Time of Transition; Still Busy

Who could have predicted that my second request (ok: pleading) for signs that summer is ending would prompt a few faithful readers to take pity on At Quaquanantuck’s decidedly non-interactive profile and rattle off a few suggestions in short order?

The first to respond was helpful correspondent Maya Ryvicker, who sent in the photo below of some of the harvest from the Quogue School Garden as a sign of summer’s end.

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A luscious sample of some of the harvest from the Quogue School Garden.   —Maya Ryvicker Photo

Ms. Ryvicker reports that the garden, a project of the Parent Teacher Association, is located behind the school, near the playground and open to the public. Anyone interested in volunteering to help maintain the garden, which provides fresh vegetables to the students of the school for lunch, can contact Quoguepta@quogueschool.com.

From the looks of the harvest, At Quaquanantuck is considering matriculating at the school at the earliest opportunity, just to get on the lunch line. Fourth grade seems about the right academic level.

Noting that she could “go on and on,” faithful reader Sue Clarke cited three examples: “I have my house back; there are no towels in the dryer; there are chips for me in the cupboard.”

Meanwhile, Carol Crane seems to have her finger on the pulse of community sentiment about the end of summer. Carol selected three different signs of summer ending . . . and within a few days two other readers, acting independently, sent in photos capturing two of the signs that Carol submitted.

Carol’s first phenomenon was: “Piles of towels and clothing at the beach club Lost and Found tables.” Ginny Rosenblatt agreed with that idea, and sent in the photo below illustrating this indicator of seasonal change.

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The Lost and Found table at the Quogue Beach Club, piled high with towels and clothing. —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

The next sign on Carol’s list was: “Fewer bikers and joggers in the neighborhood.” While At Quaquanantuck received no images of empty streets to go with this one, Carol’s third suggestion, “Dwindling children’s choir at The [Church of the] Atonement,” was documented in the adorable photo below by Suzanne Lightbourn.

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The Reverend Canon Stuart Kenworthy of Arlington, VA, Barbara Callahan, and members of the choir assembled for the final service of the summer at the Church of the Atonement. —Suzanne Lightbourn Photo

Just excellent to see how this can work. At Quaquanantuck is both humbled and extremely gratified to see these submissions, and their correspondence. It’s not too late: all readers are welcome to list those signs that summer is ending and email them to AtQuaq@gmail.com. As this week’s column demonstrates, photos are always especially appreciated.

Quogue Chamber Concert on September 8 Features Trio Solisti
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.

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 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 Trio’s collaborations with many preeminent composers have produced such works as Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio No. 2 (2017); Paul Moravec’s Tempest Fantasy, which won the Pulitzer in 2004; Lowell Liebermann’s Trio No. 3 (2012); and Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’s Living Frescoes (2012).  

The group’s newest recording is an all-Brahms CD, to be released on Bridge Records in early 2019. Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride Musicfest, an annual summer chamber music festival in Telluride, Colorado. The Trio is currently marking its 14th year as ensemble-in-residence at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

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Trio Solisti will perform at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 8. —© Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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, www.quoguechambermusic.org 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.

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Offers State of the Town Address September 15
The Quogue Association will once again present the Annual State of the Town address by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Saturday, September 15, at 10 a.m. at Quogue Village Hall.

The Supervisor will address issues facing the Town of Southampton including, but not limited to: the town budget and Southampton’s solid bond ratings;  infrastructure; legislation and Town Code issues; Community Preservation Fund purchases; private builder investment; and community outreach to deal with the opioid crisis at the local level.

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Global Engagement and the Military”
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, 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.

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” model, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. Some advocate for a restoration of American multilateral leadership and a strengthened role for diplomacy, while still others envision a restrained U.S. role, involving a more limited military.

Questions for this Saturday’s discussion include: How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities?

These very popular programs tend to be quickly oversubscribed, so all interested in attending are urged to register at your earliest convenience by calling the library at 631-653-4224.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org.

