It All Adds Up

As all year ’round and part-time residents—and most seasonal visitors—know, there is a mystical quality to the appeal of our beautiful village that in many ways exceeds the capacity of words to describe. 

What you might not know is that there are in fact heretofore unremarked mathematical underpinnings that, although they may not explain the magic of this special place, demonstrate yet again that when it comes to Quogue, “there are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” 

The swimming is still good as surfcasting season begins in earnest. —A. Botsford Photo

Consider the recent email forwarded to At Quaquanantuck by thoughtful former colleagues of mine at The Southampton Press (edited for clarity; mathematical (?) punctuation the authors’): 

“Dear Southampton news,
“We are a group of mathematicians in Amherst, Massachusetts, and we thought we’d let you know that the ZIP code of Quogue, NY: 11959 came up in our calculations. 

“11959. is a prime number. and it is related to the prime number. 72467 in the following way: The sum of the cubes of the digits of the number. 72467 is 974; for example  7^3+2^3+4^3+6^3+7^3 = 974. And  974. multiplied by the integer 146761 plus 72467 is equal to the Quogue ZIP Code 11959.  squared, or 143017681. So, the whole expression looks like: 72467+146761(974)=11959^2. 

“We thought this was something you needed to know.”
Best regards
W. Gosnell
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 

While At Quaquanantuck is not convinced that this is something we all needed to know, nonetheless it is yet another mystery of our village identity that could give one something to ponder, should one come up short of other things to think about in one’s idle hours.

And, considering the major problems confronting the human race today, it’s good to know that there are mathematicians at august institutions of higher learning who believe that attempting to unravel the mysteries of the Village of Quogue ZIP code is the best use of their time and intellectual resources.

Next up: fractals in wave theory?  

And on we go. 

The monumental enterprise of repaving Jessup Avenue continues. —A. Botsford Photo

Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann Closes Out an Exemplary Career
After an illustrious career with the Quogue Village Police, stalwart Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann worked her final tour of duty on Thursday, September 30, and walked out of police headquarters on Jessup Avenue for the last time at 3 p.m. that day to be greeted by a large turnout of village residents, friends and family. 

Lieutenant Daniel Hartman, left, and Quogue Village Police Chief Chris Isola, right, flanking Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann at her final “walkout” on September 30.

Reporting on the event, one of the organizers, Lieutenant Daniel Hartman, noted that the size of the turnout was just one indicator of how much PO Tiedemann had “touched the lives of many amongst the Quogue Community, as well as our neighboring Police and Fire Departments.”

Lieutenant Hartman went on to say that “she has now retired, but is turning a new page on life, which will allow her to dedicate more time to her family and loved ones.” 

Quogue Village Police Chief Chris Isola had this to say about PO Tiedemann’s retirement: “The compassion and concern for the community she served will be greatly missed; however, she has left a lasting impression upon her co-workers, who carry on her love of the community she served.” 

Congratulations, Officer Tiedemann, and thank you for your service! 

Look for more on Officer Barbara in the next At Quaquanantuck.

Members of the Quogue Village Police Department rally round Police Officer Barbara Tiedemann, sixth from right, at her final “walkout.”

Quogue Jazz Trio Ready to Make Oktoberfest Mellow
A couple more public gigs coming up to delight the fans of The QJ3 – Quogue Jazz Trio

Drummer Mark Stevens, guitarist Danny Richman, and bassist Roger Moley will be on Main Street in Westhampton Beach near the Beach Bakery on Sunday, October 10, for this year’s Oktoberfest sponsored by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce. 

The band will be serving up their signature mellow jazz stylings from 11 a.m. to noon and then, after a short break to allow for a magician to perform amazing feats of prestidigitation, they’ll come back to the stage to play from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Along with live music, the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. festival will offer a beer garden (of course), food trucks and fine fare from local restaurants, a car show, kids’ games, and the traditional “much more.” 

On Saturday, October 16, 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. Here’s another 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. 

