While At Quaquanantuck understands that quite a few faithful readers are not currently ensconced in the friendly confines—and are thus prohibited from capturing signs of spring in photos and sending them in—this column is also aware that there are many readers currently making their way around these environs and noting here and there the many little indicators that the new season, if not fully sprung, is at least in the act of taking its verb form and, yes, springing.
It is to those people that At Quaquanantuck addresses this entreaty: when you witness any phenomena or scenes that speak to you of spring, please take a photo and send it in to AtQuaq@gmail.com so that it can be shared here for the enjoyment of both those who are fortunate enough to be in situ at present and those who are not but wish they were. Meanwhile, sincere gratitude goes out to those regular contributors of photos who continue to bring this column such stunning visual reminders of the beauty of our surroundings in all the seasons of the year.
“Man of La Mancha” a Triumph for Hampton Theatre Company
The Hampton Theatre Company production of Dale Wasserman’s “Man of La Mancha”—the company’s first fully staged musical for adults in its 34-year history—opened last weekend at the Quogue Community Hall to standing ovations and rave reviews. The third play of the HTC’s 2018-2019 season, the show will run through April 7.
In this play within a play, Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes performs a story based on his novel “Don Quixote” for a group of fellow prisoners in a dungeon awaiting a hearing. The score, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, includes the standard “The Impossible Dream,” as well as “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and “A Little Gossip,” among others.
The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 1966: Best Musical; Best Composer and Lyricist; Best Actor in a Musical (Richard Kiley); Best Scenic Design (Howard Bay); and Best Direction of a Musical (Albert Marre).
The cast of “Man of La Mancha” features three HTC veterans: Matthew Conlon in the role of Cervantes/Quixote; Jessica Howard doubling as the Housekeeper and the Innkeeper’s Wife; and James Lotito Jr. playing Carrasco. Taking their first roles with the Hampton Theatre Company are: Anthony Arpino (Innkeeper); Kyle Breitenbach (Muleteer); Andrew Gasparini (Barber/Muleteer); Rick Grossman (Sancho); Sean Jones (Muleteer); Joe Mankowski (Padre); Alyssa Marino (Fermina); Nora Moutrane (Antonia); and Elora Von Rosch (Aldonza).
Playing Sancho, Rick Grossman is reprising the role he played in the recent Broadway national tour of “Man of La Mancha.” As of last Sunday, he has performed this role 250 times.
Edward A. Brennan and HTC Artistic Director Diana Marbury are the directors. Musical direction is by Amy Federico McGrath. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.
“Man of La Mancha” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from March 21 to April 7, 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, April 6, 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. Offered in association with the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, a special lunch and theater package is available for the Saturday matinee on April 6. For information about all packages and available discounts, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about library dinner and theater packages is also available through the libraries.
To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.
“Global Health Issues” Are Focus of March 30 Great Decisions Discussion
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, sponsored by the Quogue Library and moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will meet for the first time in 2019 at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the QFD firehouse on Jessup Avenue, which is so graciously hosting many library programs while the facility on Quogue Street is undergoing extensive renovations. The topic of discussion on March 30 will be “Global Health Issues.” Good idea to register early by calling 631-653-4224.
According to the FPA, the collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellness persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease.
All nations also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important—if not more so—than the last in determining well being across the globe.
A helpful glossary of important terms and abbreviations for the discussion of global health issues is available by clicking here. These very popular programs tend to be quickly oversubscribed, so all interested in attending are urged to register at your earliest convenience by calling the library at 631-653-4224.
Foreign Policy Association 2019 Briefing Books are available at the library outpost on Midland Avenue, for loan or for purchase at $22 per copy.
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org.
Shakespeare in Southampton
Now that the dangerous ides of March have passed, fans of the Bard of Avon and those who might like a brief introduction to Shakespeare in an informal setting are invited to “A Shakespeare Sampler” in Southampton at the Rogers Memorial Library at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.
Rosemary Cline and Andrew Botsford, two actors familiar to Hampton Theatre Company audiences over the past few decades, will be taking a non-scholarly approach in a brief program as they talk about the Bard and some approaches that actors might take to his sonnets, scenes and soliloquies. For more information or to register, visit the Rogers Library website by clicking here, or go to www.myrml.org and go to the Events page.
Fairy Dell Boardwalk Reopens at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
The QWR’s Fairy Dell Boardwalk, located just south of the Refuge proper, is now open sunrise to sunset (no dogs or bicycles, please).
The rebuilding of the Fairy Dell Boardwalk was made possible through a matching grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (rdlgfoundation.org). Folks are invited to take a walk on the boardwalk and enjoy the peace, the views, and learning from the signage along the way. The Refuge has expressed sincere gratitude to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, as the grant not only allowed the QWR to rebuild the much missed boardwalk, but also covered the inclusion of educational signage about the local history of the area, and flora and fauna along the walk.
This catwalk through beautiful tidal wetlands of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge traversing the historic Fairy Dell Tract along the headwaters of Quantuck Creek was in need of reconstruction due to dilapidation and decaying wood. The 1,500-foot-long boardwalk overlooks Quantuck Creek at three terminal platforms. The Fairy Dell is the local name for the headwaters of Quantuck Creek.
Strollers on the boardwalk will typically observe various birds, see an osprey nest, and encounter a variety of habitats and plants. The boardwalk complex was first built over the winter of 1983-84, and over the decades since, summer ecology camp kids, guided groups, independent visitors and birders have enjoyed exploring there. This wonderful teaching spot provides a beautiful area to observe wildlife, and encompasses a very different habitat from the main sanctuary property.
At Quaquanantuck joins the Refuge in expressing gratitude to Anthony Bonner & Sea Level Construction for the beautiful work, Quogue & Westhampton Beach Historical Societies for assisting in the historic research of the area, and Land Use Ecological services for donating their time helping us the QWR obtain the proper permits for the boardwalk. It is hoped that all the residents and visitors who visit the Fairy Dell section of the Refuge will be respectful of this wonderful treasure, and help to ensure that the new improvements hold up for many years to come.
Cuisine of Holland This Week at Inn Spot on the Bay
At the Inn Spot on the Bay, cheffes Colette and Pam will be preparing a menu of dishes from Holland for Friday and Saturday evening, March 29 and 30. Many sophisticated diners are familiar with such dishes as rijsttafel and pannenkoeken, but who can guess at what flavors might be involved in an appetizer called erwtensoep, or an entree of lekkerbekje & orlogg?
Head over to the Inn Spot just north of the Ponquogue Bridge this weekend to find out. It’s the perfect opportunity to go Dutch treat. Visit www.theinnspot.com/internationaldiningseries to find out more.
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