The Unseen Shadow

One might think—with all the advances in science and technology and artificial intelligence capable of modeling millions of meteorological scenarios and statistical probabilities in seconds—that forecasting the weather should have become a reasonably exact discipline by now. 

Quantuck thaw. —A. Botsford Photo

And in many cases, it has. Witness the recent dumping of 20-plus inches of snow on the East End, which was almost precisely what the forecasters predicted, right down to the time when the falling flakes would begin tapering off. 

But, in many other instances—where hurricanes will make landfall, for instance—predictions can range all over the map, without one of them getting it right. And if, because of climate change or insufficient data or the vagaries of the jet stream, accurate weather forecasting is still so difficult for learned humans, how fair is it to expect more reliable predictions from a woodchuck?

Time was, of course, when there was only one whistle-pig that people across the nation turned to for prognostication about the early or on-time arrival of spring: Punxsutawney Phil. But now it seems that plenty of towns in America have their own groundhog forecasters, from Pierre C. Shadeaux of New Iberia, Louisiana, to Unadilla Bill of Unadilla, Nebraska, to Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Phil’s rivals in Lancaster County, PA: Mount Joy Minnie and Octorara Orphie. 

Snow shadow dance. —A. Botsford Photo

The more groundhogs there are forecasting the arrival of spring in different parts of the country, the higher the odds that there will be disagreement about whether a particular groundpig’s sighting of its shadow, or not, is consistent with the experience of all the other marmots. 

Add to that the issue of hibernation, from which the typical groundhog could reasonably be expected to emerge in late March or April. This means that rousting them out of their burrows to check for their shadow on February 2 involves waking them more than one month early from their long winter’s nap, so how likely is it that they’ll be in any kind of shape to offer up a reliable prediction?  

And then we come to our own village, and the efforts of Chris Osborne, aka the Big Chill, and Bill Nowak, aka Thunder Stache, to establish a tradition of ceremoniously consulting a land beaver for an indication of when spring will arrive. This year, Big Chill and Thunder Stache brought their top hat road show to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in hopes of conferring with the genial woodchuck who lives there, QWR Quincy. 

Bill Nowak and Chris Osborne (aka Thunder Stache and Big Chill) stood their posts at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Groundhog Day, despite the absence of Quincy the Quogue groundhog.—QWR Photo

For the safety of all in these days of Omicron, the two men planned to interview the Refuge’s resident rodent with no spectators present, little suspecting that he was suffering from an ear infection that had been spotted by his caretakers and was, for want of a better description, under the weather. Having recently returned from a trip to the vet, he was tucked up securely in his burrow and unlikely to emerge for a few days while his medications did their work. 

Undeterred, Big Chill and Thunder Stache consulted with some of the other fauna residing at the Refuge and went on to deliver the verdict in a pronouncement that nibbled at the edges of rhetorical rhapsody. His address was captured in a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1uIdQ26i18.

In a text interview following the event, Big Chill revealed his source: “While recovering from his vet visit, he spoke to the hawk this morning, who relayed to the Big Chill, “I will go with my pal Hal [Holtsville Hal] and predict an early spring as I did not see my shadow.” At this time, BC said, there are already plans in formation for a large fundraising event at the Refuge on Groundhog Day in 2023. 

QWR Associate Director Marisa Nelson confirmed at least some of Big Chill’s account: “Yes, he is recovering from an ear infection and is doing well,” she wrote. As a point of interest, Ms. Nelson added that “last year he emerged from hibernation April 17. (This year he didn’t actually start due to being at the vet.)”

Meanwhile, Ms. Nelson wrote, “We thought it would be fun to promote our ‘Quincy the Quogue Groundhog’ t-shirts, which are for sale.  They are $13 each, with a 10 percent discount for 2022 members. We have a mix of adult and kid sizes, and they were designed by QWR Educator Tony Valderrama. All proceeds support QWR.”

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Associate Director Marisa Nelson and Program Director Cara Fernandes display a trove of Quincy t-shirts.—QWR Photo

Following the recent snowstorm, Ms. Nelson said, lots of area residents enjoyed the trails at the Refuge on cross country skis and snowshoes. For those who don’t have their own, QWR rents them out, free to 2022 members, $20 per person for non-members. Equipment is provided on a first come, first served basis, she said, and it’s best to call the office the day of to check on trail conditions and times for rental.

February is member appreciation month at the Refuge, so if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2022, now would be a great time to re-up.

To check out what’s coming up at the Refuge, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org and click on the Events drop down.

Village Dock drift. —Hilary Ames Photo

The Mayor’s Corner: A Salute to Those Who Serve
In a Mid-Winter Update email sent out at the end of January, Mayor Peter Sartorius started out with a very well deserved shout out to the crew members of the Village Highway Department, who worked for 36 hours plus to keep our streets passable during the recent snowmageddon. 

“The Quogue Highway Department, composed of six hard-working men with the best dispositions you would ever want to find, worked on Friday night, all day on Saturday until 2 a.m. on Sunday morning and then again during the day on Sunday. The clean-up continues this week. If you have the opportunity, please thank them for all their hard work. The Police and Fire Departments also responded to several calls during the height of the storm. As Mayor, I must say that knowing that these very dedicated and competent people are on duty during events like this storm gives me a great deal of comfort.”

In the email, Hizzoner went on to get village residents caught up on a whole bunch of news around Village Hall. To recap, for those not on the Mayor’s email list: 

First, despite the strong northeast winds during the big storm, the dune and steps at the Village Beach thankfully  remained intact. 

A chilly wait for breakfast. —A. Botsford Photo

The Persons of the Year for 2021, named at the December meeting of the Village Board, are Lynda Confessore, Sally McGrath, Paul Mejean and Barbara Sartorius, the members of the committee that oversaw the spectacular renovation and expansion of the Quogue Library. 

In January, the Village Board appointed Jonathan Stanton as a new full-time officer on the Quogue Village Police force, and promoted 12-year veteran Bobby Hammel to the rank of Sergeant. The Quogue Village Police Department, meanwhile, named Detective Alex Gladding the 2021 Officer of the Year. At Quaquanantuck congratulates all three of these officers for earning these well deserved honors. 

Snow dune. —A. Botsford Photo

January 1 saw a changing of the guard at the Quogue Fire Department as Ben Hubbard completed a two-year term as Chief and was succeeded by Mike Nelson, executive director of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. At Quaquanantuck joins the Mayor in thanking both Chiefs, and all the men and women of the QVFD, for their service to residents of the village.

Deanna Miller has joined the top-notch team of professionals in the Village Office. Since she will typically be the first face residents see when they come to the window in the front lobby, all are encouraged to give her a warm welcome. 

And, finally, the Mayor reminded residents that work was completed in November on the new sidewalk from the bridge to the Village Beach: perfect for a winter walk. 

Frozen shore. —Rosemary Cline Photo

Historical Society Provides Two Exhibitions for Library Art Gallery
Taking beautiful advantage of the return to in-person services and programming at the Quogue Library, an in-person reception is slated at the Library Art Gallery on Saturday, February 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in celebration of two exhibitions running through March 1. 

Featuring photographs by George Bradford Brainerd from the Brooklyn Museum, “QUEEN OF THE HAMPTONS: Quogue on the Cusp, circa 1875” looks at Quogue’s rapid rise as a preeminent Long Island summer resort at the end of the 19th century. 

Also on view through March 8 is the related exhibition, “Wish You Were Here … Early 20th Century Postcards of Quogue” from the collection of the Quogue Historical Society. 

At the reception on Saturday, Southampton Town Historian and Quogue Historical Society Curator Julie Greene will offer commentary on the two exhibitions. 

George Bradford Brainerd, at right, with a fellow photographer in Hempstead, circa 1875. —Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

At Quaquanantuck once again salutes Ms. Greene and QHS board member Pi Gardiner for their willingness to provide this column with in-depth context for all things historical. To wit, a release from the QHS this week tells us that when photographer George Bradford Brainerd traveled to Long Island in the mid-1870s, the small hamlet of Quogue “was on the cusp of becoming a bustling summer resort. As hyped in an 1877 Long Island Rail Road guide: “it is unsurpassed … Quogue stands pre-eminent … Known as “QUEEN OF THE HAMPTONS, Quogue rules supreme.” 

Lured by the same wonderful attributes that continue to draw visitors today, people began journeying to the south shore by stagecoach as early as the 1770s. In 1835, when the first regularly scheduled stagecoach service was established, Quogue was the second overnight stop on the three-day trip from Brooklyn to East Hampton. 

Just 10 years later, in 1844, the Long Island Railroad introduced direct service to Riverhead. “Every thrifty and intelligent farmer formed the habit of taking in summer boarders for four months of the year,” one summer lodger wrote. 

In 1870, the railroad was extended south from Riverhead and two trains a day stopped in Quogue, bringing even more summer visitors. By 1880, 13 boarding houses and hotels lined Quogue Street and the village flourished, becoming “undoubtedly, in proportion to the number of its inhabitants, the wealthiest town in L.I.” (History of Suffolk County, 1882.) 

Traveling to Quogue in the mid-1870s on the newly opened South Branch railroad, and using cameras he developed himself, George Bradford Brainerd captured views of the village as a fledgling summer retreat that are at once striking and starkly beautiful. 

The nine stunning images of Quogue in the mid-1870s displayed at the library are modern digital prints enlarged from scanned collodion silver glass wet-plate negatives. The glass-plate negatives, dating from 1870 to 1885—and each meticulously labeled with the scene and subject—were given to the Brooklyn Museum in the early 20th century.  

A classic penny postcard from the Quogue Historical Society collection.

Wish You Were Here … Early 20th Century Postcards of Quogue
The golden age of postcards in America spanned 1905 to 1915, coinciding with Quogue’s peak years as a bustling summer resort. With technological advances in photography, printing, and mass production, as well as expanded daily mail pickups and deliveries, postcards were effectively the text messages of their time, cheap and convenient to send. 

