Historically, one of the great strengths of the American people and the free market economy that keeps their wheels turning has been the ability to transform one-day holidays into month-long events.And so it is that the Halloween festivities at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be getting under way this weekend with the first Enchanted Forest Trail program, for children age 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult, offered on Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be two more chances to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail, on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturday, November 1, also from noon to 3 p.m.
After participants assemble in the staging area of the refuge parking lot, which will be chockablock with games and activities, Enchanted Forest guides will introduce them to whimsical, fun and educational characters on the trails. All are encouraged to come and join in the fun, in costume or dressed for the weather—or both.
The fee is $10 per person and reservations are required; call (631) 653-4771 to reserve a time slot.
This year’s Spooky Walks for adults and families with children 8 and up will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 24; Saturday, October 25; and, wonder of wonders, on Halloween itself, Friday, October 31.
The fee for Spooky Walks is $15 per person. Since the earlier walks are the most popular, all are encouraged to call (631) 653-4771 to make reservations as soon as possible.
And Halloween is only one of the reasons for how crowded the calendar is over the next few weeks.
With all the recent breaches in retail and even banking databases, the issue of internet security has never been so critical. With this in mind, the Quogue Library will be reprising its very popular presentation on the topic on Saturday, October 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Those who sign up for this free program ($5 fee for out-of-district visitors) will receive information to help avoid the many scams, frauds and cheats out on there in cyberland. Additional guidance will be provided about viruses and malware, how to protect against infections, and other topics of interest to those attending.
Participants will not be using lab computers for this lecture presentation, and there are no prerequisites. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.
Saturday, October 18, also marks the return of the library’s delightful Film Feasts. This month’s selection is the 2012 Chilean historical drama “No,” about the daring and clever ad campaign mounted by the opposition to military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988 in an effort to break his stranglehold on the nation.
The feasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7:15 p.m. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Please note that there is an additional $5 fee for out-of-district participants. Best to call the library at (631) 653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.
On Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m., writer Jimmy Newell, author of “A Bronx Boy’s Tale,” will read from and talk about his work at the library and will sign books at the reception with refreshments that follows.
“A Bronx Boy’s Tale” is the story of a boy growing up in a special place at a very special time, and provides the kind of neighborhood context for historical events that only the Bronx could give.
Speaking of historic neighborhoods, the Westhampton Beach Historical Society’s annual Pot Luck Supper and Walk Down Memory Lane will be held this year on Sunday, October 19, at 5 p.m., in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on West Main Street in Westhampton Beach.
The guest speaker will be Southampton Town Historian Zachary Studenroth, who will speak on “Celebrating Us—375 Years of Southampton Town.” Attendees are asked to bring a food item to serve six to eight people; the Historical Society will provide baked ham, drinks and dessert. For more information, call either Nancy Winters at (631) 288-2853, or Ridgie Barnett at (631) 288-3628.
Just one week from today, on Thursday, October 23, the Hampton Theatre Company will launch its 30th anniversary season with “Harvey,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy by Mary Chase about the hilarious havoc wrought by a 6-foot-tall rabbit visible to only a few. Running through Sunday, November 9, at the Quogue Community Hall, “Harvey” will have shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. To reserve show tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.