Celebration and Desecration

The best of times and the worst. That’s the only way to describe the way last week went for the fine folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday, thanks to support from sponsors, patrons, and local businesses, the annual Wild Night for Wildlife was a spectacular success, with great turnout and record breaking live and silent auctions.  

Then, on Tuesday morning, Program Director Marisa Nelson reports that staffers found that the bald eagle was not in his enclosure. Surveillance cameras at the QWR revealed that a person entered and cut the fence around the enclosure and  the bird was taken between 2:15 and 4:15 a.m.

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Sam, the resident bald eagle at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, was taken from his enclosure this week. —photo courtesy of QWR

QWR personnel are working with the Quogue Police Department and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers and have notified Suffolk County SPCA. Bald eagles are federally protected and state and federal permits are required in order to possess one of these birds.

“We are really just hoping that he comes back safely to us,” Ms. Nelson said. “But time is of the essence. Sam the bald eagle has lived here since 1988 due to an amputated wing,” which had been taken off after he had been shot illegally.  

“This is why he needs to live in captivity,” she said, “he is non-flighted.” She pointed out that bald eagles can live up to 50 years in captivity.

There are no words to convey adequately the devastated reaction of At Quaquanantuck and hundreds of residents to this heinous and despicable crime. Anyone with any information about the bald eagle or the bird’s abduction is urged to contact the Quogue Police Department immediately.

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QWR Program Director Marisa Nelson, left, with 2019 honoree Kevin Crowe, center, and QWR Director Mike Nelson at the Wild Night for Wildlife on July 13.

Joe and Yoli Light, left, on the Wild Night dance floor; at right, Tommy and Kim Otis.

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Auctioneers Jim Kramer and Bill Ritter in action at the Wild Night for Wildlife. —All photos courtesy of QWR

Historical Society Taste Bud Time Travel and Talk Tonight
Tonight, Thursday, July 18, is the night for taste bud travel at “Community Recipes Remembered: Card Cake, Scotch Follies, and Snow Cakes!” The event, co-sponsored by the Quogue Library and scheduled at the Quogue Firehouse  on Jessup Avenue from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will also feature a talk by QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene.

On offer will be dishes prepared according to authentic recipes from the 1922 Quogue Ladies’ Auxiliary cookbook for “a celebration of the past through our taste-buds.” 

Ms. Greene’s talk will focus on the Ladies’ Auxiliary contributions to funding the construction of the village’s first community house. 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.

First Annual Quogue Artists Open Studio Tour July 21
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. 

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Susan Cushing, “Heated Conversation (with Joseph Albers).

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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Margot Carr, “Out East.”

Heath Hardage Lee at “Conversations with the Author” July 21
Author Heath Hardage Lee will be the next guest in the 2019 Summer “Conversations with the Author” series sponsored by the Quogue Library on Sunday, July 21, at 5 p.m. on the Quogue Village Firehouse Green.QL Heath-44

Ms. Lee will be reading from and talking about “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.” The author, who comes from a museum education and curatorial background, has worked at history museums across the country. QL Lee_The League of Wives_High Res

She served as the 2017 Robert J. Dole Curatorial Fellow and her exhibition, “The League of Wives: Vietnam POW MIA Advocates and Allies,” premiered at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in May of 2017 and will travel to museums throughout the U.S., including the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, through 2020. 

“The League of Wives” has been optioned for a feature film by Reese Witherspoon’s production company.   

This summer’s series features tapas (courtesy of Hamptons Farms) at the reception inside the Firehouse following the reading. Tickets are $20 and registration is required; call the library at 631-653-4224. Next up, on August 11, will be Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.” 

Also on July 21 …
Remember to say happy birthday to Irene Kaynor, who said last week that only members of her family have to give her birthday presents this year and next, but she will be accepting presents from the entire village when she turns 90 in two years. 

Another Duck Race on the Books for the Quogue Association
Posting the best times in a crowded field, the winning ducks splitting up the prize money at the Quogue Association Duck Race this year belonged to Miller Crowe, first place; Chris Miller, second place; and Alexa Urdang, third place.

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The team of precision tossers prepares for the Big Drop.

 The Quogue Association has once again offered thanks to everyone who purchased a duck, with special thanks to Hampton Watercraft, the Quogue Market, the Quogue Liquor Store and Beverage Barn.

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Jockeying for position in a crowded field near the start of the race at the Quogue bridge.

Holding the second place duck at left is Chris Miller; at right, two Duck Wranglers with their haul.

Saluting  the Quogue Village Police Department and the Mayor and Trustees of the village, the Association also expressed great gratitude to the corps of tireless and dedicated Duck Wranglers, and to Stefanie Beck and Lynn Lomas, the co-chairs of this year’s event. 

Next up for the Quogue Association will be the annual Village Beach Party on August 9.

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The canal is so large, and our ducks are so small. —All photos courtesy of Stefanie Beck and the Quogue Association

“Echo in the Canyon” Screening at PAC July 23
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s “Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew and Friends” has gotten off to a good start with two strong films, “Wild Nights with Emily” and “Ophelia.” echo in c

On Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m., the PAC will be screening “Echo in the Canyon,” a documentary about the rock and roll music scene in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, when bands like Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Beach Boys, to name only a few, were creatively cross-pollinating and writing and recording songs that would shape the music scene for decades to come and whose influence is still felt today. 

Guests on Tuesday will be Brian Cosgrove and Megan Noonan, two DJs from WPPB 88.3 FM with extensive knowledge about the music of the period. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.whbpac.org

Children’s Art Lessons Offered in Advance of August 10 Show
With the Children’s Art Show coming up on the Village Green from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on August 10, the same day as the Quogue Historical Society’s annual  Art Show and Sale, it is time once again for the Historical Society’s free Children’s Art Lessons, held this year at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue. 

The free classes for children age 6 to 14 will be offered on Wednesday, July 31, and Wednesday, August 7, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. both days. Bear in mind that, as is customary, artworks created during the classes will be judged at the show along with works submitted by other young artists from the community. 

In addition to making sure their family members are signed up, parents and grandparents should pass along the registration information to as many of their friends and neighbors as possible. Email registration is requested as soon as possible, as space is limited; send children’s full names, age, and phone number to ChildrensArt2019@gmail.com.

Save the Date for Fire Department Open House
This year’s Quogue Volunteer Fire Department Open House, always one of the highlights of the summer season, will be held on Sunday, August 4. Details to be fleshed out in upcoming columns. 

“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. 

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 21
This will be the final weekend for services led by The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall, who will officiate at services this Sunday, July 21. Services this Sunday 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 m.vogel@verizon.net

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