“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” … especially in East Quogue. With all of the fantastic holiday events going on this weekend, our little hamlet will certainly be infused with quite a bit of holiday cheer.The festivities kick off early on Saturday, December 6, with the East Quogue United Methodist Church’s annual Holly Tea. Tea will be served from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., giving attendees plenty of time to shop for holiday gifts. You can also take a break, relax for a bit and enjoy a fantastic lunch featuring homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts.
In the afternoon, 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 at this wonderful family event.
Yours truly will be there from 1 until 3 p.m. with my iridescent stained glass snowflakes, as well as with signed copies of my book, “Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden,” all wrapped for holiday gift-giving in shimmery green bows.
Later on, 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. Just in case the weather turns cold, there will be lots of hot chocolate to warm our hands and hearts, as well as super-delicious miniature holiday cupcakes.
The East Quogue Elementary School Senior Chorus, under the direction of Kim Clemensen, will entertain with four holiday songs. And, as she did last year, Southampton Pines’ Lauren Dyer will thrill us with her amazing show-stopping voice as she adds to the merriment of the evening with a medley of Christmas carols.
I cannot wait to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” as our surprise tree lighter pushes the button to illuminate our community’s sparkling holiday tree!
And on Sunday, December 7, kick back and relax at a pancake breakfast that is being sponsored by the East Quogue Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. The breakfast runs from 9 a.m. until noon at the East Quogue Firehouse on Main Street.
Tickets for this fantastic and delicious epicurean event cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 4 to 12. Kids three and under eat for free. Tickets are available from auxiliary members and will also be sold at the door. For additional information, call Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444.
As you leave the pancake breakfast, don’t forget to buy your Christmas tree, as well as holiday wreaths and roping, from our East Quogue Fire Department. It’s all right there.
And, finally, please remember those in need in our community. The East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program is now 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.
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: Westhampton Presbyterian Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea, 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the church located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue.
Tuesday, December 9: East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the Quogue Library on Quogue Street in Quogue.
Wednesday, December 10: 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 13: “Santa Comes To East Quogue,” courtesy of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, 2 to 5 p.m., at the New Moon Café on Montauk Highway. All are welcome.
Sunday, December 14: The Twin Forks Chapter of The Compassionate Friends hosts its annual community candlelighting ceremony, in memory of all children taken too soon. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. For more information, call (877) 969-0010 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org.
Tuesday, December 16: The East Quogue Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the elementary school on Central Avenue.