Only the Beginning

The generally accepted wisdom on the East End is that the three major holiday weekends define the summer “season,” at least as that notion is understood in social, cultural, economic, recreational, and even philosophical terms. Memorial Day is the kickoff; July 4 rockets up to the leading edge of the high intensity plateau; and Labor Day rings the curtain down.

And while the upcoming weekend and the closure it represents are bound to trigger some sadness, the cognoscenti understand that Labor Day is as much a beginning as an ending. It’s the start of what is arguably the best season here, the magical, extended month of Septober, as summer turns to fall, the air is dry and clear, the ocean is still warm, road rage is relegated to memory, and both sunrise and sunset paint the sky from a palette of pink and peach, yellow and orange, fiery crimson and vermillion, and colors no one knows the names of. 

Atlantic Sunrise
Atlantic sunrise. —A. Botsford Photo

Remember: fall doesn’t really start until September 23. 

Church Slates Bake Sale on Village Green Saturday, August 31
Widely known and admired for their prowess in the preparation of palate pleasing perfection from the oven, the dedicated parishioners of the 101-year-old St. Paul AME Zion Church on Montauk Highway are holding their annual Summer’s End Bake Sale on the Village Green on Saturday, August 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.pie 

Stop by and choose from delicious cakes, pies and cookies—At Quaquanantuck suggests at least one example of each—for family and guests. Yet another Quogue win-win proposition: support for a treasured village institution in exchange for heavenly goodness to share in your home. Best to get there early; late shoppers run the risk of the goodies being all gone. 

Trunk Show Open to All Scheduled at Field Club Saturday
Some people have a gift for understanding style: the look and feel of clothes and accessories the most conducive to comfort and confidence, that difficult-to-define signifier of personal identity allowing those who are blessed with it to put their best selves forward. Delightful longtime Quogue resident Raenell Murray is one of those people, and her sense of style will be on full display and available to all for purchase at the sixth annual End of Season Trunk Show at the Quogue Field Club on Saturday, August 31.

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Cashmere sweaters are just a few of the items that will be on offer in Saturday’s Trunk Show. —Photo courtesy Raenell Murray

Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature nine vendors offering special items for the fall season and many items marked down for sale. On offer will be: ladies clothing—including cashmeres, raincoats, fur coats, shawls, tunics, trousers, dressy tops and jackets; jewelry; hats; bags; scarves; personal accessories; linens; nightgowns; men’s clothing; and clothes for children, too. 

For questions, contact Raenell Murray at 631-283-2809;

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

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. 

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. A post-concert reception will be held at a nearby Quogue home. 

Tickets are $110 for the concert and the celebration immediately following the performance; $50 for the concert only; and $5 for students (concert only). Checks should be made payable to Quogue Chamber Music, Inc. and mailed to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959. Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here, by visiting the QCM website, or at the box office on the night of the concert. The box office opens at 6:30.Verona Quartet 2

Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet’s members represent four different nations (USA, UK, Singapore and Canada), but their singular approach and unanimity of purpose in both musical and cultural cooperation has quickly earned the group a reputation for its “interpretive strength … robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald). 

The group has established itself as one of the most sought after string quartets currently playing, delighting audiences at venues worldwide. Since winning the 2015 Concert Artists Guild competition, the Verona Quartet has continued its progressive approach to collaboration and programming, including numerous cross-cultural and interdisciplinary enterprises. The Quartet also regularly champions, premieres and commissions works from contemporary composers. 

The composer Michael Gilbertson was named a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for a work commissioned by the Verona Quartet. Strongly committed to education, the Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, its members have been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy, and the group is currently quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet training program. 

The musicians of the Verona Quartet believe that the essence of storytelling transcends genre, and so the name “Verona” pays tribute to William Shakespeare, one of the greatest storytellers of all time. The program being performed for Quogue Chamber Music will include Ravel String Quartet in F Major, Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor and Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, op. 135.

Rev. Zachary Thompson to Lead Services at Atonement Church September 1
The Church of the Atonement is welcoming The Reverend Zachary Thompson for its final services of the 2019 summer season on Sunday, September 1. Reverend Thompson has been an Associate Rector at St. James’ Church since 2017 and is primarily responsible for parish life, new member incorporation, and pastoral care.Rev Z T

Prior to joining the staff at St. James’, he served as an Associate Priest and as a Rector in Atlanta, as well as Chaplain to Emory University. Originally from Princeton, NJ, he earned his Master of Divinity at Emory University and a Master of Sacred Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. 

Rev. Thompson’s wife, Amy, served as an elementary school educator for a decade in Atlanta, and is now the Director of Admissions at the Church of the Epiphany Day School on the Upper East Side. They have two young sons, Rowan and Ezra. 

