Sail On, Sailors

At Quaquanantuck has hit the road this week, on a theatrical exploratory mission to London. Two shows in and am already prepared to wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who might be traveling this way both “Killer Joe” by Tracy Letts, starring Orlando Bloom, and “Consent” by Nina Raine, a National Theatre production at the Harold Pinter Theater.

Though very, very different plays—one is set in a trailer in Texas, the other involves struggling couples and disputatious British barristers—both are compelling and absolutely riveting pieces for the stage, filled with passion, black humor, high personal stakes and the precision of language and idiom that make live theatre the great mirror of the human condition that it is.

World Refugee Day 2018
Since we have taken the column international at the start, it seems appropriate to consider that June 20 was World Refugee Day, putting a magnifying glass on perhaps the most significant challenge facing all the nations and all the peoples of this planet today.

At Quaquanantuck is grateful to correspondent Lucinda Morrisey for sharing these thoughts:

“While World Refugee Day winds down across the globe, we should take note of this quote from Pope Francis: “A person’s dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee. Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity.”

To that we say: Amen.

Full Bloom RC
A sure sign of summer: pots in full bloom.                                                         –Rosemary Cline Photo


2018 Quogue Village Election Results
As most readers learned within hours of the voting, thanks to the crackerjack communications experts at the Quogue Association, out of a total of 263 votes last Friday: 225 were cast for Mayor Peter Sartorius, who was  running unopposed; and in the Trustees race, 196 were cast for incumbent Kim Payne, 184 were cast for incumbent Jeanette Obser, and 138 were cast for challenger Eileen Duffy.

While it’s a very positive sign that close to a third of registered voters in the village turned out to cast ballots, it’s still a bit distressing, as it is in every election across our great nation, that two thirds of Quogue voters didn’t make the effort to have their voices heard.

Familiar faces on the clubhouse porch at the U.S. Open last week included Bill Yawney, Len Ellis, Tony Reilly, Will McCarthy and Wendy McCarthy. –L. Morrisey Photo

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.

Sailing Program Manager Paola Florez offers this overview: “The Shinnecock Yacht Club Junior sailing program provides all levels of instruction to children ages 5 – 18. Our Junior program exists for one purpose: to teach our youth to love to sail. Our program has two trajectories: a Cruising path (Levels I-III) and a Racing path. Neither is above the other, rather both seek to address the realization that some sailors (adults, too) prefer to sail without racing, while others prefer competition.”


The program is open to members and non-members alike; there are no sessions on July 4.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are encouraged to visit to find out more or to register.

There is no way for At Quaquanantuck to overstate the benefits of learning early in life how to harness the wind to make one’s way across the water, of learning to respect and appreciate the weather, the water and, above all, safety, and how to properly care for the vessels and equipment that carry one safe across the water. A few days this summer can change a child’s life forever. Their gratitude may be expressed in the future, but it will be with them for a lifetime.   

Season Begins Sunday at Church of the Atonement
Correspondent Suzanne Lightbourn reports this week that the Church of the Atonement, which had its first service July 13, 1884, will open for this season’s services on Sunday, June 24, with the Reverend Amy Slater officiating.

Rev Amy Slater
Rev. Amy Slater

Reverend Slater has her Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and is the Senior Associate Rector at St. Mary’s Church, Arlington, VA. She and her husband, Tom, have a daughter Sarah, who will be pursuing her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a son, Austin, who plays professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants Triple A affiliate in Sacramento and during the off season is a student at Stanford University.

Choir moms Alison Weiskopf and Mary Vogel report that all children aged 7-14 are welcome to join the junior choir, which is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. The young choristers are welcome to come one weekend at a time; the commitment is simply to arrive on Sunday at 9 a.m. sharp for rehearsal and then participate at the 10 a.m. service.  “Pay Day” is the last Sunday of July and again on the last Sunday of August.

The choir moms also noted that “we have a terrific group of young people from the community and visitors who participate, and everyone is welcome.” For additional information regarding the junior choir please contact Mary Vogel via email at

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. All are welcome. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street at the corner of Assup’s Neck Lane.

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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