It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Irish

Presidents Day and the Winter Recess at local schools are in the rear view and St. Patrick’s Day parades are dead ahead. And so, in keeping with the season, as is their wont, the Quogue Library programmers have tapped Jimmy and Tom (no last names provided, for some reason) of the very Irish Claddagh Restaurant and Tap Room in Westhampton Beach for a cooking demonstration and tasting on Thursday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The fee is  $15, which includes observing the preparation of some authentic Irish pub food, sampling same, and enjoying the lovely, lilting strains of traditional Celtic music by the guitar and violin duo Kindred.

If history is any guide, Guinness or other favored beverage accompaniment to Irish pub food will not be included. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information and to register.

As noted last week, the exhibition for the month of March at the Quogue Library Art Gallery will be “Pamela Thomson: Inside and Out of the Studio.” An artist’s reception to which all are welcome is scheduled at the library on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Ms. Thomson, who now lives and works in Hampton Bays, studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London and spent time living in New York City before moving to the East End. Local landscapes, cottages, gardens and still lifes are all favorite subjects for the artist.

“My aim as an artist is to find beauty in unexpected things and places,” Ms. Thomson has said.  She  takes particular pleasure in painting nature in the spring and late autumn, finding many scenes of great interest on the East End. When inclement weather intrudes on her en plein air painting, she says she happily explores the colors and structure of fruits, vegetables, flowers and assorted objects indoors, always painting primarily in oils on canvas or linen.

In recent years the artist’s paintings have been shown in many venues, including Quogue, Southampton, Water Mill and East Hampton.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society and many private collections. More of Ms. Thomson’s work can be found on her website,

Art Gallery Committee members Judy McDermott and Missy Lynch are chairs of this exhibit, which will be on display from March 1 to 29.

Not to be confused with “Nocturnal Animals,” the 2016 film thriller directed by Tom Ford, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will present a “Creatures of the Night” program in the reassuring light of day on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. for children of all ages, each accompanied by an adult.

What creatures come out when most kids are being tucked in? These are animals whose amazing adaptations help them to survive and flourish in the dark. The children, and their adults, attending the program will meet and learn all about an owl, a chinchilla, an opossum, and a snake.

The fee is $5 per child and reservations are required; call 631-653-4771.

In an effort to be more mindful these days, especially with regard to what is transpiring in our beautiful village, At Quaquanantuck signed up for and then actually attended the New Moon Meditation Workshop offered by Alexandra Wisnoski in the Nature Center at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, February 26.

Seated cross-legged in front of the big picture window on the north side of the building, Alexandra, who grew up in Westhampton but trained in Paris and New York, offered some introductory remarks and explained the program. After some initial awkward energy as mantra chanting got underway for a 4-minute warmup, some 20 people of all ages whose yoga mats filled the space settled in and got their meditation on.

During the longest segment, Alexandra created an aural landscape and sound portals through which to connect intention to the powerful energy of the new moon, using a gong, singing bowls and her own very beautiful voice. And while it all might sound like so much New Age folderol to skeptics, it must be said that if deep relaxation was one of the goals for the evening, the program was an unqualified success in that regard, while at the very least opening a door into the practice of meditation.

If Alexandra comes back for the same or any other phase of a future moon, the advice from At Quaquanantuck is to sign up early before the workshop or session fills up.

The Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman,” will be screened at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this weekend: on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, March 4, at 4 and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, March 5, at 4 p.m.

After their flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran (who have the lead roles of Willie Loman and his wife in a local production of “Death of a Salesman”) are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.

At Quaquanantuck saw the trailer for this gripping film at last week’s screening of the Oscar nominated live action shorts, and it looked to be more than worthy of the gold statue it was awarded.

Two of the Hampton Theatre Company’s most popular actors, Joe Pallister and Edward Kassar, are working with a previously unheard of (at least to this columnist) producer, Nimbus Productions, to mount a production of “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff at the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Shows are scheduled March 9 to 19: at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Jenna Mate, who earned her MFA in Theatre at Stony Brook Southampton, tickets can be booked by visiting

And, yes, it is a much longer haul to get to the John Drew Theater, but A. I’m sure it will be worth it, and then some; and B. this is the time of year when driving to East Hampton doesn’t have to be so painful and is actually manageable.

Speaking of the  HTC (which we weren’t, but are now) it has come to At Quaquanantuck’s attention that the company is putting together a float for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Westhampton Beach on Saturday,  March 11. More details here next week.


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