A Tear in the Fabric

In these uncertain and fearful times, when anticipatory dread is ever present when checking the headlines, At Quaquanantuck would like nothing more than to report some good news about Sam, the crippled bald eagle snatched from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge a month ago.

Sadly, there is no such good news to report. Instead, there is this message from the Refuge:    

“For three weeks our hearts have been broken, and we know yours have been, too. Thank you all for your kindness during this difficult time. We know that Sam is special to many, many people. We want to let you know that law enforcement officials are actively investigating the case, and that at this time we do not have anything to report. Please know that we will be sure to update you as soon as we have news. 

“We are willing not to press charges if the eagle is returned to us safely. He can be dropped off at the Refuge, at any nearby vet or at another safe location, and we can be notified anonymously through one of the tip hotlines on the poster.”

Orb Weaver BC
Orb weaver. —Big Chill Photo

“Thank you to everyone who has helped by sending supportive words, putting up posters, sharing on social media, stopping by, and for the local individuals and businesses who have gone out of their way to share their surveillance videos. 

“It is a crazy world we live in, but we won’t give up hope and we will stay positive. Thank you for being a friend of the Refuge. We will keep you updated.”

QWR Executive Director Mike Nelson and Assistant Director Marisa Nelson have noted that one way people can be helpful is by sharing the reward poster on social media or by printing and posting reward posters in as many places as possible. 

Another way to help would be to make a donation to the animal enclosure improvement fund to assist in the repair and update of our caging facilities and the installation of better security cameras. Click on the link above or go to quoguewildliferefuge.org/sam-the-eagle for more details or to make a donation.

More than 260 shoreline devotees turned out for the Quogue Association’s August Beach Bash on Friday, August 9. —Mac Highet Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Decoding U.S. – China Trade”
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, August 17, to explore the topic of “Decoding U.S. – China Trade.” Always a good idea to register early for these programs by calling 631-653-4224. US China Trade

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling the same metrics for China. 

Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately eliminate U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. Are there other tools the United States can use to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

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, including additional resources and recommended reading, visit www.greatdecisions.org


At the Westhampton Garden Club’s annual meeting, Mary Crosby, president and CEO of East End Hospice (right) recognized Judy McDermott for her commitment to the year-round planting program she oversees for the WGC on each of the eight terraces of patients’ rooms at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care. The three containers on each patient’s terrace, viewed through glass sliding doors, are changed with the seasons: pansies in the spring, summer flowers, then cabbages and fall flowers. The Center’s entry containers are are also planted by Judy and WGC member volunteers. As Ms. Crosby noted: “Our patients truly benefit from the beauty of the flowers set against a serene greenscape and the program is integral to our mission of improving quality of life in hospice care.”—Robert Duryea Photo

Library Construction Update: New Windows Maximize Natural Light
Here is the latest report on the Quogue Library renovation and expansion project from the stalwart Lynda Confessore: “The exterior shingling is almost finished and windows and doors are being installed. The architectural design of the building is now visually more relatable. The beautiful new and energy efficient windows will bring light to every space, even as they offer views of the library’s expansive grounds.

Adult Browsing Bay area
This bay area in the Adult Browsing Room will have cozy seating for reading as well as an exterior vista.—Lynda Confessore Photo

“The new second floor administrative offices all have windows, plus efficient work spaces with storage to replace the crowded, windowless offices in which our staff worked for many years. Completing the exterior will allow interior work to continue as the weather changes.” 

Joanne Ramos Final Guest Author in 2019 “Conversations” Series
National bestselling author Joanne Ramos, author of “The Farm,” will be reading from and talking about her work on Sunday, August 11, at 5 p.m. at the Quogue Village Firehouse in the final installment of the Quogue Library’s “Conversations (aka “Talk and Tapas”) with the Author” series.  Joanne Ramos

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, women are being paid big money to stay here—more than they’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, they cannot leave the grounds, their movements are monitored, and they are cut off from their former lives while they dedicate themselves to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

A reviewer for The Economist wrote: “Unnervingly plausible … a suspenseful page-turner … Ramos inhabits [her characters] with affection, sensitivity and a keen ear for voice. Together, these women tell a story of an America in which ‘you must be strong or young if you are not rich.’”The Farm J Ramos

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was 6. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

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. 

QJTT’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Opens on Tuesday, August 20
Tickets can 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.

B&B Maurice
Elle Reilly has the role of the inventor Maurice, father of Belle, in the QJTT production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” opening at the Quogue Community Hall August 20. —Sue Prior Photo

Adapted from the Disney animated film and Broadway musical of the same title, the QJTT show features Belle, her absent minded professor father Maurice, the vainglorious Gaston, the Beast, and a host of living household items, including Mrs. Potts and Lumière. 

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

B&B Gaston
The ensemble rehearsing one of the big song and dance numbers from the QJTT production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” —Sue Prior Photo

Men’s Golf Club Championship Results
Zach Crane defeated Thomas Petrocelli under the new match play format to win the 2019 Men’s Club Championship at the Quogue Field Club. The Senior Champion this year is Dr. Robert Snow, who  defeated Dana Robinson in the final match. 

In the Ringers Flight, John Erdman was the winner and William Beatty the runner-up; George Lawrence took third place; the Low Gross winner was Brady Tolan; and the Super Senior Champion was Kevin Crowe. 

Congratulations, as always, to the winners and also to all those brave souls who took part. 

Quogue Association Presents Supervisor’s State of the Town September 7
Courtesy of the Quogue Association, at the Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, September 7, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will deliver the annual State of the Town speech at the Quogue Village Hall at 10 a.m. 

The Supervisor will address issues facing the Town of Southampton including: town finances; assessments; water quality; and affordable housing, among other topics. All residents are encouraged to attend; membership in the Quogue Association is not required. 

Two Positions Open at Wildlife Refuge
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is looking to fill two jobs. The first is an unpaid Fall Intern position for a minimum of 15 hours per week, up to 40 (hours can vary), for a college student studying environmental, educational or animal related sciences. This internship includes a requirement of one weekend day. 

The second job is a Maintenance position for 21 hours/week with salary and benefits; $16 per hour; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting at 8:30 a.m. For further information on job descriptions and responsibilities, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/job-opportunities; to set up a meeting, contact Marisa Nelson at 631-653-4771.

Final Weekend for “Maggie Cardelús: Spilt Sun” 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 quoguegallery.com.

Rev. Robert Dannals Leading Services at Atonement Church August 18
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals will officiate this Sunday, August 11, on the fourth of five Sundays in his 17th season at the Church of the Atonement.

Rev Dannals
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals

 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 m.vogel@verizon.net

Quogue Chamber Music Presents Verona Quartet September 7
For the second concert of its 10th anniversary season, Quogue Chamber Music will present the Verona Quartet performing a program of Ravel, Beethoven and Mendelssohn on Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall. 

As is the tradition, a post-concert reception will be held at a nearby Quogue home. More details in a future column. 

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