Think Peace

One of the most important holidays of the year, in the opinion of At Quaquanantuck, is coming up on Monday, November 11: Veterans Day. Based on the signing of the Armistice ending World War I that was intended to take effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, this is a day to honor all veterans and express our gratitude for their service. 

Because of its origin in Armistice Day, it is also a day to reflect on how we might be able to achieve peace—real, lasting peace. As the late John Lennon, a tragic victim of gun violence, urged us all: “Imagine.” 

Round Dune ab
Overmatched? Too big a job for two men with shovels? —A. Botsford Photo
Vil Beach PatP
“Steps to Nowhere” at Quogue Village Beach. —Patricia Prentis Photo

All the votes have been tallied and now we know the winners. 

No, not the Election Day political winners; the winners of the Quogue Village Hallowe’en Scarecrow contest. For this inaugural competition, the winning scarecrow was #5, “Lego Man,” created by eight-year-old Leigh Murray and Aidan Murray (12), with design help from Linda Sadloski. The winning scarecrow builders are the children of Amanda Murray and grandkids of Bob and Meredith Murray.

Scarecrow Contest Winner
Leigh Murray, left, and Aidan Murray with the winning scarecrow, “Lego Man.”

Congratulations to the winners and the thanks of a grateful village to all the scarecrow sculptors who so beautifully adorned Jessup Avenue with their creations. Let’s hope this is a new tradition in the making.

GPladybug AB
A lovely ladybug at the QFD Ghost Parade. —A. Botsford Photo




GP2 by BC
“Ghosts” at the staging area before the parade. —Big Chill Photo

Final Weekend for “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville”
Just five more opportunities to see“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at the Quogue Community Hall. The first show of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season, this comedy/thriller/mystery will be performed tonight, Thursday, November 7, and tomorrow at 7 p.m.; twice on Saturday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and a final show on Sunday, November 10, at 2:30 p.m. 

The play has been a hit with audiences, earning laughter, cheers and applause, so it’s a good idea to book tickets as soon as possible in case of sold out houses, especially on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. There are typically good seats available for the Saturday matinee, which is a relatively new addition to the HTC’s performance schedule. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 1-866-811-4111.

Andrew Botsford, Duncan Hazard, Matthew Conlon, Tina Jones, and Ben Schnickel. —Tom Kochie Photo

Ludwig’s theatrical transformation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” has Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigating the fatal curse afflicting the male heirs of the Baskerville line whilst three other actors in the cast of five divide some 40 characters between them.

As Melissa Giordano of wrote: “The cast is truly brilliant with special kudos to the backstage team … A great cast and an entertaining story make for a fun night of theatre.” 

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.

Tina Jones, Matthew Conlon, Ben Schnickel and Duncan Hazard. —Tom Kochie Photo

Shows this week are on Thursday and Friday at 7, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30. 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.

Library’s November Film Feast at Firehouse Features “Free Solo”
On Saturday, November 9, 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. This month’s selection is the 2018 feature documentary “Free Solo.” Free Solo

A National Geographic Documentary Film, “Free Solo” is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free solo climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares for and then undertakes fulfilling his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 3,000 ft. El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. 

A review in the Seattle Times notes that “‘Free Solo’ sets itself apart by intimately probing the psyche of one of the world’s most interesting athletes. It examines Honnold’s personal relationships and how he rationalizes the desire for accomplishment — to him, the pursuit of athletic perfection — with the potential ramifications to those close to him. 

“Despite the gravity-defying cinematography and alpine setting, ‘Free Solo’ transcends the climbing world and intimately examines something universal: How can Honnold risk pain to the people who love him in pursuit of a lofty personal goal?”

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.

Turkeytime PatPrentis
A big fan of turkey time on Quogue Street. —Patricia Prentis Photo

Festive Fall Floral Arrangement Workshop at Firehouse November 13
In a program sponsored by the Quogue Library on Wednesday, November 13, Flowers by Rori will provide all necessary materials and instruction on how to work with succulents in a wooden box to create a festive fall floral arrangement. 

This program for adults will be offered at the Firehouse starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per person; with a limit of 15 people. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to reserve a space and to register.

Flowers by Rori will return in December for another library sponsored workshop, this time for a Holiday Arrangement.

Be Safe When Shopping Online for the Holidays
The Quogue Library is sponsoring another “Computer Class with Russ” open to all on Thursday, November 14, at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue, this time to help holiday shoppers stay safe when buying gifts online. 

As everyone knows by this point, holiday shopping online can be irresistible. Statistics suggest that this year 83 percent of U.S. consumers plan to shop online for holiday gifts. But danger lurks in cyber world: bogus retail websites and identity and/or credit card information theft.  

No computers or devices are needed for this session, at which Russ will offer tips for safer holiday online shopping. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register.

Horned Lark 10-28-19
Horned lark. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Two Stimulating Programs—Jungle Bob and Autumn Reflections—at QWR
Kicking things off at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 9, at 11 a.m., Jungle Bob will be paying another visit. 

In this program for all ages, Jungle Bob will illustrate the wonders of nature with a live animal program featuring some of the world’s most unloved, unusual and unknown creatures. Visitors will get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, frogs, toads, salamanders, tarantulas and other critters. crocodilian

Jungle Bob will talk about these amazing creatures, their habitats, location, diet, and defense mechanisms. The cost is $10 per person; reservations required. Call 631-653-4771. 

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, local poet and published author Maggie Bloomfield will host an afternoon of “Autumn Reflections on Nature: Poems and Short Readings for the Entire Family,” an open reading for poets, listeners, and the QWR Nature Center. 

All are invited to bring a poem of their own, a favorite by someone else, a very short essay to read, or just to enjoy a warm autumn respite. All ages, especially children, are invited to read. The traditional topic for the event is “Celebrating Nature and our Local Environment.” 

Cookies and tea will be served, and there will be a short intermission. While this is a free program, donations are welcome. Registration is preferred for this family friendly event; call 631-653-4771.

Voluntary Subscriptions Appreciated
Many thanks to all those readers who have signed up for a voluntary subscription, or subscriptions, to At Quaquanantuck. A reminder to all those who have not done so, if you enjoy the column and would like to see it, like Wikipedia, remain free for everyone, please consider visiting the At Quaquanantuck PayPal page by clicking here (or pasting into your browser) and taking out a voluntary subscription for a suggested $60 a year. If PayPal is not for you, consider sending a check made out to this columnist, Andrew Botsford, and sending it to PO Box 1524, Quogue, NY 11959. 

To all who read the column, At Quaquanantuck offers heartfelt thanks … and a reminder: This is your column, too, and it only gets better when readers send in photos and news and social items of interest to A column for the community is at its best when it is at least in some measure created by the community. 

Your Comments Welcome
At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country—or the world. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s