Time of Transition

It is a time of transition in Quogue. Just a few days before the solstice on June 21 makes the arrival of summer official, voters in Quogue will, presumably, give their stamp of approval on June 17 to Robert Treuhold as successor to Mayor Peter Sartorius, who is stepping down after 13 years in office. 

Slate tide. —A. Botsford Photo

So steady has been Hizzoner’s hand on the tiller, so surely has he navigated a fair course through competing interests that it has sometimes seemed in the Covid induced elasticity of time that he has been serving as mayor for 30 years, and not 13, and tempting to reassure ourselves, if only in our imagination, that he might go on serving as mayor forever. 

But that would not be fair to a man who, without fanfare, has worked as hard as, or harder than, any other public official on the East End at any level of government. And while it is not possible to govern or lead effectively without occasionally disappointing this or that constituency, there is no question that Mayor Sartorius did his best to put the best interests of the village as a whole above all other considerations.  

Whether dealing with mandates from New York State, Suffolk County, or the Town of Southampton or the concerns of village residents and local businesses, he showed patience and respect as he worked with the other members of the Village Board of Trustees to find a through line that was as fair as possible for all sides. 

And so At Quaquanantuck salutes the decision of the Quogue Association to present the Quogue Bowl to Mayor Sartorius just prior to his final State of the Village address on the Village Green on Saturday, May 28. The Quogue Bowl “honors those who have contributed extraordinarily to the civic life of the Village through their volunteerism.” And while the mayor’s job is an elected post, Hizzoner’s commitment to the position was so far above and beyond that it represents the best spirit of volunteerism. 

Left to right, Quogue Association Vice President Mac Highet, QA Secretary Paul Mejean, Mayor Peter Sartorius, QA board member Stefanie Beck, and QA President Lynn Lomas at a photo op after the presentation of the Quogue Bowl. —Aimee Buhl Photo

At Quaquanantuck joins many other civic minded residents in thanking Mayor Sartorius for his service and wishing him godspeed as he moves on to the next chapter.  

“Our community is gathering to toast Mayor Peter Sartorius on Friday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. on the Village Green as he winds down after more than 12 years in office. Join Us!”

Scheduled to immediately precede the Concert on the Green set for the same evening, in case of rain the gathering will be under the tent at the Quogue Library.

Village Elections June 17 at Firehouse
As noted on the village website and above, the General Village Election of the Village of Quogue will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022, with the polling place at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.  The polls will open at noon and close at 9 p.m. 

Voting will be on three candidates for village office, all of whom are running unopposed. Running for a two-year term as mayor will be Robert Treuhold; running for two-year terms as village trustees will be one incumbent, Kimberley Payne, and Sally Beatty. 

Even though the candidates are running unopposed, At Quaquanantuck urges all registered voters in the district to get over to the firehouse and vote on June 17. It’s important to let all those in public service know that we appreciate their commitment and their willingness, and to show that we take an interest in our elected representatives and the issues they will be dealing with. 

Our democracy is at its best when it is participatory; please get out and vote. 

Tight curl. —A. Botsford Photo

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Wraps Up This Weekend
The Hampton Theatre Company will present the final five performances this week—starting tonight, Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m.—of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath at the Quogue Community Hall. 

The rest of the schedule for this weekend will be Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and the final performance on Sunday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. Ticket information and reservations at www.hamptontheatre.org

Molly Brennan and Rosemary Cline in “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at the Quogue Community Hall. —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. 

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, call 631-653-8955. 

Andrew Botsford and Rosemary Cline. —Tom Kochie Photo

Great Decisions Looks at Changing World Demographics
The next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program on Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m. will focus on the topic of “Changing World Demographics.” In an effort to provide the broadest possible access, Saturday’s program will be hybrid and can be joined virtually by Zoom or attended in person at the Quogue Library. 

Refreshments will be served. Participants will view a video presentation on the topic before joining or listening to a live, 40-minute participant discussion moderated by David Rowe and facilitated by Susan Perkins. 

Changing world demographics are already having a major impact and causing disruptions in different areas, ranging from development to sustainability. Demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today have resulted in far-reaching restructuring of the social, economic, and political order around the globe, yielding daunting challenges to development efforts, international and domestic security, the environment, and, in the end, the sustainability of human populations. 

To register for Saturday’s program, in-person or Zoom, click here

The 2022 Great Decisions Briefing Book may be purchased ($22) at the Quogue Library or digitally from fpa.org. Visit the FPA website here to join and receive notices of events and information about Great Decisions and other programs.

Twins. —Justin Shui Photo

Quogue Library Filling Summer Calendar
As always, the Quogue Library has an array of programs and activities to choose from, starting tonight, Thursday, June 9, when the library will present the American BBQ Presentation and Dinner under the outdoor tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to see if there’s still space. 

To check out all the virtual and in-person programs being offered at and through the Quogue Library, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the Calendar. 

