Proof of Life

Ah, summer. Although its progress can be measured with holidays—launches Memorial Day weekend; achieves orbit July 4; splashes down on Labor Day—it’s also a subjective thing. 

Some tie it to the progress of plant life—rhododendrons, peonies, iris, roses and dahlias—or crops for the table: asparagus, strawberries, corn and tomatoes. Some gauge it from activities: first and last day at the beach or swim in the ocean; launching the boat and pulling it out; first and last fishing trip; rounds of golf played in shorts. 

Summer calm. —A. Botsford Photo

Augmenting whatever hallmarks we might use to identify and embrace this wondrous season, there are events and traditions. Summer of 2020 was perhaps most notable for its lack of these. With no (or only a virtual facsimile of) Memorial Day services; graduation ceremonies; HTC play, Chamber Music concert, or Quogue Junior Theater Troupe shows at the Community Hall; gala fundraisers for important non-profits—including most especially the Wild Night for Wildlife to benefit the Wildlife Refuge or the Quogue Historical Society Art Show and Sale—and no Quogue Association Beach Party or Duck Race, to name only a few of the missing, it was open to question if we really had a summer at all. 

Well, of course we did, but it was certainly nothing like the kind of summer we have so happily become accustomed to sharing with family and friends. That’s why we should be even more appreciative this year of all the organizations that are doing whatever it takes to bring back, safely, the events and activities that give this season its beautiful texture. At the same time, we must be even more supportive of those, like the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, that are precluded for a second summer from hosting both a wonderful party and their most important fundraiser of the year. 

Quogue Association Checking All the Boxes
Perhaps the group most often associated with setting out the goal posts for this community’s celebration of summer, the Quogue Association is going full bore again this year, scheduling the big Beach Party on July 17 at the Village Beach; setting up for the Duck Race and free concert at the Village Dock on August 20, and awarding, as it does every year, the QA’s annual scholarship to a community service minded student from Quogue.

The QA blockbuster Village Beach Party on Saturday, July 17 (rain date July 24), from 6 to 9 p.m. is one of those rare events that can actually live up to the promise of “fun for the whole family.” The tasty menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and assorted salads, with a beverage selection of wine, beer and lemonade. 

DJ Mike Variale of East End Entertainment will be set up down on the beach this year, closer to the action around the traditional bonfire, and free Quogue Association frisbees will be distributed to all the kids. The price is $30 for adults and young persons age 11 and up; $15 for kids 5 to 10; and free for children under 5. 

Residents may still be shaking the sand out of their pockets on July 31, the first of three Saturdays when the QA will be set up outside the Post Office to sell cleaned up, restored and recycled ducks for the annual Duck Race on Friday, August 20, to benefit the Quogue Association’s community projects. The race and free attendant celebration and concert at the Quogue Village Dock run from 5 to 7 p.m., with beer, wine and water provided, and music from the band Souled Out. Picnicking is encouraged, so be prepared to BYO comestibles and tuck in. More details on duck prices, sale dates, and prizes for winners in the next At Quaquanantuck. 

Quogue Association President Lynn Lomas has announced that Arielle Bolduc is this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded annually by the QA to a graduating student of Westhampton Beach High School who currently lives in Quogue and has demonstrated a significant commitment to community service. 

Arielle’s accomplishments include volunteering at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge as a camp counselor, helping to prepare meals for needy families during the holidays, volunteering at Southampton Animal Shelter, and participating in beach cleanups along Dune Road. She is looking forward to attending Louisiana State University in the fall. Congratulations, Arielle!

Members of the Quogue Association board of directors (left to right) Mac Highet, Stefanie Beck, Lynn Lomas and Kevin Crowe with this year’s QA scholarship recipient Arielle Bolduc.

To paraphrase the important message passed on by Mayor Peter Sartorius in his most recent email to village residents, dated June 21: Any resident who is not already supporting the Quogue Association by being a member (for the modest sum of $40 per year plus any additional voluntary contribution), should consider becoming a member. And all members on the QA rolls for 2020 who have not already done so are urged to renew their membership as soon as possible. The process is simple: visit and click on the “Join/Donate” tab on the upper right of the home page. As Hizzoner pointed out, “If you are technologically challenged or just prefer the traditional means of making payments, send your name and email address with your check to the Quogue Association at PO Box 671 in Quogue.”

