Fabulous Fourth

Fascinating piece in the NY Times in the runup to Independence Day: about how the young immigrant Irving Berlin came to write “God Bless America,” an expression of gratitude and affection for the country that took him and his family in and offered them the possibility of not just a better life, but the basic human rights to enable them to live a life free from fear of persecution.

Whatever our differences, no matter how many issues we might feel divide us, it is love of country that is the common ground, offering us, always, a way forward and the opportunity for mending. God bless America, indeed.

With the July 4th holiday falling this year on what is laughingly referred to as “deadline day” for At Quaquanantuck, it is a great joy to have so many wonderful photos submitted for this week’s column.

“The Break #3” by Jane Martin, featured artist for July at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

Jane Martin Is Featured Artist for July at Library Art Gallery

Award-winning American photographer and multimedia artist Jane Martin will be the featured artist for July at the Quogue Library Art Gallery. An opening reception open to the public and featuring a gallery talk by the artist will be offered at the library on Friday, July 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Forces of nature have been an enduring theme in Martin’s work: water, fog and the female form. Obsessed with nature’s power she is drawn to its diverse qualities: its awe-inspiring force, its sensual and feminine nature, its depth and mystery. Water in particular is shown to be furiously puissant as it flows, gushes and crashes.

Ever-changing yet constant, the power and sensuality of water have always attracted the artist. Capturing images from enormous surf of the East End to the stillness of lakes on the easternmost point of Australia, her photographic work ranges from the figurative to the abstract.

Ms. Martin’s work is represented in museum, corporate and private collections worldwide, including at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Islip Art Museum, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. For  more information about the artist’s work, visit www.janemartinart.com.

Elizabeth Anne Hartman and Christy Murray are the chairs for this show, which will be on exhibit through July 30.

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A good time in support of a great cause at the East End Hospice summer gala last weekend.               –John J. Neely Photo

Lisa and David Sinclair, left, and George Lynch and Joy Flynn were just a few of the smiling faces at the East End Hospice benefit.  –Photos by Stephen Smith, Imaginare, Inc. 

Helpful correspondent Alexa Urdang reported this week that East End Hospice’s annual summer gala, this year titled “Under the Palms,” was held on Saturday, June 30, at the home of Robin and Reuben Jeffery, on the waterfront in Quogue. This fundraiser is the primary source of funding for East End Hospice and helps increase public awareness of its important mission.

Honorees included outgoing Hospice President and CEO Priscilla Ruffin, and the East Quogue, Eastport, Quogue and Westhampton Beach Fire Departments, which accepted the 19th Annual Dorothy Pell Savage Good Samaritan Award.  With more than 600 guests, the benefit raised more than $400,000, and donations continue to be tallied.

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Familiar faces from Quogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Eastport at a rally held in East Quogue on June 30. –Photo courtesy of Jane Deckoff

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 info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org, or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Library gala

L Theiling B Sartorius

Faithful patrons turned out despite the heat last Sunday for the annual Quogue Library Society gala. Architect Stuart Disston and outgoing library President Lynda Confessore, at top and center, both spoke at the event about the upcoming and much needed renovation and expansion project at the library. Above, Quogue Library Director Lonna Theiling and                                   new President of the library board Barbara Sartorius.                                         –Photos by Danielle Kozikowski

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; and Cristina Alger, author of the 2018 summer thriller, “The Banker’s Wife,” on July 29.

In August, “The Object of My Affection” and “My Ex-Life” author Stephen McCauley will be the guest on August 5; and gifted writer Genevieve Sly Crane, author of the fabulous debut novel, “Sorority,” will wrap this summer’s series on Sunday, August 12.  

Summer Movie Series Resumes at WHB Performing Arts Center
Summer screenings of independent and international films will resume next week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, with Andrew Botsford and occasional guests offering commentary on the films on Tuesday nights. Tully

A scene from “Tully,” screening next week at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 

This summer’s first film is “Tully,” written by Diablo Cody, directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Charlize Theron. At Quaquanantuck believes it looks very promising. Find out details at www.whbpac.org  and then check out the film, Tuesday through Thursday. 

Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will return to officiate services at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street for three weeks starting Sunday, July 8.Rev McCall

Dr. McCall and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, are from Bloomington, IN. The McCalls have a daughter, Anne, and son-in-law, Myles, living in New Orleans; a son Ross and daughter-in-law Liz in Atlanta; and a daughter, Emily, and son-in-law, Trent, in Bloomington.

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 m.vogel@verizon.net.

Services are at 8 and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. Thanks to correspondent Suzanne Lightbourn for this update.

Garden Club Planning Biennial House and Garden Tour

The Westhampton Garden Club will be hosting its biennial House and Garden Tour on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As one might expect, beautiful homes and gardens and a wonderfully restored historic property will be included on the tour. Ticket holders will also be able to visit one home that was just featured in the special Hamptons section of the July issue of Luxe Interiors & Design NYC.

Refreshments, lunch at the Westhampton Country Club, and shopping at fabulous boutiques are all part of the festivities. And it’s good to know the funds raised from the biennial tour all go to support the wonderful projects and initiatives undertaken by the Garden Club all around what might be called the greater Quogue (or Westhampton) area.

Tour tickets are $75 and lunch $40. Visit the WGC website at www.westhamptongardenclub.org for tickets and information.

JMC Mont Blanc

Not all Quogue residents were suffering from heat prostration this week. The very kind Tammy MacWilliams shared this photo of husband John, taken by their son Jack, at the summit of Mont Blanc in the Alps. Since John is typically on top of the world, At Quaquanantuck imagines that nothing seemed out of place to the intrepid climber when he and Jack reached the summit. 

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit AtQuaquanantuck.com and feel free to follow.

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