That’s All, Folks

Well, maybe not forever, but At Quaquanantuck has definitely come to the end of its regularly scheduled programming.

With a nod to Lewis Carroll: 

The time has come, the columnist said,
To speak of that and this:
Of news amassed
And email blasts
And deadlines I won’t miss. 

The sea abides. —A. Botsford Photo

Until 2017, At Quaquanantuck appeared weekly in the Hampton Chronicle-News (subsequently, and sadly, renamed The Southampton Press Western Edition) and since then—after the publisher saw fit to eliminate community columns—weekly on this website until 2020, for about 30 years total or some 1,500 columns. For the last two years it has been posted, generally, about every three weeks. After this week, as this scribe attempts to marshall his rapidly depleting energy resources for other writing projects, it’s not clear at this time when the next column might be posted. 

Close readers will have noticed that there have been no requests for voluntary “subscriptions” for more than a year now. A few checks have come in unsolicited, and I am as grateful for those as I am for all the contributions from readers over the last couple of years since I first asked for help in keeping the website “free” and accessible to all. While this project has never been about making money for me, I have done my best to keep the column worthy of these free will donations. 

I am grateful, too, for all the support I have received for this endeavor: from readers; photo and news item contributors; and all the organizations that the column covers. Taken together, all of these are a big part of what makes our village both special and unique, and almost always a pleasure to write about in this column.

Website administration, laying out photos and copy for an online platform, and preparing and launching email announcements for each posting have all posed big challenges for a writer and editor who started out with only a manual typewriter, a stack of copy paper, a pack of Pall Malls, and a big cup of 7-Eleven coffee on his desk. 

The sea abides II. —A. Botsford Photo

While access to website analytics allowed me the joy of seeing that the column was being read (or visited anyway) by individuals in Singapore, Uganda, Hong Kong, Finland, Thailand, South Africa and other far flung locales, less encouraging was to see the increasingly anemic number of readers. There are 481 people signed up to receive an email blast from me every time a column is posted, and an additional 40 or 50 “followers” of the column who get an independent email version of every column posted. But nowadays only a little over 200 of these actually visit the column in the first three days after it is published. 

Again, writing the column has been no more about getting and keeping a large audience than it has been about money. Still, it would be disingenuous to say that it’s not daunting to see the numbers falling. 

Part of the reason for the decline may be connected to reduced need for what the column works to bring to readers. When the Press eliminated community columns and I launched At Quaquanantuck on my own in 2017, almost all the major programmers in our community were just beginning to build and administer better websites, develop email lists, and get started on social media. So this column was useful for readers as a clearinghouse for what was going on or coming up at the Quogue Library, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Quogue Association, the Quogue Historical Society and, in the early days of the online platform (with help from Sarah Adams), over at the Quogue School. 

Now, though, a lot of what is published in At Quaquanantuck is redundant, since these organizations and institutions have already notified residents of their offerings via email or their websites, and the Quogue School only communicates with parents and students and taxpayers directly. And, in all cases, this column can’t possibly be as comprehensive as these organizations’ own platforms. 

There was a time, too, when readers used to send in wedding announcements and wedding photos; birth announcements and baby photos; graduations and other items referred to as “social” in newspaper-ese. Haven’t seen any of these in over a year. 

Going forward, there are no plans to take down the At Quaquanantuck website, which means that visitors can still read columns in the archives going back to 2017. The AtQuaq@gmail.com email will still be active, and I am hoping people will still send in photos and even news or social items of interest. I’m open to and interested in the idea of running guest essays as future columns, or columns consisting of photos only, my own as well as readers’. And I may post an essay of my own or a more traditional column around the holidays or if the spirit or current events move me. So there is some kind of future for this platform; I’m just not sure at this point what that will look like. I do know it’s at least two months away, maybe longer.

In the meantime, I urge you all, dear readers, to stay connected. If you are not already a member of, or a donor to, the Quogue Association, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Quogue Historical Society, the Quogue Library and Quogue Library Society, Quogue Chamber Music, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe, or the Westhampton Garden Club, please connect to them right away, make sure you are on their email lists, and check their websites regularly. And remember to renew your membership every year. If you’re interested in the Hampton Theatre Company, you can get on their email list by writing to info@hamptontheatre.org

Tiana sunset. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Hats off to our new mayor, Robert Treuhold, who is continuing, and expanding in some ways, the practice started by Peter Sartorius of communicating with residents via open letters on email, which are then posted on the village website (www/villageofquogueny.gov) under Announcements.

Mayor Treuhold is including in his letters a fairly comprehensive listing of events of note in the community.  For example, among the items included in the Final Days of Summer letter, which was posted to the village website on August 23 are: a Quogue Village Police Department free child car seat education and safety check on Sunday, September 4, at the Firehouse, with instructional seminar from 9 to 9:30 a.m. followed by car seat safety checks from 9:30 to noon; and a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of 9-11 at the Firehouse on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 10 a.m. Other items on Hizzoner’s list are addressed in this week’s column.

All residents should make a habit of checking the village website frequently, and readers who are not already on the village email list can sign up by writing to Village Clerk Aimee Buhl at ABuhl@villageofquogueny.gov

Having written the column as part of my job for two different publishers and a couple of editors, I can say honestly that you, my faithful readers, have been the greatest boss I could have hoped for. I have assembled and written the column for you and you have been unfailingly supportive of all my efforts. While this is admittedly a very big change, it is not the end. Thank you. 

Summer reading. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Southampton Town Supervisor’s State of the Town
Next up on the Quogue Association’s civics centered agenda will be the state of the town address by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. The plan is for Mr. Schneiderman to speak outdoors on the Village Green, weather permitting. In case of precipitation or high winds, the Supervisor’s address will be moved inside Quogue Village Hall.

Smart Phone Photographers, Here’s Your Chance
It’s a fact of contemporary life that pretty much everyone—from first graders (yikes!) to great-grandparents—has a smart phone these days. And perhaps the first corollary to ownership is the use of said device by each and every smart phone owner to take photos … of everything. 

Recognizing this common thread woven through the human experience in the early 21st century, those clever folks on the Quogue Library Art Committee have come up with a September contest that will ultimately furnish the library art gallery with an exhibition that will close out the 2022 season. 

The committee’s Smart Phone Portrait Contest and Exhibition will be judged and curated by professional photographer Lauren Lieberman, of LILA Photo. One hundred portraits will be chosen, printed and exhibited in the Quogue Library Art Gallery from November 19 to January 4, 2023.

Three winning portraits will be publicly recognized at a gallery reception open to the public on November 25.

Submissions are open from September 1 to September 30, and selected artists will be notified via email. Images selected that contain children under age 18 will require parental consent for public display.

The entry fee is $20, with up to two images allowed per entry. Entries should be high resolution, vertical orientation; human portraits only. Jpeg format preferred; alternate formats will be transferred to jpeg. Entry does not guarantee display in exhibitionFor details, click here or visit www.quoguelibrary.org. Inquiries may also be addressed to smartphonecontest22@gmail.com.

Quogue Chamber Music Concert September 10
In June of 2021, Quogue Chamber Music brought the Manhattan Chamber Players to our village for an exciting and highly successful concert. Next week, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, members of the renowned ensemble will be returning to Quogue for a program of Mozart and Brahms for clarinet and strings in the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue.

Violinist Siwoo Kim. —Sophie Zhai Photo

In accordance with protocols at Lincoln Center in New York, Quogue Chamber Music will no longer be requiring proof of vaccination, but patrons will be required to wear masks while inside the building and throughout the concert.  

Tickets are $50 for the concert only ($5 for students); $110 with addition of the post-concert celebration. To purchase tickets in advance, patrons are asked to send checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music, Inc. to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959. Tickets may also be purchased on the QCM website, www.quoguechambermusic.org, or at the box office on the night of the concert.

Cellist Brook Speltz.—Anna Kariel

The Manhattan Chamber Players are a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level. 

Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director and violist Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who come from the tradition of great music-making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program, and are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, and the New England Conservatory. 

MCP has been praised in Strings Magazine for “A fascinating program concept … It felt refreshingly like an auditory version of a vertical wine tasting.” The article went on to applaud the musicians for “an intensely wrought and burnished performance…Overall, I wished I could put them on repeat.” 

At the core of MCP’s inspiration is its members’ joy in playing this richly varied repertoire with longtime friends and colleagues, with whom they have been performing since they were students. Its roster allows for the programming of the entire core string, wind and piano chamber music repertoire—from piano duos to clarinet quintets to string octets. While all its members have independent careers as soloists and chamber musicians, they strive for every opportunity to come together and share once again in this special collaboration.

The program being performed in Quogue will include the Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, in A Major, K 581 and the Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, in B Minor Op. 115. Performers will be Yoonah Kim, clarinet; Siwoo Kim and Brendan Speltz, violins; Luke Fleming, viola, and Brook Speltz, cello.


The cast of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe production of “The Little Mermaid,” joined by three members of the creative team: at left, standing behind the second row, are director Chris Kelly and costume designer and director Sheila Rankowitz; at right in the back row, music director Chris McKee. —Dick Prior Photo

As village residents have come to expect, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe younger cast once again hit one out of the park with “The Little Mermaid.” At Quaquanantuck received this report from QJTT founder and Artistic Director Sue Prior: “Super enthusiastic audiences definitely helped the cast more than rise to the occasion. ‘Mermaid’ is an especially colorful musical show, with glow paint sets and very colorful under-the-sea costumes: our black lights really did their job. We had four sold out shows and lots of audience participation in the cheering department.” 


Pond House Museum News; Maps Available for Walking Tours
This just in, literally, from the Quogue Historical Society:  the Pond House Museum on Jessup Avenue will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and by appointment, in September and October.

For an added treat, after visitors tour the two levels of exhibitions on 350 years of Quogue history at the museum, they can pick up a map from the receptacle on the front door and take a self-guided walking tour of Historic Jessup Avenue, Quogue’s bustling commercial, cultural, and civic center. Maps can also be printed from the QHS website: quoguehistory.org/at-home-post/walking-tour-historic-jessup-avenue.  

Also, be sure to save the date for the Historical Society 2022 Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. And check the QHS website calendar regularly for more details. 


The beautiful backyard and gardens of Sally and Bill Beatty provided an ideal setting for the Hampton Theatre Company “Cocktails and Comedy” benefit party on August 20. Below, Matthew Conlon, Jane Lowe and Andrew Botsford in a scene from Lanford Wilson’s “Abstinence,” which was presented at the party. The cast steps out for a there-is-no-curtain call: from left, Catherine Maloney, Andrew Botsford, Jane Lowe, Matthew Conlon, and Rebecca Edana. —Graham Russell Photos

New Honor for Wildlife Refuge’s Marisa Nelson
How wonderful—and how appropriate—that Marisa Nelson, the associate director of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, has been named one of the 2022 honorees in the Dan’s Papers Power Women of the East End program. 

She joins a group of women who “make the East End the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business. When women support women, amazing things happen.”

All are invited to join Marisa and other honorees at a special Power Women of the East End event at The Muses, 111 St. Andrews Road, Southampton, 11968 on Thursday, September 8, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.powerwomenee.com

And, as always, to find out more about what’s going on at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Yellow-rumped warbler, spotted near Sebonac Creek. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Great Decisions Looks at Outer Space Policy
The next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program on Saturday, September 10, at 5 p.m. will focus on the topic of “Outer Space Policy.” In an effort to provide the broadest possible access, the September 10 program will be hybrid and can be joined virtually by Zoom or attended in person at the Quogue Library. 

Refreshments will be served. Virtual and in-person participants will view a video presentation on the topic before joining or listening to a live, 40-minute participant discussion moderated by David Rowe and facilitated by Susan Perkins. 

Way back when, the Soviet launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. 

The September 10 program will address the question of “How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space?”

To register for the September 10 program, in-person or Zoom, click here, or visit www.quogue.libraryevents.com and click on the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions entry on September 10.  

The 2022 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) at the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org. Visit the FPA website here to join and receive notices of events and information about Great Decisions and other programs.

“High Society” Screening at Return of Film Feast September 17
The perennially popular Film Feast series is coming back to the Quogue Library on Saturday, September 17, at 6 p.m. with a screening of another Grace Kelly (and multiple other stars) film, “High Society.”

Directed by Charles Waters and released in 1956, this lively musical adaptation of “The Philadelphia Story” also stars Bing Crosby, Celeste Holm, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong. The film tells the story of a spoiled heiress who must choose, on the eve of her wedding, among three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, her stuffy businessman fiancé, and an undercover tabloid reporter.

As one critic wrote: “‘High Society’ doesn’t just have a voice; it has a heart and a soul as well.” A BBC review offered: “After opening with a calypso tune from the inimitable Louis Armstrong, ‘High Society’ really has nowhere to go but down, yet somehow director Charles Walters manages to keep this Technicolor musical sparkling through the next 100 minutes.”

The “price” of admission for the September 17 Film Feast will be a potluck dish to serve at least six people and a beverage to share. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register or for more information.

Always remember to check the library website, http://www.quoguelibrary.org, to find out more about the myriad programs and activities on offer there.


Brooke diCapua and Bob Murray with Shinnecock Yacht Club Snapper Derby first place winner Casper Keeber, who reeled in a 16-inch herring shad to take top honors. —Amanda Murray P

So, that’s a wrap. Please keep in touch.

Peace out.

Onward.

The Home Stretch

Even in times when rain is plentiful, a very strong case could be made against cultivating and maintaining the kind of perpetually thirsty and pesticide laden lush green lawns that are the pride of suburban subdivision residents and sprawling estate owners alike. 

Sea foam forms. —A. Botsford Photo

But At Quaquanantuck won’t be making that case in this post, focusing instead on the recent drought-driven plea from the Suffolk County Water Authority for homeowners to refrain from watering their lawns in the hours between midnight and 6 a.m. in order to ensure that there will be sufficient water, and pressure, for such essential uses as putting out fires. 

It is hoped that all Southampton Town residents will heed this plea and go at least one step further and limit lawn watering to one or two days a week. Or temporarily suspend lawn watering altogether. After all, even the most burned out lawns will recover; they always do. Let brown grass be a new badge of civic responsibility, one small step toward facing up to climate change. It has to start somewhere. 


Hundreds of village residents took advantage of the fire engine rides offered at last Sunday’s Quogue Fire Department Open House. Below, target practice with a fire hose provided one way to cool off at the Open House. —A. Botsford Photos

Big Weekend for Historical Society: “Celebrate Art!” Party and Saturday Art Show
If it’s the beginning of August, it must be time for the Quogue Historical Society’s one-two fundraising punch: the “Celebrate Art!” cocktail party with guest speaker on Friday, August 12, followed by the Annual Art Show & Sale on Saturday, August 13

Friday’s “Celebrate Art!” cocktails and hors d’oeuvres party on the Village Green runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Speaking at 5:30 p.m. on the topic of “Long Island Artists: Nationally Recognized Modernists You’ll Want to Know” will be Karli Wurzelbacher, Ph.D., curator at the Heckscher Museum of Art. 

Tickets to the “Celebrate Art!” party start at $60 per person, with patron tickets priced at $100. All tickets sold at the door will be $100. To purchase tickets in advance or make a donation to the Quogue Historical Society, click here or visit www.quoguehistory.org and click on Support. 

The Annual Art Show & Sale is the largest QHS fundraiser of the year. Held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green, this year’s Art Show will feature more than 30 artists exhibiting works ranging from oils and pastels to photographs and textiles. Suggested donation is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society’s new and ongoing programs. 


There was a good turnout on Saturday, August 6, for this year’s “Coffee with a Cop” event in front of Beth’s Café, with residents and passersby who stopped to chat and ask questions treated to coffee and donuts by the Quogue Police Benevolent Association (PBA). Left to right, Lieutenant Daniel Hartman, Quogue Village Police Chief Chris Isola, Detective William Gladding, Officer Theodore Richert, Quogue Village Mayor Robert Treuhold, and Officer Jonathan Stanton. —Steve Fadem Photo

Great Decisions Looks at “Renewed Climate Change Agenda”
With even some recalcitrant senators finally conceding the need for action, the next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program on Saturday, August 13, at 5 p.m. will focus on a topic very much in the news these days, “The Renewed Climate Change Agenda.” In an effort to provide the broadest possible access, the August 13 program will be hybrid and can be joined virtually by Zoom or attended in person at the Quogue Library. 

Refreshments will be served. Virtual and in-person participants will view a video presentation on the topic before joining or listening to a live, 40-minute participant discussion moderated by David Rowe and facilitated by Susan Perkins. 