In addition to the Beach Party, the Duck Race and free concert, the annual scholarship, guest speaker series, monthly newsletter to members, and many other contributions to enhancing the quality of life in our village, the Quogue Association maintains the landscaping at the Village Dock, at the west entrance to Quogue from Montauk Highway, at the Post Lane circle, and at the intersection of Post Lane and Dune Road. Recent projects that the QA fully or partially funded include the restoration of the Nachum Chapin anchor at the Quogue Library, replacement of the Village Clock at the Village Pond, installation of the beautiful serpentine bench on the Village Green, and placement of a resting bench at the intersection of Old Depot and Scrub Oak Roads. 

It all boils down to this: there’s every reason to become a member or renew your membership in the Quogue Association, and not a single reason not to. 

Quogo Neck sunset. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Incumbent Trustees Win Another Two-Year Term
In this year’s Quogue Village election on Friday, June 18, more than 100 voters turned out in support of the status quo, awarding incumbents Randy Cardo and Ted Necarsulmer (who were running unopposed) additional two-year terms as Trustees. 

Deborah Disston Wins Election to School Board
Quogue School Superintendent Jeffrey Ryvicker was kind enough to share the results of the run-off election for a member of the Quogue School Board of Education: “At a Special Run-Off Election held on June 22, Ms. Deborah Disston was elected to the Quogue UFSD Board of Education,” Mr. Ryvicker wrote in an email this week. “Ms. Disston ran unopposed, as Holly Degnan withdrew her candidacy prior to the election. Ms. Disston will serve as Trustee for a term of three years.”

The Quogue Historical Society’s 1822 One-Room Schoolhouse Museum is now open for self-guided tours six days a week. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Historical Society

1822 One-Room Schoolhouse Is Now Open
The Quogue Historical Society has announced that the newly restored Schoolhouse Museum, which now sits in a place of prominence on the grounds of the Quogue Library, is open for self-guided tours Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Wednesday. 

As the Historical Society pointed out in an email to At Quaquanantuck, “The Schoolhouse is indisputably the most important historic building in the Village. It is not only a rare example of its type and form, but it also survives remarkably intact, with its original 12-over-12 windows—many with original panes of glass—rough-hewn pine floor, and beaded wall boards, featuring 19th century graffiti: carvings of ships and students’ initials. Moreover, it has an entrance hall, which is atypical, as are the vaulted barrel ceilings in the hall and large classroom.

“In anticipation of our celebration of the Schoolhouse’s 200th anniversary, 1822-2022, the Historical Society undertook critical repairs and restoration work on the building, inside and out. The work began in 2019 and was completed in early 2021. The Schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing resource in the Quogue Historic District (2016).” 

On Saturday, July 17, the QHS will open a new exhibition at the Pond House on Jessup Avenue, “Quogue’s ‘Old Schoolhouse Museum’: The First Exhibition, 1949.” 

In 1893, when the Village built a new and larger schoolhouse for its burgeoning population, Quogue’s one-room Schoolhouse was closed and abandoned. Abram Post rescued the 1822 building from demolition in the early 1900s and moved it to his property just east of the Quogue Library. He used it as a tool shed and workshop for almost 50 years. In 1948, the Post family donated the Schoolhouse to the Library to be operated as a museum. 

On August 24, 1949, the Library’s newly formed Historical Committee, forerunner of the Quogue Historical Society, opened its first exhibition, which featured “furniture, implements, photographs, and documents, many of them dating back to the early settlers in Quogue.”

“Celebrate Art!” Party and Art Show & Sale Return
The QHS is taking its place in restoring the natural order of things by bringing back the popular “Celebrate Art!” cocktails and art talk benefit on Friday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., on the eve of the 55th annual Art Show & Sale to benefit the QHS from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the Quogue Village Green on Jessup Avenue.  

After a new school was built, the 1822 Schoolhouse was used by Abram Post as a tool shed and workshop on his propert for 50 years. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Historical Society

Church of the Atonement Has Begun Summer Services
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall returned this week for his 22nd season at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement on Quogue Street, officiating at services on Sunday, June 27. Rev. McCall will officiate for two more weeks at the church, on Sunday, July 4, and Sunday, July 11. 

