Last Chance for Mystery; Artist Reception at Library

Ok, mystery lovers: this weekend presents your last five chances to exercise what Hercule Poirot likes to call “the little grey cells” and try to stay ahead of the mobius twisting machinations of  Bernard Slade’s “An Act of the Imagination,” the suspense filled mystery that runs 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”—we have a mystery writer bending his talents to bodice-ripping romance, his disbelieving and out of patience wife, his feckless son from a previous marriage, a police sergeant who is also an amateur actor, and three women whose backgrounds are murky. In other words, the perfect ingredients for intrigue, duplicity, blackmail and murder.

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 (both new to the HTC stage), 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. There will  also be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. For ticket information visit or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

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 was asked to send a check for $60 (per person) to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Because the package is being offered this weekend, it’s too late for checks so it’s best to call 631-653-8955 for more information on the lunch and matinee special.

Artist’s Reception for Roxanne Panero at Library

“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.

Sagaponack artist Roxanne Panero sees subjects everywhere: “Everything I look at, everywhere,” she says, “every minute can be a picture to paint. Interiors, exteriors, landscapes, up, down, around … people, scenes, structures.” Starting with this “wide-net” as she calls it, she then narrows down the choice, making decisions about what she wants to paint and exploring her subject from every angle. To usher in the first full month of spring, Ms. Panero has selected scenes of nature for the April exhibit at the library Art Gallery.

While eyeing a broad perspective to determine her subject, the artist adopts a limited approach to her palette, using only about six colors in each piece. When she first began concentrating on painting, she surrounded herself with hundreds of tubes of paint colors. Today, though, she says, “I love the process of mixing exactly the color I need from this economy of colors. It’s very rewarding to create a wide spectrum of colors and values from a minimalist palette. I love how this helps with harmony and capturing light as it looked on that day in nature.”

Ms. Panero has spent most of her life teaching art and working in the commercial graphic design field. After 14 years with the advertising and marketing firm R.L. Silver Associates, where she was vice president and creative director, she founded her own design firm, Panero Design, Inc., which enables her to make fine art drawing and painting her first priority.

More of the artist’s work can be seen at

Quogue Library Art Committee members Liz Hartman and Missy Lynch are the chairs of this exhibition, which will be on view from April 1 through April 30, 2017.

Spring Sales Blooming for All Things Quogue

Little Q—Quogue Shop at 144 Jessup Avenue, specializing in women’s and children’s wear and gifts, is currently playing host to a “cool and curious” Spring Sale. Everything in the boutique is 40 percent off through April 10.

Just down the street, “all things Quogue,” in “splashes of gifts and goodies,” are also on sale at the Lily Pad. Both shops are open Saturday and Sunday. Extended hours are posted at The Lily Pad to welcome theatergoers before the show, Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, until 7 p.m., Saturday, April 8, until 8 p.m.

Everybody Wants to Meet Jungle Bob; Spring Wildlife Camp

So popular is the adventurer Jungle Bob that online reservations for his Saturday, April 8, appearance at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at 2 p.m. are now closed. The best anyone can do at this point is to call 631-653-4771 to be placed on a wait list for this fabulous live animal program with some of the world’s most unloved, unusual and unknown creatures.

There will be snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, frogs, toads, salamanders, tarantulas and other creatures, along with an examination of habitats, range, diets, defense mechanisms and fun facts.  For those lucky enough to gain admission, the cost is $10 per person; kids under 3 are free.

Parents of children who will be remaining on Long Island during the upcoming spring school recess should be aware of the Spring Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, running from Monday through Thursday, April 10 to 13.

This popular camp program, with sessions of different duration offered, is for kids age 5 to 11. The morning session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon; the full-day session also starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. each day.

Both sessions of the camp provide three hours of immersion in wildlife, education, and an abundant amount of what the folks at the Refuge like to call “fun.”

A hike and a craft will be offered each day, so parents are asked to dress all campers for the weather. In addition, all campers should bring an individual snack and drink each day, plus lunch for those kids who are signed up for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. extended session.

In addition to other activities, children will be able to feed and handle some of the animals that live in the Nature Center.

The morning session fee is $45 per day, or $150 for the four-day program. The extended session fee is $90 per day or $330 for the four-day program. Registration and payment are required in advance; call 631-653-4771. For more information, visit or call 653-4771.

Plenty going on besides Sunday’s artist’s reception at the Quogue Library … as always. From “Tech-ercise with Russ” at 9 a.m. and yoga with Amy Hess at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7; to “The Magic of Compost” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8; to a “Fitness Booster/KFA” session with Sean Morrison at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, the library has lots to offer. Call 631-653-4224 or visit to find out more.

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 Brazil.

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