Making the Turn

It must be August. Summer seems to have rounded the clubhouse turn last weekend, and with the Fire Department Open House now in the rear view we are headed down the stretch at a breakneck pace. With only a little more than three weeks to Labor Day, this is the month with one climactic weekend after another jockeying for priority on the calendar.

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Moon-kissed surf. Another Full Moon Night Hike is coming up at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge next Thursday, August 15, at 8 p.m. For more information or to register, call 631-653-4771. —Judy Gruhn Photo

The weekend coming up is a case in point. The Quogue Historical Society “Celebrate Art!” cocktails and art talk benefit is scheduled on Friday, August 9, the same night as the annual Quogue Association Beach Party down at the Village Beach. On Saturday, it’s time for the Historical Society’s 54th annual Art Show and Sale on the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And the weekend wraps up with the third installment in this summer’s Quogue Library “Conversations with the Author” series at the Firehouse, this week featuring Dr. Matthew McCarthy, author of “Superbugs.” Fortunately, the forecast looks very promising for all these events, so there’s no reason not to check out each and every one of them.

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Firefighters in the making. —Big Chill Photo

Stalwart members of Company 1 Rich Schermeyer, left, and Capt. Mike McMahon at Sunday’s QFD Open House; at right, firefighter James Miller manning the hose with his son Benjamin. —Big Chill Photos

Meanwhile, for those of you who read the column Thursday morning, this just in: the Quogue Field Club has announced that the traditional summer Boutique Day and Cocktails will be held today, August 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. This year the organizers have added extended hours, additional vendor space and the opportunity to sip whilst you shop … a happy combination, to be sure. 

Speaking of the Field Club, as many readers know, another Quogue Quips extravaganza is coming up on August 24, and the producers of the live show component are looking for a few good, or even naughty, women in their mid-30s to mid-40s who are members of the Field Club and would be willing to high step up and be part of the Quipettes for this year’s show. 

Minimal to no experience at all is required for one simple dance number that will involve just a few rehearsals. If you are someone fitting this description who’d like to get in touch with your inner hoofer, or if you know someone who might be interested, please contact Graham Russell at

Historical Society “Celebrate Art!” Party Features Brian Rutenberg
American abstract painter and author Brian Rutenberg will offer a glimpse into the creative process— behind the studio door and from the salt marshes in South Carolina’s low country to New York City—at the Quogue Historical Society’s “Celebrate Art!” cocktail party fundraiser on Friday, August 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Quogue Field Club’s Junior Sports Clubhouse.

Brian Rutenberg

Rutenberg—whose memoir, “Clear Seeing Place,” bears the same title as Friday’s talk—will explore the making of an artist, his joy of the process and his love of art history. Contacted this week by At Quaquanantuck, the artist wrote in an email, “To be a painter, all you need is nothing. Most people don’t have that. Painting is the easiest job on earth, except for the painting part (that takes decades of practice), but everything else you already possess and probably have since the first grade. Your job is to manufacture boredom to gain access to those things. Art is a highly orchestrated form of boredom.”

“For an artist, there is no such thing as a style, there are only your interests,” the artist wrote. “Give up on plans. Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson said, ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.’ You will get punched in the mouth, I promise. The artists who endure don’t know how to do anything else but stand there and take the punches.” 

An internationally exhibited painter based in New York City, Brian Rutenberg was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston in 1987 and his master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1989. 

He is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation studio grant recipient, a Basil Alkazzi USA Award recipient, and an Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Program participant. He has had more than 250 exhibitions throughout North America and in Europe and received an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Charleston, where he delivered the 2018 commencement address.

“A Little Long Time,” 2019, Oil on linen, 48 x 90 in.—Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

His paintings are included in numerous museum collections including Yale University Gallery of Art, Bronx Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Johnson Museum at Cornell, Mattatuck Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, and many others. 

Rutenberg’s recent memoir, “Clear Seeing Place,” will be available for purchase at Friday’s party. Tickets are $60 and $100 (Patron); for more information or to purchase tickets, click here, or visit

Quogue Association Beach Blast on Friday, 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.

