Vive Les Canards!

Yes, long live the ducks! And now, thanks to the environmental consciousness of the fine folks at the Quogue Association, the hundreds of ducks recovered after being dumped into the Quogue Canal on Sunday for the annual tidal surge to the Village Dock will be scrubbed clean and stored so they can “live” again, year after year and race after race. 

The laudable idea is, ideally, never to add another Quogue Association racing duck to the planet choking plastic waste stream. The effect should be that no one need shy away from purchasing ducks for fear of environmental insensitivity. So one and all should be sure to get the stable of racers they can afford for this fundraising event prior to the big duck drop on Sunday, July 14.

Mallard Family
#realducks: A mother mallard keeps her little ones on the beach, waiting for a slack tide. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Most sources were indicating on Wednesday evening that the festivities will begin at 5:30—the traditional time for the duck dump from the Quogue bridge—and run to 8 p.m., with live music provided by the popular band Souled Out. 

Racing ducks can be obtained all around the village; on Saturday morning look for them in front of the Post Office, and Saturday at lunchtime they will be sold in front of the Quogue Country Market, now open 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. 

At Quaquanantuck is hopeful that amateur and professional photographers will supply this column with photos of all aspects of this event, including the race; the duck recovery operation; the party; the awards ceremony; portraits of the winning duck, etc. Please send photos in a decent size to

swans swimming
#realwaterfowl: Morning swimming lesson against the tide. —Rosemary Cline Photo

The ducks are only one blockbuster event on this week’s very crowded summer calendar. Read on and then rest up; there’s a whole lot going on. 

Time Travel via Taste Buds, Courtesy of Historical Society
Most, if not all, Quogue residents would likely have to travel back in time to figure out what a “Card Cake” might be. The same applies to such delicacies as “Scotch Follies” and “Snow Cakes.” But time travel isn’t possible, right? 

Actually, thanks to the Quogue Historical Society and those stalwart cooks who pick up recipes from the 1922 Quogue Ladies’ Auxiliary cookbook, time travel through the sense of taste will be possible next Thursday, July 18, at a QHS event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. titled: “Community Recipes Remembered: Card Cake, Scotch Follies, and Snow Cakes!”

bridge card cake
Card cake?

The event, co-sponsored by the Quogue Library and scheduled at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue, will also feature a talk by QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene.

Due to the late date of the original announcement, the QHS and the library have extended the invitation to pick up an authentic recipe from the 1922 Quogue Ladies’ Auxiliary cookbook at the library outpost on Midland Avenue and then bring the prepared treat to the Firehouse for what the QHS is calling “a celebration of the past through our taste-buds.” All bakers, cooks and chefs now will have enough time to whip up one of these recipes to allow us to taste our way back to 1922. 

Ms. Greene’s talk will focus on the Ladies’ Auxiliary contributions to funding the construction of the village’s first community house, to the tune of $8,550. The Community House contained a large auditorium, much in demand for card parties, dances, and public meetings. It also had an elegantly furnished “ladies’ parlor,” kitchen, and a bowling alley with two lanes and hand-set pins in the basement. A year after the Community House construction was complete, the Auxiliary published a cookbook to help pay off the building costs. The cookbook included a wide range of recipes contributed by Quogue residents with such recognizable names as Foster, Jessup, Post, and Payne. 

For more information or to register, call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Crime Prevention: Village Police Share What You Should Know
Tonight, Thursday, July 11, Quogue Village Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann and Detective Mike Fruin will present a crime prevention workshop at the Quogue Village Firehouse at 5 p.m. In this program sponsored by the Quogue Library, topics will include: what we can do to keep children safe within the village; how to keep safe from crime during the winter months; and preventing identity theft. 

For more information, call the library at 631-653-4224.

