Whither Autumn?

Autumn? What autumn? Going solely by the generally sublime weather that has graced our village recently, one would never know that the season was supposed to have changed on September 22. 

Air and water temperatures have encouraged ocean bathing and lunches and cocktails at the beach right up to last weekend. Although rising later and setting earlier, the sun has shone warmly on all manner of outdoor recreation. 

How quickly the ocean changes its demeanor, from the embodiment of serenity on October 24 …

Even this week’s nor’easter (At Quaquanantuck has no truck with such meteorologically alarmist terms as “bomb cyclone) with its drenching rain and thunder and lightning felt more like a late summer brush with a hurricane passing way out to sea than a legitimate autumn storm foretelling that winter is just around the corner.  

… to the unruly uproar of October 27. Erosion courtesy of the Tuesday-into-Wednesday nor’easter. —A.Botsford Photos

But the calendar tells another story, and so we know from the date and all the signifiers at every turn that we are a solid month into the fall. And with Halloween coming up on Sunday, we are already perched on the cusp of the year’s fourth quarter, with a string of holidays to get through before we hit the finish line … and start over. 

And, in case there are any still in denial that winter is on the way, the clocks will be set back one hour a week from Sunday on November 7, and then there’ll be no way around it. Sigh. 

Season of the gourd. —Lynn Lomas Photo

Halloween Takes Center Stage
After two years of the pandemic putting the kibosh on trick or treating—not to mention taking a lot of the fun out of wearing masks—Halloween is staging a major comeback this year, with all manner of observances and activities planned. 

For starters, even though Jessup Avenue is still torn up and inhospitable, the Quogue Fire Department is getting back in the swing of the Ghost Parade business, teaming up with the Quogue School for a kids’ costumed march on Friday, October 29, at 1:30 p.m

The ghouls and goblins, comic book heroes and villains, princesses and witches (is anybody a hobo anymore?) will gather in front of the school on Edgewood at 1:30 p.m. and will follow a fire truck east to Old Depot, south to Midland, north on Lamb Avenue, and east again on Edgewood to wind up back at the school. 

QFD volunteers will then provide “treats and eats” for the kids at the school. There has been some talk that the school might declare a preemptive rain date of today, Thursday, so At Quaquanantuck advises checking with the school, 631-653-4285, as early as possible for confirmation.

A few of the characters who bring the Enchanted Forest Trail to life at the Wildlife Refuge. —QWR Photo

Over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, this Saturday, October 30, from noon to 2 p.m. will be the third and final opportunity for kids age 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult to enjoy the Enchanted Forest Trail

Participants follow a QWR 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.

Clockwise from left: Caitlin and Quinn Cameron with QWR intern Alexa Lightbourne; QWR Executive Director Mike Nelson at the wheel for a haywagon ride; and Cara Fernandes, QWR Program Coordinator and part-time mermaid. —QWR Photos

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. 

The Quogue Library, meanwhile, all decked out in scarecrow finery, has scheduled an array of programs this weekend with Halloween themes. 

The fun begins with a live via Zoom “Let’s Draw Monsters” workshop on Saturday, October 30, at 2 p.m. for young artists in grades three through seven. Award-winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski will teach participants to draw a variety of furry, hoofed, and spooky friends in this interactive art program. 

To register, click here or visit the Quogue Library website, www.quoguelibrary.org, and click on the Let’s Draw Monsters flier on the home page. 

A few of the scarecrows adding atmosphere at the Quogue Library. —Elizabeth Caputo Photos

There’s more Halloween fun in store in a “Not So Spooky Night at the Library” in-person program on Saturday, October 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for kids age 5 and up. Chief storyteller Miss Amanda will present a special Not-So-Spooky Storytime that will turn into a sleepover for participants’ stuffed animal friends. The kids can return the next day, on Sunday, October 31, to pick up their stuffed animals and hear all about the fun adventures they had. 

Wrapping up the library’s Halloween festivities will be a “Trick or Treat and Costume Parade” on Sunday, October 31, at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, all ghouls and ghosts and other costumed revelers are invited to the Quogue library to trick or treat all day. 

For the 2 p.m. parade, everyone is encouraged to get their “best boos, roars, and ‘trick or treats’” ready in preparation for a costume parade around the grounds. How exciting to be allowed to be loud at the library!

For more information or to register for these programs, call 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Hampton Theatre Company Presents “Native Gardens”
With Jessup Avenue all torn up, the trick is parking and then getting into the Quogue Community Hall through the courtroom entrance on the north side of the building. The treat, of course, according to those who have seen the play, is the Hampton Theatre Company production of“Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarías, the first play of the HTC’s 2021-2022 season, now in the second week of a three-week run. 

