Question: Is Super Sunday the end of a Super week, or the beginning? In other words, is the day before Super Sunday considered Super Saturday? Or is the day after the game—when the contest is over, the wagers are settled, and all the pointless hype and million- dollar commercials breathe their last sweet air of attention around the water coolers and copy machines—supposed to be Super Monday? Just wondering.
Here in our village, the more important question right now is: what will be the prediction of the esteemed guest woodchuck at the Quogue Library’s first ever Groundhog Day observance and celebration?
The festivities begin today, Thursday, February 1, at 6 p.m. at the library, when the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University presents a discussion of “Weather Predicting: Past vs. Present Methods.”
Then, on Groundhog Day, Friday, February 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the library. Hizzoner Peter Sartorius and the library Board of Trustees will make an informed assessment of the shadow, or lack of same, observed (or not) by a special guest groundhog recruited for the purpose of precise meteorological prognostications. Hot chocolate will be provided for the occasion by Quogue Village Market.
At Quaquanantuck is very hopeful that someone will send in photos of any part or all of this event.
The theme carries through the day with a screening of the cult classic, “Groundhog Day” (1993), a little later on Friday, February 2, at 1 p.m. at the library. One of the best films ever; high on the list of At Quaquanantuck’s Desert Island 10.
Winter Benefits Scheduled for BideAwee and Hospice Camp Good Grief
The 19th annual Valentine Salon Luncheon to benefit East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief will be held in New York on Wednesday, February 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 583 Park Ave. at 63rd Street.
In addition to a number of wonderful vendors, the event will feature Good Heart honoree and speaker Liz Murray, emcee Lauren Manning, and Valentine Salon Image Award recipient Gloria Alhanti. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Chrissy Michne at 631-288-7080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, February 10, BideAwee will be hosting a Puppy Love Luncheon benefit from noon to 3 p.m. at Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue. The Mobile Adoption Van will be on site. Cost is $150 per person, with $70 tax deductible. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Katharine Hammond Exhibition on View in February at Library
“Katherine Hammond: Embracing Joy” is the title of the February exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.
Working in a mixed media array combining ink, watercolor, crayons, and paper collage, Ms. Hammond considers in her art different responses to the question: “What can we discover about ourselves if we approach the canvas without any preconceived ideas? What if we do not reference anything from the past or future, but rather stay in the moment, focus inward and ignore internal dialogue?”
Having studied fine art at New York’s Hunter College, she has painted continuously since then, while working for many years in the insurance industry. Now retired from the business world, the artist has immersed herself in the art world, working from her home studio in Shelter Island. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries throughout Long Island.
Elizabeth Anne Hartman and Margot Carr are the chairs for this show, which will be on exhibit from February 1 through 27.
Talk and Photos Offer a Glimpse of Old Quogue
The Quogue Historical Society will present an illustrated talk, “Then and Now: Pictorial Quogue” by Quogue Historical Society curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene on Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m. at the Quogue Library.
Ms. Greene’s talk is based on the QHS exhibition “Through the Lens of George Bradford Brainerd: Quogue, ca. 1875,” which is on view at the Society’s Pond House headquarters, open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By the time of his death in 1887 at the age of 42, civil engineer and amateur photographer George Bradford Brainerd had taken 2,500 photographs, mostly urban views of New York City. The 10-plus images Brainerd captured of Quogue in the mid-1870s document a portrait of the village’s early days, revealing a very different Quogue from the one we live in today.
To register for this program, call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101.
Dinner a la Français at the Inn Spot
The Inn Spot on the Bay down by the Ponquogue Bridge is once again offering international dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. The three-course prix fixe is $39; reservations are recommended.
This weekend, the Inn Spot menu for February 2 and 3 will feature a culinary tour of France. For more information or reservations, call 631-728-1200 or visit www.theinnspot.com.
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