Nothing like a little shark scare to liven up the waning weeks of summer around these parts.
While the beaches west of the canal were only closed for about 24 hours from Tuesday into Wednesday, still it gives swimmers headed for the buoys a little pause when they can see the large numbers of menhaden (bunker) splashing about and creating nervous water at the surface: are they chasing smaller fish, or being chased by much bigger fish?
Probably best to leave that an open question and get back to knee deep water … or get out altogether and observe from the shore.
Meanwhile, shame on CBS news (newyork.cbslocal.com) for the preposterous headline: “Police: Pack of 18-Foot Sharks Comes Dangerously Close to West Hampton Dunes Shore.” Yes, the sharks came close to shore, for sharks, but “dangerously close”? And photos show definitively that they were about a third the length reported. As if the news media didn’t have enough of a credibility problem.
Big Race Is Everything It’s Quacked Up to Be, and More
The big day has almost arrived: the Quogue Association Duck Race and free Quackapalooza Festival at the finish line by the Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck are slated tomorrow, Friday, August 20.
The race begins with the traditional duck dump from the Quogue Bridge at 5 p.m., which is also the start time for the party down at the dock. The celebration will rave on until 7 p.m. with beer, wine and water provided, and music from the band Souled Out. BYO picnic goodies. This year’s winning duck will be awarded $500; second place prize is $250 and third place wins $150.
Anyone still holding ducks marked with racer’s name and phone number can bring them down to the Quogue Bridge before 5 p.m. on August 20 to make sure they’re included in the multitude of plastic waterfowl being dropped to start the race.
In other news, at the invitation of the Quogue Association, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will visit our fair village to deliver his “State of the Town” address on Saturday, September 4, at 10 a.m.
Association organizers are hoping that Mr. Schneiderman can deliver his address outdoors on the Village Green, in which case the citizenry will be asked to bring their own chairs. If rain threatens, the Association will advise of alternate plans, most likely via email blast. Residents can also check the Quogue Association website, www.quogueassociation.org.
The best way to be sure you are on the Association email list and don’t miss any of the QA communiqués, of course, is to make sure you have renewed your existing membership or have joined the Association. The process is simple: visit www.quogueassociation.org and click on the “Join/Donate” tab on the upper right of the home page.
Meet the “Visions of Nature” Artists at Wildlife Refuge August 21
Seven area artists and photographers will showcase works that represent their visions of nature and wildlife in a special one-day-only exhibition and artists’ reception at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit the Refuge.
On display will be paintings, photographs, and mixed media works from artists Steve Alpert, Jean Arena, Marissa Bridge, Kevin Ferris, Susie Gilbert, John Renner, and Rob Seifert.
Photographers Ferris, Gilbert, Renner and Seifert have long used nature and wildlife as their muse; Alpert, Arena, and Bridge have more recently been drawn to the flora, fauna and landscapes of the East End as their subjects. All seven artists share a deep reverence for the natural world and all are united in a desire to support the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
The 305-acre, non-profit nature preserve, founded in 1934, is open to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. In addition to its seven miles of trails, QWR is also home to permanently injured wildlife including owls, hawks, a fox and other native New York animals. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Anne Hartman of Hartman On Hudson a Quogue-based art consulting, services, and resources company. Masks or face coverings will be required for all visitors to the indoor art exhibition. The artists’ reception will be held on the deck of the Nature Center.
“Putting paint on canvas is everything to me,” says Manhattan and Quogue based artist Steve Alpert. “The images I make in oil paint are my ambassadors of love, honor and respect for all life.” The artist’s passion for nature is a common subject on richly painted canvases in which saturated hues are applied with creamy brush strokes, according to a release from Hartman On Hudson. Living within walking distance of the Refuge, Alpert is deeply connected to what he describes as “a quiet and beautiful place dedicated to the serenity of pure nature.” Sandy Shark, oil on canvas by Steve Alpert
A former creative director for various advertising agencies, Jean Arena began her fine art studies at New York’s Art Students League, where her initial focus was the figure and portraiture. That changed once she began living full-time in Remsenburg. Surrounded by vistas bathed in the light that has been a beacon for artists for more than a hundred years, she has turned toward plein air landscape painting while not entirely giving up the figure.
A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Quogue-based artist Marissa Bridge puts flower imagery at the core of current work that is imagined in myriad, marvelous incarnations, according to the Hartman On Hudson release. For materials, the artist uses bits of nature itself, such as seeds and stones, along with wire, beads, pearls, modeling paste, gesso, paper, and papier maché. Some pieces allude to flower and tree iconography, others have evolved into celestial imagery.
