Spring in Calendar’s Step

It’s so rewarding for At Quaquanantuck when readers get into the interactive spirit of this column and share their photos, along with bits of wit and wisdom. That’s right, some of the same folks who regularly contribute as well as some first time sharers have answered the call for Signs of Spring this week, helping to usher in the young season for all of us.

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Sign of Spring: Return of the shorebirds. —A. Botsford Photo

Please remember, as noted last week,that there is no such thing as too many photos, so those who have not yet contributed—and those who so graciously already have—are encouraged, when you witness any phenomena or scenes that speak to you of spring, to please take a photo and send it in to AtQuaq@gmail.com.

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Sign of Spring: Baby seal sunning on the beach. —Sally Jennings Photo

Thanks to those mainstays supporting the spectacular year-round quality of life hereabouts—the Quogue Library (courtesy in large measure these days of the Quogue Fire Department’s hospitality) and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge—the early spring can be a very busy time in our village. One need look no further than the weekend ahead for confirmation of this happy observation:

The QWR has rescheduled its special tour of the night sky at Custer Observatory for Refuge patrons; the library is hosting a visit from a Walt Whitman avatar on the Village Green on Saturday; the library’s April Film Feast will be held on Saturday at the Firehouse; an AARP Defensive Driving course sponsored by the library starts at 10 a.m. at the Firehouse on Saturday; singer and songwriter Caroline Doctorow will be leading a program on folk music and an open jam sponsored by the library at the firehouse on Sunday; and that’s only a sampling of the stimulating, educational and culturally enriching events and activities that residents of our fair village can enjoy.

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Sign of Spring: “At Last.” —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

QWR Tour of the Night Sky at Custer Observatory Rescheduled for April 12
Due to a less than salutary forecast, the private viewing of the post vernal equinox night sky for Quogue Wildlife Refuge patrons originally scheduled for Friday, April 5, at the Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, April 12, at the same time.

This event was organized in celebration of International Dark Skies Week, and although it is now one week later, patrons are invited to meet QWR staff at Long Island’s oldest public observatory (est.1927) and the staff from Custer Institute will give a tour of the facilities and the night sky through the powerful telescopes there.

Of course, this program at 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold, 11971 remains weather dependent. The $10 per person fee goes to support the work of the Observatory; cash or check only. Space is limited so preFilm -registration is required. Call 631-653-4771 or click here to register, or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Singing the Body Electric by the Village Gazebo on Saturday, April 13
The Quogue Library will celebrate National Poetry Month with a “Poetry Gathering” open to all on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at the Village Gazebo featuring Walt Whitman impersonator Darrel Blane Ford.D B Ford

Mr. Ford, who has what the library is calling “an incredible passion for history,” has been studying the life of Long Island’s own Walt Whitman since he was 9 years old. On Saturday afternoon, he will be sharing Whitman’s stories and some of his celebrated verse, including excerpts from the legendary collection, “Leaves of Grass.”

Call the library at 631-653-4224 or stop in at the library outpost at 4 Midland Street for more information or to register.

Library Hosting AARP Defensive Driving Course Saturday, April 13
An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered by the Quogue Library at the Firehouse on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. According to the library announcement, the six-hour class is geared toward “adult citizens,” which, given that this is an AARP course, let’s come right out and say it, probably means senior citizens.

Depending upon which company holds your policy, this course can be used for a 10-percent discount on insurance or used for point reductions on your driver’s license. The course is $20 for AARP members; $25 for all others. Those taking the class are asked to bring a check or money order only to class, as no cash can be accepted. As with all library sponsored programs, call 631-653-4224 to register.

Library Film Feast at Firehouse Saturday Features “The Big Sick”
This Saturday, April 13, it’s time for another installment in the monthly Film Feast series sponsored by the Quogue Library at the Firehouse. This month’s selection is “The Big Sick.” Big Sick 

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, “The Big Sick” tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. When what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, it complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

Then, when Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) whom he has never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

The Apatow Productions film was written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon and directed by Michael Showalter. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis called this film “a joyous, generous-hearted romantic comedy that, even as it veers into difficult terrain, insists that we just need to keep on laughing … I fell hard for both Ms. Kazan and Mr. Nanjiani and ‘The Big Sick,’ which tells a great story with waves of deep feeling and questions of identity and makes the whole thing feel like a breeze.”