Illustrated Talk on Hurricane of ’38 at Library September 22
The Quogue Historical Society will present an illustrated talk on “The Hurricane of 1938: 80 Years” on Saturday, September 22, at 3 p.m. at the Quogue Library.

QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene will offer images and details of the Hurricane of ’38, which tore across the East End on the afternoon of September 21 with sustained Category Three winds of 100 miles per hour. And with no websites like weather.com or smartphones with apps like Dark Skies and Weather Underground to issue alerts, the storm blew in with almost no warning, causing massive damage and loss of life.

The QHS talk will look back 80 years at the devastating storm that day-after newspaper headlines named “The Long Island Express.” To register, call the Quogue Library: 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

New Date for Cemetery Conservation Workshop: Saturday, September 29
The Quogue Historical Society’s Quogue Cemetery Conservation Workshop originally slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, has been rescheduled. The new date for the chance to witness stone conservator Joel Snodgrass undertaking the restoration of centuries-old headstones in the cemetery is Saturday, September 29, during the same hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this informative 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 info@quoguehistory.org.

Great Time to Join the Quogue Historical Society—or Renew Membership
The Hurricane of ’38 talk on September 22 and the Cemetery Conservation Workshop on September 29 provide two great reasons, and timely opportunities, to renew memberships in the Quogue Historical Society for the coming year, or to sign up for a new membership. Information and membership forms can be found at quoguehistory.org.

The Quogue Historical Society depends for almost its entire annual operating budget on donations from 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.

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A gorgeous spicebush swallowtail makes the most of lantana flowers before summer’s end.             —Cashew Cline Photo

Garden Club Hosting Paul Cowie and Story of 9/11 Memorial Trees September 24
The Westhampton Garden Club will host a presentation by Paul Cowie on “The Story of the 9/11 Memorial Trees” at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue on Monday, September 24, at 1 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public; refreshments will be available.   

From 2005 to 2011, Paul Cowie + Associates worked as design team specialists to landscape architect Peter Walker & Partners on the design and implementation of the tree planting at the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York.

Redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan has been described as one of the most complex construction projects in New York’s recent history and design of the Memorial park plaza was perhaps its most emotionally charged.

The presentation on September 24 will provide a review and insights into the design requirements for the trees, the complex challenges the design team faced, and the highly specialized arboricultural techniques that were employed to meet those requirements.

Based on his intimate involvement in the process for six years—from development of the project specifications  through procurement and preparation of the trees to the start of planting—Mr. Cowie will share a wide range of photographs, stories, and technical review from each step of the process.

Following the presentation, all are invited to to view the Westhampton Garden Club Bench Flower Show at the QFD firehouse, next door to the Community Hall. Across the street from the firehouse, the Lily Pond Garden planted and maintained by the Garden Club features drought tolerant plants as well as deer-proof plant material.

More information available at www.westhamptongardenclub.org/news.html

“Raymond Hendler: Time of the Metaphor” at Quogue Gallery

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“The Grand Butterfly Event” by Raymond Hendler, 1971, Acrylic on Canvas, 27″ by 23″.

“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.

Check out what the critics at HamptonsArtHub.com have had to say about Raymond Hendler’s work, in an an earlier exhibition at the Quogue Gallery in 2014; and in a show at Berry Campbell Gallery in New York in April 2018. For more information, visit QuogueGallery.com.

And be sure to treat yourself to an up close look at this abstract expressionist master’s work in the current exhibition at the Quogue Gallery.

Deadline September 15 for Library Expansion Matching Grant Challenge
Quogue Library trustees and staff continue to be on hand to answer questions and review the library’s expansion and renovation plans with patrons the Quogue Library Capital Campaign Headquarters on Midland Street next to the Post Office.

Meanwhile, library patrons are reminded that there is only one more week—until Saturday, September 15—for the Goergen $300,000 Matching Grant Challenge, which will match 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.

Meanwhile, back at the library on Quogue Street, bridge classes are continuing through the month of September, on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. There are a few open seats; call 631-653-4224 to register.

French for Travelers” begins this Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Call the library to join in and learn some French or just to brush up for an upcoming excursion.

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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