Autumn Unadorned

Attentive and even casual readers will have noted by now that At Quaquanantuck is all about the many signs that center area residents in the spirit and the sense of each successive season. And it has been interesting to note how much agreement there is about certain signifiers, e.g. empty beach lockers, that resonate across demographics as one season yields to the next.

But here’s one for you: an incident that, while it might not be a clear sign of a specific season, could never have happened in mid-summer, and would have to be considered highly unlikely in the middle of winter.

It seems that a sometime Quogue summer resident, one Jody Foote (née McCoun) now of Fairfield, CT, was visiting family and friends in our village a week or so ago. As many former residents are wont to do, she ventured down to one of the local beach clubs to have a look at the surf, wonder at the ocean’s immensity, and reminisce about the countless hours of happy times she had spent on the sand and in the waves as a child.

Standing on the deck, her gaze alighted on the figure of a lone man standing at the edge of the water looking out to sea. Nothing unusual about that, except that this particular man was completely naked.

Fall surf J Gruhn
Fall footprints.                                                                                   —Judy Gruhn Photo

Perhaps feeling Jody’s amazement and curiosity, he turned around and looked up to see her on the deck, providing her with a full frontal view of his Eden attire in the process. He turned back, grabbed his swim trunks lying on the beach beside him, pulled on his suit and strode into the surf and dived a wave.

Two people, unknown to each other, whose presence at the beach at the same time completely altered each other’s experience of being at the shore. Ah, Quogue.

Quogue Fire Department Volunteers Extinguish Another Blaze
Always helpful Quogue Fire Department Chief Chris Osborne filed this report promptly on Tuesday evening:

Fire Lamb Ave
Damaged but not destroyed. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Fire Department

At 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, the QFD received a report of what’s known as a “working structure fire” at a Lamb Avenue residence. The first arriving units reported heavy smoke conditions.

QFD firefighters launched an initial attack through the exterior basement entrance. The fire extended to the first floor but was limited, the Chief said, due to the department’s quick response.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department provided mutual aid. The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance was also at the scene but no one was home at the time of the fire, the Chief said, and no injuries were reported.

Yet another reminder of the huge debt of gratitude we all owe the dedicated and well trained members of our volunteer fire department.

Sizing Up the Quogue Library Pumpkin
Pretty much always in step with the season, the fine folks at the Quogue Library have obtained a lovely, large pumpkin and installed it in all its grandeur outside the Midland Street outpost. Visitors are now welcome, nay, encouraged, to stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 3 and 5 p.m. and guess the pumpkin’s weight.

The contest runs through October 30 and the closest guesser will win a pumpkin pie.

library pumpkin
The Great Library Pumpkin.                                                                  —Lulie Morrisey Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Media and Foreign Policy” on October 13
As noted last week, 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 create stronger bonds between the government and the governed in South Africa?

As most residents know by now, 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

PTA Tennis
Taking to the tennis courts at the PTA Golf and Tennis Outing on September 28 at the Quogue Field Club were Ryan Hernandez, Kelcey Edwards, Juan, Greg Meyer, Ginger Andrews, Rob Duca, Brian Nesler and Dawn Hines. —Sandra Beuerlein Photo

Last Chance to Train for Hudsy 5K, Slated This Year on October 20
Only one week remaining for preparatory training for the annual Hudsy 5K Run and Fun Run for Kids honoring the memory of the late, beloved Joan Hudson, scheduled this year on October 20. As always, the 5K begins in front of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. The Fun Run for the small fry starts immediately after the 5K finish.

Registration closes on race day at 8:45 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25 per person for adults 18 and up and $10 per person for 17 and under; on race day the cost is $30 for all ages. Once again, the hospitable Heart Links folks are offering a special gift for the first 150 registered race participants. The kids’ Fun Run is free.

In the 5K, prizes go to the top male and female overall as well as to the top three males and top three females in 10 different age groups. Proceeds from this event go to fund heart healthy activities at the Quogue Elementary School.

The Hudsy 5K is one of the traditional signifiers that the fall season has arrived and now holds sway, regardless of what the thermometer might suggest. At Quaquanantuck hopes, first, for good weather for all the participants and, second, that all those who are not participants will line the run/walk route to offer support and encouragement and cheer on the runners and walkers.

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, the school website at, or call the school at 631-653-4285.

Enchanted Forest Trail Walks Return to Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Children ages 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult will have three opportunities to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this year: on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October  28, and again on Saturday, November 3.

A QWR guide will introduce the little ones to whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails, and the parking lot/staging area will have lots of games and activities for the small fry. All are invited to wear their Halloween finery if they like.

Reservations are required and the fee is $10 per person; call 631-653-4771 to reserve a time slot. For more information, visit

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Sitting pretty.                                                                                             —A. Botsford Photo

Bird Food Blowout at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Those of us without winter addresses in southern climes know what it’s like to bundle up, load in the firewood, and hunker down in preparation for whatever the winter may bring to Quogue. But how many of us ever consider what it must be like for the birds that elect to stay here through the colder months?

Those of us with bird feeders have some sense of the birds’ dependence on us for their sustenance, in exchange for which they bring us the simple joy of observing them, living links to the brighter season ahead, otherwise obscured from our view by the confining cold and darkness of winter.   

So it makes sense to take advantage of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Eastern Long Island Audubon Society bird food sale. The birds will show you their appreciation all winter long.

All are asked to have their order forms and payment in the hands of QWR staffers by October 25 for this fundraiser for the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Seed pick up will be in the Nature Center on Sunday, November 4, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Representatives from Bay Gardens will be in the Nature Center on November 4, selling bird related gift items. Local wood carver Matt DiBernardo will also be on hand, with several of his beautiful, life-like bird carvings.

For additional information call 631-653-4771.

“A Comedy of Tenors” Offers Options to Dine at the Quogue Club

As the October 25 opening night draws near for Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2018-2019 season, there are a couple of options on the table for theatergoers to enjoy a meal at the Quogue Club at the Hallock House before taking in the show.

First up for this uproarious sequel to Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning sendup of the opera world, “Lend Me a Tenor” is the Quogue Library Dinner Theater evening on Friday, October 26, with dinner at 5 p.m. and curtain at the Quogue Community Hall down the street at 7 p.m., all for $70 (cash or check only) due upon registration at the library (631-653-4224, ext. 101). This package is available first to library patrons; if space is available, others may participate as well.

For those who can’t join the library group, or who might prefer a luncheon, the HTC and the Quogue Club are offering a Lunch and Theater package on Saturday, November 10, with lunch at 12:30 prior to the 2:30 curtain for the matinee that day, all for $65 (tax and tip included). To reserve, send a check, for $65 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Include your name, address, phone number and email address so that you can receive tickets by email; reference “November 10 lunch/theater event.”

Reservations and payment required by November 2.Visit for details or to purchase tickets, or email for more information. To reserve tickets now, visit, 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 and ask to be put on the mailing list.

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