My wish for you, dear readers, is that your Thanksgiving Day will be filled to overflowing with happiness and laughter, with the love of family and dear friends, and with delightful memories to warm your heart for years to come.In keeping with a thankful holiday spirit, please keep a special place in your hearts for the dedicated and brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, and who will not be home to celebrate Thanksgiving. May each and every one of them safely return home.
And, this year, please say an extra special prayer for America. This great land of ours needs time to heal her divisive wounds and time to come together. May God always bless the greatest nation in the world!
On a sweet note, hugs and kisses go to my youngest grandson, Matthew. My political debater turns 10 today, Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Happy birthday, Matty!
Meanwhile, over at our East Quogue Elementary School, there’s only one week to go until the much-anticipated “big night” when the PTA hosts its second annual holiday boutique. Super amazing vendors will be there with lots of spectacular “goodies” for sale just in time for holiday gift-giving. The long list includes: 2 Cute Designs, Avon, Hamptons Barber Shop, Hampton Chocolate Factory, Hamptons Hand Poured, Hamptons Totes, Lavender of the Hamptons, LuLu Roe Clothing, Rodan and Fields, Salon 2000 and Spirit Jewelers by Cynthia. I’ll also be there with my stained glass. So, plan on stopping by the school next Thursday, December 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., for a little pre-holiday shopping. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
Saturday, November 26: Small Business Saturday. Please, shop at our local Main Street stores. Our business community always appreciates your support.
Saturday, December 3: The Episcopal Church of St. Mary holds its legendary Christmas Fair, featuring its famous “Cookie Walk,” from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The church is located on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. For more information, call the parish office at 631-728-0776 or visit StMarysHB@optonline.net.
Saturday, December 3: Holiday open house at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, from 1 to 3 p.m. For information visit QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org or call 631-653-4771.
Saturday, December 3: East Quogue Beautification Committee’s annual holiday tree lighting and caroling at 5 p.m. on the East Quogue Village Green.
Sunday, December 4: East Quogue Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary hosts its third annual Breakfast With Santa, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at the East Quogue firehouse on Main Street. Bring your own camera for a special photo-op with Santa. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 4 to 11 years. Kids 3 and under eat for free. For tickets or more information, call Lois at 631-635-4444 or Amee at 631-241-3066. Advance tickets are highly recommended.
Monday, December 5: Southampton Town Board special meeting and second public hearing on “The Hills at Southampton” at 5:30 p.m., at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Monday, December 5: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:15 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Carrie Davis, beekeeper, beekeeping teacher and owner of Honey Heaven, will tell you all about the bees. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, December 11: 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. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Marie Levine at MarieLevine2@verizon.net.
Wednesday, December 14: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.
Tuesday, December 20: East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue.