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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)

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

CoachingCoaching Along the Great South Bay

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Presented by Jerry Trapani and Paul Mateyunas

"COACHING ALONG THE GREAT SOUTH BAY" is a look back at traveling with a coach and four in hand from New York City to the estates along the Great South Bay by members of the "Coaching Club" many of whom were also members of the Southside Sportsmans Club. A glimpse back at the route they took, their Gold Coast Estates and the logistics of such a journey.Mr. Mateyunas will talk about the houses, clubs and residents who traveled to the Great South Bay. From the birthplace of American polo on the legendary fields of The Meadow Brook, come hear about our Island’s Equestrian history.

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

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Long Island Lighthouses; Past and PresentGrow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Horticultural expert Vincent Simeone will discuss how you can plan your green garden. With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, you will learn the steps to creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. Vincent Simeone will explain why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, how to manage invasive species, how to make the most of your lawn, how to conserve water with proper irrigation, installing rain barrels and cisterns, and more. With his effective, time-proven recommendations, field-tested in a large botanical garden and adapted for home use, this lecture will give you a complete step-by-step personal roadmap for green gardening.

For the past 23 years Vincent Simeone has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. He has specialized expertise in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. He has spoken to many groups nationwide and has appeared on garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers including the Long Island based newspaper, Newsday. Since 2005 he has published six books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens, Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape. In 2010, Vincent was named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2014 Vincent was awarded the centurion award by Farmingdale State College as the top 100 alumni over the past century. In 2015, was awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter

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

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Earth DayEarth Day Service Project

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, please join us on Saturday, April 25th starting at 9 am at the Trout Hatchery where we will be planting Trees and other native plants around the Hatchery Pump System.

Please dress appropriately. Bring gloves and shovels. Bug Spray and Sun Screen is recommended.

Click here to register online

Ladies' Tea PartyLadies' Tea

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for our 8th Annual Ladies' Tea! Enjoy sumptious tea, muffins, scones, finger sandwiches and fabulous raffle prizes to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Main Room

Fee: $35/person and A HAT IS MANDATORY!

Reservations are Required

Please R.S.V.P. before 6/5/2020 by completing the form and payment on the Ladies' Tea page or by calling 631-567-5042 and mailing in your payment.

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.

Peter Fox CohalanGala Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 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!  This year we will honor Judge Peter Fox Cohalan as the recipient of the Gil Bergen Conservation Award.

Please check back or follow us on Facebook for updates.

Dinner, dancing, open bar, auctions and a 50/50 raffle. Only $95/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.