East Quogue Community Notes, November 20

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I had one of those “oh, no!” moments yesterday. You know the kind I mean—when, all of a sudden, you realize that Thanksgiving is next week and you are totally not ready for Christmas!So if, like me, you need to jump-start your holiday shopping, please visit our Main Street merchants. With so many downtown stores closing at summer’s end, our merchants need your support more than ever.

I know that Cathy over at Roses and Rice is very busy filling her fantastic store with shimmering and unique ornaments that will sparkle and glimmer on your Christmas tree.

And her oh-so-helpful little elves, Jill and Aisa, are working hard stocking the shelves, so to speak, with cuddly scarves, shawls and gloves, as well as sweaters and leggings, to keep you warm in the freezing weather that is coming. There are also lots of aromatic candles, wreaths and holiday plants to decorate your home and your hearth.

And, remember, all of your gifts come in Cathy’s wonderful gift bags, all ready for holiday gift-giving. Roses and Rice is located at 481 Montauk Highway.

Speaking of shopping local, the East End Arts Holiday Gift Boutique has just opened and it features “artful” handmade gifts from 38 East End artists—yours truly among them. There are hundreds of handmade ornaments, beautifully crafted greeting cards and unique jewelry, as well as hand-painted ceramics, mosaics and stained glass.

This year, there are also quite a few beautiful books all signed by local authors, with East Quogue’s Vito Gentile representing the literary side of our hamlet.

The boutique is open Tuesday through Sunday until Tuesday, December 23, and is being held in the East End Arts Gallery, located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. For hours and directions, please visit www.eastendarts.org or call (631) 727-0900.

How sweet is this? East Quogue’s newest little angel, Mark Edward Ryckman Jr., arrived at 11:24 a.m. on Halloween—Friday, October 31. Baby Mark’s ecstatic parents are Casey and Mark Sr. His big sisters, Cassie and Ava, “just can’t get enough of him,” according to the family.

Congratulations to all and may little Mark’s life always be filled with sunshine and laughter.

Birthday wishes are winging their way to the always-exciting Kuroski home. Katie turned 21 on Monday, November 17, and the twins—Thomas and Megan—will celebrate their 17th birthday this Friday, November 21. How is that for a play on numbers? Happy birthday to all!

And, last but certainly not least, here is a marvelously romantic birthday message for a special East Quogue lady: “Happy birthday to the love of my life, Nancy, from your adoring husband, Scott.”

Nancy Meyer celebrates her cake and candle day, today, Thursday, November 20. Happy birthday!

On The Calendar

Friday, November 28: Art Gallery Committee reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the Quogue Library. Officials will announce the winning bidders of the silent auction titled “Box+Art—An Exhibit and Auction of Box Art by East End Artists.”

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.

Sunday, December 7: Ladies Auxiliary of the East Quogue Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. until noon, at the East Quogue Firehouse on Main Street. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 4-12. Kids three and under eat for free. Tickets are available from auxiliary members and will also be sold at the door. For information, call Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444.

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