The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions and developing alternative energy sources. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate?

To register for the August 13 program, in-person or Zoom, click here, or visit www.quogue.libraryevents.com and click on the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions entry on August 13.  

The 2022 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) at the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org. Visit the FPA website here to join and receive notices of events and information about Great Decisions and other programs.

The spirit of the occasion shines through in this image of a recent Quogue Association Beach Party.—Jessica Insalaco Photo

Next up in the Quogue Association’s ongoing celebration of summer will be the 2022 edition of the big blowout beach party, slated this year on Saturday, August 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Quogue Village Beach. Rain date is Saturday, August 27. 

This summer’s party will feature traditional delectable fare of chicken tenders, hamburgers, hot dogs, and salads, catered for this edition by the fine folks at the Quogue Country Market. Beverages included in the price of admission are beer, wine, lemonade and water. 

There will once again be a bonfire on the beach; new this year will be an ice cream truck and a steel pan musician. Cost is $30 per person; $15 for kids 5 to 10; free for children under 5. The first 75 revelers to arrive will receive complimentary Quogue Association coffee tumblers. 


Beauty behind bars in the QJTT older cast production of “Chicago Teen Version.” —Sue Prior Photo

Riding High on “Chicago,” QJTT Readies High Dive for “Little Mermaid”
At Quaquanantuck was delightfully knocked out by last week’s production of “Chicago Teen Version” featuring the older cast of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe

Congratulations to director and choreographer Micky Nugent and musical director Chris McKee for pulling together a beautiful show that brought out the best in all the performers, backstage crew and tech personnel, and more than did justice to one of the greatest musicals of all time. 

A special shout out here to the very talented and spirited—and seamlessly tight-knit—ensemble, every one of whom brought wonderful life and energy to one outstanding production number after another. 

Fresh on the heels of the boffo run of “Chicago,” the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe younger cast is getting ready for the opening of “The Little Mermaid” on Tuesday, August 23. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on August 23, 24 and 25, and at 5 p.m. for the final performance on Friday, August 26. 

For tickets to the younger cast production of “The Little Mermaid,” running August 23 through August 26, click here, or visit https://qjtt.org

For more information, email boxoffice@qjttonline.org or call 631-996-9392.‬

Boys and girls rehearsing different numbers for the QJTT production of “The Little Mermaid,” opening September 23 at the Quogue Community Hall. —Melissa Ryder Photos


Irreverent Lanford Wilson Comedy at HTC Benefit August 20
The Hampton Theatre Company will host a benefit cocktail party with live entertainment on Saturday, August 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at a private venue in Quogue. 

Performers who are well known to HTC audiences will present “Abstinence” by Lanford Wilson, an irreverent, 15-minute, contemporary comedy during the benefit. The musical backdrop for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Joan Toohig will be provided by the QJ3 (Quogue Jazz Trio), with the presentation of “Abstinence” scheduled to start at 7 p.m. 

Tickets to the benefit start at $150 per person, with Silver Sponsor tickets $350 and Gold Sponsor tickets $500. Silver Sponsors receive a listing in the program, priority seating, and a backstage tour of the HTC fall production. Gold sponsors receive a dinner with members of the company in the fall in addition to the Silver Sponsor benefits. Tickets for under 30 are $100. Rain date is Sunday, August 21. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Tickets and more information available online at www.hamptontheatre.org; email info@hamptontheatre.org or call (631) 653-8955.

Birds of Prey Today at QWR; Storybook Reading Friday
There might still be room for adults and families with children age 6 and up to attend the Live Birds of Prey program at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge today, Thursday, August 11, at 3 p.m. 

Cooper’s hawk. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

During the 45-minute presentation, visitors will meet some of the resident raptors at the Refuge and learn about native Long Island species—their diets, habitat, and physical adaptations that make them such successful hunters—as well as ways to help protect them. 

Visitors are asked to arrive early and get settled prior to the start of the presentation. Cost is $10 per person; $5 per child under 10. Reservations and pre-payment required; click here and scroll to August 11, or call 631-653-4771 for more information. 

A Storybook Reading and Meet the Author event is coming up at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 12, at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, when author Nancy Littlefield will read her charming children’s story, “Mariposa’s Wish,” about a monarch butterfly who wishes to go on a journey. 

For more information about the book, visit mariposaswish.com. To register, call the QWR at 631-653-4771. 

A signed copy of the book will be gifted to each child who pre-registers for this free program inside the Nature Center at the Refuge offered in collaboration with the Quogue Library. The program is part of an important initiative generously sponsored by the Leo S. Walsh Foundation. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org

Vikram Malhotra Up Next in Library’s Author Series
The summer Author Series at the Quogue Library resumes on Sunday, August 14, at 5 p.m. when Vikram Malhotra, co-author of “CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest,” comes to the library for a conversation with series host Andrew Botsford.  

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, “CEO Excellence” is described by publisher Simon & Schuster as “an insight-packed, revelatory look at how the best CEOs do their jobs based on extensive interviews with today’s most successful corporate leaders—including chiefs at Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, and Sony.

“Being a CEO at any of the world’s largest companies is among the most challenging roles in business. Billions, and even trillions, are at stake—and the fates of tens of thousands of employees often hang in the balance. Yet, even when “can’t miss” high-achievers win the top job, very few excel. Thirty percent of Fortune 500 CEOs last fewer than three years, and two out of five new CEOs are perceived to be failing within eighteen months.

“For those who shoulder the burden of being the one on whom everyone counts, a manual for excellence is sorely needed.” 

Beyond its status as a manual for excellence for CEOs, this book has immeasurable value for anyone interested in being a better leader.

On August 21, the guest author will be Elena Gorokhova, author of “A Train to Moscow.” In post–World War II Russia, a girl must reconcile a tragic past with her hope for the future in a powerful and poignant novel about family secrets, passion and loss, perseverance and ambition.

A critic for the Portland Book Review wrote: “‘A Train to Moscow’ is Elena Gorokhova’s first novel. It’s poignant and masterful, beautifully and intricately laced with imagery, intrigue, and emotion. Sasha’s passion for theatre and a better life, one free of the lies her family has held onto, is palpable.

“The storyline is riveting, corkscrewing into an array of twists and turns. Despite being fictional, the contents are reflective of the cultural and political environment of post-Revolutionary Russia.”

The final installment of this summer’s series will feature Adele Myers, author of “The Tobacco Wives” on August 28. 

As a reviewer from Bookreporter observed: “Adele Myers has constructed a disturbing, realistic view of the once-mighty tobacco industry and its perfidies as observed by a feisty lady.”

Offered on Sundays at 5 p.m., this summer’s in-person series under the tent typically features a reading by a guest author followed by a conversation with writer and editor Andrew Botsford before the author fields questions from the audience. Tickets are $25 and registration is online at quoguelibrary.org, by calling 631-653-4224, or in-person at the library at 90 Quogue Street. More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org.

Final Films in PAC Summer Series
Courtesy of gifted curator Allison Frost, the parade of top notch films continues in the “Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew” summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. To find out more and buy tickets online, visit www.whbpac.org and click on Films.

Coming up next Tuesday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. the PAC will screen the compelling documentary “Daughter of a Lost Bird.” Sociologist Susan Toliver will join Andrew to discuss this film after the screening on Tuesday.

“Lost birds” is a term used to describe Native children adopted out of their tribal communities. Right after the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 became law, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter was adopted into a white family and raised with no knowledge of her Native parentage. This beautiful and intimate film follows Kendra on her journey to find her birth mother April, also a Native adoptee, and return to her Lummi homelands in Washington State. 

With a sensitive yet unflinching lens, director Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) documents Kendra and April as they connect with relatives and navigate what it means to be Native, and to belong to a tribe from the outside looking in. Along the way, Kendra uncovers generations of emotional and spiritual beauty and pain and comes to the startling realization that she is a living legacy of U. S. assimilationist policy. 

By sharing a deeply personal experience of inherited cultural trauma, the film opens the door to broader and more complicated conversations about the erasure of Native culture and questions of identity surrounding adoption.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, the coming-of-age documentary/cinematic memoir “Beba” will be the featured film. 

Reflecting on her childhood and adolescence in New York City as the daughter of a Dominican father and Venezuelan mother, first-time feature filmmaker Rebecca “Beba” Huntt investigates the historical, societal, and generational trauma she’s inherited and ponders how those ancient wounds have shaped her, while simultaneously considering the universal truths that connect us all as humans.

Throughout the 79-minute film, Ms. Huntt searches for a way to forge her own creative path amid a landscape of intense racial and political unrest. Poetic, powerful and profound, “Beba” is a courageous, deeply human self-portrait of an Afro-Latina artist hungry for knowledge and yearning for connection.

Due to a prior commitment, Andrew Botsford will not be guiding the discussion of this film. For further information, call 631-288-2350. 

The summer 2022 series concludes on August 30 and 31 with “HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song,” a new feature-length documentary directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine that offers a comprehensive exploration of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” 

Andrew’s guest for the discussion of this film will be WLIW 88.3FM radio personality and music authority Brian Cosgrove, host of “The Afternoon Ramble” Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and “The Overnight Ramble” Tuesday through Saturday at 2 a.m. 

The feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. 

Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust, including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.  

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Sharon Robinson, Rufus Wainwright, and many others, this film was a selection at Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival.

To find out more and buy tickets online, visit www.whbpac.org and click on Films. 


On Wednesday, July 27, Abigail Ericson and Sarah Adams organized a presentation at the Quogue Library by the Riverhead based Butterfly Effect Project: Creating Safe Spaces for Girls to Dream and Succeed. At left, Program and Development Director Brienne Ahearn; right, “Butterflies” who spoke about their experience included Nylah Claude (at podium), Genesis Fulford and Destiny Tuck. More information about the Butterfly Effect Project is available at http://www.bepgirls.org. —Abigail Ericson Photos


“Joanie Study,” a 2021 watercolor by Anna Stabler, is one of the works on view in the “Art Gene” exhibition currently on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery. —Image courtesy of the artist

“Art Gene”: A Family Story Exhibition at Library Art Gallery
On view through September 7 at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Art Gene: Five Generations of Quogue Artists” features works by artists from five generations of one family: Disston, Jones, Larson, Lyman, Peters, and Stabler

The artists with work on view include: Emily Hoe Lyman (1907-1986); Barbara (Babby) Lyman Peters (1930-1992); Joan Lyman Larson (b. 1934); Connie Peters Jones; Geoffrey Disston; Stuart Disston; Elsa Anders Cook; Mary Helen Brown; Anna Stabler; Kitt Disston; Debbie Disston; Timothy Maturo; and Lucie Maturo. 

According to the library’s Art Gallery Committee, “this exhibition is about the inspiration, teaching, and passion for art from one generation to another. It is also about the inspiration from, and connection to, a place that is held dear and stores generations of memories.” 

Left to right, Stuart Disston, Kitt Disston, Anna Stabler, Joan Larson, Geoff Disston, Debbie Disston, and Connie Jones at the August 6 reception for the “Art Gene” exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.—Victoria Sartorius Photo

Family Affair Exhibition Up Next at Quogue Gallery
Works by Sally King Benedict and her father-in-law George Read will be on view in the next exhibition scheduled at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street. The exhibition will run from August 18 through September 30; an opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 20

Sally King Benedict is a contemporary artist living and working in Sun Valley, Idaho. She and her work have been featured in major publications across the U.S., including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living, among others. 

According to a release from the gallery, the artist’s work in a wide range of mediums appeals to established and new collectors alike: “She has the ability to create visual texture with a rich, adventurous color palette and expressive linear techniques.”

Sally King Benedict, “Sailor Face” (2022), mixed media on canvas, 36″ by 30″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Ms. King Benedict grew up in Atlanta, frequently traveling and attending art openings, exhibits, and design shows, seeking inspiration from the work of both past and contemporary artists. She completed her education at the College of Charleston in 2007.

After a long and varied career in and around the artists, critics and collectors who populate the landscape of contemporary fine art, George Read has recently found his way back into the studio. He describes the “break” as immensely valuable, “an opportunity to sharpen and refine, even if the break was a bit longer than anticipated,” he adds. 

He works quickly and on as many as a dozen pieces at once, a practice he picked up from his former mentor, Eduardo Chillida. Chillida suggested that he begin several pieces at once, putting each one aside when it had just begun to find form and definition. Then, with a roomful of works in varying stages of progress, Chillida encouraged him to move freely among them, from image to image, without a set pattern or plan. The practice suited him; he found it helped keep his eyes fresh and, most important, it forestalled over-analysis. 

George Read, “Glyph II” (2022), graphite, mineral pigments, Flashe black and sienna on archives cover paper, 30″ by 20″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Mr. Read suggests that painting and sculpture are, far more than anything one learns or practices, “an attitude.” Artists can create narratives, he maintains, they can create images, or they can create experiences. 

“Picasso and Miro were the first, master storytellers,” the artist says. “Rothko and Tapies created compelling images, and color field painters and others, like Diebenkorn, created complex visual experiences. I find myself pursuing something between the last two. I hope to create evocative images accompanied by experiences of color and form.” 

The current  retrospective exhibition of the work of Harry Bertschmann, featuring more than 25 paintings by the artist from the 1960s up to the 1990s, will remain on view through August 16. 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com

Sunday Services at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Zachary Thompson, the Vicar at St. James’ Church in Manhattan, will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at Church of the Atonement on Sunday, August 14. 

Prior to joining the staff at St. James’, Rev. Thompson served as Rector and Associate Priest at the Church of Our Savior in Atlanta, GA, as well as Chaplain to Emory University. His wife, Amy, is the Assistant Head of School at the Church of the Epiphany Day School. 

The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals, now in his 20th season at Church of the Atonement, will officiate on three Sundays: August 21, 28 and September 4. 

The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals

At 11 a.m. following the final summer service on Sunday, September 4, there will be a special coffee hour at the church organized to honor Patricia Osborne Feiler, who is stepping down after 50 years of service as organist and choir director. All are welcome, with a special invitation to all those who have sung with the choir or who have children who do, or did.  

Currently serving as the Interim Rector at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, Rev. Dannals was for many years Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, Texas, and served in interim ministry in New York City, Atlanta, and Beverly Hills.  

Rev. Dannals earned his Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University and a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological. For more than 12 years he has been writing daily lectionary-based e-devotions. 

He and his wife Valerie have their permanent residence in Jacksonville. They have three daughters: Danielle with two daughters in Jacksonville; Kaleigh, married with two sons in Charlotte, NC; and Mary Blair, married in Washington, DC.

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. As per diocesan guidelines, masks are optional at church services. For details and a full schedule, go to quoguechurch.org.

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com.

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Come One, Come All

One indication that it might be time for At Quaquanantuck to sign off would be this scribe’s failure in the last column to remind readers of two events that have historically helped to define summer in our village. 

The mane thing. —A. Botsford Photo

I am referring here, of course, to the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Open House, scheduled this year on Sunday, August 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.; and, in the week before the Open House, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe older cast production of “Chicago Teen Version” at the Quogue Community Hall, Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, August 5, with lights up at 7:30 p.m. for all performances. 

This year’s Fire Department Open House will more closely resemble the events of the Before Times, with the perennially popular fire truck rides through the village; hot dogs, roasted corn, clams on the half shell raw bar, ice cream, tunes from DJ “Off the Radar” (could that be the street name of First Assistant Chief Dave Shaffner?), games and demonstrations. 

According to the head honcho for this year’s Open House, First Lieutenant, Co. 2 Tommy Otis, while the bouncy castle corner will be missing this year, there will be a focus on the fun side of education. An example would be giving kids, assisted by firefighters, a chance to use a fire hose to shoot water at targets. 

Demonstrations will include a “vehicle extrication” using the so-called Jaws of Life; and extinguishing a barbecue fire. There will also be a photo booth with the option to receive images via email. 

The annual Open House is the kind of event that has sufficient gravitational heft to pull together the entire community, and one of the few opportunities the rest of us have to show our support for the full-time heroes of our volunteer fire department. Don’t miss it. 

Rehearsing a dance number for “Chicago Teen Version,” running August 2-5. —Sue Prior Photo

It’s Showtime for the QJTT
With “Chicago Teen Version” coming up next week, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe will get things going with this summer’s benefit evening on Friday, July 29, with a 7 p.m. performance at the Quogue Community Hall and an 8 p.m. cocktail reception at the Quogue Field Club. For ticket information, click here or visit www.qjtt.org/donate.  

