Fall Forward

Wait. What? Isn’t At Quaquanantuck only supposed to be published once every few weeks now? Wasn’t there just a column last week? What’s going on here?

Put it down to your humble scribe being energized by the changing season. Or maybe it’s because At Quaquanantuck is preparing to brave international travel for two weeks, and filing back-to-back columns is a tip of the hat to uncertainty about what the future holds. 

In the end, it doesn’t really matter. There’s a lot going on in our village and the next column after this one won’t be until October 7 at the earliest, so let’s get started. 

Shine on. —A. Botsford Photo

Wildlife Refuge Maintains Momentum
In every season, all year long, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge remains steadfast in offering educational and culturally enriching programming for all ages, often in partnership with other area organizations; providing an invaluable resource for information about flora, fauna and environmental and ecological issues; caring for the resident injured wildlife; and maintaining the fabulous facilities and trails, which are enjoyed by thousands of East End residents every year.  

Packed with cool stuff to do, the next few weeks offer just a glimpse of the many rolling initiatives of the Refuge personnel. To ensure that you don’t miss anything, bookmark quoguewildliferefuge.org and check it regularly. 

Feeding on the fly. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Near the top of the list of cool stuff to do, consider this weekend’s 14th annual Pine Barrens Discovery Day on Saturday, September 18, featuring scavenger hunt hikes for all ages (children under 12 accompanied by an adult) at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and the Wertheim Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. 

In Quogue, the scavenger hunt is over a .8 mile trail through the pine barrens and around ponds, looking for—and at—the plants and animals that call the Refuge home. Download the instructions for the hunt by clicking here, or visit the Refuge website and click on Pine Barrens Discovery Day on the Upcoming Events section of the QWR home page.   

The scavenger hunt journey at the Wertheim Refuge will take participants through the Pine Barrens and along the Carmans River in search of plants and animals such as basking turtles and wading birds. 

In both locations, hunters are being challenged to find everything on the list and to take pictures and tag #pinebarrensdiscoveryday2021, in order that they may be highlighted on social media. For details on the scavenger hunts, call 631-218-1177, or email mparrott@pb.state.ny.us

Meanwhile, there are two more sessions of Pondside Painting for adults and teens age 13 and up coming up at the QWR, on Wednesday, September 22, and Wednesday, September 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. Participants learn watercolor techniques before creating their own paintings to take home. If there is still space available, the $35 fee per person covers instruction and all supplies. Payment is due at time of registration;  www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Halloween. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Also on the schedule are an Autumn Equinox Sunset Hike on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.; and an author talk on “The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island” on Saturday, September 25, at 11 a.m. For October, the QWR has already set up at Mandala Workshop on October 2; a Bird Walk with Eastern Long Island Audubon Society on Sunday, October 3; Earth Yoga with Amy Hess on October 6 and 13; and another Fall Foliage Paddle on Saturday, October 16.  For more information, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 631-653-4771.

Village residents gathered last Saturday for the rededication of the 9/11 Memorial at the Quogue Firehouse.
The Reverend Nancy Jennings, Mayor Peter Sartorius, Ted Necarsulmer, and Chris Osborne at the 9/11 rededication ceremony on September 11. —Stephanie Wagner Photos

Quogue Library Brings Back the In-Person Film Feasts
While still requiring that masks be worn by all who enter the building, the Quogue Library is continuing the trend of bringing back more in-person programs. 

Coming up this weekend, on Saturday, September 18, the first in-person Film Feast in the newly renovated library will feature a screening of “Top Hat,” the 1935 musical comedy starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire at the top of their form. 

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in “Top Hat.”

Directed by Mark Sandrich with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin (including, notably, “Cheek to Cheek”), this much-loved film even has an appearance by a very young Lucille Ball as a Flower Clerk. Over the 86 years since it was released, critics have struggled to outdo each other with their raves. 

For example: “Hands down, this is the best Astaire-Rogers musical ever. Nothing more needs to be said.” (The Austin Chronicle) “In one of the best-looking, wittiest, most melodious and stylishly romantic musicals ever made, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance and feud from London to a dazzling art deco Venice.” (The Observer)

Or this, by Andre Sennwald, writing for the August 30, 1935 edition of The New York Times: “When ‘Top Hat’ is letting Mr. Astaire perform his incomparable magic or teaming him with the increasingly dexterous Miss Rogers, it is providing the most urbane fun that you will find anywhere on the screen.”

