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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)

Fall Fishing OutingFall Fly Fishing Outing

October 5th, 2018


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.

Click here for more information or to register

Friends' Photo WorkshopHistoric Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point

 Saturday, October 20 - 2:00 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween! On Saturday, October 20, the Friends of Connetquot host award-winning author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, who will discuss her book, Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point, at 2:00 PM. Journey through Long Island's history as preserved in its ghost stories and spirits who have made their presence known, from Native American legends and beyond.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.

Price: $10 per person. Reservations are required.

Click here to register online

Gala Celebration

November 5th, 2018

The Friends of Connetquot cordially invites you to join us for an evening honoring the memory of Gil Bergen. Our 21st Annual Gala will be an evening of sharing memories of the longest serving Park Manager at Conetquot River State Park Preserve. Details and registration will be enclosed within our upcoming newsletter. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Gala is our main fundraising event each year but this year we are hoping to raise enough money for a Memorial to Gil. We intend to purchase a large boulder and brass plaque to be erected where everyone can see it at the Park. We would love to have your memory of Gil shared by purchasing an ad in the Journal and placing your thoughts and memories about Gil in the Journal.

An entertaining and enjoyable evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in celebrating and reminiscing the past while we dedicate the evening to Gil. We also plan on showing some wonderful videos of Gil talking about his history with the Park.

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!

Christmas at Connetquot

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the Friends to kick off the Holiday season with Christmas in Connetquot.

The Friends will be decorating beautiful Christmas trees throughout the main building with many different themes: Fly-Fishing; Origami; Patriotic; Birds; Equestrian; Gilded Age; Woodland and so many more. In addition, St. Nicholas will be there to greet the children with candy canes and we will have cider and cookies and wonderful raffles. Please save the date and join us for the festivities!

Admission: $8.00 per person; $5.00 for senior and children under 13.

Time: 11:00 a.m. too 4:00 p.m.

21st Annual Trail Ride/Hike and Plant Sale

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine - Date subject to change)

Food, Fun, Raffles.

Come join us for our 21st annual fun filled ride/hike through beautiful Connetquot Park Preserve. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trails and woodlands of the first N.Y.S. preserve. The clubhouse will be open for tours. A leisurely ride or hike of a few miles will take you through some of the most historic trails on Long Island. There will be a Raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by generous friends.


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