A New Season Arrives, Suddenly

Who knew that the weather gods were paying such close attention to At Quaquanantuck?

The weather that this column was waxing rhapsodic about in the last post continued through Saturday in mellow fashion—thankfully for the Hudsy 5K—before those same gods started wringing out the celestial sponges on Sunday and huffing and puffing until tree limbs cracked, screens blew out, and electricity flickered before going out altogether for some unfortunate households.

And so, Monday, October 30, brought a very different character to local seascapes than the one that At Quaquanantuck captured in all its summerlike serenity the week before.

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October 30, 2017 (color photo)                                                                                –A. Botsford Photo

Nuclear Security Is Topic for Foreign Policy Association November 4

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program will take up the issue of “Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons” for its next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, November 4, at 5 p.m. at the Quogue Library.

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. The Iran Deal was a hard won diplomatic victory toward this end, but major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, is there a secure path forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

The Foreign Policy Association aims to serve as  a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.

Fair weather blessed the fearsome and sometimes adorable costumed Quoguites who turned out for the annual Quogue Fire Department Ghost Parade on Jessup Avenue and party at the firehouse on Halloween. –Photos courtesy of Grace Davidson

“ Clever Little Lies” Earning Thumbs Up from Audiences and Critics

“Clever Little Lies,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season, opened last week to enthusiastic applause from audiences and critics. This adult comedy by Joe DiPietro about love in, and outside of, the bonds of matrimony has showtimes Thursday through Sunday at the Quogue Community Hall, with a final performance at the Sunday matinee on November 12.

Terrance Fiore makes a point to Edward A. Brennan. –Tom Kochie Photo

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.”

Performances of “Clever Little Lies” are on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. There will also be an additional matinee performance on Saturday, November 11, at 2:30 p.m. prior to the regular 8 p.m. show later that day.

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

The HTC and the Quogue Club are offering a Lunch and Theater package on Saturday, November 11, with 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 terry@hamptontheatre.org for more information.  

Curtain Up on “Almost, Maine” at Westhampton Beach High School Friday

Speaking of engaging, stimulating, high quality theater, John Cariani’s very sweet collection of vignettes, “Almost, Maine,” will take the stage of the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium this weekend, with shows on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m.

Under the astute and energizing direction of Hampton Theatre Company board member and leading actor Rosemary Cline, the show features a cast of many, including at least one Quogue resident, Hanna Lockwood.

Almost Maine full cast
The cast of “Almost, Maine,” opening on Friday in Westhampton Beach.

Reception Saturday for “Fall Collective” at Library Art Gallery

For the month of November the Quogue Library Art Gallery is presenting “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. An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, November 5, from noon to 1:30 pm.

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.

Carolyn Conrad Moonlit Property
“Moonlit Property” by Carolyn Conrad

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.

The “Fall Collective” will be on exhibit from October 28 through November 30. For further information contact Lulie Morrisey at lulieinquogue@gmail.com or 631-902-7766.

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Sarah Adams and Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius with some seasoned competitors at last Saturday’s Hudsy 5K.

Clockwise from top left: Gus O’Callaghan, who is making a name for himself in local running events, crosses the Hudsy finish line; Supermom Diana McCarty with daughters Morgan and Madison; Chris Hudson, son of the late Joan Hudson for whom the event is named, and Sandy B. O’Callaghan, who provided these lovely photos. Race results in next week’s At Quaquanantuck. 



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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit AtQuaquanantuck.com and feel free to follow.

Bird Food Blowout

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge annual Bird Seed Sale wraps up this Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All those who pre-ordered bird seed for the winter as part of this fundraiser for the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge can pick up their orders on Saturday. There will probably be some extra bags for those who neglected, or forgot, to pre-order. In addition, Bay Gardens will be in the Nature Center on November 4 selling bird related gift items.

For additional information call 631-653-4771.

Birding Lecture and Walk, Vietnam Vets’ Gathering and Reading at Library

The Quogue Library will host a Winter Birding Lecture and Walk on Saturday, November 4, with the lecture starting at 11 a.m. and the Birding Walk following lunch (BYO bagged lunch) at noon, weather permitting.

The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society’s Eileen Schwinn will offer the lecture and lead the walk, discussing migratory patterns and stopping places of winter birds and ducks.

On Sunday, November 5, (a week before Veterans Day on November 11) author and columnist Phil Keith will host a Vietnam Veterans gathering and discussion at the library from 3 to 4 p.m. Mr. Keith will  be reading excerpts from his latest novel, “Settling Up,” and veterans are invited to share their memories in the discussion to follow. Books will be available for purchase after the event.

For more information or to register for either of these programs, call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

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. The QHS is seeking volunteers to serve as docents during the tour. To sign up, email info@quoguehistory.org or leave a message at 631-996-2404.

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.

Condolences to the Moley Family

It is too often the sad duty of this column to let the community know about the loss of one of our number. As might be expected, some of these announcements—all of them heartrending—hit even closer to home than others.

As many Quogue residents already know, on Sunday, October 15, Jeffrey Moley, 64, the older brother of Roger Moley and Janis McCarthy and the son of Janis Moley, died of what has been described as a “sudden cardiac event.” The flat medical terminology does nothing to convey the terrible, completely unexpected, horrific shock that news of Jeffrey’s death sent tearing through his family and many friends, here and in St. Louis, where he was a highly regarded professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

I did not know Jeffrey as well as I have known his brother and sister, his mother and his late father. I knew him to be passionate about his work and also his music. I knew him as a man who always strove to get to the heart of any matter. I would be hard pressed to say which brother was more like their father Mal, one of the greatest and most colorful characters ever to hold court in Quogue, which he did for many years.

But I consider Roger my brother, and the brother of my brother is also my brother, and I know I speak for many in our community in offering heartfelt condolences to Jeffrey’s wife, Kelle, and their children; to Roger and Susie and all in their family; to Janis and Jed and all in their family; to his mother, Janis; and to all those whose lives he touched. So much missed already, and for many years to come.

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit AtQuaquanantuck.com and feel free to follow.



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