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. Best to call the library at 631-653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.

Caroline Doctorow Featured at Folk Song Revival and Local Jam Sunday
The Quogue Library’s “Great American Folk Song Revival and Local Jam” featuring Caroline Doctorow will be held on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.C_Doctorow_120_DPI

In her Folk Song Revival, the singer and songwriter will investigate the meaning behind popular and original folk songs. After the concert, residents are invited to join in for a country jam and take the stage along with her to perform a favorite folk song or a song they have written.

Anyone who would like to join in is asked to sign up for a time slot by calling the library at 631-653-4224. Adding some real folk flavor, the library will be serving local jam, biscuits and lemonade. It’s possible that dancing will break out at this event, so audience members who might like to take part are encouraged to don appropriate footwear.

All are welcome; the library would appreciate the courtesy of a call to register so staffers will know how many biscuits to bake.

Voyage to Sag Harbor for Margot Carr Exhibition at Estia’s Little Kitchen
Open since March 20, “Inside Out,” an exhibition of new work by gifted Quogue artist Margot Carr and Southampton’s Melinda Hackett, will be on view at Estia’s Little Kitchen on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike through June 12. A reception for the artists will be held at Estia on Sunday, May 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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“Fence” by Margot Carr.

While the use of sumptuous color unites their work, in this exhibition the two artists approach landscape painting from different directions. Carr’s work studies the summertime world of endless lawns, sky and water rendered from her unique perspective on East End light and atmosphere. Hackett chooses to represent the natural world as a tangled jungle garden of invented species and eclectic perspectives, all represented in a harmonic setting “gently breezing through the picture plane,” according to the gallery.

All works in the exhibition are for sale, with a portion of sale proceeds going to support the Estia Art Fund.

Spring Wildlife Camp Returns to Refuge for Schools’ April Recess
There’s still time to sign up children for the Spring Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge offered during the upcoming April school recess.  

This popular camp program, running from Tuesday through Friday, April 23 to 26 with sessions of different duration offered, is for kids age 5 to 11. The morning session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon; the full-day session also starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. each day.

Both sessions provide hours of immersion in wildlife, along with education and plenty of fun.

A hike and a craft will be offered each day, so parents are asked to dress the young outdoorspersons appropriately for the weather. In addition, all campers should bring an individual snack and drink each day, plus lunch for those who are signed up for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. extended session.

In addition to other activities, children will be able to feed and handle some of the animals that live in the Nature Center.

The morning session fee is $45 per day, or $150 for the four-day program. The extended session fee is $90 per day or $330 for the four-day program. Registration and payment are required in advance. Registration and payment are required in advance; call 653-4771. For more information, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 653-4771.

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Sign of Spring: Tiny seedling in tiny pothole. —Rosemary Cline Photo

Sign Up Now for QWR Summer Field Ecology Program 2019
Although there is a Spring Wildlife Camp coming up April 23 to 26 at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for young nature lovers enjoying the spring recess from school (more info above and by clicking here), the folks at the QWR are currently focusing on early signups for the nine one-week sessions of the children’s Summer Field Ecology program, which will be marking its 50th anniversary this summer.  

With separate programs tailored to first-timers and returning campers in grades two through six; six and seven; eight through 10; and Little Naturalists age 4 to 6, the one-week-per-customer sessions offer hands-on, intense exploration of some of nature’s secrets, always stressing the importance of the natural world and respect for the Earth and its inhabitants.

For all age groups, the Refuge asks that a parent or guardian stay for the brief introduction on the first day of a child’s program, which is held in the Nature Center. Due to limited class size, popularity of the program, and priority registration for QWR members, sessions may fill up. Early signups are encouraged; visit the  early and include completed Application, Medical Form, and Payment. You will be notified as soon as possible if the session is full. For more information and signup forms, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/summer-camps/.

Wildlife Refuge Seeking Summer Help
With the Summer Field Ecology program on the horizon, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is now hiring for summer positions and internships. Job openings include: part-time temporary receptionist; summer camp educator for Summer Ecology program; and summer camp educator for Little Naturalists program.

Summer internship positions include: Summer Ecology program educator; Little Naturalists educator; and Nature Center animal care intern. For more information, call the Refuge at 631-653-4771, click here, or visit the  QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

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