August: Too Busy?

With so many great causes seeking to take advantage of peak season weekends for fundraising efforts, and only four weekends to choose from in August, the kind of unfortunate conflict looming for the weekend ahead was, and is, bound to crop up. It’s inevitability, though, doesn’t make it any less difficult to come to terms with.

At Quaquanantuck is referring, of course, to the double booking of Friday, August 10, for the Quogue Historical Society Art Show Weekend kickoff cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Quogue Field Club Junior Sports clubhouse and the Quogue Association’s annual Duck Race and Village Dock Party getting underway at 6 p.m. with the highly dramatic Duck Drop from the Quogue bridge.

Decisions, decisions. It calls for something on the order of the wisdom of Solomon—or perhaps the AI of one of the supercomputers that John MacWilliams has built in his basement—to sort out how to proceed, and where one’s loyalty might be most needed. No recommendations from here; the choice, dear readers, is between you and your conscience.

A Midsummer Day’s Fog.                                                                            –A. Botsford Photo

Quogue Historical Society Party Friday
The “Celebrate Art!” benefit cocktail party on Friday is the perfect setup for the annual Art Show & Sale to benefit the Quogue Historical Society held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friday’s cocktail party will include a silent auction and a presentation by Peter Hastings Falk, noted art historian, advisor and publisher.

Mr. Falk will speak on “An Insider’s View on Valuing Fine Art,” examining the methodology of pricing artwork appropriately and how it pertains to gallery pricing. Since the vast majority of artists showing at fairs and in galleries have no auction records, Mr. Falk’s discussion is intended to give buyers greater confidence as they make acquisition decisions.

Peter H Falk
Peter Hastings Falk

American art historian, advisor and publisher Peter Hastings Falk is a graduate of Brown University (Art History, 1973) and the Rhode Island School Design (Architecture, 1976). His three-volume opus, “Who Was Who in American Art” has been called “the most significant research tool ever published in the field” and won the Wittenborn Award for the best art reference book published in North America. Art reference tools that followed include the author’s Exhibition Record Series.

He was a pioneer in publishing indices of auction price results as founding editor-in-chief of ArtNet and today he continues to serve as the U.S. Editor of His favored niche is identifying significant artists who for compelling reasons never achieved lasting recognition and nearly slipped through the cracks of art history.

Benefit tickets will be available for purchase on the QHS website at For further information, call 631-996-2404 or email

Art Show and Sale Saturday
Happily, there are no conflicts on Saturday, and whatever decision readers make about Friday evening, everyone in Quogue should make a point of checking out the annual QHS Art Show and Sale on Saturday on the Village Green. Some 40 artists will be exhibiting works ranging from oils and pastels to photography and contemporary collage. Lovers of East End landscapes will likely have many representative works to choose from. A $5 family donation is requested to support the Society’s new and ongoing programs, such as the upcoming restoration of the 1822 Schoolhouse and historic outbuildings. Light refreshments will be available.

The always popular juried Children’s Art Show will also be held that day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the Village Green. More information is available at, by calling 631-996-2404, or emailing

Dig Deep for Ducks; Crush Competition for Cash
As noted above, the annual Quogue Association Duck Race and Village Dock Party will be held on Friday, August 10, with the party at the Quogue Village Dock on Quogo Neck commencing immediately after the ducks are dropped in the Quogue Canal at 6 p.m. and begin their langorous drift on the incoming

There is a $500 cash prize for the first place duck; $250 for second place; and $100 for third. There will be free snacks, beer, wine, lemonade and water as well as live music from the band Souled Out, but it would be bad form to take advantage of all that if you don’t have at least one duck, or multiple ducks, in the race.

There should still be some ducks available for purchase at: the Lily Pad, Little Q – Quogue Shop, the Quogue Market, Rory’s Flowers, Jen Going, Homespun, and the Quogue Library.

The proceeds from the duck race have allowed the Quogue Association to take on many noteworthy beautification projects around the community and also to fund a scholarship for a deserving student from Quogue. So, let’s get quacking.