Nearly one billion penny postcards were mailed each year. Many were also purchased simply as souvenirs and never mailed. Today, they are considered collectors’ items.

The Quogue Historical Society holds more than 150 early 20th century postcards in its collection, including beach scenes, boarding houses, and summer cottages. Taken together, they create a charming visual portrayal of our village 100 years ago.

Winter wave rider. —Roger Moley Photo

As In-Person Services Return,  Library Keeps Calendar Crowded
Although the library is maintaining its abbreviated hours of operation in February, in-person services are back, and the library continues to offer plenty of engaging virtual programs for all ages and interests. 

Coming up in the next week in virtual programming, there’s “2022 Medicare Updates and Options” tomorrow, Thursday,  February 10, at 1 p.m.; Adult Fiction Book Club discussion of “Assembly” by Natasha Brown on Sunday, February 13, at noon; and “Prevent The Event: Be Heart Smart” on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.  

Library patrons who were hoping to get in touch with their spirit guides back in January are in luck: the Meet and Greet Your Spirit Guides program led by certified psychic medium Winter Brook has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. Brook will explain what spirit guides are and how individuals work with many different ones over the course of their lives. 

Winter Brook

Afterwards, Ms. Brook has promised to give mini guide readings to some of the attendees. To learn more about Ms. Brook, visit www.winterbrookmedium.com. To register for the program, click here or click on the Meet Your Spirit Guides box under Adult Programs on the library home page. 

Coming up in two weeks will be an installment of the Stony Brook Cancer Center Health Education Series on Wednesday, February 23, at noon. 

On Friday, February 25, at 7 p.m. it’s time for another Virtual Paint Party with artist Marie Camenares. All supplies (canvas, paint, brushes etc.) will be provided in a kit that will be available for pick up at the front desk beginning Friday, February 18, for $10. 

As always, the Quogue Library continues to offer a wide array of programming for younger patrons and families. To see what’s coming up over the next few weeks, or to get more information or register: visit www.quoguelibrary.org and simply click on the flier for any program that catches your interest. In every case, a registration link or instructions on how to register will pop up. Easy. 

“Ripcord” Up Next for Hampton Theatre Company
The set is under construction, the cast has been picked, and rehearsals start next week for David Lindsay-Abaire’s pointed and poignant comedy “Ripcord,” about two women vying for prime real estate in an assisted living facility. The Hampton Theatre Company production opens on March 17 and runs through April 3. Andrew Botsford directs.  

Tickets are on sale now; visit www.hamptontheatre.org or call 631-653-8955 for more information. 

Melinda Zox Launches New Residency Series at Quogue Gallery
Always looking for ways to keep fine art a part of the conversation in every season in Quogue, Quogue Gallery owners Christy and Chester Murray have organized a new Artist in Residence series for the winter months, launching this weekend with Melinda Zox. Ms. Zox will be working in the gallery space on Jessup Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 and 13, and again on Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all four days.  

Melinda Zox, 2022, mixed media on watercolor paper, 9.8″ x 3.9″.—Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

According to a release from the gallery, the Artist in Residence series is designed to showcase local artists painting live in the gallery/studio space, “sharing their passion and creative process firsthand.” The fortuitous timing of the first weekend of artist residency will allow visitors to “come and be inspired, meet Melinda Zox and shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift,” according to the release. 

Melinda Zox is an emerging Abstract Expressionist painter who studied at the School of Visual

Arts in New York City under Frank Roth. The daughter of abstract painter Larry Zox, who played an essential role in the Color Field discourse of the 1960s and 1970s, and his artist wife Jean Glover Zox, she was raised in the heart of the downtown New York City art scene. She thinks of her childhood as “a continual lesson in the experience of art and creativity. Art, color and expression were part of our daily life and almost every conversation.” 

Melinda Zox, 2022, mixed media on watercolor paper, 16″ x 12″.Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

In her artist’s statement, Ms. Zox writes: “I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty that exists in space, color and movement. I am drawn to color and influenced by bold, strong lines as well as dynamic powerful shapes. The work is grounded by quiet and still lines interrupted by layers of explosive energetic color.

“I feel exhilarated when I paint a new line of color interrupting the flat space creating movement, and flow. I layer the paint creating texture; building and adding more dimensions. Drawing has always been an inspirational form of expression for me. As a child, I was mesmerized by Michael Steiner steel sculptures and Alexander Calder’s mobiles, as well as the NYC architecture. I have to paint; it is my life’s blood. Paint and canvas have become instruments for me to express my feelings and be heard.”

Quogue Gallery is located at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. For more information, visit www.quoguegallery.com

Claudia Doring Baez Showing at Art Fair
Speaking of fine art, At Quaquanantuck notes with pleasure that local artist Claudia Doring Baez is showing her work this weekend at the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. With additional support from another Quogue resident, Sally Beatty, the artist is set up in Booth EJ30, an exhibition space she has dubbed “The Empty Circle.” 

Claudia Doring Baez, “David – Josephine’s Cape During the Coronation of Napoleon, Louvre,” 2021, oil on canvas, 40″ x 48″. —Image courtesy of the artist

The VIP preview and official opening of the fair were held yesterday, on Wednesday, February 9.  Hours for this weekend—for any readers who find themselves in Mexico City—will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 13.


A snowy owl zeroes in on its prey. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

“Write America” Keeps the Torch Burning
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, “Write America” continues to offer programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Just last night, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Stony Brook Southampton Provost Robert Reeves offered a lovely tribute to and reminiscence about “Angela’s Ashes” author the late Frank McCourt.  

Coming up in the next few weeks, all at 7 p.m., will be Tyehimba Jess, Molly Gaudry and Marie Howe on Monday, February 14; Arthur Size, Alice McDermott and Henry Louis Gates on Monday, February 21; Grace Schulman and Samyak Shertok on Monday, February 28; and Robert Reeves, Jill McCorkle and Magdalene Brandeis on Monday, March 7. 

Past episodes, including the conversation about the art of cartooning between Gary Trudeau and Jules Feiffer, and the recent tribute to Frank McCourt, can be found by scrolling down on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Check the Byrd’s Books website for details on the February and March programs. All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit the Byrd’s Books website at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country

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Oh, My Aching Omicron!

Just when everyone thought that maybe, finally, it wouldn’t be just wishful thinking to imagine that life might be on the cusp of shifting into something at least bearing a slight resemblance to what we remembered from the Before Times … Omicron. 

Quaquanantuck sunset; December 25, 2021. In response to a recurring question, this photo has not been edited. —A. Botsford Photo

At the international level, the variant has been sweeping through like a brush fire in high winds, though charts continue to show the U.S. as perhaps the planet’s biggest concentrated hot spot. Despite clear statistical evidence attesting to vaccination affording better protection against serious illness and hospitalization, confusion and misinformation and even disinformation continue to fuel debate and further entrench opposition to getting the shots. 

At the local level, it seems there is no family or individual that wasn’t affected by the rapid spread of the virus during the holidays. Travel plans waylaid; dinners and family gatherings disrupted; discovery of exposure begetting contact tracing and isolation, begetting testing and reporting and then retesting; and on and on. 

Quogo Neck sunset; December 17, 2021. —Roger Moley Photo

Even so, at times when we are tempted to get bitter or mournful and resentful about the dozens of ways our plans and our lives have been and continue to be derailed by the virus, it would be good take a step back and consider the plight of—and have a good thought for—those who are really bearing the brunt of this next wave. That would be the hospital and health care workers who, without ever getting a real break or chance to recover from the devastating trauma of the first surge, are now quite literally overwhelmed once again, with no respite in sight.  

Consider how their lives and the lives of their families have been affected and surely the disappointments and canceled plans in our lives should pale to the point of disappearing. We should have a good thought for them and offer support in whatever way we can. 

And so it goes in the days of the novel coronavirus today.

It’s nice to think that this makes sense to someone; there seems to be a real lack of certainty. —AB Photo

Two Quogue School Alumni Named to All-Long Island Team
Many thanks to village resident Heather Haynia for sharing some great good news with At Quaquanantuck: Maximus Haynia and Gavin Ehlers, both graduates of the Quogue School who attend Westhampton Beach High School, were named to Newsday’s All-Long Island Boys Cross Country Team for fall 2021. 

Gavin Ehlers, a senior at WHB, was also named Newsday’s Long Island Runner of the Year for his outstanding record at the local, regional and state level. Announcing the roster for the All-Long Island team (click here to see the article) Newsday noted that Max Haynia, a junior at WHB, “was consistently second behind Ehlers on Long Island’s top team.” 

Congratulations to both of these outstanding athletes; and thank you for bringing some light to these difficult times through your achievements.  

Library Shifts Schedule and Programs in Response to Surge
As might be feared and perhaps even expected, the Quogue Library has not been spared the disruptions wrought by Covid’s new chip off the old block. Which is to say that the Omicron variant has left the library short staffed, in addition to making in-person, indoor programs potentially more perilous in terms of transmission of the virus. 

The result is as one might imagine: all programming will be virtual only at least through the end of January. In addition, the library has to limit traditional services to curbside only, during scaled back hours. The temporary schedule, for the time being, is: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed Wednesday; Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

To make a curbside pickup request, patrons can click here, or go to the Quogue Library website, www.quoguelibrary.org, and click on the box with the text: Click Here to Reserve Items for Curbside Pickup. At that link, patrons will be asked to fill out a form for curbside pickup requests; a library staffer will call when items are ready for pickup. 

Adrift in a drift, garden gnomes greet the arrival of winter. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Pickup will be located in front of the library at 90 Quogue Street. Patrons arriving to pick up their items are asked to call 631-653-4224, ext 101.

In line with the Omicron response policy, the library’s January Board of Trustees meeting will be virtual, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 15. Click here or go to the library website to register. 

Appropriately, under Adult Programs on its home page, the library is offering a connection to free, confidential, and anonymous counseling for anyone feeling overwhelmed during Covid, a joint project of  NYProject Hope and New Horizon Counseling Center. For more information, call 1-855-818-HOPE (4673). 