As always, the “price” of admission is a potluck dish to serve at least six people and all are asked to bring their own beverage. Black and white dress and top hats optional; masks required. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, for more information.

Meanwhile, kudos to the library’s Film Feast committee: Melissa Cook, Lynda Confessore, Judy Gruhn, Jim Herbert, Renee McKenna, Roger Moley, and Jaimie Stevens: Great choice!

Two in-person exercise classes are ongoing at the library:  “Stretch, Strengthen, and Lengthen: Open Pilates with Leisa,” offered at 10 a.m. on six Mondays: September 20 and 27 and October 4, 18, and 25; and “A Happy, Healthy Heart: Cardio and Sculpt” offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays: September 21 and 28. 

The cost is $10 per in-person class, payable at the library prior to each session. Registration is required for both classes, as space is limited. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101 to register. 

Form and function in the clear light of September at Densieski Farms. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Some splendid virtual programs are also coming up, courtesy of the Quogue Library. On Saturday, September 25, at 3 p.m. Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott will host an “Apple Fest” Facebook Live Event. Apple Fest recipes to be shared during the event include: Fuji Apples and Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole; Apple Arugula Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese and Cranberries; and Autumn Apple Pie Muffins/Donuts. 

On Tuesday, September 28, at 6 p.m. the library is sponsoring a live via Zoom talk on “How to Manage Chronic Pain.” And on Wednesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. there will be a live via Zoom talk on “Ovarian Cancer Awareness.” 

Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, for details and instructions on how to sign up for these programs. 

An exhibition of works by Marissa Bridge continues at the Quogue Library Art Gallery through September 29.  The artist is known for transforming natural forms into icons of reuse and rebirth, with paint, recycled and found materials finding a new purpose in her work.  

As always, the Quogue Library continues to offer a 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 or instructions on how to register will pop up.

Quogue Chamber Music presented the Ulysses Quartet in concert in the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 11. —Mary Thames Louis Photo

Reporting on Saturday’s concert, Quogue Chamber Music founder Jane Deckoff wrote to At Quaquanantuck this week: “As you well know, it’s been difficult to put together an indoor performance during these times. We checked for vaccination proof, demanded mask wearing, borrowed the QJTT purifiers, spread out the rows of chairs somewhat, and left the front doors open.  The concert itself, by the young, talented and charming Ulysses Quartet was much loved by the audience. They began the performance by playing Golijov’s “Tenebrae,” a moving and thoughtful way to remember the events of 9/11 exactly 20 years ago. Everyone there seemed excited and relieved to get out and about for a couple of hours. They were also pleased to receive a free glass of wine (served outdoors) during the intermission.” 

Quogue Jazz Trio Continues to Make the Rounds
Delighting all who hear them play, the Quogue Jazz Trio, aka the QJ3, are continuing to follow an established circuit of gigs. 

The QJ3—Roger Moley, Mark Stevens, and Dan Richman—on a break at Peconic Bay Vineyards.

With Roger Moley on standup bass, Dan Richman on guitar, and Mark Stevens on traps, the tight ensemble is scheduled to return to Starr Boggs restaurant in Westhampton Beach tomorrow, Friday, September 17, playing outdoors out back (weather permitting) from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Reservations are required for tables, call 631-288-3500; outdoor bar seating may be available without reservations on a first-come, first served basis.

On Saturday, September 18, the band will be back in the gazebo at the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green in Westhampton Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A chance to shop for fresh produce, farm fresh eggs and all manner of other goodies while listening to the certified fresh sounds of the QJ3, and maybe catch a glimpse of the charming sight of happy toddlers swarming the stage. 

On Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, the QJ3 will be playing at Peconic Bay Vineyards at 31320 Main Road in Cutchogue, from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Reservations are required for the Vineyards dates; call 631-734-7361.

Peter Reynes Vermylen
On Wednesday, September 1, Peter Reynes Vermylen, 72, died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. 

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey, Peter attended Bergen Catholic in Oradell, New Jersey, before going on to study English at Georgetown University, graduating in 1971. While at Georgetown, he met his future wife, Cathy Moran of Trinity College. 

