Shifting Sands

In case anyone hadn’t noticed, we have an erosion problem on the beach to the west of the Shinnecock Inlet jetties. As Lisa Finn reported on this week, “For the fourth time in a month, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman … issued a state of emergency for the eastern portion of Dune Road near the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock in Hampton Bays.” 

In an interview with Patch, Schneiderman noted that the dune “is gone. It’s all washed out again. We’re back to where we started. There’s a 200-foot hole right in front of the commercial dock.”

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Relentless. —A. Botsford Photo

As many residents have already witnessed following one or another of the nor’easters that raked the beaches or the storms that passed offshore this fall, the dunes have been carved out all down the beach, from the inlet to the Quogue Village Beach and beyond. At Round Dune, a major section of deck has already been separated from the residential complex—which is itself now perched perilously close to the mean high water mark—and it’s only a matter of time before it collapses.

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Precarious times. —A. Botsford Photo

And there hasn’t even been a hurricane … yet. 

Create a Holiday Centerpiece at Wildlife Refuge
Rori from Flowers by Rori will be in the Nature Center at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Friday, November 22, at 5 p.m. to lead a workshop on how to design a custom centerpiece for holiday celebrations. paper-flower-thanksgiving-centerpiece-1534269924

Fresh flowers and natural materials will be used. The cost is $45 per person; space is limited; and payment is due upon registration. Visit or call 631-653-4771. 

Talking Turkey and a Craft for Kids
Holiday pop quiz: What do wattle, snood, beard, and spur have in common? They’re all terms connected to the anatomy of turkeys.turkey 

Kids age 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult are invited to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 23, at 10 a.m. to learn about these body part identifiers, what turkeys eat, where they live, and a variety of other fun facts. 

Saturday’s talk will culminate in the creation of a craft for the holidays. Cost is $5 per child, reservations are required; call 631-653-4771 or visit

Library and Miss Pat Host a “Talking Stick” Workshop
Today, Thursday, November 21, at 4 p.m. at the Firehouse, Ms. Pat will help youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade create a traditional Native American “talking stick.” 

According to the library, incorporating this ancient custom at the Thanksgiving celebration will help ensure that everyone’s voice will be heard, from the youngest to the oldest. Children will design and create their own talking sticks for use with family and friends.

swan Pat Prentis
—Patricia Prentis Photo

Animal Shelter Collection Begins at Library’s Midland Street Outpost
The Quogue Library’s drive to obtain donations of useful items for those in need served by Maureen’s Haven is wrapping up today, November 21. 

The next community collection at the library, beginning Friday, November 22, will be dedicated to the Southampton Animal Shelter, one of the leading “no-kill” animal shelters on Long Island, serving the entire Township of Southampton. 

Support for this drive involves purchasing much needed supplies from the shelter’s Amazon Wishlist using this link, or donating any of the following items: Purina One Dry cat food, Canned Friskies cat food, Taste of the Wild Dry dog food, dog or cat beds, dog or cat toys, soft treats for dogs, pill pockets for dogs or cats. 

The new drive runs from November 22 through December 30. For more information, call the library at 631-653-4224. 

Quogue Library Dungeons and Dragons Club Meets at Firehouse
The second meeting of the new Dungeons and Dragons Club for teens is scheduled for this Saturday, November 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.D&D

The library’s very own Dungeon Master, Stephen Jordan, is inviting Dungeons and Dragons neophytes and experts to join the club, using a pre-made character or making their own. 

The club will meet on Saturday, November 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. for subsequent meetings on December 7, 21 and 28. Call the library for more information; 631-653-4771. 

Drip Painting for Kids with Pollock-Krasner House
In a program sponsored by the Quogue Library, representatives from the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will be on hand at the Firehouse on Saturday, November 23, at 4 p.m. to work with kindergarten through fifth grade artists on creating their own drip paintings. drip-painting.jpg

What do artists do when they’re happy, sad, frightened or mad? In this workshop, young artists will discover creative ways artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner expressed their feelings and then make a drip painting of their own.

To register for the drip painting workshop, call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Historical Society Holiday House Tour 2 to 6 p.m. December 14
At Quaquanantuck must confess to a grievous error in last week’s column, when the time of the  Holiday House Tour to benefit the Quogue Historical Society on Saturday, December 14, was listed incorrectly. The tour hours are in fact from 2 to 6 p.m.; a cocktail party follows at 6 p.m. at one of the five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holidays. 

Tickets for the House Tour only are $60; Cocktail Party, $50; House Tour & Cocktail Party, $100; Patron Level tickets are $125 (House Tour & Cocktail Party). Click here to purchase tickets.

On the day of the event, tickets can be picked up or purchased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue, Quogue. All those interested in volunteering on the day of the tour are asked to call Lee Wadelton, volunteer coordinator, 908-377-1486.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here or visit

The Flowers by Rori scarecrow, “Bride,” left, took second place in the recent Quogue Library scarecrow competition. At right, “Mother Nature” by Nancy Jennings took third.

Fresh on the straw-filled heels of the library’s successful scarecrow competition, snowman templates are now available at the Midland Street office for residents to take home and decorate. The finished snowmen will be returned to the library by December 2 so they can be part of the first ever Snowman Stroll Along the Pond on December 22 at 2 p.m., to be followed by hot chocolate and a movie. For more details, call the library at 631-653-4224, or stop in at the Midland Street office.

Sunset Patricia Prentis
Autumn sunset. —Patricia Prentis Photo

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