Landscapes, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects are the predominant subjects of New York City-based photographer Kevin Ferris. While he has travelled and captured images of nature throughout the country, he is most often found photographing on eastern Long Island along the north and south forks. He is the recipient of several awards from Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Some of his photographs permanently grace the walls of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Nature Center, and his photography has been featured several times in At Quaquanantuck to illustrate items about the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
After a career in book publishing, Susie Gilbert turned her attention to fine art photography and studied at New York’s International Center for Photography under Carol Dragon, an acclaimed photographer and teacher. Based in both New York and Quogue, Gilbert finds inspiration in the natural environments of both, from the trees of Central Park to the East End’s ocean waves. “I have always loved how a photograph can transform the mundane into art,” she says, “how an everyday detail becomes beautiful or haunting through the lens of a camera.”
John Renner took his first photographs with black and white film, many of them candid portraits. He spent years in his darkroom drawing out shapes and tones from the shadows to make something elusive into a lasting image. John has always embraced the natural world. Attracted to its contours and colors, he creates photographs that capture nature’s beauty, especially the distinct seasons of Long Island.
As a native of Long Island’s south shore, Robert Seifert has long had a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and more specifically the unique and picturesque landscapes of Long Island. His professional nature photography grew out of his career as a graphic artist and creative director, after he noticed a dearth of quality local photography in professionally designed communications materials. After becoming well-versed in the technical skills to help him address this void, he developed a passion for the local environment that gave rise to his current oeuvre, a blend of fine art and highly technical photography.
The exhibition and meet-the-artists reception will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY 11959.
And, if you haven’t already, be sure 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.
Alexandra Andrews Reading at Library Is Fully Booked
The popularity of “Who Is Maud Dixon?” author Alexandra Andrews—coupled with library patrons’ fervent desire to return to live sessions of the Conversations with the Author series—has translated into the novelist’s appearance on Sunday, August 22, being fully booked.
Though space is limited, there may still be time to register for a Local Author Talk with Daisy Dowling today, Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. Sought-after executive coach, talent expert and working mom Daisy Dowling will discuss the handbook she wrote for working parents, “Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, right away to see if there are any spaces left.
As more and more live programs are scheduled at the library, clearly it behooves patrons to register early. Consider, for example, the Saturday, August 21, program, “Cutting the Cord: Alternatives to Cable TV.” Offered at 10 a.m., this will be an in-person program for all those people looking to avoid hefty cable bills, led by Quogue Library IT Director Russell Weisenbacher.
Because space is limited, registration is required; email email@example.com or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.
Another in-person program is coming up at the library on Saturday, August 21, with Chef Rob offering a workshop on Lite Italian Fare from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to make Bread Stick Salad and a Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups. Cost is $10 per person, due at time of registration, which is required due to limited space; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.
Library patrons can learn how to design for 3D printing on Tuesday, August 24, at 4 p.m. in Part I of Introduction to Tinkercard. Participants will learn how a 3D printer works and tips and tricks for successful prints. Part 2 will be offered on Tuesday, August 31, also at 4 p.m. and participants will work with the Long Island Science Center to create one original design per session.
“The Origins of Rome: Myths and Legends of the Eternal City” is another in-person program coming up on Thursday, August 26, at 5 p.m. Giuliana Castellani Koch Ph.D. will lead patrons through the epic literature and historical evidence of the origins of Rome as imagined by some of the greatest artists of all time.
As noted, registration is required for these in-person programs as space is limited; email email@example.com or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.
Former New York City Police Commissioner, police reformer and now author Bill Bratton will be at the library for an author talk moderated by Andrew Botsford on Friday, September 3, at 5 p.m.
Mr. Bratton’s book, “The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,” which he co-wrote with Peter Knobler, was described this way in the New York Times review: “Engaging … a remarkably candid account … Succeeding as a centrist in public life these days can be an almost impossible task. But centrism in law enforcement may be the most delicate challenge of all. Bratton’s ability to practice it was a startling phenomenon.”
Tickets are $20 and registration for this in-person program (at your earliest convenience) is in-person only at the Quogue Library at 90 Quogue Street.
“The Quogue Photography Exhibit,” featuring photography by Susie Gilbert, Veronique Louis, Lauren Lyons, Peter Moore, Reid + Factor, and Victoria Sartorius, will remain on view through August 25.
Starting on August 28, an exhibition of works by Marissa Bridge will be on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery through September 29. An opening reception for the new exhibition will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Last Weekend for Clementine; Barbara Vaughn Next at Quogue Gallery
This is the last weekend for visitors to see “Clementine: Selfless in a Selfie World,” featuring 15 works newly created by the artist, at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street.
