Merry Mating Month in Quogue

No doubt about it: we’re seeing some very dramatic and highly unusual weather around the planet and in our own backyard these days. Fortunately for local residents, the drama has been for the most part visual, without wreaking any real havoc on local property so far this season.

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Waterspout over the ocean photographed by alert reader Liz Corker on Saturday, September 30.

Still, it must be said that when fair Septober weather demonstrates so clearly why this has to be considered the very best time of the year, everyone naturally wants to make the most of it. And the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is more than happy to oblige, with opportunities galore to enjoy the great outdoors and the splendors of nature that surround us.

For one example, on Saturday, October 7, starting at 1:30 p.m., a Quogue Wildlife Refuge educator will lead a nature hike to seek the native flora and fauna that occur within the various habitats of the Refuge. The 3-mile hike will meander through the northern part of the Refuge to view the dwarf pines and what is known as “the high spot,” search for buck moths, and explore the pine barrens, a swamp, and a field.

A hat and water bottle are recommended. The hike is free for QWR members, or $10 per person for non-members. To register, call 631-653-4771 or sign up at

At Quaquanantuck happened to be looking through the October chapter of Dennis Puleston’s beautiful “A Nature Journal” (W.W. Norton, New York) the other day, and came across this intriguing passage:

“On a bright day in October, a fascinating phenomenon can be observed in the scrub oak and pine barrens that cover sections of central Long Island. This is the mating flight of the male buck moth. The handsome black, white and red insect emerges from its pupa in the early morning and crawls up the stems of the scrub oak to expand its wings. The female remains on the twigs and releases an airborne sex attractant, or pheromone, that can be detected downwind by the male from more than a mile away.

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Buck moths put on a show-stopping mating display in October.

“After the mating, the female waits until dusk before making a short dispersal flight and then lands on a scrub oak, where she lays about two hundred eggs in a neat golden ring around a twig. The adults soon die, but the eggs overwinter, and the larvae hatch out the following May. Because the requirements of the buck moth are highly specialized, our local oak and pine barrens are one of the only areas where it occurs in abundance.

“The days when the mating occurs provide a remarkable spectacle, with hundreds of the moths in the air, each eagerly seeking its mate in the compelling, instinctive urge to perpetuate its kind.”

So, keep an eye out, hikers; At Quaquanantuck hopes you get to see some buck moths on Saturday at the QWR. If you do, please take a photo and send it along.

Enchanted Forest Trail Walks Start October 21 at QWR

Children ages 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult will have three opportunities to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this year: on two Saturdays, October 21 and 28, and Sunday, October 29, from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day.

A QWR guide will introduce the little ones to whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails, and the parking lot/staging area will have lots of games and activities to keep the children busy while they wait to head out on the trail. All are invited to wear their Halloween finery if they like.

Reservations are required and the fee is $10 per person; call 631-653-4771 to reserve a time slot.

Crane Family Welcomes Next Generation

Proud and happy new grandmother Carol Crane has informed At Quaquanantuck that Zach and Katie Crane are introducing a next generation Crane to Quogue: Easton Gant Crane, born September 18 and weighing in at a robust 8 lbs., 10 oz.

The current betting line has young Easton winning the Montgomery Cup in 2030. Stay tuned.

October Exhibition at Library Art Gallery

“Jim Gemake: Art from the Discarded Object” is the October exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, running through October 25.

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Jim Gemake’s Approaching Zero, on view at the Quogue Gallery.

The self-taught, Brooklyn-born mixed media artist lives and works in Water Mill, using found or discarded objects to achieve the elements of color, shape and texture that are key to his work.

Christy Murray and Judy McDermott are chairs of this show.

“Clever Little Lies” Opens Hampton Theatre Company Season

Rehearsals are underway for Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, opening on October 26 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through November 12.

Meanwhile, the HTC is planning a thank you party for current and prospective volunteers, to be held at the theater in the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, October 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Volunteers, under the leadership of longtime House Manager Julia Morgan Abrams, serve as ushers, run the concession stand, assist with handicapped access to the shows, and help straighten up the “house” before and after performances.

Anyone in the community who would like to volunteer and become a part of the theater family, or who would just like to find out more about what’s involved, is welcome to come to the party. For more information, email HTC General Manager Terry Brennan at

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 (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.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, email Terry Brennan at, or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

At the Emily Highet – Tyler Morgan wedding on Saturday, September 30, the ceremony could not begin until the groom arrived, on a paddleboard, and was met at the dock by his groomsmen, thoughtfully carrying his blazer. A smattering of spattering rain clearly could not dampen the spirits of the newly minted Mrs. and Mr. Tyler Morgan. Since Tyler and his brother Matt, who was also his best man, are both members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department, the wedding party was able to make good their escape in fine style, riding in the back of the QFD brush truck, dragging cans with flashing lights and siren wailing. Perfect. 
–Photos by Kristine Foley Photography;

All together now: sisters Gillian, Chrissie and Emily with Carroll and Mac Highet.

Meet the Author and More at Quogue Library

Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft, author of “War Widow,” will be at the Quogue Library on Sunday, October 8, from 2 to 3 p.m., reading from her work and meeting patrons.”War Widow” is described by the library as “a brave, intimate book about love, betrayal, loss, hope, and self empowerment.”

Ms. Bakman-Flamhaft writes about her activism on behalf of other childless widows, and life as a widowed woman in Israel.

Breast Cancer Awareness: On Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m. library patrons will have a chance to “ask the Medical Expert. On October 10, “Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know” will be presented by Cancer Services of Suffolk County. All are asked to bring questions.

Helping the Retreat: Volunteers who have been collecting (and will continue to collect through October 14) toiletries for shelter residents seeking to escape from domestic abuse will come together with other members of the community at the Quogue Library on Saturday, October 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to package the items collected.

Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information.

QHS Holiday House Tour Set for Saturday, December 9

Meanwhile, history buffs and supporters of the Quogue Historical Society are urged to save the date of Saturday, December 9, for the annual QHS Holiday House Tour from 2 to 6 p.m.

This year’s tour includes five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holiday season. The tour is followed by a cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets, which go on sale in November, are $60 for the tour, $50 for the party; $100 for the tour and party; and $125 for patrons.

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 and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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