Hooray, Hooray: The First of May

Could it be? Is it really almost May, the month beginning with the revelries of May Day and whose last Monday is Memorial Day, the start of the summer season?

It’s true that summer is known to sneak up on us every year around these parts, due to the perennial lack of any real extended spring. But the waves of nor’ easters and late snows this year seem to have really diverted attention from a calendar that seemed completely out of whack.

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Hen and drake wood ducks on Phillips Creek.                                       –Liz Corker Photo

Now, with temperatures at long last starting to trend upwards, people are tentatively venturing out of doors, checking bicycle tires, planting flowers and vegetable gardens, and taking the covers off the barbecue grills. Finally. At Quaquanantuck urges all readers and all on the East End to make the most of the coming season; experience tells us it will be over all too soon, leaving us wondering how, when the winter lasted as long as it did, the summer could have gone by so fast.

Walk for Wildlife and Earth Day Observance at Wildlife Refuge

The second annual Walk for Wildlife walkathon to raise money for the animals at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will step off rain or shine on Saturday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m., with check-in from 8:45 to 9:15.

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QWR bridge. –A. Botsford Photo

Sign up early: the first 150 people to register will receive an event shirt; and pre-registration, at $25 for adults and $15 for youths (under 18), saves $5 off day of event registration.

Walkathoners who wear an animal themed costume will have a chance to win a prize. Also, additional sponsorship is encouraged. Find out more and sign up to register at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

A little later on Saturday, April 28, all are invited to come and celebrate nature and the lovely planet Earth at the Refuge. From noon to 3 p.m., also rain or shine, the free celebration will include Birding Walks guided by members of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, live animal presentations, crafts, environmental exhibitors, and self-guided kayaking and canoeing.

This special program for all ages is offered by Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, Westhampton Beach Earth Day and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The QWR website (www.quoguewildliferefuge.org) will be posting a schedule of events. No reservations are necessary; call 631-653-4771 for more information.  

Full Moon Night Hike April 30 at Wildlife Refuge

The next Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Monday, April 30, starting at 7:30 p.m.

During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and undertake some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is $5 for Wildlife Refuge members; $10 for non-members. Reservations (631-653-4771) are required at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the appropriate fee.

“Golfing with the Owls” Benefit for QWR at Sebonack Golf Club

Supporters of the Wildlife Refuge who are also golf enthusiasts can save $100 by signing up early for a very special fundraiser for QWR slated for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton. Located on 300 acres overlooking Peconic Bay in Southampton, the course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak and has ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100 U.S. Golf Courses since 2009. Sebonack was also the host of the 2013 Women’s Open, the first time that tournament has ever been held on Long Island.

Closing holes at Sebonack Golf Club.

Under the terms of the QWR Early Bird Special, for those who sign up by May 1 the cost to play is $650 per golfer, or $2,400 per foursome. After May 1, the price goes up to $750 per golfer or $2,800 per foursome.

Schedule for the day: Driving range opens and continental breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.; awards luncheon and BBQ at 1 p.m. Sign up at the QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org/sebonack.

Programs on Offshore Wind Power April 26 and May 1 at Library

On Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. the Quogue Library will host a program presented by Long Island Sierra Club Energy Chair Lilia Factor, Esq. on the history and current status of the Deepwater Wind Project off the coast of Montauk, as well as other offshore wind projects in the works in New York State and along the Atlantic Coast.

The discussion will include New York State’s goals for offshore wind development in its waters, as well as the overall movement towards clean renewable energy. There will be a visual presentation with time for input and Q & A from the audience. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to save a seat.Wind Power

On Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. the library will host a follow-up panel discussion on the Long Island offshore wind energy project. Thomas Bjurlof, energy market consultant, will discuss new developments and projects regarding offshore wind energy. Lynn Arthur, Tri-Energy Program Coordinator and a volunteer on the Southampton Town Green Sustainability Advisory Committee where she chairs the Energy sub-committee, will also be contributing.

Participating in the panel, Rachel Gruzen, a coastal planner and educator, will relay a comprehensive view of coastal development and infrastructure planning, explaining how wind energy fits into the future environmental and power profile of eastern Long Island.

All are encouraged to bring questions for the panel. Following a brief outline, there will be a half hour set aside for Q&A. Call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101 to sign up for either or both of these programs.

Art Workshops for Adults at Quogue Library

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. East End Arts instructor and artist Judith Sutton-Fagan will present an introduction to Sumi-e East Asian brush painting at the Quogue Library.

Sumi-e East Asian Brush painting.

In this workshop students will explore the fundamentals of Sumi-e, which is both a visual and philosophical approach to cultivating an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the balance within oneself through creative expression. There is a limit of 12 people for this class and a $20 non-refundable fee which will include basic materials with an option to purchase specialty items from the instructor.

Participants are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during a short break, which may be taken outdoors, weather permitting. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.

An Afternoon Art with Harvey Herman painting class for adults will be offered at the library from noon to 2 p.m. on all five Wednesdays in May, starting on May 2. The popular artist and teacher will help participants explore different brushes and surfaces while discovering the possibilities of watercolor, pastel and acrylic mediums. The cost is $15 per class and space is limited; call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.  

April Exhibition Closes Sunday at Library Art Gallery

This weekend offers the last chance to see the “Touch of Spring” April exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, featuring the work of three artists, Jean Arena-Barbieri, Susan Nadel, and Sheila Thompson. The show is coming down after Sunday, so be sure to check it out, or stop by for another viewing.

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