Reverend Dr. Richard McCall

He and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, Indiana. Their daughter Anne and her husband Myles live in New Orleans, a son Ross and his wife Liz are in Atlanta, and a daughter Emily and her husband Trent live in Bloomington with their two boys, Parker and Charlie.

Masks will be required at services, according to a notification from the church, “until we are sure it is safe for everyone.” All children in the community, age 7 to 14, are invited to sing in the junior choir which is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. Rehearsals are held at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at

Sunday services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; all are welcome. The Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street. 

Taking over on Sunday, July 18, for the first of four Sundays will be the Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals, who is now in his 19th season at the church. 

Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals

Rev. Dannals has been serving as a part-time Associate at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. He was for many years Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, Texas, and served in interim ministry in New York City, Atlanta, and Beverly Hills. He was recently appointed as the Interim Rector for the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, for the coming year. 

He earned his Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University and a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological. For more than 12 years he has been writing lectionary-based daily e-devotions. 

Rev. Dannals and his wife Valerie have their permanent residence in Jacksonville. They have three daughters: Danielle with two daughters in Jacksonville; Kaleigh, married with one son in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Mary Blair, married in Washington, DC.

Three brothers—Maximus, Marcus and Magnus Haynia—took care of the official flag raising at the Grand Re-Opening of the Quogue Library on Saturday, June 26. —A. Botsford Photo

On June 26 it was indeed a very Grand Re-Opening of the renovated, restored and expanded Quogue Library, with some 522 people touring the spectacular new facility. With a theme of “Honoring the Past; Reaching Out to the Future,” the opening ceremonies went off beautifully, with thoughtful remarks and expressions of gratitude by a number of speakers, raising of the Stars and Stripes by three Boy Scouts who are also brothers, and a moving rendition of the national anthem by the very gifted Grace Gramins before the formal ribbon cutting. 

In a perfect Quogue moment, when applause erupted after Ms. Gramins sang the concluding line of the Star-Spangled Banner, little Georgia Russell, age two and a half, who had been hopping around the flagpole, looked up at the enthusiastically clapping assembled multitude and graced the crowd with a sweeping, deep bow. Born ready for the limelight, it seems. 

During the tours and casual rambling through the library, patrons marveled at the beautiful restoration of the 1897 Library rooms; the wonders of the new Innovation Lab; the space specifically tailored for tweens; the Children’s Room, Children’s Activity Room, Children’s Porch and Garden; the new Art Gallery; the made-over Shinnecock Room and Shinnecock Terrace; and the welcoming Circulation Desk, to name only a few of the fabulous features of the new and yet comfortingly familiar library.

Front Row, left to right, Sally McGrath, Trustee; Catherine Donnelly, consultant, Trustees Philippe McCauliffe, Kathy Lomas and Sarah Adams; Frances Beatty Adler, Co-Chair Capital Campaign; Barbara Sartorius, President Board of Trustees; Trustee Kevin Crowe Sr;. Building Committee Chair Lynda Confessore; Trustee Paul Mejean; Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman; Trustee Pierre de Saint Phalle. Second row, left to right, Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss, Innovation Lab sponsors; Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.Veronique Louis Photo
Kids wasted no time trying out the new Children’s Activity Room at the library on Saturday. —Veronique Louis Photo

With No “Wild Night” This Summer, Refuge Reaches Out for Support
The sad news is that Director Michael Nelson and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge board have once again had to reach the difficult decision not to host a Wild Night for Wildlife gala fundraiser this summer. The better news is that they are already asking supporters to save the date of July 9, 2022 for next summer’s Wild Night party. 

