Down the Stretch

Way back in May, At Quaquanantuck was casting about for signs of summer: visual or conceptual indicators that the much vaunted “high” season was upon us. Now we find ourselves in the home stretch: one more week before the arrival of the bookending holiday weekend that was originally dedicated to honoring the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

Today, of course, while almost no one has anything more than a quaint notion of the origins of the holiday—not to mention any respect for, or appreciation of, the contributions that workers have made—there is still near unanimous agreement that Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer in the U.S., just as Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning.

Day lilies
By this point in August, the day lilies have all gone by.                                    —A. Botsford Photo

So, what are the signs that the season is winding down? Later sunrise and earlier sunset; much hoped for drier air and cooler nights; mounds of fresh produce at farm stands; the dreaded and yet still somewhat stimulating back-to-school shopping.

Hereabouts, we have the culminating events of the Junior Sports program at the Quogue Field Club and the club championships in golf and tennis as the U.S. Open tennis tournament cranks up. At the theater, the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe completes its season, then makes way for the September 8 Quogue Chamber Music concert.

What are the signs that summer is ending for you, dear readers? Let us know at; send photos if you have them.

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One of the two casts performing in the QJTT production of “Lion King, Jr.”      —Richard Prior Photo

Final Two Shows of QJTT’s “Lion King, Jr.” Tonight and Tomorrow
Just two more shows remaining of the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe younger company production of “Lion King, Jr.” The first is tonight, Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m. and the finale is tomorrow, Friday, 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.

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After 40 years in the post, Russell Weisenbacher, center, is stepping down as the Technical Director for Quogue Junior Theater Troupe productions. —Richard Prior Photo

History from Headstones
Those slyboots at the Quogue Historical Society are up to their old tricks, offering a reprise of an earlier guided walk through the historic Quogue Cemetery led by architectural historian Zach Studenroth on Saturday, August 25, at 4 p.m.

Under the catchy and alliterative title “Stories in Stone,” Saturday’s Walking Tour of the Quogue Cemetery, where one can find the burial sites of Quogue’s earliest settlers, will highlight 10 headstones that span 200 years of Quogue history so that strollers can learn about the residents they memorialize.

At left, a memorial headstone for Elisha Howell; right, the headstone for Mary Jane Gardiner bears this inscription at the bottom: “No dearer earth was ever returned to earth, nor purer life ever recorded in heaven.”

Howell, Gardiner, Jessup, Arch, Foster: the names are familiar from all sorts of local lore, but who were they? From artistic and decorative carvings of 18th century slate and brownstone to the marble and granite of the present era, the tour will also review the evolution of gravestone styles and stone types that characterize Long Island’s historic burying grounds.

The August 25 tour is limited to 25; for reservations, call 631-996-2404, or email

The Quogue Cemetery will be the focus of another QHS program on Saturday, September 8, when stone conservator Joel Snodgrass leads a Quogue Cemetery Conservation Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details in next week’s column.

1822 Schoolhouse Museum On the Move, Again
After the season ends for the 1822 Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday, September 1, the one-room building—“without question the most significant historic structure in the Village,” according to the Quogue Historical Society—will need to be moved (for a fourth time) as part of the Quogue Library expansion.

The QHS will take advantage of the opportunity to restore Quogue’s first community building, which served as its school for 70 years. At almost 200 years of age, the building is remarkably intact, with original pine floor boards, plaster walls and ceilings, and 12-over-12 windows. In the entrance hall, visitors can still see where misbehaving 19th century Quogue students etched their initials and carvings of sailing ships.

Next Up at Quogue Gallery: “Raymond Hendler: Time of the Metaphor”
“Raymond Hendler: Time of the Metaphor” will be the next exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, highlighting the late artist’s works on canvas and paper dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. An opening reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, August 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.; the exhibition will be on view from August 25 to September 30, 2018.

Country Side, 1973, Acyrlic on canvas, 40_ x 30_
Raymond Hendler’s “Country Side,” 1973, acrylic on canvas, 40 by 30 inches.

Although Raymond Hendler (1923-1998) has been compared to artists from myriad movements and styles, he began his career as an Abstract Expressionist as early as 1949 in Paris. Upon his return to New York, Hendler, widely considered a first generation action painter, played a significant role in the Abstract Expressionist movement, both in New York, where he was a friend of Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, and in Philadelphia, where he ran the city’s first avant-garde gallery between 1952 and 1954.

