Next Season Draws Nigh

Although we seem to have had very little in the way of any extended autumn weather, with Halloween coming up next week it’s time to face the fact that the so called “holiday season” is almost upon us. The best course of action, for now, would seem to be to stay in the moment and take them one at a time, as they arrive.

With luck, At Quaquanantuck will receive some photos from next week’s Ghost Parade down Jessup Avenue. (That’s more than a hint; it’s a request.) Then we can give Halloween its due and start gearing up for Thanksgiving.

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Birds working: a phenomenon typically encountered when one does not have a fishing rod handy.  —A. Botsford Photo

It was very gratifying to receive a good deal of positive feedback on last week’s discussion of plastic in general, and balloons specifically, marring the beauty of our beaches, posing a threat to sea life, and otherwise degrading the environment. So gratifying, in fact, that At Quaquanantuck is planning to offer commentary on a few other environmental and conservation issues in coming weeks. Stand by.

This week, though, seems like a good time to try a column that is long on photography and a bit more economical in verbiage.

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Terrance Fiore, Cesa Pledger, Amanda Griemsmann, Connor Antico and Matthew Conlon in “A Comedy of Tenors.” —Tom Kochie Photo

“A Comedy of Tenors” Opens This Week at Community Hall
Tonight, Thursday, October 25, is the opening night for Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of the 2018-2019 season at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. The show will run for three weekends, through Sunday, November 11.

Featuring several characters from Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning sendup of the opera world,  “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.

As many faithful HTC theatergoers already know, 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 are required by November 2.Visit hamptontheatre.org for details or to purchase tickets, or email terry@hamptontheatre.org for more information. To reserve tickets now, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Mind If We Play Through? Book Discussion Saturday at Library
What are the components that, taken together, make a nine-hole golf course a standout? Or, to bring the topic into a more local perspective, why would the Quogue Field Club nine-hole course earn the number six spot in the list of the top 25 in the U.S. highlighted in “The Finest Nines” by Anthony Pioppi?The Finest Nines

At the local level, this question is not for golf geeks only; the answers illuminate a number of interesting elements of Quogue history. That’s why golfers and non-golfers alike will want to be on hand at the Quogue Library on Saturday, October 27, at 4 p.m. when Mr. Pioppi will discuss his book, some interesting details about the history of the Field Club course, and the criteria he used to come up with the rankings in “The Finest Nines.”

For those interested in making a pilgrimage to other courses that made the cut for Mr. Pioppi’s book, the author also details the best way for golfers to play each course.   

There will be a wine and cheese reception along with a book sale and signing after Saturday’s discussion. Call 631-653-4224 to register.

Library Prepares to Make Major Transition
Those attending the book discussion on Saturday and regular library patrons generally will likely notice many signs that the library is rapidly nearing the beginning of the first phase of the renovation and expansion project that has been in the works for many months now. The lobby carpet has been removed and pictures are off the walls in most of the rooms.

The plan is for the library to be closed in November for the renovation and construction work, and the staff is working hard to meet that deadline. During the construction, library services will be offered at the small office next door to the post office. Thanks to the gracious kindness of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department, many programs requiring more space than the Midland Street outpost offers will be held in the Fire Department’s meeting room. At Quaquanantuck will do its best to keep readers in the loop.

Meanwhile, patrons are encouraged to follow the progress of the library renovation on its website, www.quoguelibrary.org, where  information and photos will be posted.

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Quogue School third graders Caleb Ali (striped pants), Logan Regan, and Gus O’Callaghan prepare to step off in the Fun Run portion of the Hudsy 5K event last Saturday to benefit the Quogue School Heart Links project. Cheryl Regan (blue tank) is Logan’s mom. —Sandra Beuerlein Photo

Guess the Weight of the Quogue Library Pumpkin; Win a Pie!
As observant Quogue residents have no doubt noticed, 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 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.


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Quogue Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann offered an Anti Bullying presentation at the Quogue School on October 18. —Jeff Ryvicker Photo


Safe Halloween at Quogue School to Raise Funds for 106th Rescue Wing
The Quogue School PTA is having a Safe Halloween Fundraiser open to the public on Friday, October 26, to raise money to support local troops. For this fundraiser, timed to the upcoming Veterans Day Celebration assembly at the school at 2 p.m. on November 9, the school is setting a goal to raise $3,000 in order to support a soldier seeking treatment at the Elk Institute.

The Quogue School “Safe Halloween” for students, community members and neighboring communities will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Ticket holders for the safe Halloween night will find classroom doors designated as the “trick or treating” stops and volunteers in costumes will be handing out candy at each stop. Tickets for the Trick or Treat walk are $10. There will also be a “spooky walk” that is all about tricks, without the treats. Spooky Walk tickets are $5 per person.

All are encouraged to attend. Those who cannot attend but who would like to support the cause and help the PTA hit the $3,000 mark are encouraged to contact kmccarthy@quogueschool.com.  

The Elk institute is a non-profit organization that was established to provide mental health treatment to U.S. military. The institute specializes in psychological trauma (PTS, PTSD) in the military and provides services at no cost to the soldiers. Westhampton’s Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing works closely with this institute and provides wellness and treatment to their soldiers. The Safe Halloween fundraiser is intended to help cover additional costs of a soldier’s PTSD treatment.

In addition, the school would like to honor any and all veterans in the community to attend the November 9 assembly. Veterans are asked to contact, and families are invited to submit the names of veterans to be recognized—even those who have passed on—to kmccarthy@quogueschool.com.

Monarchs of the Glen
Monarchs of the Glen.                                                                      —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Enchanted Forest Trail Walks Start Next Weekend at 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 quoguewildliferefuge.org/events.

Going Batty at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Just in time for Halloween, a 45-minute presentation titled “All about Bats” will be offered at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. batThe presentation will include a discussion of bat anatomy and their amazing physical adaptations, various lifestyles of bats from all over the world, including Long Island, and their ecological importance to the planet.

Attendees will also learn about the threats bats are facing, and how to help. The program includes a PowerPoint presentation, as well as various artifacts such as taxidermy bats, a bat skeleton, posters, and a bat fossil replica. There will be time for a Q & A after the presentation. Call 631-653-4771 for more information or to register.

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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