Junior Theater Troupe’s Time to Shine

This year’s Quogue Association fundraising duck race and finish line party down at the Village Dock was another quackerjack success. The official results were: $500 for first place went to Pam Hemel, who listed a New Jersey address; $250 for second place went to Diane and John Wren of Quogue; and $100 for third place went to Linda Filardi of Quogue. The Wrens and Ms. Filardi opted to donate their winnings back to the Quogue Association.

Thanks to Lynne Lomas and Judy McDermott for the splendid photos from this year’s event.

As has been noted in this space, duck money has enabled the Quogue Association to take on a number of noteworthy beautification projects around the community and has also funded a scholarship award to a deserving student from Quogue.  

Quogue Junior Theater Troupe Takes Center Stage

With this year’s QJTT benefit set for Friday, July 28, starting at 7 p.m. in the theater, and the older division of the Troupe all set to open “Legally Blonde” on Tuesday, August 1, at the Quogue Community Hall, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe is taking its turn in the limelight this week.

Maddie Larson and Ginger Vogel LB
Maddie Larson and Ginger Vogel getting in shape for the opening of “Legally Blonde” on August 1 at the Quogue Community Hall. –Richard Prior Photo

The cast of “Legally Blonde” and cast members from the younger division production of  “Seussical Jr.”—running August  22 to 24 at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m.—will perform numbers from their respective shows at Friday’s benefit. And five alumni will be returning to perform numbers from shows in which they performed years ago.

QJTT tap dancing students will also be performing. The younger of the two tap classes will be performing a number in honor of Oakley Debbs, wearing 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.

“Legally Blonde” will run from August 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. each night. Show tickets went on sale online only this week, at www.QJTTonline.org. Some tickets may be available at the theater box office on the night of each show.

Tom Clavin Next in Author Series, Writing Gathering, Assisted Living Explained 

Next up in the Quogue Library 2017 summer Conversations with the Author series will be Tom Clavin, author of “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the Wickedest Town in the American West,” on Sunday, July 30, at 5 p.m.

A review in the Washington Times quotes Mr. Clavin as saying: “There have been many books and films that feature Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Almost all of the books are largely fiction, including the ones published as nonfiction. They contain exaggerations, embellishments, rumors, and outright falsehoods. The same goes for the on-screen efforts that began in 1932 with Walter Houston playing a character based on Wyatt Earp.”

The same review avers that “Mr. Clavin offers a true account of the early lives of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and how they came to be lawmen together in Dodge. The book also offers a colorful cast of Western characters who lived or passed through Dodge during these years, some of whom are familiar figures like Doc Holiday, Billy the Kid, Belle Star, Eddie Foy and Wild Bill Hickok, to name only a few.”

Mr. Clavin is a bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and website editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times covering entertainment, sports, and the environment.

Author Tom Clavin

He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association, and two of his books were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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, August 6, at 5 p.m. the next guest of the series will be Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”

Meanwhile, the first of three free Writing Gatherings for Adults will be offered at the Quogue Library today, 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.

Next Thursday, August 3, at 6 p.m., Jeffrey A. Thompson, executive director at the Villa in Westhampton, will lead a free program on “What is Assisted Living? Your Questions Answered” at the Quogue Library.

Over the next five years the fastest growing age group is expected to be the 65+ population. Mr. Thompson will discuss the differences in Home Care and Day Care, Retirement Communities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities and get answers for all questions on this relevant topic.

Registration is required for this free program; call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

“Mark Perry: The Nature Of” at Library; Phyllis Hammond Outside

“Mark Perry: The Nature Of,” the new show at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, will run through August 6. The artist, who divides his time between New York City and East Hampton, studied 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.

Meanwhile, sculpture by Phyllis Hammond has been installed as the Summer Outdoor Art Installation at the Quogue Library. Ms. Hammond, a Springs sculptor, has been making art for 80 years. Her long career includes working as a draftsman at Raytheon for Patriot missiles. Early on she studied at the Kyoto City College of Fine Arts in Japan and later devoted many years to teaching. She started spending time on the East End in the ’80s and moved to Springs permanently in 1995.

Phyllis Hammond
The artist Phyllis Hammond with one of her sculptures

Ms. Hammond began her career working in clay and over four decades created many, often huge, clay sculptures and “whole environments,” exhibiting her work in numerous venues in SoHo and elsewhere over the years. After she had moved to Long Island she decided to change direction, and today her work is created using steel and aluminum.

As part of a laborious process, aluminum shapes are fed into a rolling machine at Liberty Iron Works in Southampton, further hammered and welded, and then powder-coated in bright shades of orange, blue, green and yellow. Some of the pieces are combined with others and some become large eight-foot screens.

Last fall Ms. Hammond installed five new sculptures in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City and four at the Summit Library in New Jersey. She is currently working on an installation in the New York City Garment District.

Art Classes and Art Show for QHS

The Quogue Historical Society’s 37th annual Children’s Art Classes for 5- to 12-year-olds will 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.

Reverend Robert Dannals at Atonement for Three Services

The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate for the first of three services at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement this Sunday, July 30.

Rev. Robert Dannals
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals

After many years as Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, TX he is presently the Interim Rector at Holy Innocents Church in Atlanta, GA . He has his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, NJ and his PhD from The Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN.

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.

U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum Topic of Next Great Decisions Discussion

“The Effect of U.S. Petroleum Security on Foreign Policy” is the topic for the next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion slated at the Quogue Library on Saturday, August 5, at 5 p.m.

For 45 years, the U.S. has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 99-year history, is to serve as  a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.

Save the Date for QFD Open House

Be sure to mark August 6 on the calendar for the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department annual Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. The volunteers deserve our unqualified support, and the party is always a great time for everyone, from tiny, first-time fire engine riders to members of the more sagacious older generation.

World Cinema Series in Westhampton Beach

Screening August 1 through 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach PAC, “Maudie,” starring Sallie Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, will be the fourth 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. Helen Simonson, the NY Times bestselling author of “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and “The Summer Before the War,” will be Mr. Botsford’s guest for the August 1screening of “Maudie.”

The August 8 to 10 film will be “The Midwife,” with Catherine Deneuve. In French with English subtitles.

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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