The Fuse Is Lit

Some might suggest that Memorial Day weekend lights the fuse for the two months of metaphorical fireworks that are portended by the various and sundry actual pyrotechnics that brightly and noisily punctuate celebrations of Independence Day.

At Quaquanantuck would submit that the Memorial Day holiday merely strikes the match; the fuse is not ignited and doesn’t really start to spark and sputter until the end of June (as in, right now), when the hit parade of big benefits and grand heel-sinker gatherings for cocktails al fresco gets rolling, lunchtime populations at local beaches start to swell, farm stands finally have some local produce to peddle, and all manner of outdoor recreation—boating, tennis, golf, croquet, surfing, swimming, et al—hits its stride.

Candi Jamie Osborne
Candi, shown here in a stylish life vest, knows that one of the joys of summer is going to Westhampton by boat.    –Jamie Osborne Photo

Either way, there’s no denying that we have arrived at the very heart of the summer. One of the first glorious skyrockets trailing bright social sparks will be the Saturday, June 30,  “Under the Palms” 2018 Summer Gala for the benefit of East End Hospice, enjoying the generous hospitality of Robin and Reuben Jeffery. It should be noted that the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department is one of four local departments being honored with the 19th annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award. The other departments hail from East Quogue, Westhampton Beach, and Eastport.

The ticket deadline was June 16, but visit for more information or to make a donation to this most worthy cause.

Two trucks from the Quogue Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call from East Quogue on June 20 to help battle a blaze at an outbuilding behind Loper’s in East Quogue.   –Photos courtesy of Quogue Fire Department

Historical Society Launches Season This Weekend
As regular readers will recall, At Quaquanantuck is a big fan of, and fascinated by, local history and those who carry the torches to illuminate it. So it is with great pleasure that this week’s column notes two important items on the calendar: the Saturday, June 30, opening of summer hours at the Quogue Historical Society’s Pond House headquarters and 1822 Schoolhouse behind the library; and the Sunday, July 1, QHS Walking Tour of the Quogue Cemetery.

Cemetery Jessup
Early gravestones often provided precise age of the decedent, as here. This stone also counters the notion that “there’s no rest for the weary.” But at what cost? –A. Botsford Photo

In reverse order, Sunday’s Walking Tour, catchily subtitled “Stories in Stone,” steps off at 2 p.m., with the group size limited to 25; for reservations, call 631-996-2404 or email

While many residents are familiar with the names of some early Quogue familiesHowell, Gardiner, Jessup, Arch, Fosterfew know anything about them. Architectural historian Zach Studenroth will lead Sunday’s walk through the historic Quogue Cemetery, which preserves the burial sites of Quogue’s earliest settlers.

Included in Mr. Studenroth’s discussion will be 10 headstones that span 200 years of Quogue history and information about the residents they memorialize. From the artistic and decorative carvings of 18th century slate and brownstone to the marble and granite of the present era, the tour will also highlight the evolution of gravestone styles and stone types that characterize Long Island’s historic burying grounds.

Clockwise from top left: Capt. Henry Gardiner; Capt. Gardiner’s headstone flanked by the headstones of his two wives, Polly and Mary Jane Jessup; and a closeup of Capt. Gardiner’s headstone. –Photos courtesy of the celebrated whaling captain’s great great granddaughter, Pi Gardiner. 

Summer hours at the Pond House on Jessup Lane and the 1822 Schoolhouse will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, from June 30 through September 1.

Built by the citizens of Quogue in 1822, the one-room schoolhouse was the village’s first community building and served as its school for 70 years. The Pond House features exhibitions highlighting Quogue’s 350-plus year history, including “Quawquannantucke: Early Settlement”; “Boarding Houses, the Heyday: 1880-1910”; and “Through the Lens of George Bradford Brainerd: Quogue, ca. 1875.”

Quogue Wildlife Refuge “Wild Night” Coming Up on July 14
The 12th Annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” to benefit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be held Saturday, July 14, on the beautiful grounds of the wildlife sanctuary. This is the big one: the most important event in the Refuge’s fundraising program, providing a major portion of the QWR operating budget.  

The event will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by Justin of Justin’s Chop Shop, cocktails, wine from Martha Clara Vineyards, beer by Montauk Brewing Company, live music by Noiz, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet the resident animals up close. A private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person.

In addition to the sponsors listed above, other support is being offered by Hampton Coffee, Tate’s Bake Shop, Taconic Distillery and Basic Sugar.

All sponsors will be officially recognized at the Gala, and on the QWR event website. Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771, e-mail, or visit

Conversations with the Author Series Begins at Library
While we all know the Quogue Library is busy with wonderful programming all year-round, we also know that the Conversations with the Author series on Sundays in the summer is a very special literary showcase indeed.

This summer’s series gets underway on Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m. with A.J. Finn, author of 2018 New York Times Bestseller “The Woman in the Window.” Also slated will be: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” author Helen Simonson, one of At Quaquanantuck’s favorite writers (and guest film commentators), on July 15; Mark Weinberg, author of “Movie Nights with the Reagans,” on July 22; Cristina Alger, author of the 2018 summer thriller, “The Banker’s Wife,” on July 29; “The Object of My Affection” and “My Ex-Life” author Stephen McCauley on August 5; and the gifted writer Genevieve Sly Crane, whose debut novel “Sorority” currently has At Quaquanantuck enraptured and wishing it would never end, wrapping up this summer’s series in fine style on Sunday, August 12.   

Church of the Atonement Welcomes Reverend Canon Michael Ambler
The Church of the Atonement on Quogue Street at the corner of Assup’s Lane will hold services on Sunday, July 1, with the Reverend Canon Michael Ambler officiating.Rev Michael Ambler

When not visiting family in Quogue, Rev. Ambler is Canon to the Ordinary Diocese of Maine in Portland and was the former Rector of Grace Church in Bath, Maine. A member of the choir and acolyte at the Church of the Atonement as a child, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. He and his wife, Darreby, have three children: two sons, Michael III, a political campaign consultant, and John, who works for TIST, an international development and conservation company; and a daughter, Elizabeth (Elle), a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

All children in the community, age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings and there is no minimum commitment. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Holy Eucharist services this week will be at 8 and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. Thanks to correspondent Suzanne Lightbourn for this update.

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.

The program is open to members and non-members alike; there are no sessions on July 4. Visit to find out more or to register.

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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