In the meantime, the mail invitation to the QWR Summer Appeal, a fundraiser established in lieu of the Wild Night for Wildlife benefit, will include a packet of milkweed seeds, to support wildlife in supporters’ own backyards. The summer fundraiser, in whatever form, is traditionally the most important one of the year for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, as it supports year-round environmental education programming, excellent quality care for resident animals, and maintains the trails and grounds for all to enjoy. No need to wait for the seed packet and invitation in the mail; donations can be made directly on the QWR website,, or by clicking on this link,

The lovely Butterfly Garden at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. —Photo courtesy of QWR

Coming up on Monday, July 12, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., the QWR will host a Kids Painting for Pollinators program for ages 6-12. Participants will take a stroll through the butterfly garden to learn about some plants and butterflies, and then paint a watering can to take home. This program is sponsored by the Leo S. Walsh Foundation. Children should wear a smock or an old tee-shirt as acrylic paints will be used. The fee of $20 per child includes materials. Pre-registration is available here:

Master pollinator at work. —Photo courtesy of QWR Summer Appeal

“Go Native” Urgent Message: the Bees Need Our Help
For this edition of At Quaquanantuck, Lulie Morrisey and Paula Prentis, self-described “co-motivators-in-chief” of the Go Native initiative in Quogue, have turned their attention to the critical decline in the bee population. 

As Ms. Morrisey wrote this week: “If you look around your garden, you will probably notice few or no bumblebees on your Nepeta (catmint). Likewise, the clover in your lawn should have many honeybees seeking nectar and pollen, and there seem to be very few in these environs. Bee populations have plummeted over the last decades, and without bees the pollinator cycle is broken. Plants do not get pollinated and the food supply—ours and the birds’—is affected. One in every three bites of food, including fruits, vegetables and nuts, depends on bees and other pollinators. 

“While habitat loss and climate change are contributing factors to the dearth of bees, the biggest culprits are the chemicals we are putting on our lawns. The two agrochemicals that are largely responsible for the devastating decline of bees and monarchs are a class of insecticides called neonics, and the weed killer glyphosate (“Roundup”). Neonics are used heavily in agriculture, but they are also included in many commercial sprays used by landscapers against mosquitoes, ticks, etc. (for example, look for Imidacloprid as an ingredient). 

“These products are not only toxic to beneficial insects, but can be harmful to your children and pets. There are ways to keep your lawn healthy without weed killer. And as for mosquitos and ticks, it’s a huge problem for sure, but the number one thing you can do is protect yourself with repellent containing DEET or Picaridin. If you must spray, use only a product containing botanical oils and do target spraying in the early morning when bees are less active, avoiding flowering plants. 

“The severe decline in bees (and monarchs) is cause for much alarm. Taking no action will lead to very dire environmental consequences for us and the natural world. Remember the message of Doug Tallamy: small steps by many individuals … can make a difference.”

Check Library Website for Programming
A quick glance at the Quogue Library website home page reveals that the staff hasn’t missed a step in offering a wide array of programming for young people and adults of all ages. And registering is easy: simply click on the flier for any program that catches your interest and a registration link will pop up. 

Author Sarah Penner

The first installment of the summer Conversations with the Author series is only a week away, with  Sarah Penner, author of “The Lost Apothecary,” the first guest on July 11. Paula McLain, author of “When the Stars Go Dark,” will speak with author Rene Denfeld on July 18; Karin Tanabe, author of “A Woman of Intelligence,” will be the guest author on July 25; David S. Reynolds, author of “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times,” on August 8; poet John Barr, author of “Dante in China” on August 15; and Alexandra Andrews, author of “Who Is Maud Dixon?” on August 22.

Patrons can opt to go to the library for the Zoom presentations or view them from the comfort of home; the August 22 program with Ms. Andrews will be in-person. To find out more about the series, visit the library website. 

Among the host of programs on offer, on Wednesday, July 7, the library is hosting a book discussion live via Zoom with Carl Safina at 4:30 p.m. The author will discuss three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them—in his most recent book, “Becoming Wild.”

The Quogue Library’s Anti-Racism Book Club will be discussing “Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington DC” by Ashante M. Reese live via Zoom on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. 

All those interested in learning more about “Snapseed Photo Editing” can sign up for a virtual workshop on the subject led by Ian on Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m.

And these are just a few of the programs to be found on the Quogue Library website. Dive in!

Morning glory. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks North to the Arctic
The next installment of this year’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program will examine “The Coldest War: Toward a Return to Great Power Competition in the Arctic?” Pending any changes based on new guidance, the program will be hosted virtually by the Quogue Library and presented by moderator David Rowe and facilitator Susan Perkins on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m., on Saturday, July 17.  

