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Aquebogue News: ‘Carols and Cookies’ holiday event Dec. 18


I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We certainly did. For the first time in many years we had our whole family together. It was a great celebration of food, faith and fun.

The holiday season is upon us. That said, there are many fun things to do this season that you won’t want to miss.

Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue will host its annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festivities include Christmas crafts, cookie sales, a quilt raffle and chinese auction, as well as a food table where you can purchase holiday delectables to give you the strength needed to shop. Shop local and enjoy the festivities.

Next Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. is the first showing of Living Water Church’s holiday extravaganza, “The Miracle of Christmas.” Shows continue Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. This show is always wonderful. It combines drama, music and dance routines, which will surely get you into the Christmas spirit. Pre-purchased tickets are $24 for adults; seniors and children 17 and under are $19. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 722-4969, ext. 204. Discounts and group pricing are also available by calling the church. All tickets are $27 at the door.

Celebrate the season at “Carols and Cookies,” Friday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. Dena Tishim and the Riverhead High School Chamber Chorus will perform seasonal selections and lead attendees in a singalong of popular carols, followed by cookies and mulled cider in the Lecture Room. Suggested $5 donation for adults. All children welcome.

Hallockville Museum Farm will host a holiday ornament craft class Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn the art of wool applique and layering to create a folk art-inspired ornament. Using quilting techniques and stitches, you’ll also be able to add embroidery stitches or other elements, such as beading. The class includes three hours of hands-on instruction from expert quilter/crafter Connie Klos, wool materials, and basic thread needed to complete the project. All participants must bring their own basic sewing supplies in addition to any beading or trims. Cost: $40; $30 for museum members. Registration is required. Call 298-5292 or sign up at

Riverhead Garden Club’s annual greens sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue. Wreaths, centerpieces, swags and poinsettias will be available for purchase.

Mark your calendar for “Breakfast with Santa” at Living Water Church on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. This free pancake breakfast is for kids of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Bring your camera for some great photos with Santa.

The first day of Hanukkah begins at sunset this Sunday, Dec. 6. Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate this festive and holy celebration of light. We celebrate the Advent season as a spiritual and practical preparation for Christmas. I encourage you to keep focused on family and community celebrations that bring good cheer.

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