More Is Better

Sometimes climate change becomes so obvious and in-your-face that it can seem overwhelming and leave one feeling adrift and powerless.

At Quaquanantuck is referring, of course, to the rhetorical climate change that has altered so much of the political landscape over the past few years and sometimes seems poised to inundate some of the basic mechanisms of democracy.

Looking west from Shinnecock Inlet, November 7, 2018.                                 —Patricia Prentis Photo

But, if nothing else, the midterm elections of this week offer hope for the future, not so much in terms of shifts, or remaining, in power as in the encouraging increased participation in the electoral process. No matter how divided the different factions may be, at least people on both sides at long last care enough about the candidates and their positions to vote.

The low levels of voter turnout in the world’s greatest democracy—with less than half of registered voters casting ballots in most elections, and registered voters representing only part of the total citizenry— have been appalling and shameful. The only way to guarantee truly representative government is to have everyone who is eligible to vote getting registered and turning out to cast their ballots in every election, at every level. Voting is how democracy works. Onward!   

Edward A. Brennan and Cesa Pledger in “A Comedy of Tenors” at Quogue Community Hall.             —Tom Kochie Photo

Last Chance to See “A Comedy of Tenors”
The Hampton Theatre Company production of Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors” has just five more performances, starting with tonight’s show at 7 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. Tickets have been selling fast, but there are likely some good seats available for the Saturday matinee at 2:30.

An “overturned barrel of frenetic fun” (Southampton Press) with plenty of plot twists, “A Comedy of Tenors” offers “laughter at every turn, and the audience was in stitches for most of the evening” (The Independent).

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.

Winner pumpkin
Big Pumpkin; Little Winner

The great pumpkin outside the Quogue Library’s Campaign Headquarters at 4 Midland Street was dutifully positioned for the big weigh-in on Saturday, November 3, tipping the scales at 75.6 pounds. The closest estimate came from a diminutive guesser named Rylee, seen at right above, with her brother Ryan, at left, who would no doubt like to share the victor’s spoils of a Briermere pie.—Photo courtesy of Quogue Library

Autumn Reflections on Nature at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
On Saturday, November 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer an afternoon of fireside poetry reading in the Nature Center, hosted by local poet and published author Maggie Bloomfield.

This will be an Open Reading for poets, listeners and friends addressing the topic of “Celebrating Nature and Our Local Environment.” All are encouraged to bring a poem of their own, a favorite by someone else, a very short essay to read, or just to stop in to enjoy the proceedings and the fellowship. All ages, including children, are invited to read.

Cookies and tea will be served, and there will be a short intermission. Registration is requested for this family friendly event; call 631-653-4771 to reserve. For more information, visit

Enchanted QWR bats
Education and Enchantment on QWR Forest Trail Walks

Six-year-olds Kylie Buccello of West Islip (left) and Erik Vuik of Hampton Bays (right) get an up close introduction to bats from the Bat Lady, Susan Ruocco, at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Enchanted Forest event on Saturday, November 3.—Photo courtesy Quogue Wildlife Refuge

QWR Seeking Part-Time Maintenance Worker
To learn more about qualifications, responsibilities, hours and salary, visit, or call 631-653-4771.

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