After his conversation with the ghost on the ramparts—in which he learned that his uncle, having seduced his mother, was the murderer of his father—and he has been charged with avenging his father’s death, Shakespeare’s Danish Prince Hamlet sums up the situation most succinctly: “The time,” he says, “is out of joint.”
It’s a wonderful metaphorical phrase that means exactly what it sounds like: dislocated, like “a bone that has slipped from its proper juncture with another bone”; utterly disordered.
It’s a phrase that has been coming up again and again for At Quaquanantuck as the Covid-19 pandemic makes its heedless way from nation to nation and across the United States: the time is out of joint.
Curiously, in the early days of the most stringent restrictions, the time seemed way less out of joint than it does now. While it’s generally acknowledged that Governor Andrew Cuomo and other leaders in the tri-state area got started too late, when they finally began cracking down and imposing closures on non-essential businesses, entertainment, and amateur and professional sports, there was, to be sure, an abundance of almost pathological hoarding and plenty of hardships to go around, but at least there was a somewhat unified response to the danger of infection and the goal of flattening the curve.
A healthy dose of fear, respect for the courage and sacrifice of medical workers and first responders, and adhering to state guidelines that were based on developing scientific analysis: all these combined to yield a reliably consistent response on the part of the majority of the populace.
The result was a degree of confidence that if everyone followed the rules, not only would we flatten the curve, we could have at least a modicum of reassurance that we might be able to mitigate the threat of getting infected ourselves. That’s why the second half of March and the first part of April stand today as what one thoughtful reader wryly calls “the good old days.”
But looking around and reading the news in late June and the beginning of July, it seems that once again all bets are off. An unholy stew of competing political, economic, and health care considerations, seasoned with a heaping dose of moral and ethical confusion, is apparently a tasty dish for the pandemic, which seems to be getting both fatter and hungrier every day on a steady diet of it.
Mask or no mask; covering the nose and mouth or slung carelessly over the upper lip? Six feet? Three feet? Shoulder to shoulder? Face to face? Porous bubbles that allow for close-talking congregations of a dozen or more people from different households? In one household, it’s the younger people who seem unconcerned about the danger of not following protocols. In another, it’s the grownups who are throwing the loud and crowded parties. And this is in states that managed by strict observance of guidelines to flatten the curve a while back. It’s far worse in some of the states that never really closed or that reopened way too early. But then again, not all of them.
Is it any wonder that many people who are sticklers for following the rules themselves are more afraid of getting infected now than they were back in the days when the curve was spiking in New York? The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite, who of us, and how, will set it right?
And so it goes in the days of the novel coronavirus today.
More Graduates; More Heroes
At Quaquanantuck is grateful to correspondents who sent in word about two more heroes this week, secondary school graduates in the historic Covid class of 2020.
As noted in columns over the past few weeks, members of this graduating class at the college and secondary school level have been badly shortchanged by the coronavirus pandemic. While nothing can make up for all they have lost, saluting them here at least provides some recognition of their accomplishments and, I hope, the sense that not only their families and friends, but the wider community has some understanding of what they have been denied and compassion for their plight, along with a great deal of pride in their making it across the finish line in spite of any and all obstacles. Heroes all.
Logan T. Flynn, son of Gayle and Richard Flynn of Quogue and New York City, graduated from the Browning School in Manhattan on June 10. Logan will be attending the College of William and Mary in the fall.
Dylan Kostovick, grandson of Bob and Meredith Murray, graduated cum laude from Cape Cod Academy. Awarded the school’s Citizenship Prize, Science Prize, and Art Prize at the graduation ceremony, Dylan will attend UCLA in the fall.
Police News: Arraignment Postponed
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on the use of the Quogue Village Justice Court courtroom, the arraignment of Oscar N. Mayen-Orrego of Riverhead, on charges stemming from multiple incidents of alleged petit larceny and attempted petit larceny on June 22, has been postponed.