Meanwhile, for tickets to “Chicago Teen Version” or the younger cast production of “The Little Mermaid,” running August 23 through August 26, click here, or visit https://qjtt.org

For more information, email boxoffice@qjttonline.org or call 631-996-9392.‬

Jailhouse scene from “Chicago Teen Version.” —Sue Prior Photo

Reception August 6 for “Art Gene” at Library Art Gallery
A Quogue Library Art Gallery reception is scheduled on Saturday, August 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for “Art Gene: Five Generations of Quogue Artists.” 

On view through September 7, the exhibition features works by artists from five generations of one family: Disston, Jones, Larson, Lyman, Peters, and Stabler

According to the library’s Art Gallery Committee, “this exhibition is about the inspiration, teaching, and passion for art from one generation to another. It is also about the inspiration from, and connection to, a place that is held dear and stores generations of memories.” 

At top, Quogue Association Duck Dumping Deputies poised to pour. Second photo, pouring the payload. Above, it’s raining ducks to start the annual Duck Race on Saturday. —A. Botsford Photos
Breaking for daylight. —A. Botsford Photo
Quogue Association President Lynn Lomas, left, and QA Duck Race Chair Stefanie Beck, right, presented the second place prize to John Rasulo and Karen Griffin. —Kathy Lomas Photo

At left, first place winner Lucie Benedetti with the winning duck and her prize money. —Stefanie Beck Photo. Right, third place winner Dean Aaron, age 3.

A few of the also-rans that were collected after the race. The Quogue Association sold 2,500 ducks for the big race. —A. Botsford Photo

And They’re Off!

Or they will be, anyway, on Saturday, July 23, when all the hundreds upon hundreds of entrants in the Quogue Association’s annual Duck Race extravaganza are dumped from the Post Lane bridge into the Quogue Canal and start bobbing along with the tide toward the finish line adjacent to the Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck Lane.

The Quogue Village dock, site of Saturday’s Quogue Association Duck Race reception. —A. Botsford Photo

If you haven’t already obtained a selection of thoroughbred ducks to enter into the big race, which benefits the Association’s community projects, first of all: shame on you! And, second, you still have a chance to get into the swim of things. Ducks—the majority of which have been cleaned and recycled—can be purchased all this week at the Quogue Library and the Quogue Shop on Jessup Avenue. 

QA flag. —Stefanie Beck Photo

And QA representatives will be making final duck sales from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 23, just in time for buyers to get them marked up with name and telephone number and returned to organizers for the 4 p.m. duck drop. 

Prices are in line with past years: one duck for $5; five for $20; 13 for $50; 30 for $100; and 100 (which might require a team to mark in time) for $300. The purse is also the same: $500 to the owner of the first place duck; $250 for second place; and $150 for third. 

The Quogue Association flag is already flying down at the Village Dock in anticipation of the festive reception at the finish line, running from 4 to 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by the band Soul’d Out as a lively soundtrack for the free beer and wine party, with lemonade for the kids, a popcorn machine, and other snacks. 

Quogue Association flags will be available for purchase.  

Next up on the Quogue Association’s summer calendar will be the big blowout beach party on August 20 at the Quogue Village Beach. Details to follow in the August 11 At Quaquanantuck. 

White Shark Washes Up on Quogue Beach
On Wednesday morning, June 20, Quogue Police responded to a report of a dead white shark on the beach in Quogue, between numbers 80 and 90 Dune Road. 

Originally reported by a Dune Road resident, the shark was apparently washed back out to sea before police could secure it for a necropsy by the South Fork Natural History Museum Shark Research and Education Program, who are working with the police to monitor the situation, or personnel from the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science field station. 

Swimmers and boaters in the area are cautioned to be aware of the situation and to report any sightings to the Quogue Village Police at 631-653-4791. 

Many mysteries connected to the sighting, including probable cause of death, and how a fish of that size (7 to 8 feet long) and weight, once washed up on the shore, could so easily be washed back out to sea. Stay tuned. And watchful. 

Strong Lineup for Library’s Author Series
This summer’s Author Series at the Quogue Library got off to a great start last weekend with “Who Is Maud Dixon?” author Alexandra Andrews. 

Amanda Fairbanks

Coming up next in the series will be: Amanda Fairbanks, author of “The Lost Boys of Montauk” on July 24; and Anna Pitoniak, author of “Our American Friend” on July 31. The series skips a week on August 7 before Quogue’s own Vikram Malhotra, author of “CEO Excellence” comes to the library for the August 14 program.   

Offered on Sundays at 5 p.m., this summer’s in-person series under the tent features a reading by a guest author followed by a conversation with writer and editor Andrew Botsford before the author fields questions from the audience. Tickets are $25 and registration is online at quoguelibrary.org, by calling 631-653-4224, or in-person at the library at 90 Quogue Street. 

In the nonfiction “The Lost Boys of Montauk” author Amanda Fairbanks tells “the True Story of the Wind Blown, Four Men Who Vanished at Sea, and the Survivors They Left Behind.” 

In March of 1984, the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown left Montauk Harbor on what should have been a routine offshore voyage. Its captain, a married father of three young boys, was the boat’s owner and leader of the four-man crew, which included two locals and the blue-blooded son of a well-to-do summer family. After a week at sea, the weather suddenly turned, and the foursome were caught offshore in a vicious, hurricane force nor’easter. Neither the boat nor the bodies of the men were ever recovered.

The fate of the Wind Blown—the second-worst nautical disaster suffered by a Montauk-based fishing vessel in over a hundred years—has become interwoven with the local folklore of the East End’s year-round population.

Ms. Fairbanks examines the profound shift of Montauk from a working-class village to a playground for the ultra-wealthy, seeking out the reasons that an event more than three decades old remains so startlingly vivid in people’s minds. And she shines a light on the powerful and sometimes painful dynamics between fathers and sons, as well as the secrets that can haunt families from beyond the grave.

An article in Vanity Fair when the book came out noted that Ms. Fairbanks “traces a wide range of stories that connect back to the men, from the history of Montauk to the men’s relationships with their fathers to how tilefish became such a prized catch for fishermen in the ’80s. The result is a sweeping, and often devastating, portrait of a community on the brink of transformation, and of how grief can ricochet across generations.” 

To register for the Amanda Fairbanks reading and conversation, click here

Author Anna Pitoniak spins a yarn described as “a Cold War-era political thriller” in her novel “Our American Friend,” which follows one intrepid journalist working on the official biography of a mysterious First Lady and “uncovering secrets that could destroy them both.” 

Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of “The Alice Network,” calls the book “an intriguing Russian nesting doll of modern Washington politics, Cold War spy games, and above all women with secrets. … Just what is the President’s wife hiding? Anna Pitoniak’s masterful puzzle of espionage, love, and betrayal keeps us flipping the pages to find out!”

Anna Pitoniak

A review in The New York Times described “Our American Friend” as “Elegant and well-paced … like ‘Emily in Paris’ meets ‘Scandal’—fantastic fun.”

And #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child wrote: “Spectacular—a global thriller with pace, tension and ever-higher stakes, born of an intimate and unlikely friendship between two very different women … The story succeeds on every level.”  

To register for the Anna Pitoniak program, click here

All books are available for purchase at the library or from www.bookhampton.com. More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org

More details on Vikram Malhotra in the August 11 At Quaquanantuck. Other authors in this summer’s lineup are: Elena Gorokhova, author of “A Train to Moscow” on August 21; and Adele Myers, author of “The Tobacco Wives” on August 28.     

More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org


Anne and Charles Mott were honored at the Wild Night for Wildlife for their many years of support for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission. —Amanda Bellenir Photo

Wildly Successful Wild Night; Calling All Teen Explorers
Always (when it’s held) the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, this year’s Wild Night for Wildlife was a resounding (and well deserved) success.

QWR Director Michael Nelson, left, and Associate Director Marisa Nelson, right, with Conservator Award honoree Ine Wijtvliet. —John Neely Photo

According to Associate Director Marisa Nelson, there were some 405 revelers in attendance and fundraising happily exceeded expectations.  

Animated auctioneers Bill Ritter and Jim Cramer coaxing higher bids, left; and Joe and Yoly Light stepping out on the dance floor at the Wild Night for Wildlife. —John Neely Photos

Meanwhile, registration is still open for teens entering grades 10, 11 and 12 in the QWR Explorers program running from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. Participants will visit favorite places at the Refuge, explore by kayak, and enjoy off-site field trips. 

Program hours are: Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. to noon at the Refuge; Tuesday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sunken Forest on Fire Island; Wednesday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 2:30 for kayaking on the Peconic River; Thursday, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the Refuge and returning to QWR for a 7 p.m. hike followed by a campout at the Refuge; Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. pickup at the Refuge. 

Parents are responsible for transportation on Tuesday and Wednesday; additional information about off-site trips will be emailed upon registration. For more information and to register, click  here, or visit the QWR website at quoguewildliferefuge.org and click on Education and then Summer Camps. 

For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org

Be sure to mark the calendar for Earth Yoga Outside with Amy Hess on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Kids Painting for Pollinators on Monday, August 1, at 2 p.m.; Whales, Dolphins & Seals of Long Island with Dr. Artie Kopelman on Tuesday, August 2, at 7 p.m.; and a Full Moon Night Hike on Tuesday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about these and other programs and activities at the Refuge, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

One of the nesting pair known as Mary and Ralph, photographed on July 4. See if you can make out the eye of a chick between the twigs at the top of the right side of the nest.—Florrie Morrisey Photo

More Great Movies in PAC Summer Film Series
Courtesy of gifted curator Allison Frost, the parade of top notch films continues in the “Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew” summer film series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. . 

Antonio Banderas and Penelope Crus in “Official Competition.”

Coming up on Tuesday, July 26, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas share the screen to hilarious effect in “Official Competition,” playing two of three egomaniacs (Oscar Martinez is the third) commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this sharp comedy skewering wealth, art, and pride.

The following week, Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins star in “The Phantom of the Open,” coming to the PAC August 2 and 3. Rylance plays amateur golfer Maurice Flitcroft, who achieves his late-in-life goal of participating in the British Open Golf Championship, causing an uproar in the staid golfing community. 

Mark Rylance in “Phantom of the Open.”

On August 9 and 10, the PAC will screen “Butterfly in the Sky,” a new feature-length documentary chronicling the legacy of one of the most important and influential children’s television shows of all time, “Reading Rainbow.” Spanning nearly 40 years from 1981 to the present, the film tells the story of a handful of broadcasters, educators, filmmakers, and one incredible host, LeVar Burton, who believed television could inspire a lifelong love of reading.

To find out more and buy tickets online, visit www.whbpac.org and click on Films. More on the rest of the summer 2022 schedule in the next At Quaquanantuck. 

“Art Gene” Exhibition at Library Art Gallery
Opening next week and running through September 7, the Quogue Library Art Gallery will present “Art Gene: Five Generations of Quogue Artists,” an exhibition of works by artists from five generations of one family: Disston, Jones, Larson, Lyman, Peters, and Stabler

According to the library’s Art Gallery Committee, “this exhibition is about the inspiration, teaching, and passion for art from one generation to another. It is also about the inspiration from and connection to a place that is held dear and stores generations of memories.” 

An art gallery reception is scheduled on Saturday, August 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. At Quaquanantuck hopes to have more details and representative artworks from this show in the next column, posting on August 11. 


At top, Quogue Library Trustees Kathy Lomas, Meredith Imber, Sarah Adams and Barbara Sartorius kick up their old school heels at the library’s 125th Anniversary party on July 3. Above, library patron Jim Conlin, left, entertained the crowd; visitors tried their hand at weaving and yarn spinning. —Arie Weber and Kristy Verity Photos

Miss Lizabeth, left, takes students of all ages through a typical school day in the 19th century during the celebration of the 1822 Schoolhouse’s 200th anniversary on July 3. All are encouraged to check out the summer-long exhibition organized by the Quogue Historical Society, “An 1868 School Day with Schoolmistress Miss Lizabeth Griffing,” open during library hours through Labor Day. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Historical Society

“Harry Bertschmann: Retrospective” Opens July 28 at Quogue Gallery
Opening July 28 and running through August 16, the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Harry Bertschmann, featuring more than 25 paintings by the artist from the 1960s up to the 1990s. 

An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, July 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Harry Bertschmann, “Figurative Series, No. 37,” acrylic on canvas, 48″ by 58″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Paintings from the 91-year-old artist’s many different series will be on display, including work from the Grid Series, the Bank Street Series, the Iconic Man Series, the Form Composite Series, and the Subway Series

According to a press release from the gallery, early success at museums and galleries during the 1950s portended Bertschmann joining the ranks of the masters of abstract expressionism with whom he exhibited. In 1958, the jury of the prestigious Carnegie International selected him as its youngest exhibitor, showing his work alongside Rothko, Kline, Newman, Guston, and Motherwell. Shortly afterwards, he was represented by the avant-garde Howard Wise Gallery, and in 1961 his solo exhibition followed one for Elaine de Kooning. 

After settling in Greenwich Village in 1962, Bertschmann purposely drifted from the gallery scene because he was leading a double life. His training at the famous Basel School of Design led him to become an innovator in graphic design, and many of his commercial logos and packaging designs have become pervasive in American culture. 

The logos and packaging for Kent and Newport cigarettes, Nestlé’s, and Bufferin are but a few of his creations. In 1997, his home city of Basel honored him with a retrospective. In 2018, the Fashion Institute of Technology honored him with the school’s rarely-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In parallel with earning a living from his commercial projects, the artist was resolute in painting every day. Art critic and historian Prof. Robert C. Morgan described his vision as “abstract gestural signs that suggest a language.” He added, “Bertschmann is essentially an art world outsider looking inward. He is a seasoned artist, a highly creative artist, an articulate individual, and a nearly obsessive worker, always willing to stand back and examine what he does before moving ahead. He is also an exemplary draughtsman … His atelier is a phenomenon to behold.”

Harry Bertschmann, “Subway Series, No. 36,” acrylic on canvas, 57.5″ by 49″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The “David Michael Slonim: Color Song” exhibition featuring 11 recent works on canvas will continue at the Quogue Gallery through July 25.  

Art historian John Seed describes the exhibition as “a suite of works that create emotional spaces for calm contemplation.” Mr. Seed goes on to note that “Slonim is a formalist who distills as much beauty as he can out of each composition and thinks of each work as ‘an attempt to love a tiny corner of the universe into existence.’” 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com

Sunday Services Schedule for Church of the Atonement
The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger will officiate at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street on Sunday, July 24. 

Rev. Witchger is Associate Rector and Chief of Staff at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. She and her husband, Joshua, have two daughters, Magdalena and Simeon, who love to sing, draw, help in the kitchen, and ride through Central Park on their matching orange scooters. 

Rev. Stephen Setzer

The Reverend Stephen Setzer will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at the church on Sunday, July 31. 

Rev. Setzer has served in parishes from Dallas to Delaware. Most recently he was the priest in charge at St. John’s Park Slope. His wife, Yoana, is an attorney at Cooley LLP, and the couple lives in Park Slope. 

Rev. Zachary Thompson

The Reverend Zachary Thompson will officiate at the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, August 7 and 14. 

Rev. Thompson is the Vicar at St. James’ Church in Manhattan. Prior to joining the staff at St. James’, he served as Rector and Associate Priest at the Church of Our Savior in Atlanta, GA, as well as Chaplain to Emory University. Originally from Princeton, NJ, he earned his Master of Divinity at Emory University and a Master of Sacred Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. 

His wife, Amy, is the Assistant Head of School at the Church of the Epiphany Day School. They have two sons, Rowan, 10, and Ezra, 8. 

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. As per diocesan guidelines, masks are optional at church services. For details and a full schedule, go to quoguechurch.org.

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com.

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Independence

Here’s an idea: Instead of celebrating Independence Day with parades and fireworks and parties laid on merely for the sake of celebration, why not take a moment to consider where we are as a nation some 250 years after the original idea to form a new republic took shape in the text of the Declaration of Independence?

For anyone who has been paying attention—generally for the past decade and specifically during the time from Election Day in 2020 up to this week’s hearings in Washington, D.C.—it’s not looking good. 

Big driftwood. —A. Botsford Photo

What happened to the idea that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”? Politicians on both sides of our sadly and severely riven democracy are seemingly deriving their questionable powers only from themselves, and basing their decision making solely on self preservation and ensuring their reelection. Incited and misinformed by algorithm-driven media, both social and mainstream, the equally divided electorate rallies behind slogans and ideas that are divorced from facts and a basic understanding of how our government is supposed to work, was designed to work by the founding fathers.

