The White Stuff

So far this winter, there has yet to be significant snow cover in our area, a meteorological happenstance that is welcomed by many residents, even as it is rued by others.

Nonetheless, regardless of the dearth of white covering the ground or frosting the trees and hedges hereabouts, the Quogue Library Art Gallery is celebrating the famous color without a hue (is that akin to a minister without portfolio?) in a juried group photography show this February cleverly titled “50 Shades of White.”  

Long Island Museum Director Neil Watson is the judge for this exhibition of the work of 23 photographers focusing on the beauty and resonance of white’s many shades and tonal values. The results of the judging will be announced at the free opening reception for artists, guests and patrons at the library on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Photographers who have submitted work for this exhibition include: Virginia Aschmoneit, Brooks Crowe, Michele Dragonetti, Alex Ferrone, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Veronique Louis, Joanna McCarthy, Judith McDermott, Michael McLaughlin, James Slezak, Meryl Spiegel, Alan Weinschel, and Mia Wisnoski, among others.

Photography will be judged on technical excellence, artistic merit, expression of theme and overall impact. Awards will be given for First Place and Honorable Mention and the winner will be offered a solo exhibit at the library gallery.

Prior to taking the director’s seat at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, Mr. Watson launched award-winning educational initiatives and exhibits as the Director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester. He previously served as executive director of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (now the Delaware Contemporary) in Wilmington, DE, and held curatorial positions at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida.

Quogue Library Art Committee members Graham Russell and Christy Murray are the chairs of this exhibition, which will be on view through February 26.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is bringing it all back home this weekend. Birding, that is, in a Backyard Birding program starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, in the Nature Center.

In this free program for adults and families, backyard birders will learn not only how to identify the avian visitors they can see out their windows, but also what varied foods they like to eat, how to attract them, and some conservation actions geared to helping local species.

Give the QWR a call—like a chickadee, or maybe a cardinal—at 631-653-4771 to let them know you’d like to stop by.

Matching form to function, the Quogue Library is offering one of its popular author lecture/signings this week built around a book title that is literally a real mouthful: “Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare.”

Co-authors Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla will be at the library in the usual time slot for these programs, on Sunday, February 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Taking dead aim at the appetites of all book lovers and lovers of food, “Cooking with the Muse” is full of, as the title attests, seasonal recipes, related poems and lore about food, commentaries on poems, delectable historical and linguistic information, and musings (get it?) that celebrate the pleasures of life.

Included in the savory intellectual and gustatory stew of its pages, according to the authors, are “rich reflections on the arts of selecting ingredients, cooking and eating, reading and writing, and the promotion of health and ecological sustainability.”  

“Cooking with the Muse,” we are told, is a cookbook that is also “a literary feast and a guidebook to the seasons, the splendors, the sustenance, and the spirit of our lives.” Sounds transformative. Seems a shame that there is too little time after the program concludes to whip up the ultimate literary Super Bowl party. Oh well. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register for this tasty treat of a lecture/signing.

The library is offering such a profusion of engaging, stimulating and useful programs these days that there are just too many to fit into a weekend. That means these workshops, discussions and gatherings are now being offered on weekdays.

In the week ahead, the library is hosting: a Knitting Circle for experienced, novice, and aspiring knitters alike led by master knitter and instructor Arlene Primavera on Tuesday, February 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.; a Health and Wellness presentation on “Advances in the Treatment of Hip & Knee Pain” presented by Dr. Peter Sultan, also on Tuesday, February 7, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and a Technology Class on “How to Download and Read eBooks Using the OverDrive App” for those interested in reading books on their computers as well as their other devices, on Wednesday, February 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information about any of these programs or to register.

On Thursday, February 9, no doubt in preparation for Valentine’s Day, the library is hosting another of its delightful and delectable culinary demonstration and tasting evenings.

In “Cooking: Kisses from Cowfish,” starting at 6 p.m. at the library, Executive Chef David Hersh from Cowfish and Rumba Rum Bar restaurants, accompanied by a coterie of guest chefs, will prepare what is being billed as “an unforgettable, informative presentation and dinner.”

As always, all diners are reminded to bring a favorite beverage. The fee is $15, due upon registration. To register or for more information, call the library at 653-4224.

On the topic of enjoying fine food, which seems to have become a theme for this column, this week’s three-course $38 prix fixe on Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, at the Inn Spot on the Bay will feature the flavors of Spain.

Even the names of the dishes sound tasty, from the Tapas Plate and Igado appetizers to the Paella de Valencia, Tortilla de Patata and Pescado a la Riberena entrées to the Crema Catalana, Tarta de Santiago and Bunyol desserts.  

The street food $6 special this week will be Empanadas de Galicia, pastry pies stuffed with chicken and/or beef and potato. The featured beverage will be sangria.   

February 2 is the date of the first cooking class being offered by Colette on Thursdays going forward until spring. This week’s first class, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be all about chocolate and how it is made, from bean to spoon.

Classes include demonstration, recipes, some hands-on preparation, tastings and a glass of wine. The fee is $45 per class; buy 10 classes and get one free; reservations required.

For more information or to make reservations, visit or call 631-728-1200. And please pass on At Quaquanantuck’s best regards.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, next up on the international tour on February 10 and 11 will be the subject of this week’s cooking class: chocolate.  

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One thought on “The White Stuff

  1. It continues to be great and informative of our Village of Quogue. It is better than the paper: you can tell all and not have some cutting to fit their space. It’s the best news I read all week. Please keep it up.
    Joanne Crynes


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