And be sure to save the date, Sunday, July 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. when the library will celebrate two anniversaries under the outdoor tent: 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

Quogue Historical Society Opens Pond House
This Saturday, June 11, the Quogue Historical Society will open its Pond House headquarters on Jessup Avenue for the summer. www.quoguehistory.org 

Be sure to save the afternoon of Friday, June 24, when the Historical Society will offer Trolley Tours of Quogue’s Historic Homes at noon and 2 p.m. with Bob Murray serving as conductor. 

The Merz Trio. —Dario Acosta Photo

Quogue Chamber Music Concert June 18
On Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Quogue Chamber Music will present the Merz Trio at the Quogue Community Hall in the first concert of the QCM 2022 season. 

The June 18 program, “New Paths”, will include music by Beethoven, Brahms, Alban Berg and Alma Mahler. This combination of 19th and 20th century masterworks is quintessentially Austro-German in style and teeming with boundary-breaking energy. Beethoven’s middle period masterwork, Op. 70, #2, is paired with four later Viennese songs that draw attention to its lyrical and virtuosic elements, while Brahms’s glorious B Major Trio, composed when he was only 21 but revised in later years, showcases him as both a pioneering romantic and as a consummate master at the height of his powers. 

Tickets are $50 for adults; $110 includes a post-concert celebration; and $5 for students (concert only). Make checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music and mail to POB 1984, Quogue, NY 11959, or purchase on the Quogue Chamber Music website (www.quoguechambermusic.org). 

Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert. 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 musicians of the Merz Trio—Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano; and Brigid Coleridge, violin—recently swept a number of U.S. chamber music awards, taking top prizes at the 2021 Naumburg, the 2019 Concert Artists Guild, the 2019 Fischoff, and the 2018 Chesapeake competitions.

Praised for their “fresh and surprising interpretations,” the award-winning trio is known for passionate playing and uniquely artistic programming style, interspersing classic trio works with interdisciplinary elements and their own arrangements. Upcoming debut appearances include performances at NYC’s Merkin Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Gene Casey (center with guitar) and the Lone Sharks will play in a free concert presented by the Quogue Association on Friday, June 24, on the Quogue Village Green.

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks in Free Concert June 24
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

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets to spread out on, and to pack a picnic and beverages. Mr. Softee will be on hand for kids of all ages; the Quogue Country Market will be offering a special picnic meal; and Theresa at the Quogue Shop will be providing lemonade and water. 

As author Josh Alan Friedman wrote: “Let it be said at first, the man has a great voice. And the guy knows how to make a record … tracks have a dramatic Spector-like drama that cries out for inclusion in movie soundtracks. This may be esoteric praise, but to the masses, Casey is the premier barroom troubadour of eastern Long Island. That includes Montauk, the Hamptons, on up to Riverhead and any town with an Indian name. But there’s no doubt he would sweep the Sons of Herman Hall crowd in Dallas off their feet, not to mention the Broken Spoke in Austin.” 

“From a professional level, he and his band are just some of the best musicians around, not just the East End and all Long Island but beyond,” said Bonnie Grice, former WPPB broadcaster and host of “Bonnie in the Morning.” 

And Jim Faith, the producer of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival and co-founder of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame proclaimed that Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks are “definitely one of those bands that’s created the musical fabric of Long Island.” 

Eugene Healy Up Next at Quogue Gallery
An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, June 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Quogue Gallery for “Eugene Healy: Ultramarine,” the second solo exhibition of the summer season at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street. Opening on Thursday, June 16, and on view until July 5, the exhibition features 12 recent works on canvas by the artist. 

Eugene Healy, “Oak Bluffs” (2021), mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 30″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The title of the exhibition refers to the deepest and richest of blue pigments, which is frequently used by the artist as part of his examination of “the often dramatic and beautiful interplay between shore, ocean, and sky,” according to a release from the gallery. The word ultramarine is derived from the Latin for “beyond the sea,” as this pigment was originally ground from the lapis lazuli gemstone found in Asia and imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan. 

Buddhist and Hindu cultures assigned to it a heightened spiritual consciousness. During the Renaissance, ultramarine became more valuable than gold, so painters often reserved it for sacred subject matter. Healy uses ultramarine in many of his paintings to evoke the deep blue skies of twilight turning to nightfall, as seen in such works as “Shelter Island,” “Montauk Light,” and “Middle Beach Road.”

The artist also strives “to create drama,” according to the release, by carefully assigning the leading role in each painting to either shore, ocean, or sky. For example, soaring big skies may dominate in order to emphasize the atmosphere of warm summer weather—as in “Point Lookout,” “Mystic,” “Oak Bluffs,” and “Fenwick”—or even an approaching storm, as in “Summer Squall.” Beneath each of these big skies a strip of ocean merges with the beach, anchoring the composition. 