Isn’t it time to declare our independence from the kind of lockstep party politics that has veered so far from our republic’s foundational principles as to almost guarantee that government cannot possibly be by, for and of the people? Can we possibly go back to a dependence on the moral, ethical and humanitarian imperatives that the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution believed should guide all the branches of our government and all our representatives holding office in those branches? That would be a happy Independence Day.

A sizeable crowd gathered on the Village Green last Friday to honor and give thanks to Mayor Peter Sartorius for his 13 years of service. —A. Botsford Photo

Transfer of Power, Quogue Style
There has been a lot of focus lately at the national level on the peaceful transfer of power. In our village though, the recent passing of the mayoral baton from Peter Sartorius to Robert Treuhold seems more like a love fest in the passing along of civic responsibility. 

Outgoing Mayor Peter Sartorius.

Witness the Quogue Association celebration honoring Mayor Sartorius on the Village Green last Friday, prior to the Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks concert. All the speakers thanked Hizzoner for his 13 years of diligent service and the Village Trustees served up a proclamation lauding his accomplishments and naming him the Person of the Year for 2022, even though it’s only the end of June. 

Then Mayor Sartorius thanked everyone for thanking him, thanked everyone in village government and all the village workers and the Quogue Village Police and Quogue Volunteer Fire Department ro making his job so much easier, and offered special thanks to newly elected Mayor Treuhold and Village Trustee Sally Beatty for stepping up: he from Trustee to Mayor; she to fill his space on the Village Board.

In his final missive to village residents this week, Mayor Sartorius repeated his thanks to all, happily turning his job over to his successor. How refreshing. 

No, that’s not now former Mayor Peter Sartorius; it’s newly elected Mayor Robert Treuhold.—A. Botsford Photos


Members of the Quogue Field Club went all in back in the day on special decorations for this automobile for a July 4th celebration. —Image courtesy of Quogue Historical Society

Historical Society and Library Join Forces for Big Celebration
This Sunday, July 3, the Quogue Historical Society and the Quogue Library will co-host a bigtime celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the 1822 One-Room Schoolhouse and the 125th anniversary of the Quogue Library

At 2:30 p.m. Quogue Historical Society Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie Greene will offer a talk on “Quogue’s One-Room Schoolhouse: History.” 

Then, at 3:30 p.m., visitors will have a chance to “step back in time to 1868 with Schoolmistress Lizbeth Griffing.” 

Also on offer as part of the celebration will be games, ice cream, face painting, live music and more, all on the grounds of the Quogue Library. The one-room schoolhouse and 1868 School Day exhibition will be open all summer during library hours. The QHS Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, through September 3, and by appointment. www.quoguehistory.org

Bob Murray, center, served as conductor and tour guide for the Quogue Historical Society trolley tours of the Village Historic District on June 24. —Scott Moger Photo

Summer Film Series Resumes at Performing Arts Center
Formerly only screening foreign films, independent cinema, and documentaries from July 4th through Labor Day, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center got an early jump on its “Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew” summer film series this year. 

Starting with the riveting, if brutally disheartening, “Donbass” on June 7 and 8, series curator Allison Frost has lined up exceptional films for this summer, including “Benediction” on June 14 and 15; “Lost Illusions” on June 21 and 22; and, this week, the Greek Weird Wave film “Apples.” To see the complete schedule of what’s coming up and to buy tickets, go to www.whbpac.org and click on Films

The movies screen on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. each week, with commentary by Andrew Botsford and occasional guests following the Tuesday evening screenings. Next week, Andrew and moviegoers will have a rare treat when the director of next week’s film, “The Art of Making It,” Quogue’s own Kelcey Edwards, will be on hand to discuss the documentary after the screening on Tuesday, July 5. 

Artist Gisela McDaniel in “The Art of Making It.”—Image courtesy of Wischful Thinking Productions

Focusing on a diverse group of compelling young artists at pivotal moments in their careers, “The Art of Making It”—which is having its theatrical premiere screenings at IFC in New York City this week—explores the forces that thrust some into the stratosphere while leaving others struggling to survive. Who gets seen, who gets left behind, and why does it matter who is anointed to tell the stories of our time? 

Interweaving the voices of creative luminaries and disruptors, the film is both a cautionary tale about what America stands to lose if we don’t rethink what we value and why, and a love letter to those who persevere in their artistic practice in spite of the extraordinary odds of ever achieving commercial success. 

In a director’s statement included in press materials about the film, Ms. Edwards wrote that “Upon meeting producer Debi Wisch, I realized we shared a vision of a documentary that explored the cultural value of art through the world of today’s emerging artists and what their challenges could reveal about our society at large. 

“The Art of Making It” director Kelcey Edwards.—Kelli Hull Photo

“Working across a variety of media, the talented young artists in our film struggle to balance making art with making ends meet. They reflect on the challenges of navigating an art world ecosystem in which they are almost entirely dependent on a combination of their own fortitude, the whims of an unregulated market, and support from institutions with a history of barriers to entry based on race, gender and socio-economic class.” 

“When we began filming in 2019,” Ms. Edwards continues, “little did we know our film would literally capture the final months of the art world as we knew it. Now seen as an accelerant, COVID-19 brought the inequities of the status quo into even sharper focus. Facing mounting debt, and with little infrastructure in place to support the arts other than private philanthropy, galleries, artfairs, art schools, and even museums around the country, were forced to shut their doors. Yet amidst the fallout, our artists continue to make work, reminding us that every act of creation is an act of hope.Completing our final interview in early 2021, our film captures the rethinking of many of the art world’s most entrenched systems in real time.” 

On July 12 and 13, the PAC film series will offer another—decidedly more quirky—documentary, “The Pez Outlaw.” The film flips the lid on the story of Steve Glew, a Midwestern machinist who smuggles rare Pez dispensers from Europe and sells them for thousands, drawing the ire of both the  U.S. Pez corporation and rival collectors.

Up from Florida for the Southampton Writers Conference, former U.S. Poet Laureate and authority on quirk Billy Collins will be Andrew’s guest to talk about the film following the July 12 screening. 

“Queen of Glory” comes to the PAC July 19 and 20.

The following week brings the feature film “Queen of Glory” to the PAC on July 19 and 20. Ghanaian-American Sarah is all set to abandon her Ivy League doctoral program to follow her married lover across the country. But her plans are derailed when her mother’s sudden death leaves her the owner of a neighborhood bookshop in the Bronx.

While Andrew does not as yet have a guest for this film, he is hoping that enough readers will plead with screenwriter, script doctor, screenwriting textbook author, and strikingly handsome Dan Gurskis to step up so that he has no choice but to accede to their wishes.

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas share the screen to hilarious effect in “Official Competition” on July 26 and 27; and Mark Rylance stars in “The Phantom of the Open,” coming to the PAC August 2 and 3. More on these films and the rest of the schedule in the next At Quaquanantuck.  

House and Garden Tour July 8
The Westhampton Garden Club Biennial House and Garden Tour will be held on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour will feature premier homes and gardens in the Westhampton, Quogue and Remsenburg areas. 

The 2022 tour will showcase seven outstanding homes and gardens, each with its own unique style. One is a beautiful waterfront property recently featured in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens. Another is a historic home flawlessly renovated for modern times. All the homes feature award-winning gardens by prestigious landscape architects. The tour includes entry into a private garden open only for participants of the WGC tour. Complimentary refreshments will be offered poolside in one of the gardens.

There will also be a luncheon held at the Westhampton Country Club, offered at an additional price. Guests at the luncheon will be able to shop at pop-up boutiques featuring gifts, clothing and jewelry.  For more information and to purchase tickets for both the house and garden tour and the luncheon, visit:  www.westhamptongardenclub.org.

David Michael Slonim, “Chicken on the Run,” 2021, oil on canvas, 36″ by 36″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

David Michael Slonim Up Next at Quogue Gallery
Speaking of making art, and the role of galleries in the art of making it, from July 7 to July 25 the Quogue Gallery will present “David Michael Slonim: Color Song,” an exhibition featuring 11 recent works on canvas by the artist. An opening artist reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

A press release from the gallery offers this quote from art historian John Seed: “Painter David Michael Slonim, who considers art-making a journey of discovery, hopes that visitors to his exhibition, ‘Color Song,’ will make discoveries of their own. By offering a suite of works that create emotional spaces for calm contemplation, he offers the opportunity to connect with the varied moods of his abstractions. Slonim is a formalist who distills as much beauty as he can out of each composition and thinks of each work as ‘an attempt to love a tiny corner of the universe into existence.’ 

“His art is intended as a way of showing love for others and the world that they share: each work carries the potential to serve as a unifying force. At this point in his life, Slonim has given intuition free rein. Although he is aware that the occasional viewer may wonder why his work is so spare or so abstract, Slonim is not interested in changing course. What motivates him is discovery, which he wills himself to each time he enters the studio. His commitment to discovery—which takes courage—is one of the pillars of Slonim’s artistic practice. This commitment itself is a kind of structure, endowing each of his paintings with a precious and highly personal from of artistic integrity.”

David Michael Slonim, “Blue Bang,” 2022, oil on canvas, 72″ by 60″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Remaining on view at the gallery through the holiday weekend will be “Eugene Healy: Ultramarine,” the second solo exhibition of the summer season. The exhibition features 12 recent works on canvas by the artist. 

The title of the exhibition refers to the deepest and richest of blue pigments, which is frequently used by the artist as part of his examination of “the often dramatic and beautiful interplay between shore, ocean, and sky,” according to a release from the gallery. 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com.

Quogue Library Author Series Starts July 17
Beyond this Sunday’s big double anniversary celebration co-hosted by the Quogue Historical Society (see above), as always, the Quogue Library has an array of programs and activities to choose from in the month ahead. 

One of the most helpful of these might be two in-person sessions of “How to Use the New Quogue Library Website,” led by Tech Assistant Amber on Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m.. Familiarity with all the features of the new website will make it easier than ever to check out all the virtual and in-person programs being offered at and through the Quogue Library. To find out more and try out your existing skills, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the Calendar. 

Alexandra Andrews

While you are on the site, be sure to look into this summer’s Author Series at the library, which kicks off on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. with the long-awaited reading by—and conversation with—Alexandra Andrews, author of the highly praised debut novel “Who Is Maud Dixon?” 

Offered on Sundays at 5 p.m., this summer’s in-person series under the tent will feature a reading by the guest author followed by a conversation with writer and editor Andrew Botsford before the author fields questions from the audience. Tickets are $25 and registration is online at quoguelibrary.org, by calling 631-653-4224, or in-person at the library at 90 Quogue Street. 

All books are available for purchase at the library or from www.bookhampton.com

Other authors in this summer’s lineup are: Amanda Fairbanks, author of “The Lost Boys of Montauk” on July 24; Anna Pitoniak, author of “Our American Friend” on July 31; Vikram Malhotra, author of “CEO Excellence” on August 14; Elena Gorokhova, author of “A Train to Moscow” on August 21; and Adele Myers, author of “The Tobacco Wives” on August 28.     More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org.

Green heron on the hunt at Sebonac Creek. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Wild Night On the Horizon
One question for any readers who have not yet purchased tickets for the QWR Wild Night for Wildlife on July 16: Why not? 

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Refuge, the Wild Night is an event not to be missed. Tate’s Bake Shop and North Fork Chocolate Company are the dessert sponsors, and Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka will be the official liquor sponsor, complementing the substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, copious cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, and beer from Long Island Farm Brewery

The band Noiz will provide lively live music; auctioneers Bill Ritter of ABC “Eyewitness News” and Jim Cramer of CNBC “Mad Money” are returning to ramp up the bidding in the live auction; the silent auction will be brimming with treasures and experiences of a lifetime to bid on; and guests will have a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. The party starts at 7 p.m.; a private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. 

Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org. For more information about other programs and activities at the Refuge, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Haywire Returns to Hamptons Home Base
Raenell Murray, owner of the heavenly fashion haven known as Haywire, is inviting her extended family of established customers as well as new friends to come to her house in Quogue to see all of the clothing items and jewelry she has collected and curated for their perusal and perhaps purchase. 

For the last two years, in the summer and early fall, Raenell has opened her house, by appointment, for prospective customers to see her items. As before, she tells At Quaquanantuck, there will be her “regular, fun items” in the house and a barnful of sale items at 50 to 75 percent off.

All are invited to come see fabulous French capris and trousers, cashmere sweaters, shawls, colorful tops, tailored shirts, jewelry and much more. To set up an appointment, call Raenell at 631-283-2809. 

A sample of some of the wares available this summer at Raenell Murray’s Haywire.

July Lineup at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will officiate at the Church of the Atonement on July 3, 10 and 17. He and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, IN, and have three children: a daughter Anne and her husband Myles in New Orleans, a son Ross and his wife Liz in Atlanta, and a daughter Emily and her husband Trent in Bloomington with their two boys, Parker and Charlie.

Rev. Anne Marie Witchger

The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger will officiate at the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, July 24. 

Rev. Witchger is Associate Rector and Chief of Staff at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City, where she directs programs and outreach ministries and supports the rector with strategic and long-term planning. She and her husband, Joshua, have two daughters, Magdalena and Simeon, who love to sing, draw, help in the kitchen, and ride through Central Park on their matching orange scooters.

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. As per diocesan guidelines, masks are optional at church services. 

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com.

Write America Readings Schedule
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, the “Write America” program originally conceived by Roger Rosenblatt continues to offer readings and discussions aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Coming up in two weeks, on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., will be Vanessa Cuti, Elizabeth Nunez and Imani Perry. Check the schedule for future readings;  register for the Monday evening programs; and check out past episodes on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to AtQuaq@gmail.com

News Items and Photos
At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country—or the world. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Time of Transition

It is a time of transition in Quogue. Just a few days before the solstice on June 21 makes the arrival of summer official, voters in Quogue will, presumably, give their stamp of approval on June 17 to Robert Treuhold as successor to Mayor Peter Sartorius, who is stepping down after 13 years in office. 

Slate tide. —A. Botsford Photo

So steady has been Hizzoner’s hand on the tiller, so surely has he navigated a fair course through competing interests that it has sometimes seemed in the Covid induced elasticity of time that he has been serving as mayor for 30 years, and not 13, and tempting to reassure ourselves, if only in our imagination, that he might go on serving as mayor forever. 

But that would not be fair to a man who, without fanfare, has worked as hard as, or harder than, any other public official on the East End at any level of government. And while it is not possible to govern or lead effectively without occasionally disappointing this or that constituency, there is no question that Mayor Sartorius did his best to put the best interests of the village as a whole above all other considerations.  

Whether dealing with mandates from New York State, Suffolk County, or the Town of Southampton or the concerns of village residents and local businesses, he showed patience and respect as he worked with the other members of the Village Board of Trustees to find a through line that was as fair as possible for all sides. 

And so At Quaquanantuck salutes the decision of the Quogue Association to present the Quogue Bowl to Mayor Sartorius just prior to his final State of the Village address on the Village Green on Saturday, May 28. The Quogue Bowl “honors those who have contributed extraordinarily to the civic life of the Village through their volunteerism.” And while the mayor’s job is an elected post, Hizzoner’s commitment to the position was so far above and beyond that it represents the best spirit of volunteerism. 

Left to right, Quogue Association Vice President Mac Highet, QA Secretary Paul Mejean, Mayor Peter Sartorius, QA board member Stefanie Beck, and QA President Lynn Lomas at a photo op after the presentation of the Quogue Bowl. —Aimee Buhl Photo

At Quaquanantuck joins many other civic minded residents in thanking Mayor Sartorius for his service and wishing him godspeed as he moves on to the next chapter.  

THIS JUST IN FROM THE QUOGUE ASSOCIATION:
“Our community is gathering to toast Mayor Peter Sartorius on Friday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. on the Village Green as he winds down after more than 12 years in office. Join Us!”

Scheduled to immediately precede the Concert on the Green set for the same evening, in case of rain the gathering will be under the tent at the Quogue Library.

Village Elections June 17 at Firehouse
As noted on the village website and above, the General Village Election of the Village of Quogue will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022, with the polling place at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.  The polls will open at noon and close at 9 p.m. 

Voting will be on three candidates for village office, all of whom are running unopposed. Running for a two-year term as mayor will be Robert Treuhold; running for two-year terms as village trustees will be one incumbent, Kimberley Payne, and Sally Beatty. 

Even though the candidates are running unopposed, At Quaquanantuck urges all registered voters in the district to get over to the firehouse and vote on June 17. It’s important to let all those in public service know that we appreciate their commitment and their willingness, and to show that we take an interest in our elected representatives and the issues they will be dealing with. 

