Keep the Faith

Given the weather of the past week—the one-two punch of back to back nor’easters—some readers might be forgiven for thinking that At Quaquanantuck spoke too soon in last week’s column about signs and trends foretelling of an early spring.

Those same readers might further suggest that gale force winds, torrential rains, heavy snow, power outages and massive travel disruptions represent something more than a couple of “stutter steps” on the way to spring, and columns such as this one should refrain from angering the weather gods with such frivolous and Pollyanna-ish prognostications.

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At top, surf on March 3, after the first of two nor’easters. Above, new water hazards at hole number 3. –A. Botsford

And yet, with so much more daylight after the clocks are set ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11, snowdrops in bloom and daffodils pushing up into the sun, and songbirds starting their chaotic counterpoint chirping earlier and earlier, even before first light, it seems clear that not even surly sister storms like the two that just blew through can hold back the season of rebirth and renewal.   

Then, too, Paul Mejean notified At Quaquanantuck on Sunday, March 4, that he had the “rather amazing” good fortune to spot not one but two bald eagles on his lawn. These majestic birds, with wing spans of close to six feet, took off before Paul could photograph them, but surely their arrival in his backyard portends a change of season … or of something.

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At top, flattened phragmites and marsh grass are the only evidence remaining of the winter ice that has now receded. Above, snowdrops and daffodils are heedless of winter’s last gasps. 

With a theme of “Hometown Heroes,” the annual St. Patrick’s parade in Westhampton Beach is scheduled this year on Saturday, March 10, stepping off at noon and coming down Mill Road to swing up Main Street for the appreciative throngs clad in green and the reviewing stand by the Patio.

So far, the weather looks reasonably gentle; perhaps not the ideal of sunny and 60, but definitely not the desolate tundra of temperatures in the 20s chilled by 15-to-20 mph winds of some years past. So why not check it out this year, to support the many different contingents (like the Quogue Fire Department) marching and “floating” in the parade and, more importantly, to celebrate community, which is really what the parade is all about. Oh, and St. Patrick and all things Irish, too. Éirinn go Brách!

“Boys Next Door” Marching for Hampton Theater Company in Parade

All readers and their friends and family who go to the parade are hereby encouraged to cheer on the Hampton Theatre Company cohort, who will be handing out reusable grocery bags and postcards with all the performance dates and ticket details for the next HTC show, “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin.

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Matt Conlon and Paul Velutis rehearse a scene from “The Boys Next Door.”

 The poignant comedy, which opens at the Quogue Community Hall on Thursday, March 22, and runs through April 8, looks at the trials and the triumphs of four men with various mental disabilities living in a group home. And therein lies the explanation of the HTC tie-in with this year’s parade theme; one of the HTC banners for the parade reads: “People who are different can be Hometown Heroes too.”

Performances of “The Boys Next Door” will be on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1. On Saturday, March 31, there will be two performances: at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, April 7, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening.

Offered in association with the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, there will also be a special lunch and theater package available for the Saturday matinee on April 7. For information about all packages and available discounts, visit or email To reserve tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Services Set for Nancy Mullan

Nancy Mullan
Nancy Mullan

A funeral service for Nancy D. Mullan of Quogue, who died on February 26, 2018 will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays, NY 11946.

Interment will follow at Quogue Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Learn about Native Orchids at Wildlife Refuge

Sponsored by the Westhampton Garden Club and geared for adults, a program with the enticing and alliterative title of “The Lure & Lore of Native Orchids” is scheduled at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m.

Dragon's Mouth
Dragon’s mouth is an orchid found on Long Island 

Naturalist and orchid specialist Dave Taft will offer a PowerPoint presentation addressing such key questions as: what is an orchid, and why are they uncommon? Are there orchids growing right here on Long Island? Reservations are required; to register, call 631-653-4771 or visit

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March 4 sunset
Between the two nor’easters, a lovely sunset on March 4.

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