Irish Spirit Whatever the Weather

So, we always want to think of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Westhampton Beach as the unofficial start of spring. And sometimes the weather cooperates and gives us hope and comfort; and sometimes it most emphatically does not.

This year, based on notably unreliable predictions, it appears that the weather is no friend of the Irish, although it could be worse if the snowfall predicted for Friday was to arrive on Saturday instead. As it is, there doesn’t seem to be much hope for whatever accumulates on Friday to melt by Saturday: the forecast calls for temperatures in the 20s, with winds around 20 mph to put some nasty icing on the cake, or, what is worse, the exposed skin of those brave souls who will be marching.

Of course, when it comes to brave souls, it’s natural to think of the stout volunteers of the Quogue Fire Department, for whom weather is never an obstacle when they are called upon to serve. And that includes their service representing the department and our village in parades like the one in Westhampton Beach on Saturday, March 11, starting at noon, and the one on the following Saturday, March 18, in Hampton Bays, which will step off at 11 a.m.

On both Saturdays, parade goers should be sure to wave, salute, cheer and otherwise encourage the QFD volunteers manning three trucks or marching. And perhaps save a few cheers or applause for the members of the Hampton Theatre Company who are entering a float in the Westhampton Beach parage this year aligned with the theme of “Come Together.”

The intention, of course, is to raise awareness about the theater company and the next show at the Quogue Community Hall, “An Act of the Imagination,” a suspense filled mystery by Bernard Slade that opens on March 23 and runs through April 9. For ticket information visit www.HamptonTheatre.org or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

For those who enjoy the Irish spirit (or spirits) of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations but for whom sub-freezing temperatures and wind chill are deterrents to venturing out of doors, the Quogue Library, as ever, has got you covered. Coming up on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. as part of the Winter Documentary series at the library will be “The Irish Pub” (76 minutes) directed by Alex Fegan.

This lively documentary is a celebration of what many consider the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub—its character and history determined by the traditional Irish publicans who run these establishments. The characters in what the library is calling an “exceptionally endearing film” all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations. It is “through their warmth, wit and wisdom,” the library avers, that we gain an insight into “the heart and soul of the Irish pub.”

Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.

Although there will almost certainly be no reference to anything to do with the Irish or the Emerald Isle’s patron saint, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will be offering refuge from the elements and an exceptional film this weekend: the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” from filmmakers Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck and directed by Raoul Peck.

Praised as “one of the best movies you are likely to see this year” by Manohla Dargis in The New York Times, the 93-minute film will be screened on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, March 11, at 4 and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript.

In “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material.

Writing in The Guardian, Jordan Hoffman wrote that “‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is a cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the Civil Rights era ever made.”

At Quaquanantuck is guessing that many, if not most, residents of our village are not aware that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In acknowledgement of this, and of the importance of routine cancer screenings, the Quogue Library is offering a “Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know” program presented by Dr. Brett Ruffo on Tuesday, March 14, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Ruffo, who is considered a leading expert in colon and rectal surgery, will discuss all aspects of colorectal cancer. Call the library to register for this important and potentially life-saving program.

The moon will be full on Sunday, March 12, which means it’s time for the (almost) monthly Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Due to the popularity of this program, and possibly some earlier cancellations or postponements because of weather, if you were thinking of joining the moon walkers this month you’re out of luck: the program is full.

Please mark your calendars now for the Quogue PTA Annual Pancake Breakfast, scheduled this year on Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 to 11a.m. at Quogue Fire House. Plans call for the customary delicious breakfast accompanied by Hampton Coffee; a basket auction with fabulous prizes, fun crafts for kids, and more.

All proceeds will benefit Arts in Education at the Quogue School, which At Quaquanantuck applauds heartily. For more information, contact Amy Owens at amyaowens@gmail.com.

Itching to see some live theater between now and when “An Act of the Imagination” opens in Quogue? Don’t forget that two of the Hampton Theatre Company’s most popular actors, Joe Pallister and Edward Kassar are tackling “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff at the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton from March 9 to 19.

This gripping drama about bonds between old friends being tested opened on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in the leads

Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.Tickets can be booked by visiting asteadyrain.brownpapertickets.com.

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