Let’s start this week’s column with a dispatch from correspondent at large Kathy Whitbeck:
Seems Kathy was riding out from Manhattan on the Jitney on one of those recent very hot days and the driver pulled over to the side of the road. Having heard a story from a friend about a recent Jitney ride disrupted by a mechanical problem and a wait for a replacement vehicle, Kathy feared for the worst.
So she was more than pleasantly surprised when she heard the driver announce that he was sorry for the slight delay but he had stopped to pick up a mother and her small toddler he saw standing next to their disabled vehicle in the sweltering heat and was going to take them to Manorville, where they might get some help, either in getting their vehicle fixed, or having it towed and getting on to their final destination.
Kathy was so touched by the driver’s compassion and willingness to help that she called the Jitney office to offer her praise for the rescue. It is a slightly sad commentary on contemporary culture that she said she was worried she might have gotten the driver in trouble by reporting what he had done.
The good news is that the Hampton Jitney is a great company that has always demonstrated in its invaluable service to our community that its heart is in the right place, so At Quaquanantuck is confident that the driver has been recognized and applauded for his good deed, and is being held up as an exemplar of what it means to do the right thing.
Would that all of us, seeing people in trouble, whether near to us or in far flung locales, could show as much willingness to stop, even for a few moments, and try to help. As the great teachers throughout history have all agreed: “All you need is love.”
The calendar is beyond crowded as we come around the 4th of July turn this week and head into the stretch, so let’s get to it.
Garden Club Biennial House and Garden Tour on Friday, July 13
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. Beautiful homes and gardens and a wonderfully restored historic property are on the day’s itinerary. 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.
Left, the Westhampton Garden Club’s latest local project, near the Pond House. Right, exterior of the historic Fordham Mill, which is also on the tour.
The tour includes refreshments, an optional lunch at the Westhampton Country Club, and shopping at fabulous boutiques. Funds raised from the biennial tour support the projects and initiatives undertaken by the Garden Club in the greater Quogue (or greater Westhampton) area.
Tour tickets are $75 and lunch $40. Visit the WGC website at www.westhamptongardenclub.org for tickets and information.
Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Media and Foreign Policy” on July 14
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “Media and Foreign Policy” for its Saturday, July 14, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.
As the Great Decisions website points out, state and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. And with global politics undergoing seismic shifts at an ever increasing pace, understanding contemporary media has never been more critical.
Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats, not to mention impacting the electoral process.
Questions that must be addressed include: How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy?
These popular programs are quickly oversubscribed. Register asap 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 www.greatdecisions.org.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge Going Absolutely “Wild” on July 14
The 12th Annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” to benefit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be held Saturday, July 14 on the grounds of the wildlife sanctuary. This is 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 providing refreshments and sustenance listed above, other support is being offered by Hampton Coffee, Tate’s Bake Shop, Taconic Distillery and Basic Sugar.
“Conversations with the Author” Features Helen Simonson on Sunday
Quogue Library Programming Director Selina Pasca reports that the first installment of the summer series last Sunday featuring author A.J. Finn was a complete success. A.J. Finn is the pen name of the very funny Daniel Mallory, who charmed an essentially sold-out audience. All enjoyed delectable appetizers from Hamptons Farms restaurant after the reading.
Author Daniel Mallory, aka A.J. Finn, had the ladies laughing Sunday. –Selina Pasca Photos
Coming up this week, on Sunday, July 15, at 5 p.m. will be: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and “The Summer Before the War” author Helen Simonson. At Quaquanantuck is only one of many ardent fans in the region, and around the world, of Ms. Simonson’s work. At Quaquanantuck is also grateful to her for the wonderful guest commentary she offered last summer as part of the Tuesdays at the Movies series at the PAC in Westhampton Beach (and hopes to get her back for more this summer).
Fun fact: Ms. Simonson earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton, as did Genevieve Sly Crane, who will be reading from her debut novel, “Sorority,” on August 12. As many readers know, Stony Brook Southampton is also where Quogue favorite Roger Rosenblatt serves as a Distinguished Professor, and where the At Quaquanantuck author is also part of the team.
Other authors in this summer’s series will be: 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; Stephen McCauley, the author of “The Object of My Affection” and “My Ex-Life,” on August 5; and, as noted, Genevieve Sly Crane will wrap this summer’s series on Sunday, August 12.
First-Hand Accounts of the Refugee Crisis in Greece at Library July 19
The Quogue Library will present a look inside the refugee crisis with an up-close view of life at two Greek refugee camps from volunteers Lulie Morrisey and Julia Cannon on Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. The two volunteers are working to increase awareness of what life is like for refugees stranded in Greece, and share information about the kinds of humanitarian efforts that are being undertaken and what it’s like to volunteer for this effort.
As Julia Cannon wrote in her blog: “There is only one kind of fear that forces you to uproot your life and family. It is carnal. We cannot let ourselves relax into believing that these are simple economic migrants who can easily turn back and begin where they left off. They are not.”
Both women agree that learning about the refugee crisis is the first part in understanding how to help. Julia speaks of how she watched the Syrian conflict unfold from her media desk job in New York City and subsequently made a decision to buy a plane ticket and see how she could help. For the next five months, she worked with the Swedish NGO, IAMYOU, operating in the Oinofyta and Ritsona refugee camps.
Lulie Morrisey had a similar reckoning in the fall of 2015, watching flimsy and overcrowded rubber rafts carrying desperate Syrian families with young children on the crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands. Lulie will share photos and details of her trips to Lesvos and Ritsona, and both women will answer questions as part of this discussion.
World Cup? Wimbledon? What About Sadie Hawkins?
Golf Professional par excellence Rich Stucklen sent along the results of edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting competition in the Sadie Hawkins Tourney at the Quogue Field Club. It took the equivalent of a penalty shot shootout—a putt-off on the 9th green—to determine the winners: Kathy Peiffer and James Tolan Sr. The runner-ups were Wendy Cutler and Thomas Moran, and third place was the pairing of Amanda Moran and Richard Cutler.
At Quaquanantuck and Mr. Stucklen both salute all those who took part in this fun event.
Quogue Association Annual Beach Party July 20
The annual Beach Party hosted by the Quogue Association at the Village Beach will be held this year on Friday, July 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Rain date is July 27 at the same time.)
This is one of those great opportunities to enjoy our community and the company of fellow Quogue residents while dining under the stars (it is hoped) at the Village Beach. Music will be provided by DJ Mike Variale of East End Entertainment; hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, salads, and watermelon will be served, along with beer, wine, lemonade and water.
There will be floppy flying disks free for children and a bonfire on the beach. Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children 5-12; children under 5, free.
Second Sunday for Rev. McCall at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall, who has been at the Church of the Atonement for 19 seasons, will officiate for his second of three Sundays this week, on July 15. Services are at 8 and 10 a.m. and all are welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.