And … We’re Off!

So, another weekend coming up … but not just any weekend: it’s Memorial Day weekend. And while the holiday is much ballyhooed as the starter’s pistol for the summer season around these parts, At Quaquanantuck is hopeful that everyone can look past the festivities and recreational activities and take a moment to remember the tremendous sacrifice made by all the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country.

And perhaps we can all commit ourselves to working, wherever possible, toward a future where this kind of sacrifice is no longer required, of anyone.

The members of the Quogue Fire Department, as is their custom, will provide an opportunity for a formal remembrance at a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the fire house on Jessup Avenue on Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. sharp.

Ibis Egrets feed
And the glossy ibis shall feed with the egret . . .
Ibis Egrets Fly
. . . and the two shall fly together, too. –AB Photos

State of the Village Address on Saturday, May 26

Amid the many other signs of summer that come with this weekend—the daunting buildup of traffic,  the trebling of the population, the gathering of more frantic energy in the runup to July 4—residents of our little slice of paradise can look forward, courtesy of the Quogue Association, to the annual State of the Village address by Hizzoner Mayor Peter Sartorius, on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall meeting room on the north side of the building.  

Topics this year will include, among other issues: Village Green improvements; personnel changes; budget and taxes; water quality; the Hills; the beach, and stabilization thereof; Dune Road, and the potential flooding thereof; and what the mayor likes to call “assorted odds and ends.” And, yes, curious civic minded residents, there will be a Q&A.

Hampton Theatre Company Opens “Don’t Dress for Dinner”

This weekend is also the first of three for the Hampton Theatre Company production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner”—a mile-a-minute comedy by Marc Camoletti adapted from the original French by Robin Hawdon. The fourth and final play of the Company’s 2017-2018 season opens tonight, Thursday, May 24 at the Quogue Community Hall and runs through June 10.

With his wife Jacqueline scheduled to visit her mother, British ex-pat Bernard has invited his chic mistress, Suzanne, to spend the weekend at his converted farmhouse outside Paris. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef to cook for them and has also invited his best friend, Robert, as a suitable alibi. What could possibly go wrong?

How about everything? Unknown to Bernard, Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend; due to mistaken identity, the cook has to pretend she is Robert’s mistress; and his actual mistress, relegated to the kitchen, is unable to cook. Preposterous alibis and explanations start to pile up … and then the chef’s homicidal husband comes calling. In an evening of hilarious confusion, Bernard, Jacqueline and Robert and are all forced to improvise at breakneck speed.

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Andrew Botsford, Rebecca Edana and Rosemary Cline in “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” –Tom Kochie Photo

The cast of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” features five HTC veterans and one newcomer to the Quogue stage. Andrew Botsford and Rosemary Cline play Bernard and his wife Jacqueline; Matthew Conlon has the role of Robert; Rebecca Edana is Suzanne; and Amanda Griemsmann plays the chef, Suzette. Making his debut in Quogue is Sam Yarabek, in the role of Suzette’s husband, George.  

George Loizides directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from May 24 to June 10 with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, June 9, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening.

For information about all packages and available discounts, visit or email To reserve tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Mr. Q, Little Q and Lily Pad Set to Open; Opening Night Toast at Lily Pad

Anyone thinking of going to “Don’t Dress for Dinner” on opening night should be aware that Theresa Fontana—whose three shops, The Lily Pad, Little Q and Mr. Q, are set to open this holiday weekend—will be hosting an Opening Night prosecco toast starting at 6 p.m. at the Lily Pad, across the street from the theater. All are encouraged to “come sip and shop and raise a glass to HTC.”

Each of Theresa’s three shops carries specialty gifts; all are geared up for the summer season with all new inventory and “beautiful beachy items” that she says are truly unique. All three will be open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

QWR “Golfing with the Owls” at Sebonack a Big Success

Environmental Educator Renee Allen, Sebonack GM Troy Albert, Assistant Director Marisa Nelson
Environmental Educator Renee Allen, Sebonack Golf Club GM Troy Albert, and QWR Assistant Director Marisa Nelson … and two owls.

This just in from Kimberly at the QWR: “Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s ‘Golfing with the Owls’ fundraiser at Sebonack Golf Club on May 22 was a great success. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to golf at this exclusive club, and loved meeting a few of QWR’s resident owls!”

Environmental Educator Tonito Valderrama, Jr. Golf Chair Andre Insalaco and Golf Chair Paul Insalaco
Environmental Educator Tonito Valderrama Jr., Golf Chair Andre Insalaco, and Golf Chair Paul Insalaco.
Jon Carson, Environmental Educator Tonito Valderrama, Chris Searles, Mike Firestone, Derek Squires, George Allen
Jon Carson, Environmental Educator Tonito Valderrama Jr., Chris Searles, Mike Firestone, Derek Squires, and George Allen.

Talent Switch for Chamber Concert on June 16

In the “best laid plans” department, one of the loveliest signs of summer hereabouts, the opening of the Quogue Chamber Music season on Saturday, June 16, will now feature a different group than had originally been announced.

Quogue Chamber Music impresario Jane Deckoff has reported that “due to unfortunate circumstances, the Vera (String) Quartet is unable to perform on June 16 as previously announced.  Happily, the Attacca (String) Quartet will be in Quogue for a return engagement on that date. We look forward to having them back.”

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The Attaca (String) Quartet.

The Attacca Quartet will be playing a program of Hayden, Shostakovich and Schumann on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. Tickets are: $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; $40 for the concert only; or $5 for students (concert only).

Checks may be made payable to “Quogue Chamber Music, Inc” and mailed to POB 1984, Quogue, NY  11959. Tickets may also be purchased on the website, or at the box office on the night of the performance. Box office opens at 6:30.

In addition to the concert, the Attacca Quartet will perform on Friday, June 15, for children at the Hampton Bays Elementary School.

Garden Club Planning Biennial House and Garden Tour

WGC at Earth Day 2018

Kathy Lomas and Melissa Morgan Nelson, members of the Westhampton Garden Club, selling tickets in front of the Quogue Post Office to the club’s upcoming House & Garden Tour on Friday, July 13, 2018. This year’s tour will feature, what else?, beautiful homes and gardens and a meticulously restored historic property. The tour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include refreshments, lunch at the Westhampton Country Club, and shopping at fabulous boutiques. Tour tickets are $75 and lunch $40.
The Garden Club website,, has more information about how to obtain tickets and other details.

A Simple Sign of Summer

Sometimes all it takes to signal that summer has arrived is a subtle change in a neighbor’s landscaping that can shift a passerby’s perspective. For one example, check out this correspondence from faithful At Quaquanantuck reader and outside-the-box thinker Roger Moley:

“A thousand apologies for failing to share a ‘Signs of Summer’ photo with you and your readers last week. With the recent thaw, Susie and I have been working tirelessly with our landscaper on a reimagined backyard, and I’m happy to report the job is finally finished. Hope it’s not too late to forward the attached photo; note the stone motif we carried over from the house. Apologies for all the clouds—the weather has been a little unsettled of late, though it really helped green up the new lawn.

“Looking forward to many memorable evenings in our new space this summer.”

The Moleys’ subtle grading of their backyard required just a few cubic yards of fill.

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 and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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