Terrance Fiore, Martha Kelly, and Samantha Herrera, and Edwin A. Cruz, left to right, in a scene from “Native Gardens.” —Tom Kochie Photo

“Native Gardens” brings home the often hysterical truth of the old saw that “you can’t choose your neighbors,” with cultures and gardens in conflict, 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 through 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 are 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 hamptontheatre.org

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 www.hamptontheatre.org or email info@hamptontheatre.org.

To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call the Hampton Theatre Company box office at 1-631-653-8955.

This yellow rumped warbler stopped at Triton Lane in East Quogue on its way south. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Go Native Endorses Leaving the Leaves
At Quaquanantuck received an autumn message from our Quogue Go Native correspondents this week, with some tips for homeowners now that the growing season has passed: 

“Please consider doing your garden/lawn cleanup in the spring instead of the fall!

“Leaves can be left to decompose or raked into hedges, foundation plantings and garden beds. Or add them to your compost pile. They can also be mulched with a lawn mower, which will speed the decomposition process. This is nature’s perfect fertilizer! The leaf litter also provides protection for overwintering insects—vital to nourishing the birds and stemming the tide of their frightening population decreases. 

“Additionally, don’t cut back the seed heads on dried flowering plants as they provide a feast for both winter residents and migratory birds. Wait until the spring! 

“And, very importantly, following these protocols will have the added benefit of avoiding the use of leaf blowers and the pollution* and noise they generate, as well as the damage they do to biodiversity (i.e. the birds and the bees who need the shelter of the leaves).

“*In addition to the chemical emissions that leaf blower engines produce, the dust they stir up contains pollen, mold, animal feces, heavy metals and chemicals from herbicides and pesticides. 

“It’s not too late to talk to your landscapers and give them different instructions. Leave the leaves! Your wildlife and your planet will thank you.”

Historical Society Offers Two Cemetery Tours on November 7

As you are now, so once was I

In health & strength tho here I lie

As I am now, so you must be

Prepare for death and follow me.

It might be a week after the holiday, but the inscription above, from the gravestone of Jonathan Cook (1700 – 1754) certainly qualifies in spirit as a Halloween message, as well as a great enticement to take one of two walking tours offered by the Quogue Historical Society, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, at Quogue’s historic burying ground. 

Headstone at the grave of Jonathan Cook, one of Quogue’s earliest settlers.—Photo courtesy of Quogue Historical Society.

Typical of mid-18th-century carving and design, the Jonathan Cook headstone—the oldest in the Quogue Cemetery—was created by noted New York City stone carver William Grant, and signed at the bottom. It is regarded as the best example of Grant’s work on Long Island.

This headstone is just one stop on the tours, which will be led by Quogue Historical Society Curator and Southampton Town Historian Julie Greene.

The oldest section of the Quogue Cemetery was first laid out in the mid-1700s, as the grandsons of Southampton’s original settlers, the Post, Foster, Jessup, Herrick, Howell, and Cook families, began building homes along what we now know as Quogue Street. 

As a release from the QHS tells us, “the gravestones in the burying ground are valuable historical resources, providing unique records of the community; and, in many cases, they may be the only records of an individual that survive. Headstones supply not only birth and death dates, but their style, inscriptions, and symbols offer clues to class, customs, and religion. 

“Each tablet and monument, made of sandstone, slate, marble, or granite, tells a unique story of one of Quogue’s early residents and offers insight into the village’s history and development. Because of its connection to the early history of Quogue Village, the Quogue Cemetery, owned by the Quogue Cemetery Association, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The tours, beginning at the Quogue Cemetery at 1 and 2:30 on November 7, are limited to 20. Reservations are required. For information and to register, call 631-996-2404, or email info@quoguehistory.org.

Exhibition Continues at Quogue Library; Busy Fall Schedule
Three Artists – Three Visions: Elizabeth Nehls, Linda Nemeth & Laura Stroh” will remain on view in the Quogue Library Art Gallery through November 16. 

Detail of “Blue Hills” by Linda Nemeth, left, and “Cedar Point” by Laura Stroh are on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

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.”

Among the many stimulating programs coming up at the Quogue Library, a few highlights include: the in-person “Networking in a Post-Covid Pre-Holiday World” on Saturday, November 6, at 1 p.m., led by Beverly R Daniel, MS, MBA, founder of the CareerGrowth Group; a virtual “Who Will Decide? Health Care and Medical Decisions in our Changing World” program on Tuesday, November 9, at 1 p.m.; the Adult Book Club discussion of “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles on Sunday, November 14,  at noon; and a virtual adult paint party with Marie Camenares: “Watercoloring ‘Winter Wonderland’” on Friday, November 19,  at 7 p.m., fee $10. 

