If it’s Halloween—which it is, today—that means that the end of Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner. So everyone should remember on Saturday evening before retiring to take an hour off those clocks that don’t automatically reset for standard time (such as smart phones).
Yes, the sun will seem to come up earlier, but it will also be setting earlier and the hours of darkness will increase up until the winter solstice brings the turn back to the light. Until then, let’s all help each other to keep spirits bright.
The scarecrows paved the way, to be sure, but it is tonight’s Ghost Parade down Jessup Avenue and the festivities that follow—all sponsored by the Quogue Fire Department—that really kick off the end-of-year holiday cycle around these parts.
Stepping off promptly from in front of the Quogue Club at the southern end of Jessup Avenue at 5 p.m. tonight, Thursday, October 31, the parade of wee sprites, terrifying tykes and costumed caperers will proceed down the scarecrow lined street to the Firehouse, where there will be the traditional costume judging, snacks, and announcement of the library scarecrow contest winners.
All residents who have not already done so are encouraged to pick out their favorite scarecrows and cast their votes at the library’s 4 Midland outpost right up until 5 p.m. on Halloween.
“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” Wins Over Audiences
More of a comedy treat than a scary trick, “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” opened the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season last Thursday, earning laughter, cheers and applause from appreciative audiences. The play runs for two more weeks at the Quogue Community Hall, closing after the 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 10.
A free talkback with the cast and director will be offered following the Friday, November 1, performance, which starts at 7 p.m. Since that show is already close to being sold out, anyone who would like to attend the talkback is invited to stop by the theater at 9:15 p.m. and grab any seat vacated by audience members who aren’t staying.
There is 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. Keeping things moving along at a breakneck pace, 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.”
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.
Shows are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.
Foreign Policy Association Looks at “State of the State Department”
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, moderated by Susan Perkins and David Rowe, will take up the question of “The State of the State Department and Diplomacy” for its Saturday, November 2, meeting at the Quogue Library’s temporary event space at the Quogue Firehouse at 4:30 p.m.
According to the Foreign Policy Association, during the Trump administration the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?
All those interested in attending are urged to register at their earliest convenience by calling the library at 631-653-4224.
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For more information, visit www.greatdecisions.org.
Final Enchanted Forest Trail Walks for 2019 on Saturday, November 2
Children ages 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult will have one more chance to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this year, on guided walks offered from noon to 2 p.m. 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.
Full Slate of Library Programs at Firehouse on Saturday
Prior to the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions program at 4:30 p.m., there will be two other very engaging programs sponsored by the Quogue Library at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue on Saturday, November 2.
First up, at 11 a.m. will be a dog training workshop. Rolissa Nash from K-9 Academy will demonstrate dog training tips and commands with her dogs. Bring questions and concerns about your own dogs for discussion and helpful tips, but don’t bring the dogs—they’re not invited to this program nor allowed to attend.
There is limited seating for this workshop; call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.
Then, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Basic French Lesson taught by Sophie Sejourne. The intention is to introduce vocabulary useful for travel and beginning conversations and to gauge interest in learning the French language. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to register.
Bird Seed Orders Available for Pickup Sunday at QWR
All those savvy bird lovers who pre-ordered their winter bird feeding supplies to support the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge can pick up their orders at the Refuge Nature Center on Sunday, November 3, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
There will be a limited quantity of bird seed for sale on Sunday for those who forgot to pre-order, as well as bird and garden related gift items.
This fundraiser for the two worthy organizations is made possible through the generosity of Eastport Feed. www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. Pre-payment is required for all orders.
Officials Join Celebration of Library Project Reaching Halfway Mark
Faithful correspondent Lynda Confessore passed along this report of a gathering last week at the Quogue Library renovation and expansion site:
“New York State Assemblyman Fred S. Thiele Jr., Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Quogue Village Mayor Peter Sartorius attended the celebration of two notable achievements: the Quogue Library’s renovation and expansion project reaching the halfway mark; and the awarding of New York State Construction Grants to the project. Attendees included library and village trustees and key partners from the library staff, Sea Level Construction, and capital campaign participants.
As a longtime advocate of funding for libraries by the New York State Legislature, Mr. Thiele spoke of the Public Library Construction Grant Program’s significant impact on empowering local libraries to respond to the needs of their communities. Mr. Schneiderman also emphasized the importance of state funding for libraries on the East End, which have evolved over time into community centers providing vital and relevant resources to patrons.
Both officials then toured the site and saw work in progress on several initiatives, including a new Innovation Lab, an expanded Children’s Room and separate Children’s Activity Room, restoration of the original 1897 library as a reading and study space; and greater access and use of the library grounds through terraces, porches, pavilions.and gardens.
Farewell to T. David Mullen, Pillar of Civic Responsibility
Funeral services were held last week for T. David Mullen, 92, who died on October 21.
Born on Bastille Day, July 14, 1927, Mr. Mullen served in the U.S. Navy from the age of 18 to 19, 1945 to 1946, before going on to graduate from the University of Rochester and study law at Cornell. His successful career as a lawyer included a brief period serving as law secretary for New York Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Edgar J. Nathan Jr.
Like the recently departed Sue Moore, who served as secretary of the Quogue Fire Department for 25 years under 12 different chiefs, Mr. Mullen stepped up to serve the community in a number of different positions. A former chairman of the village Zoning Board of Appeals, he was a past president of the Quogue Cemetery Association, past president of the Quogue Field Club, and honorary secretary of the National Golf Links of America.
Condolences go out to Mr. Mullen’s survivors: his wife Joan; his children, Tom Mullen and his wife Joan, Tracy Lilly and her husband Jim, and Joanie Smith and her husband Gabe; and eight grandchildren, David, Kate, Thomas, Gibbs, Henry, Max, Hoddy and Cyrus.
Memorial donations to East End Hospice (eeh.org) would be appreciated by the family.
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