The Season Hits Its Stride

In terms of the summer season, Memorial Day is a signal flare or the starter’s pistol. Labor Day is last call, or the closing bell. But the July 4th weekend—or weekend, strange betwixt-and-between Monday (as we had this year), and then free-floating Tuesday holiday—and concomitant sporadic and sometimes tightly choreographed fireworks mark the point on the calendar when the season really hits its stride.

Suzanne L fireworks
Thanks to Suzanne Lightbourn for this lovely image of Saturday’s fireworks.

That’s the good news, and bad news, too, in a way, for seasonal and full-time residents and visitors alike. It’s good news because at no other time of year are there so many ways to enjoy what the East End has to offer, in terms of both recreational and cultural pursuits too copious and various to catalog.

It’s bad news, though, because when so many of the ways to enjoy the blessings of being in this place—particularly the cultural offerings—are concentrated into the all-too-brief window between July 4 and the first Monday of September (Labor Day), it is well nigh impossible to take advantage of even a healthy portion of them.

It’s also a huge challenge for a community scribe to try to bring readers’ attention to more than just a few of the dozens and dozen of events, programs and activities that dot the calendar, often in support of terrific and very vital causes.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

First of all, on Thursday, July 6, at 6 p.m. Quogue Historical Society Curator Julie Greene will give a talk on the Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Down on the Beach: Quogue’s Life-Saving Service, 1849-1937.”

If you miss the talk, be sure to get over to the QHS Pond House headquarters and check out the “Down on the Beach” exhibition as well as a sister show, “A Moment in Time: Photographs of Quogue Village Streets, February 1942.” Both the Pond House and the 1822 Schoolhouse will be open this summer on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Saturday, September 2.

Library’s Summer Conversations with the Author Series Begins

First up in the Quogue Library 2017 summer Conversations with the Author 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.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale now, and patrons 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.

On Sunday, July 16, at 5 p.m. the summer series will welcome Julie Scelfo, author of “The Women Who Made New York.” Ms. Scelfo is 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.

“Selected Shorts” Taping Stars Reading at Southampton Campus

Still on the literary track, readers should take note that “Selected Shorts,” one of the premier reading series in New York City and a popular Public Radio International program, will return to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of funny, moving, romantic, and surreal tales filled with unexpected twists and turns.

In celebration of the launch of the 10th anniversary issue of TSR: The Southampton Review, actors Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner, Richard Kind, and Maulik Pancholy will perform magical short stories by authors featured over the years in the literary and art journal of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the Southampton Campus.

Tickets are $30 for adults or $15 for students, available at For more information, visit TSR Online, email or call 631-632-5027.

Meanwhile, Quogue residents can still apply to take part in Roger Rosenblatt’s master class, “Imagine What You Know: Five Ways of Looking at Writing” at this year’s Southampton Writers Conference at Stony Brook Southampton. The class is a groundbreaking approach to examining the art and craft of writing for every genre, using a multi-media array of music, film clips and other works of art to broaden and deepen the discussion.

All those who sign up for the Master Class will have access to everything that is offered during the 12-day conference—evening salons, guest author readings, panel discussions and more—with the only exception being the graduate credit-bearing workshops.

The conference starts on Wednesday, July 12, with Roger’s first class on Thursday, July 13. The fee for the Master Class is $650. For more information, or to apply, visit or email  

Leopards vs Wildcats Tennis
Fully grown, not to say mature, Leopards and Wildcats squared off on the tennis courts of the Quogue Field Club over the weekend, with the Wildcats emerging victorious.

Summer World Cinema Series Begins at PAC 

Screening July 11 through July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach PAC, “The Hero,” starring Sam Elliott, will kick off the Center’s summer World Cinema series.

Films in the series run Tuesday through Thursday in July and most weeks in August at the PAC. Once again this summer, Andrew Botsford will introduce the films on Tuesday evenings and, sometimes accompanied by guest commentators, will discuss them afterwards. The July 18 to 20 film will be “Lost in Paris.”

