Calendar of Events

Upcoming Friends of Connetquot Events

Alice Parsons BookVolunteer With Us! Daffodils for Gil

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00 am

Connetquot River State Park Preserve Staff and the Friends of Connetquot are happy to announce our first joint service project!

Gil Bergen, Connetquot Park Manager loved daffodils! As a lasting reminder of how important an influence he was to the Preserve, we plant daffodils in his honor every year since his passing in 2018. Please help us continue this tradition. Plant with us on October 9that 9 am and come back to see the beauty you helped create next spring!

Registration and COVID protocol will be required.

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Alice Parsons BookLong Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons Kidnapping

Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Presented by Steven C. Drielak

Alice McDonell Parsons was the heir to a vast fortune among Long Island's wealthy elite when she was kidnapped from Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook in 1937. The crime shocked the nation and was front-page news for several months. J. Edgar Hoover personally assigned his best FBI agents to the case, and within a short time, Parsons's husband and their live-in housekeeper, Anna Kupryanova, had become prime suspects. Botched ransom attempts, clashes between authorities and romantic intrigue kept the investigation mired in drama. The crime remained unsolved and has captivated Long Island audiences ever since.

Former Suffolk County detective Steven C. Drielak reveals previously classified FBI documents and pieces together the mystery of the Alice Parsons kidnapping.

Lectures are free for members of Friends of Connetquot. Non-members pay $5/person at the door.

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CDR George J. Munchenbeck, USCGR (Ret.)The Birth of a Unique Town – Islip Town, New York

Sunday, November 13, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Presented by CDR George J. Munchenbeck, USCGR (Ret.)

The early history of Islip Town, originally known as Islip Grange, is at best a convoluted story that is not easy to unravel. Much of that has to do with the turbulent times that created Islip and the efforts of its founding families to survive during a time when each message from Great Britain brought news of political change and created turmoil in the colony of New York. Accusations of piracy, imprisonments of the founders, execution of a governor, capture at sea and political intrigue all make this a fascinating story of a family and a glimpse of the birth of the flame that will lead to a new country. Join the Islip Town Historian for a glimpse into those days that gave birth to a unique place that if one takes a moment, the stamp of those founding days can still be seen in boundaries, open space and how the Town developed in later years.

Lectures are free for members of Friends of Connetquot. Non-members pay $5/person at the door.

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CoachingCoaching Along the Great South Bay

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 11:00 am

Presented by Jerry Trapani

Join us for 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. Trapani 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.

Lectures are free for members of Friends of Connetquot. Non-members pay $5/person at the door.

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Upcoming Park Nature Programs

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 all events.

Welcome Fall Stroll

Autumn FoliageSaturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Family Program

The fall season is here! Put down that Pumpkin Spice Latte and join us for a hike through the forest. Learn all about the plants and animals of the Preserve and how they prepare for the changing season.

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River Walk - Celebrate World Rivers Day!

RiverSunday, September 26, 2021 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Family Program

Did you know the Connetquot River is 6-miles along and is almost completely protected by park lands? Come celebrate “World River Day” with us and take a walk along this incredible river while learning about the creatures that call it home.

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