Sounds Are Also Signs

The most important thing on Memorial Day this year—as it is every year— was that the members of the Fire Department and a large contingent of village residents came together once more with due solemnity to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Quogue Fire Department Assistant Chief Dave Schaffauer and son Jack salute the fallen in all service at the World War II monument in front of the firehouse on Monday. –A. Botsford Photo

Was it unfortunate that the guest speaker, while making important points about important issues, completely missed the mark on the reason for the gathering, the ceremony, and the placing of flowers at the base of the World War II monument in front of the firehouse? Yes it was. But At Quaquanantuck hopes that no one will let this miscue detract from the tribute that was paid to the fallen and the families of the fallen, who must always be honored and remembered for their sacrifice.

Village residents and members of the Quogue Fire Department at Monday’s Memorial Day observance. –A. Botsford Photo

Sounds Are Also Signs of Summer

What better way to make that point than the “Rites of Spring Festival” being presented by Cliff Baldwin, the Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and the Riverhead High School Chamber Choir at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

The program gets underway at 7 with a “music conversation” with members of ACME and Paolo Bartolani. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with the East End’s own Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble led by Cliff Baldwin presenting three pieces devoted to Quogue Wildlife in an electroacoustic mix of auditory stimulation and a celebration of nature’s hidden sounds.

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Cliff Baldwin and his daughter Ella Baldwin at last year’s Rites of Spring Festival at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

This unique hybrid of musique concréte and ensemble playing will immerse the audience in a sensory and musical experience of the Refuge and take them on a journey with the help of a flock of Canada geese, a black locust tree, and the Riverhead High School Chamber Choir.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, visit or call 631-653-4771.

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Allison Worthington sent along this sign of summer: a painted turtle walking companion that joined her for about a quarter of one stride on a recent walk at the Wildlife Refuge.

Busy Days for Students and PTA as School Year Winds Down

Things are busy at the Quogue School as the school year calendar runs out of squares. Today, Thursday, May 31, for example, grades four and five will be taking a field trip to Suffolk County Community College. And tonight, a concert will be presented by student musicians in pre-kindergarten through grade three.

Tomorrow, June 1, there will be an in-school performance by an ensemble with the delightful (delectable) moniker, The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. Next week, from June 4 to June 11, fifth grade artists will have their work on view in a special exhibition at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Nature Center.

The Quogue School Field Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 7; rain date is June 8. Families are invited to join the students at the school for a day of fun activities. Lunch will be provided by the PTA.

There are two positions open for the 2018-2019 Quogue School PTA Executive Board: co-president, two-year term; and vice president, also a two-year term. Nominations will be accepted until June 4 and elections will take place at the PTA meeting on June 5 at 8:45 a.m. at the school.

Speaking of the PTA, it’s time to save the date for the annual PTA Chicken Dinner, scheduled this year on Friday, June 15. Details to follow next week.

Reducing Parental Stress through Massage

With all the end-of-school-year activity and the zillion other things that parents have to stay on top of, the Tuesday, June 5, “Mothers and Fathers De-Stress Massage” program at the Quogue Library should come as a welcome bit of relief.

Starting at 6 p.m., Jenna from “Om at Home” will teach moms and dads some self-massage techniques before offering an instructive three-minute, mini table massage for tired parents—right between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to sign up.

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” Has Theatre Lovers Laughing

Audience response was uniformly positive for the first weekend of 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 runs Thursday through Sunday through June 10 at the Quogue Community Hall.

One delighted theatergoer summed up her experience of the show this way, calling “Don’t Dress for Dinner” a “comical, action packed, zany, well cast and unpredictable play!”

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Is it Suzanne’s fur coat?

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; due to mistaken identity, the cook has to pretend she is Robert’s mistress; and Bernard’s actual mistress, relegated to the kitchen, is unable to cook. And if that weren’t enough, the chef’s homicidal husband comes calling.

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” has 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. HTC is offering a special lunch and theater package at the Quogue Club at Hallock House for the Saturday, June 9, matinee.

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

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Or is it Suzette’s? –Tom Kochie Photos

Alex Ferrone Photography Featured in June Exhibit at Library Art Gallery

“Alex Ferrone: Aerial Observations” will be the June exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, on view from June 2 to 27. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Alex Ferrone—claiming such varying artistic influences as Edward Burtynsky, Marilyn Bridges, Wynn Bullock and Man Ray—has developed a unique body of work through aerial photography that she calls Aerial Observations. In line with her intention to “always see differently” and constantly explore her environment from diverse angles, the artist typically leaves out representational elements within the images she obtains. This practice leaves little or no reference to reality, and challenges the viewer’s perception of the mystery within the natural forms, shapes and lines.

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“All Blues” by Alex Ferrone.

Born on Long Island and based on the North Fork, Alex Ferrone is a self-educated artist, whose photographs have been widely published in regional, national, and international publications including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Vanity Fair magazine, Pinhole Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous online magazines. Ferrone has had solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums regionally in New York, Texas, and in Italy. Her works are held in various private collections.

Elizabeth Platé and Margot Carr are the chairs for this show, on exhibit from June 2-27.

Foreign Policy Association Considers “China and America” June 9

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation” for its Saturday, June 9, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m. At Quaquanantuck will provide more details next week; because of the popularity of these programs, this is a heads-up announcement for the poli-sci savvy to sign up now by calling the library at 631-653-4224.

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

Quogue Chamber Concert on June 16 Features Attaca Quartet

For the opening of the Quogue Chamber Music 2018 season, the Attacca (String) Quartet will be in Quogue for a return engagement on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue.

The Attacca Quartet will be playing a program of Hayden, Shostakovich and Schumann 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.

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