Maintaining Holiday Momentum

Basically two weeks to go until Christmas, and just about five days until Hanukkah, so the calendar is packed with holiday tours, strolls, concerts, cards, readings and general celebrating, not to mention shopping.

‘Tis the season.                  –Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

On Saturday, December 9, for example, 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.

This year’s tour includes five Quogue houses (one a house of worship) festively decorated for the holiday season. Ticket holders will be able to oooh and ahhh at the interiors of: the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street; the Kaynor House at 22 Beach Lane; the ominously named Silent View overlooking the cemetery at 11 Quahog Lane; Una Cottage at 6 Ocean Avenue; and the Gambrel House at 37 Shinnecock Road.

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

Holiday Stroll Downtown on December 9

At Quaquanantuck was delighted to receive this bit of news from an interested reader: there are a number of Quogue Village businesses interested in supporting the idea of a Quogue Village Holiday Stroll in conjunction with the date of the Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour on December 9, 2017.

Apparently, it has been proposed that businesses will offer holiday gift ideas and refreshments, display items on the sidewalk (weather permitting, which doesn’t seem likely, temperature wise, according to the latest forecasts), and possibly other activities, in order to create a festive holiday experience and encourage people to shop in the village.

Holiday Concert and Hot Chocolate Hour at Library

The Quogue Library is joining in the celebration of holiday spirit on Saturday, December 9, with a Holiday Family Concert and Hot Chocolate Hour (or so) from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During this family event, participants will be able to concoct delicious homemade hot chocolate with Ms. Starlight and then garnish with goodies from the library’s hot chocolate bar.

Mugs in hand, the participants will enjoy a holiday concert presented by Marlene Markard, founder of the Markard Music studio, which serves the East End. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.  

Small Slip between the Wine Glass and the Lip

At Quaquanantuck has learned that, according to professor Eileen Duffy, there was an error in the Quogue Library newsletter description of the Wine Tasting Class at the Quogue Library she is offering tonight, Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Apparently Ms. Duffy, author of Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island, will actually be teaching an introductory wine tasting class that includes three Long Island wines: one rosé, one white and one red. The student oenophiles will 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 see if there are any spaces left.

Meet the Candidates Seeking to Run for Congress

The day after the wine tasting class, on Friday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ms. Duffy will be hosting a meet the candidates open house. All six Democrats seeking the nomination to run against Rep. Lee Zeldin will be on hand: Kate Browning, Elaine DiMasi, Perry Gershon, Brandon Henry, David Pechefsky and Vivian Viloria Fisher.

Ms. Duffy will provide beer and wine. Hors d’oeuvres and snacks are potluck. All who wish to attend are asked to please RSVP by calling 631-653-6461.

“Latke, the Lucky Dog” Hanukkah Story

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. will no doubt be delighted to hear that 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, play traditional dreidel games, and have 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 as part of the celebration of World Choral Day, conducted by musician Sheree Elder. 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.

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.

At the Quogue School

Over at the Quogue School 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.  

“A Christmas Carol” Radio Play at Library December 17

Probably a good idea to register now for the staged reading of a radio play version of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Quogue Library on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m.

Actors from our village and a few members of the Hampton Theatre Company will be taking on multiple roles for the reading, which is sure to please the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to save your seats.

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.

Farewell to a Friend

Although the family hasn’t been in Quogue for many years, there are quite a few folks of a certain age in Quogue who will remember the Hardenberghs: with six children who went through Junior Sports at the Field Club, there were Hardenberghs coming of age in every group for some 20 years or more.  

Andrew Hardenbergh
Andrew Hardenbergh

Courtesy of one family friend, Sally Booth, At Quaquanantuck learned that Andrew Collis Hardenbergh died on November 15, 2017, in Minneapolis. An artist and architect, Andrew was a good friend to me and my blood brother Phil Crane when we were coming up in Junior Sports. In recognition of our bond, Phil’s mom, Margery Crane, created the getups for us to go to the Tuesday night dances’ annual costume party as the Three Musketeers. One of his greatest attributes when we were young—from my point of view—was that he could always be relied on to have more freckles than me.

Later, when I was in college in Williamstown, Andrew and a classmate at Yale from Quogue, Stuart Ressler, paid me a visit during the student strike after the bombing of Cambodia. And though we hadn’t seen each other in years, the friendship from our early days in Quogue held fast.

Andrew is survived by his siblings Chalmers, Nicky (Garrick), Marylee, Reid, and Jan (Gail) and nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thoughts from all of us who know the family go out to his survivors during this holiday season, now colored by mourning.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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