Weekly group sessions are also offered under the program, on Mondays at noon and 4 p.m. To join, open Google Meet and enter the code: zbs-gkhb-jca.

January is a decidedly good month for indoor pursuits, so it’s great to have follow-along video recipes from The Baking Coach available online this month. The recipes and video demonstrations on tap for January include: French onion soup; creamy baked potato soup; and buttermilk biscuits. The library’s Baking Coach page is here, and on the library website. Hard copies of the recipes will also be available for curbside pickup.   

Virtual exercise options continue via the library website, with Leisa Taylor leading Pilates for Everyone on Monday, January 24, and Monday, January 31. Ms. Taylor will also be leading Follow Along Cardio classes on Tuesday, January 18, and Tuesday, January 25. The fee is $10 per each class; visit the library website or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register. 

Winter Brook

Library patrons looking to get in touch with their spirit guides are in luck: certified psychic medium Winter Brook will be leading a virtual Meet and Greet Your Spirit Guides program today, Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. Ms. Brook will explain what spirit guides are and how individuals work with many different ones over the course of their lives. 

Afterwards, Ms. Brook has promised to give mini guide readings to some of the attendees. To learn more about Ms. Brook, and perhaps the certification process for psychic mediums, visit www.winterbrookmedium.com. To register for tonight’s program, click here or click on the Meet Your Spirit Guides box under Adult Programs on the library home page. 

For those patrons who might prefer to be in touch with aspects of the physical world, the library is tapping into an East Hampton Library presentation of a Virtual Tour of the Fire Island National Seashore’s Sunken Forest, also today, and also at 7 p.m. A park ranger will lead the virtual tour of this globally rare maritime holly forest, discussing the resident plants and animals and the natural forces that created this unique ecosystem, as well as the threats it faces today. 

For this program, a Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to all participants 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. To register, call the East Hampton Library at 631-324-0222, ext. 3; or visit www.easthamptonlibrary.org. As always, the Quogue Library continues to offer a wide array of programming for younger patrons and families. To see what’s coming up over the next few weeks, or to get more information or register: visit www.quoguelibrary.org and simply click on the flier for any program that catches your interest. In every case, a registration link or instructions on how to register will pop up. Easy.

Snowy owl on a snag near Sebonack Creek. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Just in Time: Thoughts Turn to Summer at Wildlife Refuge
What better way to greet the new year and the onset of frigid days and nights than to start looking ahead to summer? 

That’s what the folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge are doing, sending out an email blast this week announcing that registration is now open for QWR members for all Summer Camp programs: Little Naturalists, ages 4 to 6; Summer Ecology, entering grades 2 to 6; Young Explorers, grades 7 to 9; and Explorers, grades 10 to 12. 

Complete registration instructions are available on the QWR website, but readers should be aware that QWR members at the Family level or above receive priority registration through May 11, 2022. This is a real benefit of membership, since these programs tend to fill up fast. 

Memberships are only valid through the calendar year; so all those who were members last summer who haven’t renewed will need to renew before registering. And bear in mind that Family memberships are only valid for immediate family (parents and children) and not for grandchildren. 

So, get all the info; confirm membership status, gather the required documents; and get the young ones signed up now for the age-appropriate programs at the Refuge this summer. www.quoguewildliferefuge.org 

Between Paula Prentis, her husband Peter Prentis and Peter’s sister, Patricia Prentis, the Prentis family has been provided with a plethora of peripatetic photographers. On January 6, Peter Prentis captured the sunset at the shoreline, above, and sent it to his sister Patricia, who submitted it to At Quaquanantuck. The next day, Paula Prentis got the image below of the beach blanketed in snow just after the flakes stopped flying.

The next Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge steps off at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 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. 

The evening of Saturday, January 29, has been set aside for another session of Light the Night Winter Trail Walks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Adults and families are invited to visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/light-the-night to reserve an arrival time for a self-guided, peaceful stroll through the gently illuminated forest trails.

Flashlights are not permitted during the walk. And strollers are reminded that this is a quiet walk, and parents must accompany their children and encourage them to enjoy the trail quietly. 

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under, with all fees going to support the work of the Refuge. The next evening for Light the Night Winter Trail Walks will be on Saturday, February 12.  

Earth Yoga with Amy Hess returns to the Refuge at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning on February 2. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat for this one-hour class. Pre-register and pre-pay the $15 fee online or by calling 631-653-4771, as space is limited. 

The class will be held indoors in the Nature Center, so masks will be required. The Nature Center will open at 8:45 a.m. for yoga students who want to arrive early and settle in.

This short-lived snowman was built by Dashiell Deckoff, above, just before the rains came on Sunday, January 9. —Jane Deckoff Photo

On Saturday, February 5, the QWR is planning to host an in-person Seals on Long Island program in the Nature Center at 11 a.m. several species of seals seen in NY waters? A representative from the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) will discuss the various species of seals seen in New York waters; the best practices when observing seals in their natural environment; how human interaction can negatively affect them; common illnesses and injuries seen in seal patients; and what’s involved in restoring these animals to good health. 

Visitors will have a chance to learn about NYMRC efforts to help these animals in need, and how to get involved in helping protect and preserve the local marine environment.

This is a free program and an RSVP is required as space is limited. All programs are, of course, subject to change based on Covid-19 safety regulations. Masks are required for all visitors to the indoor Nature Center.

For more information or to register, call 631-653-4771 or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

And on Wednesday, February 9, at 6 p.m., the QWR will present a virtual program on the History of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1934, the Refuge has a fascinating origin story, beginning with ice harvesting on the aptly named Ice Pond and the early stages of a nationwide waterfowl conservation movement. The virtual Zoom presentation is a free program for 2022 members in honor of Member Appreciation Month.

To register in advance for this meeting, click here or visit the Refuge website. All those who register will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sundown behind the dunes. —A. Botsford Photo

Theatre Company Looks Back and Forward
Doing the January thing of looking back at the past year while looking ahead to the new one, the members of the Hampton Theatre Company are counting up the successes of 2021 while hoping to improve on these in 2022. 

Last May, the company finally managed to stage its long-delayed revival of “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney, albeit playing to houses limited to 30 percent of capacity with a full array of Covid protocols in place. 

Then, in the fall, George Loizides directed a game cast in a stirring production of “Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarias, with no capacity limits for this show. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours were required, and masks covering nose and mouth had to stay in place throughout the performance. 

On December 11, four members of the company—Roger Moley, Rebecca Edana, Amanda Griemsmann, and Andrew Botsford—who had signed up sponsors for the HTC team joined hundreds of others for the Polar Bear Plunge into the icy Atlantic at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton to support the Heart of the Hamptons community food pantry and other good works. Thanks to the generosity of the greater Quogue community, the HTC team raised $3,303, placing fifth in fund-raising among all teams signed up to take the Plunge. 

Coming up next will be a production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s pointed and poignant comedy “Ripcord,” about two women vying for prime real estate in an assisted living facility, opening on March 17 and running through April 3. Andrew Botsford directs.  Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, January 16 and 17, and rehearsals are scheduled to start on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Details about the play and auditions, and ticket sales, are on the website, www.hamptontheatre.org

On Sunday, December 26, At Quaquanantuck columnist Andrew Botsford, Lucy Carroll and Veronica Botsford took advantage of the mild conditions for a (very) quick dip. —Barrett Worthington Photo

“Write America” Continues to Shine
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, “Write America” continues to offer programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Always illuminating, informative and inspiring as well as entertaining, the weekly episodes can be relied upon to bring good talk and great insights into whatever space that audiences are receiving them. A recent standout was the special event on Wednesday, January 5, when Al Gore talked with series creator Roger Rosenblatt. 

The good news for devotees as well as those who might be new to the series is that past episodes, including the recent program with Al Gore, can be found by scrolling down on the Byrd’s Books website, www.byrdsbooks.com/write-america.

Coming up on Monday, January 17, at 7 p.m. will be novelist, memoirist and children’s book author Susan Shreve in conversation with Thomas Becker. Mr. Becker served for 32 years as the 17th president of the Chautauqua Institution, the 148-year-old not-for-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning based on its four pillars of art, education, religion and recreation. 

Gary Trudeau

A very special Write America installment on Monday, January 24, at 7 p.m. will feature genre giants Gary Trudeau and Jules Feiffer in conversation about the art of cartooning.

Frank McCourt

Check the Byrd’s Books website for details on the January 31 and February programs, but be sure to mark the calendar now for the special event on February 9 at 7 p.m. when former two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and novelist and Stony Brook Southampton Provost Robert Reeves honor their late friend and beloved colleague Frank McCourt. 

All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit the Byrd’s Books website at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country

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

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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Making the Turn

And, just like that, we’ve arrived at the winter solstice.

Not sure why it comes as such a surprise to At Quaquanantuck. All the signs have been there: the Christmas decorations going up everywhere before anyone could even start to make a dent in leftover Halloween candy; the “holiday” music dropping in as the universal soundtrack for shoppers in every store; the leaves collecting on the curbs; the shorter and shorter days.

Tide pool. —A. Botsford Photo

Maybe it’s surprising because of the number, and the scope, of the distractions. While it’s tempting to blame Covid—and our daily efforts to cope with the shapeshifting nature of the virus and its variants as well as the protocols drafted to deal with it—the pandemic and its global fallout are just a simmering, foundational base layer under the existential fear, anxiety and dismay streaming out of the news cycle: 

Climate crisis. Environmental depredation. Bitter culture wars, tribalism, and political posturing blocking progress on addressing so many problems that affect us all. The ascendance of self-serving fiction over facts and the decline of adherence to the principles of equality and justice upon which this nation was founded—are there any truths anymore that can be held to be self-evident? Gun violence writ large once again in yet another school shooting. Economic instability for some; intractable poverty for others. Point of view trumping jurisprudence. Darkness gathers. 

