Signs of the Shifting Seasons

How do we know that fall has arrived? Is it a change in the weather? It can be, although this year the weather seems to be signalling an endless summer, which has confused migrating birds at least as much as the homo sapiens population.  

Fairly consistently, you can get the message that the seasons have changed gears from the bounty of fresh produce at area farmstands, the first crisp apples, the hundreds of cars parked alongside fields filled with children frolicking and picking pumpkins.

Lunch Line
Lunch line at the estuary                                                                                                  –A. Botsford Photo

But the one sure sign that fall has arrived is the return of “meet the candidates” events in anticipation of Election Day, falling this year on November 7.

And so it is that Quogue’s own Eileen Duffy is hosting a Meet the Democratic Candidates cocktail and potluck hors d’oeuvres party on Friday, October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at her house at 10 Barker Lane.

Eileen is encouraging all civic minded residents, regardless of party affiliation, to come meet many of the Southampton Town Democratic candidates running in the November 7 election. Guests are invited to bring an hors d’oeuvre or nibble; Eileen will be making a specialty cocktail and serving wine.

Sundy Schermeyer
Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer

Candidates expected to attend include: Jay Schneiderman, Town Supervisor; Julie Lofstad, Town Council; Tommy John Schiavoni, Town Council; Alex Gregor, Highway Superintendent; Ron Fisher,  Trustee; Gary T. Glanz, Trustee; Bill Pell, Trustee; Ann Welker, Trustee; Sundy Schermeyer, Town Clerk; and Bridget Fleming, County Legislature.

The courtesy of an RSVP to Eileen at would help the hostess to know how many citizens to expect … and how many cocktails to make.

At Quaquanantuck is devoutly independent in political matters, but has to acknowledge here that voters of all persuasions would be hard pressed to find a public servant superior to, or more sagacious or selfless than incumbent Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer.


No Escaping a Proud Auntie

Easton Gant Crane
Easton Gant Crane

Proud auntie and noted papparazza Genevieve (Genna) Crane, whose celebrity snaps have graced the pages of, well, no magazines or tabloids that we know of, still managed to capture this great photo of her new nephew, the Fresh Prince of Quogue Easton Gant Crane, and sent it along to At Quaquanantuck. Thanks, Genna.

“Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan” 

Mark the calendar for the next meeting of the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program,  taking up the issue of “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan” on Saturday, October 21, at 5 p.m. at the Quogue Library.

While major internal conflict and combat with international forces has plagued Afghanistan for four decades, the U.S. has been conducting military operations in the country for going on 17 years since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

The current administration has essentially three options: maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown, or withdraw completely. Can there be an upside for any of these three choices for the U.S. in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The library asks that all who are planning to attend register in advance by calling 631-653-4771, ext. 101.

Creatures of the Night at Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Barred owl –Copyright Kevin Ferris

No, it’s not the zombie apocalypse or vampires roaming free. On Friday, October 20, from 7 to 8 p.m., a Quogue Wildlife Refuge educator will introduce visitors to a variety of nocturnal animals, including owls, an opossum, python, and a chinchilla, animals that have specific adaptations that allow them to survive well in the darkness.

The fee is $5 per person; reservations required. Call 631-653-4771 or sign up online at

Enchanted Forest Trail Walks Start October 21 at QWR

Speaking of Halloween, remember that 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 for the small fry. 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.

The Great Give Back at Quogue Library

Helping the Retreat: Volunteers who have been collecting 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.

“Clever Little Lies” Offers Options to Dine at the Quogue Club

As the October 26 opening night draws near for Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, there are a couple of options on the table for theatergoers to enjoy a meal at the Quogue Club at the Hallock House before taking in the show.

First up is the Quogue Library Dinner Theater evening on Friday, November 3, with dinner at the Quogue Club at 5 p.m. and curtain at the Quogue Community Hall down the street at 7 p.m., all for $70 (cash or check only) due upon registration at the library (631-653-4224, ext. 101).

For those who can’t join the library group, or who might prefer a luncheon, the HTC and the Quogue Club are offering a Lunch and Theater package on Saturday, November 11, with lunch at 12:30 prior to the 2:30 curtain for the matinee that day, all for $60 (tax and tip included). Visit for details or to purchase tickets, or email for more information.  

Rehearsing for “Clever Little Lies”: Edward A. Brennan, Carolann DiPirro, Diana Marbury and Terrance Fiore.

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 assist longtime House Manager Julia Morgan Abrams in providing a warm welcome and a superior theatergoing experience for HTC audiences.

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.

Hudsy 5K Fun Run Coming Up on October 28

Last chance for some preparatory training: This year’s Hudsy 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run (for kids) is scheduled on Saturday, October 28, with the 5K walk /run starting at 9 a.m. in front of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. The late October date calls for a Halloween theme for the event, sponsored by the Quogue School Heart Links Project and honoring the late Joan Hudson, with all participants encouraged to come in costume and thereby compete for a special award.

To obtain a registration form or for more information, visit, the school website at, or call the school at 631-653-4285.

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