Both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services this week will follow the Holy Eucharist liturgy. 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

Volleyball Tourney, Party at Starr Boggs Benefit Dana Barrett
Announcing a pair of upcoming benefits, kind-hearted organizer Lucy Carroll reported to At Quaquanantuck that on June 30, Dana Barrett, born and raised in East Quogue, suffered a severe spinal injury in a horrifying pool accident. She was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where it was determined she suffered a C2 fracture, resulting in paralysis from the neck down and the inability to breathe on her own.Dana B 

Surgery is imminent to repair the fracture but her spinal cord has been permanently damaged. The doctors have said there is still hope but she will need extensive rehabilitation. The rehabilitation is going to be a considerable financial burden, as early estimates suggest that the cost will be thousands of dollars per day. The road to recovery will take years.

Now 28, Dana lost her father when she was 16 and her mother when she was 21. Despite the many challenges she has faced, Dana has always amazed her friends and family with her strength and selflessness. While she is determined to come through this, she needs whatever help members of the community can give to assist with her rapidly accumulating medical expenses.
Volley for Dana September 8 at Tiana Beach
Dana was a regular player in the East End Volleyball League on Tuesdays through the summer. A volleyball tournament to benefit Dana will be held on Sunday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tiana Beach on Dune Road, with all skill levels welcome.  

There will be food, raffles and more at this day-long event organized in partnership with the East End Volleyball League. Food and water will be provided for all registered players. Teams will check in starting at 9 a.m.; insurance is included in the ticket cost. All proceeds will go toward defraying Dana’s medical costs. For more information and to register, visit, or contact Lauren at

Registration is required by September 1 for teams of at least six players (and up to 10); provide all team member names upon registration. Teams must check-in as a group at the registration tent starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 8.
Starr Boggs Is Venue for September 9 Benefit for Dana
A special benefit for Dana Barrett will be held on Monday, September 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Starr Boggs at 6 Parlato Drive in Westhampton Beach. Cost is $75 per person, which includes generous hors d’oeuvres, buffet, raw bar and live music by Local Motion. There will be a 50/50 raffle, along with Chinese, Live and Silent Auctions and T-shirts for sale. 

Sponsorships are available at different levels: Music Sponsors, $250; Raw Bar Sponsors, $500; T-Shirt Sponsors, $1,000; and Event Sponsors, $2,000. Tickets for the September 9 benefit may be purchased at Starr Boggs. Make checks payable to The Dana Barrett Supplemental Needs Trust. All proceeds go to benefit Dana Barrett’s future healthcare needs in her recovery. For more information email: or call Emily at 631-747-1377. 

For more information on Dana’s story, visit  

“Susan Vecsey: Painting” at Quogue Gallery
“Susan Vecsey: Painting” is the current solo exhibition on view at the Quogue Gallery. Featuring a number of paintings and works on paper by the East Hampton and New York City based artist, the exhibition will be on view through October 2, 2019. 

A painter interested in creating lyrical and poetic themes, Vecsey explores iconic imagery derived from nature. References to representational imagery are a starting point, a vehicle to convey a certain emotion and to explore color, form, and shape. Vecsey’s oil-stained linen and paper works carry on color field and minimalist traditions in a contemporary context.

Untitled (Colbalt_Silver), 2016, Oil on linen, 60_ x 58_
Susan Vecsey, “Untitled (Cobalt/Silver)” 2016, Oil on linen, 60 x 58.

The artist begins her process with charcoal and then goes on to create elaborate color studies. She then thins oil paint and pours it directly on primed linen or paper, allowing it to flow naturally with some guidance. 

Born in New Jersey and currently living and working in both New York City and East Hampton, Vecsey earned her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MFA from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, studying under Graham Nickson. In 2012, Vecsey was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her paintings are widely held in public and private collections around the world.  

For more information, visit

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; to set up a meeting, contact Marisa Nelson at 631-653-4771.

Take a Vet Fishing on September 15
Hampton Watercraft and Marine is calling all captains and veterans to come out for the third annual Take a Vet Fishing Tournament on Sunday, September 15. During this event volunteers from the community will take local veterans fishing for the day. 

Registration is now open for both captains and veterans. Anyone who would like to volunteer boats, fishing equipment and/or time and any veterans who would like to participate should contact Ronnie Kelly at 631-728-8200 or by email at The fishing will be followed by a BBQ lunch at Hampton Watercraft and Marine marina in Hampton Bays. 

Thanks to the Quogue Association for passing along the information about this wonderful program. At Quaquanantuck joins the Association in hoping that everyone will support the event, and that the word will be spread to all veterans about this opportunity. 

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