So the solstice can’t come soon enough. Every year at this time in the northern hemisphere, in different ways and different faiths, we welcome the return of the light as the Earth starts tilting little by little back toward the sun. Along with the light, we join together to celebrate love and family and community and brighter days ahead.

Clean break. —A. Botsford Photo

This year, rather than succumbing to the encroaching darkness, let’s take advantage of this opportunity to set aside our differences and the perspectives that divide us and reach out to celebrate our shared humanity. Let’s take a lesson from the unofficial Christmas truce of 1914 in World War I, when soldiers on both sides of the conflict emerged from the trenches and shared gestures of goodwill.

In line with this historic, all too brief, from-the-bottom-up cessation of hostilities—coupled with the Dickensian directive to honor Christmas in our hearts and “try to keep it all the year”—may we all try to climb out of the trenches we have dug for ourselves and seek common ground in our communities and in the larger life of the world. Let’s try to remember the quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge so thoughtfully shares in much of its correspondence: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

However challenging it might be, perhaps we can reflect some of the gradual increase of light beyond the holiday season in our efforts to truly embrace the ideas of real peace on Earth and sincere good will to all women and men. Happy Solstice to all!


Carolers from the Quogue School warmed up the crowd at the Quogue Fire Department sponsored Holiday Lighting ceremony and visit from Santa on December 3. —A. Botsford Photos

Looking for a Winter Wonderland? Try the Wildlife Refuge
The holiday season got a lovely launch over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on December 4 with more than 400 people descending on the Refuge for a very successful Light the Night Winter Trail Walk and Outdoor Holiday Market. 

The welcoming lights of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Outdoor Holiday Market on December 4. Below, Stefanie Wagner and the Gigi’s Jewelry team. —Photos courtesy of QWR

As QWR Associate Director Marisa Nelson reported to At Quaquanantuck: “Our first Outdoor Holiday Market was a fun success!  Folks were kept a little warmer thanks to some toasty heat towers and complimentary hot cocoa. Patrons seemed to really enjoy shopping from local small businesses and meeting the artisans. 

“In addition, we were thrilled with the turnout of 428 people who walked the Light the Night Winter Trail Walk. We have additional Light the Night walks scheduled for two Saturdays: January 29 and February 12 for anyone who missed it, or would love to experience it again.”

In the near term, Ms. Nelson advised that there is still space available in three upcoming walks: the Full Moon Night Hike on Friday, December 17; the Guided Forest Walk on Saturday, December 18; and the Sunset Solstice Hike on December 21. 

The Full Moon Night Hike on Friday steps off at 4:30 p.m. 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. 

The 9 a.m. Guided Forest Walk on Saturday is designed for folks who are not comfortable walking the trails in the dark during full moon night hikes. Adults, seniors, and families can celebrate the full moon with this morning guided hike through the forest. Reservations and payment ($10, or $5 for QWR members) is required in advance.  

The Sunset Solstice Hike is another echo of the standard Full Moon Night Hike. Stepping off at 4 p.m., adults and families with children over 11 will look and listen for crepuscular as well as nocturnal creatures and enjoy some of the same night vision activities that one might encounter on a full moon night hike. Cost is $10 for QWR members or $20 for non-members; reservations required at least 24 hours prior.

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

Quogue Wildlife Refuge ornaments are available for sale in the Nature Center, open noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. —Photo courtesy of QWR

Meanwhile, with Christmas arriving just one week from Saturday, there are some wonderful last-minute shopping options inside the Nature Center at the Refuge. Stocking stuffers, apparel and accessories, and even tasty treats for our avian friends are all available: QWR pewter ornaments; Audubon bird plush; Wild Republic plush animals; Wild Clingers; Nature Tubes; wooden frogs in two sizes; QWR embroidered hats; QWR hooded sweatshirts; hand-knit wrap-scarves; the children’s book “Moonglow”; and wine glasses, to name just a few items. 

There is also a limited supply of birdseed, including black oil sunflower, wild bird mix, and a surfeit of suet cakes.

Shopping in the Nature Center is from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; masks are required indoors.


Great blue heron on the wing. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Feast Your Eyes on “White Christmas” at Quogue Library Saturday
The next in-person Film Feast at the library is coming up this Saturday, December 18, at 6 p.m. when the featured film will be “White Christmas,” the 1954 holiday feature directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. 

Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye team up for song, dance and romance in “White Christmas,” screening at this weekend’s Film Feast at the Quogue Library.

One of the first movies filmed in VistaVision and featuring classic songs by Irving Berlin—including the timeless title tune (first heard in the 1942 Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby romp “Holiday Inn”)—this comedy/romance/musical spins a yarn about two successful song-and-dance men who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

The Variety review of a preview screening in December of 1953 reported that “Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with VistaVision, keep the entertainment going in this fancifully staged production, clicking well.”

Writing about a restored version of the film that returned to the big screen briefly in 2008, a staffer at Total Film wrote: “This was the ‘Mamma Mia!’ of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin show tunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office.”

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

December 5 was a perfect, windless day for a low cruise. —A. Botsford Photo

Just When You Thought You Had a Handle on Village History
Sometimes, but not always, a search for something in the past can lead.to discoveries about something else that is even more intriguing. 

Consider as a case in point the recent search by Southampton Town Historian and Quogue Historical Society Curator Julie Greene and QHS board member Pi Gardiner for some kind of Quogue Christmas story in the QHS archives. One item they came across seemed a likely candidate: a perfect fit for the snappy headline, “When Coal in Your Stocking Was a Good Thing.” Here’s the item, taken from The County Review of Thursday, December 19, 1935 (boldface mine): 

“There were over three hundred players at the card party given by the Quogue Women’s Athletic Association in the Community House last week. Miss Julia Spatowski of Jamesport won the door prize of a ton of coal. George W. Still won a half ton of coal for the highest score in bridge and D. Gardiner won the half ton of coal for the highest score in 500.”

That’s a lot of coal in winnings; two tons of it to be precise. But wait … what’s that about the Quogue Women’s Athletic Association? Intrigued, the ever diligent Raiders of the Lost Ark Ms. Greene and Ms. Gardiner followed up on this tasty lead. And this is what they found: 

“The Quogue Women’s Athletic Association (known as the QWAA) was formed in 1935. Basketball was among the sports they played, but they would only play against teams that followed the men’s rules.” No shrinking violets in the QWAA.

“In addition to athletics, the QWAA provided food baskets at holiday times for the sick and needy, raising funds through strawberry festivals, beach picnics, suppers, dances, fashion shows, and other entertainments throughout the year.” Among those entertainments was the timeless gem “Aunt Samanthy Rules the Roost, A Farce in Three Acts” by Charles George. Time and place for the action of the play were “The Dawn of Woman Suffrage” and the “Home of Samanthy Simpkins of Simpkinsville.” And while the play may have been written by a man, all the parts—male and female—were played by the women of the QWAA. 

The QHS has already expressed hopes that the Hampton Theatre Company will consider reviving this storied success, but several issues need to be resolved first: namely, first locating a copy of the script and then ascertaining who holds the rights to this priceless IP. 

After establishing from the group’s constitution that it was founded “to participate in various athletics and aid in charitable work,” a follow up investigation yielded another clipping. This one revealed that the QWAA had elected Mrs. Mae Sacks president at the annual meeting, which was followed by a “novel program” marking the group’s first anniversary. 

“The entertainment took the form of an Amateur Hour ove Broadcasting Station QWAA,” the clipping reads. “Kathryn Golding was Graham McCracker, announcer, and Eunice Raynor was Major Woes, conducting the amateur.” 

After listing various cast members and the comical names of their characters, the article reveals that “Ballots were cast for the prizewinners: the Hula Girls received first, the Eavesdroppers second, and Buzz Wood third.” 

At Quaquanantuck is beyond grateful that the QHS has shared this wonderful treasure from the past, and hopes that there are athletic and charity minded women living in our community now who will be inspired to revive this spirited group. 

Library Programming in High Gear for December and January
Lots of engaging options in programs coming up at the Quogue Library. 

Artist Garrett Chingery’s “The Ark” exhibition, featuring a selection of new paintings of wild and domestic animals from around the world, will remain on view in the library Art Gallery through January 4. 

An “Intro to Google” technology class led by the amazing tech assistant Amber will be offered on Saturday, December 18, at 10 a.m. Participants are invited to bring a device and follow along as Amber introduces all the different apps that Google has to offer. Discussion will include Slides, Docs and Sheets, all available for free. Call the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101, to register. 

A Teen Night Out program on Sunday, December 19, at 4 p.m. will feature a screening of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Registration for Youth Services (Quogue Library) begins on December 20. 

Exercise classes at the library will be virtual through December, with pilates offered on Mondays at 10 a.m. and cardio on Tuesdays, also at 10 a.m. 

Quogue Library staffers Amanda, Amber, and Chloe created this lovely symbol of the season during the Holiday Tree program led by Rori of Flowers by Rori. —Elizabeth Caputo Photo 

The library will host a Winter Floral Arrangement class led by the exceptionally talented Rori of Flowers by Rori on Saturday, January 8, at 2:30 p.m. There is a $30 fee for materials for this in-person, adult class; limited to 15 people.

The computer animated film “Ice Age” will be screened for the Family Movie Night on Saturday, January 8, at 4 p.m. All ages welcome for this in-person program. 

The next meeting of the Adult Fiction Book Club will be held on Sunday, January 9 at noon, when the book under discussion will be “The Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner. 

For ages 15 and up there will be an “Adulting 101: Resume Writing” in-person workshop on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. 

An in-person program on “Botanical Prints on Old Book Pages” will be offered at the library on Saturday, January 22, at 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to transfer images of favorite plants and flowers to make foam “stamps” that will be printed onto old book pages. At the end of the workshop, the prints will be mounted onto wood. 

There is a $10 charge for materials due before class. No previous art experience needed. Participants are requested to bring images of plants that they would like to use. 

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. 

