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Nov 28, 2011 9:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Community Notes, December 1

Nov 29, 2011 2:38 PM

Our charming little hamlet will be all aglitter and aglow this Saturday, December 3, with spectacular holiday happenings!

First, thanks to some high-tech communications between our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce and the North Pole, Santa will arrive at Ronnie’s barn at the New Moon Café at 3 p.m., via a big red fire engine, courtesy of the East Quogue Fire Department. There will be music and refreshments, as well as photo-ops for parents to remember this wonderful event for years to come. (Please bring your own cameras!) Santa’s visit will end at 4:45 p.m. to give everyone plenty of time to get to the next festivity.

Immediately following Santa’s visit, the ninth 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, under the direction of their Troop leaders, and East Quogue Elementary School junior chorus members, under the direction of teacher Tom Albani, will entertain with holiday songs and sing-a-longs. Lots of extra lights will decorate the tree and there will be hot chocolate and cookies to warm both your hands and heart.

Finally, after the tree lighting ceremony, the merchants on Main Street will stay open late that evening and there will be carolers and musicians strolling throughout our downtown.

And during the entire day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the East Quogue United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Holly Tea at the church. Hundreds of new and used Christmas decorations will be available for purchase, 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.

Quite a fantastic and happy holiday for our hamlet!

There are some more fantastic events taking place on Saturday, December 3, to our east and west.

The famous “cookie walk” will once again be featured at the Home and Hearth Christmas Fair at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hampton Bays. There will also be complimentary refreshments, homemade baked goods, soups, specialty gifts, decorations, holiday greens and hand-crafted raffle baskets. Santa arrives for pictures at 11 a.m. The church is located at 165 Ponquogue Avenue. Get there early as the fun begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 728-0776 or visit stmaryshb@optonline.net.

Make your own holiday ornaments later that day at the holiday tree trimming party at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with stories, hot chocolate, light refreshments and live holiday music—all by a toasty fire. This free event is for adults and families. Reservations are preferred and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Attendees are also invited to bring along their favorite holiday treat to share. For information, call 653-4771.

And, finally, the annual Westhampton Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar and Tea takes place at the church at 1:30 p.m. Many beautiful gift items will be on sale, including decorated wreaths, jewelry and baked goods. The church is located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue.

A reminder: Please support our hometown heroes by stopping at the Montauk Highway firehouse for the very best Christmas trees, wreaths and roping.

The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Monday, December 5. There will be a short nature chat at 7:15 p.m., followed by the main program at 8 p.m. This month’s guest speakers are noted birders and photographers Dianne Taggart and Linda Sullivan. They will delight you with their presentation of “Tanzania Extravaganza!” Visit www.easternlongislandaudubonsociety.org for more details.

More Upcoming Events: A free concert, featuring local recording artist Renee Stakey, will take place on Saturday, December 10, at the East Quogue United Methodist Church. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to make a donation to benefit both Renee and the church, as well as nonperishable food items that will be donated to a local food pantry. Although there is no charge to attend, tickets are required. Please call Tom Mendenhall at 653-6331 for tickets or more information.

On Sunday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., members of the Twin Forks Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will be holding their 15th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Service at the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. This act of remembrance will honor “children who have died too soon.” Candles will be provided and refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

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