Now, Open

While extraordinary circumstances are not required for any of us to feel grateful that we reside, even part-time, in the hallowed confines of Quogue, events like the U.S. Open, currently generating and consuming inordinate amounts of attention down the road in Shinnecock Hills, have a way of putting our gratitude in sharper relief.

Just far enough west of the action to be spared the daily traffic gridlock now making cars more closely resemble sculptures than motor vehicles, Quogue is also close enough to the site of the championship to allow a number of local golf enthusiasts the relatively convenient opportunity to serve as marshals during the tourney.

In fact, rumor has it that fate has further smiled on the marshals hailing from Quogue, who have drawn assignments in the vicinity of the 18th green, where all the players who make the cut will finish their rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

So, if you are venturing out to the big event over the next four days, be sure to look around for the smiling faces of Quogue neighbors: in the galleries, working as marshals, or helping out with security. And if you have to go to Southampton or points east of the tournament, try to temper your frustration with the knowledge that this very exciting, major, historic, national championship—now at Shinnecock for a fifth time in the past 118 years—is just for one week every 13 or 14 years.

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Far from the crush of U.S. Open traffic, surfers work a small break off Hot Dog beach. Summer may be here, but full wetsuits are required for a few more weeks at least. –A. Botsford Photo

Three Candidates for Two Board Seats in June 15 Quogue Election 
Meanwhile, it’s civic responsibility time in our village. Quogue Village resident Eileen Duffy, a write-in candidate in the last village election, is challenging two incumbents, Jeannette Obser and Kim Payne, for one of the two seats on the ballot in the village election tomorrow, Friday, June 15. Mayor Peter Sartorius is running unopposed for another term.

As always, voting is at the Quogue Firehouse, from noon to 9 p.m., and all registered voters are encouraged, nay, urged to cast a ballot. Our government, after all, is a participatory democracy, which means it works best when the largest number of citizens exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their choice, even if or when the candidates they support are running unopposed.

Everyone’s a Winner Who Supports the Chicken Dinner
With the possible exception of the chicken, I guess.

Speaking of supporting important institutions in our village, At Quaquanantuck is hoping for a great turnout for the 26th annual Quogue School PTA Chicken Dinner, scheduled this year on Friday, June 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the school on Edgewood Road.Chicken Dinner

The consistently exquisite ingredients of this fundraiser for all the wonderful programs supported and underwritten by the PTA are as follows: great food, splendid music, and heaping servings of family fun. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children; raffle tickets are priced at $20 for 25. As always, the organizers are hoping to serve dinners to everyone in the Quogue community, but those who can’t make the dinner are encouraged to buy raffle tickets or simply donate at to support the cause.

Questions about tomorrow night’s affair may be addressed to  

Quogue Chamber Concert on June 16 Features Attaca Quartet
The moment is at hand: the Attacca (String) Quartet will open the Quogue Chamber Music 2018 season with program featuring the music of Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.

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The Attaca Quartet.                                                                                         –Shervin Lainez Photo

Praised for their mastery and maturity, the members of the group, among many other achievements, have released the complete works for string quartet by John Adams on Azica Records. They have been honored with both the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. In addition, members of the Quartet are engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects.

The program being performed in Quogue will include Haydn String Quartet, Op. 33, No.3 “The Bird,” Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3, and Schumann String Quartet No. 3.

Tickets are: $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; $40 for the concert only; or $5 for students (concert only). Tickets may 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.

Forget the Open; What Happened in the Van Murray Scramble?
In big deal golf news closer to home, Quogue Field Club PGA professional Rich Stucklen announced the winners of the 2018 Van Murray Scramble last weekend. The low gross champions of this classic annual tilt on the greensward, carding a remarkable score of 30, were Si Anthony III, Peter Imber, Robert Kaynor and Eli Manning. The runner-up foursome of Zach Crane, Clint Dewey, Tyler Morgan and Ted Necalsulmer was only one stroke higher, posting 31.

Meanwhile, the low net winners were the foursome of Roger Moley, Christy Murray, Chester Murray and Sue Richardson. Congratulations to the winners and kudos to all who took part in this fabulous tradition.

Summer’s a Great Season for Painting En Plein Air
Courtesy of the Quogue Library, watercolor artist/instructor Beth Nehls will lead a two-day “Architectural Drawing and Watercolor Workshop En Plein Air” on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, June 17, from noon to 2 p.m.

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Individual  guidance will  be given in drawing  a variety of architectural details and establishing perspective. Participants are asked to bring a  chair, hat, suntan lotion and water in order to work comfortably out of doors, weather permitting. Other suggested accoutrements include: a sketchbook of the artist’s choosing that is comfortable to hold; pencils and eraser; and a micron pen (size .01 or larger)  and ruler if you wish. Watercolor paints will be provided.

Artists may also bring  any materials useful for  adding color, such as a traveling watercolor set with a brush  that holds water in the handle or colored pencils. The fee of $25 includes both days; call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.

Junior Sailors Sought by Shinnecock Yacht Club
Registration is now open for the 2018 Junior Sailing program offered by the Shinnecock Yacht Club to all children in Southampton Town age 5 to 18; membership at the Yacht Club is not required. Program dates for this summer are June 25 to August 17, divided into 3- or 4-day or 10- or 11-day sessions.Opti

Readers with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews—or friends with a similar array of connections to young people—would do well to visit, or recommend others to visit to find out more or to register.

Ask anyone who sails about how much time on the water and fellowship with other sailors has meant to their lives, and you will surely not hesitate to ensure that the young people in your life have the opportunity to discover this ancient and noble skill, and most meaningful connection to the element that defines our blue planet and the weather that shapes it.   

Final Week of Tommy May Exhibition at Quogue Gallery
Just one more week to check out the “Tommy May: Mosaics and Machine” exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, which is coming down after next Thursday, June 21.

The exhibition features 15 large to small-scale paintings that allow May’s full abstract expressionist force of color to erupt on canvas. With a focus primarily on painting, works on paper and alternative photography, May’s work explores multiple viewpoints of the landscapes that surround him. He interprets his immediate environment in an abstract expressionist style with the use of strong blocks of color, energetic brush strokes, symbols and motifs.

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“Wading for Dinner” (acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 64″) by Tommy May.

Tommy May learned his love for the abstract landscape studying at Savannah College of Art and Design in the photography department. The main goal for the artist in his body of work has been to capture on canvas the memories and feelings of his locales. Sources of his inspiration include the intricate landscapes of the California coast, the rugged terrain in the Midwest that he has studied while traveling across country, and the tranquil seascapes of East Hampton and Martha’s Vineyard.

The Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street is a dynamic space where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts can meet and share their common passion for serious artistic investigation and appreciation. The mission of gallery owners Chester and Christy Murray is to present a program of artistic excellence not limited to any genre or medium. The gallery’s focus is on modern and contemporary art created by emerging, established, and historically important artists.

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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