Low Activity Quotient for Labor Day

This being a holiday weekend and all—and by “all” I mean that weekend and point of demarcation universally recognized as the last gasp of the summer so-called high season—there’s not a whole hell of a lot going on, or to write about.

Rainbow captured at the Shinnecock Yacht Club by Carol Crane earlier this summer. The pot of gold appears to be at or near Shinnecock Inlet.

The week and weekend after Labor Day is shaping up to be quite busy, with the Quogue School welcoming pupils for the new school year; a new Anahi Decanio exhibition opening at the Quogue Library Art Gallery; the Quogue Chamber Music September concert closing out the 2017 season; the State of the Town address at the Quogue Village Hall; and the next installment of the Foreign Policy Association discussions at the library, to name just a few events crowding the calendar.

This weekend, though, is about last chances, to wit:

Last Chance to Visit Quogue Historical Society’s 1822 Schoolhouse Museum

The Old Schoolhouse Museum of the QHS, tucked behind the Quogue Library since 1948, will be open for visitors for one more day this summer, on Saturday, September 2, before closing for the season.

Built in 1822, the Schoolhouse now behind the library was used for the instruction of Quogue students until 1893.

To give some perspective, before the one-room schoolhouse was built in 1822, classes for Quogue children were held in Josiah Foster’s house on Quogue Street. Records show Mr. Foster taught 24 boys and 9 girls in 1795-96.

In January 1822, Cephas Foster wrote: “We have had a busy job, a few individuals, to build a SCHOOL HOUSE. We got it completed and I do not hesitate to say that it is the best now in the County. We have a school now by a teacher in every way qualifide.”

The “qualifide” teacher was a Mr. Miller from East Hampton, 17 years old. He was paid $10 a month to teach the basicsreading, writing, spelling, and arithmeticto as many as 24 students in the first to sixth grades.

Chances are, Mr. Miller had to abide by the Rules for Teachers as set forth in 1820 by Marvin Holmes, Principal, Oysterponds School District (now known as Orient):

  1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks.
  2. Each teacher will bring in a bucket of water and scuttle of coal for the day’s session.
  3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the Individual tastes of your pupils.
  4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings each week if they go to church regularly.
  5. After ten hours in school, the teachers are to spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside each day a goodly sum or his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so he will not become a burden on society.
  8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor In any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
  9. The teacher who performs his labors faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an Increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

Many thanks to Quogue archivist extraordinaire Pi Gardiner for providing this wonderful context for the last open hours of the season for the 1822 Schoolhouse Museum.

Reverend Kenworthy Closing Out Season at Church of the Atonement

Now in his eighth year of visiting the Episcopal Church of the Atonement , the Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate at the final summer services on Sunday, September 3. 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.

Both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services this week will offer the Holy Eucharist; all are welcome to attend.

One last chance for children in the community age 7 to 14 to sing in the church’s junior choir this Sunday, led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at m.vogel@verizon.net.

At the Quogue Library

The library will be closed on Monday, September 4. At Quaquanantuck encourages all to do some reading at home or at the beach that day.

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 eciny.org/about.

Full Moon Hike and Night Sky Viewing at Wildlife Refuge

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host the next Full Moon Night Hike at the Refuge on Wednesday, September 6, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  

During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and undertake some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is $5 for Wildlife Refuge members; $10 for non-members. Reservations (631-653-4771) are required at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the appropriate fee.

Then, on Friday, September 8, Custer Observatory experts and a retired Suffolk County Community College astronomy professor will help visitors with Night Sky Viewing of celestial objects, including the stars and the moon, while sharing stories and identification of various constellations that will be overhead in the night sky. The program is weather dependent.

Call 631-653-4771 to register, or visit QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org


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.

To have these virtuosi playing the beautiful music of these master composers would be a moment in heaven. But there is something that adds a whole new level of splendor: the fabulous musicians will be playing the entire program by heart, i.e. from memory.

The Chiara String Quartet–Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Yoon, violins, Jonah Sirota, viola, and Gregory Beaver, cello–will perform at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 9. Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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. All played from memory: incredible. 

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, www.quoguechambermusic.org, or at the Community Hall box office on the night of the concert; open at  6:30 p.m.

State of the Town Address Slated on September 9

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.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit AtQuaquanantuck.com and feel free to follow.

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