Go Fourth and Be Happy

Many are the joys of summer, a magnificent buffet to be sampled and savored as the sun-soaked days slip by all too swiftly. Regrettably, although a feast of this magnitude has more than enough bounty for all to share, some guests arrive at the banquet toting attitudes best left behind in the more contentious climes whence they have come. 

At the beginning of this holiday week, At Quaquanantuck pulled up to the eastern end of Quogue Street where it meets Montauk Highway, at what has always been all too sadly, and accurately, referred to as Dead Man’s Curve. Just then a pickup truck heading west on the highway made a left turn onto Quogue Street, prompting the driver of an eastbound Audi station wagon more than five car lengths away to lean on his horn. 

After one long, angry blast as the pickup truck cleared the highway, the driver of the Audi pounded the horn again, and then again with an even longer blast, even though the pickup truck was now approaching Shinnecock, as if to announce his righteous presence with authority and to make sure that anyone and everyone in hearing range was fully aware of how furious and unhappy he was that the truck had crossed his path. It occurred to me that I could not remember the last time I had heard a car horn sounded in anger in Quogue. Must be summer.

Tide Time
When tide and time are right: harvesting by Ponquogue Bridge. —A. Botsford Photo

At Quaquanantuck wishes one and all a happy, and safe, celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. And while we remember the great courage and the sacrifices required to establish, and maintain, our democracy, let’s also remember that there seems to be a fair amount of impatience and anger that comes with the increased population density of summer, so let’s all be careful, and considerate, out there. 

For the Quogue Association, Everything Is Just Ducky
Only one week to go until the Quogue Association’s annual Duck Race on July 14, rain or shine. The Association is encouraging everyone to watch out for “Dougie Duck” and his friends all around town; last year he was found by the lad in the photo below, who took him to the beach. When picking up your duck, or ducks, remember—if you haven’t done so already—to renew your membership with the Quogue Association, whose members are committed year-round to enhancing the quality of life in our village.duck finder

Racing ducks can be obtained all around the village, especially Saturday mornings in front of the Post Office and Saturday lunchtime in front of the Quogue Country Market, which is, happily, now open again under new management. Single ducks, Quack Packs, Ducky Dozens, Quack Sacks, and Quoggles are available, and all the funds raised after covering the cost of the swell party at the finish line go to the Association and all the good works and programs it underwrites. 

The Quogue Association is committed to good stewardship and respecting the environment, so all ducks will be gathered up and recycled for next year’s race. More details on the race and the party at the Village Dock in next week’s column. 

“Haywire” Trunk Show at New Venue July 5 and 6
This year for the first time, Raenell Murray, proprietor of the former Haywire store, will have the first of her annual summer Trunk Sales at her new house at 9 Stone Lane in Quogue on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. All are invited, as are their friends and houseguests, and their houseguests’ friends, and so on.

At left, a classic Haywire party top and signature French trousers; right, lightweight cashmere shawls and magnetic pins Raenell designed as fasteners.

On sale will be cashmeres, “those fabulous French trousers,” dressy jackets, raincoats, jewelry, and many tops “for casual and cocktails,” plus the ever popular sale room. Raenell takes Visa and MasterCard, checks and cash. For more information, call 631-283-2809. The other show dates this summer will be Thursday, August 8, and Saturday, August 31, at the Quogue Field Club. 

QWR Wild Night for Wildlife Coming Up Next Week
The 13th annual Quogue Wildlife Refuge “Wild Night for Wildlife” gala will be held this year on Saturday, July 13, once again on the grounds of the wildlife sanctuary. The most important fundraiser of the year for the Refuge,  this event provides a major portion of the QWR operating budget. This year’s very deserving honoree is Kevin Crowe.  

This year’s gala will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by Justin of Justin’s Chop Shop, cocktails, local wine and beer, live music by Noiz, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. A private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. For more information, call 631-653-4771.

“Fantastic Frogs!” Program at QWR Friday, July 5
Kids age 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult can learn all about native frogs of Long Island and their calls and sounds on Friday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Participants will also design and decorate musical wooden frog instruments to take home, and head outdoors for a short exploration in search of some native frogs.

Reservations and prepayment of the $10 per child fee are required. For reservations, call 631-653-4771, or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org

Program on Invasive and Native Plants at Wildlife Refuge July 8
July 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm Luke Gervase of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) and Quogue Wildlife Refuge staff will offer a program on Long Island invasive and native plants on Monday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in a floating classroom presentation and a hike around the Refuge. 

While exploring the property, participants will have the chance to learn about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and what measures can be taken to stop the spread of these nuisance species. The event is a part of the New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW).

Participants are asked to bring: sunblock, sunglasses, hat, muck boots or waders, and to please apply insect repellent before arriving. Canoes and life vests will be provided. To register, call 631-653-4771 or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org.

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Betsy Rowe, center, with Cristina and David Kepner, who were honored with the Dorothy Pell Savage Good Samaritan Award at last weekend’s “An Evening in Positano” benefit for East End Hospice. —Ellen Wolff Photo, for Guest of a Guest
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Missy Lynch, left, and Marcia Bradley at the “Evening in Positano” East End Hospice gala last weekend. —Ellen Wolff Photo, for Guest of a Guest

Rev. Richard McCall Leading Services July 7 to July 21 at Atonement Church
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will return to officiate at services at the Church of the Atonement for three weeks starting Sunday, July 7. He and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, IN. They have a daughter Anne and son-in-law Myles in New Orleans, a son Ross and daughter-in-law Liz in Atlanta, and a daughter Emily, son-in-law Trent and grandson Parker nearby in Bloomington. 

This Sunday, July 7, a Holy Eucharist service will be offered at both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; all are welcome. The Episcopal church is located at 17 Quogue Street.
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 m.vogel@verizon.net.

A tabletop designed by Westhampton Garden Club members.

At left, three Floral designs by Westhampton Garden Club members for the 2019 Flower Show; right, some Horticulture specimens from Garden Club members. —Photos courtesy of Lynda Confessore

Library Sponsoring First Annual Quogue Artists Open Studio Tour
The Quogue Library Art Committee has announced that the first annual Quogue Artists Open Studio Tour will be offered on Sunday, July 21, from noon to 4 p.m. Nine local artists will open their studios for the tour, and while the artwork is for sale, visitors are welcome to simply come and enjoy the experience of seeing art in the different spaces where it is created. 

Quogue artists whose studios will be featured on the tour are: Steve Alpert, Ellen Ball, Maria Boulan, Margot Carr, Donna Levy, Lulie Morrisey, Laurel Sucsy, Susan Cushing and Alice Vlcek. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the library outpost on Midland Avenue. 

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 through July 10 at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street in Quogue.

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Bob Paul Kane, “Untitled 505,” collage, 22.75 x 19.5.

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