Nothing “Off” about This Season

The season is dead; long live the new season!

Although fall doesn’t officially, or astronomically, arrive until 4:02 p.m. on Friday, September 22, the precise moment when the 2017 autumn equinox splits the seasons, it is generally accepted that Labor Day is the dividing line between the end of summer and the beginning of fall, between the time when it’s ok to wear white pants and when those pants have to be put away until Memorial Day 2018.

Officially arrived or not, a glance at the calendar reveals that the new season seems to be trying to make a point: this is not your grandmother’s “off” season anymore.

Whether your focus is civic minded, you are a proud member of the Quogue culturati, or your tastes run to fitness boosting or outdoor activities that celebrate the particular beauty of the eastern Long Island ecosystems—or all of the above—there’s something for any and all predilections at this special time of year.

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Morning on Penniman’s Creek. Barring cyclonic storms, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy boating on local waters. –Lucinda Morrisey Photo

Supervisor Visits for State of the Town Address

As has been reported previously, 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. 

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Jay Schneiderman

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

All those residents interested in the status of The Hills subdivision project should have a chance to ask questions and learn more about where the supervisor stands on the issues involved.

“Latin America’s Political Pendulum” 

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program will take up the issue of “Latin America’s Political Pendulum” for its next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, September 9, at 5 p.m. at the Quogue Library.

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the left-leaning, so called “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Witness, for example, the dramatic economic and political crises that have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela.

Still, the final result for Latin America, it is hoped, may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. Now is the time for the new administration to look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s and develop an approach to relationships with Latin American countries better suited to 21st century realities.

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.

Quogue Chamber Music Presents Chiara String Quartet September 9

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

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

Most stage actors tend to brush aside the oft-heard question: “How do you remember all those lines?” They usually dismiss this query with a shrug or a quick quip because, however laborious or simple their process of memorization may be, the simple fact is that learning lines is the most basic requirement of the actor’s craft: unless the production is a reading or, God help us, mime, there can be no acting without it.

As anyone who has ever been to a concert of classical music knows, this is not the case for musicians playing from what is loosely known as the classical repertoire. Personally, I’m continually amazed that the people assigned just to turn the pages for classical pianists can manage to keep up with reading the score, let alone the musicians reaching into their souls to play the music as written.  

As a rule, even after countless hours of practicing all the pieces for a concert of classical music, the musicians must still pay close attention in performance to the score while also watching the conductor, for orchestral works, or each other, for chamber pieces.

So it is all the more remarkable—even fantastic—that the abundantly talented musicians of the Chiara Quartet will be playing the entire program on Saturday by heart, i.e. from memory—and also, very clearly, from the heart as well.

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. With every note played from memory.

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). Probably too late to mail checks, but tickets may still 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.

Reception for Anahi DeCanio Exhibition at Library on Friday, September 8

“Anahi DeCanio: Unedited Abstractions” will be the September exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, with an artist’s reception scheduled on Friday, September 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the gallery. 

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“Tequila Flats Sunset,” 24″ by 36″, by Anahi DeCanio.

Anahi DeCanio is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of media, including collage and assemblage.  She is also the Creative Director of ArtyZen Studios, which focuses on fine art and product design. Born in Uruguay, the artist started her career on Wall Street and has been painting professionally for more than a decade.

According to an artist’s statement, Ms. DeCanio sees “every brushstroke, color, element or scratch as symbols of the marks left behind by life events and the passage of time.”  She explores this concept by applying countless strokes of paint and occasional collage elements and gilding to create intricate abstract landscapes.   

Ms. DeCanio is the founder and curator of the eco-friendly art and design show eARThHamptons, held annually on the East End.   

Lulie Morrisey and Cristina Kepner are chairs of this exhibit, which will be on display through September  30.

Ecology, “Tech-ercise” Fitness, Tick Worries, and Writers at Quogue Library

Ecology: Tonight, 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 Ecological Culture Institute (ECI) by visiting eciny.org/about.

Fitness: Ready to get heart healthy and help your bone density and general outlook all at the same time? Check out the new “Tech-ercise” sessions with Russ sponsored by the Quogue Library every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. starting September 8.

Latest statistics demonstrate that people who walk approximately 10,000 steps a day see real improvement in their physical fitness and general well-being. The new “Tech-ercise” program will show participants how to count those steps and establish a workable regimen. Every Friday (weather permitting) participants will head out for a walk in Quogue, with instructions on how to use their smartphones and a variety of apps and/or a wearable FitBit to track their steps.

Tracking steps and distance, At Quaquanantuck has been told, is a fun way to register the progress made in walking. The more you walk, the healthier you get, and all are welcome to walk with the group, regardless of pace. Participants must be healthy and in physical shape to walk for an hour. Participants should also own a smartphone and/or a FitBit or similar device, such as an Apple Watch. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information, or visit www.quoguelibrary.org.

Ticks: What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease? unnamed-1Are ticks and tick-borne diseases a concern in the fall? The answers to these and other questions will be provided at the library on Tuesday,  September 12, at 6 p.m. in a program presented by Peconic Bay Medical Center-Northwell Health. Register for this informational Q&A by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Writers: The third session of the “Writing Gatherings for Adults” will be offered at the Quogue Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

The gatherings of this informal writing group, facilitated by Kathy Lomas, 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.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The  Friday, September 8, Night Sky Viewing program at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is already fully subscribed, but there is another off-premises program for nature lovers coming up on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley.

That’s right: it’s time for the 10th Annual Pine Barrens Discovery Day, a full day of fun for the whole family, age 5 to adult. Designed to teach people of all ages about the natural and cultural history of the Central Pine Barrens region, Pine Barrens Discovery Day offers a full day of educational fun for the entire family.

Visitors will have a chance to learn about one of Long Island’s most important natural areas by experiencing it firsthand. On the schedule for the day will be “funshops” (so much more appealing than workshops), nature walks, Kids Discovery Center games and activities, and exhibits for the entire family. Taking their place among the presenters, representatives of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be on hand to offer two Live Bird of Prey programs.

Rain date for this free program for all ages is Sunday, September 17. No reservations are required. The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is located at 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967; south of Montauk Highway and west of William Floyd Parkway. For more information, visit www.pbdiscoveryday.org.  

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