Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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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)

CoachingDesigning, Fabricating and Preserving Stained Glass in the 21st Century

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Presented by Nancy Nicholson

Have you ever wondered how stained glass is created? Nancy Nicholson was part of the team of artists who restored the transom of the Club House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club, here at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Nancy will present the step-by-step process of what it takes to restore a stained glass window, along with showing some images of her own work from the design stage to completion.

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

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CoachingLong 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. Seasonal parking rates apply.

Click here to register online