‘Tis the season! On Saturday our glittering “holiday hamlet” was all aglow in her finery thanks to the members of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce who turned our downtown into an enchanted fairyland. So if you love Main Street as much as I do, please be sure to shop local for all of your holiday needs.
Holiday carols sung by the East Quogue Elementary School Junior Chorus and the Girl Scouts filled the air at Saturday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held on the Village Green. And the “oohs” and “aahs” heard from the crowd as the magical button was pressed, transforming the Christmas tree on the Village Green into a blaze of brightly colored lights, was absolutely thrilling.
This traditional holiday event was sponsored by our East Quogue Beautification Committee and, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Town Board member-elect Christine Scalera for taking time out of their busy schedules to make our tree lighting extra special.
Very special thanks also go to Cathy Seeliger, of Roses and Rice. Cathy was the committee chair and I know how hard she worked.
And, finally, I would be remiss in not thanking our East Quogue Fire Department, as well as the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department, for their part in making the event a success.
Congratulations to East Quogue’s newest grandmother, Sandy Thompson! Her little grandson Bastien Emmeric Thompson Grenier was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, in Grenoble, France. Bastien’s proud parents are Brianne Thompson and Stephane Grenier. Little brother Liam is so excited, as is their aunt Brittany Thompson. May little Bastien’s life be filled with sunshine and laughter.
A free concert, featuring local recording artist Renee Stakey, will take place this Saturday, December 10, at the East Quogue United Methodist Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to make a donation to benefit both Renee and the church, as well as a donation of nonperishable food items that will be distributed 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.
Molly Murphy graduated from the AmeriCorps NCCC program last month in a ceremony held in Vinton, Iowa, marking the end of a 10-month journey that began for her in February. Molly’s proud parents are Don and Sue Murphy. (Don pens a new monthly column, called “Murph’s Musings,” that runs in our newspaper.) Way to go, Molly!
Be sure to check out the joyfully decorated holiday houses south of Main Street. Mary Phillips tells me they are absolutely beautiful. And please shoot me a quick email if you know of any others.
Stop by the Quogue Library this Saturday, December 10, for some holiday cheer. The featured film at this month’s Film Feast will be the delightfully funny holiday gem “A Christmas Story.” The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7:15 p.m. Price of admission is a beverage and a dish that serves at least six. Call the library at 653-4224 to register.
Celebrate the winter season at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge with a hike through the forest up to North Pond. The 90-minute Full Moon Night Hike starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. This program for adults and families with children over 11 years of age is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 653-4771 for reservations.
Five festive Quogue homes will be on display in the Quogue Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour. The event takes place on Saturday, December 17, from 2 until 6 p.m., and will be followed by a cocktail party from 6 until 8 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for the house tour and $40 for the cocktail party. For both, it’s $85. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the society’s Pond House located at 114A Jessup Avenue in Quogue. For advance tickets or for more information, call 996-2404.