The Game’s Afoot

In the tradition of horrible puns coined for Easter weekend activities around these parts, At Quaquanantuck offers the following, right off the bat, for all those in our community who might be harboring great eggspectations:

Promising an “eggsellent adventure,” Fire Chief Chris Osborne has confirmed that the annual Easter Egg Hunt is on at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue for this coming Saturday, March 31, starting promptly at 10 a.m. All the little egg hunters are asked to gather in front of the fire truck bays prior to 9:55; all adults are encouraged to bring cameras, as it seems the Easter Bunny will once again be making a visit and will be available for photo ops. One of the joys of Easter is that there tend to be fewer tears during photo ops, as the Easter Bunny is somehow much less scary than that jolly old elf, Santa Claus.

At Quaquanantuck would like to stress that punctuality is paramount for this event, noting that, historically, the firehouse lawn has been stripped of everything and anything that even remotely resembles an egg by 10:03.

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Upright egg on the vernal equinox.                                                       –Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

Wildlife Refuge Hosts “Eggstravaganza” Saturday; Egg Hunt for Small Fry Sunday

The Easter weekend “Eggstravaganza” at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 31, will once again be offered in two sessions in order to accommodate the maximum number of 5- to 12-year-olds. Session I will be offered from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and Session II from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Both sessions provide opportunities to inspect the Refuge egg and nest collection for ideas to create a unique, and no doubt charming, nest craft. Participants may want to bring a smock or an old shirt in case of creative exuberance while decorating the crafted “nests” and coloring and decorating hard-boiled eggs to take home.

Reservations are required, as space and supplies are limited. The cost is $8 per child; all are asked to dress appropriately, as the program may take place outside. The Refuge is no longer accepting online reservations for this program; call 631-653-4771 to reserve or for more information.

Meanwhile, the annual Wildlife Refuge Egg Hunt for 2- to 4-year-olds is slated for Easter Sunday,  April 1, also in two sessions: egg safari Session I is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Session II is from 11 a.m. to noon. 

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Sign of spring: Not the Easter Bunny; a deer on the dunes. –Judy Gruhn Photo

The wee ones will create a bunny craft before hopping on down Peter Cottontail’s Trail to a special spot on the Refuge for an egg hunt. Each child in the hunt will receive a special gift. This program for children strictly age 2 to 4 years old accompanied by an adult has historically been very popular, so it’s important to sign up ASAP. The fee is $15 per child and space is limited; reservations are required and payment is due at time of reservation. Register online at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or call 631-653-4771.

HTC’s “The Boys Next Door” Earns Raves

The Hampton Theatre Company production of Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door” opened to a warm response from critics and audiences last weekend. Running through April 8, this touching comedy looks at the trials and the triumphs of four men with various mental disabilities living in a group home.

More than 100 people stayed after the show on Friday for a talkback with the director and members of the cast, with many in the audience remarking on the comedic as well as the dramatic and poignant moments, and complimenting the skill of the actors in presenting very real characters.

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Matthew Conlon and Paul Velutis in “The Boys Next Door.”                          –Tom Kochie Photo

Writing for The Southampton Press, critic Lorraine Dusky described the play as “a gentle episodic drift into the lives of four intellectually challenged men who live together in a group home,” and called the show “a night of thoughtful, haunting theater.”

Performances of “The Boys Next Door” will continue on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. Because there will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1, there will be two performances on Saturday, March 31: at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. An additional matinee performance will also 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 www.hamptontheatre.org or email info@hamptontheatre.org. To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Vacation Wildlife Camp for Ages 5 to 11 at Wildlife Refuge

There’s still time to sign up children age 5 to 11 for the Spring Wildlife Camp offered during the upcoming April school recess at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.  

This popular camp program runs from Tuesday through Friday, April 3 to 6, with sessions of different duration offered. 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 and education, with the accent on “fun.”

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 www.quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 653-4771.

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Black ducks over the marsh.                                                                              –A. Botsford Photo

Services April 4 in New York for Peter Frelinghuysen

A reminder that a memorial service for Peter Frelinghuysen, who died on March 11, will be held on Wednesday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peter’s memory to: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; www.chambermusicsociety.org

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.

Happy Easter and Chag Pesach Sameach.

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