Full moon river. —Michael Cook Photo

Update from “Write America” Founder Roger Rosenblatt
Currently Crowdcasting from Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, “Write America” continues to offer programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

In a recent missive to the legions of writers and friends connected to the program, Write America founder Roger Rosenblatt provided an update and a holiday salutation, excerpted here. 

“Just a brief account of our recent and upcoming activities,” Mr. Rosenblatt wrote, “and good wishes to you all. 

“The past few weeks have been sort of heady, with the appearance of Norman Lear, the 99-year-old new kid on our block, and 95-year-old Alan Bergman, a kid in comparison. So impressive to see how these two memorable writers, working in such different genres, have given their creative lives to the common comedy, sweetness, and torments of human behavior. They were fulfilling Write America’s purposes long before there ever was us.”

After providing details on the last reading of the first year, by Juan Felipe Herrera and David Tomas Martinez, on December 13, and a special event with Richard Ford and Bruce Weber celebrating the memory of E.L. Doctorow on December 14, Mr. Rosenblatt went on to note that “From time to time, we will do these appreciations of the greats we knew. On February 9, 2022, Billy Collins, the most appealing public poet since Whitman, and the word-playful novelist Robert Reeves will honor their friend Frank McCourt. 

“In another kind of special event, on January 5, I’ll have a conversation with Al Gore, who has recently joined us, about his invaluable books on climate change (politics too, probably). And on January 24, 2022, Jules Feiffer and Garry Trudeau will talk to each other about cartooning, of which both have made high art, suggesting how many essential words may be implied in the lines that make up a drawing. 

“But before I get too far ahead of myself, continued thanks to you all for sustaining our enterprise with such gusto and a rich variety of gifts. Watching you each week, as you read your work and chat with one another, and with Alice, one is stunned with admiration at the lives and minds you put before our audiences. The individual power of each of you is only surpassed by the collective power, which is breathtaking. (I’m glad we’ll keep an archive.)  And the evident pleasure you take in one another’s work is – well, one sighs. Our words are our bond. 

“Since writers take no holidays, I won’t wish you a happy one – except at those quietly rapturous moments when you sit back and smile (just a little) at a well-wrought phrase, line, or sentence. You may also take some satisfaction in knowing that little by little, Write America may be proving its point. People are people, available to the same joys, shames, loves, and griefs to which we give expression every day of our miserable, neurotic, ecstatic lives.” 

All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit the Byrd’s Books website at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country

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.comNews 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 AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

Giving Thanks

Honoring a promise made to the late Quogue Village Historian and keeper of the flame Pat Shuttleworth, At Quaquanantuck is happy to share once again—even if it’s not in newsprint that can be put up on the refrigerator anymore—its annual reflection on just a few of the many things for which all of us who are lucky enough to spend time in this blessed community can be truly grateful.

Morning light. —A. Botsford Photo

With so many challenges continuing to dog us as we attempt to navigate our way out of the pandemic and get past seemingly intractable political divides in order to address the burgeoning threats to our democracy and the very future of our planet, it is more important than ever that we understand just how fortunate we are to be living in Quogue, so that we might better show compassion and generosity to those who are not so blessed. 

With beachfront erosion a constant threat even under the best of circumstances, we can all be extremely thankful that 2021 was another off year for hurricanes making a direct hit on the eastern seaboard. Still, we must always honor the lessons of the past by remaining vigilant, heeding evacuation warnings, and following safety protocols when a major storm has the East End even tangentially in its sights. And always bear in mind that it’s not a question of if another major storm will hit Long Island, only when. 

Dunes at dusk. —A. Botsford Photo

We can be thankful for, and humbled by, the courage and community spirit of the members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department and all first responders, ready to make whatever sacrifices are called for to ensure the safety and protect the property of all residents.

And we can be grateful for the certainty that once we get past the remaining restrictions and prudent caution required by the lingering and resurgent threat of Covid, the fire department—which thankfully brought back the Open House this year and has continued to give fire safety lessons to Quogue School students—will resume all the activities and programs that help give our village its identity: a full fledged Halloween Ghost Parade, support services for Santa’s visit to the Village Green, the Easter Egg hunt, and the traditional pancake breakfast at the firehouse on Thanksgiving weekend, which will be sorely missed again this year.  

Here, and next door at the Fire Department, and next door in the Quogue Village Hall. —A. Botsford Photo

Likewise we can be thankful that we are blessed with the talented teams of people who work for the Village of Quogue and serve in village government, in the Village Office and Building Department, on the police force, and out on the roads and bays: their dedication to helping us all keep safe through the pandemic and their community spirit translate into the best possible quality of life for all of us.

We can be grateful that our beautiful Community Hall has been, and will continue to be, a center for the performing arts on eastern Long Island. Home to the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe and the Hampton Theatre Company as well as the Quogue Chamber Music series and special Westhampton Garden Club programs, the Community Hall is a thriving cultural hub only because of the support of the fine folks in Village Hall, donors, subscribers and volunteers, and the creative people dedicated to making theater and presentations of the highest quality to honor this support. 

Nice day for a dip. —A. Botsford Photo

We can give thanks that the Quogue School has been certified as one of the best schools on the East End—and in all of New York State—courtesy of the caring and committed teachers, administrators, support staff and the Parent Teacher Association all working together to create a truly superlative and nurturing educational experience, all while meeting or exceeding the highest standards of elementary school education.

In cataloguing our gratitude, it bears mentioning that a comparison of local school district taxes shows that a recent comparison shows the Quogue School District with the lowest rate at $1.88 per $1,000 of assessed value. For perspective, consider that the Westhampton Beach district was the next lowest at $5.95 per $1,000.

Our village is blessed, too, with the fantastic Quogue Library, now establishing healthy roots after returning to its beautifully renovated, restored and expanded headquarters on Quogue Street. 

Give credit for the completion of the project and the vast array of in-person and virtual programs there to an enthusiastic and thoroughly engaged board of directors and an accomplished and helpful staff. The overwhelming support and vote of confidence that the library received for the project was clearly offered in recognition of the vital role the library has in binding our community together, across generations, different viewpoints and disciplines.

Another jewel of our village is the Quogue Historical Society, managing and curating the artifacts and accounts of Quogue’s storied history dating back to the 17th century for the benefit of young and old, today and for generations to come. At Quaquanantuck is particularly grateful to the Society, the always helpful board member Pi Gardiner, and Curator Julie Greene for frequently sharing fascinating tidbits of village history that immeasurably improve the texture of this column’s postings.   

January at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. —Marilyn Di Carlo Photo

On the northern border of our village sits another reason to be thankful: the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, where—thanks to the Southampton Town Wildfowl Association, the village, the town, and thousands of supporters since 1934—all are welcome to wander and experience and learn about the unspoiled natural beauty of this area, the flora and fauna and hundreds of direct links to the spirit of Quogue’s past. 

Although the Westhampton Garden Club doesn’t have our village name in its title, Quogue is clearly ever-present in the hearts and minds of its members. The WGC established and maintains all the public gardens in Quogue, including the flowers and greenery at the Village Green; the historic garden and the pollinator garden at the Quogue Library; and the Butterfly Garden at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, calling attention to “The Pollinators” and threats to the monarch butterfly and bee populations, among others. The WGC has also brought renowned speakers to the village, offering engaging and compelling programs that have packed the Community Hall. 

November surf sunset, with gulls. —A. Botsford Photo

Need more? How about the Quogue Association? Nothing inspires gratitude like the efforts of a group of people who get together to inform, educate, do good works, and throw great parties based on a shared love for the place where they live. It is incumbent upon all of us who care about our village—and is there anyone who doesn’t?—to join or donate to the Quogue Association, or if you are already a member, to renew your membership right away, at quogueassociation.org.

The beautiful, tree-lined “business district” of our village, on Jessup Avenue and out to Montauk Highway, has never been more vibrant, with a wondrous makeover of the Quogue Country Market, which is now open year-round, and shops like Double Rainbow, Homespun, the Little Q Quogue Shop, Quogue Liquors, Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon, Flowers by Rori and Jen Going Interiors offering a range of goods and services to delight all ages and tastes. 

The beautiful private Quogue Gallery is another jewel in the necklace of our business district. Appropriate for a celebration of our community at this time of year, an opening reception for the “Quogue in Common” group exhibition is scheduled this weekend, on Saturday, November 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Masks required. 

The Quogue Village Dock, aka Sunset Central. —A. Botsford Photo

Continue with the checklist: The Post Office, the Board of Election volunteers, the Village Dock and boat launching ramps, the expanded Village Beach facility and the drawbridge that provides access to it, the Quogue Cemetery Association: all of these places and institutions and the people who work for them and who make them work so well: all of  these contribute essential and cultural services, texture and color to make Quogue truly beautiful, and unique. 

Another day, another beautiful sunset captured from the end of Quogo Neck. —Elizabeth Caputo

At Quaquanantuck is aware that these are the most obvious elements of life in our village that prompt our gratitude. Photos and news items regularly sent in to this column by readers over the course of the year offer a more nuanced picture. It is hoped that readers will continue this practice; please send news and social items, comments and observations, and photos (in Large size if taken on a smartphone) to AtQuaq@gmail.com

Glassy Penniman. —Ginny Rosenblatt Photo

On a personal note, At Quaquanantuck is sincerely grateful to all the people who have shown their appreciation for this column by sending in payments for voluntary one-year “subscriptions,” so that the column, now posted monthly (-ish, sort of), can continue to be accessed for free by all who care to read it. 

Quogue Canal sunset. —Geoff Judge Photo

Seeing the health crisis and economic havoc wrought by the pandemic in our nation and around the world; seeing so much conflict around the globe and so many forced to flee their homes and struggle, amid horrific circumstances, to make a new start; observing the meteorological anomalies, natural disasters, and other mounting threats stemming from global warming; and ticking off so many other challenges facing so much of our planet today: may none of us ever take for granted the security of having comfortable shelter, and may we all be ever mindful of all the natural beauty and all of the many blessings we share in this village as we celebrate this holiday of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

High Street Lowdown

Everyone—well, lots of residents and visitors anyway, and a fair number of recent theatergoers from elsewhere—wants to know what’s going on with Jessup Avenue: What’s the rationale? What’s with all the dry wells? Why now? Will the whole street be repaved, all the way up to Otis Ford? When will the work be done? 

