Holidays Ahead

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, life in the village has definitely changed gears as we charge into the familial commercial complex for which the happy circumlocution is “the holiday season.”

And, yes, many readers will be both figuratively and actually “charging” into the season, shopping for holiday gifts at both brick and mortar stores and on any number of different world wide websites. It’s the latter kind of consumer activity that will be examined in the next Quogue Library “Computer Class with Russ” open to all today, Thursday, November 14, at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue. The focus of this session will be on helping holiday shoppers stay safe when buying gifts online.

Last blast. —A. Botsford Photo

The numbers are high and only going higher. Statistics are forecasting that this year 83 percent of U.S. consumers plan to shop online for holiday gifts. But danger lurks in cyber world in the form of bogus retail websites and identity and/or credit card information theft.  

No computers or devices are needed for this session, at which Russ will offer tips for safer holiday online shopping. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register.

Mr. Q Shop Yields to Christmas Pop-Up
The ever enterprising Theresa “All Quogue, All the Time” Fontana has announced that Mr. Q, her outpost at 44 Quogue Street, is “heading into hibernation until next summer.” While that business rests, she is launching a Christmas “Pop Up” shop at that choice location. 

Plans call for the seasonal pop-up to be what Theresa describes as a true “‘stocking stuffer’ store, reasonably priced and just plain fun and festive,” she said. “We are hoping to bring the magic of the Christmas season to Jessup Avenue and our beloved village.” 

The initial launch is set for Friday, November 15. Stocked with “gifts for all,” the shop will be open seven days a week beginning November 21. Theresa is promising “crafts, treats, great gifts and even a visit from Santa.”

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Quogue Canal sunset; November 10. —Geoff Judge Photo

Friday’s Pizza and Movie Night Features “E.T.”
Families are invited to the Quogue Firehouse on Friday, November 15, at 5 p.m. for the next Quogue Library “pizza and a movie” program, this week featuring a screening of “E.T.”E.T.

The Steven Spielberg classic is widely considered an outstanding family film: against the framework of non-threatening science fiction, “E.T.” deals with issues of loyalty, trust, tolerance, friendship and caring. 


The film is recommended for children age 6 and older. Registration is a must, as the library needs a head count for ordering pizza. Call 631-653-4224. 

Thanksgiving Craft for Kids on Saturday
Crafty types in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to the Firehouse on Saturday, November 16, at 4 p.m. for a Thanksgiving craft workshop sponsored by the Quogue Library and led by Miss Pat. 

Registration is requested; 631-653-4224, ext.101.

Library’s Sunday Book Club to Discuss “Waking Lions”
The Quogue Library Adult Sunday Book Club will be discussing “Waking Lions” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen at its next meeting on Sunday, November 17, at noon at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.Waking Lions

Writing for National Book Critics Circle, Joan Silber described the book as “a brilliant fable about the lure of lying and the lure of fame. The writing is wonderful.”

Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register. 

Donation Drive for Maureen’s Haven Nears End
With one week left in the Quogue Library’s drive to obtain donations of useful items for those in need served by Maureen’s Haven, more than 100 contributions have been made so far toward the goal of 200 items by November 21. 

The library is seeking donations of toiletries and personal items such as razors; deodorant; shampoo/conditioner; soap/body wash; first aid kit products; toothpaste; lip balm; and feminine hygiene products. Also such food items (within sell-by dates) as: canned goods; nut butters; snack bars; microwaveable meals; and coffee or tea. 

All items may be dropped off at the Quogue Library at 4 Midland Street. The next community collection at the library, beginning November 22, will be dedicated to the Southampton Animal Shelter. 

Timely Winter Soup Workshop Slated for November 20
Cheffe Colette from the Inn Spot on the Bay will give a class on how to make a hearty winter soup and serve it along with all the fixings. Sponsored by the Quogue Library, the class will be offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at the Firehouse. 

The cost is $15 per person and registration is required. Call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Introduction to L.I. Winter Waterfowl Saturday at Refuge
While many species lie low during the cold winter months, waterfowl trade this way and that on the winds and tides, both inshore and offshore. bufflehead

On Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m., the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer an introduction to the variety of wildfowl species that frequent Long Island’s wintering habitats in the Nature Center. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by a scan of the Old Ice Pond with spotting scopes provided by QWR or participants’ own binoculars, looking for black ducks, hooded mergansers, and other winter waterfowl.

The cost for this program for families and adults is $5 per adult; call 631-653-4771 or visit to register. 

Save the Date for Historical Society Holiday House Tour
A Holiday House Tour to benefit the Quogue Historical Society will be held on Saturday, December 14. The tour hours are from 2 to 4 p.m.; a cocktail party follows at 6 p.m. 

More details in an upcoming column. For more information or to buy tickets, click here or visti

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