Originally scheduled for Monday, July 6, the arraignment is now set for Monday, August 3, at 9 a.m. in the Quogue Village Justice Court.
Village residents are reminded that although an arrest was made and arraignment is scheduled, the investigation is ongoing. Additional charges could be added if more victims come forward. Victims should contact the Quogue Police immediately if they have any suspicion that they were affected by this incident; call 631-653-4791, or email DHartman@villageofquogueny.gov.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Daniel Hartman reiterated this week the advice issued previously by the Quogue Village Police that residents be sure, at minimum, to lock their vehicles and house doors (including basement access) at night.
Benefits of the Wildlife Refuge Are Actual; Only the Gala Is Virtual
While the coronavirus may have penned the annual QuogueWildlife Refuge Wild Night for Wildlife benefit into a virtual corner this year, At Quaquanantuck received confirmation once again this week that the myriad benefits associated with having the QWR as an identifying touchstone of our community are blessedly actual.
It’s not just the serenity and natural beauty of the pristine landscape and trails, the vast array of flora and fauna, the caring for injured and permanently disabled wildlife, the guided walks and paddles, the camps in all seasons and educational programs for young and old, the centering and grounding programs (like Earth Yoga Outside with Amy Hess) and the spiritual safe space and respite afforded by the QWR and Gaia. All of these, and more, are the very real attributes that give the Refuge its special identity and help to make it the wonderful resource that it is, for Quogue residents and visitors from all over.
In the end, though, it’s the people—the executive director and all the staff, the dedicated members of the board of directors, and all the faithful volunteers—whose love of the Refuge and all it represents makes all the difference in rendering this natural gem such a special place for everyone.
A case in point: When faithful reader and column supporter Paula Prentis sent in this week’s stunning photograph of a beautiful broadwinged insect and inquired if this writer might know what it was, At Quaquanantuck knew instantly to whom I should turn. As she has on numerous occasions in the past, QWR Benefit Coordinator and Administrative Assistant Kimberly Stever (of slipper shell and brown lipped snail fame) responded immediately.
Turns out not only did she know what this gorgeous creature is, she had once written about it in a newsletter article. Here is her response:
“That is a Cecropia Moth! They are very beautiful creatures; we sometimes see them here at the Refuge.
“Here is an excerpt from a newsletter article I wrote about them a few years back:
“(Hyalophora cecropia) is another stunning example of a giant silk moth. They have large red, furry bodies and brown wings with varying bands and patterns of red, black and white. They have a wingspan of 5 to 7 inches, and are the largest moth in New York. These moths have no mouth parts (can’t eat), feature beautiful eyespots on their wings and the female produces a pheromone to attract males. Sound familiar?
“Cecropia Moths and Luna Moths belong to the same family, Saturniidae, and share many important similarities. These moths spend the winter in their cocoons and emerge in the late spring and early summer.”
Not knowing that Kimberly had responded, QWR Associate Director Marisa Nelson also wrote back to At Quaquanantuck in a state of some excitement:
“Utterly amazing!!! Who saw this, where and when??? (I am very curious as it is a great sighting.) It is a Cecropia Moth. Largest in NYS!
“So gorgeous and giant!”
Marisa also, as is the custom with scholarly responses, sent a link with more information that makes for fascinating reading: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/butterfly.pdf.
She also attached an article written by a former QWR volunteer who used to raise and release Cecropia Moths. Any reader interested in seeing the article can write to Marisa at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll send it along. Also fascinating reading.
It’s this kind of comprehensive knowledge and research acumen—and willingness to share both—that demonstrates just one reason why the people associated with the QWR make such a monumental difference, and why it is so critically important for everyone to step up and make this year’s Wild Night for Wildlife summer appeal the most successful ever.
