Scary Times

Like many village residents, At Quaquanantuck took advantage of the fair weather over the weekend to go down to the beach and gauge how badly last week’s nor’easter had scoured the shore, as nor’easters are famously wont to do. 

Then, with a southeast gale and heavy rain predicted for the evening hours of Wednesday, when this column is typically being prepared for posting, At Quaquanantuck took a drive on Tuesday down the section of Dune Road between the Quogue Bridge and Ponquogue Beach.

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The sea can also show a gentle face. —A. Botsford Photo

Having seen the dramatic effects of the relatively minor storm last week while images of the devastation of the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian were still fresh in my mind, I looked at all the houses—still under construction, newly built, or standing for many years—and tried to weigh the likelihood of even one of them withstanding the impact of a direct hit by 180 mph winds and associated storm surge of 20 feet or more heaved up on the shore. 

And if any of the houses could survive the first landfall, how would they fare if the storm was slow moving, with 160 mph sustained winds continuing to buffet the beach for as much as 18 hours, as happened in several locations in the Bahamas? Beyond the beach, how many houses farther inshore could hold together in those conditions?

It’s not just Halloween; we live in scary times.  

Jessup Avenue Is Now Scarecrow Street
Lots of creative types took advantage of the Quogue Library’s offer to provide frames for the first annual Family Scarecrow Decorating Contest, and the results are now on view up and down the street in what we like to call Quogue’s downtown business district. 

All residents are encouraged to pick out their favorites and cast their votes at the library’s 4 Midland outpost until October 30. The winners will be announced at the Quogue Firehouse following the Ghost Parade on Thursday, October 31. 

Sad News of the Passing of Sue Moore
Susan Moore, one of the great characters of our village and for many years the much loved bartender at the Quogue Field Club, died on Wednesday morning, October 16, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

Sue is survived by her husband, Bruce; her children, Robert, Gregory,  and Tracy; and grandchildren, John, Gregory Jr., and Riley.

Visitation will be held today, Thursday, October 17, at the Werner Rothwell Funeral Home, 60 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

At Quaquanantuck joins the legions of Sue’s friends and admirers in sending heartfelt condolences to the Moore family.

Deadline for Bird Seed Orders Is Friday, October 18
As many savvy bird lovers already know, one great way to support the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at this time of year is to pre-order a winter supply of bird seed from the Refuge. The birds will thank you all winter long, and the Refuge and ELIAS will be grateful as well. cardinal

This fundraiser for the two worthy organizations is made possible through the generosity of Eastport Feed. Pickup for all pre-orders will be at the QWR Nature Center on Sunday, November 3, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bird seed must be pre-ordered but there will be a limited quantity of bird seed for sale on November 3, as well as bird and garden related gift items.

It’s too late to mail in your orders, but orders can be made online by clicking here, or visiting Pre-payment is required for all orders.

Hudsy 5K Steps Off on Saturday, October 19
The weather forecast so far looks promising for the annual Hudsy 5K Run and Fun Run for Kids honoring the memory of the late, beloved Joan Hudson, stepping off this year on Saturday, October 19, at 9 a.m. 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. 

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. 

In the 5K, prizes go to the top male and female overall as well as to the top three males and top three females in 10 different age groups. 

The Hudsy 5K is one of the traditional signifiers that the fall season has arrived and now holds sway, regardless of what the thermometer might suggest. At Quaquanantuck hopes, first, for good weather for all the participants and, second, that all those who are not participants will line the run/walk route to offer support and encouragement and cheer on the runners and walkers.

Participants can run or walk for the event, routed through the streets of Quogue with an escort courtesy of the Quogue Village Police. For more information or to register, visit the school website at, or call Ryan Fay at the school at 631-653-4285.

Social Issues through the Lens of Gregory Peck Films
Film historian Howard Oboler will present a lecture examining contemporary social issues as seen through the lens of classic films starring Gregory Peck. Sponsored by the Quogue Library, Mr. Oboler will present his talk on Saturday, October 19, at 2 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.Roman Holiday

The poison of antisemitism informs the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement”; racial prejudice provides the core of the conflict in the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird”; and class distinctions are explored in William Wyler’s 1953 romantic comedy, “Roman Holiday.” For more information or to register, call the library at 631-653-4771.   

Ghost Parade Scheduled October 31 Down Traditional Route
The annual Quogue Fire Department sponsored Ghost Parade will step off promptly from in front of the Quogue Club at the southern end of Jessup Avenue at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. 

The moving spooktacle will proceed down the now scarecrow lined street to the Firehouse, where there will be the traditional costume judging, snacks, and announcement of the library scarecrow contest winners.

  “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” Opens Next Thursday, 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. A talkback with the cast will be offered following the Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. performance. 

The play’s afoot and there is laughter aplenty in Ludwig’s transformation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the fatal curse afflicting the male heirs of the Baskerville line while three actors in the cast of five divide some 40 characters between them. 

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.”

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Duncan Hazard, Tina Jones, and Matthew Conlon at a rehearsal for “Baskerville.”

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than 30 countries and at least 20 languages. He has written 25 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His first Broadway play, “Lend Me A Tenor,” won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. 

The cast of the HTC production of “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” features four HTC veterans: Andrew Botsford as Actor Two; Matthew Conlon as Sherlock Holmes; Tina Jones as Actress One; and Ben Schnickel as Actor One. Duncan Hazard, a newcomer to the HTC stage, has the role of Dr. Watson. 

Hampton Theatre Company Artistic Director Diana Marbury directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

“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. 

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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