After completing his training with the U.S. Army reserve, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked as a commercial banker. He later joined Salomon Brothers, where he became a top investment banker for multiple industries until his retirement. 

Peter Vermylen at Jackson Hole, WY circa 2009.

After moving to Quogue from Chatham Township, New Jersey, in 2001 after his retirement, Peter became an active member of the Concerned Citizens of Quogue, a volunteer reader at Little Flower in Wading River, and co-founded Yellowfin Capital Management. In his later years, his family said he loved his daily visits to the deck at the Surf Club to watch the ocean. 

His family and friends will miss his sense of humor, the puppet shows he created for his children, seeing him “ride the wild surf” on a boogie board, and accompanying him on trips he planned to the Caribbean, “where he was at his happiest and best.” 

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Cathy Moran Vermylen, he is survived by his children, Michael (Emily), Thomas (Ashley), and John, and seven grandchildren. All in the family joined in offering a special note of thanks to Peter’s loving and compassionate caregivers. 

Funeral services were held on September 6 and 7 through Werner & Rothwell Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach and the Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org).

Otis Treat Bradley Jr.
Otis Treat Bradley Jr. died on Sunday, September 12. He was 89.

Born in 1931 in New York City to Otis Treat and Marian Alling Bradley, Otis was raised in Manhattan, where he graduated from the Buckley School before continuing his education at Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and New York University School of Business. He served two years as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. 

Young Otis Bradley Jr.

Upon completing his service, Otis began a long and distinguished career on Wall Street as a securities analyst—first at Spencer Trask, later at Alex. Brown and Sons, and finally retiring in his 80s from Gilford Securities. Institutional Investor Magazine named Otis five times to the roster of their All-America Research Team, twice as the number one analyst in the electronics and technology sector. 

A prolific writer, Otis penned countless issues of his Growth, Technology and Change research report, into which he poured his optimistic belief in the power of technology companies to make money for investors while improving the lives of every individual. 

A lifelong tennis and platform tennis enthusiast, Otis holds the Quogue Field Club record for the highest number of tennis tournament events entered in a single season (11). Quogue Field Club tennis pro Doug Lewis wrote this week that Otis “used to be the king of the B’s and regularly was either winner or finalist. He also won most of the senior events.”

“The nickname I gave Otis was ‘Mr. August’ because he came alive during the August Club Championship season.”

Otis married Patricia Timothy Place in 1955, and the couple had five children: Christopher, Andrew (deceased), Timothy, Marian and Ruth. He married a second time to Robin Rees, and following a divorce, married Marcia Fox-Martin Miller, whose daughter, Hillary, he subsequently adopted. 

Otis Bradley Jr. in Africa in the 1980s.

Summering in Westhampton Beach since childhood, Otis moved to Quogue with Marcia in the 1970s and developed a community of family and friends there. 

His close friend Allen Adler wrote this week that “Otis was a most impressive man. He had great presence, looks, and confidence. When playing sports, he was not only an outstanding competitor, he was a leader and a dominant personality. Our countless hours on the paddle courts are among my fondest memories. 

“He had an outstanding, long-term Wall Street career.  When I met him in the early 70s he was known as Mr. IBM, having authored the first extensive, highly detailed research report on the IBM business model, which established him as a go-to analyst on IBM and other major computer stocks of that era.

“Otis was an extraordinary friend. Although he spoke his mind and was very candid, he could be counted on to be supportive of others when encouragement was called for. He was full of charm and a wonderful storyteller. Who could forget his tales of the hurricane of 1938?  

“We talked or visited or shared a meal nearly every time Frances and I were out in Quogue. He will be more than missed.” 

A true gentleman whose charming and unassuming manner could best be described as courtly, Otis was beloved by many. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, his sister, Marian, his brother, Michael, his five children, his numerous nieces and nephews, to whom he was Uncle O, and his nine grandchildren, to whom he was the loveable and irrepressible GranpO.

Interment at the Quogue Cemetery on Friday will be private. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to East End Hospice.

Westhampton Beach High School grad Justin Shui with his mother, Keri. Justin was awarded the Jean Carbone Volunteerism Scholarship and is now studying business at Suffolk County Community College. —Big Chill Photo

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