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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Friends of Connetquot Events

Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods: Less Water – Less Work – Less Money

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 2:00 pm

Mary L. BoothPresented by Vincent Simeone - Director, Planting Fields Arboretum

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. Mr. Simeone will have books on site for sale and autographs!

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

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Mary L. Booth: The Story of an Extraordinary 19th Century Woman

Sunday, March 13, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Mary L. BoothPresented by Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley will present an overview of her book on the life of Mary L. Booth, (1831-1889) author, historian, editor, suffragist, and abolitionist. Booth, born in Yaphank, LI, wrote the first History ofthe City of New York in 1859, became the founding editor of Harper’s Bazar in 1867and was editor for 22 years. Throughout her lifetime, she translated 47 books in 7 languages, was active in the women’s rights movement, friends with Susan B. Anthony; and worked for the Union during the Civil War, receiving personal thanks from Abraham Lincoln for her editing and writing efforts for the cause. She knew everyone who was anyone in the publishing and cultural worlds and halls of government in this country and in Europe and was also instrumental in bringing the Statue of Liberty to America.

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

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Studebaker: 115 Years of Wagons and Automobiles

Saturday, April 9, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Presented by Robert Muller

StudebakerStudebaker: 115 Years of Wagons and Automobiles covers the history of the only American wagon manufacturer to successfully transition to a car company. Presenter Bob Muller will discuss this history, including the Studebaker family’s 1736 arrival in colonial America, the sale of their first covered wagon in 1852, wartime military contracts, their many popular and innovative automobiles, the end of their automobile manufacturing in 1966, and the continuing interest in restoring and collecting all things Studebaker.

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.

Clubhouse Tours

Connetquot Sportsmen's ClubSunday, January 16, 2022 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Family Program

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

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How Animals Prepare for Winter- Tiny Tots (3-5 years old)

Smiling ChildrenWednesday, January 19, 2022 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children's Program

These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, story time, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Bird at the Preserve

DuckSaturday, January 22, 2022 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Adult Program

A short presentation will focus on owls! Afterwards, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society to search for birds in the wild.

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Bob's Birds & Butterflies

ButterflySaturday, January 29, 2022 - 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Adult Program

Join Nature Photographer, Bob Labuski, for a slideshow of his best pictures featuring birds and butterflies! Bring your photography questions for a Q&A Session and a camera to take shots within the preserve on your own after the program! This is a Free Event! Meet at the Main House.

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Bob's Birds & Butterflies

ButterflySaturday, January 29, 2022 - 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Adult Program

Join Nature Photographer, Bob Labuski, for a slideshow of his best pictures featuring birds and butterflies! Bring your photography questions for a Q&A Session and a camera to take shots within the preserve on your own after the program! This is a Free Event! Meet at the Main House.

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