For more information, visit

Ladies Tear It Up at Second Annual Trivia Challenge
Correspondent Lynda Confessore reported this week that Trivia Maestra Kay Conway of Lamb Avenue hosted five teams (pictured below) for her second annual Ladies Night Trivia Challenge.  Competition was intense, with the winning team correctly answering this bonus question: “Of the four New York men who signed the Declaration of Independence, which one was born on Long Island?”*



Above, the first place team: left to right, Nancy Bell, Kittrick Motz, Stefanie Beck, Suzanne Cincotta, Chris Casey and Nancy Treuhold. Ms. Conway’s special genius, Lynda tells At Quaquanantuck, is to add incentive with the prospect of trophies for the victors, with all the promised hardware gleaned from cleaning out her closets of daughter Meaghan’s school athletic awards.

*The correct answer, as LI historians and many motorists familiar with Brookhaven know, is William Floyd.

Hampton Theatre Company Rocks “That Thing in the Field”
The Hampton Theatre Company summer benefit performance and party on Sunday, August 19, was an unqualified success. Held under a tent (because of the unstable weather system) on the grounds of the Junior Sports clubhouse at the Quogue Field Club, the fundraiser served up Noël Coward’s one-act play, “Hands Across the Sea”; delightful hors d’oeuvres, wine and cocktails;  the lineup for the company’s 34th season, starting this fall with “A Comedy of Tenors”; and the dedication of the new Producers Circle, to be known as the June C. Ewing Producers Circle.

George Loizides, Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline and Jane Lowe Baldwin in a scene from “Hands Across the Sea” at the Hampton Theatre Company benefit on Sunday. —Tom Kochie Photo

Left above: Holly Ewing Tattanelli, Johnny Ewing and Jimmy Ewing after the Hampton Theatre Company’s new Producers Circle was dedicated to their late mother, June C. Ewing. At right, enjoying the HTC festivities were Nancy Treuhold, Richard Carey, and Dan and Joy Flynn. —Tom Kochie Photos

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Men’s Club Champion Crowned at QFC

Golf professional Rich Stucklen offered congratulations this week to the 2018 Men’s Club Champion at the Quogue Field Club, Tyler Morgan, who bested runner-up Thomas Petrocelli in the final match.  “Both of these gentlemen played great golf to make it into the final,” Rich said, adding that “we would also like to thank everyone who played in the event for the wonderful turnout.”

Thomas Petrocelli, left, and Tyler Morgan before the start of their match for the Club Championship.

“Woman Walks Ahead” with Jessica Chastain Next Week at PAC
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. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Library Hosting Workshops at Capital Campaign Headquarters on Midland
In addition to serving as an information hub for the Quogue Library’s expansion and renovation project, the Quogue Library Capital Campaign Headquarters is hosting free workshops every week. All local residents and library patrons are invited to come in to  have questions answered and learn something new about the library’s services at the same time.

Participants in the Makerspace “Slime” workshop at the Quogue Library’s outpost at 4 Midland Street on Wednesday.  —Maryann Scuderi Photo

Using the LIBBY App for Easy Interactive Ordering
Ready access for all books is available through use of the LIBBY app. Learn how to download and read books using a smart phone or tablet and LIBBY.

Library staffers will lead this interactive Q and A on Tuesday, August 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, August 30, from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Quogue Library’s auxiliary 4 Midland Street location, right next to the Quogue Post Office. Register for a space by calling 631-653-4224.

Making Music on Your Phone
One program being offered at the 4 Midland Street location is an Innovation Lab Music Workshop on Friday, August 24, at 11 a.m. Participants will learn how to make full-length songs and and how to compose music on their phones using the Garage Band app. Call 631-653-4224 to register.

Learn How to Edit and Work with Photos on Your Phone
Meanwhile, back at the library proper on Quogue Street, there will be a technology class titled “Learn About Snapseed: An Easy Way to Edit and Work with Photos” on Saturday, August 25, from 10:30 a.m. noon.

This presentation will show participants how to use a smartphone to take, edit, and work with photos that will rival what more expensive software can do, with a free app. Users must have a smartphone (iPhone or Android/Samsung/LG) and be comfortable taking pictures. Call 631-653-4224 to register.  

Reverend Canon Kenworthy at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate on Sunday, August 26, at the second-to-last 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services of the summer season at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street.  

As noted last week, 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

Celebration of Sarah Stanton Lee
A celebration of the life of Sarah Stanton Lee will be held on Friday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quogue Beach Club. In the spirit of a traditional QBC gathering, the celebration will be BYOB  with an appetizer potluck.

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Supreme Court Justice in waiting Linden Frelinghuysen at the screening of “RBG” at the Quogue Field Club. —LEM Photo

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