Tickets are $17; $11 for seniors; and $7 for WHBPAC Film Society members. For details and to purchase tickets in advance, visit and click on World Cinema.   

Reverend Richard McCall Returns to Church of the Atonement

The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will return for his 18th season to officiate at the Church of the Atonement for three weeks starting this Sunday, July 9. He and his wife, The Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, hail from Bloomington, IN. The couple have a daughter Anne and son-in-law Myles living in New Orleans, a son Ross and daughter-in-law Liz in Atlanta, and a daughter Emily and son-in-law Trent in Bloomington.

Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall
The Reverend Dr. Richard McCall

Once again, a reminder that all children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

A Sunday Holy Eucharist service will be held this week at 8 a.m. and a prayer service at 10 a.m.; all are welcome. The landmark Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street.

Important Dates Coming Up

At the Wildlife Refuge: The 11th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit gala—the most important event in the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s fundraising program—will be held Saturday, July 15, on the beautiful grounds of the wildlife sanctuary.

The event will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by Dockers Waterside, cocktails, wine from Martha Clara Vineyards, beer from Southampton Publick House, live music by Souled Out, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. A private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person.

All sponsors will be officially recognized at the Gala, and on the event website. Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail:

Westhampton Garden Club: All those interested in horticulture, floral design, conservation and photography are invited to attend the Westhampton Garden Club’s 2017 Flower Show, “La Belle Époque,” to be held on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church at 40 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Admission is free.

The purpose of the Flower Show is to set standards of artistic and horticultural excellence in each category and to broaden the community’s knowledge and appreciation of the beauty of nature. The 2017 show title, “La Belle Époque” (The Beautiful Era) recalls a specific historical period, conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, when France, in particular, enjoyed a certain joie de vivre as a cultural center with global influence.

The style of the period was inspired by natural forms and structure, not only in flowers and plants but also in all forms of art. Members of the Westhampton Garden Club will submit floral designs that evoke the art, architecture and cultural life of the era.

Wine Tasting Series: The Westhampton Free Library is sponsoring a new wine tasting series off site, at the Westhampton Beach VFW Post 5350 (formerly based in Quogue) led by Eileen M. Duffy, author of “Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island.”

Offered on Thursdays, July 20 and August 3 to 17 (skipping July 27) at 6 p.m. at the Post at 101 Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton, the series will provide  an armchair tasting tour of four of Long Island’s premier producers, with help from the winemakers: Alie Shaper from As If Wines; Roman Roth from Wölffer Estate Vineyards; Adam Suprenant from Coffee Pot Cellars; and Juan Micieli-Martinez from Martha Clara Vineyards.

The winemakers are picking five of their favorites to share with the oenophiles who sign up. The cost is $60 for the four-class series, or $20 per class, and includes tastings and appetizers. Registration is required and payment is due upon registration. For more information or to register, call the Westhampton Free Library’s reference desk at 631-288-3335, ext. 4.

A Salute

As anyone who has had any dealings with the extremely efficient and always gracious staffers in the Quogue Village Office will tell you: we are so lucky to have these women and men handling all matters great and small to keep Quogue running smoothly and thus maintain a quality of life that residents of other villages and hamlets can only envy.

Now it seems that at least one of these staffers, Quogue Village Clerk Aimee Buhl, has turned her attention to life saving, as was detailed in a story in last week’s western edition of The Southampton Press.

No surprise to At Quaquanantuck, really, but still deserving of much applause and a grateful salute from this columnist and from all in the community. We are so blessed.  


Many in Quogue and New York City are mourning the tragic and untimely death of Eric Judge, son of Mary Ann Casati and Geoff Judge. At Quaquanantuck joins with the many friends of the family in our community sending love and support to Mary Ann, Geoff, Jennifer and Alex.

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