Quogue Is Mother to Us All

Right off the bat, At Quaquanantuck sends out happy Mother’s Day wishes to all mothers and all the sons and daughters who owe, at a minimum, their very existence to them.

Beyond the fealty we all owe our mothers, or their memory, this beautiful village also deserves our loyalty, and our participation in ensuring that it maintains its unique character. There are two opportunities to show your love for Quogue on the calendar this week.

On Saturday, May 13, starting at 10 a.m., the Quogue Historical Society will be offering coffee and refreshments during a signup session for volunteers for the summer season. Stop over to the Society’s Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue and see how you can pitch in and help out.

Then, on Tuesday, May 16, the Quogue School budget and the appropriation for the Quogue Library will be voted on at the school on Edgewood Road. There are also three candidates running for one three-year term on the Quogue UFSD Board of Education. The three candidates are Edmund Moore, Malcolm Jock McLean (son of the late Mayor Malcolm McLean), and Kathryn Paling.

Please, if you are in Quogue, get over to the school and vote. It’s the right thing to do.

 Mad Hatter Tea Party and Foreign Policy

A special Mother’s Day Mad Hatter Tea Party for all ages will be held at the Quogue Library on Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Starlight, the chef from Garden Fresh Sauce, will present a cooking demonstration, making organic mini sandwiches and fresh organic herbal tea for all participants. The Mad Hatter Hat part of the program is tied to a Thursday, May 11, hat making workshop at the library at 4 p.m. where participants are making one of a kind hats for themselves or their mothers to wear to the tea.

“FPA: Trade, Jobs and Politics” is the topic for the next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion slated at the Quogue Library on Saturday, May 13, at 5 p.m.

There is no denying the political mood toward trade in the U.S. has soured. The 2016 presidential contest enflamed the current popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But is that true? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing.

Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org.

There’s another Silent Movie Night coming up at the Quogue Library the night of the school budget vote, on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. The film will be “The Cat and the Canary.”

Here’s the library’s description of the film: “A decaying mansion and a stormy night are the archetypal setting for mystery and chaos when a pack of greedy relatives gather for the reading of a 20-year-old will. But before the West fortune can be handed down, the family must endure a night in the cavernous manor, unnerved by the news that an escaped lunatic is at large.”

Call the library at 631-653-4244 to reserve a seat.

Be sure to check out “Ty Stroudsburg: Recent Landscapes,” the May exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery. Ms. Stroudsburg, a Southold based artist, is exhibiting a series of recent abstract oil and pastel landscape paintings, on view through May 30.

Only two weeks to go: “Alarms and Excursions,” a collection of rollicking comedies by “Noises Off” playwright Michael Frayn, will be the final offering of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2016-2017 season, opening on May 25 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through June 11.

The five separate “dizzyingly funny” (Variety) mini plays of “Alarms and Excursions” draw their humor, and their resonance, from the playwright’s acute observations about the way longtime couples cope with our servitude to the so-called technological “advances” of the modern world and how their relationships are shaped by the routines and roles they have established with each other.

The cast of “Alarms and Excursions” features four Hampton Theatre Company veterans, each playing four different roles. Rosemary Cline and Jane Lowe Baldwin were last seen on the HTC stage last spring in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” with castmate Andrew Botsford, who played U.S. President Charles Smith in last fall’s production of David Mamet’s “November.”  George A. Loizides, the director of last season’s production of “Lost in Yonkers,” appeared on stage in Quogue most recently in the 2014 production of “Heroes.”    

“Alarms and Excursions” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from May 25 to June 11 with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance of “Alarms and Excursions” will be presented on Saturday, June 10, at 2:30 p.m.

To reserve tickets, visit http://www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

On Saturday, June 3, there will be a special benefit performance of “Alarms and Excursions.” The audience will enjoy a glass of wine or beer and hors d’oeuvres at the theater at 6 p.m. prior to the 6:30 p.m. curtain, and there will be a cocktail reception and buffet following the performance at the Quogue Field Club. Tickets are $175 per person or $300 per couple. For more information, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, email info@hamptontheatre.org, or call 631-653-8955.

After “Alarms and Excursions” closes, there is a treat for music lovers coming up at the Quogue Community Hall. The Quogue Chamber Music classical music concert series and educational outreach program will present the Reuter, Morejon, Oei Trio performing the music of Bach, Poulenc, Visconti and others on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The exclamation point on this concert announcement is that the performance of “Hopper Nocturnes” by Dan Visconti will be a world premiere, commissioned for Quogue Chamber Music by Jane and Marvin Deckoff. More details to come; for more information right away, visit www.quoguechambermusic.org.  

The Inn Spot on the Bay will continue its practice of offering international dinners from now until Memorial Day with a “best from around the world selection.” This week’s menu will feature a selection of international hits from a variety of different countries.

The Inn Spot on the Bay will also be open for Mother’s Day Breakfast/Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mother’s Day brunch menu is available at www.theinnspot.com.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes of interest to Quogue residents, and photos, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit AtQuaquanantuck.com and feel free to follow.

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