Our democracy is at its best when it is participatory; please get out and vote. 

Tight curl. —A. Botsford Photo

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Wraps Up This Weekend
The Hampton Theatre Company will present the final five performances this week—starting tonight, Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m.—of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath at the Quogue Community Hall. 

The rest of the schedule for this weekend will be Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and the final performance on Sunday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. Ticket information and reservations at www.hamptontheatre.org

Molly Brennan and Rosemary Cline in “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at the Quogue Community Hall. —Tom Kochie Photo

Called “smart, funny, and utterly engrossing” by Ben Brantley in the New York Times, this play revisits and reimagines the central characters of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking drama, speculating in contemporary language on what might have happened if Nora, who walked out the door at the end of the Ibsen original, returned after 15 years to ask her husband a favor. 

No knowledge of the first “A Doll’s House” is required to enjoy the Hampton Theatre Company production of the sequel’s roller coaster ride through the consequences of one woman’s quest for independence. 

Featured in the cast are Hampton Theatre Company regulars Rosemary Cline as Nora and Andrew Botsford as her husband, Torvald. Peter Marbury scholarship winner Molly Brennan plays Nora’s daughter Emmy and newcomer Marianne Schmidt plays the family’s housekeeper and nanny Anne Marie. George Loizides directs. 

PLEASE NOTE: Although many theaters have dropped proof of vaccination requirements and have made masks optional, for the safety of audiences, cast, crew and volunteers, the HTC is requesting that patrons please show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance when entering the theater. Also, because of the recent surge and to ensure the highest degree of safety for the audience, masks are still required inside the theater. These protocols are subject to change. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit hampton theatre.org

Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, call 631-653-8955. 

Andrew Botsford and Rosemary Cline. —Tom Kochie Photo

Great Decisions Looks at Changing World Demographics
The next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program on Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m. will focus on the topic of “Changing World Demographics.” In an effort to provide the broadest possible access, Saturday’s program will be hybrid and can be joined virtually by Zoom or attended in person at the Quogue Library. 

Refreshments will be served. Participants will view a video presentation on the topic before joining or listening to a live, 40-minute participant discussion moderated by David Rowe and facilitated by Susan Perkins. 

Changing world demographics are already having a major impact and causing disruptions in different areas, ranging from development to sustainability. Demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today have resulted in far-reaching restructuring of the social, economic, and political order around the globe, yielding daunting challenges to development efforts, international and domestic security, the environment, and, in the end, the sustainability of human populations. 

To register for Saturday’s program, in-person or Zoom, click here

The 2022 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) at the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org. Visit the FPA website here to join and receive notices of events and information about Great Decisions and other programs.

Twins. —Justin Shui Photo

Quogue Library Filling Summer Calendar
As always, the Quogue Library has an array of programs and activities to choose from, starting tonight, Thursday, June 9, when the library will present the American BBQ Presentation and Dinner under the outdoor tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to see if there’s still space. 

To check out all the virtual and in-person programs being offered at and through the Quogue Library, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the Calendar. 

And be sure to save the date, Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. when the library will celebrate two anniversaries under the outdoor tent: the 125th anniversary of the Quogue Library, and the 200th anniversary of the 1822 Quogue Schoolhouse. More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org

Quogue Historical Society Opens Pond House
This Saturday, June 11, the Quogue Historical Society will open its Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue for the summer. www.quoguehistory.org 

Be sure to save the afternoon of Friday, June 24, when the Historical Society will offer Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes at noon and 2 p.m. with Bob Murray serving as conductor. 

The Merz Trio. —Dario Acosta Photo

Quogue Chamber Music Concert June 18
On Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio at the Quogue Community Hall in the first concert of the QCM 2022 season. 

The June 18 program, “New Paths”, will include music by Beethoven, Brahms, Alban Berg and Alma Mahler. This combination of 19th and 20th century masterworks is quintessentially Austro-German in style and teeming with boundary-breaking energy. Beethoven’s middle period masterwork, Op. 70, #2, is paired with four later Viennese songs that draw attention to its lyrical and virtuosic elements, while Brahms’s glorious B Major Trio, composed when he was only 21 but revised in later years, showcases him as both a pioneering romantic and as a consummate master at the height of his powers. 

Tickets are $50 for adults; $110 includes a post-concert celebration; and $5 for students (concert only). Make checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music and mail to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959, or purchase on the Quogue Chamber Music website (www.quoguechambermusic.org). 

Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert. Due to Covid restrictions, all ticket holders must show proof of vaccination at the entrance and will be required to wear a mask throughout the concert.

The musicians of the Merz Trio—Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano; and Brigid Coleridge, violin—recently swept a number of U.S. chamber music awards, taking top prizes at the 2021 Naumburg, the 2019 Concert Artists Guild, the 2019 Fischoff, and the 2018 Chesapeake competitions.

Praised for their “fresh and surprising interpretations,” the award-winning trio is known for passionate playing and uniquely artistic programming style, interspersing classic trio works with interdisciplinary elements and their own arrangements. Upcoming debut appearances include performances at NYC’s Merkin Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Gene Casey (center with guitar) and the Lone Sharks will play in a free concert presented by the Quogue Association on Friday, June 24, on the Quogue Village Green.

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks in Free Concert June 24
On Friday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m., the Quogue Association will present a free concert on the Village Green by one of the most popular bands on the East End, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets to spread out on, and to pack a picnic and beverages. Mr. Softee will be on hand for kids of all ages; the Quogue Country Market will be offering a special picnic meal; and Theresa at the Quogue Shop will be providing lemonade and water. 

As author Josh Alan Friedman wrote: “Let it be said at first, the man has a great voice. And the guy knows how to make a record … tracks have a dramatic Spector-like drama that cries out for inclusion in movie soundtracks. This may be esoteric praise, but to the masses, Casey is the premier barroom troubadour of eastern Long Island. That includes Montauk, the Hamptons, on up to Riverhead and any town with an Indian name. But there’s no doubt he would sweep the Sons of Herman Hall crowd in Dallas off their feet, not to mention the Broken Spoke in Austin.” 

“From a professional level, he and his band are just some of the best musicians around, not just the East End and all Long Island but beyond,” said Bonnie Grice, former WPPB broadcaster and host of “Bonnie in the Morning.” 

And Jim Faith, the producer of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival and co-founder of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame proclaimed that Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks are “definitely one of those bands that’s created the musical fabric of Long Island.” 

Eugene Healy Up Next at Quogue Gallery
An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, June 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Quogue Gallery for “Eugene Healy: Ultramarine,” the second solo exhibition of the summer season at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street. Opening on Thursday, June 16, and on view until July 5, the exhibition features 12 recent works on canvas by the artist. 

Eugene Healy, “Oak Bluffs” (2021), mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 30″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The title of the exhibition refers to the deepest and richest of blue pigments, which is frequently used by the artist as part of his examination of “the often dramatic and beautiful interplay between shore, ocean, and sky,” according to a release from the gallery. The word ultramarine is derived from the Latin for “beyond the sea,” as this pigment was originally ground from the lapis lazuli gemstone found in Asia and imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan. 

Buddhist and Hindu cultures assigned to it a heightened spiritual consciousness. During the Renaissance, ultramarine became more valuable than gold, so painters often reserved it for sacred subject matter. Healy uses ultramarine in many of his paintings to evoke the deep blue skies of twilight turning to nightfall, as seen in such works as “Shelter Island,” “Montauk Light,” and “Middle Beach Road.”

The artist also strives “to create drama,” according to the release, by carefully assigning the leading role in each painting to either shore, ocean, or sky. For example, soaring big skies may dominate in order to emphasize the atmosphere of warm summer weather—as in “Point Lookout,” “Mystic,” “Oak Bluffs,” and “Fenwick”—or even an approaching storm, as in “Summer Squall.” Beneath each of these big skies a strip of ocean merges with the beach, anchoring the composition. 

In other paintings, the shore may play the lead role, with the sky reduced to a strip of horizon capping the dominant shore, as in “Watch Hill” and “Newport.” The artist also occasionally “orchestrates a flipping of space, as found in ‘The Tide’ and ‘Bar Beach,’ with their dramatic wedge shapes. Even these fully non-objective abstractions retain the vocabulary of shore, ocean, and sky. 

Eugene Healy is “one of the few abstract painters today who have clearly grasped what the British art critic Clive Bell called ‘significant form’,” according to the release. Bell, an early defender of abstraction as a compelling new mode of visual expression at the beginning of the 20th century, suggested that this kind of formal understanding allows some abstract paintings to reveal such brilliant orchestration of lines, shapes, and colors that they can evoke what Bell called “aesthetic ecstasy.” 

Eugene Healy, “Middle Beach Road” (2022), mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 32″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Healy’s paintings are abstractions, but he considers them musical arrangements of shore scenes that have evoked in him particular moods and feelings.  The artist works to express those feelings in mediums ranging from oil, watercolor, encaustic, oil crayon, lacquers, and colored pencil applied to fragments of canvas, boards, and paper. He also incorporates beach sand, fragments of printed fabrics, and even pieces of window screens, returning to each work “over and over, almost obsessively making changes until he is certain his expressions sing,” according to the release.  

Melinda Zox: Color Walk” remains on view at the gallery through June 13. The exhibition features recent work including four large works on canvas and 13 works on paper. 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com

Flipped over by a wave while burying eggs, this horseshoe crab managed to right itself and get back out to sea. —Denise Michalowski Photo

Busy Calendar at Refuge; Wild Night Getting Wilder
Plenty going on over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. In addition to the weekly Earth Yoga sessions with Amy Hess on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. (space is limited), there will be a fascinating Botany Walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 (heavy rain cancels); and three 90-minute private Family Paddle on Ice Pond time slots available for booking, also on Saturday, June 11.

QWR staffers will be leading another Full Moon Night Hike on Tuesday, June 14, at 8 p.m.; a Summer Solstice Paint & Sip session is planned to celebrate National Pollinator Week at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21; and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge annual Family Barbecue for 2022 QWR members will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  

To find out more about these programs and to register, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. And the time is right for any readers who have not already renewed their QWR membership for 2022, or who would like to become a member, to visit quoguewildliferefuge.org and sign up.  

Goldfinch. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

With just over a month to go, more details are emerging about the 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit on Saturday, July 16, and all signs point to an evening that’s not to be missed.

As reported in the May 26 At Quaquanantuck, honorees Charles and Anne Mott are being recognized for their many years of dedicated support of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission, and this year’s Conservator Award will be presented to Ine Wijtvliet for her sponsorship of the beautification of the entrance to Refuge. 

What At Quaquanantuck didn’t know until this week is that Tate’s Bake Shop and North Fork Chocolate Company have signed on as dessert sponsors, and Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka will be the official liquor sponsor. These sponsors’ offerings will complement the substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, copious cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, and beer from Long Island Farm Brewery

The band Noiz will provide lively live music; Bill Ritter of ABC “Eyewitness News” and Jim Kramer of CNBC “Mad Money” are returning to handle the razzle dazzle auctioneer duties for the live auction; the silent auction will be brimming with treasures and experiences of a lifetime to bid on; and guests will have a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. The party starts at 7 p.m.; a private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. 

Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org

This box turtle found a hospitable lawn where, thankfully, no pesticides are used.Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Write America Readings and Discussions
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut (with registration also available on the Quogue Library website, quoguelibrary.org) the “Write America” program originally conceived by Roger Rosenblatt continues to offer readings and discussions aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Coming up in the next few weeks, all at 7 p.m., will be Major Jackson and Joyce Maynard on Monday, June 13;  Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz and Nicole Terez Dutton on Monday, June 20; and Rachel Pastan,Alison Fairbrother, and Tyehimba Jess on Monday, June 27. There will be no reading on Monday, July 4. 

Register for the Monday evening readings and check out past episodes on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Sunday Services Return to Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will return to Quogue for his 23rd season at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street, officiating at Sunday services on June 26, and July 3, 10 and 17. 

Rev. Dr. Richard McCall

Rev. McCall and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, IN. They have three children: a daughter Anne and her husband Myles live in New Orleans; a son Ross and his wife Liz are in Atlanta; and a daughter Emily and her husband Trent live in Bloomington with their two boys, Parker and Charlie.

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. As per diocesan guidelines, masks are optional at church services. 

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com.

At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to AtQuaq@gmail.com

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Here We Go

The long wait is over: Memorial Day is upon us. The calendar and the weather are finally in alignment (at least for the time being) and everywhere you look there are signs of people gearing up for the summer season. 

Beckoning swimmers. —A. Botsford Photo

And—as we stumble along trying to figure out where we stand in relation to Covid and how seriously we intend to take the recent surge on the East End and effective measures to deal with it—the season is so far shaping up to be just about as busy and studded with highlights as the summers of the Before Times. 

Memorial Day weekend is a great example, packed with more events, activities, and things to check out than a lot of two- or three-week stretches in the winter. Of all of these, At Quaquanantuck considers the Quogue Fire Department’s Memorial Day Service in front of the Quogue Fire House on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. to be the most important. 

These we honor. —A. Botsford Photo

Included in the program will be remarks by Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, program coordinator Steve Alpert, and special guest speaker Annette Fobbed, former United States Marine Corps sergeant. 

The annual commemoration of all the men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America ranks, along with Veterans Day in the fall, as one of the most important holidays on our calendar. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Quogue School students presented a spring concert on May 17, the same day voters approved the school budget for 2022-2023. Just after this photo was taken, a gust of wind blew over the two speaker stands, causing considerable alarm, but fortunately no injuries. —A. Botsford Photo

State of the Village
Mayor Sartorius will also be speaking at another event this weekend: the annual State of the Village address sponsored by the Quogue Association, scheduled this year on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in the relatively Covid-safe outdoors on the lawn in front of the Fire House. Rain date is Saturday, June 4, also at 10 a.m. Residents are advised to bring a lawn chair, as seating may be limited. 

For his talk on Saturday, Hizzoner has notified At Quaquanantuck that he will have a few questions for the audience to test their knowledge of Quogue.  He will also touch on road projects, budget and tax matters, Gabreski Airport,  Suffolk County Water Quality initiatives, the Fire Island to Montauk Point coastal storm risk management project, and other local matters before fielding questions from the audience.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Opens Tonight
Keeping the focus on Jessup Avenue for a bit, it should be noted that there will be four performances this week—starting tonight, Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m.—of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath at the Quogue Community Hall. 

Molly Brennan, left, and Rosemary Cline in a scene from “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” on stage at the Quogue Community Hall through June 12. —Tom Kochie Photo

Called “smart, funny, and utterly engrossing” by Ben Brantley in the New York Times, this play revisits and reimagines the central characters of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking drama, speculating in contemporary language on what might have happened if Nora, who walked out the door at the end of the Ibsen original, returned after 15 years to ask her husband a favor. 

No knowledge of the first “A Doll’s House” is required to enjoy the Hampton Theatre Company production of the sequel’s roller coaster ride through the consequences of one woman’s quest for independence. 

Featured in the cast are Hampton Theatre Company regulars Rosemary Cline as Nora and Andrew Botsford as her husband, Torvald. Peter Marbury scholarship winner Molly Brennan plays Nora’s daughter Emmy and newcomer Marianne Schmidt plays the family’s housekeeper and nanny Anne Marie. George Loizides directs. 

“A Doll’s House, Part 2″ will be performed from May 26 through June 12 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, June 11, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. Two bonus “talkbacks” with the cast will be offered, the first immediately following the June 3 Friday evening performance, and the second following the June 5 Sunday matinee. 

Andrew Botsford and Rosemary Cline in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” —Tom Kochie Photo

PLEASE NOTE: Although many theaters have dropped proof of vaccination requirements and have made masks optional, for the safety of audiences, cast, crew and volunteers, the HTC is requesting that patrons please show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance when entering the theater. Also, because of the recent surge and to ensure the highest degree of safety for the audience, masks are still required inside the theater. These protocols are subject to change. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit hampton theatre.org

Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, please call 631-653-8955. 

Reception for Melinda Zox at Quogue Gallery
Lots more happening on Jessup Avenue this weekend. Down at the southwest corner, the Quogue Gallery will be hosting an artist’s reception for Melinda Zox on Saturday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Melinda Zox: Color Walk” is the opening exhibition of the season at the gallery, on view through June 13, featuring recent work including four large works on canvas and 13 works on paper. 

