Commitment to Community

Fresh from the (completely groundless) fears about Jaws going on a munchfest feeding spree near the Shinnecock Yacht Club recently, it’s time to switch to a much more positive topic, the so-called Jaws of Life. 

That’s right: This coming Sunday, August 4, is the date of the annual Quogue Volunteer Fire Department Open House, running from 4 to 6 p.m. The volunteers deserve our unqualified support, both spiritually and monetarily, and the party is always a great time for everyone, from tiny, enthusiastic Bouncy House jumpers and first-time fire engine riders to Quogue’s oldest residents and all the generations in between.

Painting by artist Rob Kuroski, a crew member with the Village of Quogue Highway Department.

Along with the traditional barbecue, clam bar, dessert station and entertainment, there will be safety demonstrations, a heavy rescue (the aforementioned Jaws of Life) demonstration, opportunities to take a turn aiming a fire hose, the perennially popular truck rides and much more.

Like the volunteers who don it, the firefighters’ gear at the Quogue Firehouse stands ready to go into action. Big Chill Photo

One of the great joys of this true community-wide get together is the chance to meet, mix and mingle with many of the volunteers and also your friends and neighbors, who enjoy such an enviable sense of security due to the protection afforded them by the members of the QFD. And beyond their willingness to respond to calls at all hours of the day or night in every kind of weather, the volunteers are tireless in their commitment to improving all aspects of life in our village: working with the village’s younger residents at the Quogue School; hosting the Halloween Ghost Parade; assisting the Quogue Association with Santa’s visit; setting up the annual Easter egg mad dash; and now playing host to all of the Quogue Library’s special programs while the expansion and renovation project is underway. 

These are just a few of the ways that the men and women of the QFD—who undergo hours and hours of rigorous training to insure they are ready for every contingency—step up to help out. As always, the Open House is just that: open to all with free admission. Yes, donations are welcome and very much appreciated, and all residents ought to contribute what they can to support the volunteers. But always remember that one of the best things any of us can do to support the QFD, whether at the Open House or just encountering volunteers on the street, is to thank our firefighters for their service; they consider the gratitude of the community a very special kind of “paycheck.”

“Mamma Mia!” cast on dress rehearsal day. Dick Prior Photo

Junior Theater Troupe’s “Mamma Mia!” On Stage through August 2
The older cast of the QJTT opened “Mamma Mia!” on Tuesday, July 30, to riotous applause. The final performances will be offered tonight, July 31; tomorrow, August 1; and Friday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. all three nights. 

Tickets are $25 for reserved seating, available at the QJTT website,

At left, the “Mamma Mia!” band; right, the “Mamma Mia!” tech crew. Dick Prior Photos

Tickets can also be obtained now from the website for the younger cast production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” opening on August 20 and running through August 23. 

“Maggie Cardelús: Spilt Sun” Opening at Quogue Gallery
“Maggie Cardelús: Spilt Sun” will be the next solo exhibition of the summer at the Quogue Gallery. Featuring 16 photo-paintings by the visiting artist, the exhibition will be on view from August 1 to August 21; an Artist’s Reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, August 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Maggie Cardelús, “Oil and Coal Storm Over the Bay,” 2019, oil and charcoal on photographs, printed on museum quality rag paper, 9.84 x 16.14 in.

Maggie Cardelús is a Paris based, American/Spanish artist and designer. For her photo-based wall pieces, sculpture, installations, video, and performance pieces, she relies heavily on meticulous handcraft to explore the formal, material, and psycho-socio-mnemonic forces at work within and around photographic images.  In her most recent body of work, “Spilt-Sun,” the artist revisits American landscape photography using crude oil as a painting medium. The technique yields evocative works that suggest a new, more problematic American identity brought about by the burning and spilling of fossil fuels. 

Cardelús holds a BA from Wellesley College, a MArch from Columbia University, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. In addition to a number of publications, her engagement with the history of photography and memory has led to invitations to speak about her work and to teach in undergraduate and graduate art programs. Cardelús is presently a lecturer in the Art, Media, and Technology department at the New School Parsons Paris and has a small consulting firm, PortfolioWorksParis, specializing in portfolio review and preparation for university admission. 

“Paddle the Pond!” on Monday, August 5, at Wildlife Refuge
Everyone’s invited to register and reserve a vessel for a (weather dependent) “Paddle the Pond!” program at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Monday, August 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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Paddlers at a previous program on the pond. Photo courtesy of QWR

Participants will explore Old Ice Pond via kayak or canoe whilst enjoying a self-guided paddle, or join up with a QWR educator to learn about Old Ice Pond history, flora and fauna. Paddling on the pond is perhaps the best way to observe the various species of freshwater fish, turtles, and birds that live in and around the more than 100-year-old pond, which was originally created for ice harvesting by the Quogue Ice Company. A scavenger hunt/ID chart will be available. 

Single kayaks, double kayaks, and canoes will be available for reservation in this program for adults and families, by calling 631-653-4771. The cost is $20 per person, or $15 for kids 12 and under. Reservations and prepayment are required, as space is limited. Fingers crossed for good weather on Monday. 

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” Screening at PAC August 6 and 7
Lots of critics and writers have had lots of good things to say about next week’s film at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” directed by Joe Talbot and released in June of this year. The movie will screen at the PAC on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. both nights; post-screening commentary on Tuesday will feature the Tuesday night series host Andrew Botsford and his special guest, the divine Dan Gurskis of our village. download-5

For one example, Manohla Dargis called the film “an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers.” 

Jimmie Fails (a fictional character played by the real life Jimmie Fails) dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather (Danny Glover) built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont (Jonathan Major), Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit

Children’s Art Lesson Offered at Firehouse on August 7
The Quogue Historical Society is offering one more free Children’s Art Lesson for young artists age 6 to 14 on Wednesday, August 7, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue. The QHS provides the lessons in preparation for the annual 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. 

As many visitors to previous art shows will recall, the beauty part is that artworks created during the classes will be judged at the August 10 show, along with works submitted by other young artists from the community. 

In addition to making sure that family members are signed up, parents and grandparents should pass along the registration information to as many other parents and grandparents as they can think of. Email registration is requested as soon as possible, as space is limited; send children’s full names, age, and phone number to

The recent “Rocket Time” program was one of the highlights for younger Quogue library patrons in July. Pat Stehling taught parents and their children and grandchildren how to create the rockets in the family program. Above, left to right: the Mitzelfelt family with rockets; Sophia Zaleski with the rocket (and parachute) she recovered after a successful flight; Ellen Michna putting on the nose cone. Pat Stehling photos



Save the Date for the Quogue Association Beach Party August 9
This year’s Quogue Association Beach Party will be held on Friday, August 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Beach. download-6

As is the custom, there will be a DJ and a bonfire, enhancing the soundscape and visual backdrop for the consumption of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, salads, and watermelon. Available beverages will include wine, beer, lemonade and water. The cost for this beautiful beach bash is $25 for adults, $15 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children under 5.    

Rev. Robert Dannals Leading Services at Atonement Church August 4
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate this Sunday, August 4, on the second of five Sundays in his 17th season at the Church of the Atonement. 

After many years as Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, Rev. Dannals continues to do interim ministry, guest preaching and is a parish consultant. He earned his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, NJ and his PhD from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN. 

This Sunday, services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. will both offer the Holy Eucharist. All are welcome. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement 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

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