Summer Comes Down to the Wire

Who knew that taking a community column (unceremoniously dropped by a weekly newspaper and website) into the unappealingly named “blogosphere” could be so challenging?

After all, aren’t computers and the interweb and email supposed to provide user-friendly, labor-saving, and maximally efficient means of instantaneous communication and information sharing? As if.

At Quaquanantuck, self-identified as an analog, Luddite kind of village crier happiest in print, is feeling rather blue this week, after an email snafu with the newsletter announcing last week’s post resulted in basically no one being notified that a new column had been put up, which in turn resulted in basically no one visiting the website where the column resides (aka: here), resulting in a grand total of four views of last week’s lyrical, jam-packed with information, comprehensive, three-weeks-to-go-til-Labor-Day column.

Only four views of an assortment of great photos of the QFD Open House, the Shinnecock Yacht Club Moonlight Sail, artworks by Melinda Hackett at the library and Sally King Benedict at the Quogue Gallery, adorable children’s choir members at the Church of the Atonement.

All unseen, except by four people. And yes, the column and photos can be seen now by those willing to scroll down to last week’s column, but last week the firehouse photos, the crepuscular sailing pics, and the choir kids were fresh and newsy, and the artwork photos were previews for opening receptions that have now come and gone. And so, it’s all quite frustrating, considering that a fair amount of time and effort goes into getting each week’s column published.

The takeaway is this: if you are reading this week’s column, please remember that even if you don’t receive an email notification of a new post in any week, you can always go to by typing it in on your browser and see for yourself if a new column has been published. Meanwhile, At Quaquanantuck will endeavor to master the niceties of interweb administration. On to this week’s effort.

Quogue Association’s Beach Blanket Blowout August 18

It’s that time again: The community minded folks at the Quogue Association are once again hosting the perennially popular oceanfront summer blowout quaintly referred to as the annual Village Beach Party at the Quogue Village Beach on Friday, August 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.

All are invited to attend and enjoy the company of fellow Quogue residents while dining under the stars at the Village Beach. Music provided by DJ Mike Variable of East End Entertainment. For munching, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, salads, and watermelon. For quaffing, there will be beer, wine, lemonade, and good old water. Free “Q” kites for children and a bonfire on the beach: what more could anyone hope for?

Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children 5-12; children under 5 can party for free. All are welcome. The Quogue Association has invited everyone in the village to “Please join us!!!” They put three exclamation points on that request, so you know they really, really want to see you there.

Jock McLean, left, with Lt. Chris Isola and, kneeling, Sgt. Daniel Hartman and young volunteer trainees at the QPD “hands-only” CPR kiosk on Sunday at the Quogue Beach Club.

On Sunday, August 13, Quogue Village Police officers Lt. Chris Isola, Sgt. Daniel Hartman and Sgt. Daniel Bennett rolled from the Quogue Village Beach to the Quogue Beach Club and on to the Surf Club blasting the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” at top volume. No, it wasn’t QPD disco Sunday: the officers stopped to offer life-saving information and instruction on “no-breath, hands-only” CPR chest compressions, most effectively done to the rhythm of, appropriately, “Stayin’ Alive.” 

At the Quogue Beach Club on Sunday, while Sgt. Bennett went from umbrella to umbrella to spread the word by demonstrating on a dummy, Lt. Isola and Sgt. Hartman set up a station with mats, dummies, and a video monitor to offer on the spot training. All told, Lt. Isola said this week, the officers offered training to more than 120 people at the three beaches, and talked about the technique to hundreds more. For more information about hands-only CPR, visit And thanks, officers. 

St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church Bake Sale August 19

The Stewardess and Deaconess boards of the 100-year-old St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church at 39 Montauk Highway in Quogue are holding a Church Bake Sale on the Village Green on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be cakes, brownies, cupcakes, pies and all manner of delicious baked goods. Great food for a great cause. Be sure to stop by.

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Young artists display their entries and their ribbons at the August 12 Quogue Historical Society Art Show on the Village Green. –Danielle Kozikowski Photo
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Margot Carr with some of her artwork at last Saturday’s QHS Art Show and Sale.

