Here We Go

The long wait is over: Memorial Day is upon us. The calendar and the weather are finally in alignment (at least for the time being) and everywhere you look there are signs of people gearing up for the summer season. 

Beckoning swimmers. —A. Botsford Photo

And—as we stumble along trying to figure out where we stand in relation to Covid and how seriously we intend to take the recent surge on the East End and effective measures to deal with it—the season is so far shaping up to be just about as busy and studded with highlights as the summers of the Before Times. 

Memorial Day weekend is a great example, packed with more events, activities, and things to check out than a lot of two- or three-week stretches in the winter. Of all of these, At Quaquanantuck considers the Quogue Fire Department’s Memorial Day Service in front of the Quogue Fire House on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. to be the most important. 

These we honor. —A. Botsford Photo

Included in the program will be remarks by Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, program coordinator Steve Alpert, and special guest speaker Annette Fobbed, former United States Marine Corps sergeant. 

The annual commemoration of all the men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America ranks, along with Veterans Day in the fall, as one of the most important holidays on our calendar. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Quogue School students presented a spring concert on May 17, the same day voters approved the school budget for 2022-2023. Just after this photo was taken, a gust of wind blew over the two speaker stands, causing considerable alarm, but fortunately no injuries. —A. Botsford Photo

State of the Village
Mayor Sartorius will also be speaking at another event this weekend: the annual State of the Village address sponsored by the Quogue Association, scheduled this year on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in the relatively Covid-safe outdoors on the lawn in front of the Fire House. Rain date is Saturday, June 4, also at 10 a.m. Residents are advised to bring a lawn chair, as seating may be limited. 

For his talk on Saturday, Hizzoner has notified At Quaquanantuck that he will have a few questions for the audience to test their knowledge of Quogue.  He will also touch on road projects, budget and tax matters, Gabreski Airport,  Suffolk County Water Quality initiatives, the Fire Island to Montauk Point coastal storm risk management project, and other local matters before fielding questions from the audience.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Opens Tonight
Keeping the focus on Jessup Avenue for a bit, it should be noted that there will be four performances this week—starting tonight, Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m.—of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath at the Quogue Community Hall. 

Molly Brennan, left, and Rosemary Cline in a scene from “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” on stage at the Quogue Community Hall through June 12. —Tom Kochie Photo

Called “smart, funny, and utterly engrossing” by Ben Brantley in the New York Times, this play revisits and reimagines the central characters of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking drama, speculating in contemporary language on what might have happened if Nora, who walked out the door at the end of the Ibsen original, returned after 15 years to ask her husband a favor. 

No knowledge of the first “A Doll’s House” is required to enjoy the Hampton Theatre Company production of the sequel’s roller coaster ride through the consequences of one woman’s quest for independence. 

Featured in the cast are Hampton Theatre Company regulars Rosemary Cline as Nora and Andrew Botsford as her husband, Torvald. Peter Marbury scholarship winner Molly Brennan plays Nora’s daughter Emmy and newcomer Marianne Schmidt plays the family’s housekeeper and nanny Anne Marie. George Loizides directs. 

“A Doll’s House, Part 2″ will be performed from May 26 through June 12 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, June 11, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. Two bonus “talkbacks” with the cast will be offered, the first immediately following the June 3 Friday evening performance, and the second following the June 5 Sunday matinee. 

Andrew Botsford and Rosemary Cline in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” —Tom Kochie Photo

PLEASE NOTE: Although many theaters have dropped proof of vaccination requirements and have made masks optional, for the safety of audiences, cast, crew and volunteers, the HTC is requesting that patrons please show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance when entering the theater. Also, because of the recent surge and to ensure the highest degree of safety for the audience, masks are still required inside the theater. These protocols are subject to change. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit hampton theatre.org

Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors, and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, please call 631-653-8955. 

Reception for Melinda Zox at Quogue Gallery
Lots more happening on Jessup Avenue this weekend. Down at the southwest corner, the Quogue Gallery will be hosting an artist’s reception for Melinda Zox on Saturday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Melinda Zox: Color Walk” is the opening exhibition of the season at the gallery, on view through June 13, featuring recent work including four large works on canvas and 13 works on paper. 

Melinda Zox, “Color Walk II” (2022), mixed media on paper, 30″ x 40.”Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Ms. Zox studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under Frank Roth. The daughter of Larry Zox, who played an essential role in the Color Field movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and his artist wife Jean Glover Zox, Ms. Zox was raised in the heart of the downtown New York City art scene. 

Her childhood, she recalls, was “a continual lesson in the experience of art and creativity. Art, color and expression were part of our daily life and almost every conversation.” 

Quogue Gallery is at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. Quoguegallery.com

Quogue Shop Teaming Up with Quogue School PTA
Along with Double Rainbow, Homespun, Quogue Liquors, and the Quogue Country Market, Theresa Fontana’s Quogue Shop is one of the linchpins of our village’s lovely Jessup Avenue business district. All set for the busy summer season, the shop is now open seven days a week, right through Labor Day.

Hoping to sweeten the pot for ticket sales to the Quogue PTA’s annual Chicken Dinner on Friday, June 3—one of the great village get-togethers of the Before Times—Theresa donated one of the Quogue Shop’s beach cruiser bicycles (a $300 value) to the Chicken Dinner raffle. 

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the PTA will be set up outside the Quogue Shop selling dinner tickets and raffle tickets, so when you are perusing all the many fine offerings of our village shops this weekend, be sure to stop by and get set for next Friday’s PTA party at the Quogue School. 