Exterior and interior of the Quogue Library Capital Campaign headquarters, adjacent to the Quogue Post Office. The headquarters will be open throughout the campaign with trustees and staff on hand to review the enlarged plans and to answer questions.  Materials are available  to take home and residents of all ages are welcome to stop by and learn more about this exciting project and the benefits for the community.  The Matching Grant Challenge of $300,000 offered by Bob Goergen matches dollar for dollar donations of up to $25,000. 

Hampton Theatre Company Benefit Set for Sunday, August 19
Seeking to ensure there would be no conflicts, the Hampton Theatre Company scheduled this year’s benefit on a Sunday. The August 19 cocktail party with a dramatic flourish will be held on the grounds of the Junior Sports clubhouse at the Quogue Field Club from 5:30 to 7:30.

The party checks several boxes: a chance to celebrate the company’s successful 33rd season and thank audiences for their support; a platform for announcing the shows of the upcoming 34th season, including the company’s first musical, “Man of La Mancha” in the spring of 2019, along with exciting news about the new Producers Circle; and the opportunity to present a one-act Noel Coward confection, “Hands Across the Sea,” featuring stalwart HTC regulars.

So, all those who received invitations in the mail are urged to fill out the reply card and send it in. Tickets can also be purchased on the HTC website,, or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

Beach Trash Betsy Rowe

Disgusting, right? Conscientious beach walker Betsy Rowe sent in this photo of trash she picked up on the ocean beach between the Surf Club and Quantuck Beach Club. She picked up and disposed of a load of similar size walking in the other direction between the two clubs. Betsy is one of several people who make an effort as they walk to gather trash left by others. Considering how much the beach gives us in our recreational, emotional and spiritual lives, shouldn’t we all be doing this every day? Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to, because everyone respected the sanctity of the beach as we do? 

“Conversations with the Author” Wraps with Genevieve Sly Crane on August 12
On Sunday, August 12, at 5 p.m., Genevieve Sly Crane, author of the debut novel “Sorority,” will be the final guest writer for the summer 2018 season of the “Conversations with the Author” series at the Quogue Library.

Genevieve Sly Crane

Publishers Weekly, which gave “Sorority” a  starred review, offered this high praise: “Ingenious … Crane’s prose is thoughtful and haunting; she expertly brings characters to life … The multivoice structure fits the story perfectly, resulting in a stellar examination of female relationships.”

A release from publisher Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, describes the novel as “an honest and voyeuristic reinvention of a women’s novel, calling to light some of the obstacles modern women face as they come of age in the 21st century. With a keen sense of character and unflinching, observant prose, Crane exposes the undercurrents of tension in a world where perfection comes at a cost and the best things in life are painful—if not impossible—to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship … or at least the appearance of it. After all, the most destructive creatures in Greek myth are female, and that should say something about their power, shouldn’t it?”

If the stories in the voices of different sorority sisters seem darkly humorous, or just plain dark, consider the world of dysfunction and tortuous social mazes through which many college age women of today are trying to make their way.Cover Image - SORORITY (2)

O, The Oprah Magazine called “Sorority” an “intensely catty thriller … a wicked debut.” The review in Dan’s Papers asserted that “sentence for sentence, ‘Sorority’ might be the best new book you read this summer.” And the reviewer wrote: “I can think of no reasons not to read this dark novel about the swirling social world of college sisterhood.”

AtQuaquanantuck was awestruck by Ms. Sly Crane’s mastery. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to see if there are any seats left for Sunday’s reading. If you don’t get a chance to hear her read from the book at the library on Sunday, pick up a copy and dig in.

Gyotaku Master Artist Chuck Seaman Opens Studio
Getting back to art for a moment, At Quaquanantuck notes with interest that Chuck Seaman of our village is opening his Hampton Bays studio to the public for two days this week and again in two weeks.

Gyotaku print by Chuck Seaman.                 –Photo courtesy of

Visitors are welcome at the master artist’s studio today, Thursday, August 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 and 23. Admission is free. The studio is located at 27 B Gardner’s Lane, Hampton Bays, NY 11946.

