Here’s a question: Do holiday celebrations and the joy of giving gifts—and receiving them, of course—have the capacity to enhance the creative powers of young people?Parents and youthful artists age 12 and up will have an opportunity to explore this idea on Saturday, December 28, in a “Culture Teens: Art with Amy” workshop at the Quogue Library starting at 2 p.m. On the agenda are art, crafting and cocoa. Sounds like a sweet combination. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to sign up.
Speaking of sweet combinations, as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to promote healthy honeybee populations, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is now in its third year of a beehive sponsorship program. A $375 fee gives adopters one-year sponsorship of a beehive that remains at the refuge; an official recognition sign on refuge grounds; and the potential to receive up to 10 pounds of pure, delicious, local honey.
Each hive adoption is good for one year, and sponsors are invited to a private Meet the Beekeepers program during the year. And while there are no guarantees for the amount of honey production, the last two years have seen some sweet returns for hive adopters.
To see if there are any hives left to adopt, email Marisa@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org or call (631) 653-4771.
Lots of excitement last week at the refuge, as two bald eagles were observed at Old Ice Pond for almost a half-hour. Seeing one bald eagle around these parts is very cool; seeing two crosses into the territory typically labeled amazing.
Three more sessions are scheduled in the “Yoga & Nutrition: Holistically Balanced Wellness” with Andrea Zeledon series at the Quogue Library. The first one is on Friday, December 27, at 10:15 a.m. The next two are on Friday, January 3, and Friday, January 10, at the same time.
Andrea Zeledon, a nationally board certified nutrition counselor and seasoned yoga instructor, addresses physical concerns through yoga, pranayama, meditation and weekly tips on nutrition to help participants develop a balanced approach to what is called a “wellness restorative lifestyle.”
The idea is to find ease into one’s day through movement, and to connect deeply with oneself through proper diet. The fee is $10 per session; call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.
Two Spirit of the Season honors are being awarded this week. The first goes out to the Quogue Fire Department, Quogue Country Market, Double Rainbow, The Lily Pad and Homespun, the sponsors of last Saturday’s visit from Santa at Christmas at the Pond on Jessup Avenue.
The second one goes out to Dr. Tracy Pfeifer of the Pfeifer Aesthetic Plastic Surgery office, up at 25 Montauk Highway in our village (www.drpfeifer.com, 631-653-6112). Dr. Pfeifer’s office hosted a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6, featuring spa treatments, shopping with local vendors, prizes and giveaways. The office collected gifts to be donated to the Salvation Army, and raised more than $2,000 for the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead, dedicated to providing shelter for homeless children. In the eyes of At Quaquanantuck, that kind of spirit goes way more than skin deep.
The Hampton Theatre Company is in rehearsals now for the January 9 opening of “Heroes,” the Tom Stoppard translation of a play about three high-spirited World War I veterans by Gérald Sibleyras that won the Olivier Award for best new comedy when it ran in London in 2005. For more information, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, where you can also purchase tickets.
Before it comes down next week, be sure to check out the December exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “11×14,” featuring traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes in images created by some 20 members of the East End Photographers Group.
Fun fact for the week: author Peter Quinn—who read from his stirring third installment in the Fintan Dunne trilogy, “Dry Bones,” at the Quogue Library on Sunday, December 8—is the brother-in-law of Chris and John Murray of East Quogue.
This is the final column for 2013, and At Quaquanantuck would like to take this opportunity to thank readers for the opportunity to serve them, and for their support. May the memories you make with your families, friends and loved ones at this special time of the year warm you and sustain you through all the seasons and years ahead.