In case anyone has missed all the signs, it’s beginning to look a lot like the winter holiday season around these parts, especially if judged by the number of Christmas-themed workshops and programs for young and old alike.Consider, for example, the “Make a Snow Globe!” workshop at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, December 5, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for kids age 8 and up—as well as grownups interested in learning how to craft a world within a world.
Participants will create a wildlife snow globe to keep for themselves or to give as a holiday gift. The fee for this program is $15 per person, which includes all supplies needed. Reservations (653-4771) and payment are required in advance to hold a spot at the crafting table.
Another example and sign of the times would be the return of the “Gingerbread Houses” workshops to the Quogue Library on the same day, Saturday, December 5.
The workshops, with a fee of $5 per child, are being offered in two sessions, from 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and participants are urged to choose one time slot or the other when calling the library (653-4224) to register. Registration at the earliest possible opportunity is encouraged, as this is one of the library’s most popular seasonal offerings, with space extremely limited.
Back over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, a little later on Saturday, December 5, there will be a Holiday Open House for adults and families from 1 to 3 p.m.
Among the festive activities at the event will be an opportunity to make a holiday ornament to take home. Other enticements include hot chocolate, light refreshments, crafts, and live holiday music by a toasty fire.
Partygoers, who are all invited to bring along a favorite holiday treat to share, will also have a chance to shop at the QWR Gift Table and to purchase lovely gifts direct from local artists at this free celebration for adults and families.
At Quaquanantuck is confident that most village residents are aware that the real focus of the holiday season is on the children. So those same village residents will no doubt be delighted to learn that the Double Rainbow shop on Jessup Avenue is fully stocked with the new Lego “Star Wars” sets from the new movie. Also in good supply are Scooby-Doo Legos, Playmobil sets and a range of Snoopy plush.
The shop will be opening at 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Grace is offering a 10-percent discount on all toys right up to Christmas. The discount will not apply on gift certificates that she has donated to a number of worthy causes.
If, for whatever reason, shoppers can’t get down to the brick and mortar Double Rainbow, it’s always possible to shop online at www.hamptontoys.com.
On Sunday, December 6, the little ones will no doubt be delighted by the opportunity to enjoy a “Pancake Breakfast with Santa,” from 9 a.m. to noon at the East Quogue Firehouse, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Quogue Fire Department.
All are welcome to feast on a delicious breakfast and word has reached At Quaquanantuck that Santa will be available for photos. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children age 4 to 11; and free for the under-4 set.
One not particularly holiday oriented program coming up is a talk about “Energy and Environmental Programs in Brookhaven” at the Quogue Wildlife Center on Monday, December 7, at 7:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and the Moriches Bay Audubon Society, the talk will be given by Anthony Graves, whom many in the environmentalist and birding communities will remember from his previous splendid presentation on the Seychelles.
In his talk, Mr. Graves, who works for the Town of Brookhaven as an Environmental Analyst, will describe the town’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2020. He will also discuss other environmental programs, including efforts to protect the islands of Moriches Bay.
On Wednesday, October 9, it’s back to Christmas themed programming at the Quogue Library, with the start of a four-week “Christmas Ornament Workshop” for ages 8 and up.
Participants will make three new ornaments each week in the 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. sessions, so that at the end of the workshop they will have a total of one dozen handmade ornaments to take home in a keepsake box. Call the library at 653-4224 to register or to find out more.
Those in the mood to take in a documentary are reminded that the eighth Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival is offering “all docs all day” from Thursday, December 3, through Sunday, December 6, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit www.ht2ff.com.
Don’t forget the Christmas fairs at two local churches on Saturday. The first is at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The second is the annual Tea and Bazaar at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church on Quiogue from 1:30 to 4 p.m.