Although readers continue, understandably, to refer to AtQuaquanantuck.com as a blog (such an unfortunate word), I will forever prefer to think of it as an online version of “the Quogue column” that appeared under the same title for many years in the local weekly newspaper. And because all things Quogue are in the purview of this column, At Quaquanantuck turns its attention this week to a local organization that is likewise devoted to all things Quogue. Let us now praise the Quogue Association.
This nesting pair of Canada geese has staked out for themselves a choice section of the estuary along Dune Road in East Quogue. –A. Botsford Photo
The Board of Directors of the Quogue Association is encouraging one and all to become a member or to renew existing memberships in the Association, the mission of which is to foster the general welfare of the Village of Quogue and preserve its character as a desirable and attractive residential community. The Association has pursued this mission since its incorporation almost 70 years ago, and the completely volunteer organization continues to this day to monitor activities in the Village, to advocate where appropriate, and to sponsor a number of activities and projects.
Dues are an exceptionally reasonable $40 for a single membership or family. To become a member or renew a membership, go to the QA’s new website www.quogueassociation.org and complete the application.
Among the events and programs sponsored by the Quogue Association are: the annual Village Beach party; the annual Duck Race and free concert at the Village Dock; the informative State of the Village address by the Mayor of Quogue; the State of the Town address for Quogue residents by the Southampton Town Supervisor; the Police and residents “Meet and Greet”; and the awarding of an annual college scholarship to a Quogue School graduate.
Along with the Quogue Library and the Quogue Historical Society, the Quogue Association assisted in restoring the anchor from the shipwrecked Nahum Chapin that sits in front of the Quogue Library. Also, this past year the QA brought a beautiful new clock to the Village Pond area and added new landscaping and a new fence at the Village Post Office.
The Association continues to maintain all of the landscaping for such previous projects as: the Village Dock restoration; the plantings at the west entrance to Quogue Street from Montauk Highway; the Post Lane circle at the base of the bridge; and the intersection of Post Lane and Dune Road.
Through the generosity of the Crowe family, the QA is partially funding an area of the restored Village Green in honor of Lynn Crowe, a long serving and dedicated member of the Quogue Association. This area will feature a lovely serpentine bench designed by village resident Stuart Disston.
In addition, the Quogue Association periodically honors community leaders with the Quogue Bowl, on display at the library.
Regular visits to the QA website and following the Association on Instagram and Facebook will keep members up to date on additional projects in the coming months. Members also receive the QA monthly newsletter highlighting community activities.
The directors of the Association are constantly on the lookout for additional beautification projects to take on around the village and welcome ideas or suggestions, by mail to PO Box 671, Quogue, NY 11959 or through the website: www.quogueassociation.org
Quogue Association dates to keep in mind are: the annual Beach Party on Friday, July 20 (rain date Friday, July 27); and the Association’s Duck Race on Friday, August 10.
Currently serving on the board of directors of the Quogue Association are: Cecelia Lazarescu, President; Lynn Lomas, Vice President; Paul Mejean, Secretary; Dan Weiskopf, Treasurer; Lauren Battista; Stefanie Beck; Kevin Crowe; Mac Highet; Irma Hill; Jessica Insalaco; and Michael Nelson.
If you’re not already a member (with membership up-to-date) and say you care about Quogue and the quality of life here, it’s time to walk the walk and get on board.
Late Breaking Soul Food News from St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church
From noon to 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 14, all in the community are invited to treat themselves to some delicious Soul Food selections at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church at 39 Montauk Highway (opposite the Speedway station) now celebrating 102 years in the Village of Quogue.
Lunch/dinner, including beverage and dessert, goes for $15, to stay or to go. Choices include chicken, ribs, and fish with collard greens, rice, and macaroni and cheese. For more information, call 631-594-3597.
Missing Photos of QFD Easter Egg Hunt Are Found
In the beginning, at 10 a.m. on the dot, there were a great many eggs hidden in plain sight across Jessup Avenue from the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department headquarters.
Savvy hunters knew that Easter eggs are often concealed by thick cover . . . or winter bare vegetation. At right, a hunter takes charge in the scrum,
rounding up the last few eggs. –A. Botsford Photos
Opening Reception for April Exhibition at Quogue Library Art Gallery
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for the three artists in the Quogue Library Art Gallery “Touch of Spring” exhibition: Jean Arena-Barbieri, Susan Nadel, and Sheila Thompson.
For the April exhibition, the three Long Island artists are each offering their individual interpretations of spring. Chairs for this show, which will remain on view through April 29, are Elizabeth Anne Hartman and Judith McDermott.
Foreign Policy Association Considers Pax Americana April 14
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “The Waning of Pax Americana?” for its Saturday, April 14,meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.
During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established after the Allied victory in World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power.
In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, with foreign commitments limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism as the order of the day.
The non-partisan Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, with this research serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.
Special Drawing for Early Bird Ticket Buyers for House and Garden Tour
The Westhampton Garden Club is once again hosting a self-guided tour of beautiful homes and gardens this summer. Scheduled on Friday, July 13, this year’s tour will offer refreshments and shopping at several boutiques set up as part of the event. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the luncheon at the Westhampton Country Club. Tour tickets are $75; the lunch will be $40.
All those purchasing tickets before April 15 will be entered into a drawing. Ten prizes will be awarded and can be picked up the day of the tour; winners will be notified prior to June 30.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.westhamptongardenclub.org
Services April 14 for Jane Post
A memorial service for Jane Post, who died January 14, 2018, will be held at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church on Meeting House Road on Quiogue on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at the Quogue Field Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Westhampton Presbyterian Church, 90 Meeting House Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
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