Looking to Our Past

The history of this village, its institutions, and the surrounding area is one of the single greatest contributors to Quogue’s mystique, not to mention the distinct identity and charm that sets it apart from all the other hamlets and villages of the East End.

It is this history, layered onto the natural history of this area, that piques our curiosity, sparks our imagination, and commands our attention—all at the same time. So when the call goes out to engage with or to support any initiative to record, or share, or expand our knowledge of our history, it behooves us to step up and respond.

Swans on bay
Swans on Penniman’s Creek.                                                                            –A. Botsford Photo

It so happens that there are a few such initiatives in play at this very moment, two from the Quogue Historical Society and one from the Quogue Beach Club.

First, Quogue Historical Society Volunteer Coordinator Lee Wadelton has issued an open invitation to all willing souls in the community to another Summer Volunteers Signup and Coffee gathering this Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the QHS Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue.

Volunteer shifts from 10 a.m. to noon and/or noon to 2 p.m. are available at the 1822 Schoolhouse behind the Quogue Library and/or at the Pond House on the following dates: June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; and September 1.

Stop by the Pond House on Saturday for some coffee, a snack and fine fellowship, and sign up for a shift or two while you’re there. Lee, the folks at the Historical Society, and all in Quogue thank you for your continued service. If you can’t make Saturday’s roundup in person, leave a message at 631-996-2404  or email info@quoguehistory.org.

Got Photos, Ephemera or Memories of the 1950s?

The Quogue Historical Society has also put out a call for photos, ephemera, and objects from Quogue in the 1950s. All are needed to populate the Society’s exhibition, “Happy Days: Quogue in the 1950s,” tentatively scheduled to open sometime in June.

The Society and the exhibition’s curators would like, ideally, to have donations of the aforementioned  1950s photos, ephemera, and objects. But they would also be happy to take objects and ephemera on loan for the exhibition and scan any photos and return them.

All donations and loan items can be dropped off at the Pond House. For more information, email  info@quoguehistory.org or call 631-996-2404.

Society curators are also asking people to start digging deep into their memory banks, as there are plans to have an oral history gathering at some point during the summer.

April surf
April surf.                                                                                                           –A. Botsford Photo

Quogue Beach Club 100th Anniversary

The 100th Anniversary Committee of the Quogue Beach Club is seeking input from residents as part of their efforts to honor the club’s history.

Suzie Lightbourn is heading up the effort to collect and curate historical photographs that anyone is willing to share. Photographs may be scanned or mailed to her, or a drop-off in Quogue can be arranged. All originals will be returned. Email her at s.lightbourn@mac.com; her mailing address is 17 Wheatsheaf Farm Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Chester Murray is researching the history of the club and would welcome any stories or information. Email him at murray.chester@gmail.com.

Lawrie Mott and Tracy Lilly are the co-chairs of the 100th Anniversary Committe; committee members are Billie Fitzpatrick, Suzie Lightbourn, and Chester Murray.

QWR Earth Day

QWR Earth Day Owls

The Earth Day celebration on April 28 at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge was blessed with beautiful weather. In top photo, Theresa Belkin of Westhampton Beach returns to the dock after kayaking with her two sons, Oran, center, and Cian up front. Above, Quogue Wildlife Refuge environmental educator Renee Allen with the QWR’s great horned owl Hooter and wildfowl carver Matthew DiBernardo with one of the many carvings he had on display.
–John Neely photos, courtesy of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge


Program on Hummingbirds at Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. there will be a PowerPoint presentation for adults and families on the local hummingbird species, the ruby-throated hummingbird. Along with interesting facts about these birds, the presentation will include tips on how to attract them to your yard.Ruby-throated hummingbird

Feeders and nectar will be available for purchase after the program. The fee is $5 per person; register by calling 631-653-4771.

May Exhibition at Library Features Children’s Book Illustrators

The Quogue Library Art Gallery committee is trying something different for the month of May. Chairs Liz Hartman, Carroll Highet and Maya Ryvicker are presenting an exhibition introducing “Children’s Book Illustrators from Long Island,” on view now through May 30. A collaboration with Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, this group show of 15 artists will highlight several different genres of children’s book illustration.

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Barbara Mason Rast is one of the artists in the May exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

Artists exhibiting their work in this show are: Amal, Nancy Armo, Jennifer Bell, Deborah Cuneo, Diana Ting Delosh, Jason Edwards, Kyle Horne, Stephen Ingram, Max Johns, Laurie Kutscera, Barbara Mason Rast, R.M. Rivera, Paul Rodriguez, Virginia Webb and Annina Luck Wildermuth.

An artists’ reception—including book signings, meet and greet, and a Q & A—will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Just prior to the reception, artist Deborah Cuneo will provide a workshop for children age pre-K and up from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on May 19. Also, artist R.M. Rivera will offer another workshop for children, at a time and date to be determined.

Art Workshop for Adults at Quogue Library

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, with the next one coming up on May 9. 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.  

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

The early bird discount deadline has passed, but there’s still time to sign up for a very special fundraiser for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge slated for Tuesday, May 22, at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton. Located on 300 acres with spectacular views of 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.

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.

The driving range will be open and continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.; the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m.; awards luncheon and BBQ at 1 p.m. Sign up at the QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org/sebonack.

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