Any Thoughts?

At Quaquanantuck was hopeful—after last week’s essay on the contemporary paralyzing dependency on technological advances that have completely altered so much of most Americans’ way of life—that readers might offer comments on the topic, and perhaps share some of their own experiences. 

So far, though, has received only one response on this topic. If I receive permission, I will quote from this email in next week’s column. For now, I am asking any readers who have thoughts about this issue to share them via email, please, so that we might be able to start a discussion.

Sunrise; January 15, 2020. —A. Botsford Photo

 One of the many joys of putting this column together is receiving so many lovely photos from readers so closely attuned to the singular beauty of our village and its myriad landscapes, seascapes and natural splendor.

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Footprints to the foam. —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

“Admissions” by Joshua Harmon Opens Tonight
Big excitement in Quogue today as the second show of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 35th season opens tonight, Thursday, January 16, at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. The play is “Admissions” by Joshua Harmon, a seriously funny play about college admissions, diversity, and one couple’s changing values when their son’s future is on the line. 

The show will run 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.

Tristan Vaughan, Morgan Vaughan, and Ian Hubbard in a scene from “Admissions” at the Quogue Community Hall. —Tom Kochie Photo

Playing the diversity card cuts both ways in what one reviewer called a “hilarious and provocative drama” by Joshua Harmon. Supported by her husband, the headmaster, admissions department head Sherri Rosen-Mason has been fighting to diversify the student body at a New England prep school. But when their only son Charlie, deferred by Yale, claims he is the victim of reverse discrimination because he is white, Sherri must try to reconcile her progressive values with a no-holds-barred campaign to make sure her son is admitted to an elite college. 

Presented at Lincoln Center in 2018, “Admissions” was the winner of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Play. In a review for the New York Times, Jesse Green called the play “astonishing and daring … good satire at work, causing us to think critically about people we don’t at first recognize as images of ourselves … An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire—of the left, by the left, for the left—for today.” 

New York City based playwright Joshua Harmon is also the author of “Bad Jews,” “Significant Other” and “Skintight.” 

The cast of the HTC production of “Admissions” features four HTC veterans: Morgan Vaughan (“Good People,” “Other Desert Cities”) as Sherri; Hampton Bays High School senior Ian Hubbard (“On Golden Pond”) as Charlie; Tristan Vaughan (“Deathtrap,” “Venus in Fur”) as Bill; and HTC Artistic Director Diana Marbury as Roberta, a staffer in the Development office at Hillcrest. Minerva Perez, a well-known actor on the East End but a newcomer to the HTC stage, plays Sherri’s best friend, Ginnie.

Diana Marbury and Morgan Vaughan. —Tom Kochie Photo

Hampton Theatre Company president Andrew Botsford directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun. 

“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. 

A Guide to Eating Well While Traveling
The Quogue Library is sponsoring a class and discussion accompanied by a meal prepared by Cheffe Colette of the Inn Spot on the Bay tonight, Thursday, January 16, at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

Colette will lead the class and discussion on international travel, food and grocery shopping with an eye to showing participants how to navigate the food scene on their travels. This program for adults is $15 per person, meal included. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to see if there is any room left in the class or at the table. 

Garden Club Receives $1,000 Grant for New Project
The Westhampton Garden Club has received a $1,000gGrant from the National Garden Clubs’ Plant America Community Project Grants program, which provides funding for new or existing projects of member clubs in their local communities across the United States. 

The new grant will be used for the Garden Club’s enhancement of the 9/11 Garden of Remembrance at the Quogue Firehouse, which is now in the development phase. The project will require the transfer of bulbs planted by members in November at the Garden of Remembrance in Battery Park Conservancy to Quogue, along with other materials. 

Since its founding, the Westhampton Garden Club has established and maintained six community gardens in surrounding villages, including the Butterfly Garden at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Each garden offers peaceful respite and horticultural education for residents, the most recent being the redesigned  Westhampton Village Green garden and the Native Plants Garden at the Quogue Lily Pond opposite the Firehouse.

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No matter how lovely the photograph, there is no good angle on the erosion of the Quogue ocean beach. —Paula Prentis Photo

Library Offering Class on Making Mobile Payments
For those anxious to embrace (and willing to trust) the latest technology and apps, it’s time to say goodbye to cash, checks, and credit cards. Mobile payment apps now permit the purchase of products and services, or the exchange of money with family and friends, all from a mobile device. 

In this class on Saturday, January 18, at 10 a.m. at the library’s Midland Street facility next to the Post Office, participants will learn about PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay, and other mobile payment products, and find out which service is the right fit for their needs. 

Advance registration is requested; call 631-653-4224, ext. 101. Next stop: cryptocurrency? 

Extra Session Added for “Live Owls!” Program at Refuge
With the 3 p.m. program of viewing resident owls up close all filled up, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has added an additional session of the popular program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, in the QWR Nature Center.owl

In this one-hour program, participants will learn about native Long Island owl species and what they might be up to during the winter months, as well as how to help protect them. Fascinating information will be provided about the diets, habitats, and physical adaptations of these raptors that make them excellent hunters. 

This program is for adults and families with children age 6 and older. The fee is $10 per person, or $5 per child under 10. To register, call 631-653-4771, click here, or visit

Library Offers Free Screening of “Dunkirk” at Firehouse Sunday
A free screening of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (2017) for adults and families will be offered by the Quogue Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, at the Firehouse. Complimentary pretzels and popcorn will be served.Dunkirk (2)

As Paul Assay wrote in Unplugged: “‘Dunkirk’ dramatizes the complexity of war—both its horrors and heroism—while admirably not straying beyond the boundaries of a PG-13 rating.”

Another critic, Neil Soans of the Times of India, noted that “‘Dunkirk’ is another landmark achievement by one of the most important and skilled storytellers in the present generation of filmmaking.”

Introduction to Photography at Firehouse January 23
The Quogue Library will once again be offering a one-hour Introduction to Photography class on Thursday, January 23, at 4 p.m. at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue. 

Instructor Miranda Gatewood will return for this class. Participants are asked to bring their smart phones or cameras to learn tips and tricks of the trade. Advance registration requested; call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

International Dinner at Inn Spot Features Dutch Dishes
Readers are invited to explore the cuisine of a different country every week at the Inn Spot on the Bay in Hampton Bays.This weekend, Cheffes Collette and Pam will offer a menu featuring dishes from Holland—or, according to a New York Times article about a new branding effort, a menu featuring dishes from the Netherlands. Holland

The cost is $39 for the three-course prix fixe; there will be seatings from 5 p.m. on Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18. Be sure to check out each week’s Street Food offering as well. The Inn Spot On The Bay is just north of the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays. Call 631-728-1200 for more information or to make a reservation, or visit to see the complete menu. 

“Light the Night” Trail Walks at Refuge Saturday, January 25
Magical winter evening walks are scheduled next weekend at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for the fifth year. Adults and families are invited to come to the Refuge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, for a self-guided, peaceful stroll through the gently lit forest trails. 

After or before the walk, strollers can warm up in the Nature Center near the cozy fireplace with some hot cocoa and cookies. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Check-in is inside the Nature Center.

Reservations preferred, to arrange arrival times at the Refuge; walk-ins will also be welcome. Call 631-653-4771 or register online by clicking here, or visit

Your Comments Welcome
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