It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday tree on the East Quogue Village Green is brightly lit, courtesy of our East Quogue Beautification Committee, and Main Street is all aglow, thanks to our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.One of my favorite hamlet holiday traditions—the annual East Quogue Chamber of Commerce Holiday Dinner—takes place this Sunday, December 15, at the wonderful Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an always-fabulous dinner at the inn.
Tickets are $65 each, with a cash bar, and all proceeds will benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund.
Our chamber members have also been quite busy getting ready for Santa’s magical appearance at Ronnie’s barn over at the New Moon Café. The big guy in red will arrive this Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m., on a great big fire engine, courtesy of the East Quogue Fire Department. Tell Santa your wishes and then enjoy lots of hot chocolate and cookies.
Once again, East Quogue author, playwright and poet Vito Gentile will give a special reading of his magical Christmas poems. “Glorious, Glorious Sounds of Christmas Sing in the Ears of Those Who Dream” takes place this Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m., over at the Quogue Library on Quogue Street.
Afterward, Vito’s books, “Fifty Poems of Christmas” and “Little Christmas,” will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. For reservations, call the library at (631) 653-4224.
And, just in case you cannot make it to the library, his books are also on sale at Roses and Rice on Main Street in East Quogue, as well as at Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach.
And, speaking of Vito, he and I will be at the East End Arts Council on Tuesday, December 17, from noon until 6 p.m. We will be your guides at the annual Holiday Fair and will help you select beautiful and reasonably priced handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday list. The East End Arts Council is located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. For information, call (631) 727-0900.
Belated happy anniversary wishes go out to Mary Ann and Bob Kandell who celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, December 3.
Our hometown heroes are selling Christmas trees, wreaths and roping at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway. Please show your support for our dedicated volunteers who do so much for our community.
The East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program helps so many families in need in our beautiful hamlet. Checks, cash and gift cards can be dropped off at Roses and Rice on Main Street. Checks and requests for assistance can also be mailed to East Quogue Adopt-a-Family, P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942. All information will be kept confidential. For more information, please call Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444.
And, finally, this holiday season, please remember to shop locally. Our Main Street merchants have lovely gifts, fantastic service and no lines.