Walk for Wildlife; Mystery on Stage; April Art Exhibit

Faithful readers, At Quaquanantuck sincerely apologizes for the human error and technical miscues that resulted in last week’s column being posted on Sunday, after almost all the events and programs referenced had already happened. The column’s author confesses to a galling lack of expertise and a very gradual learning curve in all matters cybernetic and pledges to do all in his power to improve.

In the meantime, for those of you who might have perused last week’s column when it was finally posted, please forgive any repetitions in this week’s submission. Such is the nature of recovery in the publishing game. 

First up this week is an item that was introduced last week, the first-ever walkathon at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 1, to raise money for the animals at the Refuge. Check-in will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and the walkers will begin ambulation at 10 a.m., rain or shine, choosing from various trail lengths including a 1-mile, 1.5-mile, or 3-mile circuit. All are welcome to take extra laps if they’d like a longer stroll.

All those who would like to support this very worthy cause but who cannot make the walk, for whatever reason, are encouraged to make a donation online.  

Pre-registration and donations may be made in person at the Refuge or by visiting  quoguewildliferefuge.org. Pre-registration price is $30 for adults and $20 for under 18; day of event registration will be $35 for adults and $25 for the younger set. Another advantage to early registration is that the first 150 walkers to sign up will receive an event t-shirt.

Ever cheery QWR Assistant Director Marisa Nelson reports that the Refuge has received generous sponsorships from a number of supportive local businesses, including: the Leo Walsh Foundation; Austin Patterson Disston Architects; Cardo Site Development, Inc.; Cowfish; Fruit King; Hurricane Deli; IGHL (Independent Group Home Living); John’s Pools & Spas; Marvil Fit; Quogue Fire Department; Q Food (aka the new Quogue Market); Rumba; Speonk Lumber; Tonino’s Pizza & Italian Eatery; Village of Quogue PBA; Visionary Graphics; and Westhampton True Value.

Prizes will be awarded to the best animal-themed costumes at the walkathon, and all are encouraged to enlist additional sponsorships, i.e. people or organizations that will put up funds in support of registered walkers.

As noted last week, this is a fabulous opportunity for area residents to put their money, and their feet, where their hearts are in support of the animals residing in what used to be called—with good reason—the Wildlife Sanctuary. At Quaquanantuck urges readers to spread the word, sign up more walkers and lots of sponsors, and get over to the Refuge for the walk on Saturday, even if it’s raining.

As anyone who has ever experienced rain during a race or other athletic competition, a concert (remember Woodstock?), a campaign rally, or any other outdoor group activity will tell you: getting wet makes for the best stories and the most vivid and fond memories. Call 631-653-4771 or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org for more information.

Tonight, Thursday, March 30, begins the second week of Bernard Slade’s “An Act of the Imagination,” the suspense filled mystery that will run through Sunday, April 9, at the Quogue Community Hall.

In “An Act of the Imagination”—described by one reviewer as “one of the wilder rides of drawing room mystery”—buttoned up author Arthur Putnam has created his first steamy romance after 27 whodunits, prompting a number of puzzling questions.

Arthur’s beautiful and charming wife, Julia, and his feckless son from an earlier marriage, Simon, are accustomed to Arthur’s vagueness and absent-minded foibles, but the author’s sudden change in subject matter puzzles them both.

Their puzzlement takes a darker turn when a woman arrives on the Putnams’ doorstep with a tale of an adulterous affair with Arthur that precisely mirrors the story in his new book. Arthur becomes the chief suspect after the woman is killed, at the same time as a plot to do away with Arthur comes to light.

While keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, the mystery also asks how much we really know about those who are closest to us, and what can we do—or what should we do—when we discover they are not who we think they are?

For the HTC production, the role of Arthur Putnam is played by Matt Conlon. HTC veteran Rebecca Edana has the role of Putnam’s wife Julia; and newcomer Jesse Pimpinella plays his son Simon. Playing Putnam’s friend, Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt, is another newcomer to the HTC stage, James M. Lotito Jr.

The other characters in the play—variously potential victims or suspects, or both—include Putnam’s editor Holly Adams, played by HTC regular Amanda Griemsmann; and two strangers to the household, Brenda Simmons (Meggie Doyle) and Brooke Carmichael (Cesa Pledger).

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For ticket information visit www.HamptonTheatre.org or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

HTC has started offering a bonus 2:30 p.m. Saturday matinee on the last weekend of each show’s run. Now, courtesy of the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, the Saturday matinee of “An Act of the Imagination” on April 8 has a very enticing offer attached: Theatergoers can enjoy a three-course lunch at the Quogue Club at 12:30 prior to ambling down Jessup Avenue to enjoy the matinée at 2:30. The cost of a delicious lunch in the beautiful club dining room and a ticket to the matinée performance is $60.  

Anyone wishing to reserve tickets for this package is asked to send a check for $60 (per person) to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Because the same package will be offered to theatergoers for the June 10 matinée on “Alarms and Excursions,” remember to note which show and date you are reserving for and your name, email address and phone. For more information on the lunch and matinee special, call 631-653-8955.

The guest for the Sunday, April 2, visiting author program at the Quogue Library will be Christopher Verga, talking about his book, “Civil Rights on Long Island,” at 2 p.m. Mr. Verga is a local historian and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College; he created his book using images from local historical societies, private collections, and the African American Museum of Nassau County.

Little known facts that the author may discuss: At one time, Long Island had the largest slave population in the North; the “biggest donors” to the KKK, according to Mr. Verga, were “real estate companies.”

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

On Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the library, there will be a “Bee Natural Honey Tasting and Demonstration” program led by Wayne Vitale of the Spy Coast Bee Farm.

Apparently, 30 percent of what we eat exists only because honey bees do their pollination thing. The importance of bees in our ecosystem will be explained during this multi-sensory presentation, which will include a slide show, plenty of honey, and body care sampling. Sounds sweet.

“Roxanne Panero: Scenes from Nature” will be the April 2017 exhibit at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, on view from April 1 through April 30. An artist’s reception open to all will be held at the library on Sunday, April 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The Sagaponack artist Roxanne Panero sees subjects everywhere: “Everything I look at, everywhere, every minute can be a picture to paint. Interiors, exteriors, landscapes, up, down, around … people, scenes, structures…” For the April exhibit at the library, she has winnowed down her selections to scenes of nature to usher in the first full month of spring.

Quogue Library Art Committee members Liz Hartman and Missy Lynch are the chairs of this exhibition. More details on this exhibition next week; for now, mark the calendar for the Sunday, April 9, reception at 3 p.m.

The globe-trotting menu for Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, at the Inn Spot on the Bay will draw on the globally renowned cuisine of Italia.

There seems to be a Spring Sale going on at the Lily Pad shop on Jessup Avenue. At Quaquanantuck will try to get the details on this and other news of our village business district for next week’s column.

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