The In-Between Season

It’s betwixt and between time here in Quogue right now. It’s not really winter anymore and it’s isn’t quite spring yet either. One night there’s five inches of snow and the next day it’s 54 degrees and no sign of the white stuff from the night before.

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February fog on Quantuck Bay.                                                                       A. Botsford Photo



Days of unrelenting rain darken our moods along with the skies, but also spark gratitude because if it were cold enough for snow, that amount of precipitation would bury us. Pea soup fog shrouds the shore and creeps up toward the highway in Quogue while a few miles north in Riverhead the sun smiles on everyone. Readers of this column who are not currently in residence in Quogue likely outnumber readers who are here for the duration by a ratio of two to one.

In such an indeterminate season, it seems fitting that there’s not much going on. There’s a Family Movie Matinee at the Quogue Library at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 23, but the library website doesn’t show the title.

As Black History Month draws to a close, there are two programs on Civil Rights being offered at the library, one on Sunday and one on Tuesday.

On Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Christopher Verga, historian and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College, will discuss the history of Civil Rights on Long Island using archived historical photos. Mr. Verga is also the author of a book titled “Civil Rights on Long Island” (Arcadia Publishing, 2016), which was published on behalf of the African American Museum of Nassau County and is part of the “Images of America” series.

The Tuesday, February 26, Civil Rights program at 3:30 p.m. is titled “My Own Voice & Kadir Nelson.” Call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101, for more details on either of these programs.   

If there’s one season at this time of the year that we can count on, it’s Oscar season. And with so few offerings from the usual suspects on the calendar, it’s a great time to catch up on Academy Awards contenders screening at several theaters.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has turned its film program over to Oscar nominees for the next several weeks. Screening this weekend will be “Call Me by Your Name,” which has earned Oscar nominations in four categories: Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song. Screenings will be at 7 p.m. on Friday; 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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“Call Me by Your Name” is screening this weekend at the WHBPAC.

Next weekend, the PAC will have “The Square” from Sweden, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Meanwhile, “The Shape of Water” and “I, Tonya” are screening in Mattituck and “Phantom Thread” and “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour” are screening out in East Hampton. Those who are interested in seeing as many nominees as possible before the awards ceremony should be able to check off their lists if they’re willing to make a few road trips and circle back to the PAC over the next few weeks.

From Winter Wildlife to Summer Ecology at Wildlife Refuge

The Winter Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge offered during the February school recess this week is fully subscribed. Hopefully there weren’t too many people who waited until the last minute to sign up their kids and who are now disappointed because they got shut out.

That seems an instructive exercise for parents thinking ahead to the summer, because while we’re on the topic of camps, readers should know that priority registration for the summer camps at the Refuge is now open for 2018 QWR members. The Summer Ecology Program is for grades two through six; Young Explorers + Explorers for grades six through nine; and Little Naturalists for ages 4 to 6.

The Summer Field Ecology Program consists of nine one-week explorations of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas. Based on grade entry level for the coming fall, youngsters may attend one session of the Ecology Program or multiple sessions for the Little Naturalists.

This summer marks the 48th Anniversary of the Summer Ecology Program at the Refuge. Through hands-on exploration, the children will learn some of nature’s secrets and will complete this program with more knowledge and a greater respect for the natural world.

Please note that you must have a current 2018 QWR membership for your priority registration application to be accepted. Non-members may register for summer camp sessions after May 11, 2018.

For more information, visit or call 631-653-4771.

Final Weekend for Katherine Hammond Exhibition

This is the final weekend to check out the February exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery: “Katherine Hammond: Embracing Joy.”

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Works by Katherine Hammond will remain on view at the Quogue Library through February 27.

Having studied fine art at New York’s Hunter College, Ms. Hammond has painted continuously since then, while also working for many years in the insurance industry.  Now retired from the business world, she has immersed herself in her art, 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 through February 27.

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