QA Tumblers at Quogue Market
Speaking of the Quogue Country Market, At Quaquanantuck learned from Quogue Association President Lynn Lomas this week that the Market will once again have some handsome 16 oz. Quogue Association coffee (or other beverage) tumblers to give away to shoppers making purchases of $25 or more. 

One of the best parts of this collaboration is that all those who bring in their tumblers for refills at the Market will be entitled to a nice discount on the price of their beverage, while at the same time cutting down on waste. So be sure to stop in at the Market, pick up some delectable provisions, and get your QA tumbler while supplies last. 

And if you haven’t renewed your membership (or joined) the Quogue Association yet this year, be sure to go to the QA website and sign up. www.quogueassociation.org.

Early Bird Bonus for Garden Club Tour
Shoppers on Jessup Avenue can also take advantage of a special Early Bird ticket offer from the Westhampton Garden Club, which is holding its biennial House and Garden Tour on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the self-guided tour that will feature premier homes and gardens in the Westhampton, Quogue and Remsenburg areas.

There will also be a luncheon held at the Westhampton Country Club, offered at an additional price. Guests at the luncheon will be able to shop at pop-up boutiques featuring gifts, clothing and jewelry.

In conjunction with the tour, there will also be a luncheon held at the Westhampton Country Club on July 8, offered at an additional price. Guests at the luncheon will be able to shop at pop-up boutiques featuring gifts, clothing and jewelry.

The Early Bird bonus, for all those who buy tickets for the July 8 event by June 1, will be a special separate tour of an award-winning rose garden on Friday, June 10. The garden is one of three member gardens featured on the Westhampton Garden Club website, www.westhamptongardenclub.org

Order forms are available at the Quogue Library, the Quogue Shop and the Quogue Market in Quogue and Lynne’s Cards & Gifts in Westhampton Beach. Tickets may also be purchased at the Quogue Library on the day of the tour, July 8. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for both the House and Garden Tour and the luncheon, visit:  www.westhamptongardenclub.org. For help with ordering, email fiberfox2004@yahoo.com.

Sanderling on a break. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Seat Belts Save Lives: Click It or Ticket
Of course, even though you can ride a bike or walk to Jessup Avenue, you will likely be doing some driving this weekend. And the Quogue Village Police Department would like to remind all drivers that between 2015 and 2019, seat belts saved more than 69,000 lives. And yet, nearly 10 percent of drivers and passengers still do not wear seat belts. 

According to a recent release from the QVPD, it is the “greatest wish” of law enforcement officers to “spread the message about the importance of seat belt use, and remind people that seat belt use isn’t just a suggestion, it’s the law.” 

As part of spreading this message, from now through June 5, officers of the Quogue Police are joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 2022 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. The officers will be out in full force, issuing citations to anyone caught traveling without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children.

As the release points out: “Due to the Memorial Day holiday, May is a critical period for law enforcement agencies to target unbuckled drivers. This is not a campaign to write tickets or train law enforcement. This is a campaign to help keep people safe and alive. We see the casualties of not wearing a seat belt, and we do not wish that devastation on anyone.” 

Readers are urged not only to buckle up, but to urge all in their families, particularly young drivers, to keep safe by keeping their seat belts buckled. It shouldn’t take a ticket to make drivers make the smart choice. 

For more information about seat belt statistics and the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit  www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Sculpture park. —A. Botsford Photo

Wildlife Refuge Seeks Education Intern; Tickets On Sale for Wild Night
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is looking for an intern educator starting June 27 for the QWR Summer Ecology program. This is an unpaid internship for a college student studying environmental, educational or animal related sciences. 

For more information, click here, or email Marisa Nelson at marisa@quoguewildliferefuge.org

Meanwhile, the fine folks at the Refuge are getting ready for the 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit on Saturday, July 16, honoring Charles and Anne Mott, who are being recognized for their many years of dedicated support of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission. 

This year’s Conservator Award will be presented to Ine Wijtvliet for her sponsorship of the beautification of the entrance to Refuge. 

The Gala will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, beer from Long Island Farm Brewery, live music by Noiz, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet QWR resident animals up close. The party starts at 7 p.m.; a private VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. for those contributing $750 or more per person. 

Contributions are tax deductible. Tickets will be held at the door. For further information, call 631-653-4771 or e-mail: info@QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org

Any readers who have not already renewed their QWR membership for 2022, or who would like to become a member, are urged to visit quoguewildliferefuge.org 

Follow the leader. —A. Botsford Photo

Mark the Calendar
It’s not easy to keep up with everything that’s going on this summer, so start penciling just a few key dates. 

On Thursday, June 9, the Quogue Library will present the American BBQ Presentation and Dinner under the outdoor tent from 6 to 8 p.m. 

On Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m., the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions program at the Quogue Library will consider “Changing World Demographics.” 

And on Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. the outdoor tent at the library will celebrate two anniversaries: the 125th anniversary of the Quogue Library, and the 200th anniversary of the 1822 Quogue Schoolhouse. More information on all library events and programs at quoguelibrary.org.   

On June 11, the Quogue Historical Society will open its Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue for the summer. And on June 24, the Historical Society will offer Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes at noon and 2 p.m. with Bob Murray serving as conductor. 

Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio in concert in the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, June 18. —Dario Acosta Photo

On Saturday, June 18, Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio playing music by Beethoven, Brahms, Alban Berg and Alma Mahler at 7:30 p.m. in the Quogue Community Hall. For ticket information, visit www.quoguechambermusic.org

On Friday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m., the Quogue Association will present a free concert on the Village Green by one of the most popular bands on the East End, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks

That’s it for now; more as we roll into June. Smart choices, keep safe, and have a happy summer.  

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