

And, finally, please remember those in need in our community. The East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program is accepting donations of gift cards, checks or cash that can be dropped off at Roses and Rice on Main Street, or mailed to Lois Holley at P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942. If you know someone in need, please call Lois at (631) 653-4444.

On The Calendar

Wednesday, December 11: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Saturday, December 14: Santa, courtesy of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, arrives at 2 p.m. at the big barn behind the New Moon Café on Montauk Highway.

Sunday, December 15: “Glorious, Glorious Sounds of Christmas Sing in the Ears of Those Who Dream,” with East Quogue’s Vito Gentile, at the Quogue Library at 2 p.m.

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.

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