Let’s go to the last question and the good news first. The sidewalk in front of the stores has been rebuilt, replacing uneven, cracked and crumbling concrete and correcting the tilt away from the storefronts to bring the walkway into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Another ADA compliant improvement is the addition of a half step in front of each store entrance. 

Autumn surfcaster’s sunset. —A. Botsford Photo

Now that the sidewalk is done, the east side of Jessup was being prepared on Wednesday for the first course of asphalt paving. The original target date set by low-bidding South Fork Asphalt (SFA) for completion of this first layer on the east side was November 24, and—pending weather and proper drainage in a couple of wet areas—it looks like this phase of the project will be coming in right on time, or very close to it. 

Anyone who has watched the days, weeks and months tick off the calendar while waiting for completion of any type of renovation project on their home cannot fail to be impressed by the way SFA seems poised to meet its self-imposed mark. 

While it’s still unclear at this stage when the section of Jessup in front of the firehouse will be getting its initial paving, the good news is that the sidewalks are in good shape and the street in front of the stores should be open to two-way traffic and parking for most, if not all, of the busy season between Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

Now to the other questions: 

What’s the rationale? Jessup is one of two roads in the village (the other is Scrub Oak) that still has concrete paving dating back to about the 1930s. Not only was the section in front of the stores in need of a major overhaul for many years, but a better drainage system (the new chain of linked dry wells) was needed to prevent stormwater flowing directly into the bay, and the ancient curb and problematic square gutter system was responsible for tripping up and in many cases injuring numerous pedestrians.   

The idea of an overhaul was broached by the Village Board a few years back, but that plan called for widening the street, which would have required getting rid of the trees on Jessup. That idea, perhaps understandably, met with passionate resistance from a legion of Joyce Kilmer fans in the village. So the Trustees shelved that plan and opted to concentrate instead on fixing up the Village Green. 

Of course, the condition of the street continued to deteriorate and so the overhaul plan resurfaced, if you will, this year. 

Hydrant family out for a stroll. —Lynn Lomas Photo

Why now? In his May 24 email to village residents, Mayor Peter Sartorius announced that the board would be seeking bids for reconstruction of Jessup Avenue and some of the sidewalks between Quogue Street and the Police Station, with work to be done in the fall. In his September 7 email, the mayor alerted residents that—as indicated by signs around the village—work would begin on September 13 and “should be completed before Thanksgiving,” noting that “a final coat of asphalt will be added in the spring.” 

This week, the mayor told At Quaquanantuck that the timing of the project was tied to a couple of factors, namely the seasonal nature of working with asphalt—i.e. not in the winter—and the dates of the “high season” hereabouts, when there is the most activity. Getting at least the initial repaving done between Labor Day and Thanksgiving was the better option, the mayor pointed out, because the earliest the work could be done in the spring would be in April, which would result in the street being torn up through the Memorial Day weekend and into June.  

More good news: the repaving project will only involve the section currently being worked on; no work is currently planned for the section from the Police Station north to Otis Ford.

At this time of giving thanks, At Quaquanantuck is grateful to the mayor for providing some clarity about the project, and thankful that Jessup, from Quogue Street to Midland, will be open in both directions during the holiday season. This means that everyone will be able to shop local and patronize all the wonderful shops and services that make up the village’s lovely business district. 

Please support our local businesses. They are a large part of what gives Quogue its special character. 

For just one example, consider Double Rainbow. Proprietor Grace Davidson recently checked in with At Quaquanantuck, in the midst of overhaul of the sidewalks and the street in front of her shop. “I do want the community to know I am open for business,” Grace wrote, “fully stocked with new Lego sets, Bruder trucks, jigsaw puzzles and board games, including the very hot Schitt’s Creek Monopoly and The Sopranos Monopoly. I could even take orders from the local community and deliver to their homes if they are unable to come to town.” How nice is that? 

Hydrant family reclining, a la M.C. Escher. —A. Botsford Photo

While we’re on the topic of village services, readers should be aware that the Village Highway Department began picking up leaves on November 1. As in years past, leaves—and only leaves—must be on the shoulder of the street by December 15 in order to be picked up. 

Do not pile leaves around fire hydrants or utility equipment. Do not use plastic bags; they will not be picked up, and will have to be removed from the roadside. No brush, such as twigs and branches, or lawn cuttings will be taken away, and mixing this debris with leaves will result in the leaves not being removed. 

Brush with branches up to 3 inches in diameter may be taken to the Westhampton recycling facility free of charge from through December 31. For more information on this option, go to www.southamptontownny.gov. Also, property owners and landscapers who take leaves (only) from a Quogue property may make arrangements with the Quogue Highway Department to dump them at the highway yard. That can circumvent the problem of having piles of leaves in front of a property blowing back onto the lawn before the village crews come around to pick them up.

Leaving the Leaves: the Go Native Option
Seems like a good time to remind readers of the Go Native option detailed in the last At Quaquanantuck, which you can scroll down to see just below this week’s column. 

The gist would be to consider doing garden and lawn cleanup in the spring instead of the fall, as leaves can be left to decompose or raked into hedges, foundation plantings and garden beds. They can also be added to a compost pile, or mulched with a lawn mower to speed the decomposition process and create 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. 

There are myriad benefits to leaving the leaves, not the least of which is negating the need to use any noisy, polluting, and annoying leaf blowers. Time to walk the walk, Quieter Quogue adherents.

Autumn egret. —A. Botsford Photo

Season of Gratitude and Many Delights at Wildlife Refuge
Among the many things to be thankful for, now and throughout the year, is the blessing of being able to live here, on this land that was first home to the Shinnecocks, whose language gave us, among much, the names of areas, streets, bodies of water, and many kinds of marine life.

It is apt that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is in the forefront of recognizing the incredible debt we owe the Shinnecocks, offering programs and activities throughout the year providing education and insights into Shinnecock Nation culture. 

One such program is coming up over two days this weekend. On Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. all are invited to come to the Refuge to learn more about, and create, a Traditional Talking Stick. The talking stick is a tool used in many Native American traditions; it is passed from person to person as they speak, and only the person who has the stick may speak.  

Considering the cacophony that can accompany Thanksgiving, perhaps bringing a traditional talking stick to the family gathering could be just the ticket. The fee is $20 per person for this program for adults and kids 8 and older, who must be accompanied by an adult. 

On Saturday, November 20, join Shinnecock Nation tribe members outside at the Wildlife Refuge at 10 a.m. for a Native American Blessing of the Earth, a guided traditional dance, and a Collaborative Art Project

After the blessing and dance, participants can take part in the collaborative art project by writing a message, wish, or note of gratitude on a branch, which will be added to the giant nest installation at the Refuge. Register for these programs by visiting quoguewildliferefuge.org or calling 631-653-4771.  

The Wildlife Refuge gains an eerie beauty during the Light the Night Winter Trail Walks. —Photo courtesy of QWR

Two weeks from now, on Saturday, December 4, it’s time once again for a magical Light the Night Winter Trail Walk and the wonderful Outdoor Holiday Market. Both programs are in-person and outdoors; reservations for the Light the Night walks are available between 5:30 and 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, December 5.  

The Light the Night Winter Trail Walk, for adults and families, is a self-guided, peaceful stroll through the gently illuminated forest trails. Participants are asked to remember that this is a quiet walk. The fee is $15 per person, or $10 for kids 12 and under. 

Shopping at the outdoor Holiday Market for meaningful gifts that support QWR and local vendors is free for all. QWR pewter ornaments, hats, sweatshirts, and fun stocking stuffers are just some of the swell Refuge gifts that will be available; plus hand poured soy candles by Seatuck Cove Creations, Gigi’s Jewelry handmade bracelets by the charming and talented Stephanie Wagner, natural soaps by Stepping Stone Soaps, children’s books and more. Tickets for Light the Night Winter Trail Walks can be purchased on the QWR website, quoguewildliferefuge.org; more information at 631-653-4771.

Among the treasures available at the outdoor Holiday Market at the Wildlife Refuge will be QWR sweatshirts with animal tracks on the sleeve, and handmade bracelets from Gigi’s Jewelry. —Photos courtesy of QWR


“Pavarotti” Screening at Library Film Feast on Saturday
As detailed in the last At Quaquanantuck (and repeated here) 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.

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 himself, 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.

Exhibitions at Library and Quogue Gallery Celebrate Local Artists
Opening receptions will be the order of the day on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27, celebrating the work of local artists on view at the Quogue Library and the Quogue Gallery.  

East African Crane by Garrett Chingery

At the Quogue Library, East Quogue artist Garrett Chingery will present a selection of new paintings from his portraiture series entitled “The Ark” from November 20 to January 4, 2022. The exhibition will feature images of wild and domestic animals from around the world. 

Zebra by Garrett Chingery

Paintings are affordably priced, according to the artist, making them accessible to collectors as well as “wonderful gifts for the holidays or any special occasion.” All are welcome to the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, November 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Masks are required. 

In a statement, Mr. Chingery noted that “The endless variety of size, shape, color and pattern found in the animal kingdom never ceases to amaze me. Plus, the abundance of creatures that inhabit this Earth provides a wonderful opportunity to explore in depth my fascination with portraiture, which is not only a quest to achieve a physical likeness but also a challenge to endow the subject with an emotional intelligence and a life of its own.”

All of the works in the exhibition are original acrylic paintings made on 11- by 14-inch canvas panels. All are individually hand painted by the artist, and are “in no way any form of printed reproduction.”

“Initially, I’m painting three very similar versions of the same animal,” Mr. Chingery wrote, “to give several buyers the opportunity to own their favorite one. Based on demand, I may alter the number of images I create of the same subject.” 

