The fall season is ramping up and really starting to hit its stride, with a veritable hit parade of programs, events and activities coming up in the next few weeks between today and All Hallows’ Eve. There is a Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions discussion. Hikes for young and old plus a bird seed sale at the Wildlife Refuge. A mystery author reading from her work at the Quogue Library. The first show of the Hampton Theatre Company season opening on October 26. The Hudsy 5K Fun Run and Walk coming up on October 28. And, yes, another prominent Quogue family has shared some photos of yet one more lovely wedding celebration. So, let’s get to it.
After an obligatory moment of Zen to get our heads in the right space.
Discussion of “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan” October 21
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 active military operations in the country for 17 years since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated, as outlined in a New York Times article this week.
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 altogether. Can there be an upside for the U.S. in any of these three choices for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan?
The library asks that all who are planning to attend register in advance by calling 631-653-4771, ext. 101.
New Exhibition Opening at Quogue Gallery Saturday, October 21
“Melinda Zox: Conversation in Color” will be the next exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, featuring five paintings and eight works on paper dating from 2014 to 2017 that unleash the full expressionist force of color on canvas. The exhibition, on view from October 21 to December 31, 2017, opens with an artist reception on Saturday, October 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The daughter of renowned American lyrical abstraction painter Larry Zox (1936-2006), who played an essential role in the Color Field movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Melinda Zox is an emerging Abstract Expressionist painter who happily acknowledges that abstract painting was in her blood long before she studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under Frank Roth.
More details and possibly some artwork in next week’s column.
Author Diane B. Saxton Reading from “Peregrine Island” October 22
Mystery author Diane B. Saxton will read from her novel “Peregrine Island” at the Quogue Library on Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. In the novel, the author interweaves the lives of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it, including to kill for it.
Lush with sensory details, the psychologically complex mystery novel is set on a privately owned island in Long Island Sound. It begins when the family’s lives are turned upside-down one summer by so-called art experts, who show up unexpectedly to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with two other paintings are discovered behind the painting in question, the appraisal turns into a full-scale investigation and detectives are called in, but not by the family.
Call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register for this thrilling reading.
Creatures of the Night at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
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 quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Jamie Davidson, daughter of Bruce and Grace Davidson of Quogue Fire Department and Double Rainbow fame, married Tom O’Neill on Saturday, October 4, at the Immaculate Conception Church. Above, proud father Bruce walks Jamie down the aisle; Jamie holds her flowers aloft as she and Tom leave the church; and Jamie and Tom welcome wedding guests to the reception at Dockers. Below, Mr. and Mrs. Tom O’Neill leave the church in a flurry of rose petals. The couple are honeymooning in Italia. Congratulations!
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 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.
Bird Food Blowout
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is once again ready to help area residents start the winter off with plenty of bird seed. While the annual Bird Seed Sale is on the QWR calendar for Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s best to pre-order to insure you—and the birds—have sufficient supplies to get through the winter ahead.
All those who are pre-ordering need to have their order forms in by October 23 to support this fundraiser for the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. In addition, Bay Gardens will be in the Nature Center on November 4 selling bird related gift items. Forms for pre-ordering seed are available at the Refuge as well as online at www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org and www.EasternLongIslandAudubonSociety.org.
For additional information call 631-653-4771.
“Clever Little Lies” Opens at Community Hall October 26
The Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies,” opens on Thursday, October 26, for a three-week run, closing after the Sunday matinee final performance on November 12.
Before the big opening night, 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 email@example.com.
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.
Hudsy 5K Fun Run Steps Off on October 28
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 the traditional spot 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.
Registration closes on race day at 8:45 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25 per person for adults 18 and up and $10 per person for 17 and under; on race day the cost is $30 for all ages. Once again, the hospitable Heart Links folks are offering a special gift for the first 150 registered race participants. The kids’ Fun Run, which starts immediately after the 5K finish, is free.
In the 5K, prizes go to the top male and female overall as well as to the top three males and top three females in 10 different age groups.
Proceeds from this event, which honors the memory of the late Joan Hudson, go to fund heart healthy activities at the Quogue Elementary School. As always, organizers are hoping Quogue residents who are not participants will turn out and offer vocal as well as moral support. To obtain a registration form or for more information, visit www.hudsy5k.itsyourrace.com, the school website at www.quogueschool.com, or call the school at 631-653-4285.
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