And no one will want to miss the inimitable Rori from Flowers by Rori leading a “Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement” in-person program on Saturday, November 20, at 3 p.m.  All supplies will be provided for the creation of a beautiful large floral arrangement. Fee is $25. 

For more information or to register for these programs, call 631-653-4224, ext. 101; or visit www.quoguelibrary.org

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. 

Wildlife Refuge Going Batty Again
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is inviting one and all to “Celebrate Bat Week!” today, Thursday, October 28, at a kids’ program at 4 p.m. and an adult lecture at 5:30 p.m. 

The 45-minute presentations are all about bat anatomy, various lifestyles of bats from all over the world, including Long Island, their ecological importance to the planet, and ways to help local bats. For the 4 p.m. kids’ program, children must be accompanied by an adult, and can take home a bat mask to make. 

The fee is $5 per person, and space is limited. All are asked to note that these are indoor programs taking place in the Nature Center and masks are required. To register, call 631-653-4771. 

Saturday, November 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the pickup day and time at the QWR for all who ordered bird seed as part of the annual fall bird seed sale fundraiser for the Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, courtesy of Eastport Feed. 

Next  month’s Full Moon Night Hike at the Refuge steps off at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. 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.  

For more information on any of these programs, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 631-653-4771. 

November Film Feast to Screen “Pavarotti” at Library
The next in-person Film Feast at the library is coming up on Saturday, November 20, at 6 p.m. when the featured film will be “Pavarotti,” the 2019 documentary on the legendary Italian tenor  directed by Ron Howard. 

Created from a combination of Luciano Pavarotti’s genre-redefining performances and never-before-seen footage, the film provides what critics have called “a stunningly intimate portrait” of one of the most beloved opera singers of all time.

Luciano Pavarotti

As a reflection of the singer’s rock star status, commentary in the film comes from such diverse voices as Bono, Clive James, José Carreras, Kofi Annan, Luciano Pavarotti, Nelson Mandela, Nicoletta Mantovani, Phil Donahue, Pl, Princess Diana, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, and Zubin Mehta.

Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times called the documentary “a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor.” 

Writing for The Wrap, Todd Gilchrist said, “Howard’s film is a love letter to the icon, but ultimately “Pavarotti” is a more of a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it’s as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star.”

And The Austin Chronicle’s Steve Davis wrote: “This love letter dedicated to opera’s biggest rock star, the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti, achieves something most documentaries about the deceased rarely do: It brings a man back to glorious life.”

The “price” of admission for this international Film Feast will be an Italian potluck dish to serve at least six people and a beverage to share. Masks required. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register or for more information.

FPA Looks at “The Future of Persian Gulf 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, November 13, at 5 p.m., will focus on “The Future of Persian Gulf Security.” 

According to briefing materials from the FPA, the Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. Tensions in the region escalated in early 2020 as the United States began to intervene in the Gulf, launching an airstrike that killed two Iranian military commanders. 

Questions to be addressed on November 13 include: What are the historical influences that have led to these tensions? What role, if any, should the United States play? Is using military force a viable foreign policy option now and into the future? 

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 November 13 program via Zoom, visit www.quoguelibrary.org 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 info@quoguelibrary.org.  

According to the Quogue Association’s Stefanie Beck, “Bob Murray was the first to buy and fly the new Quogue flag being offered on the Quogue Association website (quogueassociation.org) for $50.  The flag is 3’x5’ and is evocative of the sun and surf that makes Quogue a wonderful beach community.” —Robert Murray Photo

“Write America” Now Crowdcasting from New Home
After the very sad demise of its former host, the independent Book Revue bookstore in Huntington, “Write America”—the virtual reading and discussion series founded by Roger Rosenblatt, late of this village—has found a new home at another big hearted independent bookstore, Byrd’s Books, located in Bethel, Connecticut. 

More on this series aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic in the November At Quaquanantuck. For now, readers will want to know that on Monday, November 1, at 7 p.m. Byrd’s Books will present episode 34 in the Write America series, featuring the writers Carl Phillips, Kai Coggin and Lloyd Schwartz. Register and obtain log in at www.crowdcast.io/e/write-america-carl/register.

On November 8 at 7 p.m., the featured authors will be Major Jackson, Lee Herrick and Frank Bidart. Books are for sale each week and purchases help support the program. So great to see this series weather the transition. Thank you, Byrd’s Books. 

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