If At Quaquanantuck was to choose one word to characterize the response of village institutions, organizations, and businesses to the Covid-19 pandemic, it would have to be resilience.
From all the personnel at Village Hall to the men and women staffing the Fire and Police departments and the Post Office; from the businesses on Jessup Avenue, Midland and Quogue Street to the Wildlife Refuge, Historical Society, and Quogue Association; from the Quogue Junior Theatre Troupe and Quogue Chamber Music to the Hampton Theatre Company, a whatever-we-can-do spirit is the order of the day.
And, of course, the Quogue Library—temporarily displaced and in the thick of a major makeover and renovation—stepped up its game from the beginning and has been out in front serving patrons of all ages and interests ever since. Case in point: the signature summer series of Conversations with the Author returns in a new Zoom format this weekend with Christopher Beha and will feature three more guest authors on successive Sundays until August 16.
Library Author Series Moves from Tent to Internet
As new Quogue Library Director Jenny Bloom pointed out this week, this year’s Conversations with the Author series will be “an unusual” one. And while this summer’s series will by necessity be brought to patrons in a virtual format via Zoom, she noted that the library board of directors and staff plan to hold the summer 2021 series under the tent at the renovated library, scheduled to reopen this fall.
Building on the success of this longtime summer staple that has been graced by an extraordinary line-up of talented authors, this year’s series has been organized by Quogue Library volunteer, Ellen de Saint. Phalle. Ms. De Saint Phalle’s experience in planning events with publishers and agents enabled her to reach out to a diverse lineup of authors dealing with a wide range of subjects.
The series kicks off on Sunday, July 26, at 5 p.m. with Christopher Beha, author of, most recently, “The Index of Self-Destructive Acts.” Following this summer’s format, Mr. Beha will talk about and read from his work and then have a conversation with At Quaquanantuck columnist Andrew Botsford. Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions.
After serving in several other editorial positions, Christopher Beha is now the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Magazine, a post he has held at the revered monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts since October 2019. As an author, his other works include a memoir, “The Whole Five Feet,” and two other novels, “Arts & Entertainments” and “What Happened to Sophie Wilder.”
Responding a few months back to a question from At Quaquanantuck as to what “The Index of Self-Destructive Acts” is about, Mr. Beha wrote in an email:
“As a writer, I always begin with the characters and their situation, so I would answer this question just by saying that the book is about a collection of people living in New York in 2009—soon after the financial crash and Obama’s election—dealing in various ways with the consequences of their own bad decisions.
“Theme always comes later for me, but on that front I might say that it is about the limits of our efforts to remove human error from life, to predict the future, and to put our decisions on an entirely rational footing.”
For just one example of the early praise for the novel, Jonathan Dee, author of “The Locals,”wrote: “Beha is a sneaky-great plot-maker and thinker; by the time he wraps up this compassionate 21st-century tale of ambitious people looking for somewhere to place their faith―religion, statistics, love, money, country―you can see the clouds starting to gather into the moral Category 5 we’re currently enduring.”
Participation in the 2020 Quogue Library Author Series programs is free and available by registering for the program at QuogueLibrary.org. The authors’ books are available for sale at QuogueLibrary.org and at the library’s temporary location at 4 Midland Street during curbside service hours. A portion of the proceeds will support the library through the generosity of Bookhampton Bookstore. “The Index of Self-Destructive Acts” can also be purchased by clicking here.
Other authors in this summer’s series include: Amy Poeppel, author of “Musical Chairs” on Sunday, August 2; Fiona Davis, author of “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” on Sunday, August 9; and Cara Wall, author of “The Dearly Beloved” on Sunday, August 16. All Conversations with the Author programs will be at 5 p.m.
For more information, email Quogue Library Director Jenny Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Society Illustrated Zoom Talk Tonight
Tonight, Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m., Quogue Historical Society Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie B. Greene will host the first in a planned series of QHS Illustrated Talks via Zoom, “Then and Now: Pictorial Quogue, c. 1875 & 2020.”
