In case there was any doubt (and, let’s face it: with holiday lights and Christmas music everywhere you turn, how could there be?), a sure sign that the Big Day is almost arrived is the annual visit to our village of the right jolly old elf in the red suit, courtesy of the Quogue Fire Department.
Graciously allowing Santa’s reindeer some down time in the final week before their trans-global peregrinations, QFD volunteers will deliver St. Nick on a fire truck to the man-made scrape across from the firehouse on Jessup Avenue that is now officially referred to as the Quogue Village Pond on Saturday, December 16, at 1 p.m.
There will be snacks. There will be a bonfire. The Bide-A-Wee mobile Puppy Adoption unit will be on hand. In addition to Santa’s hosts, namely the QFD, the event is being sponsored by Double Rainbow, the Quogue Village Market, the Lily Pad/Little Q and Homespun.
Don’t forget: Santa is very busy at this time of year, so he can only stay until 2 p.m. before being whisked away. So be sure to get those wish lists in his hands early; and remember: it’s not good to be naughty, always be nice.
December Art Exhibition at Quogue Library Art Gallery
On view through December 29, the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library is presenting “Jon Schusteritsch: 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.
Film Feast Serves Up “Joyeux Noel” Saturday
On Saturday, December 16, it’s time once again to join friends, neighbors, and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. As we all know, the library is always in step with the season, so this month’s selection is the 2005 feature film, “Joyeux Noel.”
The film—written and directed by Christian Carion and starring Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, and Guillaume Canet—zeroes in on the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British and German soldiers.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards, the film earned rave reviews. Time Out London praised it this way: “… it’s a respectful, sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict and, as such, surely a Christmas film for the ages.”
The feasting begins at 6:15 and the film will be screened at 7:15. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Best to call the library at 631-653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.
Honoring the Solstice
A Winter Solstice Celebration and Drum Circle will be held at the Quogue Library on Thursday, December 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All those wishing to celebrate the return of the light are invited to join musician and teacher George Schultze of Spirit Sky Drum, who will start the program with a sage burning blessing in the back garden at 4:30 p.m.
Following the blessing, participants will enter the library for a meditative drumming lesson,with drums provided for participants. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up and reserve a drum.
Mary Mattingly and Rudy Wilson Join Melinda Zox at Quogue Gallery
Clockwise from top left, above, “Swimmers” by Mary Mattingly; “Fins” by Rudy Wilson; and “3 Mile Harbor” by Melinda Zox. The works are on view at the Quogue Gallery in two exhibitions: “Dreaming of Summer: Rudy Wilson and Mary Mattingly,” and “Melinda Zox: Conversation in Color.” Both shows continue through December 31 at the gallery at the corner of Jessup Avenue and Quogue Street.
At the Quogue School
The Quogue School Chamber Choir will be taking their annual holiday field trip on Thursday, December 21, to sing for folks who couldn’t make it to the winter concert at the school.
All students at the school will be dismissed early (at 1 p.m.) on Friday, December 22, and the school will be closed for Christmas vacation (er, Winter Recess) from December 25 through January 1, 2018.
“A Christmas Carol” Radio Play at Library December 17
All those Dickens fans out there who rely on tradition to get themselves fully involved with the holiday spirit are advised to call the Quogue Library now (631-653-4224, ext. 101) to see if there are any seats left for the staged reading of a radio play adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at the library on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m.
Two Quogue actors, Quipsmeisters Jim Herbert and Roger Moley (who is co-celebrating a joint birthday with his late brother Jeff’s son Patrick on Saturday, December 16), will join members of the Hampton Theatre Company who are taking on multiple roles for the reading, which, as ever, pays homage to the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.
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, along with a request for existing members to renew and new members to sign up. 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 a donation, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. 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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