Mandevilla GR (2)
Mandevilla. —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

Cutting the Cord: Television Unbound
A class open to all sponsored by the Quogue Library on Friday, July 12 at 4 p.m. will address the question: Can one get rid of cable television? There has been a lot of discussion recently, both casual and in the media, about “cutting the cord” and ridding households of cable TV and the huge bills that come with it. But, is it possible? Is it cost effective? 

The presentation on Friday will examine the pros and cons of “cutting the cord.” All are encouraged to bring questions. Computers/devices are not needed. For more information, call 631-653-4224. 

Walk on the Wild Side for Wildlife at Refuge Benefit Saturday
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. Auctioneers will be Jim Cramer, author and host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” and Bill Ritter of ABC “Eyewitness News.” Contributors of gourmet delights for the party include Keenan’s Oyster Company, Basic Sugar, Hamlet Organic Farm, Taconic Distillery, Montauk Brewing Co. and Tate’s Bakeshop. 

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.

QHS Hosts a Walk into the Past on Jessup Avenue
On Sunday, July 14, at 4 p.m. (just before the duck race) Quogue Historical Society Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie Greene will once again lead an excursion into the past, this time on a Walking Tour of Historic Jessup Avenue. Jessup AvenueThose familiar with the history of our village are aware that as Quogue grew into a popular summer resort in the 19th century, its small business district on Jessup Avenue prospered. Running north and south between Quogue Street and Montauk Highway, Jessup Avenue, which opened in 1878, is today a hub of business, cultural, and civic activity.

Sunday’s walking tour is limited to 20, and reservations are required. For information and to register, call 631-996-2404, or email

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “The Rise of Populism in Europe”
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, sponsored by the Quogue Library and moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will meet at the QFD firehouse on Jessup Avenue at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, to explore the topic of “The Rise of Populism in Europe.” Always a good idea to register early for these programs by calling 631-653-4224. 

Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit; the same kind of resentment brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. 

In addition to calling for stronger borders, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States and its historic allies. 

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit

“Joan Thorne: Visionary Color and Light” Opens at Quogue Gallery
“Joan Thorne: Visionary Color and Light” will be the second solo exhibition of the summer at the Quogue Gallery. Featuring nine of the artist’s paintings from the 1980s, the exhibition will be on view from July 11 to July 31, 2019; an Artist’s Reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Writing about the paintings in the Quogue Gallery show, art historian Vittorio Colaizzi noted that “these paintings present a sensory richness that invites us to forget everything but our immediate encounter, even as this encounter releases a flood of personal and cultural associations, not least the critical history of space, color, and gesture. The paintings’ simultaneous currency and historical rootedness further demonstrate a key property of painting itself, which is simply that its visual issues are long-lasting, and cannot be resolved or dispensed with by facile solutions or shifts in fashion.”

Joan Thorne, _Aba_, 1982, Oil on canvas, 53_ x 53_
Joan Thorne, “Aba,” 1982, oil on canvas, 53″ x 53″. –Photo courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Work by Thorne was included in the Whitney Museum’s last Annual Exhibition in 1972, the year before the museum shifted its major show to a biennial schedule. The following year, she was given a solo show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 1979, the artist was included in Barbara Rose’s seminal exhibition, “American Painting: The Eighties,” at the Grey Gallery at New York University. And the next year, she was included in an exhibition of critics’ picks at the Grand Palais in Paris, sponsored by the Société des Artistes Indépendents. In 1981, her work was selected for inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. 

Thorne’s work has received laudatory reviews in The New York Times, Art In America, and ArtNews. Museums around the U.S. that have her paintings in their permanent collections include the Brooklyn Museum and the Albright Knox Gallery of Art.

Rev. Richard McCall Leading Services at Atonement Church July 14
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall, who has been at the Church of the Atonement for 20 seasons, will officiate at services this Sunday, July 14, and next Sunday, July 21. He and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, IN. Rev Richard McCall

Services this Sunday, July 14, will be offered at 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

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. 

Donna Levy
Donna Levy, “October Light,” oil on canvas, 30 x 40.

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.  

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