In other paintings, the shore may play the lead role, with the sky reduced to a strip of horizon capping the dominant shore, as in “Watch Hill” and “Newport.” The artist also occasionally “orchestrates a flipping of space, as found in ‘The Tide’ and ‘Bar Beach,’ with their dramatic wedge shapes. Even these fully non-objective abstractions retain the vocabulary of shore, ocean, and sky. 

Eugene Healy is “one of the few abstract painters today who have clearly grasped what the British art critic Clive Bell called ‘significant form’,” according to the release. Bell, an early defender of abstraction as a compelling new mode of visual expression at the beginning of the 20th century, suggested that this kind of formal understanding allows some abstract paintings to reveal such brilliant orchestration of lines, shapes, and colors that they can evoke what Bell called “aesthetic ecstasy.” 

Eugene Healy, “Middle Beach Road” (2022), mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 32″. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

Healy’s paintings are abstractions, but he considers them musical arrangements of shore scenes that have evoked in him particular moods and feelings.  The artist works to express those feelings in mediums ranging from oil, watercolor, encaustic, oil crayon, lacquers, and colored pencil applied to fragments of canvas, boards, and paper. He also incorporates beach sand, fragments of printed fabrics, and even pieces of window screens, returning to each work “over and over, almost obsessively making changes until he is certain his expressions sing,” according to the release.  

Melinda Zox: Color Walk” remains on view at the gallery through June 13. The exhibition features recent work including four large works on canvas and 13 works on paper. 

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

Flipped over by a wave while burying eggs, this horseshoe crab managed to right itself and get back out to sea. —Denise Michalowski Photo

Busy Calendar at Refuge; Wild Night Getting Wilder
Plenty going on over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. In addition to the weekly Earth Yoga sessions with Amy Hess on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. (space is limited), there will be a fascinating Botany Walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 (heavy rain cancels); and three 90-minute private Family Paddle on Ice Pond time slots available for booking, also on Saturday, June 11.

QWR staffers will be leading another Full Moon Night Hike on Tuesday, June 14, at 8 p.m.; a Summer Solstice Paint & Sip session is planned to celebrate National Pollinator Week at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21; and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge annual Family Barbecue for 2022 QWR members will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  

To find out more about these programs and to register, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. And the time is right for any readers who have not already renewed their QWR membership for 2022, or who would like to become a member, to visit quoguewildliferefuge.org and sign up.  

Goldfinch. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

With just over a month to go, more details are emerging about the 14th annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit on Saturday, July 16, and all signs point to an evening that’s not to be missed.

As reported in the May 26 At Quaquanantuck, honorees Charles and Anne Mott are being recognized for their many years of dedicated support of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s work and mission, and this year’s Conservator Award will be presented to Ine Wijtvliet for her sponsorship of the beautification of the entrance to Refuge. 

What At Quaquanantuck didn’t know until this week is that Tate’s Bake Shop and North Fork Chocolate Company have signed on as dessert sponsors, and Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka will be the official liquor sponsor. These sponsors’ offerings will complement the substantial hors d’oeuvres by East End Events Catering, copious cocktails, wine from Pellegrini Vineyards, and beer from Long Island Farm Brewery

The band Noiz will provide lively live music; Bill Ritter of ABC “Eyewitness News” and Jim Kramer of CNBC “Mad Money” are returning to handle the razzle dazzle auctioneer duties for the live auction; the silent auction will be brimming with treasures and experiences of a lifetime to bid on; and guests will have 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

This box turtle found a hospitable lawn where, thankfully, no pesticides are used.Elizabeth Caputo Photo

Write America Readings and Discussions
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut (with registration also available on the Quogue Library website, quoguelibrary.org) the “Write America” program originally conceived by Roger Rosenblatt continues to offer readings and discussions aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Coming up in the next few weeks, all at 7 p.m., will be Major Jackson and Joyce Maynard on Monday, June 13;  Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz and Nicole Terez Dutton on Monday, June 20; and Rachel Pastan,Alison Fairbrother, and Tyehimba Jess on Monday, June 27. There will be no reading on Monday, July 4. 

Register for the Monday evening readings and check out past episodes on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Sunday Services Return to Church of the Atonement
The Reverend Dr. Richard D. McCall will return to Quogue for his 23rd season at the Church of the Atonement at 17 Quogue Street, officiating at Sunday services on June 26, and July 3, 10 and 17. 

Rev. Dr. Richard McCall

Rev. McCall and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Terry McCall, live in Bloomington, IN. They have three children: a daughter Anne and her husband Myles live in New Orleans; a son Ross and his wife Liz are in Atlanta; and a daughter Emily and her husband Trent live in Bloomington with their two boys, Parker and Charlie.

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all are welcome. As per diocesan guidelines, masks are optional at church services. 

All children in the community age 7 to 14 are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Organist and Choir Director Patricia Osborne Feiler. Rehearsals are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com.

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com

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