As previously noted, the Wild Night for Wildlife gala has traditionally provided more than one third of the QWR’s operating budget. With no party this year, no sparkling live auction, no chance to meet and greet some of the QWR’s beloved resident animals, the Refuge is severely handicapped in its ability to make a pitch for major support from all of us.
This is why it is so important for all the residents of Quogue and the surrounding area to step up and purchase a “virtual ticket” or make some kind of contribution to the Wild Night for Wildlife Summer Appeal.
The Conservator Award recipient for 2020 is Edwina Von Gal. Honorary chairs are: Sandy and Anthony Bonner, Jim Cramer and Lisa Detwiler, and Bill Ritter and Kathleen Friery.
As Refuge Executive Director Michael Nelson has noted, all donations will help “to ensure that the Refuge is able to continue to provide quality care for our animals and priceless experiences in nature for the community.” To purchase virtual tickets and to make donations, click here or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org and click on Wild Night Appeal.
And please remember, too, the new Quogue Wildlife Refuge “text to donate” app for smart phone users. Donations to the QWR can now be made from anywhere simply by texting QWR2020 to 202-858-1233. The new app leads users to a very simple donation form, right on their cell phones.
This year’s virtual affair will feature a special celebratory YouTube video premiere at 7 p.m. on the night originally scheduled for the gala, Saturday, June 11.
No Time Like the Present to Look into Quogue’s Past
As noted last week, the Quogue Historical Society has adapted its programming in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with several new initiatives offering access to the 350+ years of Quogue history without breaching virus safety protocols:
Coming up in two weeks, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, history and photography buffs won’t want to miss the Historical Society’s first in a planned series of Illustrated Talks via Zoom, “Then and Now: Pictorial Quogue, c. 1875 & 2020.”
QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene will host the session, taking participants through a comparison of how parts of our village looked in the late 19th century—as captured by George Bradford Brainerd—versus the way they look today.
As a release from the QHS explains, by the time of his death in 1887, civil engineer and amateur photographer George Bradford Brainerd had taken 2,500 photographs, mostly urban views of New York City. The 10-plus images Brainerd captured of Quogue in the mid-1870s document a portrait of the village’s early days, revealing—understatement alert!—a “stark contrast to the Quogue of today.”
Send an email to email@example.com to reserve a space in the Zoom room. The Zoom link to join will be emailed a week before the talk to those who register.
Another new initiative from the Society is QHS At Home (quoguehistory.org/qhs-at-home), an update of the QHS website featuring a roster of virtual opportunities to explore Quogue history. Throughout the summer, the Historical Society will be adding online exhibitions, virtual tours, children’s activities, videos, and more.
The Historical Society is also offering a new map-guided, self-scheduled (and socially distanced, of course) walking tour of Jessup Avenue. Maps loaded with historical fun facts and lore are available outside the Pond House to guide strollers through what the QHS is calling “Quogue’s bustling commercial, cultural, and civic center” on Jessup Avenue.
Plans call for an online version of the map to be posted on the QHS website. As restrictions ease, the Historical Society will explore the possibility of conducting walking tours for limited numbers of participants with appropriate safety measures.
With all these lovely, and safe, programs on offer despite all the challenges the Society is facing because of the coronavirus pandemic, now is the time to create or renew your membership and increase your donation to the Quogue Historical Society.
Like all the other nonprofits, the QHS has been forced by the pandemic to cancel (or recast in the virtual realm) its principal fund-raising events. That’s why, now more than ever, the Society needs all of our support to continue its mission “to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Quogue in order to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the Village.”
Create or renew your membership by clicking here or by visiting quoguehistory.org/support/financial-contributions/. You’ll have the option to complete the Membership Reply Form and mail a check, or click on the donate button to pay with a credit card or PayPal.
Quogue Library Going All Out for Shark Week
Fresh from the success of the Dress Your Own Scarecrow and Make Your Own Snowman campaigns from last fall and winter, the Quogue Library is gearing up to dress up the village downtown business district once again.