At Quaquanantuck came across this lovely glimpse into the gifted Mr. Seaman’s art making practice in a post on To see the post, click here. For information, call 631-338-7977 or to preview other examples of his art, visit

Addendum to SS Championship Coverage
Last week’s paragraphs about the SS Class Championship racing a few weeks back, held under challenging circumstances, brought back a flood tide of memories, it seems, for a number of local sailors who might now be fairly described as “old” salts. Among them was lifelong boater and one-time fishing columnist for the Hampton Chronicle Jeff Adams, who recalled also having “the privilege of crewing aboard an SS with skipper Lincoln, usually in the rear of the fleet.”  mako-syc.jpg

Sad tale: What appears to be a small mako shark swam up to the boat launch side of the Shinnecock Yacht Club on Wednesday and then died. Quogue Village Police and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Mike Nelson were on the scene in short order, and staffers from the Long Island Aquarium were expected to come down and collect the shark for further study. At Quaquanantuck hopes to have more details next week. –Jeffrey Adams Photo

Dan Gurskis Offers Insider’s Look at Screenwriting at PAC Summer Film Series
Moviegoers were treated to a professional analysis of the screenplay for the movie “Boundaries” at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this week when screenwriter, author and Dean of the College of the Arts at Montclair University Dan Gurskis joined the series’ host on Tuesday, August 7.

Dan Gurskis
Dan Gurskis at the PAC

The good news, for those who were there as well as those who might have missed it, is that Dan will be returning next Tuesday, August 14, to offer commentary on “Custody,” a promising foreign suspense filled thriller.

Documentary lovers, meanwhile, as well as every stripe of filmgoer, should 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 a special guest (and friend of the late Fred Rogers) on hand to offer insider commentary. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

“Lion King, Jr.” Up Next for Junior Theater Troupe; Starts August 21
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. Tickets can be purchased online at It’s possible to buy tickets at the theater box office before showtime, but that means taking a chance on missing the show if it’s already sold out.

Final Weekend for Rev. Dannals at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate at services for his third and final weekend in Quogue this season on Sunday, August 12, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street. All are welcome.  

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing at the 10 a.m. service 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 young choristers are only in town for one weekend, they can still participate. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Remembering Barrett Lightbourn
Condolences go out to the family and friends of Barrett McLeod Lightbourn, 66, of Bermuda, New Vernon, NJ and Quogue, who died on July 19 after a courageous battle with a metastatic brain tumor.

Mr. Lightbourn, 12th generation Bermudian, was introduced to Quogue by his wife Suzie. The village, the beach and the bays were a perfect fit for a lifelong sailor and the man who brought the first windsurfing rig to Bermuda. Remembered as a “sneaky” squash player by his friends because of his capacity to hit impossible angles, he was also an avid golfer, and an avid birder as well—all interests that suited him to Quogue, and Quogue to him.   

He was a member of the Mid Ocean Club and Coral Beach & Tennis Club in Bermuda; in the U.S. he was a member of the Quogue Field Club, the Quogue Beach Club, the Shinnecock Yacht Club, and the Chatham Club.

A memorial service was scheduled for today, August 9, at St. Paul’s Church in Paget, Bermuda, with a reception to follow on the sloop Spirit of Bermuda. Interment will be private. A celebration of Mr. Lightbourn’s life will be held at a later date in Quogue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bermuda Sloop Foundation, and P.A.L.S. Cancer Care in Bermuda

At Quaquanantuck joins with others in the community in offering support to his wife, Suzie, and his two daughters, Nelle and Alexa.

Celebration of Sarah Stanton Lee
All are asked to mark calendars for a celebration of the life of Sarah Stanton Lee on Friday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quogue Beach Club. In the spirit of a QBC gathering, the celebration will be BYOB  with an appetizer potluck.

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.

One thought on “August: Too Busy?

  1. Andrew, Thank u for this most kind remembrance of Barrett in your column. The girls and I really appreciate it. S

    Sent from my iPad



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