Fall Up

All across the country, and around the world, it’s probably no exaggeration to say that millions of people are watching Hurricane Florence winding its relentless way forward, churning toward the Carolinas and threatening Category 4 havoc.

For most of those people, though, the threat of a hurricane is a concept, something they know only through the descriptions of wind-flapping Weather Channel reporters and photographs documenting the destruction these cyclonic megastorms have wrought. But here on eastern Long Island, and up and down the Atlantic coastline from Maine to Key West and into the Caribbean, hurricanes are much more than reportage and photographs.

Fog Florence
Out of the fog, greetings from Florence.                                                               —A. Botsford Photo

Firsthand experience makes us quietly rejoice when all the models tell us that we are not in the direct path of such a storm, even as our hearts go out to the women, men and children, the pets and wildlife, the health care facilities and businesses for whom the threat of losing everything is as real as the devastation experienced by so many on Long Island when Hurricane Sandy struck, as real as the loss of life and horrific destruction from Hurricane Maria, which the people of Puerto Rico will still be struggling to recover from for years to come.

That’s because of what we’ve been through, and  because of our history, going all the way back 80 years to the Hurricane of September 21, 1938 (the subject of a Quogue Historical Society talk at the Quogue Library on Saturday, September 22: see below).

And so, once again, we watch and wait, bracing for the worst and praying for the safety of all. And, afterwards, we pitch in and help in whatever ways we can. Because that’s what others have done for us; because we understand; because we know.  

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Offers State of the Town Address September 15

Jay Schneiderman
Jay Schneiderman

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.

Deadline September 15 for Library Expansion Matching Grant Challenge
Supporters and patrons of the Quogue Library have just a few days left—until Saturday, September 15—to make donations to the expansion and renovation fund drive that will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, through the generosity of the Goergen $300,000 Matching Grant.

Quogue Library trustees and staff continue to be on hand to answer questions and review the library’s expansion and renovation plans at the Quogue Library Capital Campaign Headquarters on Midland Street next to the Post Office.

The Capital Campaign office on Midland is also 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 are invited to come in to have questions answered and learn something new about the library’s services at the same time.

Trio Solisti

QCM party
At top, Trio Solisti in performance at the Quogue Community Hall. Above, party host Mark Carbone, Trio Solisti cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, Jane and Marvin Deckoff. —Anthony Deckoff Photos

Trio Solisti closed out the Quogue Chamber Music 2018 season in high style last weekend, with musicians, audience and after-concert revelers sharing the beautiful spirit of the program. At Quaquanantuck—making bold to speak for the culture loving community at large—congratulates, applauds and thanks the Quogue Chamber Music principals for once again bringing us a season of exceptional performances to stir the senses and the soul.

NPR’s David Bouchier at Quogue Library  September 16

David Bouchier
David Bouchier

NPR contributor David  Bouchier will read from his humorous essays on life musings and from his memoir at the Quogue Library on Quogue Street on Sunday, September 16, at 3 p.m. An award-winning weekly essayist for National Public Radio in New York and Connecticut, Mr. Bouchier’s  commentaries and opinion columns have appeared in many newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Britain.

He has contributed fiction and non-fiction to many literary and political magazines and, as a lapsed sociologist and a recovering educator, has established a distinctively ironic voice on American Public Radio. His humor column “Out of Order” appeared for 10 years in the regional Sunday edition of The New York Times. Call 631-653-4224 to register.

Might As Well Plan for the Inevitable: Getting the Funeral Thing Right
Can’t spell  funeral without f-u-n, right? The Quogue Library on Quogue Street will be the site for a discussion of pre-planning funerals on Tuesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. Topics to be addressed include: the benefits of advance funeral planning; sheltering funds before Medicaid; new Medicaid laws relating to funeral trusts; veterans’ benefits; pre-planning options; and a brief discussion of the 10 mistakes to avoid in funeral pre-planning. Call 631-653-4224 to register.

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.

Hurricane '38
Aftermath of Hurricane of ’38.



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.

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 at no charge.    

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.

Sunrise Planting by P. Cowie
A tree is lowered into place for the 9/11 Memorial.

Though many of the techniques and intricate detail used to prepare trees for the National 9/11 Memorial go far beyond what might be required elsewhere, all were based in simple, sound arboricultural principles that should be addressed in every project. These included carefully selecting tree species that met the Memorial design objectives and would be suited to the difficult site conditions; designing a site that ensures that the trees’ growth requirements would be met over the long term; locating, evaluating and procuring quality planting stock; manipulating tree growth rates and perfecting tree form; minimizing transplant mortality; and ensuring long-term sustainability.

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.

PTA Schedules 11th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing for Friday, September 28
The 11th annual Golf & Tennis Outing and Cocktails and Dinner Party sponsored by the Quogue School PTA at the Quogue Field Club is scheduled this year on Friday, September 28. The annual event benefits the Quogue PTA Scholarship Fund.

Left to right, Beth Miller, PTA Secretary Kerri Garfen, PTA President KC Paling, and Heather Haynia of the Quogue PTA Golf & Tennis Outing committee.

Tee off is at 1 p.m. for golfers; the tennis round robin will begin at 3 p.m., with the cocktail party, awards presentation and dinner following at 5:30 p.m. The cost for participation is: golf and party, $800 per foursome; golf only, $600 per foursome; golf and party, $200 per individual; golf only, $150 per individual; tennis and party, $120; tennis only, $50; cocktails and dinner only, $90.

Sponsorships are: event sponsor, $2,500; cocktail party sponsor, $2,000; awards and prizes sponsor, $1,500; course refreshment sponsor, $500; sponsored tee sign, $75. The PTA is also accepting donations to the Silent Auction to be held at the cocktail party. All purchases and donations are tax deductible.   

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.quogueschool.com/domain/46.

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.

Fall, winter and spring hours at the QHS headquarters, aka Pond House, at 114 Jessup Avenue, are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment (631-996-2404 or email info@quoguehistory.org).

The Pond House features exhibitions highlighting 350 years of Quogue history and a Reading Room with books on Long Island and Quogue history.

Dr. Lucy Gordon and John Rosenblatt Are Wed

Lucy G John R
Dr. Lucy W. Gordon and John M. Rosenblatt

Dr. Lucy Werner Gordon and John Milton Rosenblatt were married September 8 at the Owenego Beach & Tennis Club in Branford, Conn. Lisa Antonecchia, a Connecticut justice of the peace, officiated, incorporating Jewish traditions.

Dr. Gordon, 42, is a primary care doctor at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and an associate program director of its internal medicine residency program. She is also an assistant professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. She graduated from Yale and received a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

She is a daughter of Rita W. Gordon of Branford, Conn., and the late Burton K. Gordon. The bride’s mother is a securities and commercial lawyer in private practice in Branford and Manhattan. The bride’s father was a securities lawyer in private practice in Manhattan.

The groom, 39, is a paralegal at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale in Manhattan. He is also a writer whose short story, “The Assignment,” appeared in TSR: The Southampton Review in 2015. He graduated from Brown, and received an MFA in creative writing from Stony Brook.

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