Good News for School and Theater Lovers

At Quaquanantuck is happy to report that the Quogue School budget was approved by voters on Tuesday, and Malcolm Jock McLean was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Education.

Many in our village have fond memories of Jock’s dad, the late Mayor Malcolm McLean, and many others have happy stories to tell about times they’ve spent with members of the McLean family, stories woven into the fabric of life in Quogue for many years now.

When he learned of his victory, Jock sent along the following note, which At Quaquanantuck would like to share with readers:

“I just wanted to reach out to At Quaquanantuck to thank all of the voters who cast their ballots yesterday. We had an amazing turnout and I am delighted to have been elected as a member of the Board of Education.

“I look forward to working with the other board members in implementing plans that will continue to provide the excellent level of education and the exceptional experience that our unique school provides to all of its students.”

1944 Noir Classic for Film Feast Saturday

On Saturday, May 20, it’s time once again to join friends, neighbors, and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. This month’s selection is the 1944 classic detective love story with more twists than a pretzel, “Laura,” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb.

The storyline is simple: A police detective falls in love with the beautiful portrait of a woman whose murder he is investigating. This Otto Preminger drama/noir/mystery was nominated for five Oscars and won one, for Best Cinematography in black and white.

Whenever At Quaquanantuck thinks of this film, it is the beautiful and haunting musical theme by David Raksin that comes to mind, perhaps the biggest star of the piece. Keep an eye out for Vincent Price as a bumpkin boyfriend of the deceased debutante at the center of the case.

The feasting begins at 6:15 and the film will be screened at 7:15. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Please note that there is an additional $5 fee for out-of-district participants. Best to call the library at 631-653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.

Michael Frayn Comedy Takes the Stage

One week from today, on May 25, the Hampton Theatre Company will open the final play of its 2016-2017 season at the Quogue Community Hall,  “Alarms and Excursions,” a collection of rollicking comedies by “Noises Off” playwright Michael Frayn. The show runs through June 11, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

On the final Saturday of the run, June 10, the HTC will present an additional matinee, at 2:30 p.m., prior to that evening’s performance at 8 p.m.

The second Saturday of the run, June 3, there will be a special benefit performance of “Alarms and Excursions.” Audience members 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 about the benefit performance, visit, email, or call 631-653-8955.

The five separate “dizzyingly funny” (Variety) mini plays of “Alarms and Excursions” serve up the playwright’s observations about the way longtime couples cope with their dependence on 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 three 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 also 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.”

To reserve tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

After “Alarms and Excursions” closes, the Quogue Community Hall will become a haven for music lovers when Quogue Chamber Music presents the Reuter, Morejon, Oei Trio performing the music of Bach, Poulenc, Visconti and others on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The big news here 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  

Turtles and Raptors

On Saturday, May 20, adults and families will have an opportunity to meet a variety of live turtles and tortoises during the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s annual World Turtle Day Celebration at the Refuge. Turtle time begins at 11 a.m. and runs to noon.

Participants will learn all about Long Island’s turtles through a short PowerPoint presentation in the Nature Center before meeting some turtles and learning about ways to help local species. Reservations (631-653-4771) are required as there is limited seating. Tickets are $5 per person.

The raptor specialists at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be taking their show on the road this weekend, offering a birds of prey program at Marders in Bridgehampton on Saturday, May 20, starting at 1 p.m. QWR staffers will give the individual history of each native New York animal and explain why it lives at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Talks at this program for all ages will also examine the adaptations that allow these animals to be such incredible hunters. For more information, visit the QWR website at

The Inn Spot on the Bay will offer its final “best from around the world selection” this weekend, featuring a selection of international hits from a variety of different countries.

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.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, 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 and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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