Countdown Begins

What a difference a couple of days makes. Monday, October 7, was a summer day: warm (low 70s) and humid with a good breeze out of the southwest. Tuesday was nondescript. Then Wednesday brought the kind of wet and chilly weather that dampens the spirits and makes the arrival of winter seem all too imminent.

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Suppertime at Fairy Dell. —A. Botsford Photo

But we press on, as we always do, as we must. We are now in the countdown mode, first to Halloween and thereafter to the holidays that take us step by step to the end of the year. This week we have a scary movie for the library Film Feast at the Firehouse, a few more days to pick up scarecrow frames at the library’s Midland Avenue temporary headquarters, and a Full Moon Night Hike at the Refuge. 

Next week is the fall classic footrace, the Hudsy 5K and Fun Run. In two weeks the Hampton Theatre Company opens a thriller set on the moors of Devonshire about a legendary murderous beast, “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville,” and the Enchanted Forest Trail walks begin at the Wildlife Refuge. 

Then, in three weeks, it’s Halloween: time for the Quogue Fire Department sponsored Ghost Parade and trick or treating.

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“End of summer lesson: If you keep watering, you will be rewarded!” —Photo and caption by Marcia Bradley

Only a Few Days Remaining to Enter Scarecrow Competition
With the Quogue Library sponsoring its first annual Family Scarecrow Decorating Contest from October 15 to October 30, all are welcome to stop by and pick up a T-frame at the library’s Midland Avenue outpost until October 14.

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Bookish scarecrow. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Since scarecrows are due back at the library on October 15, it’s probably a good idea to pick up a frame before Monday and get to work decorating it. The library will arrange the scarecrows along Jessup Avenue so that residents can pick out their favorites and cast a vote at 4 Midland until October 30.

The winners will be announced at the Quogue Firehouse following the Ghost Parade on Thursday, October 31. 

October Appropriate Film Feast Saturday Features “Rosemary’s Baby”
On Saturday, October 12, it’s time once again to join friends, neighbors, and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. Totally appropriate for the run-up to Halloween, this month’s selection is the 1968 American psychological supernatural horror film “Rosemary’s Baby.” Rosemarys-Baby

Director Roman Polanski’s first U.S. feature film starred Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, along with Ruth Gordon (who won Best Supporting Actress for her role), Ralph Bellamy, Maurice Evans and Charles Grodin. Polanski’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s diabolically frightening novel was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

A review in Variety noted that the film “holds attention without explicit violence and gore.” Roger Ebert wrote that “Roman Polanski’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is a brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger. Strangely enough it also has an eerie sense of humor almost until the end. It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good.”

The feasting begins at 6:15 and the film will be screened at 7:15. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Best to call the library at 631-653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring. 

Lectures Offered in Riverhead on Plight of Sea Turtles
On Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) is offering free lecture at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on the plight of cold stunned sea turtle, both for education and to enlist volunteers willing to patrol New York’s beaches in search of sea turtles in distress. Kemp's Ridley

Cold stunning is a condition similar to hypothermia that is brought on when these cold-blooded sea turtles are in water temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This condition, if stunned turtles are stranded, can become fatal, which is why the New York Marine Rescue Center needs help from volunteers: the sooner these animals are found and reported to the NYMRC, the higher their chances of survival. 

In addition to the lecture, the NYMRC will also be conducting an in-field training for those interested in becoming part of the Cold Stunned Sea Turtle Emergency Response Team. Come learn about local sea turtle species and find out how you can help rescue these endangered animals. Click here to sign up for the training. 

A free program for adults and teens. Check the website for lecture information, prior registration is required.

Full Moon Night Hike at Refuge on Monday
The next Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Monday, October 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  

During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and undertake some night vision activities under the light of the moon. 

This program is $5 for Wildlife Refuge members; $10 for non-members. Reservations, with payment, are required at least 24 hours in advance; call 631-653-4771 to make a reservation; click on (or visit) for more information.

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An uncommon sighting: a palm warbler in Cold Spring. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Hudsy 5K Slated This Year on October 19
The annual Hudsy 5K Run and Fun Run for Kids honoring the memory of the late, beloved Joan Hudson is scheduled to step off from the Quogue School this year on Saturday, October 19, at 9 a.m. 

As always, the proceeds from the 5K are used to fund the school’s Heartlinks program, which provides different types of activities at the school to promote health and well being for the students. The timed 5K run is open to the public and awards are given to those who place first in their age group. 

Registration closes on race day at 8:45 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $30 per person for adults 18 and up and $15 per person for 17 and under; on race day the cost is $35 for 18 and up, $20 for 17 and under. Once again, the hospitable Heart Links folks are offering free t-shirts for the first 150 registered race participants. The kids’ Fun Run is free. 

As always, the 5K begins in front of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. The Fun Run for the small fry starts immediately after the 5K finish. Participants can run or walk for the event, routed through the streets of Quogue with a Quogue Police escort. 

For more information or to register, visit, or the school website at, or call Ryan Fay at the school at 631-653-4285.

“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” Opens HTC Season October 24
“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” will be the first play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season, opening on October 24 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through November 10. 

The play’s afoot in Ken Ludwig’s transformation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” into a murderously funny adventure. Ludwig, the master of comedy who created such HTC hits as “Lend Me a Tenor” (1993), “Moon Over Buffalo” (2008) and last season’s “Comedy of Tenors,” has Sherlock Holmes investigating the fatal curse afflicting the male heirs of the Baskerville line. Bville poster

In the search for the ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must try to sort out a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as three actors in the cast of five deftly portray some 40 characters. 

A reviewer for Broadway World proclaimed that “the joy is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way … a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call.”

“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from October 24 to November 10, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, November 9, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. A talkback with the cast will be offered following the Friday, November1, 7 p.m. performance. 

The Hampton Theatre Company is offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Westhampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. A special lunch and theater package is also available for the Saturday matinee on November 9, with lunch before the show at the Quogue Club at the Hallock House. Discount tickets are available for veterans, Native Americans, under 35, students, and groups. For reservations and information on all packages and available discounts, visit or email

To reserve tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Enchanted Forest Trail Walks Start October 26 at Wildlife Refuge
Children ages 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult will have three opportunities to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this year: from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October  27, and again on Saturday, November 2. 

A QWR guide will introduce the little ones to whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails, and the parking lot/staging area will have lots of games and activities for the small fry. All are invited to wear their Halloween finery if they like.

Reservations are required and the fee is $10 per person; call 631-653-4771 to reserve a time slot. For more information, visit

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