Art Show in the Rear View, but Historical Society Keeps Rolling

Today, Thursday, August 17, the Quogue Historical Society is hosting a grand opening of the Society’s Reading and Study Room in the Pond House and a guided tour led by Chief Curator Julie Greene of the exhibitions currently on view, “Down on the Beach: Quogue’s Life Saving Service, 1849-1937” and “A Moment in Time: Photographs of Quogue Village Streets, February 1942,” which opened in July.

Then, next Thursday, August 24, the QHS is sponsoring a “Researching Your Historic House” workshop, once again led by Curator Julie Greene. The workshop will cover how use resources available in the Society’s library as well as other local repositories to research the history of your house. Participants will learn all the steps necessary to uncover a property’s past by way of general histories, deeds, wills, online newspaper databases, and other sources. Information sheets will be available.

The QHS Pond House is at 114A Jessup Avenue. For information, call 631-996-2404, or send an email to Reservations are not necessary.

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February 1942 view of the Quogue Bridge, which opened in 1940. –Photo Courtesy of Quogue Historical Society


Quogue Junior Theater Troupe Presenting “Seussical Jr.” August 22-25

Next up for the QJTT 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.

Show tickets are available online, at, or at the theater box office on the night of each show.

QJTT Seussical
The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe younger division will present four performances of “Seussical Jr.” at the Quogue Community Hall next week. –Photo Courtesy of Sue Prior

At the Quogue Library

Although the summer “Conversations with the Author” series wrapped last Sunday with library Director Lonna Theiling interviewing Roger Rosenblatt, 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.

Tonight, Thursday, August 17, David M. Griffin, author of “Lost British Forts of Long Island,” will give a reading accompanied by a slide show at 6 p.m. His book focuses on the years after 1776, when the Revolutionary War had broken out and New York City had fallen. The forces of the king of Great Britain developed a network of forts along the length of Long Island at this time to defend the New York area and create a front to patriot forces across the Sound in Connecticut.

Mr. Griffin will discuss the lost history and harrowing stories of Long Island’s British forts. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register for this program.

Meanwhile, the two sessions of the “Writing Gatherings for Adults” will be offered at the Quogue Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on August 24 and September 14.

The gatherings are designed to help participants in this informal writing group to tell a story, write a letter, capture a memory and leave a legacy for children or grandchildren. 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.

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Quogue Library Director Lonna Theiling shares a laugh with author and sit-down comedian Roger Rosenblatt at the final Sunday “Conversations with the Author” session on August 13.


Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy at Church of the Atonement

The Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate starting Sunday, August 20, for the final three weeks of services at Church of the Atonement. Reverend Kenworthy is the retired Rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, former interim Vicar at Washington National Cathedral and is currently interim Rector of St. David’s Church in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Fran, have three grown children.

All are welcome to attend services at the Episcopal church at 17 Quogue Street.

Just three 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

Quogue Chamber Music Presents Chiara String Quartet September 9

Quogue Chamber Music will close its 2017 season with the Chiara String Quartet in a concert of works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Brahms at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to the traditional string quartet repertoire, as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet is known for captivating audiences across the country and has been lauded for its “highly virtuosic edge-of-the-seat playing” ( Boston Globe).  

The program being performed for Quogue Chamber Music will include Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C minor and Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1.

Tickets for the concert only are $40; tickets for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance are $100. Student tickets are $5 (concert only). Patrons may make checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music, Inc. and mail them to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959.

Tickets may also be purchased on the website,, or at the Community Hall box office on the night of the concert; open at  6:30 p.m.


A free concert for children of all ages was presented by Quogue Chamber Music and the Quogue Library on Wednesday, August 9. Four talented string players, alumni of the Long Island University Post Chamber Music Festival, performed and chatted with the young audience about the music and about their careers.

Marion Cotillard Up Next in World Cinema Series; Casino Night August 19

Next week’s film at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will be “From the Land of the Moon,” starring Marion Cotillard. Gabrielle (Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman in 1950s France who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat a medical problem.

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.

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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