Happy holidays to all but especially to my friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith. Their eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins at sunset this Sunday, December 6. Happy Hanukkah!With all of the fantastic holiday events going on this weekend both in and around our hamlet, East Quogue will certainly be infused with an abundance of holiday cheer.
The Christmas festivities kick off early on Saturday, December 5, at the East Quogue United Methodist Church with the parish’s annual Holly Tea, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a stroll through the famous “cookie walk,” shop for the perfect holiday gift at the Christmas table, or just relax and enjoy a fantastic lunch featuring awesome homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Afterward, visit the impressive holiday displays at the East Quogue Historical Society Museum located in the Asbury House on church grounds. Then stroll next door to the beautifully decorated and historic Downs’ house.
Next up is the inaugural “A Very Baymen Christmas Fair” that takes place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Hampton Bays High School located at 86 Argonne Road. Get a jump on your holiday shopping by purchasing some unique gifts from local artisans. For the kids, there will be breakfast with Santa. The fair is sponsored by the Hampton Bays Booster Club and all proceeds will support student athletic programs.
In the afternoon, stop by the Holiday Open House over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Meet all the facility’s “critters” up close and personal, buy some fun holiday gifts, or just enjoy the ambiance at this wonderful family event.
Later on, at 5 p.m., enjoy the sounds of holiday music at the annual tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green, sponsored by our East Quogue Beautification Committee. The students at our East Quogue Elementary School will entertain all with holiday songs. And, just in case the weather turns cold, there will be lots of cookies and hot chocolate to warm your hands and hearts.
On Sunday, December 6, kick back and relax at the second annual Breakfast With Santa hosted by the East Quogue Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. The breakfast runs from 9 a.m. until noon at the East Quogue Firehouse on Main Street.
Remember to bring your own camera for a special photo-op with Santa. Tickets for this delicious epicurean event cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 4 to 11. Kids 3 and under eat for free. For tickets or more information, call Lois at (631) 635-4444, Amee at (631) 241-3066, or Jennifer at (516) 769-8990.
As you leave the pancake breakfast, don’t forget to buy your Christmas tree, as well as your holiday wreaths and roping, from our East Quogue Fire Department. It’s all right there.
Finally, please remember those in need in our community this holiday season. 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 or Bob at (631) 653-4444.
Monday, December 7: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:15 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Environmental analyst Anthony Graves will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Tuesday, December 8: The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the New Moon Café on Main Street. A holiday party follows the meeting.
Wednesday, December 9: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Sunday, December 13: The Twin Forks Chapter of The Compassionate Friends hosts its annual community candle-lighting ceremony, in memory of all children taken too soon, at 7 p.m. inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. For more information, contact Marie Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 15: East Quogue Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the Central Avenue elementary school.