August Update

The shockwaves from the horrific accident on Montauk Highway that claimed five lives almost two weeks ago continue to be felt in the village. At Quaquanantuck joins with everyone in our community in holding good thoughts for the families and survivors of those who lost their lives, and for Brianna Maglio, who was critically injured, and her family. 

For those who would like to help, there is a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/f/help-farhan-zahid-uber-driver-family) dedicated to supporting the family of Farhan Zahid, the Uber driver killed in the crash, who leaves behind a wife and three small children.

Osprey clouds. —A. Botsford Photo

At Quaquanantuck also salutes and holds good thoughts for the officers of the Quogue Village Police, who showed exceptional professionalism and poise in dealing with incredibly challenging and unnerving circumstances at the time of the crash and during the follow up, steady flow of communications, and continuing investigation. The men and women of the department have demonstrated yet again how much they deserve our respect, our appreciation, and our gratitude.


Quogue Firefighters Matt (top) and Tyler Morgan help aspiring volunteers hit their targets.
Visitors to the Quogue Fire Department Open House on August 1 enjoy a ride back to 1960 in an antique fire engine. —Photos courtesy of Kevin Lonnie, Quogue Fire Department

“Celebrate Art!” Party and QHS Art Show & Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Quogue Historical Society “Celebrate Art!” cocktails and art talk benefit on Friday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Village Green. 

Works by Gabe Smith will be on view at the 55th QHS Art Show & Sale on August 14 on the Village Green.

Speakers for the art talk portion of the “Celebrate Art!” benefit will be Frances Beatty and Stacy Goergen, discussing “Contemporary Art After Covid-19: How the pandemic has impacted the contemporary art market.” Tickets, at $60, or $100 for patrons, are available on the Quogue Historical Society website, www.quoguehistory.org on the Benefit Events page. 

“Cabana” by Margot Carr will be one of the artist’s works in the Art Show & Sale.

Following the “Celebrate Art!” party, of course, the 55th annual Art Show & Sale to benefit the QHS will be held the next day, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, also on the Quogue Village Green on Jessup Avenue.  

“Kindani,” a collage by Lucinda Morrisey, will be on view at the Art Show & Sale.

The Art Show & Sale, held annually in August since 1975—and the Society’s largest fundraiser based on a percentage of proceeds from sales—is an integral part of the Quogue community’s summer schedule, this year showcasing the work of 25-plus local artists. Suggested donation for browsing is $5. 

“Isle” by Rudy Wilson, one of the artist’s works that will be on view at the Art Show & Sale.

“Moonglow” Author at Wildlife Refuge; Live Birds of Prey August 12
The writer Peggy Dickerson will visit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for a Meet the Author event on Friday, August 6, at 10 a.m. Ms.Dickerson is the author of “Moonglow,” the beautifully illustrated book that was recently installed at 19 separate stations on the Story Book Walk at the Refuge. 

Author Peggy Dickerson

At the Meet the Author event, Ms. Dickerson will read from her book and sign purchased copies. The program will take place outdoors (under a tent if raining), and is offered in collaboration with the Quogue Library. For more information about the book, visit www.moonglowkids.com.

The Wildlife Refuge, Speonk Lumber and Hampton Coffee have teamed up for a Windows and Wildlife event on Saturday, August 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Hampton Coffee. For more information, call the QWR at 631-653-4171.

Red-tailed hawk. —Kevin Ferris Photo

On Thursday, August 12, the Refuge is offering an opportunity to meet resident raptors in person at an outdoor Live Birds of Prey social distance program at the Refuge at 3 p.m. During a 45-minute presentation, visitors will learn about native Long Island raptor species—their diets, habitats, and physical adaptations that make them excellent hunters—as well as how to help protect them.

Visitors are requested to bring a blanket to sit on at designated socially distant locations, and to please arrive several minutes ahead to get situated. The fee for this program for adults and families with children age 6 and older is $10 per person, or $5 per child under 10.  Reservations and prepayment required; visit quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 631-653-4771. In case of rain, this will be changed to a virtual Zoom program. 

