My wish for you, dear readers, is for a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love and the encircling warmth of family and friends. As the holiday nears, I find myself reflecting upon the things for which I am most thankful:
—My loving family: my sons, Tommy, Bobby and Michael, my daughter-in-law Sharon, and my precious grandchildren, Julia, Luke, William and Matthew;
—The kind and caring friends that I have made in East Quogue;
—My collie Christie and my parrot Pablo who, throughout the years, have given me such unconditional love;
—The new addition to my family ... Emmie Lou, the wild cat;
—My native garden for the many lessons it has taught me, namely patience and perseverance;
—Living on the East End, one of the most beautiful places on earth and, in particular, for living in East Quogue, one of the friendliest;
—My wild friends: the songbirds, squirrels, turkeys, pheasants, rabbits and groundhogs that entertain me all day, and the deer, raccoons, foxes and even the much maligned opossum that visit me each evening;
—And all of our dedicated and brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. May each and every one of them safely return home.
And while we are enjoying our Thanksgiving dinners, please remember those families right here in East Quogue who need our help this holiday season, and give whatever you can to the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program. Please make out your checks, gift certificates and gift cards to East Quogue Adopt-a-Family and mail them to P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942.
The East Quogue Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be sending care packages to our local servicemen. To donate, please call Lois Holley at 653-4444.
And speaking of our fire department, don’t forget to stop by the Montauk Highway firehouse for the very best Christmas trees, wreaths and roping. The fundraiser begins this Sunday, November 27.
Save This Date: Get out your calendars and place a big sparkling star on Saturday, December 3, because you will not want to miss these fantastic festivities taking place in our hamlet!
The East Quogue United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Holly Tea at the church from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. that day. Hundreds of new and used Christmas decorations will be on sale, as well as limited edition Cat’s Meow collectables that will be sold by the East Quogue Historical Society. There will also be plenty of homemade soup, sandwiches and baked goods for sale. And I’ve heard tell that the big guy in red will be making a surprise visit.
Our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by our East Quogue Beautification Committee, will take place on the Village Green at 5 p.m. The Girl Scouts and members of the East Quogue Elementary School junior chorus will entertain with holiday songs and there will be lots of hot chocolate and cookies to warm both your hands and heart.
And, finally, the details of our Chamber of Commerce’s plans are still coming in but Santa is due to arrive at Ronnie’s barn at the New Moon Café at 3 p.m. Santa’s visit will end at 4:45 p.m. to give everyone plenty of time to get to the tree lighting.
After the lighting ceremony, the merchants on Main Street will stay open late and there will be carolers and musicians strolling through downtown! Quite a holiday for our hamlet!
Feeling Lucky Today?: The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons is holding its annual raffle, with proceeds benefitting the hundreds of injured wild animals that are cared for at the facility. Tickets are $5 each—or $25 for a book of six tickets—and the grand prize is $1,000 worth of groceries at the supermarket of your choice. In case you did not receive your tickets in the mail, please call the Rescue Center at 728-4200 and organizers will send you a book.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Then stop by the Quogue Library on Sunday, November 27, at 3 p.m., when Press columnist Reynolds Dodson will be signing copies of his marvelous new book, “A Cockeyed Guide to the Hamptons.” Ren’s witty and acerbic book looks at everything in our fabled Hampton’s playground, from trophy wives to what today’s Hampton birds demand in their birdhouses. To register for this free program, call 653-4224.