Anniversaries, Gold and Silver

But first: a Quogue courtship.

Let all those who have struggled to come up with original ideas for celebrating significant anniversaries now stand in awe of Jane and Marvin Deckoff. In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, these two have married their love of music to their commitment to each other in commissioning a new work by Dan Visconti, “Hopper Nocturnes,” that will be presented in a world premiere performance in the Quogue Chamber Music concert on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall.

This first concert of QCM’s 2017 season will feature guest trio performers Gerard Reuter, oboe, Adrian Morejon, bassoon, and David Oei, piano. In addition to “Hopper Nocturnes,” the trio will perform works by Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Sondheim and Poulenc. Following the concert, there will be a celebratory party at the Quogue home of Jane and Paul Dietche.

Tickets are $40 for the concert only; $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; and $5 for students (concert only). Checks may be made payable to Quogue Chamber Music, Inc. and mailed to Post Office Box 1984, Quogue, NY 11959. Tickets may also be purchased at or at the box office at the Community Hall on the night of the concert. Box office opens at 6:30.

In addition to the concert, the Reuter, Morejon and Oei Trio will give a performance for the school children of the Hampton Bays Elementary School on Friday, June 16.

Oboist Gerard Reuter is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and has been principal oboist of American Ballet Theatre, Parnassus and the New York Philomusica.  As the recipient of the 1992 Pro Musicis International Award, Mr. Reuter was presented in solo recitals in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong and Paris.  

An alumnus of the Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music, bassoonist Adrian Morejon is currently on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music and Purchase College.  He is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and has appeared with the Chamber Music Society, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest and Portland Chamber Music Festival.

Pianist David Oei has been winner of the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Competitions and has performed with the St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He is the director of the new Mezzrow Classical Salon, presenting monthly classical chamber music concerts in a West Village jazz club setting.

The program being performed will include the Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, “Hopper Nocturnes” by Dan Visconti, Saint-Saëns Sonata for bassoon and piano, Three Waltzes by Sondheim for oboe and piano and the Poulenc Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon.

25th Annual PTA Chicken Dinner Friday, June 16

Backing up briefly to Friday, June 16, another significant anniversary is being celebrated as the Quogue School PTA hosts its 25th annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on at the school on Edgewood Road. Businesses and families are being asked to help support the school’s Arts in Education program by attending this perennially enjoyable event.

Annually hosting an average of 150 adults and 100 children, this dinner serves as the PTA’s major fundraising event of the year. The members of the Quogue School PTA believe the opportunities created through exposure to the arts enrich and support the extensive curriculum the school embraces. At Quaquanantuck is among the many who share the PTA’s values and believes that making Arts in Education a high priority is essential.

The traditional “great food, music and family fun” will be paired with a silent auction and raffle. Tickets for this always fabulous community building event are $20 for adults, $10 for Quogue School alumni in grades 7 through 12, and $10 for children; raffle tickets are priced at $20 for 25 tickets.

Sunday Services Begin June 25 at Church of the Atonement

The Church of the Atonement, which had its first service July 13, 1884, will open for 2017 summer services on Sunday, June 25, with the Reverend Canon Michael Ambler officiating. When not visiting family in Quogue, Reverend Ambler is Canon to the Ordinary Diocese of Maine in Portland and was the former Rector of Grace Church in Bath, Maine. Perhaps his most impressive credential is that he was a member of the choir and acolyte at the Church of the Atonement as a child.

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. Although it seems highly unlikely that anyone in the village is unaware of its location, At Quaquanantuck is happy to share that the Episcopal Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street.

Check Websites

Time limitations prohibit At Quaquanantuck from drilling down into the offerings at the Quogue Library and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this week, but readers are encouraged to check those institutions’ websites, and, to see what’s on this weekend and in the week beyond.

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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