Melinda Zox, “Color Walk II” (2022), mixed media on paper, 30″ x 40.”Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Ms. Zox studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under Frank Roth. The daughter of Larry Zox, who played an essential role in the Color Field movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and his artist wife Jean Glover Zox, Ms. Zox was raised in the heart of the downtown New York City art scene. 

Her childhood, she recalls, was “a continual lesson in the experience of art and creativity. Art, color and expression were part of our daily life and almost every conversation.” 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com

Quogue Shop Teaming Up with Quogue School PTA
Along with Double Rainbow, Homespun, Quogue Liquors, and the Quogue Country Market, Theresa Fontana’s Quogue Shop is one of the linchpins of our village’s lovely Jessup Avenue business district. All set for the busy summer season, the shop is now open seven days a week, right through Labor Day.

Hoping to sweeten the pot for ticket sales to the Quogue PTA’s annual Chicken Dinner on Friday, June 3—one of the great village get-togethers of the Before Times—Theresa donated one of the Quogue Shop’s beach cruiser bicycles (a $300 value) to the Chicken Dinner raffle. 

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the PTA will be set up outside the Quogue Shop selling dinner tickets and raffle tickets, so when you are perusing all the many fine offerings of our village shops this weekend, be sure to stop by and get set for next Friday’s PTA party at the Quogue School. 

QA Tumblers at Quogue Market
Speaking of the Quogue Country Market, At Quaquanantuck learned from Quogue Association President Lynn Lomas this week that the Market will once again have some handsome 16 oz. Quogue Association coffee (or other beverage) tumblers to give away to shoppers making purchases of $25 or more. 

One of the best parts of this collaboration is that all those who bring in their tumblers for refills at the Market will be entitled to a nice discount on the price of their beverage, while at the same time cutting down on waste. So be sure to stop in at the Market, pick up some delectable provisions, and get your QA tumbler while supplies last. 

And if you haven’t renewed your membership (or joined) the Quogue Association yet this year, be sure to go to the QA website and sign up. www.quogueassociation.org.

Early Bird Bonus for Garden Club Tour
Shoppers on Jessup Avenue can also take advantage of a special Early Bird ticket offer from the Westhampton Garden Club, which is holding its biennial House and Garden Tour on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the self-guided tour that will feature premier homes and gardens in the Westhampton, Quogue and Remsenburg areas.

There will also be a luncheon held at the Westhampton Country Club, offered at an additional price. Guests at the luncheon will be able to shop at pop-up boutiques featuring gifts, clothing and jewelry.

In conjunction with the tour, there will also be a luncheon held at the Westhampton Country Club on July 8, offered at an additional price. Guests at the luncheon will be able to shop at pop-up boutiques featuring gifts, clothing and jewelry.

The Early Bird bonus, for all those who buy tickets for the July 8 event by June 1, will be a special separate tour of an award-winning rose garden on Friday, June 10. The garden is one of three member gardens featured on the Westhampton Garden Club website, www.westhamptongardenclub.org

Order forms are available at the Quogue Library, the Quogue Shop and the Quogue Market in Quogue and Lynne’s Cards & Gifts in Westhampton Beach. Tickets may also be purchased at the Quogue Library on the day of the tour, July 8. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for both the House and Garden Tour and the luncheon, visit:  www.westhamptongardenclub.org. For help with ordering, email fiberfox2004@yahoo.com.

Sanderling on a break. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Seat Belts Save Lives: Click It or Ticket
Of course, even though you can ride a bike or walk to Jessup Avenue, you will likely be doing some driving this weekend. And the Quogue Village Police Department would like to remind all drivers that between 2015 and 2019, seat belts saved more than 69,000 lives. And yet, nearly 10 percent of drivers and passengers still do not wear seat belts. 

According to a recent release from the QVPD, it is the “greatest wish” of law enforcement officers to “spread the message about the importance of seat belt use, and remind people that seat belt use isn’t just a suggestion, it’s the law.” 

As part of spreading this message, from now through June 5, officers of the Quogue Police are joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 2022 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. The officers will be out in full force, issuing citations to anyone caught traveling without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children.

As the release points out: “Due to the Memorial Day holiday, May is a critical period for law enforcement agencies to target unbuckled drivers. This is not a campaign to write tickets or train law enforcement. This is a campaign to help keep people safe and alive. We see the casualties of not wearing a seat belt, and we do not wish that devastation on anyone.” 

Readers are urged not only to buckle up, but to urge all in their families, particularly young drivers, to keep safe by keeping their seat belts buckled. It shouldn’t take a ticket to make drivers make the smart choice. 

For more information about seat belt statistics and the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit  www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Sculpture park. —A. Botsford Photo

Wildlife Refuge Seeks Education Intern; Tickets On Sale for Wild Night
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is looking for an intern educator starting June 27 for the QWR Summer Ecology program. This is an unpaid internship for a college student studying environmental, educational or animal related sciences. 

For more information, click here, or email Marisa Nelson at marisa@quoguewildliferefuge.org

Meanwhile, the fine folks at the Refuge are getting ready for the 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit on Saturday, July 16, honoring Charles and Anne Mott, who are being recognized for their many years of dedicated support of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission. 

This year’s Conservator Award will be presented to Ine Wijtvliet for her sponsorship of the beautification of the entrance to Refuge. 

The Gala will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, beer from Long Island Farm Brewery, live music by Noiz, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. The party starts at 7 p.m.; a private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. 

Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org

Any readers who have not already renewed their QWR membership for 2022, or who would like to become a member, are urged to visit quoguewildliferefuge.org 

Follow the leader. —A. Botsford Photo

Mark the Calendar
It’s not easy to keep up with everything that’s going on this summer, so start penciling just a few key dates. 

On Thursday, June 9, the Quogue Library will present the American BBQ Presentation and Dinner under the outdoor tent from 6 to 8 p.m. 

On Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m., the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions program at the Quogue Library will consider “Changing World Demographics.” 

And on Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. the outdoor tent at the library will celebrate two anniversaries: the 125th anniversary of the Quogue Library, and the 200th anniversary of the 1822 Quogue Schoolhouse. More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org.   

On June 11, the Quogue Historical Society will open its Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue for the summer. And on June 24, the Historical Society will offer Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes at noon and 2 p.m. with Bob Murray serving as conductor. 

Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio in concert in the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, June 18. —Dario Acosta Photo

On Saturday, June 18, Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio playing music by Beethoven, Brahms, Alban Berg and Alma Mahler at 7:30 p.m. in the Quogue Community Hall. For ticket information, visit www.quoguechambermusic.org

On Friday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m., the Quogue Association will present a free concert on the Village Green by one of the most popular bands on the East End, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks

That’s it for now; more as we roll into June. Smart choices, keep safe, and have a happy summer.  

At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to AtQuaq@gmail.comNews Items and Photos
At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country—or the world. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Straight On to Summer

Much is being written and discussed these days about threats to our democracy. For concerned citizens, the best way to fend off any such threats, it would seem, would be for more people to take an active part in the democratic process: stay abreast of the issues, always check the facts, stake out clear positions, and communicate those positions to those elected to represent us.

Sometimes the surf is gnarly. —A. Botsford Photo

With so many crises on a global scale—the unspeakable horror of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its ripple effects; alarm bells sounding on the pressing need for action on climate change; ongoing and seemingly endless Covid related disruptions; soaring inflation and stock market volatility, to name only a few—reaching their tentacles into our daily lives, urging more participation in the democratic process could seem like a mighty big ask.  

And yet, what could be more important? 

Sometimes not so much. —A. Botsford Photo

Next week, Quogue residents are fortunate to have before them an opportunity to engage in the one essential act that is the underpinning of all democracies, which is to cast a vote. On Tuesday, May 17, the polls will be open at the Quogue School for voting on the proposed Quogue Union Free School District budget for 2022-’23 and, in a separate proposition, on the proposed operating budget for the Quogue Library. Residents may also cast ballots for the three candidates seeking election for three-year terms on the Quogue USFD Board of Education: Gabriel Kochmer, Paul Bass, and Steve Failla. 

Staying within the tax levy cap for Quogue residents, the proposed $9,739,180 school budget for next year represents a 2.99 percent increase over the 2021-’22 budget, which translates to a 3.33 percent tax levy increase. According to estimates on the budget flier published by the School Board, the proposed budget, if approved, would result in a tax increase on a home assessed at $1 million of $62.60 per year, or $5.18 per month, or $0.17 per day. 

Birds of a feather … —A. Botsford Photo

The flier also points out that, in addition to remaining within the tax cap, the proposed budget: maintains all existing academic programs; provides for the diverse needs of students while being mindful of the impact on taxpayers; protects the community’s investment by maintaining infrastructure, facilities and grounds; improves the district’s financial condition by funding reserves and maintaining a low fiscal stress rating; provides funding for unanticipated expenditures and mandates related to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis; and provides funding to address a portion of the capital improvements required to maintain existing infrastructure. 

At Quaquanantuck urges all qualified voters to get over to the school next Tuesday and vote to approve the school and library budget propositions and show your support in the ballot box for the three candidates for the school board. These two institutions and the stewards who look after them and guide them play an outsize role in making our village the very special place that it is, and they deserve our support in every way we can manage to provide it. 

With Quogue Village elections right around the corner and the midterms coming up in the fall, conscientious attention to opportunities to cast a vote is a very healthy habit to develop.

Is Mother’s Day for geese Mother Goose Day? —A. Botsford Photo

Here Comes Summer
Speaking of institutions and people who help to give Quogue its very special character, At Quaquanantuck is all about identifying and celebrating all of these and all their many contributions to our community. 

Consider the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department, for one. Just two weeks from now, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., the Quogue Fire Department will once again be hosting a Memorial Service by the monument in front of the Quogue fire house. All are invited to attend and honor the men and women who gave up their lives in the service of our country. 

Edward “Tom” Otis III was acknowledged for 50 years of Dedicated Service in the Quogue Fire Department.
Left to right, Third Assistant Chief Gerry Volz, Chief Engineer Mike Nelson, 50-year member Tom Otis,  Southampton Town Councilperson Tommy John Schiavoni, Southampton Town Councilperson Cyndi McNamara
.—John Neeley Photo

At the Quogue Fire Department installation dinner at the Riverhead Hyatt on April 22, the Quogue Fire Department honored Edward “Tom” Otis III for his 50 years of dedicated service in the Quogue Fire Department. Mr. Otis shares the distinction of 50 years of service with another volunteer, Kimberly Payne

Firefighter Charles Karpovek hit the 55-year mark in 2019. Other milestones achieved by volunteers include: 45 years, Thomas Mullen; 40 years, Joseph Jahelka and David Warner; 35 years, Ed McGrath; 30 years, David Turinsky; 25 years, Bruce Davidson and Richard Schermeyer; 20 years, Ted Necarsulmer, Christopher Osborne, Timothy Shea, John Sipala, and Thomas Snodgrass; 15 years, Michael McMahon, Bruce Moore, and Matthew Morgan; and 10 years, Todd Bandrowski, Steven Failla, Derek Herzing, Ben Hubbard, Phil Irving, Timothy Norton, and Bradley Warner. 

At the QFD dinner, the department also honored former chief Chris Osborne (known to some At Quaquanantuck readers as the Big Chill) as the Firefighter of the Year for 2021. 

Former chief Chris Osborne, left, was named Firefighter of the Year for 2021 at the QFD dinner. Left to right, First Assistant Chief Dave Schaffauer, Third Assistant Chief Gerry Volz, and Chief Engineer Mike Nelson. —John Neely Photo

“To Catch a Thief” at Film Feast Saturday
The next in-person Film Feast coming up at the Quogue Library on Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. will be “To Catch a Thief,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 glamour crime caper starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

The plot is simple: A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation. Critical acclaim for the film was practically universal. 

Writing for The Observer, Phillip French called the film “An engaging comedy thriller, one of the Master’s rare straightforward whodunnits, producing real cinematic chemistry between Grace Kelly (her third and last Hitchcock film) and Cary Grant (his third and penultimate Hitchcock picture).”

A staff writer for TV Guide Magazine wrote that “Cary Grant is at his most suave and Grace Kelly is stunningly beautiful in ‘To Catch a Thief,’ a bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.”

The “price” of admission for the May 14 Film Feast will be a potluck dish to serve at least six people and a beverage to share. Masks required. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register or for more information.

Historical Society Offers Exhibition Talk at Library
The Quogue Historical Society is coming to the Quogue Library on Wednesday, May 18, when QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene will lead an exhibition tour and offer a talk from 6 to 7 p.m. on “‘Queen of the Hamptons’: Quogue on the Cusp, ca. 1875—Photographs by George Bradford Brainerd from the Brooklyn Museum,” on view at the library Art Gallery through May 29. 

To register for this program, email info@quoguelibrary.org or call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

George Bradford Brainerd photo of Jessup Avenue, circa 1875. —Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

On Saturday, May 21, the Historical Society’s 1822 One-Room Schoolhouse on the library grounds will open for the season. Open this summer during library hours, the Schoolhouse is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Other dates to keep in mind include June 11, when the QHS Pond House on Jessup Avenue will open for the summer; and June 24, when the Historical Society will offer Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes at noon and 2 p.m. with your conductor, Bob Murray. More details in the next At Quaquanantuck.

A prothonotary warbler, one of the many species of warblers seen at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge during the spring migration. —Darlene Massey Photo

Wildlife Refuge Seeking Sponsors for 2022 “Wild Night”
Gearing up for the 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit on Saturday, July 16, the fine folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge have announced that this year’s honorees are Charles and Anne Mott, who are being recognized for their many years of dedicated support of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission. 

This year’s Conservator Award will be presented to Ine Wijtvliet for her sponsorship of the beautification of the entrance to the Refuge. 

Fiddlehead ferns in the Pollinator Garden at the Refuge. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The Gala will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, beer from Long Island Farm Brewery, live music by Noiz, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. The party starts at 7 p.m.; a private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. 

Individuals and businesses are invited to become sponsors for this event, which is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Refuge and provides a major portion of the operating budget. 

All those interested in becoming sponsors who contact the Refuge by Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m. will have their names featured on the Benefit Invitation, which will be mailed in May and will include ticket options starting at $200. All sponsors—including those who sign up after May 14— will be officially recognized at the Gala and on the event website. To find out more and to sign up as a sponsor, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/wild-night-for-wildlife-2022.  

Business Sponsorship opportunities start at the $1,000 Guardian level. Auction prizes are also being accepted; contact the QWR office at 631-653-4771. 

Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, please call: (631) 653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.

Rosemary Cline and Andrew Botsford in rehearsal for “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” opening May 26 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through June 12. —Roger Moley Photo

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Opens May 26 at Community Hall
“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” Lucas Hnath’s “smart, funny and utterly engrossing” (New York Times) play revisiting the central characters of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 original, will be the final production of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2021-2022 season, opening on May 26 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through June 12. 

When the door slammed in 1879 Norway in Henrik Ibsen’s revolutionary play, a young wife and mother left behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people she abandoned. Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel unfolds in a series of bristling standoffs revealing that behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning. 

A Newcity.com review of the Steppenwolf Theater production in Chicago answered a common question on many theatergoers’ minds: “First things first: No, you do not have to have seen or read Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ to understand or appreciate the theatrical mastery of ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’” 

In a review for DCTheatreScene.com, Jayne Blanchard wrote: “The exuberant imagination of ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ is smart on two levels. It is perceptive, funny and intelligent, but smarts like a slap in its portrayal of gender roles and the expectations of what it is to be a woman.” 

The review also noted that “Hnath’s crisp, often laugh-out-loud dialogue contains modern language” that makes “deft, devastating connections between the past and present and how little has changed in the arena of women’s rights. And even, in light of recent events, how we seem to be going backwards in our thinking of women’s identities, ownership of their bodies, and narrowing definitions of motherhood and wifely roles.” 

Rosemary Cline and Marianne Schmidt in rehearsal. —A. Botsford Photo

In his review for The New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote: “This unexpectedly rich sequel reminds us that houses tremble and sometimes fall when doors slam, and that there are living people within, who may be wounded or lost.” 

In a cast of four, the HTC production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” features two HTC veterans, Rosemary Cline as Nora and Andrew Botsford as Torvald. Making her debut on the HTC stage in the role of Nora’s daughter Emmy is Molly Brennan, who was directed by Ms. Cline in productions at Westhampton Beach High School and was awarded one of the HTC’s Peter Marbury scholarships in 2020. Newcomer Marianne Schmidt has the role of housekeeper and nanny Anne Marie. 

George Loizides (“Private Lives,” “Native Gardens,” “Lost in Yonkers”) directs. Set design is by Mr. Loizides; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun. 