The QJ3 – Quogue Jazz Trio—Danny Richman on guitar, Mark Stevens on drums, and Roger Moley on standup bass—will be performing between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, at the Westhampton Oktoberfest.

Quogue Library Continues the Scarecrow Tradition
The third annual Scarecrow Decorating Event for families is now underway at the Quogue Library, with scarecrow frames to decorate ready for pickup. 

Participants can decorate the frames and return them to the library by Friday, October 16, and the library will display all the scarecrows around the pond on Jessup, in the village, and around the library for the last weeks of October. 

All those who would like to keep their decorated frames are asked to inform the library by the end of October. For more information, call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Graphite drawing by Elizabeth Nehls

The Gallery at Quogue Library is presenting a new exhibition, “Three Artists – Three Visions: Elizabeth Nehls, Linda Nemeth & Laura Stroh,” on view through November 16. All are welcome to attend an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

According to the library release on the exhibition, Elizabeth Nehls “captures fleeting moments” in her graphite drawings of children; Linda Nemeth’s mixed-media watercolors “undulate and float on their surface” and Laura Stroh “wrestles with medium, color, and space in her energized abstracts and landscapes.” 

Speaking of art, there’s another Virtual Adult Paint Party with Marie Camenares coming up on  Friday, October 22,  at 7 p.m. All needed supplies are provided in a kit to be picked up from the library starting October 14.  The fee is $10, due upon registration.

The next in-person Film Feast at the library is coming up on Saturday, October 23, at 6:15 p.m. when the featured film will be “Charade,” the 1963 romantic thriller starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant and directed by Stanley Donen. 

Summing up a rave review, a critic writing for The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Few thrillers create as much sheer joy and happiness as ‘Charade,’ in which Cary Grant spoofs his Alfred Hitchcock persona, Audrey Hepburn exudes her usual magnetic charm, and Paris is as scenic as ever.”

The “price” of admission is a potluck dish to serve at least six people and all are asked to bring their own beverage. Halloween costumes optional; masks required. Email or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register or for more information.

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 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. 

Wildlife Refuge Brings Back Enchanted Forest Trail; Bird Seed Sale
The Enchanted Forest Trail for kids age 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult is back at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, with opportunities for strolling on Saturday, October 23; Sunday, October 24; and Saturday, October 30, from noon to 2 p.m. each day. 

Participants will follow their guide to meet whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails. Kids and adults are invited to “dress up if you like!” Activities and games will be available.

The fee is $10 per person and reservations are required; call 631-653-4771 to reserve an arrival time. All participants are invited to bring their own reusable mug and/or water bottle for a free sticker. 

Rare capture of a kingfisher not on the wing by nature photographer Florrie Morrisey.

Orders are due by Monday, October 11, for the annual Bird Seed Sale fundraiser at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. 

The idea is to start the winter off with plenty of seed and enjoy observing the birds at your feeders. The Bird Seed Sale is a fundraiser for Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, generously sponsored by Eastport Feeds. 

The Seed Sale pre-order form can be filled out by clicking here, or, for more information visit or call 631-653-4771. 

This month’s Full Moon Night Hike at the Refuge steps off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19. Adults and families with children age 11 and up can enjoy an evening hike through the forest up to North Pond while looking and listening for nocturnal creatures, and enjoying some night vision activities under the light of the moon.  Cost is $10 for QWR members or $20 for non-members; reservations required at least 24 hours prior, as space is limited.  

And don’t forget that Amy Hess is offering Earth Yoga classes in the Nature Center on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in October and November. The fee is $15 per class; pre-register and pre-pay online or by calling the Refuge as space is limited. Masks will be required for this indoor program.  For more information on any of these programs, visit or call 631-653-4771.

FPA Looks at “Global Supply Chains and National Security”
The next installment of this year’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, offered live at the Quogue Library and via Zoom on Saturday, September 16, at 5 p.m., will focus on the issue of “Global Supply Chains and National Security.” 

