James VanDeuson at Grounds & Sounds - Friday, Nov. 8, 8:00 p.m.

JamesVanDeusonMix some folk, a bit of blues, and a helping of old country and you’ll have something like the distinctive tone of James VanDeuson. This inventive singer/songwriter had his first show at the age of 14 and has performed professionally ever since. From the United States to Canada and beyond, James travels wherever his music takes him.

James just released a new album titled "Dilation," recorded at Another Recording Company in Omaha, NE, a favorite of musicians like Jason Mraz, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The First Aid Kit and many others. The album will be available at this special Grounds & Sounds show.

To hear some of James’ music, click here.

Le Petit Salon de Musique presents Duo Gratus - Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:00 p.m.

DuoGratusChamber music virtuosos Duo Gratus will perform a moving new creation by UUFSB member Peter Winkler. “Sonata para los Separados” is Peter’s response to the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Southern Border. Cellist Phuc Phan and pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao will feature the new work as part of a performance that will also include music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Winkler wrote his new piece specifically with Duo Gratus in mind. “From the moment I first heard these two artists play together,” he said, “I knew I had to write a piece for them. Phuc Phan is a fearless player who brings passion and deep sensitivity to an enormous range of music, from the 17th century to the present. Hsin-Chiao Liao is a very special pianist, a small person with small hands who is capable of making an enormous sound. When she plays, every fiber of her body is focused on the music – she embodies the music.

For more information and for tickets, go to lepetitsalon.org.

UUFSB Goods and Services Auction: WhUU Done It? – Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:00 p.m.

SherlockThe game is afoot! Get your deerstalker cap on and join us at our 2019 Annual Goods and Services Auction, “WhUU Done It?” at UUFSB on Saturday, Nov. 16. Come dressed as a famous detective or criminal, or any character from a favorite mystery story - perhaps even as a murder victim! (Costumes optional.) You can purchase tickets for $25.00 per ticket NOW, after Sunday services or from the office (weekdays 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Your ticket buys you dinner, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, delicious desserts, coffee, and a wonderful night of entertainment. Click here for a sneak preview of the Auction Journal!

Humanist Discussion Group Meeting - Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m.

humanist greenThe Humanist Discussion Group meets next at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2019 in the Yellow Room at the UU Fellowship Stony Brook.  Alex J. Wallach,  Professional Development Officer of the American Planning Association (APA) NY Metro Chapter, will lead us in a discussion of How downtown Patchogue became recognized by the APA as one of the "Great Places in America."  See Great Places in America: Downtown Patchogue Village. All are welcome.

2019 Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at UUFSB - Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m.

CornucopiaThe Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association will be offering our annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (380 Nicolls Rd., E. Setauket). Conscience Bay Friends Meeting joins UUFSB as our hosts.

Our 2019 service theme is “Company’s Coming,” a reflection in scripture, story, prayer, and song, on how we ready ourselves to be fully inclusive as hosts to the embodiment of thanksgiving. Yes, there is food on the Welcome Table, delicious, fragrant and beautiful, but what more can we do to nourish the community we become as we take our seats around that table? The combined choirs of participating congregations will offer a choral anthem.

Pack up your Thanksgiving visitors and family and come join us as we remember and savor the richness in our connections to one another! Our hosts hope you will be able to stay for a while after the service to enjoy refreshments and conversation.