Closing Acts Signal End of High Season

While we may rue the diminishing hours of daylight as a signal that the ripest days of summer have already been plucked, those of us who have seen the seasons come and go over the years know that the golden light of these shorter days is also a harbinger of a very special time of year that is in many ways even more magical.

But first, At Quaquanantuck needs to stay focused on the present, and the closing acts that bring the curtain down on the high season.

Historical Society Workshop on Researching House History

Today, Thursday, August 24, the Quogue Historical Society is sponsoring a “Researching Your Historic House” workshop, led by Curator Julie Greene. The workshop will cover how to use resources available in the Society’s library and other local repositories to investigate the history of a house.

Capt. Henry Gardiner house, photographed circa 1975 by George Haddad after removal of a front porch that had been added on to the original structure, built in 1820.

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. 

QHS Plaque
Quogue Historic District plaque for the Capt. Henry Gardiner House

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

Meanwhile, all should be aware that the Old Schoolhouse Museum of the QHS will only be open for two more weekends, closing for the season after Saturday, September 2.

Quogue Junior Theater Troupe “Seussical Jr.” Set to Close Season

Just two shows remaining for the QJTT younger division production of  “Seussical Jr.”: tonight, August 24, at 7 p.m., when the so-called “red” cast will take the stage, and Friday, August 25, at 5 p.m., when the “white” cast will give the final performance. Check the QJTT website for details.

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Quogue Junior Theater Troupe’s “red” cast for “Seussical Jr.”
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Quogue Junior Theater Troupe “white” cast.

Named for the colors of the Cat in the Hat’s hat, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe’s “red” and “white” casts alternate on stage during the run of “Seussical Jr.” 

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

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe for another outstanding season.

At the Quogue Library

A second session of the “Writing Gatherings for Adults” will be offered at the Quogue Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, August 24.

The gatherings of this informal writing group are designed to help participants tell a story, write a letter or capture a memory, and thereby leave a legacy for children or grandchildren. Participants are asked to bring along a favorite writing utensil (laptop, notebook, paper, pen) and take the all-important first step: string some words together to get the process started.

Registration is required, by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101. The third of three sessions of this beginning writers workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Two programs Quogue residents will want to know about are coming up in the next two weeks at the library.

First, on Tuesday, August 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs.” Topics to be discussed include detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Participants will learn about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in themselves and others.

Although the program is free, registration is required; call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

On Thursday, September 7, the Ecological Culture Initiative will host an “Ask ECI Community Forum” at 6 p.m. at the Quogue Library. Community members are invited to exchange ideas and information regarding agro-ecology, passive solar architecture, pollinator gardens, rainwater collection systems and much more.

Registration is by calling the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101. Find out more about the fascinating Ecological Culture Institute (ECI) by visiting

Whoo Says You Can’t Get a Look at an Owl Up Close?

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will present a “Live Owls” program in the QWR Nature Center on Wednesday, August 30, at 3 p.m. unnamed-5

During the live birds of prey program, a variety of native raptors will be introduced, including a barn owl, two eastern screech owls (in red phase and grey phase), and a great horned owl. The presentation will detail the amazing adaptations that allow these birds to be such excellent hunters. Photo opportunities will be available at this program for adults and families; not recommended for children under 6.

Fee is $10 per person. Reservations and prepayment are necessary as space is limited; call 631-653-4771 or visit to register.

Reverend Kenworthy at Church of the Atonement

Visiting the Episcopal Church of the Atonement for an eighth year, the Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate at the penultimate summer services at the church on Quogue Street on Sunday, August 27. 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.

A Holy Eucharist service will be held at 8 a.m. and a morning prayer at 10 a.m. this week; all are welcome to attend.

Just two more opportunities for children in the community age 7 to 14 to sing in the church’s 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

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Teen boys in one of the heats of the 100-yard dash at the Quogue Field Club’s Junior Sports Field Day on August 19.
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Tony Leness (Leopard) and Tim Rasic (Wildcat) in the Alumni Relay.

One of the traditional closing acts of the high season is the annual Quogue Field Club Junior Sports Field Day, pitting season-long rival Leopards and Wildcats against each other in track and field events, including the epic Monster Relay, before awards are handed out for sportsmanship and athletic excellence. After the cheers and screams have faded and the counselors and campers have dispersed, the field lies quiet save for the chirps of crickets, waiting for the summer of 2018.


State of the Town Address Slated on September 9

As is the organization’s custom, the Quogue Association will host Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the annual State of the Town address, Quogue edition, on Saturday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at the Village Hall on Jessup Avenue.

The Supervisor will address issues facing the Town of Southampton, including infrastructure, the environment, the town budget, staffing, reorganization and legislation and code issues.

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.

Documentary Filmmaker to Appear at PAC World Cinema Series

Next week’s film—the last of this summer’s weekday World Cinema series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center—will be the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” directed by Roger Sherman, who will introduce the film on Tuesday, August 29, and discuss it afterwards with Tuesday night host Andrew Botsford.

vendors in Levinsky market
Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov, right, samples some seasonings at a market in Israel.

The documentary will have only two screenings next week, on Tuesday, August 29, and Wednesday, August 30. 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.   

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