In the Books, But Not Over

Don’t know why At Quaquanantuck should be surprised. When I asked for readers’ ideas about signs that summer was upon us back in May and June, there were only one or two (lovely and much appreciated) responses.

So it should come as no surprise that when I asked for signs that summer is coming to an end, all I have heard so far is … crickets. The only upside of that phenomenon, I suppose, is that the sound of crickets is most certainly a sign that we are nearing the end of summer.

And now Labor Day weekend, the original signifier of summer’s end, is upon us, all too soon. And while the weekend will undoubtedly be crammed with last gatherings and cookouts and emptying of beach club lockers, the change over the last two decades in school calendars has rendered this final holiday weekend of the season almost anticlimactic. And one need only look at the calendar for the weeks ahead to acknowledge that the “high season” is hardly over. 

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A black-crowned night heron stands sentinel on a Westhampton creek.       —Rosemary Cline Photo

At Quaquanantuck, meanwhile, is committed to the original intention of setting the holiday aside: to honor the American workers who have made such outstanding contributions to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of this great nation.

And although I hold out little hope of hearing back from anyone, At Quaquanantuck respectfully requests once again for readers to let me know what are the signs that summer is ending for you? Don’t be timid or reticent, email your thoughts to; photos are always especially appreciated.

Quogue Chamber Concert on September 8 Features Solisti Trio
Trio Solisti (violin, cello, piano) will close the Quogue Chamber Music 2018 season with a concert featuring the music of Haydn, Brahms and Chausson at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue on Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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The Solisti Trio will perform in a Quogue Chamber Music concert at Quogue Community Hall on September 8.

Trio Solisti has been singled out as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), among other recent rave reviews. Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed the ensemble to be “the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”

Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti—violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Fabio Bidini—performs at major venues and in series across the United States. The 2018-2019 season will see the group’s return to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for a three-concert series.

The program being performed for Quogue Chamber Music will include Haydn Trio in C Major, Dvorak Trio No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 21 and Chausson Trio in G Minor, Op. 3.

Tickets are: $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; $40 for the concert only; or $5 for students (concert only).

Checks may be made payable to “Quogue Chamber Music, Inc” and mailed to POB 1984, Quogue, NY  11959. Tickets may also be purchased on the website, or at the box office on the night of the performance. Box office opens at 6:30.

In addition to the concert, Trio Solisti will perform on Friday, September 7, for the school children of the Quogue Elementary School.

Stone Conservator’s Work at Quogue Cemetery Open to Public
The Quogue Cemetery will be the focus of yet another Quogue Historical Society program on Saturday, September 8, when stone conservator Joel Snodgrass leads a day-long Quogue Cemetery Conservation Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this “hands-on” workshop, Mr. Snodgrass will demonstrate “best practices” in the restoration of monuments at the Quogue Cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in the mid-1700s, this sacred and historic Colonial-era site preserves the headstones of Quogue’s early settlers.

All are invited to come for as long, or short, a stint as they wish and observe the techniques used to help preserve these fragile monuments. Reservations are not necessary. For information, call 631-996-2404 or

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They’ve got their eyes on you: make sure your membership in the Quogue Historical Society is up to date. —Photo courtesy of QHS

A Gentle Reminder from the Gentle Ladies of the Quogue Historical Society
All those in our village and the greater Quogue area who haven’t yet renewed their membership in the Quogue Historical Society for the coming year are reminded to do so, posthaste. And, difficult as it may be to believe, any reader, or friend or family of any reader who is not yet a member is urged to please consider joining at

The Quogue Historical Society depends for almost its entire annual operating budget on donations from its members. All tax-deductible contributions directly support the Society’s work to preserve the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Quogue through education programs, collections care and research, and advocating for historic preservation.

This year, member support is even more critical, as the QHS will be restoring the 1822 Schoolhouse, the most important historic building in Quogue, as part of the expansion of the Quogue Library.

Please help; the QHS can’t do it without the support of each and every one of us.

“Raymond Hendler: Time of the Metaphor” at Quogue Gallery
“Raymond Hendler: Time of the Metaphor” is the new exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, highlighting the late artist’s works on canvas and paper dating from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Raymond Hendler, No. 74.

Hendler (1923-1998) began his career as an Abstract Expressionist as early as 1949 in Paris. Widely considered a first generation action painter, he played a significant role in the Abstract Expressionist movemen in New York and Philadelphia, where he ran the city’s first avant-garde gallery between 1952 and 1954.

Hendler’s work has been reviewed on the online art and culture website on two occasions: on November 7, 2014 for an earlier exhibition at the Quogue Gallery; and on April 18, 2018 for a show at Berry Campbell Gallery in New York. For more information, visit


Final Match Yields Men’s Senior Flight Club Champion at QFC
In his inimitable style, golf professional Rich Stucklen sent in more results this week, congratulating 2018 Men’s Senior Flight Club Champion Jed McCarthy and the Senior Flight runner-up Robert Crowley.

Rich once again lauded the great golf that both men played to make it into the final, and also thanked everyone who played in the event for the wonderful turnout.

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Barbara Sartorius and Lynda Confessore at their post at the Quogue Library Capital Campaign headquarters and auxiliary space on Midland Street. —LEM Photo

Library Hosting Patrons and Programs at Capital Campaign Headquarters 
In addition to serving as an information hub for the Quogue Library’s expansion and renovation project, the Quogue Library Capital Campaign Headquarters on Midland Street next to the Post Office is hosting free workshops every week.

At Quaquanantuck reminds readers that library trustees and staff are on hand to answer questions and review the expansion and renovation plans with patrons.

All are also asked to bear in mind that there are only two weeks left in the Goergen $300,000 Matching Grant Challenge,  matching donations dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

The Capital Campaign headquarters continues to be the site for workshops demonstrating the programs and services the library offers via the patrons library card, especially free online resources and books/audio books through the Libby app.

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.

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Quogue Library Director Lonna Theiling with Ellie and Cecily, two of the youngest donors to the library to date. —Selina Pasca Photo

Reverend Canon Kenworthy Wraps Season at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA will officiate on Sunday, September 2, for the final services of the season at Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. On Sunday, September 2, both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. services will feature Holy Eucharist liturgy.   

This weekend will also be the last chance this summer for children in the community age 7 to 14 to sing in the junior choir at the 10 a.m. service, led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. Rehearsal will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Celebration of Sarah Stanton Lee on Friday, August 31
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 family has noted that the celebration will be BYOB with an appetizer potluck.

Celebration of Barrett Lightbourn on Sunday, September 2
A celebration of the life of Barrett Lightbourn will be held at the Quogue Beach Club on Sunday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. The family has invited all who attend (casual attire) to please bring stories and memories of Barrett “as we raise our glasses to a man gone too soon.”

State of the Town and Foreign Policy Association on September 15
Who says Labor Day is the end of summer? The season will hardly break stride, it seems: while the September 8 weekend will see the Quogue Chamber Music concert at the Quogue Community Hall; the weekend of September 15 brings two compelling programs on the same day.

First, at the behest of the Quogue Association, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will come to Village Hall to deliver a “State of the Town” address at 10 a.m. Later on Saturday, September 15, the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program will take up the question of “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” for its Saturday, September 15, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.

Mark your calendars; make reservations for the Foreign Policy Association by calling 631-653-4224. More details on both programs next week.

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.

Hillary Ames and Betsy Rowe teamed up to collect and photograph another haul of plastics and other garbage from a walk on the beach. At Quaquanantuck and the planet thank you, Betsy and Hillary.

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