This time out it’s sharks they’re after, all part of the promotion and celebration of the library’s upcoming first annual Shark Week 2020, from Monday, July 27, through Sunday, August 2.
With a tagline of “Immerse yourself in the wonders of SHARKS!” the designated week will offer opportunities for everyone in the family to “Discover cool things about these marine animals and their habitats. Enjoy links to videos, virtual tours, shark book rentals, games, story time, and hands-on activities.”
The first activity, customizing a wooden shark for display along Jessup Avenue and around the pond, starts immediately. First step is to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, as the number of available templates limits participation in shark decorating to just 20 families.
All those who have reserved a shark can pick up their wooden cutouts beginning today, Thursday, July 9. All other registrants are invited to take part in all the other programs and activities being offered during the week.
Painted, decorated and dressed up sharks must be returned to the library by Saturday, July 25, and sharks will be on display from Monday, July 27, through Friday, September 4.
All are encouraged to check the library website, quoguelibrary.org, for updates. So far, planned activities include: Shark Week 2020 kickoff on Monday, July 27, a self-scheduled stroll down Jessup Avenue and along the pond to view the sharks on display; Tuesday, July 28, “Check your email—videos and fun shark information will swim into your inbox”; Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. a “Let’s Talk Sharks” program with the Quogue Wildlife Refuge; and Thursday, July 30, Miss Pat’s Shark Storytime and craft at 11 a.m., and “Sharks and Oceans Rock!” virtual under the sea tour at 4 p.m.
Aimed at kids age 5 to 12, the “Let’s Talk Sharks” program with the Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. will offer interesting facts and excellent info about sharks and participants will make a shark tooth necklace. Register and get Zoom login information by clicking on the flier at quoguelibrary.org.
“Dinosaurs Rock” will lead the virtual under the sea tour in the “Sharks & Oceans Rock” program on Thursday, July 30, at 4 p.m. This science presentation and museum exhibit of life-size creatures will offer an up-close view of animals and sea life, including “sharks, crabs, the blobfish and more.” Register and get Zoom login information by clicking on the flier at quoguelibrary.org.
Other family programs offered by the library this summer include: a “Tour the Pollock-Krasner House with Joyce Raimondo” children’s tour on Wednesday, July 22, at 4 p.m.; “Miss Pat’s Story Time” for children age 2 to 5 on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m.; and an Anti-Racism Book Club starting with a digital meet and greet on Tuesday, July 14, at 8 p.m. to plan for future discussions.
To register for any of these programs, go to quoguelibrary.org and click on the flier.
Reception for Norman Carton Show Saturday at Quogue Gallery
Quogue Gallery owners Chester and Christy Murray will host a sequential reception—for 10 guests at a time, masked and practicing social distancing—from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, for the second show of the gallery’s seventh season, “Norman Carton: 1950s & 1960s Works on Paper.” To sign up for a specific time slot, click here or visit https://calendly.com/quoguegallery/norman-carton.
On view through July 20, the exhibition at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street, which can also be viewed in the Quogue Gallery’s virtual space, features 15 Norman Carton paintings in the north gallery.
Writing about the exhibition, Charles A. Riley II, the Director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, noted that: “Norman Carton, with his academic training, his love of studio process and materials (he ground his own vivid pigments) and his mastery of art history, stuck to [a philosophy of] art as part of life. As these wonderfully painterly, quite often large and substantive works in gouache triumphantly show, there was plenty of room left to operate in the Abstract Expressionist style, especially when it came to color.”
To see the complete text of Riley’s essay on the exhibition, click here.
Norman Carton was born in the Ukraine in 1908. Escaping the turbulence of civil war massacres, he settled in Philadelphia in 1922 after years of constant flight. In the 1920s, he attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art and the La France Art Institute located in Chicago. While in school, he worked as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Record in the company of other illustrator/artists who had founded the Ashcan School, one of the chief progenitors of modern American art.
