In honor of the first days of high-level debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly this week, a few observations:
First, it is reassuring for At Quaquanantuck to note, as readership numbers start to fall off a bit in the weeks after Labor Day, that this column has a few select readers, intermittently, from all over the globe. Not every week, mind you, but over the course of the three years the online column has been in existence it has been opened by people in: Argentina, Brazil, and Peru in South America; Costa Rica; Mexico; Canada; the United Kingdom; Ireland; France; Italy; Germany; Austria; the Netherlands; Greece; Sweden; Finland; Norway; Switzerland; Portugal; Spain; and Iceland.
Also, Romania; Slovenia; Ukraine (no FaceTime with the president, yet); Egypt; South Africa; Nigeria; China; Hong Kong SAR China (both before and during the protests); India; Pakistan; Singapore; Japan; Australia; New Zealand; the Philippines; South Korea; the Bahamas; and Bermuda—to name only those locales where readers’ IP addresses indicate what country they are in.
So, although not in great numbers, At Quaquanantuck readers make up a little United Nations of their own, with Quogue as their shared center of gravity.
Second, how heartening it is to see the topics that the 74th session of the General Assembly is trying to take on: the Climate Summit; Universal Health Care; Sustainable Development; financing for development; the elimination of nuclear weapons; the priorities of small island developing states. And how heartbreaking it is to acknowledge how little progress is being made on these issues, which are almost universally accepted as critical to the future of mankind and the well being of the planet itself.
There is still some cause for hope, though. Let all our eyes and minds remain open to solutions. And let all readers in every country and all concerned citizens of the world pay heed to the words of 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg. If you haven’t seen or heard her yet, click on this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYqtXR8iPlE. Remember, we are all in this together.
Library Sponsors Outdoor Photography Trek on Thursday, September 26
The Quogue Library wants to help residents take better photographs. All are invited to bring their camera or smartphone for an outdoor, interactive field class today, Thursday, September 26, at which instruction will be given on how to create and capture 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 a non-challenging walk inside Quogue Village, after all participants meet at the village firehouse at 2 p.m. Call 631-653-4224 for more information.
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 tonight, Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
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.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge Tour and Forest Walk on Saturday
Anyone who is curious about the origin story of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge—and all those who simply love spending time in the friendly confines—will want to get over to the QWR on Saturday morning, September 28, for a “Refuge Tour and Forest Walk” starting at 9 a.m.
Visitors will be treated to the story of how the Refuge was founded 85 years ago, and what happened on this magical site more than 100 years ago. Following the brief history talk in the Nature Center, which starts at 9 a.m., Refuge staffers will lead a 1-mile hike around Old Ice Pond, discussing along the way the native flora and fauna and the various habitats of the Refuge.
Forecasters are calling for lovely Septober weather for Saturday. The tour and forest walk are free for QWR members; or $5 per person for non-members. To register, call 631-653-4771 or click on (or visit) www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Library Hosts Driver Safety Course on Saturday, September 27
The Quogue Library will host a six-hour Driver Safety course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue on Saturday, September 27. Depending on the insurance company, this course can be used for a 10-percent discount on liability insurance or for point reductions on a driver’s record.
All those taking the course should bring a check, exact cash or money order only to class. The cost is $24 for 60 and over and $28 for 59 and under. Come prepared with water and lunch. There will be a 15-minute break in the morning; half hour for lunch; and a short afternoon break. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information.
Quogue School PTA Sets Annual Golf and Tennis Outing October 4
The Quogue School PTA Scholarship Committee is hosting its 12th Annual Golf and Tennis Outing starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4. The fundraiser benefits the Quogue PTA Scholarship Fund and other PTA projects, with three scholarships awarded every year to deserving Quogue School graduates to support their college education. The scholarships are based on academic, athletic and community service achievements.
The Quogue Field Club is once again opening its spectacular golf course—number six on the list of the 25 finest nine-hole courses in the U.S.—and tennis courts for this event, with a round-robin tournament offered once again for tennis aficionados. The event will also feature a silent auction and 50/50 raffle and a dinner following the golf and tennis at the Field Club.
The day’s events will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m.; tennis competition begins at 3 p.m. Entry fees for golfers are $600 per foursome; $150 per individual. The tennis round robin is $50 per player. Dinner following the golf and tennis will be $50 per person.
Sponsorships are also available at the following levels: Event Sponsor, $2,500; Awards & Prizes Sponsor, $1,500; Course Refreshment Sponsor, $ 250; Sponsored Tee Sign, $75. The Quogue PTA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Make checks payable to Quogue PTA and send them to Quogue PTA, PO Box 1491, Quogue, NY 11959. For more information, call Sandy O’Callaghan at 917-303-9726.
Thomas Woltz Lecture Packs Quogue Community Hall
Following the Westhampton Garden Club’s annual free public lecture on Friday, September 20, faithful At Quaquanantuck correspondent Lynda Confessore filed this report:
“Renowned landscape architect Thomas Woltz presented ‘The Garden of Ethical Delights: Beauty, Culture and Conservation in the work of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects’ to a capacity audience at the Quogue Community Hall, sponsored as a free public lecture by the Westhampton and Southampton Garden Clubs.
“Speaking to fellow landscape architects, landscapers, gardeners and conservationists from all over the East End, Mr. Woltz described his view of landscape architecture as a vision of nature in a lyrical, profound way involving beauty and culture in conservation and restoration.
“He focused on several projects that reflected the ethos of his work and philosophy. Because the former cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard still contained remnants of skeletons, the soil could not be touched; the site was replanted as a pollinator grassland with a raised a wooden boardwalk meandering through it. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, was brought back to its original concept as a wildlife sanctuary with a tall bell tower and large carillon at its center, a gift to the nation from Mr. Bok in appreciation for his good fortune in America.
“On the East End, Mr. Woltz will be restoring the gardens at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island in conjunction with archaeological digs conducted each summer and other restoration projects. The objective is to celebrate the Manor’s history as a sustainable farm as well as the history of the area’s agricultural heritage.
“To date, the Conservation Agriculture Studio at NBW has created designs for more than 150,000 acres of conservation land in the United States and New Zealand. These projects have yielded reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadow, and flourishing wildlife habitat.”
Final Weekend for “Susan Vecsey: Painting” at Quogue Gallery
“Susan Vecsey: Painting,” featuring a number of paintings and works on paper by the East Hampton and New York City based artist, will be on view at the Quogue Gallery 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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