And be sure the calendar is marked for the one-day “Visions of Nature” art exhibition and social distance reception to benefit the Refuge on Saturday, August 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Area artists will showcase works that represent their visions of nature and wildlife, with a portion of proceeds from sales going to benefit the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. On display will be paintings, photographs, and mixed media works from artists including: Steve Alpert, Jean Arena, Marissa Bridge, Kevin Ferris, Susan Gilbert, John Renner, and Rob Seifert, curated by Elizabeth Anne Hartman of HartmanOnHudson.com and the new Hartman On Hudson pop-up in Westhampton Beach. In the meantime, all are urged to make a donation to the QWR Summer Appeal, a fundraiser established in lieu of the Wild Night for Wildlife benefit. Donations can be made directly on the QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or by clicking on this link, quoguewildliferefuge.org/summerappeal.

Quogue Association Is Quacking Up in Time for Duck Race
Duck sales are underway in preparation for the Quogue Association Duck Race on Friday, August 20, along with the concurrent free QA celebration at the Quogue Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck. 

World’s coolest duck.

The race begins with the traditional duck drop from the Quogue Bridge at 5 p.m. The party goes from 5 to 7 p.m. with beer, wine and water provided, and music from the band Souled Out. BYO picnic comestibles. This year’s winning duck will be awarded $500; second place prize is $250 and third place wins $150. 

Stefanie Beck and Lynn Lomas on the first day of duck sales in front of the Post Office.

Prices for the cleaned and recycled ducks this year are: one duck, $5; Quack Pack (5 ducks), $20; Ducky Dozen (13), $50; Quack Sack (30), $100; and a Quoggle (100), $300. Ducks will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Post Office on Saturday, August 7, and Saturday, August 14; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Quogue Market on Saturday, August 14, during the QHS Art Show & Sale on the Village Green; at the Quogue Library and at Little Q-Quogue Shop on Jessup Avenue. 

Ducks with racer’s name and phone number may be dropped off at any of these locations, or at the Quogue Bridge before 5 p.m. on August 20.  A reminder to all 2020 members who have not already renewed their membership, and any community members who would like to join the Quogue Association, the process is simple: visit www.quogueassociation.org and click on the “Join/Donate” tab on the upper right of the home page.

Historian David Reynolds Is Next Guest in Author Series at Library
The next installment of the summer Conversations with the Author series at the Quogue Library is scheduled on Sunday, August 8, at 5 p.m. with David S. Reynolds, author of “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times,” reading from his work and discussing it via Zoom with moderator Andrew Botsford. 

David Reynolds

Poet John Barr, author of “Dante in China” will be the guest on August 15.  The conversation with Alexandra Andrews, author of “Who Is Maud Dixon?” will be live and in-person at the library on August 22.

Patrons can opt to go to the library for the Zoom presentations or view them from the comfort of home; as noted, the August 22 program with Ms. Andrews will be in-person. To find out more about the series, visit the library website and click on any of the Author Series 2021 fliers on the home page. 

The Quogue Photography Exhibit” featuring six artists that opened last week in the Gallery at the Quogue Library will remain on view through August 25.

Featuring photography by Susie Gilbert, Veronique Louis, Lauren Lyons, Peter Moore, Reid + Factor, and Victoria Sartorius, this exhibition aims to highlight the innovative work of local artists. From the serene to the surreal, the work on view brings “a new perspective on the extraordinary beauty in simple, ordinary things,” according to a description from the Art Gallery Committee, and will “challenge viewers to consider what we so often overlook.” Meanwhile, the Quogue Library continues to offer an incredibly wide array of programming for children, teens/tweens, families, and adults of all ages. Getting more information and registering is easy: visit www.quoguelibrary.org and simply click on the flier for any program that catches your interest and a registration link will pop up.

