One Holiday to the Next

Continuing in the joyful spirit of giving thanks, At Quaquanantuck is grateful this week for the three missives received in response to the question: What are some of the things about Quogue that stir the greatest amount of gratitude in you?

Happily—although this was not my intention in posing the question—this weekly column, “both text and photos,” was mentioned in two of the responses. Barbara Valk (née Burke) went on to note: “The beauty of the landscape which is both dramatic and subtle, ranging from a wild surf to beach roses in June. I’m also thankful for memories of friends and family and some wild and woolly characters!”

Nov 25 surf
No shortage of wind-whipped surf as fall 2018 yields to winter.              —A. Botsford Photo

Peter Mullan, son of the late Nancy Mullan, expressed his gratitude for “the joys of Quogue and all its contributors.”

And Florrie Morrisey, whose stunning photographs often adorn this column (and stir tremendous gratitude in the heart of the author), wrote that: “Every day the Atlantic, Peconic and Shinnecock’s bountiful wildlife and beauty inspire me as I wake each morning to be thankful that these gifts from Nature still exist here on the East End. Given the mounting pressure of overuse and abuse from the sheer number of visitors locally, I am especially grateful for those groups and individuals who protect and clean up our fragile environment as best they can. Thank you.”

To which At Quaquanantuck can only say: Amen.

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Extensive clearing on the east and north sides of the library will provide space needed for the expansion.                         —A. Botsford Photo

Quogue Library Marks Major Milestone
Although not open to the general public because of safety concerns related to the uneven terrain rendered by recent clearing and site preparation, a ceremonial gala “groundbreaking” slated for this Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m. at the Quogue Library on Quogue Street will mark a milestone in the library’s major renovation and expansion project, as well as the massive fundraising effort undertaken to support it.

The ceremony will be captured in photographs for the press and the archives as the start of an exciting new chapter in the library’s storied history. Demonstrating that this kind of project truly “takes a village,” and then some, on hand and donning hard hats will be Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Quogue Village Mayor Peter Sartorius and members of the Village Board of Trustees, Quogue Fire Chief Chris Osborne, Quogue Police Chief Chris Isola, Quogue School Superintendent Jeffrey E. Ryvicker, and representatives from the Quogue Historical Society and the Westhampton Garden Club.

Representing the library will be President Barbara Sartorius and members of the board, along with the heads of key committees made up of residents who give their time and talents to the library: the Film Feast, the Art Committee, and Foreign Policy Association liaisons. Project “vendors” will also be present, representatives of Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Arias Design Landscape Architects, and contractor Anthony Bonner.

Full Day of Library Programs Saturday at Quogue Firehouse
On Saturday, December 1, the same day as the ceremonial groundbreaking, a packed schedule will mark the beginning of large capacity library programs in their new home base during the renovation project: the Quogue Firehouse.

Lux Radio

Programming for adults at the Firehouse begins with a Traditional Holiday Reading by members of the Hampton Theatre Company and friends at 1:30 p.m. This year’s holiday offering will be a reading of the Lux Radio Theater production of “Miracle on 34th Street.” Featured in the cast and playing multiple roles will be HTC regulars Rosemary Cline, Matthew Conlon, Diana Marbury, George Loizides, and Andrew Botsford, joined by returning special guests Roger Moley and Jim Herbert.

All are welcome and registration is not necessary to attend in the commodious space of the Firehouse.  Hot chocolate, cookies, and cider will be provided for this festive event. Doors open for seating at 1:15 pm.

Later on Saturday will be the very first Film Feast at the Firehouse, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.  

“Mocktails” and dessert will be provided by the library; the feasting begins at 6:15 and the film will be screened at 7:15. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Registration is not necessary to attend.

On Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Firehouse will be the site for another library sponsored program: “Sound Vibration Healing and Meditation.”

The sounds and vibrations of  handmade, therapeutic grade Tibetan singing bowls and gong accompany a guided meditation that can help participants relieve pain, sleep deeply, and experience a deep, peaceful sense of calm. Enter through the front door of the Firehouse for this deep relaxation program. Parking is in the back of the firehouse or on the street spaces available in front.

Call 653-4224 to register or email

Also at the Firehouse, library sponsored yoga sessions will still be offered on Fridays at 10:15, on December 7, 14, 21 and 28. All are asked to bring a yoga mat and water. A fee of $10 is payable at the door.

Upcoming adult programming at the library’s Midland Street outpost includes a series of “Mind Stretchers” lifelong learning programs on Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 from 2 to 3 p.m.  

