Grateful, with Fingers Crossed

Looking at the almost apocalyptic devastation wrought by one or the other, or both, of the recent hurricanes that ripped through the Caribbean in the last few weeks, or the aftermath of Harvey out in Houston, it’s hard not to shudder when envisioning what a direct hit by a Category 4 storm would wreak on our village and the surrounding area.

Think of a storm surge of 5 to 9 feet above mean high water, or possibly 12 feet if the storm should coincide with high tide. Or consider the impact, on top of the surge, of sustained winds of 150 to 175 miles per hour or higher. Contemplate what up to a foot of rain in 24 hours would visit on practically every basement in Quogue, including at the Village Hall. Imagine the consequences of failing to evacuate from houses along the shore.

It’s almost impossible to imagine … until you look at the images streaming on every channel and all over the social networks and the internet.

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Tentative canine sniffs the surf sent shoreward by José. –Lucinda Morrisey Photo

Top left, view of the Quogue Canal looking east from the bridge shows high water as José               passed by. Top right, waves after José dwarf a woman strolling on the shore.                         –photos courtesy of Ginny Rosenblatt. 
Above, a tentative canine sniffs the surf sent to our shore by José.
–Lucinda Morrisey Photo 

For now, as we try to help those who have been hit the hardest by the recent storms, we can be grateful that we have been spared this kind of ground zero status in the crosshairs of such a cyclonic tempest. And we can cross our fingers and hope that our turn never comes.

Like hurricane Sandy, each one of these immense and powerful storms has been described as a “once in a hundred years” event. And we’ve already seen three in this summer alone. At Quaquanantuck is not alone in not liking the odds.

Soul Food Kitchen Saturday at St. Paul AME Zion Church

The St. Paul AME Zion Church in Quogue, now in its 101st year, is hosting a Soul Food Kitchen fundraiser this coming Saturday, September 23, from noon to 6 p.m. The church, as most Quogue residents know, is just east of the light at Otis Ford, on the north side across from Speedway. The food is delicious, affordably priced at $15 per meal (including a beverage and dessert), to stay or to go, and the cause is a most worthy one.  

Offerings, suitable for lunch or dinner, include: chicken, ribs, fish, collard greens, string beans, potato salad, rice, macaroni & cheese, to stay or to go.  

Diners can go in, order and eat at the church (downstairs) or take their orders out. It’s also possible to order ahead by calling Henry Strain at 631-377-2996.

Music, Times Two, at Quogue Library

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

Novelette 13 is a duo featuring pianist Myla Kato-DuVally and flautist Melanie Chirignan. Ms. Kato-DuVally 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 Protégé Competition.

Ms. 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.

There’s more music coming our way, thanks to the library, on Sunday, September 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. That’s when harmonica expert Jiayi He will perform a wide range of classical selections and standards including Beethoven, Liszt, Gershwin and Bach. The very talented Jiang will also treat the audience to a display of the more than 300 harmonicas in his personal collection.

As for all programs at the Quogue Library, registration is required (631-653-4224, ext. 101) for both of these musical salons, even though the programs are free.

Now that the library has provided serenades for our souls and set up soothing of such savage breasts (thank you, William Congreve) as we may have among us, don’t forget to attend to physical fitness and well being.

On Friday, September 22, at 9 a.m. Quogue Library (and QJTT) tech guru Russ Wiesenbacher will lead another session of “Tech-ercise”: walking around the village for fitness and monitoring progress (counting steps and measuring distance) with such up-to-date devices as smartphone apps, FitBits, and Apple watches.

Friday, September 22, also brings Amy Hess to the library for a session of Earth Yoga for all levels at 10:30 a.m. Her alternating weeks schedule means that she will be back at the library next week on Thursday, September 28, in the afternoon, at 4:30 p.m.

And a reminder that the extraordinarily limber and masterful meditation leader Ms. Hess is offering Earth Yoga sessions in the serene confines of the Nature Center at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday mornings at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.


As a warmup for her wedding on September 9, Leigh McGrath, in pink, led friends and family on a 5K run through the streets of Quogue. At right, father and mother of the bride John and Sally McGrath led Leigh down the sandy aisle between benches at the Surf Club to join the groom, Mike Ehinger. 

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Sally McGrath gives the bride a kiss as bridesmaid Brynn Scully, far left, maid of honor Katie Schleishman, second from left, John McGrath and new husband Mike Ehinger look on. The staging and floral design were by Ryan Bell Design, LLC.
–Photos courtesy of Sally McGrath


“Clever Little Lies” Opens Hampton Theatre Company Season

Director Andrew Botsford has announced that casting is complete and rehearsals have begun for Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, the company’s 33rd. This wry, adult comedy, about—in no particular order—sex, lies, marriage and, yes, love, opens on October 26 at the Quogue Community Hall and will run through November 12.

Performances of “Clever Little Lies” will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. There will also be an additional matinee performance of “An Act of the Imagination” (with a special lunch and ticket package offered at the Quogue Club at the Hallock House) on Saturday, November 11, at 2:30 p.m.

Complete details on the production will be announced soon. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, email Terry Brennan at, or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

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.

For more information, visit


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