Solstice Spins Summer into High Gear

Many Quogue residents no doubt feel like summer got underway a few weeks back. Still, as happens every year, no matter how much busier things may have gotten with the arrival of Memorial Day, the season kicks into another gear as we reach the summer solstice and then land on the calendar page dedicated to July.

The late Henry Gardiner was fascinated by the relationship between the sun and the Earth, the winter and summer solstices, and built an analemma to trace their relationship during the solar year.

Now that we have had the summer solstice, Sunday services start up and the members of the junior choir begin making their joyful noise at the Church of the Atonement; the summer Conversations with the Author series returns to the Quogue Library; the Quogue Wildlife Refuge gears up to host its annual Family BBQ for 2017 members on Friday, June 23, and the Wild Night benefit gala on Saturday, July 15; and the Quogue Historical Society opens up the Schoolhouse Museum.

Sailing, fishing, ocean swimming, tennis and golf command major attention from young and old; and—as the farm stands start to fill up with fresh local produce and the fish mongers offer a wider selection of catches from nearby waters—grilling, entertaining, cocktail parties, and dining al fresco move to center stage of the social scene.

Quogue residents also start to check out cultural offerings in nearby venues: weekday independent and foreign films return to the PAC in Westhampton Beach to complement the main stage shows on the weekends (and sometimes during the week); the village’s own Roger Rosenblatt brings back his wonderfully accessible Master Class on uses of the imagination to the Southampton Writers Conference, beginning on July 12. (Everyone should sign up for Roger’s class, whether you fancy yourself a writer or not: it will  enrich your appreciation of everything.)

At Quaquanantuck will do its level best to keep readers caught up. Meanwhile, the column will be more comprehensive and have added value if readers will kindly send news items and photos (even, or especially, ones taken with smart phones) to

Legally Blonde
Save the date(s). Details coming soon.

Before we get to details of what’s coming up in the next few weeks, let’s have a little slice of history, from “Notes on Quogue—1659-1959” by Richard H. Post, published by the Quogue Tercentenary Committee in 1959, the 300th anniversary of the Quogue Purchase.

The aforementioned committee was comprised of Malcolm McLean; Harvey E. Cooley, Mayor of Quogue, ex officio; Russell V. Carman, Village Historian; Charles E. McDermott; and Katherine M. Post.

“Another early record states (October 6, 1652) ‘hee that lykewise shall kill a woolf at quaquanantuck shall have 10 shillings.’ Apparently, livestock were being pastured on the broad natural meadows between the forest and the Bay. This is not surprising in view of the great amount of labor required to convert woodlands into upland pastures and the hardihood of the scrub breeds of cattle and sheep, which could live on the salt meadows where modern breeds would starve.”  

Wolves. In Quogue. Hundreds of years before the Wall Street variety.

Sunday Services Begin at Church of the Atonement

The Church of the Atonement (first service July 13, 1884) will open for 2017 summer services on Sunday, June 25, with the Reverend Canon Michael Ambler officiating. Reverend Ambler is a great fit for the job of starting the season, having been a member of the choir and acolyte at the Church of the Atonement as a child.

Reverend Ambler has his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. He and his wife Darreby have two sons: Michael III, a political campaign consultant, and John, who works at the Andros Conservation Trust, Bahamas; and a daughter, Elizabeth (Elle), a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Sunday services at the church, which is at 17 Quogue Street, are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Summer Conversations with the Author Series Set to Start at Library

The Quogue Library has announced the schedule for the 2017 summer Conversations with the Author series. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now, and readers are advised that tickets may not be still available at the door on the day of the lectures. For more information,call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

First  up in this summer’s series will be David Oshinsky, author of “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital,” on Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m.

Mr. Oshinsky is a professor in the NYU Department of History and director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the NYU School of Medicine. In 2005, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History for “Polio: An American Story.” Other books include the D.B. Hardeman Prize-winning “A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy,” and the Robert Kennedy Prize-winning “Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice.” His articles and reviews appear regularly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

On Sunday, July 16, at 5 p.m. the library will welcome Julie Scelfo, author of “The Women Who Made New York.” Ms. Scelfo is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where her stories about how we live routinely appear on the Times’s most e-mailed list.

Meanwhile, the Quogue  Library will continue to offer readings and author talks for which there is no charge, but which still  require registration by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

First up in this category will be Sally Bedell Smith, New York Times Bestselling author of “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” on Friday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The book is the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades, with new insights into his family and his two marriages, by the author of Elizabeth the Queen. Drawing on her extensive access to the royal family’s inner circle, Ms. Bedell Smith delivers unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role.  Tea and scones will be served, a question and answer period will follow the reading, and books will be available for sale before and after the event.

Van Murray Scramble Results

Champions in this year’s Van Murray Memorial Scramble at the Quogue Field Club, with the low gross score of 30, were—appropriately enough—the foursome of Chester Murray, Che Murray, Sue Richardson and Michael Confort.

Runners up, with a gross score of 31, were David Harris, Jack Harris, Si Anthony Jr. and Si Anthony III. The low net winners, with a 23.5 (adjusted for handicap) were David Driscoll, David Rowe, Shep Davis and Judy McDermott.

Congratulations to the winners and to all who competed.

Inn Spot on the Bay Rumor Dispelled

Knowing how rumors can distort facts, cheffes Pam and Colette of the Inn Spot on the Bay (just north of the Ponquogue Bridge at 32 Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays) recently sent out an email to set the record straight.

In their email, the two proprietresses noted that, first of all, the Inn Spot On The Bay is not, and never has been, for sale. The property on which the Inn Spot sits is currently for sale, but the Inn Spot is protected by a lease and is not affected. Colette and Pam are still running the restaurant, inn and catering as usual, and look forward to serving area residents and visitors for many more years.

Patrons and prospective diners are encouraged to visit the Inn Spot website for current menus, and to mark their calendars because music on the lawn begins on June 28, marking the start of the restaurant’s seven-nights-a-week schedule.

Quogue Gallery and Mr. Q Have New Neighbor

The Mr. Q store and Quogue Gallery at the corner of Jessup Avenue and Quogue Street welcomed a new neighbor last weekend, Jen Going Interiors and Going Home Furniture, by designers Jen Going and Stephen Czeck. At Quaquanantuck will endeavor to get more info about the new businesses at what is sometimes referred to as the “Quogue Triangle.”

Jen Going Interiors
Jen Going Interiors is now in the “Quogue Triangle.”


Check Websites

This week, it is limitations in the time/space continuum that prohibit At Quaquanantuck from providing comprehensive coverage of the offerings at the Quogue Library and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 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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