Coming up next at the gallery will be “Barbara Vaughn: Beyond the Sea,” running from August 26 to September 30, with an artist reception scheduled on Friday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition will feature 11 works by the artist: seven featuring the stylized reflections on water she is known for; and the other four part of the artist’s “Apart Together” series.
The “Apart Together” series is a body of work created while the artist was sheltering-in-place in the spring of 2020. Describing the new series, Vaughn wrote: “The collective experience of being torn from our livelihoods, relationships and routines during the Covid-19 crisis provided the impetus to incorporate the act of tearing into my artwork. Working with available materials at home—an archive of my photographic prints, basic cutting tools and my two hands—I began selectively and meticulously rending apart and assembling together portions of disparate images.”
“The source materials included photographs of layered posters, advertisements and billboards in varying states of deterioration, disparate water images, and macro details of textured brush strokes from paintings by Ed Clark. The resulting amalgamations portray surreal unfamiliarity and reference the upheaval of the art world, but also offer hope for positive change from this cataclysm.”
Barbara Vaughn is a fine-art photographer based in San Francisco and New York City. Her exploration of the parameters of vision and cognition provided the impetus to document abstraction in the real world. The resulting close-up details of urban tableaux, and her mesmerizing reflections in moving water, challenge the viewer to recreate the original scenes and engage the power of imagination in unexpected ways.
Since 2013, her signature waterscapes and other photographic series have been the subject of 12 solo and numerous group shows in the U.S. and internationally. Vaughn graduated from Princeton University and attended the International Center of Photography in NYC, in addition to other photographic programs. She is represented by several galleries in the U.S. and her artwork is in numerous prestigious private collections.
For further information, visit www.Quoguegallery.com or telephone 631-653-6236.
Ulysses String Quartet Presented by Quogue Chamber Music September 11
Quogue Chamber Music will close its 2021 season on Saturday, September 11, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall by the Ulysses String Quartet in a program of Golijov (in memory of the 20th anniversary of 9/11), Haydn, Ali-Zedah and Mendelssohn.
Tickets are $50 for adults; $5 for students. Checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music may be mailed to PO Box 1984, Quogue, New York 11959; or purchase tickets online on the QCM website, www.quoguechambermusic.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Due to Covid restrictions, all ticket holders must show proof of vaccination at the entrance and will be required to wear a mask throughout the concert.
Founded in the summer of 2015, the Ulysses String Quartet won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition.
Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Yale University.
The program being performed in Quogue will include “Tenebrae” by Golijov, “Sunrise” Quartet by Haydn, Reqs Dance by Ali-Zadeh and Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn.
“Cryptozoo” and “All the Streets Are Silent” Wrap PAC Film Series
“Cryptozoo” and “All the Streets Are Silent” will be the final two films in the 2021 World Cinema summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
“Cryptozoo,” directed by Dash Shaw and screening on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24 and 25, is a hand-drawn, gritty and fantastical animation parable about society versus the individual. The voiceover cast includes: Michael Cera, Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Louisa Krause, and Jason Schwartzman and Peter Stormare.
A zoo that rescues mythological creatures in psychedelic 1960s San Francisco races the U.S. military to find and save a Baku, a Japanese dream-eating cryptid, to prevent the military from using the Baku to eat the dreams of the counterculture and suppress the anti-Vietnam War movement.
“‘Cryptozoo’ winds up as a window into a decidedly uncommercial mind, and a form of storytelling that isn’t the practiced, polished committee effort that comes out of animation houses like Disney and DreamWorks.” (Polygon)
“This time out, Shaw (in collaboration with animation director Jane Samborski) is even more assured as both a storyteller and as a crafter of images, be they outrageous or gorgeous, haunting or hilarious.” (TheWrap)
“All the Streets Are Silent,” a documentary directed by Jeremy Elkin, will be screened at the PAC on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1.
The full title of the documentary is “All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding.” In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip hop. Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner with an original score by legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor (Nas, A Tribe Called Quest), “All the Streets Are Silent” brings to life the magic of the time period and the convergence that created a style and visual language that would have an outsized and enduring cultural effect.
From the DJ booths and dance floors of the Mars nightclub to the founding of brands like Supreme, this convergence would lay the foundation for modern street style. “All the Streets Are Silent” is a love letter to New York—examining race, society, fashion, and street culture.
Writing for Film Threat, the critic Dante James said: “This inside look into a time in counterculture that was unique, special, and will probably never happen again is well-crafted. The story is lively, and the mixing of music, skateboarding, interviews, and footage of the past is amazing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “hip hop head,” a skater, or a stockbroker. You’ll be engaged from beginning to end.”
