Signs of Summer

Yes, dear readers, this is the time of the year, as Memorial Day weekend approaches, when East End residents and visitors start to take their cues from both general and very particular signs of seasonal change. It could be something as mundane as upward trending temperatures, the delightfully advanced hour of sunrise or later time of sunset, or the sweet and steady refrain, at long last, of the tiny chorus frogs known colloquially as spring peepers.

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Master of the Marsh.                                                                                      –A. Botsford Photo

One egret, left, surveys the hunting ground; another egret strikes. –A. Botsford Photos

Or it might be something slightly more esoteric, like observing the first bathers entering or emerging from the surf not wearing wet suits, a threshold number of German made automobiles parked in front of the Quogue Market, or lapping at the first ice cream cone since the turn of the year.

At Quaquanantuck is interested to know what readers consider signs of summer, and would be happy to publish your signifiers if you send them to AtQuaq@gmail.com.

When Pruning Is Protecting

Some might consider seeing the first crews cutting deep vees in trees (to prevent interference with the power lines running through them) to be a sign that summer has arrived. That likely won’t be happening in at least one part of our village this summer—along a small stretch of Quogue Street and down Club Lane—thanks to a new landscaping initiative undertaken by Barbara (née Valentine) Sartorius and Mary Ann Casati.

Noting that the deep vee cuts to create space around the power lines are not only unsightly and unnatural looking but also can lead to the eventual splitting of the tree, the two women contracted the services of one Giacomo Mule, a pruner of trees and a Cornell Cooperative Extension teacher of bonsai and organic gardening.

Topping trunk leaders and judicious pruning allows trees to coexist naturally and beautifully with power lines. –A. Botsford Photos

The idea behind Mr. Mule’s approach is that by topping the trunk leaders nearest the power lines and judiciously pruning, instead of cutting a wide vee, the tree will be able to grow into a more natural and eye-pleasing shape without any threat of large branches compromising the power lines in any way, no matter how the wind blows.  

While the tree shape may seem a bit unusual in the short term after a trunk leader or leaders have been topped, over the longer term the tree will fill out like a larger version of a carefully pruned and shaped bonsai. It is hoped that, instead of lamenting “what they’ve done to our trees,” passersby will understand that Ms. Sartorius, Ms. Casati and Mr. Mule have actually protected them, and will salute and thank them for their forward thinking approach to preserving an important part of our beautiful landscape.    

Double Rainbow Set to Open for the Season

One obvious sign of summer is when stores that have been shuttered for the (seemingly unending) winter reopen to welcome, it is hoped, the influx of customers the new season brings.playmobil-contractor.jpg

The delightful Double Rainbow shop on Jessup Lane is one of these. The store will open officially this weekend, on Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. Featured are specialty toys, which includes Legos, Playmobil, Ravensburger Puzzles, Green Toys, Hexbugs, Melissa and Doug and Game of Thrones board games and much more. Grace at Double Rainbow assures At Quaquanantuck that the store has a full selection of beach and yard toys including Spikeball, Kan Jam, boogie boards, kites and more.

For a true summer treat, shoppers will also find 16 flavors of delicious Sedutto super premium ice-cream. There is no denying that this tiny shop squeezes in a mighty amount of merchandise, all dedicated to adding to the fun of the summer experience, for young and old alike. For more information, visit hamptontoys.com or call 631-806-5779.

Foreign Policy Association Considers Russia’s Foreign Policy May 12

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “Russia’s Foreign Policy” for its Saturday, May 12, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is now projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands.

When Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential contest in 2016, it caused an international uproar. And Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. Questions to be addressed during Saturday’s discussion include: How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?

The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 99-year history, is to serve as  a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, 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.

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Three members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department attended this year’s Fire Department Instructor’s Conference International in Indianapolis, Indiana, from April 25 to 28, 2018. Captain Paul Insalaco, left, Assistant Chief Dave Schaffauer, center, and Chief Chris Osborne, right, attended training classes, new product displays and demonstrations while at the conference. Chief Osborne said this week that new products seen at the conference that will be purchased for the department this year include, among others, a biodegradable smoke producing machine for training purposes and new multi-gas detectors.  –Photo courtesy of QFD Chief Chris Osborne


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

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—as a player, a sponsor, or both. Located on 300 acres with spectacular views of Peconic Bay in Southampton, the bucket-list 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 $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. For more information about the outing or opportunities for sponsorship, email info@quoguewildliferefuge.org.

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