Say It with Pictures

Tell a writer that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and you just might have an argument on your hands. Perhaps the least aggressive response to this gnarled chestnut would be: assessing the value of one versus the other is essentially dependent on: a) the quality of the picture; and b) the quality of the thousand words.

At that point, the discussion would likely turn to the question of whether objectivity is possible in evaluating the quality of one versus the quality of the other, or whether this kind of analysis can’t be anything other than completely subjective. For a sighted person who cannot read, for example, there is no question which has the greater value.

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                                                                                                                         —Rosemary Cline Photo

Rather than weigh in on this issue, At Quaquanantuck is of the opinion that visual images and words are often beautifully complementary and can also have exceptional value standing on their own. This week’s column offers opportunities for readers to make their own assessments.

Holiday flags B MurrayBob Murray sent this photo attached to an email with no text, providing only this subject line:  “My flags are flying.”

Responding to this column’s request for aspects of life in our village that inspire readers’ gratitude,  Quogue resident Jerry Schwartz weighed in with an email that had as its subject line: “Less is More” (the quotes are his). The text of this email read, in its entirety (quotes are mine this time): “What I like about Quogue, particularly off season —” and the email had four photos attached, three of which are reproduced here.

                                                                                                                 —Jerry Schwartz Photos

On the subject of gratitude, At Quaquanantuck hopes never to miss an opportunity to express tremendous thanks to the men and women of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department and appreciation for the full range of the work they do in service to all of us and our community. Here’s another one, with details provided by Fire Chief Chris Osborne:

On Friday, November 23, a little before 3 in the morning, 5-year-old Gavin Hunt awoke smelling smoke and having difficulty breathing. He quickly alerted his parents, who recognized there was a lot of smoke in the house—way more than could be related to the fire in the fireplace they had enjoyed on Thanksgiving day—at about the same time that the smoke detectors in the house sounded the alarm and signaled the QFD as the family escaped.

As Chief Osborne reported: “November 23 at 2:58 a.m., the QFD responded to a structure fire on Midland. First arriving units reported heavy smoke conditions. Dealing with extreme cold weather conditions and icing while battling a stubborn chimney fire, the department quickly declared it to be ‘under control.’ Mutual aid came from the East Quogue Fire Department, who also battled the elements and a  heavy workload, as brick, ceilings and wall boards needed to be removed to attack the rapidly moving fire. No injuries reported. Homeowners evacuated.”

The Chief noted in his report to At Quaquanantuck that it’s “nice to have talented firefighters to our East. Thank you EQFD.”  He also pointed out, in capital letters, that “SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES.”

Speaking about the person who first noticed the fire and woke the household, Chief Osborne said, “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes … From all the Chiefs and firefighters of the QFD: Amazing job, Gavin Hunt!”

                                                                                 —Photos courtesy Quogue Fire Department

Quogue Library Marks Major Milestone
Always helpful correspondent and Quogue Library Building Committee Chair Lynda Confessore very kindly provided At Quaquanantuck with a quick report and several photos on the ceremonial groundbreaking held last weekend. To wit:

“Big smiles and sunny skies greeted the Quogue Library’s Groundbreaking Ceremony on December 1, marking the start of a long-planned renovation and expansion. Led by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, the gathering included Quogue Village officials, library trustees and staff and volunteer committee chairs, heads of community organizations, the project’s builders, and representatives of the Suffolk County Library System.”

groundbreak Big GroupIn front holding shovels are Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Library Director Lonna Theiling, Library President and Building Committee member Barbara Sartorius, Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, Library Trustee and Building Committee member Paul Mejean, and Lynda Confessore, Building Committee Chair. —Veronique Louis Photo

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—Veronique Louis Photos

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The Schoolhouse Museum is already up on a trailer and ready to move to its new location.                    —Lulie Morrisey Photo

“Miracle on 34th Street” Opens Library Programs at Firehouse
Courtesy of the hospitality of the Quogue Fire Department, Quogue Library programs for children and adults—making gingerbread houses, a staged reading, and a holiday themed Film Feast—were offered on Saturday at the new alternative site for large capacity activities in the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.  

Programming for adults at the Firehouse began with a Traditional Holiday Reading by members of the Hampton Theatre Company and friends. Featured in the cast and playing multiple roles in the staged reading of the Lux Radio Theater production of “Miracle on 34th Street” were HTC regulars Rosemary Cline, Matthew Conlon, Diana Marbury, George Loizides, and Andrew Botsford, joined by returning special guests Roger Moley and Jim Herbert.
—Veronique Louis Photo

Library Programs Continue in Two Locations
Today, 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 will 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 two more Wednesdays, December 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.

As of last Monday, December 3, the library has resumed 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 are available. Tech services will remain by appointment.


great-blue-2-2.jpgThe great blue heron is a master of taking advantage of natural camouflage. 
—Florrie Morrisey Photos

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Annual Appeal
With the new year rushing up at us one week after Christmas, don’t forget that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is making its annual appeal for year-end tax deductible donations. Bear in mind, please, that it is only through the generous support of donors and members that the Refuge can continue to carry out its mission. And remember that, in carrying out its mission, the Refuge gives so much to all of us, in the Village of Quogue and across the East End, in hundreds of different ways all year long.

To find out more about the annual appeal, including the benefits of membership and how to make your donation, visit And, while you’re on the site, be sure to click the “Gift Ideas” tab for some excellent ideas for friends and family at this season of giving.

Conservation for Kids at QWR
A special Conservation for Kids program is slated for this coming Saturday, December 8, at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

The Refuge believes, like many of us, that kids can change the world. And, at this point, it seems they’re going to have to. At Saturday’s program, geared to ages 6 to 11, youngsters can learn about some ways to be a greener kid, and help our environment and the animals that live in it. The program will end with a recycled craft. Reservations required; call 631-653-4771 or visit the Refuge website to register.

Quogue Gallery Features Four Artists with “Quogue in Common”
The Quogue Gallery is presenting “Quogue in Common,” featuring work by painters Ellen Ball, Margot Carr and Holland Cunningham and photographer Veronique Louis for its final exhibition of the 2018 season. The exhibition will be on view until December 31, 2018 at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street.

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 one more week 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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