Films in the summer series are screened on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30, with commentary on Tuesday evenings only. Film descriptions and trailers are available on the PAC website, www.whbpac.org. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whbpac.org and click on Films.
Haywire Summer Sendoff
Dedicated fashionista Raenell Murray of Haywire is looking ahead to the next season, with some snappy raincoats in a bunch of cool colors available at 75 percent off in her sale barn through mid-September.
As savvy readers know, Raenell is continuing the practice she initiated last summer, inviting faithful customers as well as new friends to come to her house to see all of the clothing items she has for sale.
Regular priced items are in the house and the barn is dedicated to sale items. All are invited to come see fabulous French capris and trousers, cashmere sweaters, shawls, colorful tops, jewelry—the new shipment of raincoats—and more. Call 631-283-2809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Write America Marches On from New Base
There is sad news and reassuring news this week about “Write America: A Reading for Our Country,” the Monday night series of beautiful readings and stimulating discussions aimed at reaching out to find commonality across some of the rifts roiling our nation.
Up until now (and for the next few weeks) the weekly installments of the series are aired 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, typically hosted by the charming and indefatigable Loren Limongelli.
The sad news, announced this week, is twofold, in that Book Revue is on the verge of closing, and Ms. Limongelli has given her notice. The reassuring news is that series creator Roger Rosenblatt has already arranged a new partnership with Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, which he describes as “a model of a knowledgeable, careful, first rate independent bookstore.”
Byrd’s was founded and is run by Alice Hutchinson, whom Roger calls “a civic activist with an impressive array of skills, and a learned and devoted bookseller.” Ms. Hutchinson will succeed Loren as the host of the program, which will retain its current format, Monday schedule and 7 p.m. air time, as well as the Crowdcast platform that worked well for Book Revue.
The next four Write America programs will be broadcast on the Crowdcast channel hosted by Book Revue, with Bridget Walsh as the moderator. Following the September 13 program, a two-week hiatus will allow Mr. Rosenblatt and Ms. Hutchinson to set up the Byrd’s Books Crowdcast channel, with the first reading on that platform on Monday, October 4.
For now, the lineup for Write America looks like this: On Monday, August 23, social worker, poet and activist Lora Tucker and award-winning poet Lindsay Adkins will be the guest writers; on Monday, August 30, the readers will be two novelists and short story writers, Robert Reeves and Jill McCorkle; on September 6, author and theatrical director Emma Walton Hamilton will be joined by award-winning novelist Hilma Wolitzer; and for the final program based at Book Revue on September 13, the guests will be emerging writer Jillian LaRussa and award-winning author and playwright (and series creator) Roger Rosenblatt.
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.
Calling All Young Choristers!
Reader Alison Weiskopf this week reiterated an invitation that has been included in all the updates this summer about services at the Church of the Atonement on Quogue Street. To wit, the Church “welcomes all children and grandchildren age 7 to 14 to participate in the choir on Sundays. No singing experience necessary and everyone is welcome.
“Choristers should arrive at 9 a.m. for rehearsal and stay through the 10 a.m. service, which wraps up around 11. The church follows all Covid-19 safety protocols.” The junior choir is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. As detailed below, Sunday, September 5, will be the last day of services at the Church of the Atonement for summer 2021.
Besides the joy of being able to participate in a lovely Quogue tradition, Ms. Weiskopf noted that “choristers will be rewarded with a candy treat and a small sum of money weekly. Older and more experienced choristers may also have the opportunity to serve as acolytes.
“Again, all young singers are welcome. Please contact Alison Weiskopf (email@example.com) and Mary Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.”
Final Three Sundays for Church of the Atonement Season
The Reverend Zachary Thompson will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at the Church of the Atonement for one more Sunday, on August 22.
Prior to joining the staff at St. James’ Church in Manhattan as Vicar, Rev. Thompson served as Rector and Associate Priest in Atlanta, as well as Chaplain to Emory University.
On Sunday, August 29, the Reverend Stephen Setzer will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.
Rev. Setzer is the priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife, Yoana. He studied at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and has worked at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Texas, and also at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware. He writes weekly at www.sacrdsociety.com.
The Reverend Michael Ambler will officiate at this season’s final services at the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, September 5.
Rev. Ambler is Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Maine and is the former Rector of Grace Church in Bath, Maine. He and his family visit his parents in Quogue often; as a child he was a member of the choir and an acolyte at the Church of the Atonement.
He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Ambler and his wife, Darreby, have three children: Michael III is a political campaign consultant; John is currently on leave from his work at TIST, an international conservation and development group, while he pursues a business degree at Cambridge in the UK; and Elizabeth works with a Middle East based NGO on issues of food security.
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 email@example.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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