What’s the Rush?

At Quaquanantuck made a brief foray into the city this week and was dismayed to hear, already, the constant clanging of a Salvation Army handbell near the Seventh Avenue subway in Penn Station, and Christmas music droning from the PA system at one of two Starbucks at the station.

Apparently it’s not enough that car companies and appliance stores began their big ticket gift ad campaigns tied to Christmas well before Halloween this year. Now, with Thanksgiving still three weeks away, the senses must be assailed from every quarter with whatever is the exact opposite of holiday cheer.

Just when you thought there was no life left to beat out of the holiday season, here comes the long march, rendering the “big day” itself more and more anticlimactic each year. For At Quaquanantuck, the only response is the most familiar one: get down to the beach, where the music comes from the waves and wind and the birds, and sunlight or moonlight sparkling on the water yield all the holiday lights one might ever need, all the year ’round.

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Seasonal music.                                                                                                                   –A. Botsford Photo

Final Five Performances for “ Clever Little Lies”

Just five more chances to see the show that everyone is talking about: “Clever Little Lies,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season. All institutional bias aside, a visit to the HTC website, www.hamptontheatre.org, will demonstrate that this adult comedy by Joe DiPietro about love in, and outside of, the bonds of matrimony has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

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 last Saturday and Sunday were sold out and, at the time this column is being posted, ticket sales for this weekend were brisk. Fortunately, the HTC has added an additional matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays for the last weekend of every production, to accommodate some of the demand for afternoon show seats. Showtimes for this weekend are: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., all at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue.  

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.

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Diana Marbury and Terrance Fiore in a scene from “Clever Little Lies.”             –Tom Kochie Photo

Create a Native American Talking Stick at QWR

With November designated as Native American Heritage Month, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offering a “Create a Native American Talking Stick” workshop in the Nature Center on Saturday, November 11, starting at 11 a.m., with participants creating their very own talking sticks.

The Talking Stick is a tool traditionally used by Native Americans when a council was called, as a visual queue as to who had the right to talk during the gathering. It would be passed from person to person as their turn came to speak; this method encouraged other members to listen to the speaker and be respectful of the person’s viewpoint during their turn with the talking stick. A program for adults and kids age 8 and up. Payment of $15 per person fee is due at time of reservation; call 631-653-4771 for reservations or sign up online at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Results Are In for Hudsy 5K Fun Run

The annual Hudsy 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run (for kids) on Saturday, October 28, was once again a tremendous success. For complete results, click here

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Cheryl Regan of Quogue was the overall winner at this year’s event.

This year was a standout for many reasons, notable among them that it was longtime race organizer Sarah Adams’s first Hudsy Run since her retirement from the Quogue School, and it was the first year that the first place female (and overall winner) Cheryl Regan, and the first place male, Maximus Haynia, both hail from Quogue.

There are significant questions, meanwhile, about the true identity of the runner who registered as Aaron Judge. One clue is that the runner registered as being 43 years old, which is 18 years older than the strapping NY Yankees slugger of the same name. 

“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, showcases 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.

At the artists’ reception for the “Fall Collective” exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, clockwise from left: Carolyn Conrad and Dan Welden in front of their respective works; Will Ryan, center, with guests; and outgoing Library Art Gallery Committee Chair Lulie Morrisey and artist Barbara Groot. 


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 remain on exhibit through November 30. For further information contact Lulie Morrisey at lulieinquogue@gmail.com or 631-902-7766.

Wine Sampling, Button Bracelets, Fruitcake Forensics and Fiction at Library

A Wine Sampling featuring Martha Clara wines will accompany a report of news from the New York State Food and Wine Classic at the Quogue Library today, Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Library. Host for the evening will be award-winning winemaker Eduardo Micieli-Martinez, who will talk about what makes a wine stand out to win at competitions and some excellent wine choices to complement the menu at your family’s holiday table.

A “Make a Cute Button Bracelet” workshop will be offered at the library on Tuesday, November 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their own buttons or to use buttons supplied for the event to create a special holiday gift or a “statement piece” for the creator. Class size is limited to eight; $8 materials fee.

“Fruitcake Forensics: Celebrating the Festive Season” is the title of an evening devoted to the history of fruitcakes, mincemeat tarts and puddings, as well as other ethnic favorites, such as German stollen, Italian panettone and panforte hosted by cookbook author Margaret Johnson on Sunday, November 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Quogue Library. Recipes will be provided, many types of fruitcake will be available for tasting, and mulled cider will be served.   

“Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett will be the book under discussion at the Sunday Fiction Book Club at the library on Sunday, November 12, at 12:15 p.m. Spanning five decades, “Commonwealth” explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of four parents and six children.

For more information or to register for any 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.

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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