The September 16 discussion will explore some of the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on global supply chains, international trade, and national security. 

FPA resource materials suggest that the shutdown of global supply chains due to the pandemic has revealed some serious issues related to the long developing high level of global economic interdependence. For example, what happens when one country is the main source for an item, such as face masks, and then can no longer supply the item? 

Countries suddenly unable to meet the demand for certain supplies are faced with growing calls for economic nationalism, which in turn could have a significant impact on national security?

With many nations struggling during the early outbreak of Covid-19 to meet the demand for certain medical supplies, should more power be given to international organizations (like the WHO) giving them more control over the supply chains of certain essential equipment and supplies? How could countries, private sector companies, and international organizations work together better  to prevent future pandemics?

Prospective participants are reminded that the Great Decisions program is not a lecture followed by a Q&A, but a live audience discussion moderated by David Rowe after a 25-minute documentary on the particular topic being considered. 

To sign up for the September 16 program via Zoom, visit and click on the FPA Great Decisions “Global Supply Chains” flier on the home page. For more information or to sign up for the live program, email  

The 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) from the Quogue Library or digitally from

Hampton Theatre Company Presents “Native Gardens”
“Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarías will be the first play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2021-2022 season, opening on October 21 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through November 7. 

“Native Gardens” brings home the often hysterical truth of the old saw that “you can’t choose your neighbors”: cultures and gardens collide, turning two well-intentioned couples into feuding enemies.

Rising attorney Pablo and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbecue for Pablo’s colleagues and what begins as a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spiral into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class and privilege.

The play was hailed by Broadway World as “a lighthearted comedy with some heavier threads woven through for just the right amount of heft.” The Chicago Tribune called it “a comedy planted in difficult, painful issues.” 

The cast of the HTC production of “Native Gardens” features three HTC veterans: Terrance Fiore as Frank; Martha Kelly as Virginia, and Samantha Herrera as Tania. Edwin A. Cruz, a newcomer to the HTC stage, has the role of Pablo Del Valle. 

George Loizides (“Private Lives,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” “Lost in Yonkers”) directs. Set design is by Gary Hygom; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun. 

“Native Gardens” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from October 21 to November 7, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, November 6, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. A talkback with the cast will be offered following the Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. performance. 

For the safety of all, ticket holders will be required to show a photo ID and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the day of the performance they are attending. Face-covering masks will be required at all times while inside the theater. For more information on safety protocols, visit

Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, $25 for students under 25, with no additional fees this year. For reservations and information on all packages and available discounts, visit or email reserve tickets, visit, or call the Hampton Theatre Company box office at 1-631-653-8955.

First In-Person Film Feast at Renovated Library a Big Success
The first in-person Film Feast in the newly renovated library featuring a screening of “Top Hat” scored high marks with movie lovers. 

As Film Feast committee member Melissa Cook reports: “It was a spectacular evening. The revelers, mostly dressed in black and white, toasted our return (with Prosecco donated by Don and Judy Gruhn) on the library’s terrace after a one-and-a-half-year layoff, with a special salute to Jim Herbert, who founded the Film Feast 25 years ago.

“Then we had dinner under the tent (festooned with lights thanks to Roger Moley) and were treated to the rise of a glorious full moon as we listened to music by Irving Berlin. ‘Top Hat’ was the perfect celebratory film and the beautifully renovated Shinnecock Room resonated with applause after each of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire’s fantastic dances.

“The library staff were terrific. It was good to be back!”

Below, left, Joy and Dan Flynn dressed for the occasion (Roger Moley Photo); right, Film Feast committee members Melissa Cook and Jim Herbert also donned appropriate attire for the screening of “Top Hat.”

Your Comments Welcome
At Quaquanantuck is happy to provide a forum for civil discussion of village issues and initiatives and welcomes all comments. All are encouraged to share observations, ideas and opinions by writing to

News Items and Photos
At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country—or the world. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s