Quogue Community Notes, December 1

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Yes, Virginia, it’s that time of year when you can’t turn around without seeing an invitation to a holiday party. Not all holiday parties are created equal, of course, but pretty much every one of them has something to offer in the way of good cheer, holiday spirit and merry fellowship to keep the season bright. And so At Quaquanantuck is happy to report that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has scheduled its annual holiday open house for adults and families on Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.

All are invited to partake of the merriment, which includes hot chocolate, light refreshments, and holiday music by a toasty fire, along with the opportunity for such crafts as making a holiday ornament to augment holiday decorations at home.

Gift shopping is also part of the Open House, choosing from such thoughtful options as: QWR apparel and gifts; Fair Trade gift items from Sobornost for the World Foundation; and arts and crafts from local artists.

Reservations (631-653-4771) are preferred for this free celebration, and all who attend are also invited to bring along a favorite holiday treat to share. Call the refuge or email info@quoguewildliferefuge.org for more information.

Also on Saturday, December 3, the annual Christmas Fair will be held St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Some of the features that make this holiday fair special include: St. Mary’s storied Cookie Walk, raffle baskets, handmade wreaths and greens, and homemade soups, jams and breads. Santa visits from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and everyone gets a complimentary beverage.

For more information, contact the parish office at 728-0776 or email stmaryshb@optonline.net.

Laura Schroff, author of the international bestseller “An Invisible Thread,” will be at the Quogue Library on Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m. to read from and talk about her latest book, “Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections.”

According to the press materials published on the library website, “Angels on Earth” introduces “a series of remarkable people whose … stories will move, surprise, and inspire readers.” The book also “sheds light on how each of us can live happier, more purposeful lives through sharing acts of kindness.”

Call the library at 631-653-4224 to reserve a seat or for more information.

Meanwhile, another holiday themed cultural event is coming up next weekend at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. Quogue’s very own Hampton Theatre Company, now in its 32nd year, has added an additional production to the 2016-2017 season. For one weekend only, December 9 to 11, the HTC will present two festive evenings and one matinee performance of seasonal music and holiday stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Isaac Bashevis Singer, O. Henry and other celebrated writers, read by members of the company.

Music will be presented for the half hour between the opening of the house and the beginning of the readings, and in transitions between selections from the different authors. Performances will be on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Theatergoers are also invited to visit the Quogue Triangle of shops and the Quogue Gallery down the block from the theater at 44 Quogue Street for some “Holiday Cheese and Cheer” offered in the spirit of the season prior to each performance.

Beyond the ineffable holiday spirit, the pieces to be read and dramatized by members of the company capture the humor and the warmth, the joys and sorrows of our common humanity, however different our holiday traditions may be.

From Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have the holiday season as a backdrop for “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” The fortunes of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Zlateh the Goat” take a turn in the days leading up to Hanukkah.

The evening also includes the surreal firsthand story of the Christmas Truce in the trenches of World War I; O. Henry’s classic, “The Gift of the Magi”; and, from the pages of The New York Sun in 1897, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.”

Reading the “Joy to the World” stories will be HTC veterans Matthew Conlon, James Ewing, Terrance Fiore, Amanda Griemsmann, Sarah Hunnewell, Diana Marbury, Joe Pallister, Ben Schnickel and Tristan Vaughan. Sarah Hunnewell and James Ewing direct.

Tickets for the “Joy to the World” evening of holiday readings are free for HTC subscribers, $15 for all adults, and $5 for students 21 and under, available at www.hamptontheatre.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

For more information about subscribing, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, email info@hamptontheatre.org, or call 631-653-8955.

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