Septober Begins

So, Labor Day has come and gone, and with it all those thoughts about what you wanted to do this summer that you never did, or didn’t do enough of. But take heart: we are now headed into the heart of Septober, the finest month(s), meteorologically speaking, on the East End. 

Unbroken wave. —A. Botsford Photo

Yes, the days are shorter, but the temperature tends toward the perfect for all manner of outdoor recreation, the air is drier, the ocean warm, the fishing good, traffic lighter, personal space expanding, tables available at restaurants, cool cultural enrichment abounds. And, oh, the golden light of the magic hour down by the dunes. 

Let’s get down to it: here’s what you need to know for planning this weekend and next.

Rededication of 9/11 Memorial
True to form, the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring and hosting a rededication on Saturday, September 11, at 10 a.m. to mark the completion of a renovation of the 9/11 memorial at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

All are invited to join Mayor Peter Sartorius, members of the Quogue Village Board of Trustees, and two speakers from the QFD at the ceremony. Seems a great way to start that particular day, 20 years on from the fall of the twin towers.

Quogue beach on August 22 as Henri swept by to the east. —Scott Moger Photo

Quogue Chamber Music Presents Ulysses String Quartet
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, Haydn, Ali-Zadeh and Mendelssohn.

The program being performed in Quogue will include “Tenebrae” (in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11) by Golijov, “Sunrise” Quartet by Haydn, Rəqs (Dance) by Ali-Zadeh and Quartet in E-flat Major by 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,  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.

The Ulysses Quartet will perform at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 11. —Matthew Holler Photo

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.

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. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019, and recipients of a Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grant. 

From 2017 to 2019, Ulysses was in residence at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, working with composer Morris Rosenzweig. In fall 2019, the Ulysses Quartet were named as Lisa Arnhold Fellows of the Juilliard School, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022. For more information, visit

All set for the big duck drop on August 20: Lynn Lomas, Mark Stevens, John Rasulo, Bob Beck, and Bob Treuhold. —Stefanie Beck Photo
Stefanie Beck presents the $500 check to Duck Race first place winner Siri Fink.

Wildlife Refuge Embracing New Season
Some great programs coming up to make the most of the great outdoors in beautiful surroundings at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in the coming weeks. 

First up will be Pondside Painting for adults and teens age 13 and up, offered on three Wednesdays: September 15, 22, and 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. Participants will learn watercolor techniques before creating their own paintings to take home. The $35 fee per person covers instruction and all supplies. Payment is due at time of registration as space is limited.

Also on the schedule are an Autumn Equinox Sunset Hike on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.; three time slots for a partially guided Private Foliage Paddle on Saturday, September 25; and an author talk on “The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island” on Saturday, September 25, at 11 a.m. More details on these programs next week. For more information, visit or call 631-653-4771.

Dennis Romano, curator Liz Hartman, and Bob Murray at the “Visons of Nature” art exhibition at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on August 21. —J. Neely Photo
Photographer Rob Seifert was one of the exhibiting artists. —J. Neely Photo
Matt Hoge, Pam Chance, and Wildlife Refuge Associate Director Marisa Nelson at the “Visions of Nature” exhibition. —J. Neely Photo

In-Person Exercise Returns to Quogue Library
Great to see more in-person programs returning to the library, which is now requiring that masks  be worn by all who enter the building. 

Two in-person exercise classes begin next week. First up is “Stretch, Strengthen, and Lengthen: Open Pilates with Leisa,” offered at 10 a.m. on six Mondays: September 13, 20, and 27 and October 4, 18, and 25. 

A Happy, Healthy Heart: Cardio and Sculpt” will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays: September 14, 21 and 28. 

The cost is $10 per in-person class, payable at the library prior to each session. 

There’s also an in-person Adult Paint Party with Marie Camenares tomorrow, Friday, September 10, at 4 p.m. The $10 fee, payable upon registration, covers all supplies (provided) and instruction. 

Email or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, right away to see if there are any spaces left.  

And in-person Film Feasts are coming back; the first film up will be “Top Hat” on Saturday, September 16, at 6:15 p.m. As always, the “price” of admission is a potluck dish to serve at least six people and bring your own beverage. Black and white dress and top hats optional; masks required. More on the first Film Feast next week. Email or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, for more information.

An exhibition of works by Marissa Bridge will be on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery through September 29.   

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 and simply click on the flier for any program that catches your interest and a registration link will pop up.

Hazy morning. —Rosemary Cline Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “The Two Koreas”
The next installment of this year’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, offered live and via Zoom on Saturday, September 11, at 5 p.m., will focus on what the future might hold for the U.S. relationship with the Republic of Korea. 

The strategically significant question stems from the potential for South Korea to end up in the middle of two superpowers as the rift between the U.S. and China widens.  

Facilitator Susan Perkins reminded At Quaquanantuck recently that the Great Decisions program is not a lecture followed by a Q&A, but a live participant discussion moderated by David Rowe after a 25-minute documentary on the particular topic at hand. To sign up for the September 11 program, visit and click on the FPA Great Decisions “The Two Koreas” flier on the home page, or email

Vaughn Exhibition Continues at Quogue Gallery
Barbara Vaughn: Beyond the Sea,” an exhibition featuring 11 works by the artist, continues at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street through September 30. Seven of the works on view are the stylized reflections the artist is known for; four are part of the artist’s “Apart Together” series.  

Barbara Vaughn, “Avalon” (2020), 23 x 35. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The “Apart Together” series is a body of work created while the artist was sheltering-in-place in the spring of 2020. 

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 or telephone 631-653-6236. 

Haywire All In on Changing Season
It’s just like fashionista Raenell Murray of Haywire to get the jump on fall with a summer sale on jewelry and ladies’ clothing, including new fall cashmeres and trousers and snappy raincoats in a bunch of splashy autumn colors, all available at 50 to 75 percent off. 

New tops and trousers are included in the end of summer sale at Haywire.

The sale continues through September 26 only; call 631-283-2809 to set up an appointment. 

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