Time to Step Up for Wildlife Refuge

If you haven’t gotten your tickets already for the 11th annual Quogue Wildlife Refuge Wild Night for Wildlife benefit gala on Saturday, July 15, then shame on you!

There may still be time to rectify this embarrassing oversight on your part. Since you can only see this column online nowadays, you are perforce already on your computer or smart phone or iPad of other tablet at this very moment. And so with a simple click you can go directly to this link and get your tickets in just a couple of minutes.

Go on. Do it now. You can read the rest of the column when you’re done. And you’ll enjoy it so much more knowing you’ve done the right thing: for yourself, for your community, and for all the wonderful things that the QWR brings to Quogue and all of the surrounding area.

This just in from Barbara Sartorius, co-chair of this year’s Wild Night for Wildlife:

“This year your support is particularly urgent as a result of the recent fire in the historic Ice House.  Fortunately, Mike Nelson is a light sleeper, and about 2 a.m. in the morning of July 4, he heard an odd crackling noise. It was the sound of the ice house on fire. Mike fought back the fire with a garden hose and fire extinguishers until the Quogue Fire Department arrived. Due to his good efforts, the fire was contained to the second floor of the ice house.

QWR Ice House after fire
Thanks to Mike Nelson and the Quogue Fire Department volunteers, damage to the Ice House from the July 4 fire was contained to the second story.

“If you can’t attend this special event, please consider a donation to the refuge and/or a contribution of a service or item for their raffle and silent auction. Monetary donations are always gladly received.”

Go on. Click one of the links above. We’ll wait.

The event—the most important initiative in the Refuge’s fundraising program, the one that provides a major portion of its operating budget—will be held at 7 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the wildlife sanctuary itself. There will be 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. If you need to ask any questions before buying your tickets or making a donation, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.

“La Belle Époque” Flower Show

No tickets are necessary for another beautiful event earlier on the same day, Saturday, July 15. That would be the Westhampton Garden Club’s 2017 Flower Show, “La Belle Époque,” being held 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 Flower Show has broad appeal, not limited only to those interested in horticulture, floral design, conservation and photography. The purpose of the 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 the specific historical period 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 have submitted floral designs that evoke the art, architecture and cultural life of the era.

Why not make it a “celebrate the beauty of nature” day and go to the Flower Show between 10 and 3 in Westhampton Beach and slip into your summer party attire and head over to the QWR for a swell time and a “Wild Night” in support of one of Quogue’s great local causes, and resources.

Tickets Still Available for “Selected Shorts” in Southampton

Readers, lovers of public radio, supporters of Symphony Space, people who enjoy being read to (and who doesn’t?), and fans of Blythe Danner, Betty Buckley, Richard Kind, and “30 Rock” and “Weeds” featured player Maulik Pancholy should get their clicking fingers ready: “Selected Shorts,” the fabulous New York City reading series and popular Public Radio International program, is bringing the aforementioned stars to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. to tape a show for a future broadcast (and, one supposes, streaming).

In celebration of the launch of the 10th anniversary issue of TSR: The Southampton Review, the four actors will perform funny and poignant 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 the eminently clickable www.thesouthamptonreview.com. For more information, visit TSR Online, email editors@thesouthamptonreview.com or call 631-632-5027.

Summer Conversations with the Author Series Welcomes Julie Scelfo

Next up in the Quogue Library 2017 summer Conversations with the Author series will be Julie Scelfo, author of “The Women Who Made New York” on Sunday, July 16, at 5 p.m.

Ms. Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times; her stories in the Times about how we live routinely appear on that august publication’s most e-mailed list. Prior to joining the Times in 2007, she was a correspondent at Newsweek, where she covered breaking news and wrote about society and human behavior. She covered the events of September 11, 2001, live from lower Manhattan, and then reported extensively on the attack’s environmental and emotional aftermath.

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 23, at 5 p.m. the next guest of the series will be Bob Chilton, author and photographer of “The Lightness of Darkness.”

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

On Friday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the reading and author talk will be offered by Sally Bedell Smith, New York Times Bestselling author of “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.”

Exhibitions Changing at Quogue Library Art Gallery

This is the last weekend to check out the “Alice Vlcek: Power of Suggestion” exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, which is coming down after Sunday, July 16.

Next up will be “Mark Perry: The Nature Of,” running from July 17 through August 6, with a reception scheduled at the library on Saturday, July 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. More details next week.

Cool Things of a Historical and Artistic Nature at QHS

On Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. QHS Curator Julie Greene will lead a workshop on how to research your home with resources available in the Society library as well as other local repositories. Ms. Greene will lead participants step-by-step through uncovering a property’s past by way of general histories, deeds, wills, online newspaper databases, and other sources.

The Historical Society’s 37th annual Children’s Art Classes for 5- to 12-year-olds get underway on Friday, July 21, this year, and will also be offered on July 28 and August 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Quogue Firehouse. There is a limit of 20 children per class and admission is free; registration is by email to ChildrensArt2017@gmail.com.

The children’s art will be  be displayed at the Children’s Art Show, Saturday, August 12, 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the Village Green. The Art Lessons are sponsored in part by the Counselman-Oxholm Fund.

Reverend Richard McCall Officiates at Second Service

The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will officiate at the second of three services at the Church of the Atonement during his stay in Quogue this year, on Sunday, July 16. A Holy Eucharist service will be at 8 a.m. and a morning prayer at 10 a.m. this week; all are welcome. The Episcopal church is located at 17 Quogue Street.

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 m.vogel@verizon.net.

World Cinema Series in Westhampton Beach

Screening July 18 through 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach PAC, “Lost in Paris,” which has been called “a charming ode to Tati and Chaplin,” will be the second film in the Center’s summer World Cinema series. The film is in English.

Films in the series run Tuesday through Thursday in July and most weeks in August at the PAC. Once again this summer, Andrew Botsford is introducing the films on Tuesday evenings and, sometimes accompanied by guest commentators, offering commentary on them afterwards. The July 25 to 27 film will be “Beatriz at Dinner,” with John Lithgow and Selma Hayek.  

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

Guest Photo of the Week

Thanks to Carol Crane for this nice photo of her son Zach and his wife Katie.

Zach and Katie Crane
#itsaboy #september baby @ktgcrane @zachary_crane

Carol has assured At Quaquanantuck that the caption she supplied will be sufficient and will be understood by all the social media savvy readers of the column. Going to take her word on that.


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 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.

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