The Great Decisions discussion series, America’s largest program on world affairs, involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book and meeting in a Discussion Group to watch a DVD and discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

A limited number of discounted briefing books are available for sale through the library; email To purchase a digital copy of the 2021 briefing book, click here. The E-book version of the briefing book is also available at Amazon/Kindle, Rakuten Kobo, Nook (Barnes and Noble), Apple Books ,, and Scribd. To sign up for the July 17 virtual program, click here or visit and click on the FPA Great Decisions “Coldest War” flier on the home page.

Barbara Ernst Prey Up Next at Quogue Gallery
This is the last weekend to see “Norman Carton: Lunar and Organic Abstract Expressionist Series” at the Quogue Gallery before the show closes on July 6. 

Next up at the gallery  at 44 Quogue Street will be “Barbara Ernst Prey: Vanishing Point,” running from July 8 to August 4, with an artist reception slated on Saturday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Barbara Ernst Prey, “Vanishing Point,” 2006, watercolor on paper, 28 x 37.8. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The exhibition will feature 20 works in various mediums—watercolor on paper, oil on panel and canvas and digital print—reflecting the artist’s Long Island roots. Three paintings of Quogue scenes are included in the show. According to the gallery, “Vanishing Point” offers “a comprehensive look at the work of an artist whom Charles A. Riley, Director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, describes in his exhibition catalogue essay as ‘quite simply put, the world’s pre-eminent woman watercolorist.’”  

In his essay, Riley, who has been writing about Prey for decades, notes that “Starting within the realist category, the clear descent from Mary Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur … Georgia O’Keeffe and others seems limiting … open the frame to include abstraction and a different matrilineal prospect follows—Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Jane Wilson, Mary Abbott and perhaps closest in terms of sheer aesthetics, Helen Frankenthaler. 

“The Ninth Street Women are enjoying a moment … offering Prey a group context one generation removed who accomplished by virtue of their own pluck and talent the forging of a style both painterly and powerful that locks down its claim to posterity. The only two women appointed to the National Council on the Arts are Prey and Frankenthaler. Both of them embody a cardinal principle of aesthetics: Originality married to technique earns this ranking.” 

One of America’s most renowned contemporary artists, Barbara  Ernst Prey was recently commissioned by MASS MoCA to create the largest known watercolor painting  (8 by 15 feet) for a new building. Prey’s work also resides in the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Historical Society, Kennedy Space Center and the permanent collection of the White House, where she is one of just two living female artists represented. In addition, the artist’s work has been featured and discussed in numerous books and publications, and on radio and television programs.

Prey earned a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she is an adjunct faculty member, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She has received numerous institutional accolades, including a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation enabling her to spend a year painting in Asia, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” Award. She maintains studios in New York, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Barbara Ernst Prey, “Variations of Color,” 2021, watercolor on paper, 11 x 14. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Summer Film Series Heating Up at Performing Arts Center
Tickets are on sale now for the next films in the 2021 Rose and Don Ciampa World Cinema summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 

Films are screened on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30, with Andrew Botsford of Quogue introducing the films on Tuesday evenings and discussing them afterward, often with guest commentators, followed by an informal audience discussion. 

“Les Notres” screens on July 6 and 7.

The lineup for July begins with “Les Notres” (“Our Own”) on July 6 and 7. According to the intriguing PAC description, “To the tight-knit community of Sainte-Adeline, Quebec, Magalie appears as a normal suburban high school sophomore surrounded by friends. But this popular teenage girl is harboring a shocking secret: she’s pregnant. When Magalie refuses to identify the father, suspicions among the townsfolk come to a boiling point and the layers of a carefully maintained social varnish eventually crack.”

On July 13 and 14, the film will be “Final Account,” described as “an urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Over a decade in the making, the film raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility, as men and women ranging from former SS members to civilians in never-before-seen interviews reckon with—in very different ways—their memories, perceptions and personal appraisals of their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.”

And on July 20 and 21, the film will be “Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters.” This documentary “traces the remarkable history and legacy of one of the most important works of art to come out of the age of AIDS –choreographer Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet “D-Man in the Waters.” In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company felt as they were embattled by the AIDS pandemic. As a group of young dancers reconstructs the dance, they learn about this oft forgotten history and deepen their understanding of the power of art in a time of plague.”

