Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, December 5

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While no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, I certainly did not expect a Black Friday crowd to be gathered at the front door of the Westhampton Free Library. They were not there for a bargain on a flat-screen TV; rather, most, including many parents, seemed to be seeking refuge from the shopping rush and turkey leftovers. All were eager for the library to open, a scene that would warm the heart of any old English teacher.It was normal opening time, but library workers still had the doors locked. A sign at the checkout desk probably could have told us what was going on, but no one could read it from that distance. Cellphone and internet devices were deployed—to no avail.

It turns out that we were saved by the U.S. Postal Service. When workers opened the door for the mail carrier, we learned that the library would be open four hours later than usual.

As frustrating as that was, I still found it wonderful that, in this age of computers and television, the local library continues to be an important part of our community. One suggestion, though: Please try to stay open when the kids are out of school or, even better, let us know when there will be a delayed opening.

The date is almost upon us. The Remsenburg Garden Club’s famous holiday wreath sale and boutique is all set for this Saturday, December 7, over at the Remsenburg Academy, located at 130 South Country Road. The sale runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This is one of the group’s main fundraisers, so please show them your support. Thanks in advance.

The Quogue Historical Society is presenting a lecture, “Through the Lens of George Bradford Brainerd: Quogue, ca. 1875,” on Saturday, December 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Pond House, located at 114 Jessup Avenue in Quogue. Mr. Brainerd was an amateur photographer whose glass negatives were preserved at the Brooklyn Museum. In his collection taken during the 1870s, there are nine images of Quogue, revealing a portrait of the village’s early years.

Santa Claus will be visiting the Eastport Firehouse on Union Avenue this Sunday, December 8, from 8 a.m. until noon. Come join Santa for breakfast. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children age 5 to 12. Children 5 and under eat for free. Pictures with Santa are $5 each. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 9 a.m.

Ruth Bennet will be returning to the Remsenburg Community Church for a harp recital on Saturday, December 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ms. Bennet played there last year to a standing room-only crowd. It is special to be able to hear a harp in such a small venue. Ms. Bennet, a world-class soloist and chamber musician, grew up in the area.

The show is free and all are welcome; however, donations made to the church would be appreciated. A reception with light refreshments will be held in the White Chapel following the performance.

And the Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the church, located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue. Decorated green wreaths, handmade ornaments, gift items, baked goods and jewelry will be available for purchase if you want to get started on that holiday shopping.

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