Another Day

Here we go again, dear readers: turning the page on not only another year but also a tumultuous decade. Pundits, prognosticators, historians, journalists and, yes, professional and accidental comedians try to put the recent past in some kind of perspective, ranking the best, the worst, and most memorable of all that has transpired. Meanwhile, the planet, perched on the edge of a new decade, seems to be collectively holding its breath, wondering tremulously what the future holds in store.

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The sun sets on another day . . . —Paula Prentis Photo

In the end, for all the fuss, it’s really just another day, just one of 366 in this leap year of 2020. In this time, fraught with so much anxiety, unrest and uncertainty as it is, At Quaquanantuck hopes that one and all can honor the precious gift of each 24 hours by embracing the opportunity to bring positive energy to every situation and circumstance we encounter. 

All of which is to say: happy new day, everyone. For every day of the year, happy today.

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… and another day begins. —A. Botsford Photo

Turning the page on 2019  and beginning 2020 does not require any kind of restart here in our village, with the Quogue Library, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and the Hampton Theatre Company continuing with a predictably wide array of programming for all ages and interests. 

Today, Thursday, January 2, for example, the Quogue Library is sponsoring the first of two “LEGO Time with Miss Pat” block parties at the Firehouse, with kids of all ages welcome. The sessions are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. today, January 2, and Thursday, January 16. Call the library at 631-653-4224 for more information or to register. 

Dog Training Demonstration Saturday
All dog owners are invited to a Quogue Library sponsored program of “Dog Training with Rolissa Nash of K-9 Academy” on Saturday, January 4, at 11 a.m. at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

Ms. Nash will discuss questions and concerns about specific pets as well as information about training dogs in general and and will also demonstrate training tips and commands with her own dogs.

All ages are welcome; call 631-653-4224 for more information or to register. 

Cold Stunned Turtles: How to Help
The library is hosting a free lecture by representatives of the New York Marine Rescue Center on the topic of cold stunned sea turtles on Sunday, January 5, at 3 p.m. at the Firehouse. Kemp's Ridley

How many area residents fond of walking on local beaches would know what to do if they encountered a sea turtle? Sunday’s talk will offer guidance on how to help save these animals.

The free lecture is open to adults and teens; call 631-653-0611 for more information or to register.

Two Different Kinds of Yoga Offered by Library
Whether at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the year: anytime is a good time to start or maintain a practice of yoga. The Quogue Library will continue to host gentle yoga classes for all levels led by Amy Hess at the Firehouse at 9:45 a.m. on Fridays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. The cost is $10 per person; all are asked to register by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

The library is also sponsoring a series of chair restoration yoga with Jillian sessions at the Firehouse on Wednesdays, January 8,15,22, and 29 at 10:30 a.m. yoga

Participants will perform yoga poses, meditation and breathing techniques while sitting or standing with a chair. The specified poses and mindfulness practices of chair yoga are beneficial for those with limited mobility, restricting injuries, or the desire to improve balance.

Full Moon Night Hike at Refuge January 9
Nature lovers are invited to celebrate the first full moon of 2020 by heading out on a Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, January 9, starting at 5 p.m. 

During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and undertake some night vision activities under the light of January’s Wolf moon. 

This program is $5 for Wildlife Refuge members; $10 for non-members. Reservations, by telephone or in-person only (631-653-4771) are required at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the appropriate fee. No online reservations are accepted for this program. 

“Admissions” by Joshua Harmon Opens January 16 in Quogue
“Admissions” by Joshua Harmon will be the second play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season, opening on Thursday, January 16, at the Quogue Community Hall and running through February 2. Talkbacks with the cast and director will be offered following the 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24. 

Because the play deals with issues related to college admissions and diversity, the HTC is offering free admission for high school juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians to the dress rehearsal of “Admissions” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. Parents are advised that the play contains some profanity in the mouth of a 17-year-old boy. There will be a talkback with the cast and director immediately following the dress rehearsal.  Admissions

Playing the diversity card cuts both ways in this “hilarious and provocative drama” by Joshua Harmon. Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department, fighting to diversify the student body at Hillcrest, a New England prep school. With support from her husband Bill, the school’s Headmaster, she has largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son Charlie, deferred by an  Ivy League university, claims he is the victim of reverse discrimination because he is white, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results.

Following the invited dress rehearsal for high school juniors and seniors on January 15, “Admissions” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from January 16 to February 2, with performances 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, February 1, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. Talkbacks with the cast will be offered following the 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24.

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 February 1, 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.

Condolences to Family of Herb Phillips
At Quaquanantuck offers belated condolences to the family of Herb Phillips, who died on December 13, 2019 at the age of 73. 

A veteran of the U.S. Navy who worked for many years as a real estate broker, he was the former chairman of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years and served on the ZBA for a total of 21 years. He was also a member of the Westhampton Beach School Board for 11 years, serving as president of the board for two different terms. 

Many Quogue residents of a certain age will remember Herb and his brother Sid helping out their dad, also named Herb, who was the longtime manager of the Quogue Beach Club. As detailed in the club’s centennial journal last summer, members of the Phillips family were associated with management of the club for three quarters of a century. 

Condolences go out to Herb’s wife Beth, his two daughters, Erika and Kirsten, and all in their extended family. 

Village Board Names Person of the Year
Among the awkward moments for a community columnist who is also engaged in some of the activities that are covered in that column, perhaps the most awkward are those instances when the columnist is the story. 

A case in point would be the Quogue Village Board of Trustees’ tradition of naming a Person of the Year in December, with the 2019 designee being … Andrew Botsford.

2019 Person of the Year accepting the proclamation. —Big Chill Photo

The lovely proclamation detailing the board’s designation will not be copied here. For those who are interested, there may be a copy at Village Hall. Among the whereases and reasons provided, my work with the Hampton Theatre Company and the authorship of this column seemed to be significant contributors. 

It is not lost on me that in both cases the work I do—if it is to have any meaning—is dependent on the interest and support of the community. And so, though I cannot pass this honor on, I very gratefully share it with all audiences and patrons, all readers and voluntary subscribers. It is truly a privilege and tremendously rewarding to be a part of this engaged and supportive community. My thanks to the Village Board, and to all of you. 

Your Comments Welcome
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Christmas sunset, Village Dock. —Geoff Judge Photo

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