Happening Right Now

It’s not every week (ok, it’s actually more like: never) that this column gets what’s known in journalism circles as “breaking news.” So it is with real excitement, and gratitude to Lynda Confessore for the initial heads-up on this week’s first item, that At Quaquanantuck shares the following:

Robert B. Goergen Sr., co-chair of the Quogue Library Capital Campaign—whose initial gift of $200,000 launched the campaign—has now issued a matching gift challenge of up to $300,000. The challenge grant will match, dollar for dollar, any new donation received by the Quogue Library Capital Campaign between July 28 and September 15, 2018. The maximum match per donation will be $25,000.

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The Quogue Library in the early days. –Courtesy of Quogue Library

Funds from the $3.5 million capital campaign, co-chaired by Mr. Goergen and Frances Beatty Adler, will be used for a much needed renovation, reconfiguration and expansion of the library’s facilities, all while maintaining the library’s historic character. Highlights of the plan include: dedicated, quiet adult reading areas; an expanded Children’s Room with space for all children’s programs and activities; and a modern Technology Center/Innovation Lab, flexible and large enough to meet technology needs well into the future.

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The library today.                                                                                                        –A. Botsford Photo

Mr. Goergen and his family are longtime supporters of various organizations and projects promoting learning and intellectual development in young people and adults. “We have been part of the Quogue community for almost 50 years,” Mr. Goergen said, “and the Quogue Library has been, and will continue to be, an important educational resource.”

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One of the new front elevation renderings, showing the future look according to plan. –Courtesy of Quogue Library

The launch of Mr. Goergen’s gift challenge coincides with the opening of the library’s temporary campaign headquarters next to the Quogue Post Office. Residents are encouraged to drop in to learn more about the project and to view the floor plans and architectural renderings. Library staffers will be on hand to answer questions about the project and how to make donations. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a memorial plaque in the library.

The Library Journal has named the Quogue Library a 5-Star Library, its highest designation, for six consecutive years. Of more than 7,400 libraries contending for this award only 85 achieved the rank of 5 Stars.

Talk at Library Today (July 26): How Vulnerable Is the U.S. Energy Grid?
Of all the blessings that come with living in Quogue, one of the most significant is that our village is home to some of the most interesting people on the planet. Consider, for example, tonight’s talk at 6 p.m. at the Quogue Library by John MacWilliams.

John MacWilliams
John MacWilliams

Over the last several years, cyber security has gone from a relatively arcane subject to daily front page news. Russian cyber attacks on the electoral process have been a major driver of the increasing public awareness of the importance of better security in this arena, but not as much is known about other significant cyber threats that could have a devastating impact on all our lives. One of the most critical issues facing security experts is cyber threats to the nation’s energy infrastructure.

John MacWilliams, who served in the Obama administration as Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy and Chief Risk Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy, will discuss the current state of cyber threats to the nation’s energy infrastructure. How vulnerable is our energy infrastructure? 

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A perfect evening for a Wild Night for Wildlife. –Courtesy QWR

Clockwise from left, above: Kim and Tommy Otis with QWR Educator Renee Allen and Hooter the great horned owl; Bill Ritter and Jim Kramer team auctioneering at the Wild Night benefit; Marisa and Mike Nelson, right, with honoree Anthony Bonner, center.                                                                                                                                       –Courtesy QWR

The Eagle Has Landed . . . at the William Floyd Estate

Bald_Eagle_PortraitThe Quogue Wildlife Refuge is offering a chance to learn about eagles today, Thursday, July 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. This free program for adults and families, “The Long Journey Home: The Nichols Eaglet,” will look at the return of bald eagles as a nesting species to an ancient nesting area on Long Island, today known as the William Floyd Estate.

Park Ranger MaryLaura Lamont of the William Floyd Estate division of the Fire Island National Seashore will discuss eagle biology, the reason for the species decline all over Long Island and the United States, and their remarkable comeback. Visit quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 631-653-4771 for more information or to register.

Quogue Junior Theater Troupe Benefit Set for Friday, July 27
The QJTT benefit this summer will be held on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m., celebrating the troupe’s 40th anniversary. This year’s benefit concert will be presented at the theater in the Quogue Community Hall and the after-concert party will be at Quogue Field Club. Both older and younger casts will be performing along with a number of alums. Tickets for the benefit and for this season’s shows can be purchased online at QJTTonline.org.