This first talk will take 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.
Send an email to email@example.com to see if you can still reserve a space in the Zoom room.
And remember, now is the time to create or renew your membership and increase your donation to the Quogue Historical Society. Click here or visit quoguehistory.org/support/financial-contributions/
Quogue Gallery Reception for Patricia Udell
“Patricia Udell: Color, Space and the Female Form” is the title of the exhibition opening at the Quogue Gallery this week, with a reception planned at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street on Saturday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will feature the artist’s gouache paintings and as well as her plaster reliefs.
All those interested in attending the reception are asked to sign up for a preferred time slot by clicking here as gallery access will be limited to 10 guests at a time. Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. The exhibition is also available for viewing via the Quogue Gallery’s virtual gallery.
Patricia Udell’s body of work explores color, space and the female form across a variety of media. Early in her career, the artist created a series of small bronze sculptures exploring the female form. Over time, she progressed beyond the figurative in favor of more abstracted examinations of shape, line and negative space in a series of monochromatic plaster reliefs and painted reliefs of corrugated cardboard and wood.
In these works, colorful, curvilinear bands streak vertically across a white background, creating a linear yet organic assemblage of shapes contained within an understood rectangular background. Each band curves and bends with angular crooks and semicircular arches, molding the negative space between the sculptural elements into shapes as dynamic as the plaster itself.
Ms. Udell further distilled this concept into a series of colorful, flat gouache paintings. Echoing the composition to her sculpture, the artist blurs the distinction between form and negative space by assembling vibrant bands of color running up and down the paper in what she describes as a “back and forth” between gesture and positive and negative space. Each band of color is separated by a thin white line, reinforcing the impression that the shapes are individual units rather than a cohesive mass.
Describing her work as a “visual breath,” Ms. Udell seeks to evoke an emotional response in viewers, stating that the joy she has for simplicity “allows the viewer to have a moment of happiness with nothing asked of them.”
Patricia Udell received her bachelor’s degree in Design of the Environment and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives and works in New York City and Quogue, New York.
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.
Library’s Shark Week Starts Monday, July 27
The Quogue Library Shark Week 2020 kicks off on Monday, July 27, with a self-scheduled stroll down Jessup Avenue and along the pond to view the sharks on display.
On Tuesday, July 28, the library is asking all those who have registered to “Check your email—videos and fun shark information will swim into your inbox.” On Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. a “Let’s Talk Sharks” program with the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Zoom. On Thursday, July 30, Miss Pat’s Shark Storytime and craft is scheduled at 11 a.m., and then there will be a “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. Materials for the necklace can be picked up at the library’s Midland Street office during curbside hours; register and get Zoom login information by clicking on the flier at quoguelibrary.org.
The “Sharks & Oceans Rock” program on Thursday, July 30, at 4 p.m. 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.
As July yields to August, remember that the Quogue Library is sponsoring Leisa M. DeCarlo’s free Zoom fitness classes for adults, with a Pilates Mat class offered on Mondays at 10 a.m. and a Sculpting + Cardio series on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, at 10 a.m. on Fridays in July and August, the library is offering Zoom Yoga with Jillian.
To register and obtain Zoom login information for any of these programs—or other virtual programs offered by the library—patrons can go to the library’s home page at www.Quoguelibrary.org; click on the flier image of the program for which they wish to register; fill in the requested information; scroll to the bottom of the page (remembering to check “I am not a Robot”) and hit Register. A confirmation email with Zoom login information will be sent to all registered patrons.
Rev. Robert Dannals Leads Atonement Virtual Service Sunday
The Reverend Dr. Robert S. Dannals will officiate virtually at four successive Morning Prayer services of the Church of the Atonement, starting on Sunday, July 26, at 9 a.m. and running through Sunday, August 16. 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.
