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Aquebogue News: Christmas Fair at Old Steeple Church

It’s that time of year again. Kick off your holiday shopping at Old Steeple Church’s annual Christmas Fair Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be Christmas crafts and cookies for sale, a quilt raffle and a chinese auction. Also, there will be food for sale including gingerbread houses, homemade candy, breads, muffins, pickles and jellies. Lunch will also be available for purchase. Items include soup, chili, sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, soda, bottled water, coffee and tea. 

Also looking ahead to Christmas, Living Water Church’s show “The Wonder of Christmas” will be held Dec. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Prices range from $19 to $24 and can be purchased online. Visit and click on the snowman picture advertising the tickets, or call 722-4969.

After the holidays are over, we might start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day. I wasn’t here last year for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but I heard it’s wonderful. If you are interested in helping to fundraise or coordinate the event, email Walter Magee at [email protected] or call him at 917-528-6178. Your support just might help to make the parade an annual event.

In the spirit of this season of gratitude, we want to congratulate community members who were recognized for their contributions to Hallockville Museum Farm. The Volunteers of the Year include Ellen Berger, Linda Burke and Olga Lomaga, all of Mattituck, and Kenny Lebohner of Aquebogue.

I would like to extend wishes for a very happy birthday to my daughter MaryAngela, who turned 21 Nov. 25. I am especially thankful for MaryAngela as she was born on Thanksgiving. I went into labor right after I finished dinner and she was born just six hours later. It was the best Thanksgiving celebration ever! Happy birthday, MaryAngela!

On that note, I’d like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. I am very grateful to live in this lovely community with so many beautiful people. I am also thankful for my family, my husband, Steve, and our great kids, who are now young adults with lives of their own. Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all.

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897.