This week, your faithful At Quaquanantuck correspondent is returned from one excursion just long enough to prepare for another, this time to a secluded area of near pristine wilderness in the great north woods where the brook trout beckon and the internet and cybersphere do not intrude. Hence the early release of this week’s column.
Meanwhile, summer life continues apace in our hallowed village, as does construction on the Quogue Library expansion and renovation project.
Latest Update on Library Progress
Thanks once again to intrepid correspondent Lynda Confessore, At Quaquanantuck has the latest update on the progress of the renovation, expansion and restoration project for the Quogue Library: “The framing is being completed rapidly in the good weather and the outlines of the second floor spaces are taking shape. These spaces include administrative offices for staff—bookkeeping, programming, IT maintenance—as well as work stations for clerical tasks, and the first ever staff break room. A staff meeting room on the east perimeter completes the layout.
“By locating these facilities on a second level, space was freed on the first floor for the design of much needed facilities for patron use and services.
“The new entrance opens to a larger more efficient circulation desk/business center, with better storage. The library will now have an Innovation Lab for all ages, a separate Young Adults Room, a small Conference Room for meetings, study, and small group programs, an Adult Browsing Room with book collection stacks and a nearby coffee bar. A small kitchen will service the many wonderful programs in the adjoining Shinnecock Room and the tent in summer.
“The construction crew is working hard to complete the new roofing so that interior work can continue when the weather grows unreliable again. Beautiful new shingling is already gracing the older portions of the library. No more leaking flat roof!”
At left, the front of the library; right, sheathing going on the children’s wing. –Barbara Sartorius Photos
Lynda also noted that new windows are being installed throughout; and the lovely original windows of the 1897 library will be reinstalled as well, with decades of paint layers removed. The 1897 library space is being restored as a room with seating for quiet reading and study as well as book collections and a working fireplace.
“There is still more to come,” Lynda reports, “as planning commences on lighting, interiors, flooring, and the installation of all kinds of systems necessary for a highly functional, safe and secure library for our community.”
Updates and photos are posted regularly—more frequently than readers will likely see in this column, on the Quogue Library website at https://www.quoguelibrary.org; scroll down to the bottom of the home page for the latest updates.
Amalfi Coast in Quogue Saturday, Courtesy of East End Hospice
The eagerly awaited East End Hospice summer gala benefit, “An Evening in Positano,” is coming up this weekend, on Saturday, June 29, from 7 to 11 p.m., with the beautiful grounds of 40 Second Neck Lane standing in, not only ably but magnificently, for the Amalfi Coast.
This gala fundraiser for one of the East End’s most worthwhile causes will feature cocktails and dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs; dancing to the 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 will be awarded this year to Cristina and David Kepner.
Family Barbecue Friday for 2019 Quogue Wildlife Refuge Members
The annual Family Barbecue for 2019 members of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be held this year on Friday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This free event for adults and families who are 2019 Refuge members will welcome the season of summer with a barbecue on the shore by Old Ice Pond. QWR will provide the burgers and hot dogs, guests are asked to bring a dish to share with the crowd. Kayaks and canoes will be available to borrow for self-guided paddles and live music will be provided by Joy & the Weathermen.
Reservations required; call 631-653-4771 or register online at quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Free Safety Checks Available for Boaters
Good news this week for skippers, their crews, and the anxious families they leave at home when they go out on the water:
The information arm of the Quogue Association has alerted At Quaquanantuck that Hampton Watercraft and Marine, the main sponsor of the Association’s annual Duck Race, will be working with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide free vessel safety checks at two locations on Saturday, June 29. All responsible boat owners and skippers should consider getting their vessels checked, bearing in mind that safety checks save lives.
The safety checks, administered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1806, will be available by appointment only from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hampton Bays at the land address 44 Newtown Road and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Eastport at the land address 50 South Bay Avenue. To make an appointment, call Megan at 631-728-8200, or email email@example.com.
Rev. Amy Slater Leading Services on June 30 at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Amy Slater will once again be officiating at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services this Sunday, June 30, at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street. This is Rev. Slater’s third year at the church, which had its first service some 135 years ago, on July 13, 1884.
The Senior Associate Rector at St. Mary’s Church, Arlington, VA, Reverend Slater received her Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Sunday during the summer and all are welcome.
Junior Choir Reminder
All children in the community ages 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir at the Sunday 10 a.m. services at the Church of the Atonement. The choir is led by organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quogue Provides; the Gardiner Family Abides:
As it has for centuries now, Quogue provided the perfect setting for another milestone in the Gardiner family last weekend, when Halsey Winifred Anderson, daughter of Margaret Halsey (Pi) Gardiner and the late Borden Anderson, was joined in marriage to Stephen Douglas Green, son of Mary and the late Donald Green. The weather gods smiled on the couple, and their joy and the love of their friends and family illuminated the beautiful event from within and without. –A. Botsford Photo
Cristina Alger First Up in Library “Conversations with the Author” Series
The much admired and national bestselling author Cristina Alger will launch the 2019 Summer “Conversations with the Author” series sponsored by the Quogue Library on Sunday, July 7, at 5 p.m. on the Quogue Village Firehouse Green.
Ms. Alger will be reading from and talking about “Girls Like Us,” a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice that has been hailed as a must-read summer thriller by the New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, and Parade. “Girls Like Us” is currently in development as a limited television series.
This summer’s series will feature tapas at the reception inside the Firehouse following the reading. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register. Next up, on July 21, will be Heath Hardage Lee, the author of “The League of Wives,” subtitled “The Untold Story of the Women Who Took On the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam.”
Quogue Gallery Exhibition: “Bob Paul Kane: A Dance with Color”
The Quogue Gallery has opened 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 at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street in Quogue.
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.
Sense of place was an important part of his work, and beyond Provincetown, where he spent many summers, the artist 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.
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