The Past, The Future, and Right Now

Here we are: tipped over into 2019, at the beginning of the resolution laden month conventionally thought to be named for Janus, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. Depicted as having two faces, one to look to the future and one to look back at the past, Janus seems the obvious choice to be the deity in charge of January, the month that sits astride the transition from one year to the next.

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Surf Club sunset, January 1, 2019. —A. Botsford Photo

Weirdly, though, according to ancient Roman farmers’ almanacs it was Juno who was the tutelary deity of the month, even if its name, and function, seem tightly tied to Janus and his attributes.

Let there be light. —Lucy Gordon Photo

This January, At Quaquanantuck has a wonderful opportunity to look back and look ahead simultaneously, like Janus, thanks to news from Theresa Fontana, empress of Quogue’s downtown business district. Just before Christmas, Theresa advised this writer that, after 11 years of “success, happiness and community service” The Lily Pad is moving down the street to Theresa’s Quogue Shop next to the Quogue Market.

With her three businesses—The Lily Pad, Little Q and Mr. Q—catering to the needs of all Quoguites large and small, always with an eye to supporting her neighbors and serving the interests of the greater community, Theresa has been an exemplar of good citizenship while providing a positive model of a community minded business. That’s looking back, with appreciation. 

Looking ahead, with excitement, when the consolidation is complete Theresa will reopen in the spring in her new headquarters at 144 Jessup Avenue in the aptly renamed Capital Q. The name is apt not only because Theresa has always been Quogue forward in her thinking and planning, but also because, if our village were to have its own capital, the logical place for it would be in a business on Jessup Avenue that ties together all manner of shoppers’ needs and Quogue identity merchandise.

The Lily Pad, Little Q and Mr. Q are no more; long live Capital Q!

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Art? Or a New Year’s Eve case of the whirlies? You be the judge. —Roger Moley Photo

Continuing with this first column of the new year, let there now be no more of the looking back at the year just passed that dominates everyone’s attention in the runup to New Year’s Eve. And, in these exceedingly unpredictable and less than certain times, it doesn’t seem particularly useful to prognosticate and speculate about the year ahead. Probably best to stay with the here and now, carpe diem, and concentrate on living in the moment.

“On Golden Pond” Opening at Quogue Theater January 10
“On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson will be the second play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season, opening on January 10 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through January 27.

“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are spending their 48th summer together at a summer cottage on a lake in Maine. Norman, now 80, is fighting back against heart palpitations and a failing memory, using mordant wit and a gruff exterior as armor to cover his fears. Although she is clear about what lies ahead, Ethel, 10 years his junior, offers her support by celebrating all the small things that continue to enrich their long life together.

Along with the lake’s longtime mailman, Charlie Martin, they are visited by their divorced, middle-age daughter—long disappointed in her relationship with her father—and her dentist boyfriend, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind in their care. As the summer wanes and family dynamics begin to shift, Norman and Ethel come to understand the power of love in facing down the relentless advance of time.

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George Loizides and Diana Marbury rehearse a scene from “On Golden Pond.” —A. Botsford Photo

First produced Off Off Broadway in 1978, the play went on to have a successful Broadway run in 1979, and an even more successful revival the following season, running for a total of 400 performances. A New York Daily News review called the play “a work of rare simplicity and beauty,” noting that “in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice.”

While many reviews have hailed the “laugh out loud” humor of the play, a critic for Variety summarized “On Golden Pond” as “a rare and memorable theatrical experience.” Writing about a subsequent production, a reviewer for The New Yorker wrote: “What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it!”

Playwright Ernest Thompson wrote “On Golden Pond” when he was 28.  He adapted the play for the 1981 hit film of the same title starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda, winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The most recent Broadway revival was in 2005, with an African American cast led by James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams. Tom Bosley and Michael Learned starred in a 2006-07 U.S. Jack Klugman headlined a 2008 tour.

Mr. Thompson is also known for a second play, “The West Side Waltz,” which opened on Broadway in 1981 and starred Katharine Hepburn.

The cast of “On Golden Pond” features four actors who have appeared in previous HTC productions and two newcomers to the Quogue stage. HTC veterans include: Diana Marbury in the role of Ethel Thayer; George Loizides as Norman; Jane Cortney (last seen in “Hay Fever”) as their daughter Chelsea; and Paul Bolger (last seen in the HTC revival of “Bedroom Farce”) as the mailman Charlie Martin. Making their debuts on the Quogue stage are Wally Marzano-Lesnevich as Chelsea’s boyfriend Bill Ray and Hampton Bays High School student Ian Hubbard as his son, Billy.

Hampton Theatre Company President Andrew Botsford directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

“On Golden Pond” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from January 10 to January 27,  with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, January 26, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening.

The Hampton Theatre Company will again be offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Westhampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries (Quogue details below). Also, offered in association with the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, a special lunch and theater package is available for the Saturday matinee on January 26. For information about all packages and available discounts, visit or email Additional information about library dinner and theater packages is also available through the libraries.

To reserve tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Quogue Library Offers Special Dinner and Theatre Package
While the major renovation project is underway, the Quogue Library is now open at 4 Midland Street Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering almost identical services at a new location. Patrons are asked to call 631-653-4224 to register for all programs.

There is still time to register for the library’s Dinner Theater evening, with dinner at the Quogue Club on Quogue Street prior to the Hampton Theatre Company production of “On Golden Pond” on Thursday, January 24.  Patrons will meet at the Quogue Club for dinner at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show, and the cost is $70 per person. Call the library to register at 631-653-4224.

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Fairy Dell reflections. — Maya Ryvicker Photo

Newly Reopened Fairy Dell Boardwalk  Drawing Photographers
The QWR’s Fairy Dell Boardwalk, located just south of the Refuge proper, is now open sunrise to sunset (with no dogs or bicycles allowed). QWR Program Director Marisa Nelson anticipates scheduling a Grand Opening in the spring.

Meanwhile the rebuilding of the Fairy Dell Boardwalk, made possible through a matching grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (, has provided beautiful access once again to the head of Quantuck Bay, and a lovely spot for photographs in all kinds of light. 

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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Sunset feeding. —Tricia Prentis Photo

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