Mixed media on canvas works by Anne-Céline Grandury will be on view in the “Quogue in Common” exhibition opening on November 24 at the Quogue Gallery and running through December 31. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

On November 24, the Quogue Gallery will open its traditional Thanksgiving show of local artists, “Quogue in Common.” The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Masks are required. 

Artists featured this year are: Maggie Cardelús (oil and charcoal on photography, crude oil and ink (yellow) on rice paper, and jewelry), Margot Carr (metal print), Susan Cushing (painting), Anne-Céline Grandury (mixed media on canvas), Robin Koffler (painting), George Motz (photography) and Patricia Udell (sculpture).

“Quogue in Common” will remain on view at the Quogue Gallery through December 31.

Metal print works by Margot Carr, left, and paintings by Susan Cushing, right, will be on view in “Quogue in Common.”


Quogue Library in Step with the Season
True to form, from now through December 12, the Quogue Library is collecting items in support of two worthy organizations and causes. 

The first is Maureen’s Haven, an organization that assists in providing homeless men and women with supportive services, access to case management and programs, and a safe place to stay during the winter months. (Items sought include: toiletries, underwear, socks, winter clothes, gloves, scarves, sweaters, blankets, reusable bags.)

The second is the Family Service League’s Project Toy, an effort that brings joy to more than 3,000 children who live in Suffolk County, ages newborn to 18, through the donation of new, unwrapped gifts. (Items sought include: board games, stuffed animals, puzzles, building blocks, art supplies, notebooks, paints, coloring books, crayons, bikes, baby toys, video games.) 

Here’s an idea: While readers can readily find most of the items being sought at stores and shops in nearby villages and hamlets, there is one shop right here in our village that can supply almost all of the gifts needed to make the library’s collection for Project Toy a success.

At Quaquanantuck encourages every reader of this column to stop in at Double Rainbow between now and December 12 and pick up at least one toy to donate to the current library drive. Here’s a chance for a classic win-win: we can support a local business while bringing some happiness to children who typically operate at a deficit in that department. It’s also a great way to get your motor started in the holiday spirit department.

Also true to form, lots of great in-person and virtual programs on the schedule at the library. Some highlights include:in-person pilates classes on Mondays and virtual cardio classes via Zoom on Tuesdays in November and December with Leisa Taylor. All classes are at 10 a.m. and the fee is $10 per class. 

Upcoming virtual programs include: a virtual “Winter Wonderland” adult Paint Party with Marie Camenares on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m., $10 fee, pick up supplies in a kit at the library; Chef Rob Recipes available through November at www.quoguelibrary.org/chef-rob-november-recipes, with hard copies available at the library front desk; an Edible Holistic Wellness virtual workshop led by Alicia Randolph-Lucchesi on Tuesday, November 30, at 7 p.m.; and a virtual discussion of the holiday classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” led by Brian Rose on Sunday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

The inimitable Rori from Flowers by Rori will be on hand for an in-person Holiday Trees decorating workshop on Saturday, December 11, at 3 p.m. The $30 fee for the workshop includes all supplies needed. Another of the popular Family Movie Nights will be offered on Saturday, December 4, at 4 p.m. All are invited to bring a blanket, pick a spot, and “camp out” at the library to enjoy a classic family film, “Night at the Museum.”    

Quogue Library staffers Arie “Morticia” and Ian “The Grimefighter” get into the spirit of Halloween.—Elizabeth Caputo Photo

“Write America” Now Crowdcasting from New Home
Now headquartered at Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, “Write America”—the virtual reading and discussion series founded by Roger Rosenblatt, late of this village—continues to Crowdcast programs aimed at bridging some of the widening divisions currently eroding the foundations of our republic. 

Upcoming programs on the regular schedule of Monday evenings at 7 p.m. include Russell Banks and Ishmael Angaluuk Hope on November 22; Amy Hempel, Jim Shepard and W. Todd Kaneko on November 29; Jennifer Chang, David Lynn and Edward Zwick on December 6; and Juan Felipe Herrera and David Tomas Martinez on December 13. 

Special programs coming up include Roger Rosenblatt in conversation with Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 p.m.; and Richard Ford and Bruce Weber honoring the late E.L. Doctorow.on Tuesday, December 14, also at 7 p.m. 

More information and registration information is available at byrdsbooks.com/write-america-reading-our-country

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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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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 info@quoguelibrary.org 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 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 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 www.quoguewildliferefuge.org 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 quoguewildliferefuge.org 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 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.  

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

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 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.

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.”

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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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Septober Begins

So, Labor Day has come and gone, and with it all those thoughts about what you wanted to do this summer that you never did, or didn’t do enough of. But take heart: we are now headed into the heart of Septober, the finest month(s), meteorologically speaking, on the East End. 

Unbroken wave. —A. Botsford Photo

Yes, the days are shorter, but the temperature tends toward the perfect for all manner of outdoor recreation, the air is drier, the ocean warm, the fishing good, traffic lighter, personal space expanding, tables available at restaurants, cool cultural enrichment abounds. And, oh, the golden light of the magic hour down by the dunes. 

Let’s get down to it: here’s what you need to know for planning this weekend and next.

Rededication of 9/11 Memorial
True to form, the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring and hosting a rededication on Saturday, September 11, at 10 a.m. to mark the completion of a renovation of the 9/11 memorial at the Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

All are invited to join Mayor Peter Sartorius, members of the Quogue Village Board of Trustees, and two speakers from the QFD at the ceremony. Seems a great way to start that particular day, 20 years on from the fall of the twin towers.

Quogue beach on August 22 as Henri swept by to the east. —Scott Moger Photo

Quogue Chamber Music Presents Ulysses String Quartet
Quogue Chamber Music will close its 2021 season on Saturday, September 11, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall by the Ulysses String Quartet in a program of Golijov, Haydn, Ali-Zadeh and Mendelssohn.

The program being performed in Quogue will include “Tenebrae” (in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11) by Golijov, “Sunrise” Quartet by Haydn, Rəqs (Dance) by Ali-Zadeh and Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $5 for students. Checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music may be mailed to PO Box 1984, Quogue, New York 11959; or purchase tickets online on the QCM website, www.quoguechambermusic.org.  No tickets will be sold at the door. 

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 Ulysses Quartet will perform at the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 11. —Matthew Holler Photo

Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Yale University.

Founded in the summer of 2015, the Ulysses String Quartet won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019, and recipients of a Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grant. 

From 2017 to 2019, Ulysses was in residence at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, working with composer Morris Rosenzweig. In fall 2019, the Ulysses Quartet were named as Lisa Arnhold Fellows of the Juilliard School, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022. For more information, visit www.quoguechambermusic.org.


All set for the big duck drop on August 20: Lynn Lomas, Mark Stevens, John Rasulo, Bob Beck, and Bob Treuhold. —Stefanie Beck Photo
Stefanie Beck presents the $500 check to Duck Race first place winner Siri Fink.

Wildlife Refuge Embracing New Season
Some great programs coming up to make the most of the great outdoors in beautiful surroundings at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in the coming weeks. 

First up will be Pondside Painting for adults and teens age 13 and up, offered on three Wednesdays: September 15, 22, and 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. Participants will learn watercolor techniques before creating their own paintings to take home. The $35 fee per person covers instruction and all supplies. Payment is due at time of registration as space is limited. www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Also on the schedule are an Autumn Equinox Sunset Hike on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.; three time slots for a partially guided Private Foliage Paddle on Saturday, September 25; and an author talk on “The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island” on Saturday, September 25, at 11 a.m. More details on these programs next week. For more information, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org or call 631-653-4771.

Dennis Romano, curator Liz Hartman, and Bob Murray at the “Visons of Nature” art exhibition at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on August 21. —J. Neely Photo
Photographer Rob Seifert was one of the exhibiting artists. —J. Neely Photo
Matt Hoge, Pam Chance, and Wildlife Refuge Associate Director Marisa Nelson at the “Visions of Nature” exhibition. —J. Neely Photo

In-Person Exercise Returns to Quogue Library
Great to see more in-person programs returning to the library, which is now requiring that masks  be worn by all who enter the building. 

Two in-person exercise classes begin next week. First up is “Stretch, Strengthen, and Lengthen: Open Pilates with Leisa,” offered at 10 a.m. on six Mondays: September 13, 20, and 27 and October 4, 18, and 25. 

A Happy, Healthy Heart: Cardio and Sculpt” will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays: September 14, 21 and 28. 

The cost is $10 per in-person class, payable at the library prior to each session. 

There’s also an in-person Adult Paint Party with Marie Camenares tomorrow, Friday, September 10, at 4 p.m. The $10 fee, payable upon registration, covers all supplies (provided) and instruction. 

Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, right away to see if there are any spaces left.  

And in-person Film Feasts are coming back; the first film up will be “Top Hat” on Saturday, September 16, at 6:15 p.m. As always, the “price” of admission is a potluck dish to serve at least six people and bring your own beverage. Black and white dress and top hats optional; masks required. More on the first Film Feast next week. Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, for more information.

An exhibition of works by Marissa Bridge will be on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery through September 29.   

Meanwhile, the Quogue Library continues to offer an incredibly 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 will pop up.

Hazy morning. —Rosemary Cline Photo

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “The Two Koreas”
The next installment of this year’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, offered live and via Zoom on Saturday, September 11, at 5 p.m., will focus on what the future might hold for the U.S. relationship with the Republic of Korea. 

The strategically significant question stems from the potential for South Korea to end up in the middle of two superpowers as the rift between the U.S. and China widens.  

Facilitator Susan Perkins reminded At Quaquanantuck recently that the Great Decisions program is not a lecture followed by a Q&A, but a live participant discussion moderated by David Rowe after a 25-minute documentary on the particular topic at hand. To sign up for the September 11 program, visit www.quoguelibrary.org and click on the FPA Great Decisions “The Two Koreas” flier on the home page, or email info@quoguelibrary.org.