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A bonfire always exerts more pull after darkness falls. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Association

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. There have also been hints that there will be flying discs for youngsters. The cost for this beautiful beach bash is $25 for adults, $15 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children under 5.

Stefanie Beck reported this week that nine members of the Quogue Association board spent their Saturday morning cleaning the 1,774 ducks collected after the Duck Race by a crack team of able wranglers. “We left a few painted on eyeglasses and wings that seemed too charming to clean away,” Stefanie wrote in an email. “We hope whoever has the luck of buying one of those ducks will appreciate the artistry. Everyone buying ducks next year should know these ducks are proven swimmers!”—Photos courtesy of Stefanie Beck

Art Show and Sale on Saturday Benefits Historical Society
The 54th Annual Art Show and Sale to benefit the Quogue Historical Society will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and Children’s Art Show from 12:30 to 3 p.m.) on the Village Green, rain or shine. 

This classic art show will feature around 40 artists, many of them hailing from our village and its immediate environs. Suggested donation to attend the show is $5, with proceeds from donations and a percentage of art sales going to the restoration of the 1822 Schoolhouse. 

“Superbugs” Author Up Next in Library’s “Conversations” Series
There seems to be a small movement underway, based on the taste treats provided by Hamptons Farms for the occasion, to rename this summer’s series “Talk and Tapas with the Author.” Whatever becomes of this possible name change, no one will want to miss this Sunday’s guest, the New York Times Bestselling author Dr. Matthew McCarthy, who will be reading from and talking about his work on Sunday, August 11, at 5 p.m. at the Quogue Village Firehouse.

Matt McCarthy photo_credit Nina Subin
Dr. Matthew McCarthy—Nina Subin Photo

Dr. McCarthy, a physician, researcher, and ethics professor, discuss the subject of his latest book, “Superbugs.” The author is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial, testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal so called “superbugs,” bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in modern medicine’s rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable “Superbugs,” and the results will have serious ramifications for the future of humanity.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Emperor of All Maladies,” called Dr. McCarthy’s book “an amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.”

This summer’s series features tapas at the reception inside the Firehouse following the reading. Tickets are $20; call the library at 631-653-4224 to register. Next up, on August 18, will be national bestselling author Joanne Ramos, author of “The Farm.” 

“The Souvenir” Screening at PAC August 13 and 14
Winner of a coveted “Must See” rating from, “The Souvenir”—directed by Joanna Hogg and starring Honor Swinton Byrne and (her mother) Tilda Swinton—will be the next movie in the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center summer film series. The movie will screen at the PAC on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. both nights; post-screening commentary on Tuesday will feature series host Andrew Botsford and his special guest, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” author Helen Simonson. Souvenir duo

The film tells the story of a shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

In his May review in The New York Times, A.O. Scott called this film “one of my favorite movies of the year so far,” noting that “Byrne is a revelation” and the character she plays is “an embodiment of the awkwardness and heedless grace of young adulthood almost without precedent in the movies. Byrne is, of course, the child of one of the greatest actresses alive, but her own talent is of an entirely different order.”

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit

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

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

“Maggie Cardelús: Spilt Sun” Opening at Quogue Gallery
“Maggie Cardelús: Spilt Sun” is the title of the solo exhibition currently on view at the Quogue Gallery. Featuring 16 photo-paintings by the visiting artist, the exhibition will be on view through August 21 at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, August 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

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. 

For more information, visit

Rev. Robert Dannals Leading Services at Atonement Church August 4
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate this Sunday, August 11, on the third of five Sundays in his 17th season at the Church of the Atonement.

COA Dannals
Lay Eucharistic Minister Barbara Callahan, Rev. Bob Dannals, Lay Eucharistic Minister George Degener, and Valerie Dannals with members of the Junior Choir at the Church of the Atonement. —Suzanne Lightbourn Photo

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. 

Sunday services this week will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 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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