A complete list of this summer’s films, with trailers, is available on the PAC website. For more information about PAC protocols and to purchase tickets, visit and click on Films

Graduation Time
This is the time of year for graduations, one of the signals that summer is truly underway. At Quaquanantuck salutes all graduates, with special recognition for some of the ones that readers have let me know about. 

Maxwell Smith

Maxwell Smith, son of Joanie Mullen and Gabe Smith, graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Dance and Performing Arts in NYC last week. He studied in the Technical Theater Studio and has worked some summers with QJTT here in Quogue. 

Max will be attending John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, for his freshman year and then Tulane University. The graduation was in a great venue: at Central Park Summerstage. 

Maud Fitzpatrick

Maud Fitzpatrick, daughter of Tara Fitzpatrick, went to the Quogue School starting in fourth grade, graduated this year, and will now be attending Westhampton Beach Middle School in the fall. 

At Quaquanantuck also learned of three 2021 graduating seniors from Westminster School who reside at least part-time in Quogue: Miranda Douglass, daughter of Stephanie and Andrew Douglass; Hunter Hoogkamp, son of Carolyn and Greg Hoogkamp; and William Mazzaro, son of Laura and Gene Mazzaro.

Please send news (and photos!) of any other Quogue graduates to

Haywire Bringing It All Back Home
Haywire owner Raenell Murray is continuing the practice she initiated last summer, inviting her faithful customers, as well as new friends, to come to her house to see all of the clothing items she is selling.

A sample of items available from Haywire.

Ms. Murray recently advised At Quaquanantuck that there will be regular priced items in the house and a barn full of sale items. All are invited to come see fabulous French capris and trousers, cashmere sweaters, shawls, colorful tops, jewelry and much more. Call Ms. Murray at 631-283-2809 to set up an appointment.   

Musicians of the Manhattan Chamber Players at the Quogue Chamber Music concert on July 12. —Mary Thames Louis Photo

Following the unqualified success of the June 12 concert, Quogue Chamber Music impresario Jane Deckoff offered this message to At Quaquanantuck: “Thank you to Jeff Ryvicker and the Quogue Elementary School for their generosity in providing their faculty and staff parking lot for the tent … We were also gratified by the decent weather and by the fact that the acoustics turned out to be excellent … the Quogue audience leapt to their feet and gave the musicians a standing ovation after the Chausson.  Everyone was just so excited to be up and about that any stress and the hard work were well worth it.”

The fully vaccinated audience enjoyed dropping their masks for the Quogue Chamber Music concert on June 12. —Mary Thames Louis Photo

Write America Keeps the Light Bright
At Quaquanantuck continues to be amazed by—and very grateful for—the seemingly endless roster of extraordinarily talented, sensitive, and insightful writers who have happily signed up to be on the ongoing weekly program Write America: A Reading for Our Country

The brainchild of the prodigiously gifted writer, teacher and Quogue boulevardier Roger Rosenblatt, Write America offers beautiful readings and stimulating discussions aimed at mending some of the rifts roiling our nation, airing on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on the Crowdcast channel hosted by Book Revue, the wonderful, community minded gem of an independent bookstore located in Huntington.

Even as in-person programs resume, the virtual Write America series continues to put together writers in far-flung locations for engaging discussions that can be accessed by anyone around the world, live in real time or in a recorded version.   

To catch up on what the series is all about, At Quaquanantuck recommends a visit to the Book Revue website,, where you can access recordings of all the readings and conversations of the series up to now. 

The June 21 program featured author, editor and professor Lou Ann Walker, Quogue’s own Whiting Award-winning author and professor Genevieve Sly Crane, and short story writer Jeordie Chou. Coming up on Monday, July 5, will be novelist and screenwriter Susan Isaacs, novelist and playwright Jean Hanff Korelitz, and Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ishmael Reed; on July 12, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo and sportswriter and novelist Robert Lipsyte; on July 19, Kate Lehrer, former New Yorker contributor Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock, and Pushcart Prize-winning poet David Tomas Martinez; and on July 26, novelist and journalist Joyce Maynard and poet and essayist Adrienne Unger

Write America runs weekly, every Monday at 7 p.m. EST on Book Revue’s Crowdcast channel. All events are free; registration is required at A selection of signed titles will be available for purchase with each Write America episode; Book Revue ships worldwide. For more information, click here or visit

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