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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)

Haunted House TourHaunted House Tour and Hayride
South Side Sportsmen’s Club

Friday, October 18th & Saturday, October 19th - 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to visit the South Side Sportsmen’s Club after dark? This is your chance! Join us for a spooky special edition house tour, including ghost stories! Just in time for Halloween. BOO!

There will also be an optional hayride to the house tour for a $10 fee, leaving from the Parkview Riding Center (6:30 PM & 7:30 PM).

For ages 7 and up.

Free Admission to the house tour. Reservations are required for both events (separate numbers.)

Click here for more information or to register

Gala Celebration

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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!

Where: Shandon Court - 115 East Main Street, East Islip NY 11730

Join us in honoring Dr. Wayne Horsley, Former Regional Director of LI State Parks and was our “Hatchery Hero” assisting us to help reopen our historic trout hatchery.

Dinner, dancing, open bar, auctions and a 50/50 raffle. Only $75/person.

To reserve a seat or more information on how to show your support or sponsor a page in the gala journal, please visit the Gala page.

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

Long Island Lighthouses; Past and PresentLong Island Lighthouses; Past and Present

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Presented by Robert Müller; President of the Long Island Chapter of the US Lighthouse Society

Long Island Lighthouses: Past and Present examines the history of more than 20 light stations over 200-plus years. It is based on Muller's 2004 book of the same name and his experience as a local lighthouse history researcher and preservationist. Images in the program range from the 1850s to the present and include lighthouse keepers, lightships, and lighthouses that no longer stand. Information includes personal stories about many of the personalities involved in this history.

Mr. Müller has been researching the history of our local lighthouses since 1998, having served as a volunteer at several of the area's lighthouses. He is currently a member of the Stepping Stones Lighthouse Preservation Committee. Mr. Müllerwas the founding President of the US Lighthouse Society's Long Island Chapter (2000-2005), a position resumed in August 2019, and a past President of the East Islip Historical Society.

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

Click here to register online

Fall Fishing OutingFall Fly Fishing Outing

October 2020 (Exact Date T.B.A.)

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.

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