Some readers of At Quaquanantuck may have seen a recent Opinion piece in the New York Times about the season of Advent, written by Tish Harrison Warren, a priest in the Anglican Church in North America based in Pittsburgh.
In the piece, headlined “Before Christmas, Face the Darkness,” Rev. Warren talks about making the celebration of peace and joy at Christmas more meaningful by first acknowledging, during Advent, that all is not as it should be, or as we would want it to be. After all, our understanding of peace is based on our experience of conflict; joy derives its power from what we know of grief and sadness.
As Rev. Warren writes: “Even among observant Christians, the holiday season has often been flattened into a sentimental call to warm religious feelings … Still, I think Advent offers wisdom to the wider world. It reminds us that joy is trivialized if we do not first intentionally acknowledge the pain and wreckage of the world.”
While she never mentions the winter solstice, the piece—whether intended or not—draws a clear spiritual, philosophical, and emotional line between the date assigned to Christmas and, just a few days earlier, the date (in the northern hemisphere) when the dominion of darkness ends and the light returns. Regardless, with the solstice only a week away and Christmas following close after, At Quaquanantuck highly recommends reading Rev. Warren’s piece as a great way to prepare for a season of true celebration. Click here, or copy and paste www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/opinion/sunday/christmas-season-advent-celebration.html?searchResultPosition=1.
Holiday House Tour Benefits Historical Society
This year’s Holiday House Tour to benefit the Quogue Historical Society will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 2 to 6 p.m., with a cocktail party following at 6 p.m. at one of the five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holidays.
Holiday decor outside . . .
Tickets for the House Tour only are $60; cocktail party tickets are $50; House Tour & Cocktail Party, $100; Patron Level tickets $125 (House Tour & Cocktail Party). Click here to purchase tickets.
On the day of the event, tickets can be picked up or purchased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue, Quogue. All those interested in volunteering on the day of the tour are asked to call Lee Wadelton, volunteer coordinator, 908-377-1486.
Create a Holiday Tree with Flowers
The Quogue Library will present a “Create Your Own Holiday Tree with Flowers” workshop led by Rori Jones of Flowers by Rori on Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at the Quogue Firehouse.
All materials will be supplied—different types of greens, ornaments, vessel, etc.—so that participants can make their own holiday evergreen trees. The cost is $40 per person; registration is requested in advance by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.
Celebrated World War I Documentary Screening at Firehouse
Courtesy of the Quogue Library, Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” will be shown on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at the Quogue Firehouse.
Jackson employed state of the art technology and materials from the BBC and the Imperial War Museum to explore life on the front on the front lines through the voices of soldiers. The men discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made, and their dreams of the future.
As Peter Bradshaw wrote in The Guardian, the film is “a visually staggering thought experiment; an immersive deep-dive into what it was like for ordinary British soldiers on the western front.”
Garden Club Members Make Topiary for Hospice Patients
Faithful correspondent Lynda Confessore has reported that members of the Westhampton Garden Club got together recently at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue for the Club’s annual topiary workshop.
The decorated topiaries are distributed by East End Hospice staff to all patients in their care, both at the Kanas Center and living at home. Lynda noted that Hospice President and CEO Mary Crosby said the topiaries “really brighten the day for the patients during the holiday season.”
Top left, Joan Larson and Frankie Ryan; top right, Nancy Vigorito; above, Nada Isler and Catherine Nobiletti. —Judith McDermott Photos
Another touching example of area residents finding joy in sharing the true spirit of the season.
Generosity Is the Heart of the Hamptons
It’s not too late to support the annual Heart of the Hamptons Polar Bear Plunge, coming up this Saturday, December 14, at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton. All are invited to sign up sponsors and take the plunge themselves; to sponsor a specific plunger (such as Andrew Botsford); or simply to support the cause.
Heart of the Hamptons is dedicated to helping people in the local community who are in need, without discrimination, in a dignified manner. The organization has provided food for 65,000 meals, distributed 99,000 pounds of clothing items, and served 2,000 plus families and individuals. To find out more, sign up for the Plunge, or make a 100 percent tax deductible donation, visit heartofthehamptons.org.
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