Given that this week’s column is being posted on June 6, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy, At Quaquanantuck considers it important to take a moment to remember, and honor, all those who took part in this massive, heroic undertaking, those who survived and those who died on the day of the landing and in the subsequent hard-fought Battle of the Hedgerows.
As time passes, it is all too easy to lose sight of what was at stake on June 6, 1944 and the incredible courage required of each and every soldier, all too many in their teens or early 20s. Survivors are now great-grandfathers or great-great-grandfathers if they have families, or veterans in their 90s or over 100, and in the not-too-distant future they will all be gone. But they and their brothers-in-arms who gave up their lives on the beaches and in the fields of Normandy must never be forgotten. Flesh and blood, heart and spirit, on all sides of every conflict, ought never to be relegated only to abstract concepts and mere words inked on the pages of history books.
Voluntary Subscriptions Off to a Great Start: Thank You
At Quaquanantuck is steeped in gratitude this week for all the readers who have seen fit already to pay into the voluntary subscription pool. The gratitude is not so much connected to financial gain as it is to the idea that this column has informational or entertainment value, or both, for people in the community.
While there are analytics available on the number of website “visitors,” which may or may not be included in (or in some way distinct from) the consistently higher number of “views,” this data is several levels above At Quaquanantuck’s interweb literacy level. All I know is that there are more than 220 people receiving an email each time I post a column, and maybe 20 other “followers” who get an automatically generated email when a column goes up, and not even the most popular posts—typically including wedding or other kinds of social photos—have more than 150 visitors in the week after they are posted.
So what does it all mean? Who knows? While it may smack of crassness to some, it is reassuring to At Quaquanantuck, in some old-fashioned way, that there are readers whose appreciation for the column makes them willing to assign a monetary value to it and part with some amount of cash to ensure it continues to be posted.
So far, several of these voluntary subscribers have ponied up more than the suggested annual contribution of $60. They apparently believe, as I do, that the column has value for, and is appreciated by, many readers who, for whatever reason, will not be chipping in to the voluntary subscription pool. In the interest of upholding some sense of good form, starting this week and going forward, readers who want to find out more about voluntary subscriptions should scroll down to the bottom of the column.
To all who read the column—those who are paying to help keep it free for all, and those who simply appreciate it, secure in the knowledge that they will never be required to pay for it—At Quaquanantuck offers heartfelt thanks … and a reminder: This is your column, too, and it only gets better when readers send in photos and news and social items of interest to AtQuaq@gmail.com. A column for the community is at its best when it is at least in some measure created by the community.
Smash Hit “Private Lives” Winds Up Its Run This Weekend
The Hampton Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Noël Coward’s effervescent 1930 comedy “Private Lives” winds up its run with five final performances this week, starting tonight, Thursday, June 6. Due to the very positive critical and popular response to this lively production, tonight’s and tomorrow’s shows are practically sold out, with a few single seats still available, and the final Sunday matinee is also sold out.
There are still good seats available for both the 2:30 matinee and the 8 p.m. evening show on Saturday; visit hamptontheatre.org for more information and to buy tickets.
Long considered one of Coward’s masterpieces, “Private Lives” looks at the volatile chemistry that can draw couples together, and just as easily split them apart. Sparkling with wit and wisdom, the play opens with once-married Elyot and Amanda now honeymooning at the same hotel with their new spouses. When their paths cross, the old spark is reignited and the two impulsively run away to Paris, only to wonder a few days later whether love, jealousy or anger is the hotter passion.
The cast of “Private Lives” features five HTC veterans: Andrew Botsford as Elyot; Rosemary Cline as Amanda; Matthew Conlon (fresh from his role as Cervantes/Quixote in HTC’s “Man of La Mancha”) as Victor; Rebecca Edana as Elyot’s new wife, Sybil; and Diana Marbury as Louise, the maid in Amanda’s Paris flat.
George Loizides directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.
Offered in association with the Quogue Club at the Hallock House, a special lunch and theater package is available for the Saturday matinee on June 8. For information about all packages and available discounts, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.
Quogue Chamber Music Marks 10th Anniversary with Two Groups
The first concert of Quogue Chamber Music’s 10th anniversary season on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall will feature both the Daedalus (String) Quartet and Dorian Wind Quintet, along with guest bassist Max Zeugner in a concert of works by Haydn, Brahms and Harberg.
The Daedalus Quartet has been praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets.” Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Daedalus has impressed critics and audiences alike with the technical finish, interpretive unity and sheer gusto of the gifted musicians’ performances.
Founded in 1961, the Dorian Wind Quintet is one of chamber music’s preeminent and longest continuously active ensembles. They have traveled around the world, concertizing in 48 of the 50 United States and Canada, touring Europe 18 times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. Their commission of George Perle’s Wind Quintet #4 won a Pulitzer Prize for Music. In addition, the members of the group have partnered with the Pro Musicis Foundation to expand outreach efforts in New York City.
Bassist Max Zeugner is Associate Principal Bass in the New York Philharmonic. As a youth in Worcester, Massachusetts, he first took up classical guitar before transitioning to electric bass with a focus on jazz. He then fell in love with classical chamber music and shifted his focus and prodigious talent from jazz to classical and from electric bass to double bass.
The program being performed in Quogue will include the Haydn String Quartet, Op. 50, #5; the Amanda Harberg Suite for Wind Quintet; and the Brahms Serenade #1 in D Major, Op. 11 arranged for wind and string dectet.
Tickets are $110 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; $50 for the concert only; or $5 for students (concert only).
Checks may be made payable to “Quogue Chamber Music, Inc” and mailed to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959. Tickets may also be purchased on the website, www.quoguechambermusic.org or at the box office on the night of the performance. Box office opens at 6:30.
Members of the Westhampton Garden Club attended the installation of fellow member Donna Sessa, second row center (in black, with pearls), as Second Vice President of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State at its annual meeting, held from May 19 to 21. More than 200 representatives of statewide districts attended the three-day event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge, which included a tour of the Long Island Native Plants Initiative Garden; lectures and workshops on varied topics such as Botanic Arts and Nature Photography; and a demonstration of current trends in floral design. The Westhampton Garden Club is an affiliate of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York, itself a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., thus tapping the resources of the largest gardening organization in the world.
Library Hosting Gourmet Pizza Truck Sampler June 8 at Firehouse
Starting out with an Army truck and an idea a few years back, Terry McGuire put together a rolling gourmet pizza parlor. Courtesy of the Quogue Library, Mr. McGuire’s fabulous fare will be stopping at the QFD Firehouse for a special tasting and interview on Saturday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The chef believes in using principally locally sourced ingredients in his fresh fired brick oven pizza. After the tasting, Mr. McGuire will talk about his business idea and working with local producers to make his premier pies. (Check out the awesome Homeslice catering website for more information: homeslicepizza.co.)Cost is $15 for adults; $10 kids; register asap for this event by calling 631-653-4224.
Do You Dare Discover What Your Dreams Are Telling You?
Or maybe you’d just like to learn how to sleep better. On Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. the Quogue Library will host a visit to the Quogue Firehouse from dream expert and author Tzvia Gover, who will teach simple techniques and exercises for restful and relaxing sleep and take part in a question-and-answer period to help participants understand their dreams.
Aromatherapy samples will also be introduced in this evening of self-care. All are invited to bring questions about what different dreams mean. As with all library programs, call 631-653-4224 to register.
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I say an “almost weekly basis” to allow for a few weeks off during the year (beyond the traditional week between Christmas and New Year’s day). I have found that having to write and post the column from far flung locales and foreign nations can take a fair amount of the joy out of travel.
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