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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

FOC Newsletter, Chairman's Letter,  Summer 2018

Our Fall Fishing Outing is fast-approaching! The Friends of Connetquot invite you to enjoy a day of fly fishing and a tasty gourmet lunch (catered by the Snapper Inn) scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 A.M. on the beautiful Connetquot River. Admission is $ 75/person. Registration required and no refunds for cancellations. There will be fish stocked for the occasion. Please call Ed Kelleher (631) 724-8134 for a reservation. Remember that space is limited, so plan accordingly.

Join us for our next exciting Lecture in the Main Room at Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. (Registration required) presented by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky when she will discuss Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point. We will be adorned in appropriate Halloween season decorations and looking forward to seeing you there. The entrance fee is $10/person.

Long Island’s haunted past once again comes alive, in award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky’s latest book Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point. Ms. Brosky will discuss fascinating new places she has researched and investigated.

Take a ghostly journey through Long Island’s history, from Native American legends and beyond. Ghosts lurk the Execution Rocks Lighthouse, where Revolutionary War Patriots were brutally tortured and killed by the British during the Battle of Long Island. Popular gathering places have otherworldly tenants, like Bayport’s Grey Horse Tavern and the Cutchogue Village Green, where several old buildings – and their former inhabitants – are preserved. Long Island’s history is unearthed and preserved through its ghost stories and spirts who have made their presence known. Through extensive research, interviews and investigations, award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky uncovers Long Island’s eerie history.

Our Annual Gala fundraiser at Captain Bill’s is fast-approaching! On Monday, November 5th, (Reservations required) we will be celebrating Gil Bergen’s long history with the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. He touched so many lives through his extensive time serving in the park. Our Journal will be a dedication to him. If you knew of him and want to share a story or want to say something about Gil, please look for our Journal solicitation in this newsletter. We are endeavoring place a boulder with a plaque devoted to Gil and the money we raise in the Journal will go towards it.

This year we are attempting something brand new. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, ($8/entry fee) we will have “Christmas at 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!

The Friends of Connetquot look forward to seeing you at one or all of our future events!

Ginny Fields

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