Now in his 18th season at the Church of the Atonement, Rev. Dannals is Senior Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. He was for many years Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, Texas, and he has served in interim ministry, as a guest preacher, and as a parish consultant.
He earned his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, NJ and his PhD from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN.
The Atonement, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, welcomes worshippers of all faiths. Atonement organist and choir director Patricia Osborne Feiler provides the 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).
The Reverend Dr. Robert S. Dannals will officiate at the Atonement’s Morning Prayer services from Sunday, July 26 through Sunday, August 16.
Remembering Edward S. Reid III
Edward S. “Ted” Reid III, of Quogue and Brooklyn Heights, who led a life devoted to his family, the communities in which he lived, and the organizations that he served, died peacefully in his Brooklyn Heights home on Friday, July 17. He was 90.
Born March 24, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the second of three children of Margaret O. Reid and Edward S. Reid Jr. Ted earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University in 1951, becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa and, after serving active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953, he earned an LLB magna cum laude at Harvard Law School in 1956.
After graduating from law school, he began working at Davis Polk & Wardwell, becoming a partner in 1964 and remaining as a partner until his retirement in 1995, having served his last five years of active practice as head of the firm’s Tokyo office. During his career he also served on the board of directors of General Mills for 15 years and was a member of the New York City Board of Higher Education.
Ted and his wife of 66 years, Carroll (née Grylls), raised their family in Brooklyn Heights. Devoted to Brooklyn and its institutions, he served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for 29 years and was a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum for 26 years, including five years as board chairman. He served on the board of directors of Bargemusic Ltd., an organization dedicated to holding musical performances at its East River venue. Ted had a passion for music and loved going to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, in addition to concerts at Bargemusic.
He was also an active member of several social and cultural associations, including the Quoque Beach Club, the Quoque Field Club, the Shinnecock Yacht Club, and the Heights Casino, often serving in leadership roles, as well as the Century Association and the Rembrandt and Iphetonga clubs.
Ted ran five New York City marathons and continued to ski and play tennis well into his 70s, “at times heroically resisting the inevitable effects of time,” as his family recalled. Known to one and all as a “true gentleman,” Ted was as quick with a kind word and a smile as he was with remarks betraying his self-deprecating sense of humor. His daughter Carroll Highet recalled that he once wrote: “Armed for the first time with my 70-and-over handicap for the NASTAR ski races, I won a Silver medal after a lifetime of struggling and failing to get above a Bronze; this achievement was then put into perspective when I learned five minutes later that all four of my grandchildren old enough to ski had won Gold.”
Ted lived a full and adventurous life, deeply engaged with his community and family, and he hoped for the same for his children and grandchildren. According to his family, when he reached his 70th birthday, he gathered them together and said, “I have received more of life’s blessings than anyone could reasonably ask or expect, and after reaching three score years and ten, I regard each additional day as a kind of bonus or dividend—I am delighted to have them, one day at a time, but life doesn’t owe me anything more.”
His daughter Carroll spoke for the family when she wrote: “We are so glad he treasured life, and stuck around for another two decades!”
Serving on the board of directors of the Quogue Beach Club for many years, and as the club president from 1989 to 1991, like many Quogue residents, Ted enjoyed some of his greatest happiness at the beach. Family and friends—who knew him as both a gentleman and a gentle man—will remember seeing him frequently enjoying the view of the ever changing ocean, most days, his family said, if possible, with a cheese dog and a piece of orange cake.
He will be greatly missed by many. Ted is survived by: his sister, Claudia; brother, William; wife, Carroll; children Carroll (and Mac) Highet, Richard (and Jill) Reid, Jenny (and Michael) McTigue, and Margaret (and Matt) Boyer; 12 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. A private graveside service will be held for family members on Thursday, July 30, at the Quogue Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ted’s honor may be made to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge quoguewildliferefuge.org/ or to the Church of the Atonement (Quogue) episcopalchurch.org/parish/church-atonement-summer-chapel-quogue-ny.
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