Casual trivia games, card games or board games will be offered in a relaxed and friendly setting, with the selection varying weekly, depending on the number of people playing. There will be prizes for winners, and no registration is needed.

Library patrons can check the Events Calendar at and web alerts will continue to be posted on all activities. The events calendar also will be posted in various community locations.

On Monday, December 3, the library will resume operations and phone service in the Midland Street satellite headquarters, with staff on site to order and check out books, DVD’S and audio books. A children’s corner, adult reading area and a public computer will be available. Tech services will remain by appointment. The satellite office hours and days of operation will be announced prior to the opening.

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Sleepy snowy owl; November 22, 2018.                                                   —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Holiday Open House & Market Saturday at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
All in the community are invited to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for a Holiday Party for adults and families on Saturday, December 1, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Participants can make a holiday ornament to take home, enjoy hot chocolate, light refreshments, other crafts, and holiday music by a toasty fire. There will be opportunities for holiday shopping from a selection of QWR apparel and gifts, World Village Fair Trade gift items, Maria Daddino stained glass, hand carved walking sticks by Randy Dean, and more arts and crafts from local artists.

A Storytime for the little ones will also be offered at this free celebration; reservations preferred by calling 631-653-4771. All are also invited to bring along their favorite holiday treat to share.

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Artists Margot Carr, Ellen Ball, Veronique Louis, and Holland Cunningham at the Quogue Gallery on Saturday, November 24.

Quogue Gallery Exhibition Features Four Artists from Our Community

The Quogue Gallery is presenting “Quogue in Common,”  the work of four Quogue artists for its final exhibition of the 2018 season. The exhibition features painters Ellen Ball, Margot Carr, and Holland Cunningham, and photographer Veronique Louis. The exhibition opened last weekend and will be on view until December 31, 2018 at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street.

Ellen Ball makes large-scale mixed media paintings rendered on Belgian linen, featuring iconic female forms, elaborate patterns, and inspired uses of metal leaf, cutting, collage, and oil paints. The work references graphic design, Arabic tiles and mosaics, fashion photography, and the barrage of disposable imagery in today’s media. All of these call to mind cultivated interpretations of perfection, beauty, the female form, sex symbols, icons, and idols.

Ellen Ball
Ellen Ball: “Gold December,” oil, paper, gel, lacquer and gold leaf on Belgian linen, 24” x 18”.

Margot Carr is an oil painter who has been a summer resident of Quogue her entire life. Her works are inspired by the cobalt blue skies and cadmium green lawns of the East End of Long Island. “I paint to capture a moment of sunlight upon oceans, lawns, marshes and architecture,” the artist says, “leaving areas unfettered to allow my viewers to complete the details in their minds and react based upon their own visual experiences.”

Margot Carr
Margot Carr: “Beach Chairs,” 2018, oil on canvas, 24” x 24”.

Holland Cunningham is an Abstract Expressionist painter with studios in New York City and  Quogue. Her inspiration comes from a passion for plein air painting as well as classic paintings of the Renaissance and other periods that serve as a springboard for her conceptual abstractions on paper and canvas. In a review of her exhibition at the Quogue Gallery in the summer of 2015, Charles A. Riley II of Hamptons Art Hub wrote, “Cunningham manages to paint big on relatively modest planes of paper and canvas. Her palette is similar to Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Dan Christensen, and Cy Twombly … But the linear grammar is pure Hans Hoffmann and Robert Motherwell.”

Holland Cunningham
Holland Cunningham: “Crystie 64,” 2018, oil on canvas, 36” x 24”.

Veronique Louis has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, but her true passion lies in capturing nature’s diverse yet simple beauty. Searching through her lens for nature’s simplicity, the artist attempts to reproduce everything from the spectacular to the too-often overlooked.   

Veronique Louis
Veronique Louis: “Day Break,” 2017, photograph on aluminum, 30” x 45”.

Winter hours at the Quogue Gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.

Fall Leaf Pickup Underway, Ends December 15
Only a few more weeks remaining for the annual fall leaf pickup in our village. The rules are the same as in past years: no bagged leaves—they won’t be picked up; no brush, twigs, branches, or lawn clippings mixed in with the leaves; leaves must not be piled around fire hydrants or utility equipment. Leaves must be on the shoulder of the road by December 15 in order to be picked up.

There is a provision for property owners and landscapers who remove leaves from a property in Quogue to dump said leaves at the village highway yard, so as to preclude having the leaves blow back into the yard whilst waiting for the village pickup. To discuss such an arrangement, call the Village Office at 631-653-4498.

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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