No need to take a position on climate change when observing, and enjoying, the unseasonably warm weather that has graced our shores during September and now almost all of October. At Quaquanantuck can’t recall a year prior to 2017 when so many people were still swimming in the ocean, without a wet suit, in the third week of the 10th month.
For their part, the birds—those that fly south, those that fly here from up north, and those that spend all year here—are too confused to show up consistently at the feeder: the old “should I stay or should I go” syndrome. And humans ready to change their seasonal plumage are recognizing that the summer wardrobe can’t be put away just yet and the winter clothing can stay in storage for at least a few more weeks.
As always, the key is to make the most of our good fortune while we can. It will be winter soon enough, and it will likely be six months or more before anyone wants to venture into the surf for anything more leisurely than a Polar Bear Plunge.
“ Clever Little Lies” Opens at Quogue Community Hall
Whether or not the weather reflects the calendar’s call for seasons to change, the Hampton Theatre Company schedule remains the same. That means, if you are reading this column on Thursday, October 26, it is now officially opening night for the HTC’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies.” With showtimes Thursday through Sunday for three weeks, the play, an adult comedy by Joe DiPietro about love and marriage in, and outside of, the bonds of matrimony, will close after the Sunday matinee final performance on November 12.
Sensing from her husband that something is wrong in their son’s marriage, Alice invites the young couple over for a cocktails and cheesecake interrogation. As one set of lies threatens to unravel a relationship in this comedy and drama of falsehoods and infidelity, Alice offers an object lesson by spinning a new web of fanciful deceit about her own marriage. Or is she telling the truth?
Characterized as both “shattering and hilarious,” the play and its mature themes were described by The New York Times as “good old-fashioned comfort food for theatergoers … a blend of comedy and sentiment, with maybe just a hint of a sting.”
The cast of “Clever Little Lies” features four Hampton Theatre Company veterans—Edward A. Brennan, Carolann DiPirro, Terrance Fiore, and Diana Marbury. The family matriarch, Alice, is played by HTC Artistic Director Diana Marbury, last seen on the HTC stage in “4,000 Miles” last winter. Terrance Fiore, last on stage in Quogue in “Other People’s Money” in 2013, has the role of Alice’s husband Bill Sr.
Edward A. Brennan, last on stage in Quogue as Inspector Goole in “An Inspector Calls” in 2015, has the role of the couple’s son, Billy; his wife, Jane, is played by Carolann DiPirro, who played Anne Frank in the very first production of the company in 1985. More recently, she played Goodwife Doolittle in the 2016 Literature Live production of “The Scarlet Letter” at Bay Street Theater.
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.
The HTC and the Quogue Club Lunch and Theater package on Saturday, November 11, features lunch at the club at 12:30 prior to the 2:30 curtain for the matinee that day, all for $60 (tax and tip included). Visit hamptontheatre.org for details or to purchase tickets, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hudsy 5K Fun Run Steps Off Saturday, October 28
The annual Hudsy 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run (for kids) will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 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 in order to qualify 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 there will be 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, as noted, honors the memory of the late Joan Hudson, go to fund heart healthy activities at the Quogue Elementary School. Quogue residents who are not participants are encouraged to 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.
Enchanted Forest Trail Walks at QWR
Two more opportunities for children ages 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this year: on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Stops along the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge include, clockwise from top left: Volunteer Educator Susan Ruocco and her son and assistant James Maroulas with Shirley, the Honduran curly tailed tarantula; Environmental Educator Cara Fernandes as a raccoon, teaching kids about recycling and trash; and Environmental Educator Renee Allen as a Forest Gnome.
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.
“Fall Collective” at Library Art Gallery
For the month of November the Quogue Library Art Gallery will present “Fall Collective: Celebrating East End Artists,” a curated exhibition introducing a mix of artists who have exhibited in past shows along with some who are new to the venue.
The group show, curated by art gallery committee members Lulie Morrisey and Cristina Kepner, will showcase the vibrant and diverse nature of the local art scene. The artists in the exhibit use a variety of mediums in their work, including, among others: solar plate prints; oil and copper leaf; digital photographs; multi-layered resin relief sculpture; and collaged and painted photo transfers.
The 12 artists with work on view are: Claudia Baez, Ellen Ball, Carolyn Conrad, Christopher Engel, Barbara Groot, John Haubrich, Virva Hinnemo, Dean Johnson, Fulvio Massi, Anne Raymond, Will Ryan, and Dan Welden.
An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, November 5, from noon to 1:30 pm. The “Fall Collective” will be on exhibit from October 28 through November 30.
For further information contact Lulie Morrisey at email@example.com or 631-902-7766.
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.
The QHS is seeking volunteers to serve as docents during the tour. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 631-996-2404.
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