And Then It Rained

And then it rained some more. Knowing that we needed rain badly was small comfort to the 33 artists who spent weeks unto months preparing work for the annual Quogue Historical Society Art Show and Sale, putatively scheduled “rain or shine” on Saturday, August 11.

The notion of “rain or shine,” though, was shattered by the flooding conditions that greeted QHS organizers when dawn broke on Saturday after a series of early a.m. rip snorting thunderstorms and torrential downpours of up to two inches per hour. And so, for the first time in the show’s history, the decision was made to cancel at 8 a.m., just as artists were preparing to load in under the dripping tents on the newly seeded Village Green.

But this is Quogue, where people come together to make things work, no matter how challenging the circumstances. Thanks to the always helpful members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department and the dedicated volunteers of the Quogue Historical Society, the Children’s Art Show was held in the Firehouse on Saturday, and a successful, albeit limited, edition of the Art Show and Sale was held in the Firehouse on Sunday, to the delight of artists and art lovers alike. Well done, all.

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After the Rain: Quogue Wildlife Refuge.                                                          —Sharon McGavin Photo

QJTT’s “Lion King, Jr.” Opens August 21
After a summer of rehearsing, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe younger company is ready to open “Lion King, Jr.” next week, with shows on Tuesday through Friday, August 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m. and August 24 at 5 p.m.

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Cape Buffalo take charge in “Lion King, Jr.” at Quogue Community Hall.       —Sue Prior Photos
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Rehearsing on the African veld … in Quogue for the August 21 opening of “Lion King, Jr. “      

Tickets can be purchased online at QJTTonline.org. 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.

Weather for the Big Race? Just Ducky

Some say it’s the generations of breeding. Some point to the countless hours of training. In the end, though, however it’s achieved, there is only win, place and show, and three thoroughbreds that can separate themselves from the flock and push themselves beyond all limits—or, more accurately, float passively on the current—to claim the glory . . . and the cash.

At left, Quogue Association Duck Race Committee Co-Chairs Stefanie Beck and Lynn Lomas. —Irma Eagleton Photo. At right, the second place duck; the owner is still a mystery. 

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The yellow tide.

On Friday, August 10, before the weekend’s precipitation events rang down a curtain of rain on the village, the Quogue Association’s annual duck race and dock party went off without a hitch, unless you count the fact that the second place duck (and winner of $250) was still unclaimed at the time this week’s column was posted.  

This year’s first place winner ($500) was the duck belonging to Suzanne O’Connell of Quogue; the third place winner ($100) was the duck of another Quogue resident, Patti Donlan.

At Quaquanantuck would like to give a quick shout out to the fine folks who take to the water to round up all the competitors, numbering in the hundreds and scattered about the Quogue Canal wherever the eddies of the tide may take them. Serving as duck wranglers this year were: Mac Highet, Tripp Kyle, Mike Nelson, Marisa Nelson, Wyatt Camery, Bobby Eddings, Juliet Eddings, Kaitlyn Eddings, Linda Filardi , Kimberly Stever, and Dawn Gaudiello. Manning the Fire Boat were Dan Johnson, Phil Irving, and Alan Lazarescu.

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Kaitlyn and Juliet Eddings, Wyatt Camery in background.                               —Mike Nelson Photos

At left, Bobby Eddings and Marisa Nelson; at right, intrepid duck wrangler Mac Highet.


The proceeds from the duck race allow 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.

Hampton Theatre Company Benefit Set for Sunday, August 19
There may be a few tickets left to the Hampton Theatre Company summer benefit performance and party, scheduled this year on Sunday, August 19, on the grounds of the Junior Sports clubhouse at the Quogue Field Club from 5:30 to 7:30.

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Jane Lowe Baldwin, Rosemary Cline and Diana Marbury rehearsing for the August 19 Hampton Theatre Company benefit.

Beyond the joys of a Noel Coward one-act play, “Hands Across the Sea,” the party offers an opportunity to celebrate the company’s successful 33rd season and thank audiences for their support and provides a platform for announcing the plays of the new season, including the company’s first musical, “Man of La Mancha” in the spring of 2019.

Too late to use the mail; tickets can be purchased on the HTC website, www.hamptontheatre.org, or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

Ladies Club Championship Results

Golf professional Rich Stucklen was kind enough to share the names of this year’s winners in the Ladies Club Championship at the Quogue Field Club.

In the Championship Flight, the champion golfer of the year is Wendy McCarthy; runner up was Phoebe Erdman. In the 9-Holers Flight, the winner was Anne Anthony and the runner up, after a playoff against Sue Schwerin, was Annie Petrocelli.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the competitors.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Documentary Up Next in PAC Summer Film Series
Documentary lovers and fans of the late Fred Rogers who have not already seen the film will want to be at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center August 21, 22 or 23 at 7:30 when the PAC will be screening “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” about the beloved children’s television host.Fred Rogers

On Tuesday, August 21, special guest Wally Smith, president of WPPB 88.3 Public Radio in Southampton and a friend of Mr. Rogers, will be on hand to offer insider commentary. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.whbpac.org.

The 2018 summer World Cinema series at the PAC will wrap this year with “Woman Walks Ahead,” starring Jessica Chastain, Sam Rockwell and Michael Greyeyes.


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Wes Haydock shows his dad, Willy, how to direct a hose with one hand at the Quogue Fire Department Open House on August 5.

Reverend Canon Kenworthy Takes Helm at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate starting Sunday, August 19 for the final three weeks of services at Church of the Atonement. Reverend Kenworthy is the retired Rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, former interim Vicar at Washington National Cathedral and is currently interim Rector of St. David’s Church in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Fran, have three grown children.

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 m.vogel@verizon.net.

Geoff Disston Is Featured Artist for August at Library Art Gallery
“Geoff Disston: Views of Pools and Hedgerows” is the August exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, on view until September 2.  

Geoff Disston’s training and his work are 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.

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Geoff Disston, “Hedge with Chairs,” on view at the Quogue Library.

The series 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 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.

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

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Fay Lansner, “OC-165,” 1970s, oil on canvas, 60 by 60″.

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.

Gyotaku Master Artist Chuck Seaman Opens Studio
A reminder that Chuck Seaman of our village is opening his Hampton Bays studio to the public for a second time next week, on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors are welcome at 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 master artist’s studio is located at 27 B Gardner’s Lane, Hampton Bays, NY 11946.

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Chuck Seaman, “Trigger Fish,” 20 x 52″.

This week, another example of Mr. Seaman’s work taken from a post on HamptonsArtHub.com. To see the post, click here. For information on the open studio, call 631-338-7977; to preview other examples of his art, visit www.chuckseamanfishart.com.

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

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