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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Calendar of Events

Other Upcoming Park Events (unrelated to the Friends, but happening at Conneqtuot State Park)

This page focuses on events run by and sponsored by the Friends of Connetquot to raise funds to be used toward the preservation of Connetquot.  Please be sure to visit the Connetquot River State Park Preserve Events page at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website for a schedule of other events run by the park itself.

Upcoming Events from the Friends of Connetquot - (Contact the FOC for details)

Friends' Photo WorkshopThe Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island with James Daniels

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Take a hike! Get outside and explore the Long Island Pine Barrens’ deepest secrets and more! James Daniels, author of The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island, and Westhampton High School Sophomore, will present a power point of only the best hikes on Long Island; such as the globally rare dwarf pines of Westhampton, the hoodoos of Montauk, and the 100-foot tall white pines of Prosser Pines County Park. The presentation will be complete with pictures, maps, and the best hiking information available. Books will be on hand for purchasing and signing.

James will lead an optional hike [approximately 3 miles roundtrip to the hatchery and back] at the completion of the lecture.

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

Click here to register online

The Autumn and Winter Gardens with Vincent SimeoneThe Autumn and Winter Gardens with Vincent Simeone

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

The Autumn Garden: Selecting Trees and Shrubs with Late Season Appeal - The autumn season is a great time to garden. While autumn usually represents a time of harvest and putting the garden to rest, many landscapes are beaming with color. Vincent will offer practical information on how to garden using woody plants that possess interesting fall foliage, fruit and bark interest. Plants ideal for the home landscape will be highlighted.

The Wonders of the Winter Landscape - Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year to appreciate the garden. Although plants lie dormant, interesting characteristics such as the growth habit, ornamental fruit, and bark interest become most evident. In addition, conifers and broadleaved evergreens can provide interesting foliage and texture. During this portion of the lecture, we will focus on the wonders of the winter landscape and how to enhance the aesthetic value and interest of the garden by using horticultural treasures such as winter fruiting plants, broadleaved evergreens, conifers and trees with interesting bark.

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

Click here to register online and read more about Vincent Simeone

The Sporting LifeThe Sporting Life with Paul Mateyunas

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Friends of Connetquot is pleased to announce the return of Paul Mateyunas. His lecture in January was fascinating! If you were not able to attend, please mark October 5 on your calendar! You don’t want to miss this!

Learn about the sporting activities of the Gold Coast Estates in the early 20th Century. Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who played here. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, to harbors that sheltered the grand yachts, come hear about our Island’s great sporting history.

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

Click here to register online and read more about Paul Mateyunas

Fall Fishing OutingFall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2019

The Friends would like to invite all to enjoy a day of fly fishing and a tasty gourmet lunch (catered by the Snapper Inn) on the beautiful Connetquot River.

Admission is $75 per person as our costs have increased. We are sorry but there will be no refunds for cancellations.

There will be fish stocked for the occasion.

Remember that space is limited, so plan accordingly.

Gala Celebration

November 2, 2019

The Gala is our main fundraising event each year.  An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!

Hidden History of Long IslandForgotten Places and Moments in Long Island History

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Long Island’s history is filled with fascinating firsts, magnificent mansions and Interesting characters. Did you know that it was Long Island Pilot Earle Ovington that was the first to carry our country’s airmail? Or that William K. Vanderbilt’s Long Island Motor Parkway was our nation’s first highway? Did you know that Muttontown holds the ruins of an exiled Albanian King's Estate? Or that Captain William Kidd may have buried treasure on Long Island? Richard Panchyk will discuss these and much more about the vanishing traces of Long Island’s intriguing history.

Richard Panchyk is the author of 36 books on a variety of topics, including more than 10 titles on Long Island and New York City History. In total, his books have featured thousands of historic and present day photographs of New York’s most fascinating Places. His most recent titles are Nassau County Through Time, Suffolk County Through Time, and Abandoned Long Island. Mr. Panchyk’s latest books will be available for purchase.

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

Click here to register online

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