“A Doll’s House, Part 2″ will be performed from May 26 through June 12 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, June 11, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. Two bonus “talkbacks” with the cast will be offered, the first immediately following the June 3 Friday evening performance, and the second following the June 5 Sunday matinee. 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of all, patrons are asked as a courtesy to please show proof of vaccination; masks are encouraged inside the theater. These protocols are subject to change. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit hampton theatre.org. Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, please call 631-653-8955.


Osprey at its home base near Ponquogue Bridge. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Go Native Promoting Perfect Earth Pamphlet
The Go Native gang headed up by Lulie Morrisey and Paula Prentis is working to disseminate the latest pamphlet from The Perfect Earth Project, the brainchild of the “2/3 for the Birds” folks in East Hampton. The feeling is that although the pamphlet is addressed to landscapers, it is also a perfect handbook for clients and landscapers alike that summarizes the basics of “nature-based land care.” 

Ms. Morrisey addressed homeowners directly in an email this week: “Please read this yourself—most of the points will be familiar to readers of our Go Native newsletter—and, very importantly, share with your landscapers so that they might be educated in the practices necessary to ‘do no harm’ to the environment, reduce chemical dependency, encourage biodiversity and become good land stewards.” 

To download the pamphlet, click here. For more information, visit the 2/3 for the Birds website, www.234birds.org

Quogue Chamber Music Concert June 18
The first concert of the 2022 season for Quogue Chamber Music will be the Merz Trio, playing at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. 

The musicians of the Merz Trio—Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano; and Brigid Coleridge, violin—recently swept a number of U.S. chamber awards, taking top prizes at the 2021 Naumburg, the 2019 Concert Artists Guild, the 2019 Fischoff, and the 2018 Chesapeake competitions.

Praised for their “fresh and surprising interpretations,” the award-winning Merz Trio is known for passionate playing and uniquely artistic programming style, interspersing classic trio works with interdisciplinary elements and their own arrangements. Upcoming debut appearances include performances at NYC’s Merkin Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Lee Dionne, Brigid Coleridge, and Julia Yang of the Merz Trio will perform at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, June 18, in a Quogue Chamber Music concert. —Daria Acosta Photo

Tickets are $50 adults; $110 includes post concert celebration; and $5 for students (concert only). Make checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music and mail to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959, or purchase on the Quogue Chamber Music website (www.quoguechambermusic.org). 

Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert.

The June 18 program, “New Paths”, will include music by Beethoven, Brahms, Alban Berg and Alma Mahler. This combination of 19th and 20th century masterworks is quintessentially Austro-German in style and teeming with boundary-breaking energy. Beethoven’s middle period masterwork, Op. 70, #2, is paired with four later Viennese songs that draw attention to its lyrical and virtuosic elements, while Brahms’ glorious B Major Trio, composed when he was only 21, but revised in later years, showcases him as both a pioneering romantic and as a consummate master at the height of his powers. 

Due to Covid restrictions, all ticket holders must show proof of vaccinations at the entrance and will be required to wear a mask throughout the concert.

Circle June 24 on the Calendar
By the time we get there, there may be more, but at this writing At Quaquanantuck is aware of two big events on June 24 this summer. 

First up will be the Quogue Historical Society Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes (noted above) at noon and 2 p.m. 

Then, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Quogue Association will present a free concert on the Village Green by one of the most popular bands on the East End, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks

Look for more details on both programs in the next At Quaquanantuck. 

At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to AtQuaq@gmail.com

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Got Spring?

Seems it’s the same thing every year: The calendar slips past the vernal equinox, the daffodils that were just poking through to daylight start to flower, the birds all try to outdo each other with trilling pyrotechnics, and on teasing sunny days when the wind is calm the temperature can climb over 70.

Late winter? Or early spring? —A. Botsford Photo

By all rights (and rites) it should be spring, full of promise for the summer to come.  

But then a cold front drops in from the north, the east wind starts to wring icy rain out of a monochromatic gray sky that wipes the colors out of everything, and once again chilled East End residents feel more as though they’ve been banished to purgatory than blessed to be basking in a season of rebirth. 

Winter hanging on. —Patricia Prentis Photo

And local sages, for perhaps the thousandth time, offer the well worn admonition that “there is no spring on the East End; every year we just go directly from winter into summer.”

Still, the benchmarks are there—the St. Patrick’s Day parades, the first day of striped bass season (or the IRS deadline, take your pick), Easter Sunday—and should be celebrated, even if only as mile markers counting down to beach season, no matter what the fickle weather might prompt us to believe. 

Sign of spring. —A. Botsford Photo

Egg Hunting Season Is Upon Us
Easter weekend in Quogue means egg “hunts,” and the tradition continues with one on Saturday, April 16, and another on Sunday. The Saturday “hunt”—which leans to the “gatherer” side of hunter/gatherer—is sponsored by the Quogue Fire Department on the lawn in front of the firehouse and around the pond and begins at precisely 10 a.m. 

The volunteers are once again urging all hunters (up to age 12) to line up early, as the event is typically over by about 10:07.  

Children age 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult have a choice of egg hunting sessions at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Sunday: session I goes from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and session II runs from 11 to 11:45, provided there’s still space in either session of this very popular program. 

Participants will create a bunny craft and then hop down Peter Cottontail’s Trail to a special spot at the Refuge for an egg hunt. Each child will receive a special gift. The cost is $15 per child; reservations are required and payment is due at time of reservation. Call 631-653-4771 to make reservations.

Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall Preston Jankowski (in the passenger seat of his regal carriage) is flanked by members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department on parade day. —Kevin Lonnie Photo

Spring Wildlife Camp at Refuge
There may still be some spaces left for kids in grades K through 5 in the Spring Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, being offered this year Tuesday through Friday, April 19 through 22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.  

As always, campers are promised “a great experience of wildlife, education, and fun!” with each day including a hike, a craft, and meeting animals. Children should be dressed for the weather and campers should arrive with their own individual snack and drink each day. 

The cost is $300 for all four sessions; registration and payment are required in advance. For more information, call 631-653-4771; to register online, visit the QWR website (quoguewildliferefuge.org) or click here.  

Quogue Library a Conduit for Aid to Ukraine
The library is accepting donations of a few specific items to aid victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, noting that due to restrictions by aid organizations and shippers the library can only accept items on the following approved donation list

Compression bandages; tourniquets; tactical first aid kits; hemostatic agents (Celox or similar); bandages and gauzes; antiseptics; anti-burn gels (Neosporin); and painkillers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil).  

For those interested in making online donations, the clergy and the congregation at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead, along with the bishops of the Metropolia of Philadelphia, have created a special online fund, “War Victims and Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine.” 

The fund can be accessed through the website of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, ukrarcheparchy.us, or donations can be made by clicking here

On Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m., the Quogue Library will be hosting a virtual program, “Borderlands: A History of Ukraine.” Historian Martin H. Levinson will discuss the compelling history of the former Soviet nation and its diverse populations craving independence. To register, click on the flier under Adult programs on the library’s home page, or click here.  

Sgt. Daniel Bennett of the Quogue Village Police with members of Girl Scout Troop who visited the police station on April 4 and learned hands-only CPR as part of earning a first-aid badge. —Photo courtesy Quogue Village PD

Foreign Policy Association Considers “Biden’s Agenda”
The next installment of the 2022 Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, offered live at the Quogue Library and via Zoom on Saturday, April 16, at 5 p.m., will focus on “Biden’s Agenda,” or, more specifically, “How is the Biden administration treating foreign policy, among other policies, differently from the last administration?” 

According to briefing materials from the FPA, the new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How are issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances being treated under the Biden administration?

President Joe Biden

Saturday’s discussion will likely consider some of the challenges facing the Biden administration in effecting changes in policy, notably an intractably divided Congress, the continuing toll of the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and divisiveness and disinformation rendering consensus on most policy considerations almost impossible. 

Prospective participants are reminded that the Great Decisions program is not a lecture followed by a Q&A, but a live audience discussion facilitated by Susan Perkins and moderated by David Rowe after a 25-minute documentary on the particular topic being considered. 

To register for the April 16 program via Zoom, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the FPA Great Decisions “Biden’s Agenda” flier on the home page, or click here.  For more information or to sign up for the live program, email info@quoguelibrary.org.  

The 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) from the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org

Piping plover in the dunes. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Earth Day Celebration at Refuge
All are invited to come and celebrate nature and the beautiful planet we call home at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 23, from noon to 3 p.m. The Earth Day activities—co-hosted by the Refuge, the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, and Westhampton Beach Earth Day—will include birding walks, live animal presentations, crafts, environmental exhibitors, and kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond. No fees and no reservations necessary for this rain-or shine celebration.  

As every year, it will be a big day at the Refuge: the Bartlett Tree Experts firm will once again be giving away free native trees; self-guided kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond; a prescription drug take-back program sponsored by the Quogue Village Police Department and the Human Understanding and Growth Seminars (HUGS) program based in Westhampton Beach; electronics recycling by EcoTech; birding walks led by members of ELI Audubon Society; encounters with live animals; handmade and Fair Trade goods for sale; a variety of crafts; and victuals from the Mattitaco Food Truck

Visitors can also stop by booths staffed by (alphabetically): Bartlett Tree Experts; Di Bernardo Carvings; East End Food Institute; HUGS; the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area; Moonglow Children’s Books; New York Marine Rescue Center; Ozark Images; Peconic Baykeeper; Peconic Land Trust; the Quogue Library; Seatuck Cove Creations; Stepping Stones Soaps; Surfrider Foundation, LI Chapter; Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons; the Whistlin’ Whittler; and the World Village Fair Trade mobile unit. 

A reminder: Given all the fabulous programs either sponsored or hosted, or both, by the QWR, residents who have not already renewed their Refuge membership for 2022, and residents who somehow have not joined in previous years, should go to the QWR website, quoguewildliferefuge.org, and make a donation to sign up. 

Backyard beauty. —Sandy Walsh Photo

April Native News: “No Mow May” to Help the Bees
This month’s update from Lulie Morrisey and Paula Prentis of Quogue’s Go Native initiative includes a dire warning along with some ideas on how homeowners can help stave off disaster for bees. Herewith their report: 

“Bees are facing catastrophic declines. In North America, nearly one in four native bee species is imperiled, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, partly because of habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change and urbanization. 

“Lawns typically provide poor habitat for bees. But if allowed to flower, lawn weeds—plants other than grass—can provide rare spring food for bees emerging from hibernation … in fact, dandelions are the honey bees’ first food in the spring, and only source of food until the middle of June when other flowering plants and trees are available for their diet of pollen and nectar. 

Clover makes a nice meal for bees.

“Many communities all over the country have adopted “No Mow May”: a call to delay lawn mowing in the spring and allow the clover, dandelions, violets, etc. to flower. nytimes.com/2022/03/28/travel/no-mow-may-wisconsin 

“New York State has more than 400 native bee species and many of them are endangered. Their decline imperils food production, as one third of the food consumed in this country comes from crops pollinated by honeybees. 

“Please don’t spray your lawn for weeds … and consider the “No Mow May” concept. Remember, your lawn is part of the greater ecosystem, and what you do or don’t do has a significance that goes beyond your own property.” 

Native Hedges 

“We have been researching native shrubs that can serve as hedges or be used elsewhere on your property.  Two that stand out are: Inkberry (Ilex Glabra).  This shrub, in the holly family, is evergreen and shade tolerant. “Shamrock” variety can reach 6’.  A great replacement for boxwood and birds love the winter berries.  Deer resistant. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/ilex-glabra/ 

“Northern Bayberry (Myrica Pensylvanica).  A fragrant shrub that will reach 8’.  Very beneficial to wildlife: flowers provide nectar for moths and butterflies; berries remain all winter, which migrating birds will feast on.  While deciduous, the tan leaves stay on the bush most of the winter.  https://www.monrovia.com/northern-bayberry.html 

“Other shrubs native to North America are Spice Bush, Button Bush, Carolina Allspice and Buckeye (deciduous); and American Holly, Rhododendron Maximum, Kalmia Latifolia (laurel) in the evergreen category. 

“Think about integrating some of these native shrubs into your landscape plan!” 

Doug Tallamy 

“The author of ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ and ‘Bringing Nature Home’ gives fascinating talks on conservation and biodiversity in our own backyards.” [One of these talks got Paula and Lulie hooked last year.] 

“The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has a link on its website (quoguewildliferefuge.org/news/natures-best-hope-a-conversation-with-doug-tallamy) which connects to one of his YouTube talks. We urge you to listen and learn … and see how the choices we make on our individual properties have a profound impact on life on our planet. 

“Warning! You will not be the same person after you watch this!  We weren’t!”

Joy and Dan Flynn brought home medals (four for her; two for him) from the USATF Masters track meet at the Armory in New York City.

Quogue Association Springing Ahead
Veering to the sunny side of the street, the Quogue Association’s latest eblast newsletter begins with an array of exclamations: “Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the Quogue Village Office is accepting applications for 2022 Village Beach Stickers!” 

Along with releasing the calendar for this summer’s major QA events (more on that below) the newsletter details some of the Association’s other initiatives, including: providing coffee tumblers to the Quogue Market; working on a Wetlands Preserve Project; supplying rocking chairs to the Village Beach; and awarding a scholarship to a graduating high school student. 

All of the Quogue Association’s undertakings, large and small, are funded by memberships and donations, so this is another organization hoping that all residents will either renew their membership for 2022 or sign up to join for the first time. Quogueassociation.org

An At Quaquanantuck Calendar: Mark Yours at Home
Taking the lead from the Quogue Association, and in consideration of the fact that the column currently comes out only once a month (typically), At Quaquanantuck is publishing a first attempt at a village calendar, listing events and programs in the near future and on into the summer. The hope is that such a listing might help readers to plan more judiciously. Time will tell, as it always does. 

Quogue Association

Friday, June 24: Concert on the Village Green sponsored by the Quogue Association. 

Saturday, July 23: Quogue Association Duck Race and Reception at the Village Dock on Quogo Neck. 

Saturday, August 20: Quogue Association Beach Party at the Village Beach.

Spring swans. —A. Botsford Photo

Quogue Library

Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m.: Create a Digital Calendar in 5 Steps; in-person program. 

Saturday, April 16, 1 to 4 p.m.: Stony Brook University Hospital interns will provide blood pressure screenings and offer evidence-based health information on any topic. 

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: New York State Jet Ski (Personal Watercraft) and Boating Certification Class. 

Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.: in-person program on Creating a Presentation in Google Slides

Friday, April 29, 4 p.m.: “And Now a Word from Our Sponsor”—A look back at the early days of television; in-person program. 

Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m.: virtual Spring Brunch with Chef Rob Scott via Zoom; recipes and ingredient lists will be available at the library service desk. 

Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m.: in-person opening reception for library art gallery exhibition, “The Road Show,” featuring work by Grant Haffner and Kate Rasche, on view from April 30 to May 31. 

Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m.: Film Feast featuring “To Catch a Thief” (1955; Alfred Hitchcock) starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. 

For more information on all programs, visit the Quogue Library website, quoguelibrary.org

Getting into the spirit of the thing: Melissa Cook and Roger Moley at the library Film Feast screening of “This Is Spinal Tap.” —Mark Stevens Photo

General

April 30: Last day of Quogue Village spring leaf pickup program. 

May 10, 7:15 p.m.: Public Hearing on proposed 2022-2023 Quogue School budget and Quogue Library budget at the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. 

May 15: New leaf-blower noise ordinance goes into effect. (More on this in the May 12 At Quaquanantuck.)

May 17, 2 to 8 p.m.: Vote on Quogue School budget and Quogue Library budget, at the Quogue School or by absentee ballot.  

May 26, 7 p.m.: Hampton Theatre Company opens “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath at the Quogue Community Hall, running through June 12. hamptontheatre.org

June 18, 7:30 p.m.: Quogue Chamber Music presents the Merz Trio in concert. Quoguechambermusic.org

Sunday, July 3, 2 to 6 p.m.: Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Quogue Library and 200th Anniversary of the One-Room Schoolhouse, at the library. 

Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m.: 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife to benefit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. quoguewildliferefuge.org

Tribute to Art Cooley in Production
Two former students are putting together a virtual tribute to Quogue native son Art Cooley, who died on January 30.

Scoutmaster Harvey Cooley with his sons Art (middle) and Jimmy in 1942. —Photo from “Voices of Quogue” by Meredith Murray

In addition to being a beloved biology teacher at Bellport High School, Art was a former director of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and was known nationally as a founder of the Environmental Defense Fund. One of Art’s former students, Gail Tooker, created the Summer Ecology program at the Refuge in 1970. 