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The ensemble mocks Mr. Hart in rehearsal of a scene from “9 to 5.” –Sue Prior Photo

The older company of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe production of “9 to 5” the musical opens next week on Tuesday, July 31, and runs through Friday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall.

This season’s younger company show will be “Lion King, Jr.,” with shows on Tuesday through Friday, August 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m. and August 24 at 5 p.m.  

“Red Sneakers” Childhood Food Allergy Awareness Program
An important Childhood Food Allergy Awareness program is coming up this weekend. Offered through the sponsorship of Red Sneakers for Oakley, the event on Saturday, July 28, at the Quogue Library starts with a relay race for kids age 5 and up at 10:30 a.m., with all encouraged to wear red sneakers to show support for allergy awareness.

Then, from 11 a.m. to noon, parents and older children can ask questions in an open discussion in the library with two accomplished pediatric allergy experts, Dr. Kevin Braat and Dr. Darren Lowell Hirsch. Nut allergies are a highly misunderstood and underappreciated public health issue, tragically cutting short the lives of young children like Oakley Debbs every year.Red Sneakers

Given the pervasive role nuts play in our diets, it is vitally important that everyone understands the risks and potentially lethal impact nuts can have, especially on children. Asthma and allergies also pose a unique challenge to parents and families in recognizing the signs of children going into anaphylactic shock.

Red Sneakers for Oakley was established by the Debbs family of Quogue in memory of their son Oakley, to highlight problems, increase awareness, and present solutions. The organization strives to ensure that no other child with an allergy loses his or her life.

“Conversations with the Author” Features Cristina Alger on July 29
On Sunday, July 29, at 5 p.m., Cristina Alger, author of the 2018 summer thriller, “The Banker’s Wife,” will be the next guest writer in the “Conversations with the Author” series at the Quogue Library.Banker's Wife

An expat widow’s suspicions about the Swiss bank where her late husband worked lead her to start investigating, at the same time as an American journalist is working on a bombshell story about the same bank, with neither woman aware of the other’s activities. That’s the setup for “The Banker’s Wife,” which just received a mini review on The Shortlist page of the NY Times Sunday Book Review section. Calling Ms. Alger’s pacing “first-rate,” the review described her novel “slick, heart-hammering entertainment.”

Other authors in this summer’s series will be: Stephen McCauley, author of “The Object of My Affection” and “My Ex-Life,” on August 5; and Genevieve Sly Crane reading from her debut novel, “Sorority,” on August 12 to wrap this summer’s series.

Rev. Dannals at Church of the Atonement for Next Three Weeks
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate at services for the first of three Sundays this weekend, on July 29. Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street.

Rev. Robert Dannals
Rev. Robert Dannals

After many years as Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, the Reverend Dr. Dannals has been serving as an interim rector, now at All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills, CA. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and his PhD from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN.

Reverend Dannals and his wife, Valerie, have three daughters: Danielle is married with two children and teaches in Jacksonville, FL; Kaleigh is married and works for Kimpton Hotels and lives in Charlotte, NC; and Mary Blair is in graduate school at UNC in Charlotte, NC.

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. That means that even if those angelic voices are only touching down in our little corner of heaven for one weekend, they can still sing out. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at m.vogel@verizon.net.

Special Guest at Screening of Sammy Davis Jr. Documentary July 31
A documentary that has been winning awards and generating a lot of buzz on the festival circuit,  “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” is the film screening next week at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.Sammy Davis Jr.

Directed by Sam Pollard and written by Laurence Maslon, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” looks at the legendary career of this multifaceted and complicated entertainer with never-before-seen photographs and rare footage along with interviews with the likes of Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

On Tuesday evening, the writer of the film—and frequent guest commentator at the PAC summer film series—Larry Maslon will be on hand to talk about the documentary and field questions from the audience.

Documentary lovers should also mark their calendars for August 21, when the PAC will be screening “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” about the beloved television host Fred Rogers, with another special guest on hand to offer insider commentary. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.whbpac.org.

