Holiday Countdown

One thing about the holiday season: it certainly provides a ready-made theme for most of the events, activities and programs in the post-Thanksgiving run-up to Christmas and Hanukkah.

Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving morning, an enthusiastic field turned out for the seventh annual Turkey Trot 3-mile run organized by Ashley and Tom Bradley. This year’s top finishers in the men’s division were: Bob Jeffery in first; Neil Turner, second; and Kieran Goodwin, third. For the women, Lucy Cary crossed the line first; Gigi Goodwin came in second; and Ashley Bradley and her sister Maggie Kennedy tied for third. –Photo courtesy of Ashley Bradley

Of course—some would say thankfully—there are exceptions. For example, there doesn’t seem to be any holiday tie-in for the upcoming Wine Tasting Class at the Quogue Library with wine authority Eileen Duffy on Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. Duffy Book

Ms. Duffy, author of “Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island,” will introduce participants to 16 Long Island producers. Tastings during the class will sample four rosés, four whites, four reds and four dessert wines and run through the basics of assessing wine through its appearance, aromas, how it feels in the mouth and how it tastes. Books will be available for purchase after the event.

The fee for the Wine Tasting Class is $10 per person; call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.

Documentary Festival in Sag Harbor

One of the many benefits of the so-called “off” season is that it becomes much easier to venture east for different cultural events and even varied dining out options.

This week, for example, lovers of documentary films will have no trouble driving out to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor to take in one or several of the docs being served up as part of the five-day Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, now in its 10th year.

Visit and get the details on the films, awards and special programs offered by the festival, then make a plan and head on out. There’s even plenty of parking out on Long Wharf.

Meanwhile, here on the home front, the holiday storm continues to churn.

“Latke the Lucky Dog” Hanukkah Story

There is a special surprise in store for young and old attending the “Latke the Lucky Dog” Hanukkah Story event at the Quogue Library on Sunday, December 10, from 3 to 4 p.m.: pups from the Bide-A-Wee shelter will be stopping by for a visit. The visit will complement the reading of a wonderful story about a pup who is adopted just in time to celebrate Hanukkah.lucky

Families on hand will learn all about the holiday and play traditional dreidel games in addition to having a visit with adoptable pups from Bide-A-Wee. Shelter staff will also give advice on integrating pets into family life, and how to adopt responsibly during the holidays.

Holiday Carol Sing at Library

Scheduled in roughly the same time period (3 to 4:30 p.m.) at the library on Sunday, December 10, will be a Holiday Carol Sing with musician Sheree Elder as part of the celebration of World Choral Day. Ms. Elder will be guiding adults and children in three-part harmony singing of classic holiday carols, spirituals and a variety of seasonal music. Hot cider and cookies will be provided.

Adults will receive instruction from 3 to 4 p.m.; children from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

QHS Holiday House Tour Set for Saturday, December 9

Meanwhile, on Saturday, December 9, history buffs and supporters of the Quogue Historical Society will be making their way around the annual QHS Holiday House Tour from 2 to 6 p.m. The QHS may still need volunteers to serve as docents during the tour. To sign up, email or leave a message at 631-996-2404.

This year’s tour includes five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holiday season. The tour is followed by a cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 for the tour, $50 for the party; $100 for the tour and party; and $125 for patrons. For more information, visit

December Art Exhibition at Quogue Library Art Gallery

On view from December 2 to 29, the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library will present “Jon Schusteritsh: Seascapes of the East End.” This solo photography exhibit features photographs of the shorelines surrounding the eastern end of Long Island made by the winner of Best in Show honors in last year’s “50 Shades of White” exhibition.

Winners in the main draw of the annual Thanksgiving platform tennis tournament at the Quogue Field Club were Lisa Richardson and R.P. Beuerlein (at right in left photo above) who bested Matt Tolan and Brook Confort in the finals. In the consolation, John Moore and Maggie Kennedy (at left in right photo above) were the winners in the finals over Lulie Morrisey and Steve Lari. –Photos courtesy of Danielle Reilly

At the Quogue School

Over at the Quogue School, everyone is getting geared up for the holidays. The pre-K through third grade Winter Concert will be presented in the school’s multi-purpose room on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Then, on Friday, December 8, the Quogue School PTA annual Holiday Bazaar shopping event featuring local vendors will be held in the multi-purpose room. Kids will shop with their class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and then parents and members of the community are welcome to shop from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the school will feature boys and girls from grades four through six along with the school’s Chamber Choir and Band.  

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Annual Appeal

With the new year looming on the horizon, don’t forget that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is making its annual appeal for tax deductible donations. Bear in mind, please, that it is only through the generous support of donors and members that the Refuge can continue to carry out its mission. And remember that, in carrying out its mission, the Refuge gives so much to all of us, in the Village of Quogue and across the East End, in hundreds of different ways all year long.

To find out more about the annual appeal, including the benefits of membership and how to make your donation, visit And, while you’re on the site, be sure to click the “Gift Ideas” tab for some excellent ideas for friends and family at this season of giving.

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