“Give and Take” by Veronique Louis, print on metal, 24 x 36 inches, on view in the “Quogue Photography Exhibit” at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

Reception for “Clementine: Selfless in a Selfie World” at Quogue Gallery
“Clementine: Selfless in a Selfie World” is the title of the new exhibition at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street. Featuring 15 works newly created by the artist, the exhibition will run from August 5 to August 25, with an artist reception scheduled on Saturday, August 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Clementine employs the “art filter” technique that she developed in her new “Selfless” series. The series reflects her journeys to remote villages in third world nations to give hidden stories and humanitarian challenges a voice through her art. Through photography, she captures encounters with disabled school children, orphans facing life threatening events, or those simply in need of basic human essentials such as access to clean water. 

Clementine, “Too Hot to Handle,” 2021, Acrylic on Plexiglass Art Filter over Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Melding photography into paintings on canvas, Clementine overlays an art filter that is representative of our social media obsessed society. The resulting message, according to a release from the gallery, is: “Look beyond the self and at others in the world who truly need our attention.” 

“Selfless in a Selfie World” is a series created by the artist “to raise the consciousness of society, embracing what it means to move beyond narcissism and towards human connection.”

The cast of the QJTT production of “Frozen Jr.” is getting ready for their August 24 to 27 run at the Quogue Community Hall. Final two performances of the older cast production of “Pippin” are tonight and tomorrow, August 5 and 6. Visit http://www.qjttonline.org for information. —Caroline Jane Logler Photo

Write America Special Event on August 5 Celebrates Rita Dove
Write America: A Reading for Our Country, the Monday night series of readings and stimulating discussions on the Crowdcast channel hosted by the independent bookstore Book Revue, will offer a special event tonight, Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m.: “Celebrating Rita Dove.” The program will feature the celebrated poet in conversation with series creator Roger Rosenblatt.

Rita Dove

The regular Monday evening schedule resumes on August 9 with memoirist and novelist Kaylie Jones and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri; on August 16 the guest authors will be award-winning novelist Ursula Hegi and author and editor Vanessa Cuti

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 bookrevue.com/write-america-series. 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 bookrevue.com/write-america-series.

“Swan Song” Up Next in PAC Film Series
Larry Maslon, creator and host of the award-winning “From Broadway to Main Street” radio program on WLIU 88.3 FM and the writer and co-producer of the American Masters documentary, “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,”   among many other accomplishments, will join Andrew Botsford to offer film commentary on the Tuesday, August 10, screening of “Swan Song,” written and directed by Todd Stephens, as part of the 2021 World Cinema summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 

Udo Kier in “Swan Song.”

As one critic wrote, “‘Swan Song’ … proves that fabulousness has no expiration date.” Another reviewer calls the film “beautiful, smart, irreverent and really f*cking funny. Simply put, it’s divine.”

On August 17, the PAC will screen the Chilean film “Ema,” directed by Pablo Larrain, who shares a co-writer credit. 

“Ema” has been described by one critic as “Brilliantly acted, shot with precision and style, this is a deconstruction of the ‘nuclear family’ that cries out for a second or third viewing.”

Films in the summer series are screened on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30, with commentary on Tuesday evenings only. A complete list of this summer’s films, with trailers, is available on the PAC website, www.whbpac.org. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whbpac.org and click on Films

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “China and Africa”
The next installment of this year’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program will examine the roiling economic and political issues between China and Africa. 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, August 14, from 5 to 6 p.m.  

To sign up for the August 14 virtual program, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the FPA Great Decisions “China and Africa” flier on the home page. 

Summer Services at Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals, now in his 19th season at the Church of the Atonement, will officiate for the last time at the church this summer at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on Sunday, August 8.

On Sunday, August 15, and Sunday, August 22, The Reverend Zachary Thompson will officiate at the Church of the Atonement services. 

Rev. Thompson is the Vicar at St. James’ Church in Manhattan. Prior to St. James’, he served as Rector and Associate Priest at the Church of Our Saviour in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Chaplain at Emory University. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, he earned his Master of Divinity at Emory University and a Master of Sacred Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. 

Rev. Thompson’s wife, Amy, is the Director of Admissions at the Church of the Epiphany Day School. They have seven and nine year-old sons, Ezra and Rowan.

Following the traditional schedule, Communion is offered every week at the 8 a.m. service and Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.; on the first Sunday of the month, Communion is offered at both services. 

Masks are 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 mtvogel@icloud.com

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

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