Geoff Disston Is Featured Artist for August at Library Art Gallery
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Geoff Disston: Views of Pools and Hedgerows,” the August exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

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Geoff Disston’s “Swimmer.”

Geoff Disston’s training and his work is steeped in the traditions established by the plein air watercolorists in his family. Using his watercolor training as a jumping-off point, Geoff started to apply watered down acrylics on raw canvas in the late ’90s. Using this technique, the artist discovered that staining raw canvas with acrylic washes allowed for deeper color saturation, subtle color interactions through the transparencies, and sketch-like freshness.

As with watercolors, this technique demands a “once and done” approach, limiting the number of paint layers, and using the “white” of the canvas for both negative space and light. The series that will be on view at the library is based on the pools and hedgerows of the Hamptons and Palm Beach. They are intentionally spare to focus on the geometry, light, and color relationships.

Disston’s paintings are in collections in Quogue; New York City; Philadelphia; Northeast Harbor, ME; and London. Margot Carr and Graham Russell are the chairs for this show, which will be on exhibit from July 30 to September 2, 2018.

Meanwhile, this is the final week to take in “Jane Martin: Fierce and Ephemeral,” on view in the library Art Gallery through July 30.

Remembering Sarah Stanton Lee
As many Quogue residents learned last week, Sarah Stanton Lee died at her home in Sag Harbor on July 15, 2018, surrounded by members of her family.

Sarah Stanton
Sarah Stanton Lee

Following in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents, from earliest childhood Sarah spent summers in Quogue. The village was a part of her DNA, it seemed, part of the fabric of her being, and more than most she became a part of the fabric of Quogue. This was evident in the brilliant gardens she designed and established on properties around the village, including at the Quogue Village Green, the Quogue Field Club and the Quogue Beach Club.

She will be remembered for the many ways that she drew on her love of plants and flowers to elaborate on the beauty of nature, as well as for the many ways her laughter, her light, and the beauty of her compositions connected all who knew her to a greater capacity for love.

Beyond her gardening, she loved swimming in the ocean, her husband Craig, her sons Henry and Collier, her friends, her cats, her dogs and everything that added texture and color to her life.

Those wishing to make donations in Sarah’s memory may reach out to Shirley Ruch (shirley@southforkbakery.com) at South Fork Bakery, which empowers and provides employment opportunities for adults with special needs across the East End. The address for South Fork Bakery is 3333 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor NY 11963.

A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at a date to be determined.  

“Fay Lansner: Figure and Form” at Quogue Gallery
“Fay Lansner: Figure and Form” is the exhibition on now at the Quogue Gallery, highlighting the late artist’s works on canvas and paper dating from the 1940s to the 1990s. The exhibition will be on view through August 23, 2018.

Fay Lansner (1921 – 2010) was an American painter known for her abstract expressionist and figurative paintings and her strong use of color. For more information, visit QuogueGallery.com.

Annual Duck Race Is All It’s Quacked Up to Be

Carroll Highet
Carroll Highet at the Duck Dispensary

As everyone should know by now, the annual Quogue Association Duck Race and party will be held on August 10 at 6 p.m. at the Quogue Village Dock. Free beer, wine, water and music from a live band, but everyone has to have a duck, or multiple ducks, in the race.

Ducks can be purchased at the Quogue Post Office on Saturday mornings between now and August 10. They can also be purchased at the Quogue Market, Homespun, The Lily Pad, Little Q, Mr. Q and the Quogue Library.

Quogue Historical Society Art Show and Sale August 11
The annual Art Show & Sale to benefit the Quogue Historical Society will be held on the Quogue Village Green on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. A $5 family donation is suggested; light refreshments will be available.

The juried Children’s Art Show will also be held that day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the Village Green. Art Lessons in preparation for the show will be held from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. on July 27 and August 3 for ages 6 to 14. Registration is at www.quoguehistory.org/calendar. The art lessons are sponsored in part by the Councilman-Oxholm Fund.

For further information, call 631-996-2404 or email info@quoguehistory.org.

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One thought on “Happening Right Now

  1. Andrew, Your article on the Library was wonderful. As a recent addition to the Board of Trustees, I thank you, thank you, thank you for this. It is most helpful to our cause. Best, Paul

    Sent from my iPad



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