The Chequit hosts first holiday tree lighting

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Fresh off an extensive renovation and successful summer season, The Chequit is ready to celebrate the holiday season.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Shelter Island hotel will host its inaugural holiday tree lighting party and benefit. The party will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby. There will be ornament and cookie decorating stations set up for children, a Santa photo booth and lots of cookies and other baked goods for sale.

Outdoors, mulled wine and hot apple cider will be available for sale, while Victorian carolers will wander the grounds singing holiday tunes. A 15-foot tree, set up in the restaurant terrace area, will be lit toward the end of festivities.

All profits from Saturday’s event will benefit the Shelter Island Historical Society.

“We talked about doing something for the holidays, for the community,” said Chequit co-owner Kevin O’Shea. “Our House Manager, who is a local, mentioned that Shelter Island Heights used to do a big tree lighting. We thought it would be great to create an event and bring that back. It’s a chance for people to visit the hotel, see everybody during the holiday season and have some fun.”

The Chequit’s new restaurant, Red Maple, will open an hour early that day at 4 p.m. to allow families enjoying the festivities to pop in for an early dinner. Reservations are being encouraged.

“Why not bring the kids and make a night of it,” O’Shea said. “We understand our position on the island is being an integral part of the community, certainly the building has been forever and ever. It was kind of the epicenter of the island at one time and over the years it stopped being that. We want to bring that back, to create events, especially in the offseason, to engage here with the community.”

The Chequit Hotel is located at 23 Grand Avenue in Shelter Island Heights. For more information visit