Memorial Day: Holiday of Remembrance

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, with all that it signifies—for good or ill. This year, rather than wait until the end of the column, At Quaquanantuck would like to put the highest priority on drawing readers’ attention to the real significance of this date, and the reason why we have a national holiday dedicated to it.

The purpose of the holiday is to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country, and to give we the living the opportunity to remember their sacrifice and be grateful for their service.

Once again—as they have done so many times before on different important occasions—the members of the Quogue Fire Department are stepping up to help us all remember the meaning of the holiday by organizing a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the fire house on Jessup Avenue on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. sharp.

Of course there are lots of other things happening this weekend, beyond the traditional buildup of traffic around the East End, the overnight doubling of the local population, the buildup to July 4.

State of the Village

Staying with first things first, At Quaquanantuck takes note that on Saturday, May 27, Mayor Peter Sartorius will give his annual State of the Village address at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall meeting room. Hizzoner will likely have these issues on his mind as he prepares his address: the village budget, taxes and finances; beach nourishment; elevation and paving of Dune Road; litigation; and miscellaneous village matters.

The mayor will also answer questions at the end of his address, which is sponsored every year by the Quogue Association.

This weekend is also the first of three for the Hampton Theatre Company production of Michael Frayn’s “Alarms and Excursions” at the Quogue Community Hall. This collection of five rollicking comedies by the author of “Noises Off” runs from May 25 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 June 10, the final Saturday of the run, the HTC will present an additional 2:30 p.m. matinee 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 paying $175 per person or $300 per couple to support the company 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; a cocktail reception and buffet follows the performance at the Quogue Field Club. For more information about the benefit performance, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, email info@hamptontheatre.org, 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.

As noted previously, the cast of “Alarms and Excursions” features Hampton Theatre Company veterans Rosemary Cline, Andrew Botsford, Jane Lowe (Baldwin) and George A. Loizides.

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

Vital Village Business District

While in the village to attend the State of the Village address, to go to the play at the Community Hall, or pay respects at the Memorial Day Ceremony, stop in at one of the businesses that contribute so much to Quogue’s character: The Quogue Market, Homespun, Double Rainbow, the Quogue Liquor Store, the new Big Buddha Yoga and Barre studio behind the liquor store, Flowers by Rori, the Lily Pad and Little Q and Mr. Q, the Quogue Gallery.

These are all wonderful shops, providing everything from whimsy to necessities, all within the friendly confines of Quogue. They deserve your support.

Save Our Bay Oyster Farming Breakfast

The Moriches Bay Project is sponsoring a Save Our Bay breakfast on Saturday, May 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 65 Stevens Lane in Westhampton Beach. Ray Dowd will offer a hands-on introduction to oyster farming, with opportunities to get in the water and build cages.

Coffee and bagels will be served and a $25 donation would be appreciated. This is a great opportunity to learn why oysters are so important to the health of our bays.

Spring Music Fest at Wildlife Refuge

A Rites of Spring Music Fest will be held Sunday, June 4, at 5 p.m. at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, featuring Cliff Baldwin and ACME, the Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble. Just prior to the concert, there will be a presentation with live owls and a conversation with East End naturalists and the composer at QWR at 4:30 p.m.

“Quogue Nocturne” is a live concert by the Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble featuring the sounds of the natural environment and live performers. The piece is an electroacoustic soundscape of water, birds, flora and fauna, all sourced locally and the ensemble will mix field recordings made by the composer in Aquebogue, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Quogue with music performed live.

Sounds from owls, frogs, and crickets from the East End and Southeast Asia will mesh with sounds of the immediate environment.

The concert will be followed by a Wild Food and complimentary wine reception offered in collaboration with Early Girl Farms and Laurel Lake Vineyards. For tickets call the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at 631-653-4771.

While we’re all thinking of the Wildlife Refuge, be sure to save the date, and better yet, to buy tickets for this summer’s Wild Night for Wildlife on the grounds of the QWR on July 15.

The Refuge is seeking sponsors for the 11th annual iteration of this beloved benefit; call 631-653-4771 for more information, or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Don’t forget, 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 performance of “Hopper Nocturnes” by Dan Visconti as part of the June 17 program 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.  

This is the last weekend 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.

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