Art was the oldest son of a somewhat legendary figure in the village, Harvey Cooley, who served as the Mayor of the village from 1956 to 1966, was the headmaster of the Quogue School and an eighth grade teacher there, and was the Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop. 

The tribute currently in production is scheduled to air on May 1 and will be freely available thereafter. Details on how to view it will be listed here as they become available. More information about the Cooley family can be found in “Voices of Quogue” by Meredith Murray, available from the Quogue Historical Society. Quoguehistory.org

“Write America” Maintains Star-Studded Schedule
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut (with registration also available on the Quogue Library website, quoguelibrary.org) “Write America” continues to offer programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Coming up in the next few weeks, all at 7 p.m., will be Meg Wolitzer and Delia Ephron on Monday, April 18;  Jim and Deb Fallows on Monday, April 25; Rose Styron, Philip Schultz, and Marilyn Nelson on May 2; and Susan Minot, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and David Remnick on May 9. 

A special event is scheduled on Wednesday, May 11, when series creator Roger Rosenblatt will be in conversation with Derek and Sissela Bok. 

Past episodes can be found by scrolling down on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Check the Byrd’s Books website for details on April and May programs. All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit the Byrd’s Books website at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country, or click on the Write America fliers on the Quogue Library home page.  

At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to AtQuaq@gmail.comNews Items and Photos
At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country—or the world. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Thankful Thinking

At Quaquanantuck admits to being exceedingly thankful that we have arrived at that time of the year when clocks are moved ahead (before retiring on Saturday, March 12, this year, for those whose devices don’t automatically adjust) and we are granted a very welcome extra hour of daylight. 

Sunset grass. —A. Botsford Photo

At its core, every At Quaquanantuck column is essentially an expression of gratitude. While some posts lean in to this positive emotion a little more heavily, all of them spring in one way or another from a sense of appreciation for the blessing of being able to live or just spend time in this very special place, as a part of this very special community. 

Going from the global to the granular, we can be existentially grateful for the security that is all too often taken for granted, until events like the Syrian civil war, the evacuation of Afghanistan, or the unspeakably horrifying Russian invasion of Ukraine—for just a few glaring examples—bring our good fortune into stark relief. This is the kind of gratitude that fuels compassion, and begets more gratitude for our community as we join with neighbors in whatever relief efforts we can support. 

Stirred up. —A. Botsford Photo

In our own backyard, there are events that unite us in gratitude as well. Consider for one example the fire on Ocean Avenue on February 18. Courtesy of QFD Chief Mike Nelson, At Quaquanantuck can share some of the details that can inform and reinforce our appreciation. 

Since no one from the residence was home at the time, we can be thankful that a contractor who was doing work in the area called 911 when he happened to pass by the house (near the end of a dead-end street) and saw flames.

We have to be grateful yet again to the members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department, 20 of whom responded to the alarm, and all the volunteers from the East Quogue, Westhampton, and Hampton Bays fire departments who rushed to the scene to offer mutual aid. Thankful, too, that the Westhampton, East Quogue, and Flanders Ambulance companies arrived to provide medical support should a firefighter need it. Happily, no one was injured during the call, with firefighters and support teams—including the Suffolk County Fire Marshal and a PSEG representative—clearing the scene approximately two hours after responding.

Firefighters from four departments remained on the scene for two hours after controlling the blaze. —A. Botsford Photo

As Chief Nelson wrote this week: “Although the cause of the fire is to be determined by the Fire Marshal,  it appeared to be electrical, and spread from a utility room on the southeast side of the house into the attic, engulfing a bedroom on the southeast corner of the house.  Through hard work, persistence—and with a little assistance from the wind—firefighters were able to contain the fire to the SE corner of the house.”

It is an unfortunate fact of life that it often takes a disaster or an emergency for us to appreciate the round-the-clock readiness and day-in and day-out dedication of the first responders in our community. A case in point would be a motor vehicle accident on Montauk Highway near the eastern terminus of Quogue Street on Friday, March 4, with details provided in a press release issued by Sergeant John P. Galvin of the Quogue Village Police. 

At 2:41 p.m. on Friday, Quogue Police Officers arriving at the scene determined that an eastbound pickup truck had crossed over the double yellow lines into the westbound lane and collided head-on with another pickup truck. 

The driver of the westbound truck suffered serious injuries and was taken by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment. The driver of the eastbound truck that caused the collision was subsequently arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree.

As is customary in these cases, both vehicles involved were impounded for safety checks and the incident remains under investigation by the Quogue Village Police Detective Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any pertinent information is asked to contact the QVP Detectives at 631-653-4791. 

Just as the Quogue Village Police offered thanks in the release to all assisting agencies—including Southampton Town Police, Westhampton Beach Village Police, the Quogue Fire Department and the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance—so, too, should all residents give thanks all the time, and not just in the case of emergencies, for the professionalism of the Village Police and the entire mutually supportive first responder community.

In addition, although the accident is still under investigation, the injuries and the arrest in this case show the importance of the QVPD’s vigilance and legendary strict enforcement of drunk driving and driving while ability impaired laws, which, taken together, have without question prevented many accidents and injuries and saved many lives.

Thank you can never really say enough. 

Crusher. —A. Botsford Photo

Foreign Policy Association Considers Chaos in Myanmar
The first installment of the 2022 Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, offered live at the Quogue Library and via Zoom on Saturday, March 12, at 5 p.m., will focus on “Myanmar’s Never Ending Crisis.” 

According to briefing materials from the FPA, the situation in Myanmar, which has been unstable for years, continues to spiral into chaos. Chief contributors are the coup by the military in February 2021,  the ongoing human rights crises, and civil resistance by those opposed to the regime. 

Compounding the seemingly intractable problems—especially in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine—is Russian support for the military junta in power. 

Resistance to the military junta is only one of the problems facing Myanmar.

Questions to be addressed on March 12 include: How are neighboring countries reacting to the deteriorating situation in Myanmar? And, what role will—or can—the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) play?

Prospective participants are reminded that the Great Decisions program is not a lecture followed by a Q&A, but a live audience discussion moderated by David Rowe after a 25-minute documentary on the particular topic being considered. 

To register for the March 12 program via Zoom, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the FPA Great Decisions “Myanmar’s Never Ending Crisis” flier on the home page, or click here.  For more information or to sign up for the live program, email info@quoguelibrary.org.  

The 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) from the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org

Carol Crane, Sarah Adams, Susie Moley, and Victoria Sartorius bundled up for a beach visit to see the sunset (below) and the rise of the full snow moon on February 16. —Roger Moley Photos

New Hours, Irish Food Festival, Array of Programs at Library
Beginning this month, the Quogue Library has announced new hours that include being open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Quogue Library is hosting an “Irish Food Festival” during the month of March, with exclusive recipes and on-demand videos from Chef Rob Scott available on the Quogue Library website, www.QuogueLibrary.org.  

Recipes include: Irish Stew with Vegetables and Herbs; Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage   Soup with Carrots; Irish Soda Bread Muffins; and Irish Soda Bread. Recipe copies are also available for pickup at the Service Desk in the Library.

Coming up in virtual programming, there’s the Adult Fiction Book Club discussion of “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict on Sunday, March 13, at noon; “Android Phone: Getting Started” on Thursday, March 17, at 2 p.m.; “Science Thursdays with Brookhaven Lab” on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m.; and “Dr. Katie Takayasu: Plants First!” discussion of wellness through a plant-forward diet on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m., to name only a few. 

The library is also now providing convenient links to Roger Rosenblatt’s “Write America” series of virtual author readings and discussions, Crowdcast from Byrd’s Books (see below). Check the library home page and click on the flier to sign up and receive the link to each virtual program.  

 There are also in-person programs coming up, such as “Intro to Google Apps” on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m., with tech assistant Amber introducing participants to all the apps Google has to offer. Participants are asked to bring a device and follow along. 

Coralling the dunes. —A. Botsford Photo

HTC Opens “Ripcord” March 17 at Community Hall
“Ripcord,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy centered on two strong-willed seniors, will be the second play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2021-2022 season, opening on March 17 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through April 3. 

Revolving around a comedic clash over prime real estate in the fictional Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, “Ripcord” begins when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with Marilyn, a new arrival with an aggressively sunny disposition. A seemingly harmless bet between the women results in a riotous game of one-upmanship that yields lots of laughter—while also revealing deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. 

Giovanni Sandoval and Laurie Atlas rehearse a scene in “Ripcord,” opening March 17. —A. Botsford Photo

Writing for The New York Times about the 2015 Manhattan Theater Club production, Ben Brantley noted that “there’s polish to spare” in a script he called “admirable in its precision and symmetry,” concluding that all the elements of “Ripcord” add up to “a perfectly enjoyable evening.” 

In a review for The Arts Fuse, Robert Israel wrote that “given the dour, sour, and maniacal farce that is American reality, ‘Ripcord’ offers some refreshing respite. In a world that has left odd in the rearview mirror, a comedy about mismatched roomies facing mortality comes off as inspirational.” 

The cast of the HTC production of “Ripcord” features one HTC veteran: Vincent Cinque (“Six Degrees of Separation”) in multiple roles, including Benjamin, Abby’s estranged son. The five newcomers to the HTC stage are: Laurie Atlas as Abby; Claire Parrella-Curran as Marilyn; Matthew Schiavoni as the attendant, Scotty; Lindsey Sanchez as Marilyn’s daughter, Colleen; and Giovanni Sandoval as Colleen’s husband, Derek. 

Vincent Cinque and Claire Parrella-Curran working on a scene in “Ripcord.” —A. Botsford Photo

Andrew Botsford (“Admissions,” “On Golden Pond,” “Clever Little Lies,” “Dead Accounts”) directs. Set design is by Andrew Botsford, Ricky Bottenus and Meg Sexton; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun. 

“Ripcord” will be performed from March 17 through April 3 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. A bonus “talkback” with the cast will be offered immediately following the March 25 Friday evening show. 

For the safety of all and following the lead of New York City theaters, ticket holders will be required to show a photo ID and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the day of the performance they are attending. Face-coverings will be required at all times while inside the theater. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit www.hamptontheatre.org

Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, call 631-653-8955.

March Native News: Our Plant-Dependent Biosphere
Just in time for the official arrival of spring, Paula Prentis and Lulie Morrisey of Go Native have served up some recommendations for all those interested in improving the quality of life for all the life forms on the East End—including humans. The following is their spring advisory: 

“All life depends on plants.Think about it. What we do on our own properties has an impact on the entire East End ecosystem—and our own backyard is a microcosm of our planet’s biosphere. So by making some changes at the backyard level, we are helping stay the decline in birds, bees and other critical organisms that keep all life (including our own) functioning the way it is supposed to. These kinds of positive changes also send a message to your neighbors that you care. 

“March and April are the months that landscapers get back into action, so it is a crucial time to speak to them about what you’d like them to do – and not do. 

“Remember 2/3 for the birds? The Perfect Earth Project (www.perfectearthproject.org) would like all property owners to plant two native plants for every three new plants installed on your property. Native plants give birds and native butterflies the food that is most beneficial to them. Many of the ornamental plants sold at nurseries (including most hydrangea) are sterile: they offer nothing to our feathered friends or insects. 

“Go Native discussed both pesticides and fertilizers last summer. Synthetic chemicals interfere with the natural systems that provide the food and protection from diseases and predators that evolved with the plants themselves. And, of course, pesticides are toxic and don’t go away, entering our food, our water and, yes, our bodies.

“A healthy lawn can be achieved by certain cutting and watering practices. Order “The PRFCT Yard Handbook” from the site above (or just look under Resources/Lawn Basics on the website) and there you will find the tools to have healthy grass while discontinuing all chemical use on your property. 

“We know this can be a difficult sell with a landscaper (who, frankly, profits from the continuous applications of toxins to your lawn and shrubs) but if more people are asking the same questions, then lawn/plant/tree service professionals may eventually see the light! 

“A few (of many) things to know: 

—Overwatering and early season fertilizing can promote fungus diseases. 

—Fungicides on your lawn kill nematodes, which are the natural predators of grubs. 

—Pre-emergents and broadleaf killers used to control weeds are highly toxic and do not provide permanent solutions. 

—Embrace clover. It nurtures your turf and is not a weed! 

“We have agency! And by using native plants and dispensing with toxic chemicals, we protect and enhance the integrity, resilience, diversity and beauty of our planet.”

Great blue heron on the marsh in East Quogue. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Wildlife Refuge Gearing Up for Spring
With spring just around the corner, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has issued an invitation for all to join members of the Shinnecock Nation “for a blessing of our earth” on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. along with a guided traditional dance open to all honoring the upcoming Spring Equinox.

The next Full Moon Night Hike at the Refuge steps off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Adults and families with children age 11 and up can enjoy an evening hike through the forest up to North Pond while looking and listening for nocturnal creatures and enjoying some night vision activities under the light of the moon. Cost is $10 for QWR members or $20 for non-members; reservations required at least 24 hours prior, as space is limited.

A virtual program on certifying a yard or garden as a habitat with the National Wildlife Federation will be offered on Tuesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Sign up or get more information at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Families with children and grandchildren are reminded that registration is now open for QWR members for all Summer Camp programs: Little Naturalists, ages 4 to 6; Summer Ecology, entering grades 2 to 6; Young Explorers, grades 7 to 9; and Explorers, grades 10 to 12. 

Complete registration instructions are available on the QWR website, but readers should be aware that QWR members at the Family level or above receive priority registration through May 11, 2022. This is a real benefit of membership, since these programs tend to fill up fast. 

Memberships are only valid through the calendar year; so all those who were members last summer who haven’t renewed will need to renew before registering. And bear in mind that Family memberships are only valid for immediate family (parents and children) and not for grandchildren. 

So, get all the info; confirm membership status, gather the required documents; and get the young ones signed up now for the age-appropriate programs at the Refuge this summer. www.quoguewildliferefuge.org 

The “Who’s Hoo” exhibition of works by Quogue School students will remain on view at the library through April 26. —Kristy Verity Photo

Two Exhibitions at Library Art Gallery
On view through April 26, the Quogue Library is presenting “Who’s Hoo at the Quogue School,” an exhibition of owl artworks created by the children of the Quogue School. All are welcome to an in-person artists reception for this show slated at the Library Art Gallery on Friday, April 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Meanwhile, the exhibition of photographs by George Bradford Brainerd from the Brooklyn Museum, “QUEEN OF THE HAMPTONS: Quogue on the Cusp, circa 1875” will remain on view through Memorial Day weekend, closing May 31.

Next Film Feast Feature Will Be “This Is Spinal Tap”
The next in-person Film Feast at the library is coming up on Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m. when the featured film will be “This Is Spinal Tap,” the 1984 comedy classic “rockumentary”  directed by Rob Reiner and featuring all of the film’s writers: Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner.  

This mock documentary about the fictional heavy metal rock band Spinal Tap served as the model for such subsequent satires as Christopher Guest’s “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show.”  

James Berardinelli waxed almost rhapsodic in a review for RV Reel Views: “‘This Is Spinal Tap’ is virtually guaranteed to appeal to nearly everyone. The film contains everything from laugh aloud moments to scenes that will have even the most dry, humorless viewers smiling with unrestrained mirth. Since 1984, there have been plenty of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ imitators, but none have come close to what Reiner and his talented troupe achieved in this mockumentary classic.”

 Writing for The Boston Globe, Jay Carr concluded that the film is “a heady flow of brilliant stupidity.” 

The “price” of admission for the March 26 Film Feast will be a potluck dish to serve at least six people and a beverage to share. Masks required. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register or for more information.

Safe harbor. —A. Botsford Photo

“Write America” Staying the Course
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, “Write America” continues to offer programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Coming up in the next few weeks, all at 7 p.m., will be Jamaal May, Michelle Whittaker and Lindsay Adkins on Monday, March 14;  Ken Auletta, George Colt and Susan Isaacs on March 21; Jillian LaRussa and Roger Rosenblatt on March 28; Carmen Giménez and Dan Halpern on April 4; and Anne Fadiman and Lou Ann Walker on April 11. 

Past episodes, including the lovely tribute to the late Frank McCourt by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Stony Brook Southampton Provost Robert Reeves and the conversation about the art of cartooning between Gary Trudeau and Jules Feiffer, can be found by scrolling down on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Check the Byrd’s Books website for details on March and April programs. All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit the Byrd’s Books website at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country

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