East Quogue Community Notes, November 13

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I am so happy to have my home back. For the past few weeks, I have felt under siege.My phone rang incessantly—sometimes every 10 minutes—with political calls that I refused to answer. My mailbox, meanwhile, was filled to overflowing with campaign literature that I immediately discarded, unread, in the trash.

I was so upset at the outrageous negative campaigning on both sides that I actually found myself contemplating not voting, as I did years ago. But, then again, I am no longer that 20-year-old girl who foolishly thought that she was making a “statement.” So, I voted and, immediately afterward, contacted the Board of Elections to have myself removed from any political party affiliation. I will soon be a “blank” and, somehow, that made me feel so much better.

In another and better vein, here’s some exciting news! Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Quogue Fire Department will be hosting their inaugural Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 7, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the East Quogue Firehouse on Main Street. Plan to attend because the dedicated “ladies” hope to make the breakfast an annual tradition.

Digressing just a bit, a creative and fun stocking stuffer will be available for purchase at the upcoming breakfast. The auxiliary is sponsoring a “daily number lottery raffle.” You can play your favorite numbers, or select a “quick-pick,” with the Ladies Auxiliary’s winning numbers corresponding to the winning numbers drawn in the daily evening lottery drawing. Prizes will be $50 for numbers drawn on Monday through Saturday; Sunday’s prize will be $100. The Ladies Auxiliary lottery begins on Thursday, January 1. Lottery tickets cost $5 each and all profits will help fund an annual scholarship.

Now, back to the pancake breakfast! I’ve heard that the big guy in red will be there posing for pictures. What better way to kick off the holiday season than enjoying a fabulous breakfast with friends and neighbors—and Santa Claus?

Tickets for the breakfast cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age four through 12. Kids three and under eat for free. Tickets are available from auxiliary members and will also be sold at the door. You can also call Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444 if you would like more information.

And, on the artsy side, congratulations go out to Marissa Bridge, Jonathan Pearlman and Dan Pollera. The three East Quogue artists have been invited to display their creations in the Quogue Library’s November exhibit, “Box+Art—An Exhibit and Auction of Box Art by East End Artists.”

A silent auction will be ongoing at the library during the month of November and persons interested in bidding on a box may use the forms that will be available in the gallery. The Art Gallery Committee will host a reception on Friday, November 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at which time the winning bidders will be announced. A portion of the proceeds will go to the library. Good luck!

On The Calendar

Monday, November 17: Hampton Bays Civic Association monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Southampton Town Community Center located at 25 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. The main topic of discussion will be the protection of the marine ecosystem and fishing pier at the old Ponquogue Bridge.

Tuesday, November 18: East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the Quogue Library.

Tuesday, November 18: The East Quogue School Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the elementary school on Central Avenue.

Saturday, November 29: Quogue Wildlife Refuge 80th Birthday Celebration, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the refuge. For more information, please visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or call (631) 653-4771.

Saturday, December 6: St. Mary’s Christmas Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the church located at 165 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.

Saturday, December 6: Holiday Open House at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 1 to 3 p.m. Call (631) 653-4771.

Saturday, December 6: Annual tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the East Quogue Beautification Committee at the East Quogue Village Green. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

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