Of Ducks and Big Doings in Quogue

Golly, this came up fast: the Quogue Association’s annual fundraising duck race is only a day away, on Friday, July 21. The “duck drop” from the Quogue bridge is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and race fans and handicappers will be gathering at the Quogue Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck Lane at 6 p.m. to check out the photo finish.

Beach Lane Summer Rental
Racing ducks, being plastic, should be safe from the raptor residents of this stylish Beach Lane summer rental on Friday. –ab photo

As ever, the prize money is nothing to quack about, with the first place finisher earning $500 for its backer, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

While waiting for the big finish—and as part of the spectacle and the celebration—race fans will be treated to a free Sunset Concert of live music performed by the band Souled Out, and complimentary beer, wine, and water.

As in years past, single ducks are available for $5 each; a Quack Pack of five ducks goes for $20; the Duckie Dozen package costs $50; the 25-duck Quack Flock is $100; and a Quack Sack of 50 ducks is $200. Ducks are still available for purchase at: the Lily Pad, Little Q – Quogue Shop, the Quogue Market, Rori’s Flowers, Jen Going, Homespun, Quogue Library and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Also, members of the Quogue Association will be setting up at the post office. Be sure to say hello to these stalwart volunteers and purchase a few dozen ducks for Friday’s race.

For more details, email membership@quogueassociation.org,

Duck race proceeds have enabled the Quogue Association to take on a number of noteworthy beautification projects around the community and duck sales have also funded a scholarship award to a deserving student from Quogue.  

The Quogue Association is hoping that one and all will come out, meet and mingle with friends and neighbors from Quogue and environs, and enjoy this wonderful event.

Bob Chilton Up Next in Summer Conversations with the Author Series

Next up in the Quogue Library 2017 summer Conversations with the Author series will be Bob Chilton, author and photographer of “The Lightness of Darkness” on Sunday, July 23, at 5 p.m.

Possessed of a competitive nature and spirit, Bob Chilton is dedicated to capturing a wide range of images, from still life to competitive sports. He is known for the unique viewpoint of his croquet and sailing images, in which he captures the human competitive spirit.

Bob Chilton
Bob Chilton

His art photography reflects his passion for travel and competitive sports. In his newer work, he pushes the boundaries between art and technology, using photo images as a starting point and then creating a unique art piece derived from the images.

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 30, at 5 p.m. the next guest of the series will be Tom Clavin, author of “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the Wickedest Town in the American West.”

Meanwhile, the first of three free Writing Gatherings for Adults will be offered at the Quogue Library on Thursday, July 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The next two gatherings will be on August 24 and September 14.

The gatherings are designed to help participants to tell a story, write a letter, capture a memory and leave a legacy for children or grandchildren in this informal writing group. A writer’s story, a legacy in words, can transmit wisdom, life lessons, and compassion to the next generation.  

Participants are asked to bring along a favorite writing utensil (laptop, notebook, paper, pen) and take the first step, i.e. get started.

Registration is required, by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

“Mark Perry: The Nature Of” Is Next Show at Library Art Gallery

“Mark Perry: The Nature Of” is the title of the next show at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, 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.

The artist divides his time between New York City and East Hampton. After studying portraiture and life drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), he began exhibiting in Providence and later moved to New York City to continue his studies at the Society of Illustrators and the Spring Street Studio.

Perry began to visit Amagansett regularly, and at the same time moved from figurative work to what became his passion: the landscape.

The artist describes his process as fluid and says that “the challenge when making abstract work is keeping an open mind when imagery and thoughts constantly swirl through the brain.” Perry says that one of his current themes is the perception of time and what it means to an artist in middle age: Does experience give depth or limit my ability to engage fully, and without judgment?”

The artist is a member of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton and for years was part of the AAEH annual studio tour. His paintings have been in solo and group shows and art fairs in NYC, Houston and East Hampton, and featured in sets for a major motion picture.

Judy McDermott and Liz Plate are chairs for this show.

Quogue Gallery Sets Reception for Hans Van de Bovenkamp Exhibition

“Hans Van de Bovenkamp: In the Present Moment” will be the next exhibition opening at the Quogue Gallery, a debut of the paintings of Hans Van de Bovenkamp, the internationally renowned sculptor best known for his gleaming monumental works in stainless steel. The exhibition will be on view from July 20 to August 9, 2017, with an opening reception scheduled on Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Featured in the exhibition will be six paintings, 10 works on paper, nine tabletop sculptures, a 6½-foot outdoor sculpture, and examples of the artist’s jewelry.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website at quoguegallery.com.

Researching History of a Home; Art Classes and Art Show for QHS

Possibly still a chance tonight, Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. to join QHS Curator Julie Greene for 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.

The warmup for this year’s QHS Art Show comes on Friday, August 11, this year. From 5 to 7 p.m. the annual “Celebrate Art!” party will be held at the Quogue Field Club Junior Sports Clubhouse on Club Lane, featuring speaker Charles A. Riley II giving a talk at 5:30 on “Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism.”

The Jazz Age was an extraordinary era of artistic genius during which an expat community of artists, including Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gershwin, and Picasso, created some of their greatest works. Mr. Riley is an arts journalist and critic for HamptonsArtHub.com, curator, professor of English, and the author of 28 books on art, architecture, and public policy. Tickets for the event are $60 and $100 ahead of time and $100 at the door. Tickets may be purchased on the Society’s website: www.quoguehistory.org/celebrate-art-benefit/

The annual Quogue Historical Society Art Show & Sale will be held the following day, Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Some 40 artists from the East End will be exhibiting their work, ranging from oils to pastels to photographs at a variety of prices. A $5 family donation is recommended. From 11 to 11:15 a.m. there will be a performance by the young singers of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe. As noted, the juried Children’s Art Show will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Quogue Junior Theater Troupe Benefit and Shows

“Legally Blonde” will be the musical romp for the older division of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe this summer, with shows August 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

For the younger division, the show will be “Seussical Jr.,” running August  22 to 24 at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m.

Legally Blonde rehearsal
Moment of levity during rehearsal for QJTT’s “Legally Blonde.”

This year’s QJTT benefit is set for Friday, July 28, starting at 7 p.m. in the theater, where the casts of both “Legally Blonde” and “Seussical Jr.” will perform numbers from their respective shows. Five alumni will be returning to perform numbers from shows in which they performed years ago.

QJTT has had tap classes for the past three years and this year the troupe’s two tap classes will also be performing. The younger class will be performing a number in honor of Oakley Debbs, showing off their new red tap shoes, in celebration of Oakley’s favorite color.  

After the one-hour performance, guests will be going to the Quogue Field Club for cocktails and light fare. During the evening, a pianist will keep the music going, allowing alumni to gather around to sing and relive some musical memories of the past.

Show tickets went on sale online only this week, at www.QJTTonline.org.

Reverend Richard McCall Officiates at Third Service

The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will officiate at the last of his three services this summer at the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, July 23. 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 25 through 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach PAC, “Beatriz at Dinner,” starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow will be the third 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 dashing, mellifluous and extremely knowledgeable Dan Gurskis of Quogue will be the guest for the July 25 screening of “Beatriz at Dinner.”

The August 1 to 3 film will be “Maudie,” with Sallie Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.  

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.   

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