Regardless of all those who would have us start to panic about Christmas shopping two weeks before Halloween, regardless of all the economic indices and prognostications, let alone philosophical considerations, that turn on considerations of Black Friday, and Gray Thursday, and Taupe Tuesday, there is no getting past the truth of the matter, as shown by the charming windows of advent calendars down through the years: the winter holiday season does not—and should never—get started until December 1.Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to turn our attention to the crowded December calendar.
Winter and sailing on the ice are the theme of the December exhibition of photographs by Patrice Casanova at the Quogue Library art gallery, “Scooters: Ice-Boating in the Great South Bay.”
Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1945 and raised in Paris, Mr. Casanova had his first exposure to photography as a photojournalist for the magazine French Armies Around the World. He went on to work for “teen” magazines covering rock concerts before switching to fashion photography, living in both Milan and Germany before making a name for himself in New York in the 1970s in the advertising and fashion industries.
The artist now lives in Brookhaven hamlet and enjoys taking pictures of Bellport and its surroundings. Having enjoyed speed skating in Europe, he was drawn to the ice-boat racing in Bellport Bay, which he discovered one day while skating down the frozen Beaverdam Creek. He has now been photographing the boats for many years. The “scooters” have been racing every winter since the 1920s and the South Bay Scooter Club is the oldest in the United States.
For those who are interested in buying art for Christmas gifts, the library and Mr. Casanova’s beautiful photographs would be a good place to start. And for those who enjoy collecting or making gifts of exceptional examples of modern art, the equally near at hand Quogue Gallery at the corner of Jessup Avenue and Quogue Street has just the ticket in its final exhibition of 2014, “Le Corbusier: Unité.”
The exhibition features etchings with aquatints engraved between 1963 and 1965 from the artist’s “Unité Portfolio,” based on a series of pastels that Le Corbusier drew in 1953.
More information and a sneak peek at some of the images are available at the gallery website, www.quoguegallery.com.
Sixth-graders at the Quogue School will be selling decorative wreaths outside the Quogue Post Office on Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., to raise funds to buy groceries for the local food pantry.
Next week, the students in grades four through six at the Quogue School will raise their voices in song in the annual holiday concert at the school at 6:30 p.m. Anyone in need of a seasonal spirit boost would do well to attend this concert, where there is typically plenty of spirit to spare.
The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be having its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea at the church at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue on Saturday, December 6, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. There will be tea, of course, as well as shopping for fresh green wreaths, handcrafted ornaments, gifts, jewelry and baked goods, including the renowned “cookie walk.”
Before the tea and bazaar gets under way on Quiogue, St. Mary’s Church at 165 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays will be having its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with handmade gifts, ornaments, pictures with Santa, and a different famous Cookie Walk, featuring home-baked cakes and cookies, homemade jams and jellies, soups, and other delicious treats.
The Christmas Shop at St. Mary’s will have handmade wreaths, hand-knit sweaters, holiday ornaments, miniature houses for a Christmas village and jewelry.
On the following Saturday, December 13, the Westhampton Beach Historical Society will be holding its 2014 Holiday Party, from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring fine food, wine, live music and fellowship. Tickets are $40 per person; RSVP before Friday, December 5, at www.whbhistorical.org/2014-holiday-party; call (631) 288-1139; or send checks made out to the Westhampton Beach Historical Society to P.O. Box 686, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
Those who like documentaries can enjoy some of the very best at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The screenings will be offered from Thursday through Sunday, December 4 to December 7.
The At Quaquanantuck columnist will be there to do post-screening discussions with filmmakers and others on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.ht2ff.com.