Winter Wildlife

What a tremendous coup for Quogue Library Program Director Selena Pasca last week. A perusal of East End media outlets large and small last week seems to indicate that there were at least as many representatives of the fourth estate on hand at the debut of Quaquanantuck Quentin as there were area residents eager for word on whether or not we can anticipate an early spring.

Photos of Quentin and master of ceremonies Chris Osborne were everywhere one looked, proving once more that our beloved village is out in front of the curve not only in natural beauty, committed citizenry, government, education, and culture, but also, now, in fauna forecasting.

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The Nature Center at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.                               –A. Botsford Photos

Winter Wildlife Camp Returns to Refuge for Schools’ February Recess

There’s still time to sign up children for the Winter Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge offered during the upcoming February school recess.  

This popular camp program, running from Tuesday through Friday, February 21 to 24 with sessions of different duration offered, is for kids age 5 to 11. The morning session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon; the full-day session also starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. each day.

Both sessions of the camp’s “amazing experience” provide three hours of immersion in wildlife, education and an abundance of “fun.”

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A hike and a craft will be offered each day, so parents are asked to dress the young outdoorspersons for the weather. In addition, all campers should bring an individual snack and drink each day, plus lunch for those who are signed up for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. extended session.

In addition to other activities, children will be able to feed and handle some of the animals that live in the Nature Center.

The morning session fee is $45 per day, or $150 for the four-day program. The extended session fee is $90 per day or $330 for the four-day program. Registration and payment are required in advance. Registration and payment are required in advance; call 653-4771. For more information, visit or call 653-4771.

Doctor Who Night at the Quogue Library

Based on the huge success of previous programs, the Quogue Library is all set to offer another of its popular Doctor Who nights today, Thursday, February 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. As always, this free program is open to all ages and will be offered in the library’s Shinnecock Room.

So, if At Quaquanantuck has got this straight: the Doctor Who on the left, Peter Capaldi, will be “regenerating” as the Doctor Who on the right, Jodie Whittaker. And everyone who attends the Doctor Who Night at the library tonight will get to see it happen. Exciting. 

At Quaquanantuck admits to scant knowledge of this celebrated doctor, but according to the library this is an exciting year for Doctor Who because the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is leaving the show. On tap for tonight’s Doctor Who Night will be a screening of Mr. Capaldi’s last episode, “Twice Upon a Time,” which features his regeneration at the end into a new 13th Doctor (the first female to take the role) played by Jodie Whittaker. A spirited discussion is promised on whether Ms. Whittaker will make an excellent Doctor in the 11th series or whether fans will “revolt.” An episode or two of the new season will be screened; there will also be lots of fun in the form of games, trivia, and giveaways, along with Doctor Who themed refreshments.

All are encouraged to come as a favorite Doctor Who character; there will be a prize for the best costume.

Makerspace with Meg at Library on February 16

Although there is a dearth of detail about the program provided by the Quogue Library website, the library’s online calendar is promising a Makerspace with Meg on Friday, February 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 in Shinnecock Room.

At Quaquanantuck’s cursory research turned up a few tidbits of information. One site summed it up this way: “What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. [Actually, no.] Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas.

“Since the first official makerspace convened six years ago in a library in upstate New York, libraries have remained an ideal setting for makerspace events across the country. Many offer community resources like 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, and more. The idea of a communal creative space has only gained momentum and become increasingly popular over the years, and the makers’ movement shows no signs of slowing down.”

Call the library at 631-653-4224 to find out more or to register. After all: “There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015.” Go figure.

Fundraiser and Reception Slated for Congressional Candidate David Pechefsky

Patchogue native David Pechefsky is throwing his hat in the ring to challenge incumbent Congressman Lee Zeldin in the November election. First he’ll have to get past the Democratic primary in June, facing off against, at last count, five other hopefuls.

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Democratic hopeful David Pechefsky

At Quaquanantuck has learned that Quogue’s own Eileen Duffy, founder of the Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin (LVLZ) movement and author of “Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island,” has been signed on as the candidate’s communications director. As Ms. Duffy noted this week, LVLZ as a group does not endorse primary candidates; as an individual, I am.”

On Sunday, February 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. voters will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Pechefsky at a reception/fundraiser in Remsenburg. More details about the candidate are available here and here. To RSVP, buy tickets, and find out the address of the event, visit this site, or email David Bligh at


Author Judith Newman at Stony Brook Southampton

Memoirist and journalist Judith Newman will be the next guest in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Newman will read from and talk about her work on Wednesday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

Judith Newman is an author and journalist. Her most recent memoir, “To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and The Kindness of Machines,” was named a New York Times notable book of 2017. She is also the author of “You Make Me Feel Like An Unnatural Woman: The Diary of a New (Older) Mother”; “Tell Me Another One: A Woman’s Guide to Men’s Classic Lines”; and “Parents from Hell: Unexpurgated Tales of Good Intentions Gone Awry.”

Judith Newman
Judith Newman

Newman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. She also served as Contributing Editor at Allure. Newman currently resides in New York City with her husband and twin sons.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. Preceded by a brief reception at 6:30 p.m., all readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.


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Winter Trees
Winter Trees.                                                                                   –L. Morrisey Photo

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