The very busy, very vibrant Quogue Historical Society is back at the top of the news this week, with the society’s Holiday House Tour slated for this coming Saturday, December 14, from 2 to 6 p.m.The tour will feature five homes in Quogue beautifully decorated for the holidays and will be immediately followed by a festive cocktail party, from 6 to 8 p.m., that would no doubt make even as jovial a soul as old Fezziwig proud.
Tickets are available at different donor levels, to enable those with the means and the motivation to give greater support to the society. Gold level ticket pricing is at $125 for the house tour and the cocktail party; silver level pricing gets you the same things, but for a more modest donation of $85. Meanwhile, the house tour only option goes for $50, and the cocktail party only option costs $40.
Tickets will be sold in advance at The Lily Pad at 130 Jessup Avenue. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the Historical Society’s Pond House at 114 Jessup Avenue and at the Quogue Library. For further information, visit the QHS website at www.quoguehistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (631) 996-2404.
For the next two weekends, the fine folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge are introducing a new activity that seems to At Quaquanantuck to be in beautiful harmony with the peaceful spirit of this season. “Light the Night Winter Trail Walks” will be offered on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, and Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. each evening.
All those who arrive at the refuge between 5 and 6:15 p.m. on those dates will be able to go on a self-guided peaceful stroll through the gently illuminated forest trails. After the walk, strollers are invited to warm up near the fireplace in the Nature Center with hot cocoa and cookies.
Reservations are preferred for this program for adults and families. The cost is $10 per person and $5 for kids 12 and under. Check-in will be at the Nature Center. For additional information, call (631) 653-4771, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
For those who prefer a different sort of illumination, the December Full Moon Night Hike will be offered at the refuge on Tuesday, December 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures, and enjoy some night vision activities under the light of the moon.
This program is free for refuge members. Reservations are required (631-653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.
Over at the Quogue School, the annual winter concert presented by grades four through six was performed on Wednesday, December 11. Next week, the Chamber Choir is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 19.
The winter recess at the school is two weeks long this year, with school closing at the end of the day on Friday, December 20, and the students returning on Monday, January 6.
Don’t forget that any leaves you’re not planning to compost and want picked up must be on the shoulder of the road by this Sunday, December 15, in order to be collected by the stalwart village highway crews. The next opportunity for village leaf pickup won’t come until the spring.
December has brought us yet another beautiful exhibition to the Quogue Library Art Gallery, this time from the artists of the East End Photographers Group. Deriving its title from the dimensions of the works on view, “11×14,” the exhibition features traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes in images created by some 20 members of the group.
At Quaquanantuck was delighted to discover that a former associate at The Southampton Press, the very gifted Bob Wilson, has some of his recent works on view in the group’s holiday show at the library. Art Gallery Committee member Liz Platé is chair of this show, which will be on display until January 1.
Going back a week to the annual platform tennis Turkey Tourney at the Quogue Field Club, Jason Fairbrother and Tori Brown were crowned as the champions after a hard-fought final match against Tony Reilly and Leslie Jones. In the consolation round, Rudy Wilson and Maggie Ken Kennedy came out on top, besting John Moore and Erica Johnson in the final.