Celebrating a Month, in One Day

Who would have thought that the decidedly tech-challenged At Quaquanantuck would one day be looking at something called “analytics” to see how many people click on the column website when a new post goes up, and on what day?

Yes, dear readers, it has come to this. And while there is a fair amount of head shaking in resignation when acknowledging this unsettling development, the upside is that I now know that the vast majority of people who read each week’s column tend to visit the AtQuaquanantuck website on the day the post goes up, typically on Thursday each week.

In turn, this means that writing about or announcing events and programs scheduled on Thursdays is not a wasted effort, and readers who see these items when perusing the column on Thursdays still have time to take action, should they be interested.

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Moment of Zen: Still Waters                                                  —Rosemary Cline Photo

And so it is that At Quaquanantuck happily picks up our lead item this week from last week’s column: the Oktoberfest celebration scheduled at the Quogue Library tonight, Thursday, October 4, starting at 5 p.m.  

This traditional Oktoberfest celebration will include seasonally crafted Oktoberfest beer for adults, locally sourced vegetables, and specially prepared traditional foods from Executive Chef Vincent Giordani of the East Quogue restaurant with the syntactically challenged name of Hampton’s Farms Social Eatery. Chef Vincent 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 (BYOB for those who are not craft beer enthusiasts) will also include outdoor games for children 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.

As reported last week, 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?

ChooseLI.org spells it all out on the organization’s website, and the Peconic Land Trust website also has the origin story, here.  The ChooseLI.org website outlines 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.”

To learn more about supporting eastern Long Island heritage industries, please visit ChooseLI.org.

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Friendly competitors Dr. Mark Creighton, Mike Ehlers and Jeff Ryvicker at the Quogue PTA Golf Outing at the Quogue Field Club on October 28.
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Enjoying the Quogue School PTA after-sports festivities at the Quogue Field Club on Friday were: Charlie and Cheryl Regan, KC and Randy Paling, and Denise and Kurt Roland.

Jazz for an Autumn Evening at Quogue Library October 6
An evening of jazz and dessert will be on offer in “Crisp Jazz on a Fall Evening” with the Abe Ovadia Trio at the Quogue Library on Saturday, October 6, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Abe Ovadia
Abe Ovadia

Musicvox Guitars describes Abe Ovadia as “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 also the recipient of the Best Guitarist of 2016 Award from Hot House Jazz Magazine.

Pastries, tea and coffee will be provided. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.

Story Time in the Forest Offered at Quogue Wildlife RefugeQWR Little Red Bat
Children accompanied by adults are invited to visit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 6, at 10 a.m. for a charming animal story to be read in the forest. “Little Red Bat” by Carole Gerber is about the only bat species that can hibernate or migrate. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? This is the existential question—shared by many readers with winter addresses in south Florida—the little red bat ponders as the leaves start to fall and the nights get colder. The story reading will be followed by a bat mask craft. This program is $5 per child accompanied by an adult. To register, call 631-653-4771.
On Eve of Renovation, Library Wants to Hear from Kids
With renovation and expansion plans calling for the addition of a large, new children’s room with an activity center,  a separate but “totally awesome” room for middle school kids, and an “equally awesome” Innovation Lab, the Quogue Library wants to hear from Quogue’s youngsters.

Looking for input on what should be going on in these new spaces from the library’s youngest user groups, as well as their parents and grandparents, the folks over there have set up some listening sessions. Readers, gamers, crafters, coders, puzzlers, Story Time listeners: all are welcome. All are invited to share their ideas on how the space should be used, and to enjoy a light breakfast.  RSVPs to 631-653-4224 are helpful but not required.

The 35-minute listening sessions are scheduled on Sunday, October 7, and on the Monday, October 8, school holiday, broken down by age groups: ages 5 to 10 at 9 a.m.; ages 11-14 10 a.m.; preschool parents, 11 a.m.

Grandparents and parents are requested to be chaperoned by small fry. (For adults there will be a presentation on how use Libby and Lynda.com, two free apps that can be downloaded on smart phones.)

Workshops and Tutorials at Library’s Midland Street Outpost
On October 6 and 13 at 10 a.m. at the Quogue Library’s Midland Street outpost, patrons can stop in for a tutorial offered on how to take free online courses through Lynda.com.

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Media and Foreign Policy” on October 13
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “South Africa’s Fragile Democracy” for its Saturday, October 13, meeting at the Quogue Library at 5 p.m.

The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intra-party divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

Topics for this Saturday’s discussion might include: Can South Africa end apartheid as it still exists in the economy? What will it take to strengthen the ANC and to create stronger bonds between the government and the governed in South Africa?

As one might expect, these are very popular programs that are quickly oversubscribed. 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.

Hudsy 5K Slated This Year on October 20
The annual Hudsy 5K Run and Fun Run for Kids honoring the memory of the late, beloved Joan Hudson is scheduled to step off from the Quogue School this year on October 20. As always, the proceeds from the 5K are used to fund the school’s Heartlinks program, which provides different types of activities at the school to promote health and well being for the students. The timed 5K run is open to the public and awards are given for those who place first in their age group.

Participants can run or walk for the event, routed through the streets of Quogue with a Quogue Police escort. For more information or to register, visit elitefeats.redpodium.com/oct-20-2018-the-hudsy-5k-quogue-ny

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Preparing for Enchanted Forest Trail Walks
Mark the calendar now. This year’s Enchanted Forest Trail Walks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on October 27 and 28 and November 3.

More details in next week’s column. For more information, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/events.

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A “stand” of tree swallows near Shinnecock Inlet.                                      
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A few of the tree swallows from the “stand.”          —Florrie Morrisey Photos

Hampton Theatre Company in Rehearsals for “A Comedy of Tenors”
“A Comedy of Tenors”—Ken Ludwig’s uproarious sequel to his Tony Award-winning smash hit sendup of the opera world, “Lend Me a Tenor”—will be the first play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season, opening on October 25 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through November 10.

Featuring several characters from “Lend Me a Tenor”and set in a hotel suite in 1930s Paris, “A Comedy of Tenors” follows the fortunes of four tenors, two wives, and three girlfriends as they struggle hilariously with outsize egos, mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap antics in preparation for a concert at a soccer stadium filled with impatient screaming fans.

More details in the coming weeks. To reserve tickets now, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

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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