In the early 1930s, he studied fine art and received scholarships at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) where he was particularly influenced by his teacher Henry McCarter, who was a pupil of Toulouse-Lautrec, Puvis de Chavanne, and Thomas Eakins. A Cresson European Traveling Scholarship awarded in 1934 enabled Carton to travel through Europe and study in Paris. There he expanded his artistic horizons with influences stemming from Matisse, Picasso, Soutine, and Kandinsky.
When he returned to the United States, he completed his studies at PAFA and the Barnes Foundation. In the mid-1930s, Carton was awarded a Pennsylvania Academy Fellowship and won the Toppan Prize for figure painting as well as the Thouron Composition Prize.
Between 1939 and 1942, the Works Project Administration (WPA) employed Carton as a muralist collaborating with architect George Howe. During World War II, Carton was a naval structural designer and draftsman at the Cramps Shipbuilding Corporation (Camden, New Jersey). Here, he began to create semi-abstract and non-objective sculpture with metal.
Carton had his first solo exhibition in 1949 at the Philadelphia Alliance. This show was followed closely by solo exhibitions at the Laurel Gallery (New York City) and Dubin Gallery (Philadelphia). At this time, his work was semi-abstract. In addition to painting, he taught classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was a founder and the chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of Artist’s Equity Association.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the organization of the National Museums of France commissioned Carton to travel to France in 1952 for a color study of continental masterpieces. He was granted access to study the restoration of the Mona Lisa and was one of the very few to be given permission to remove the painting from its frame. In 1952, he had solo exhibitions at the Sorbonne, Galerie d’Art, and Gallery Rene Breteau and was part of many group shows in Paris salons including Les Surindependants, Salon d’Automne, and Realities Nouvelles.
The mid-1950s to the 1970s was a busy time for Carton, during which he had numerous solo exhibitions, was included in a number of prestigious group shows, and received a great deal of recognition. In 1962, with the aid of two other artists, he formed the Dewey Gallery, the first gallery in New York City owned and operated by artists. During his lifetime, Carton was in more than 135 group exhibitions and more than 20 one-man shows.
Considered a painter’s painter by his peers, Carton also was an educator, teaching at the New School for Social Research in New York City and lecturing at the Pratt Institute and the Chrysler and the Whitney Museums. He moderated panel discussions between prominent artists and educators, was president of the Rainbow Arts League, and appeared on radio interviews. Later, Carton also taught at Long Island University.
The mission of the Quogue Gallery is to present a program of artistic excellence by showcasing the work of prominent, mid-career and emerging artists in the modernist tradition. Its core focus is on discovering and exhibiting figurative and abstract expressionist painters who are recognized historically as well as those of great promise whose work has not received the attention and critical response it so richly deserves.
Since its founding in 2014, the Quogue Gallery’s place in the modern and contemporary art world has been widely acknowledged by the press. The gallery has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, Dan’s Paper, Beach Magazine, Hamptons Art Hub, Artnet News, Southampton Press, and others. The gallery has also received critical recognition in reviews published by Hamptons Art Hub, Artnet News and other outlets.
For more information, call 203-321-9427, or email email@example.com.
Church of the Atonement Virtual Service Sunday
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will officiate virtually at the Morning Prayer service of the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, July 12, at 9 a.m. All those wishing to obtain login information for the Zoom platform are requested to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom meeting ID number and password.
The Atonement, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, welcomes worshippers of all faiths. Atonement organist and choir director Patricia Osborne Feiler will provide music for the virtual Morning Prayer services. This Sunday’s 9 a.m. service will be recorded for later viewing on the church’s website (Quoguechurch.org).
Rev. McCall, now in his 21st summer with the church, will also officiate at the Sunday services at 9 a.m. on July 19. The Reverend Dr. Robert S. Dannals will officiate at the Atonement’s Morning Prayer services from Sunday, July 26 through Sunday, August 16.
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