Celebrating “Septober” Outdoors

As we all know, forecasters of the meteorological persuasion are no more to be trusted than political prognosticators, at least as far as high percentage of accuracy goes. But we also know—as our hearts go out to those in this country and the Caribbean whose lives were disrupted and in many cases devastated by the recent hurricanes—that the period we lovingly think of as “Septober” almost reliably brings us strings of some of the most beautiful days of the year.

September surfers
Ready for September sets. —Lucinda Morrisey Photo

And so, At Quaquanantuck is going to go out on a limb and accept the lovely fair weather prediction for Saturday, September 16, the date of the 10th annual Pine Barrens Discovery Day, a full day of fun for the whole family, age 5 to adult. With the aim of teaching 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” (note that these are not at all like workshops), nature walks, Kids Discovery Center games and activities, and exhibits for the entire family. Along with other learned and authoritative 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 (which we are trusting will not be required) is Sunday, September 17. No reservations are needed. For your GPS, 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.  

Meanwhile, don’t forget that the lovely Amy Hess is offering Earth Yoga sessions in the serene confines of the Nature Center at the QWR on Wednesday mornings at 9 p.m. Visit quoguewildliferefuge.org for more information.

Salvatore Gulla Exhibition Continues at Quogue Gallery

On view through September 28, “Salvatore Gulla: City and Shore” is the current exhibition at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street, featuring 18 paintings by the artist dating from 1984  to 2007.

CS 14, 2006
Salvatore Gulla, “CS 14,” 2006, 36″ x 66″, Oil on canvas.

Salvatore Gulla was an educator with the New York City Board of Education for more than 30 years, a founding member and Artistic Director of the South Bronx Community Action Theatre, a jeweler, goldsmith, sculptor, and painter. He taught workshops in painting, drawing, and sculpture for children and young adults. In addition, he designed and supervised construction of sets and costumes for all Community Action Theatre productions and directed workshops in the performing and visual arts.

Born in the South Bronx, Mr. Gulla began painting in 1947. He studied at the Art Students League of New York under Reginald Marsh, Morris Kantor, and Vaclav Vitlacyl, among others, as well as at Columbia University. His work over the past 70 years has run the stylistic gamut; from classically studied portraiture to Cubist structured urban landscapes, from sensitively rendered watercolors to lashing expressionistic charcoal abstractions. “All, however, reflect the surety of an adept hand and the sharpness of observation from a practiced eye,” wrote Laura Hoptman, former Curator of the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 1990.

For more information, visit quoguegallery.com.

Healing Movement, Book Discussion, Starting a Business and Classical Music

Wellness: There are many kinds of healing movement—yoga, for example—but if you’d like to know more about the Tibetan healing movement known as Lu Jong, then sign up for two sessions with Joelle Kelly at the Quogue Library, on Saturdays,  September 16 and 30, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Fee is $5 per class to learn movements that gently work the spine to promote flexibility and core strength. Lu Jong works to release the spine of energetic blocks within the body’s chakras while cultivating focus and balance.

Joelle Kelly is a direct student of Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche, the lineage holder of the ancient movement practice known as Lu Jong. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.

Book Discussion: The next book discussion at the Quogue Library will consider “A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson on Sunday, September 17, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The book relates the experiences of the protagonist, Teddy, who struggles with family life against a backdrop of a changing world throughout the decades after wartime service he never expected to survive.

Call the library for more information or to register.

Business Start-Up Workshop: A “Starting Your Own Business and Business Planning Workshop” will be offered at the Quogue Library on Tuesday, September 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who has an idea for a small business and is in need of help, along with the merely curious, is welcome to attend this free workshop presented by Robert Landherr, SCORE mentor.

Topics to be covered will include: keeping financial records and a business plan introduction; marketing basics; financing a business and how to prepare a budget and cash flow projections; and how to use a business plan to get financing.

Classical Music: Celebrate Classical Music Month with chamber music from Novelette 13 on Thursday, September 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Melanie Chirignan
Flautist Melanie Chirignan

Novelette 13 is composed of pianist Myla Kato-DuVally and flautist Melanie Chirignan. Myla is a New York City based pianist who has performed in Japan, Spain, France and throughout the U.S., and is a devoted researcher and performer of the solo piano music of Franz Schubert. She is an accompanist for the Lyric Opera Competition and American Protege Competition.

Melanie Chirignan, is a flautist who has collaborated with New York Chamber Players Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, and jazz bass legend, Nat Reeves. This is sure to be a relaxing and magical evening.

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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