A Beach People

In the summer, East End residents up and down both forks and visitors from all over the world go down to the beach. Nothing particularly special about that. Why wouldn’t they? Our region boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

But it’s in the so-called “off” season that residents of our village demonstrate some of the singular character that sets Quogue apart: in all seasons, we are a beach people.

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Wind out of the west; October 18, 2019. —A. Botsford Photo

It’s evident from the time when temperatures start to drop in the fall, into the coldest days of January and February, and all through that seemingly interminable period of March through May when everyone is waiting for a promised spring that never seems to come.

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Joan and Bob Larson enjoy an October golden hour. —Lulie Morrisey Photo

Drive down Dune Road on almost any day of the year and it’s likely you’ll see one or two cars in all of the lots where beach access is available. People with their dogs, couples and families, lone beachcombers. As much or more than the changing weather, the beach and the ocean seem inexorably tied to our emotional and spiritual condition: generating, reflecting or amplifying a frame of mind; its changing faces, vastness and the innate sense of geological time it evokes offering a broader perspective and context.

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“Quiet Time.” —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

Sixth Grader Leads the Way in Bahamas Relief Effort
Beach people look out for each other wherever they find kindred spirits. Eleven-year-old Madison McCarty, a sixth grader at the Quogue School, has taken it upon herself to help the families in Abaco who lost their homes and possessions after Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas in the early days of September.

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Morgan, left, and Madison McCarty with a few of the items that have been donated toward Madison’s relief drive for people on Abaco who  lost everything when Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas at the beginning of September.

The McCarty family has visited the Bakers Bay resort over the last several Christmas breaks, and Madison was heartbroken to see the devastation caused by the record-breaking hurricane. Her mother, Diana, shared with At Quaquanantuck this week that Madison felt the need to “do something” to help the families who lost so much. 

Madison—whose 9-year-old sister Morgan is also a student at the Quogue School—spoke last week in front of parents and the student body with a PowerPoint presentation and met with each class to talk about her efforts and answer questions. She also staged a bake sale during last weekend’s Hudsy Run and raised several hundred dollars. 

Anyone interested in donating summer clothing and non-perishable personal items to help with her relief efforts, can do so by dropping off items at the front office at the school through Friday of this week. Monetary donations may be made to the Abaco Relief Fund by going to:  discoverylandcofoundation.org.

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The Bake for Bahamas sale set up by Madison McCarty at the Quogue School for the Hudsy Run.

Madison is showing all of us how, with commitment and determination, one person can make a big difference. The Quogue School sixth grader wants to make sure everyone keeps talking about this and that people don’t forget about our neighbors in the Bahamas. It will be a very long road back to recovery for the Abaco Islands.

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Hudsy 5K gets started. —A. Botsford Photo

 “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” Opens HTC’s New Season Tonight
Tonight—Thursday, October 24—is the night: “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” (the Hampton Theatre Company’s murderously funny and Halloween appropriate first play of the 2019-2020 season ) opens for a three-week run. A talkback with the cast will be offered following the Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. performance. 

The play’s afoot and there’s lots of laughter 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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Left to right: Andrew Botsford, Duncan Hazard, a corpse played by George Loizides, Matthew Conlon, Tina Jones and Ben Schnickel in a scene from “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville.” —Tom Kochie Photo

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 through 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  www.hamptontheatre.org or email info@hamptontheatre.org

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

Library Sponsors “Horror” Movie and Pizza Night Friday
Families are invited to come over to the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue on Friday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. for pizza and a movie sponsored by the Quogue Library. corpse bride

In celebration of the Halloween spirit, the library will be screening “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (PG), an animated Gothic romance voiced by the likes of Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Joanna Lumley, and Albert Finney, among others. 

As a review on RogerEbert.com points out: “’Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride’ is not the macabre horror story the title suggests, but a sweet and visually lovely tale of love lost.” Parents who would like to vet the movie more carefully can read the full review at www.rogerebert.com/reviews/tim-burtons-corpse-bride-2005.

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 during the same hours 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, but costumes are not a prerequisite.

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

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Scare Q Crow representing on Jessup Avenue. —Photo courtesy of The Quogue Shop

Ghost Parade Scheduled October 31 Down Traditional Route
Don’t forget: 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.  

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