Well Seasoned

How do we know that the season is changing? According to tradition, conventional wisdom, and the calendar, the seasons are delineated by astronomy. That means, in the northern hemisphere, that summer will end and fall will begin on the day of the autumnal equinox, which falls this year on Monday, September 23. 

On that date, when there are as many hours of daylight as there are of nighttime, the seasons officially change from summer to fall here, and from winter to spring in the southern hemisphere. But is the season really changing on that day? Is it like flipping a switch, and suddenly it’s autumn?

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Morning on the marsh. —Rosemary Cline Photo

At Quaquanantuck believes it’s better to trust the evidence of our senses: summer doesn’t have to be over until we say it is. See you in the surf. 

“Garden of Ethical Delights” Program on Friday at Community Hall
Innovative landscape architect Thomas Woltz will present “Garden of Ethical Delights: Beauty, Culture, and Conservation in the Work of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects,” an illustrated talk sponsored by the Westhampton and Southampton Garden Clubs, on Friday, September 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall. 

Mission-driven Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects relies upon a research-based design process to illuminate the often lost histories of ecology and culture inherent in every landscape. In Friday’s lecture, Mr. Woltz will illustrate the firm’s commitment to beauty, equity, and sustainability across multiple projects, including gardens, farms, and public parks. 

It is his firm’s credo that decisions made in the design, cultivation, and tending of public and private landscapes have the potential to restore balance to natural contexts, creating a beautiful and resilient public realm for future generations.

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Detail of Centennial Park project by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

As a principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), Mr. Woltz  has infused narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, engendering stewardship and inspiring connections between people and the natural world. NBW creates models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding thousands of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. 

Educated at the University of Virginia and holding master’s degrees in landscape architecture and architecture, he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 and one of “the most creative people in business” by Fast Company in 2017. Woltz currently serves on the board of directors of both the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.

Reservations are required and there may be a few seats remaining for Friday’s lecture; for more information, email lizschroeder38@gmail.com. 

Film on Aldo Leopold Screening at Wildlife Refuge September 26
In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” will be screened on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Green Fire

Aldo Leopold is considered by many to be the father of conservation; it was he who recognized in the 1920s that man’s connection to nature should be as a partner instead of as an adversary. Presented by Wes Triani, certified Leopold “Land Ethic Leader,” in partnership with the Peconic Land Trust, this underscores the importance of safeguarding the natural environment. 

Copies of Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac,” originally published in 1949, will be available for purchase, courtesy of Canio’s Books of Sag Harbor. Tickets to the screening are $5 per person; space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call 631-653-4771, click here, or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Library “Declutter Your e-Clutter” Program at Firehouse September 19
Tonight’s the night. The helpful folks at the Quogue Library want to know: Do you have a drawer full of old cell phones? Do you have charging cables and no idea what they are supposed to charge? Does your email inbox have more than 50 items?e-clutter 

How many apps are on your smartphone (do the icons take up more than two screens)? Are there more than 400 pictures on your device? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, it’s time to declutter, and the library is sponsoring a “Declutter Your e-Clutter” program open to everyone at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue today, Thursday, September 19, at p.m.  Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register.

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Taking the long view of the Harvest Moon rising. —Paula Prentis Photo

 Outdoor Photography Trek Scheduled on Thursday, September 26
The Quogue Library wants to help you take better photographs. All are invited to bring their camera or smartphone for an outdoor, interactive field class where instruction will be given on how to get great images. 

Topics to be covered include composition, exposure, and your camera’s settings in a natural environment on a fun easy walk. Location has not been finalized yet, but it will be in the friendly confines of Quogue Village, after all participants meet at the village firehouse. Call 631-653-4224 for more information.

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Lynda Confessore recently took local literary light Roger Rosenblatt and At Quaquanantuck for a delightful tour of the beautiful work in progress that is the Quogue Library. All throughout the site there was evidence of the tremendous diligence, exhaustive research, commitment to design excellence and energy efficiency, and tireless dedication to creating a user-friendly and at the same time inspirational space for area residents and staffers alike. The renovated and expanded library has all the makings of a masterpiece that Quogue can be proud of for many years to come. —A. Botsford Photos

“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. 

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 quoguegallery.com.

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