Now It’s Official

With the arrival of the solstice tomorrow, June 21, summer is officially here.

Being nowhere near Quaquanantuck at the moment, let alone at Quaquanantuck, and anticipating the possibility that there might be a skeleton column or no column at all next week, your faithful columnist thinks it best to get right down to it this week.  

So, no pondering the rhythms of life and the seasons this week, no musings about the interplay of culture and community. Let the news speak for itself.

Dolphin beach fog
What a difference some sun can make: Above, Dolphin Beach, Dune Road, shrouded in fog. Below, Dolphin Beach, Dune Road, kissed by the sun. —A. Botsford Photos

Dolphin Beach June 19

Quogue Chamber Music’s 10th Anniversary Concert Hits All the Right Notes
Quogue Chamber Music’s 10th anniversary season kickoff on June 15, featuring both the Daedalus (String) Quartet and Dorian Wind Quintet, along with guest bassist Max Zeugner, was an unqualified success, according to a number of eyewitness reports.

All concurred that “the music was great and the crowd went wild!” There was widespread applause for the distribution of celebratory 10th birthday cupcakes to the audience at intermission. The showstopper was apparently in the second half of the concert, when all 10 top-notch musicians were on stage (standing) playing the Brahms Serenade, a “very romantic” 50-minute opus.

Library Film Feast at Firehouse Saturday Features “The Money Pit”
This Saturday, June 22, 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 1986 film “The Money Pit,” directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. On Saturday, the film will be introduced by Melissa Cook.Money Pit

An echo, if not a straight up remake, of “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House,” the film tells the story of a man whose girlfriend’s ex-husband re-appropriates their love nest, forcing the protagonist (Tom Hanks) to buy a disaster of a fixer-upper out in the suburbs of New York, better known to many sad homeowners as a money pit.

Part of the pleasure is watching the house fulfill the viewer’s worst expectations; as one reviewer wrote: “Doors come off hinges, wiring burns up like a powder trail, baths crash through ceilings, roofs leak. You can see it coming, but it still has the delicious anticipation of the slow burn. And it all gets much worse.”

A review in Time Out London at the time the film came out noted that “director Richard Benjamin has the rare gift of knowing just where the funnybone lies, a certain taste for Keaton-esque slapstick, and a very fine comic performer in Hanks.”

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.

Garden Club Flower Show Next Week on Quiogue
The Westhampton Garden Club’s 2019 Flower Show, “Bees and Flowers United For Life,”  is open to the public with free admission on Monday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church, 90 Meeting House, Road in Quiogue.pollinator

Beautifully composed exhibits organized around floral design, horticulture and conservation will celebrate nature’s beauty, the vital role of pollinators and the importance of protecting the environment.

The mission of the Westhampton Garden Club is to stimulate love and knowledge of horticulture, floral design and gardening by educational meetings and shared experiences; to enhance and protect the beauty of the community and to promote the conservation of native plants, woodlands, open spaces, and waterways. For more information, visit

Seasonal Services Start This Weekend at Historic Church
The Church of the Atonement, which had its first service July 13, 1884, will open for the first services of summer 2019 this coming Sunday, June 23, with the Reverend Amy Slater officiating this week and next.

The Senior Associate Rector at St. Mary’s Church, Arlington, VA, Reverend Slater received her Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Tom, have a daughter, Sarah, who is pursuing her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a son, Austin, who plays professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants’ Triple A affiliate in Sacramento. During the off season, Austin is a student at Stanford University.

All children in the community ages 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and Choir Director. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. The Episcopal church is located at 17 Quogue Street.

Quogue Gallery Starts Summer 2019 Season with Bob Paul Kane Exhibition
The Quogue Gallery is opening its summer exhibition schedule with “Bob Paul Kane: A Dance with Color,” highlighting the late artist’s works on canvas and paper dating from the 1960s to the 2000s. The exhibition will be on view from June 22 to July 10, 2019; an opening reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street in Quogue on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bob Kane Untitled 541 Watercolor, 22_ x 30_
Bob Kane, “Untitled 541 Watercolor,” 22 x 30.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1939, Kane spent a short time at Cornell University before finding his way to the artists colony at Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1956. In the fall of that year, the aspiring artist discovered the classes of Will Barnet at the Art Students League in New York City. Barnet, a widely respected and longtime artist and teacher, was the single most important influence on Kane’s career.

Sense of place was an important part of his work, and beyond Provincetown, where he spent many summers, he also returned repeatedly to Italy and France. The Mediterranean inspired many paintings that captured the colorful breeziness and festive atmosphere of such coastal towns as Positano, Nice, and Menton.

His works are included in more than 30 museum permanent collections. Recent inclusions were in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in 2012 at the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.

East End Hospice Gala Brings Positano to Quogue June 29
Speaking of  Positano (see Quogue Gallery reference above), East End Hospice will be kicking off the summer benefit season on Saturday, June 29, with “An Evening in Positano” from 7 to 11 p.m., set amid the beautiful grounds of 40 Second Neck Lane.

This fabulous social event benefiting one of the East End’s most worthwhile causes will feature cocktails and dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs; dancing to the fabulous sounds of the A&K band; casino games, and a spectacular silent auction. The honorary chairperson is Sally Richardson; master of ceremonies will be Lucas Hunt. The 20th annual Dorothy Pell Savage Good Samaritan Award this year goes to Cristina and David Kepner.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here or go to There are other ways to offer support as well. Anyone interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, donating a silent auction or gift bag item; placing an ad in the gala journal; or underwriting the benefit should contact Theresa Murphy at 631-288-7080.

Links Titans Face Off in Annual Van Murray Scramble
The Champions of the 2019 Van Murray Scramble at the Quogue Field Club, with a gross score of 30, were Ted Necarsulmer, Zach Crane, Tyler Morgan, and Clint Dewey. The runners-up this year, with a gross score of 31, were Peter Imber, Bobby Kaynor, Si Anthony III, and Eli Manning.

Low net winners this year, with a net score of 22.5, were Chester Murray, Christy Murray, Sue Richardson, and Matt Morgan.

Congratulations to all the winners, and also to everyone who played and made this scramble a great event again this year.

Asphalt Shore Bird
Shorebird on an asphalt beach. —A. Botsford Photo

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