Top of the Class

How great is it to live in a community where residents actually get to see clear evidence that the money they pay in taxes is funding real excellence in education?

In a recent ranking of the top 100 elementary schools on Long Island by, the Quogue School came in at number 18, the only elementary school on the East End to make the list, and the highest ranked elementary school in all of Suffolk County in the rankings

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Lake Atlantic.                                                                                                       —A. Botsford Photo


According to the website, “the 2019 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district.”

Congratulations to all the dedicated teachers, administrators, support staff and members of the School Board and Parent Teacher Association on this outstanding, hard-earned, and well-deserved recognition. One more reason we are all blessed to be able to list Quogue as our home address.

PTA 11th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing on Friday, September 28
Speaking of the Quogue School PTA, as At Quaquanantuck has been noting for the past few weeks, the 11th annual Golf & Tennis Outing and Cocktails and Dinner Party sponsored by this wonderful organization at the Quogue Field Club is now upon us. The Friday, September 28, event benefits the Quogue PTA Scholarship Fund.

Tee off is at 1 p.m. for golfers, who will play 18 holes in two loops on the 9-hole course that has earned its own high ranking, at number 6 out of 25 described in “The Finest Nines,” Anthony Pioppi’s book about the best nine-hole courses in America. 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. The registration deadline was Monday of this week, but there is every chance that the PTA would be happy to accommodate anyone who wants to sign up on Friday at the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Time out.                                                                                                                     —A. Botsford Photo

Workshops and Tutorials at Library’s Midland Street Outpost
Instruction in how to navigate the Quogue Library website with an eye to ordering interesting books will be available on Friday, September 28, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the library’s Midland Street location, adjacent to the Post Office.

Tips will be offered on how to browse the library’s Readers Advisory link and how to use a smartphone to order books through interlibrary loan. The quick solutions are designed to help patrons find new books they can pick up at the library after browsing the web page and ordering from remote locations.

Meanwhile, on October 6 and 13 at 10 a.m. at the library’s Midland Street outpost, patrons can stop in for a tutorial offered on how to take free online courses through Sounds like a great idea for those adherents in our midst of the Always Be Learning approach to better living.

Cemetery Conservation Workshop on Saturday, September 29
Stone conservator Joel Snodgrass will be undertaking the restoration of centuries-old headstones in the Quogue Cemetery on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Quogue Historical Society’s Cemetery Conservation Workshop.

Careful attention from a stone conservator translates into a dramatic transformation.
—Photos courtesy of QHS

Mr. Snodgrass will demonstrate “best practices” in the restoration of monuments at the Quogue Cemetery, which is 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.

Miriam Cook’s headstone benefited from some TLC at the Quogue Cemetery. 
—Photos courtesy of QHS

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

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

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

Great Time to Join the Quogue Historical Society—or Renew Membership
Last weekend’s well attended talk on the Hurricane of ’38 and this weekend’s Cemetery Conservation Workshop provide two compelling reasons, reminders, and a timely opportunity 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

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.

Free Violin and Piano Concert at Performing Arts Center on Saturday
Two internationally acclaimed classical music virtuosos—Italian pianist Niccolò Ronchi and French violinist Esther Abrami—will perform in a free concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are general admission only and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

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Billed as a “celebration of community and classical music,” Saturday’s concert is being generously sponsored by Gary Nesbitt and Marcus Stinchi. And although there is no monetary charge for the concert, music lovers will be asked to provide an email address to enter. And that’s how you build an email list, folks.


The marketing for Saturday’s concert would have patrons believe that the show will be some kind of steel cage match, spinning the show as “violin vs. piano,” but rest assured: all will be harmonious as the two musicians play some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the two instruments. Visit the PAC website at for details.

Food, Fun, Craft Beer at Oktoberfest Celebration at Library October 4
A traditional Oktoberfest celebration slated at the Quogue Library on Thursday, October 4, at 5 p.m. will include locally sourced vegetables and specially prepared traditional foods from Executive Chef Vincent Giordani of Hampton’s Farms Social Eatery [sic], who will be cooking up brisket with pickled cucumber, German potato salad, red cabbage and apples, and so-called “fun bites” for the younger set, including pigs in blankets and pretzel bites. The apple strudel dessert is appropriate for all ages.

The celebration will also include outdoor games for children, seasonally crafted Oktoberfest beer for adults, and music. Call the Library at 631-653-4224 to sign up for this autumn community dinner outdoors under the summer events tent. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Hampton’s Farms [sic] supports local farmers and East End purveyors, and local residents are welcome, and encouraged, to do the same. Read on.

Make the Pledge to Support East End Heritage Industries
What an excellent idea: All those who pledge to spend $17.60 per week on food grown and harvested on Long Island can be part of preserving the livelihoods and, just as important, the culture of local and independent farmers and fishermen. How does it work? spells it all out on the organization’s beautiful website, and the Peconic Land Trust website also has the origin story, here.  At the website, you will find the group’s vision: to “inspire the community to choose goods from local and independent farmers and fishermen to preserve our heritage industries and cultivate a vibrant, diverse and robust economy. Support the growth of a well nourished community that is unique and resilient by fostering healthy food choices and creating dynamic life experiences.”

Who doesn’t like dynamic life experiences? Or, for that matter, fresh produce, fin fish and shellfish? To learn more about supporting eastern Long Island heritage industries, please visit

Jazz for an Autumn Evening at Quogue Library October 6
Crisp Jazz on a Fall Evening with The Abe Ovadia Trio Saturday, October 6, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of jazz and dessert! Musicvox Guitars describes, “Abe Ovadia is a jazz phenom, one of the most innovative guitarists of our time.” Times Square New York City says, “You can always count on him to happily claim the responsibility of playing some world-class jazz.” Abe is the recipient of the Best Guitarist of 2016 Award from Hot House Jazz Magazine. Pastries, tea and coffee will be provided.

In cataloguing signs of summer’s end, a number of readers focused on transitions at the beach, itself the ultimate symbol of summer. Seasonally sensitive reader and photographer Judy Carmany captured these images of her family’s locker at the beach at the height of summer, left, and a week or two after Labor Day, right. —Judy Carmany Photos

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.

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