Quogue’s Bravest; Global Thinking; Local Acting

Ok, this is it: the annual early August extravaganza at the firehouse on Jessup Avenue this Sunday, August 6, giving all local residents the chance to show their support for the brave and dedicated men and women of the all-volunteer Quogue Fire Department—in person with all generations of the family from 4 to 6 p.m., by making a donation to the department’s annual fund drive, or, ideally, both.

There will be food, refreshments, demonstrations, fire engine rides and much more, including a chance to meet, mix and mingle with many of the volunteers and also your friends and neighbors who enjoy such an enviable sense of security due to the protection afforded them by the members of the QFD.

Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Program

There is a temptation in some quarters to think of Quogue as a tiny enclave set off from the “real” world and all its hubbub, uproar, and many challenges and threats to serenity and well-being. While this is blessedly and thankfully true in many respects, never let it be said that the residents of our village don’t think, and in many cases act, globally.

One case in point would be the discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association on important topics with broad geopolitical implications.

“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 the security issues associated with petroleum supplies 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.

Chris Whipple at “Conversations with the Author” Series

Another example of how local residents engage with national and international issues can be found in some of the different programs sponsored by the Quogue Library. Chris WhippleThere could be no more timely speaker for the library’s Conversations with the Author summer series, for example, than the frequent cable news show guest Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” on Sunday, August 6, at 5 p.m.

In addition to being an acclaimed writer, Mr. Whipple is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS’s “60 Minutes” and ABC’s “Primetime,” he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s “The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.”

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 13, at 5 p.m. the next guest of the series will be Quogue’s leading literary lion, Roger Rosenblatt, author of, among much, “Thomas Murphy,” “The Boy Detective,” “Unless It Moves the Human Heart,” “Kayak Morning,” and “Making Toast: A Family Story.”

Quogue Chamber Music Offers Concert for Children August 9

A free concert for children of all ages will be presented by Quogue Chamber Music and the Quogue Library on Wednesday, August 9 at 3:30. The interactive event will take place at the library, 90 Quogue Street, with four talented string players, alumni of the Long Island University Post Chamber Music Festival, performing and chatting with the young audience about the music and about their careers.

The four players are Gemma Hinson and Sho Omagari, violinists, Gregg Williams on viola, and Craig Mehler, cellist. To reserve a seat at “Summer Music for Kids,”call the circulation desk at the library at 631-653- 4224.

Quogue Junior Theater Troupe’s “Legally Blonde”

With their successful annual benefit under their belts, the older cast division of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe opened their 2017 show, “Legally Blonde” this week. At Quaquanantuck stopped by on Tuesday night to check out the second night of the four-night run and can only muster, at least initially, a one-word response: “Wow!”


Legally Blonde benefit
Ginger Vogel as Elle Woods, center, in a number from “Legally Blonde” performed at the QJTT benefit. –Susan Bick Photo

The level of talent was matched by the level of irrepressible energy, which was in turn matched by the focus and concentration of every member of the cast. Intricate choreography? Beautifully defined characters? Mature sexual references? Politically incorrect stereotyping used without malice for humor? The pit orchestra, directors, cast and crew rose to every challenge with grace and aplomb, to the beginning-to-end delight of the audience.  

“Legally Blonde” has two more performances: tonight, Thursday, August 3, and tomorrow, Friday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Show tickets may still be available online, at www.QJTTonline.org, or at the theater box office on the night of each show. It would be a crime to miss this one.

Next up will be the younger division production of  “Seussical Jr.,” running August  22 to 24 at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. Check the QJTT website for details.

Top left, QJTT alumnus Ryan Fitzpatrick and QJTT founder Sue Prior sing a number from “Bye Bye Birdie” at the July 28 benefit; top right, members of the younger cast taking tap perform a special number at the benefit to honor Oakley Debbs and the new redsneakers.org organization to raise awareness about food allergies; above, QJTT board member Rosemary Cline and assistant tech director Russ Long stand behind assistant director Amanda Griemsmann, director Mickey Nugent, and QJTT alumnus Tim Beirne.                                                                                                                                   –Susan Bick Photos

“Melinda Hackett: Visual Playground” Opens at Library Art Gallery

“Melinda Hackett: Visual Playground” is the title of the next show at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, opening Monday, August 7 and running through August 31. An opening reception will be held at the library on Friday, August 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Two pieces of sculpture by Phyllis Hammond have now been installed as the Summer Outdoor Art Installation at the Quogue Library, one in front of the library and one behind the Shinnecock Room.

Ms. Hammond, a Springs sculptor, 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. After she moved to Long Island she changed direction, and today her work is created using steel and aluminum.

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 next session of the Quogue Historical Society’s 37th annual Children’s Art Classes for 5- to 12-year-olds will be offered on Friday, 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.

Setting the stage for this year’s QHS Art Show will be the annual “Celebrate Art!” party at the Quogue Field Club Junior Sports Clubhouse on Club Lane on Friday, August 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. This year’s featured speaker will be 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 second of three services at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement this Sunday, August 6. The former Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, TX,  Rev. Dannals is presently the Interim Rector at Holy Innocents Church in Atlanta, GA .

Just a few more weeks for children in the community age 7 to 14 to sing in the junior choir at the church, 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.

Westhampton Beach PAC World Cinema Series and Casino Night

Screening August 8 through 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach PAC, “The Midwife,” starring Catherine Deneuve, will be the fifth film in the Center’s summer World Cinema series. The film is in French with English subtitles.

Films in the series typically run Tuesday through Thursday in the summer series 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. Quogue’s own matinee idol Dan Gurskis will be Andrew’s guest for the screening of “The Midwife” on August 8. 

Breaking the Tuesday night commentary pattern, the film running Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17 will be “Pop Aye,” made in Thailand, about a disenchanted architect recovering his long lost elephant. The commentary will be offered on Wednesday night.

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.   

On Saturday, August 19, the PAC is hosting a gala Casino Night under a tent on the Great Lawn opposite St. Mark’s Church. Check the PAC website for details.

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