Vaughn Exhibition Continues at Quogue Gallery
Barbara Vaughn: Beyond the Sea,” an exhibition featuring 11 works by the artist, continues at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street through September 30. Seven of the works on view are the stylized reflections the artist is known for; four are part of the artist’s “Apart Together” series.  

Barbara Vaughn, “Avalon” (2020), 23 x 35. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The “Apart Together” series is a body of work created while the artist was sheltering-in-place in the spring of 2020. 

Barbara Vaughn is a fine-art photographer based in San Francisco and New York City. Her exploration of the parameters of vision and cognition provided the impetus to document abstraction in the real world. The resulting close-up details of urban tableaux and her mesmerizing reflections in moving water challenge the viewer to recreate the original scenes and engage the power of imagination in unexpected ways. 

Since 2013, her signature waterscapes and other photographic series have been the subject of 12 solo and numerous group shows in the U.S. and internationally. Vaughn graduated from Princeton University and attended the International Center of Photography in NYC, in addition to other photographic programs. She is represented by several galleries in the U.S. and her artwork is in numerous prestigious private collections.

For further information, visit www.Quoguegallery.com or telephone 631-653-6236. 

Haywire All In on Changing Season
It’s just like fashionista Raenell Murray of Haywire to get the jump on fall with a summer sale on jewelry and ladies’ clothing, including new fall cashmeres and trousers and snappy raincoats in a bunch of splashy autumn colors, all available at 50 to 75 percent off. 

New tops and trousers are included in the end of summer sale at Haywire.

The sale continues through September 26 only; call 631-283-2809 to set up an appointment. 

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Home Stretch

Nothing like a little shark scare to liven up the waning weeks of summer around these parts. 

While the beaches west of the canal were only closed for about 24 hours from Tuesday into Wednesday, still it gives swimmers headed for the buoys a little pause when they can see the large numbers of menhaden (bunker) splashing about and creating nervous water at the surface: are they chasing smaller fish, or being chased by much bigger fish? 

Probably best to leave that an open question and get back to knee deep water … or get out altogether and observe from the shore.

Meanwhile, shame on CBS news (newyork.cbslocal.com) for the preposterous headline: “Police: Pack of 18-Foot Sharks Comes Dangerously Close to West Hampton Dunes Shore.” Yes, the sharks came close to shore, for sharks, but “dangerously close”? And photos show definitively that they were about a third the length reported. As if the news media didn’t have enough of a credibility problem.

Ankle deep water looks more inviting when there are sharks being spotted beyond the breakers. —A. Botsford Photo

Big Race Is Everything It’s Quacked Up to Be, and More
The big day has almost arrived: the Quogue Association Duck Race and free Quackapalooza Festival at the finish line by the Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck are slated tomorrow, Friday, August 20

The race begins with the traditional duck dump from the Quogue Bridge at 5 p.m., which is also the start time for the party down at the dock. The celebration will rave on until 7 p.m. with beer, wine and water provided, and music from the band Souled Out. BYO picnic goodies. This year’s winning duck will be awarded $500; second place prize is $250 and third place wins $150. 

No one knows if the Coolest Duck Ever will be on hand in (plastic) person for the exciting finish of the QA Duck Race on Friday, but everyone knows she’ll be there in spirit. —Stefanie Beck Photo

Anyone still holding ducks marked with racer’s name and phone number can bring them down to the Quogue Bridge before 5 p.m. on August 20 to make sure they’re included in the multitude of plastic waterfowl being dropped to start the race. 

In other news, at the invitation of the Quogue Association, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will visit our fair village to deliver his “State of the Town” address on Saturday, September 4, at 10 a.m.

Association organizers are hoping that Mr. Schneiderman can deliver his address outdoors on the  Village Green, in which case the citizenry will be asked to bring their own chairs. If rain threatens, the Association will advise of alternate plans, most likely via email blast. Residents can also check the Quogue Association website, www.quogueassociation.org

The best way to be sure you are on the Association email list and don’t miss any of the QA communiqués, of course, is to make sure you have renewed your existing membership or have joined the Association. The process is simple: visit www.quogueassociation.org and click on the “Join/Donate” tab on the upper right of the home page. 


At a costume fitting for the QJTT production of “Frozen Jr.,” running August 24 through 27 at the Quogue Community Hall, cast members get their elaborate ice on. Ticket information at http://www.qjttonline.org. —Sue Prior Photo

Meet the “Visions of Nature” Artists at Wildlife Refuge August 21
Seven area artists and photographers will showcase works that represent their visions of nature and wildlife in a special one-day-only exhibition and artists’ reception at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit the Refuge. 

On display will be paintings, photographs, and mixed media works from artists Steve Alpert, Jean Arena, Marissa Bridge, Kevin Ferris, Susie Gilbert, John Renner, and Rob Seifert

Photographers Ferris, Gilbert, Renner and Seifert have long used nature and wildlife as their muse; Alpert, Arena, and Bridge have more recently been drawn to the flora, fauna and landscapes of the East End as their subjects. All seven artists share a deep reverence for the natural world and all are united in a desire to support the Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The 305-acre, non-profit nature preserve, founded in 1934, is open to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. In addition to its seven miles of trails, QWR is also home to permanently injured wildlife including owls, hawks, a fox and other native New York animals. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Anne Hartman of Hartman On Hudson a Quogue-based art consulting, services, and resources company. Masks or face coverings will be required for all visitors to the indoor art exhibition. The artists’ reception will be held on the deck of the Nature Center. 

“Sandy Shark,” oil on canvas by Steve Alpert.

“Putting paint on canvas is everything to me,” says Manhattan and Quogue based artist Steve Alpert. “The images I make in oil paint are my ambassadors of love, honor and respect for all life.” The artist’s passion for nature is a common subject on richly painted canvases in which saturated hues are applied with creamy brush strokes, according to a release from Hartman On Hudson. Living within walking distance of the Refuge, Alpert is deeply connected to what he describes as “a quiet and beautiful place dedicated to the serenity of pure nature.” Sandy Shark, oil on canvas by Steve Alpert 

“Boy with Frog at Quogue Wildlife Refuge,” oil on canvas by Jean Arena.

A former creative director for various advertising agencies, Jean Arena began her fine art studies at New York’s Art Students League, where her initial focus was the figure and portraiture. That changed once she began living full-time in Remsenburg. Surrounded by vistas bathed in the light that has been a beacon for artists for more than a hundred years, she has turned toward plein air landscape painting while not entirely giving up the figure.

“Tree of Life,” bas relief by Marissa Bridge.

A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Quogue-based artist Marissa Bridge puts flower imagery at the core of current work that is imagined in myriad, marvelous incarnations, according to the Hartman On Hudson release. For materials, the artist uses bits of nature itself, such as seeds and stones, along with wire, beads, pearls, modeling paste, gesso, paper, and papier maché. Some pieces allude to flower and tree iconography, others have evolved into celestial imagery.  

“Teton Barn,” digital photograph by Kevin Ferris.

Landscapes, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects are the predominant subjects of New York City-based photographer Kevin Ferris. While he has travelled and captured images of nature throughout the country, he is most often found photographing on eastern Long Island along the north and south forks. He is the recipient of several awards from Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Some of his photographs permanently grace the walls of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Nature Center, and his photography has been featured several times in At Quaquanantuck to illustrate items about the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

“Smoke Tree 1,” Archival Pigment Print by Susie Gilbert.

After a career in book publishing, Susie Gilbert turned her attention to fine art photography and studied at New York’s International Center for Photography under Carol Dragon, an acclaimed photographer and teacher. Based in both New York and Quogue, Gilbert finds inspiration in the natural environments of both, from the trees of Central Park to the East End’s ocean waves. “I have always loved how a photograph can transform the mundane into art,” she says, “how an everyday detail becomes beautiful or haunting through the lens of a camera.”

“Against the Wind,” digital print on acrylic by John Renner.

John Renner took his first photographs with black and white film, many of them candid portraits. He spent years in his darkroom drawing out shapes and tones from the shadows to make something elusive into a lasting image. John has always embraced the natural world. Attracted to its contours and colors, he creates photographs that capture nature’s beauty, especially the distinct seasons of Long Island.  

“Stone Bench at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, digital photograph by Robert Seifert.

As a native of Long Island’s south shore, Robert Seifert has long had a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and more specifically the unique and picturesque landscapes of Long Island. His professional nature photography grew out of his career as a graphic artist and creative director, after he noticed a dearth of quality local photography in professionally designed communications materials. After becoming well-versed in the technical skills to help him address this void, he developed a passion for the local environment that gave rise to his current oeuvre, a blend of fine art and highly technical photography.

The exhibition and meet-the-artists reception will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY 11959.

And, if you haven’t already, be sure to make a donation to the QWR Summer Appeal, a fundraiser established in lieu of the Wild Night for Wildlife benefit. Donations can be made directly on the QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or by clicking on this link, quoguewildliferefuge.org/summerappeal.


Andrew Perel recently completed firefighter training at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, qualifying him for the traditional wet down “welcome to the brotherhood, Quogue Firefighter Andrew Perel.” A report from an anonymous firefighter at the scene reveals that Andrew “thought he was posing for a pic for the Quogue column … he was … We just added water…Photo courtesy of Quogue Volunteer Fire Department

Alexandra Andrews Reading at Library Is Fully Booked
The popularity of “Who Is Maud Dixon?” author Alexandra Andrews—coupled with library patrons’ fervent desire to return to live sessions of the Conversations with the Author series—has translated into the novelist’s appearance on Sunday, August 22, being fully booked. 

Though space is limited, there may still be time to register for a Local Author Talk with Daisy Dowling today, Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. Sought-after executive coach, talent expert and working mom Daisy Dowling will discuss the handbook she wrote for working parents, “Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids.” 

Email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101, right away to see if there are any spaces left.  

As more and more live programs are scheduled at the library, clearly it behooves patrons to register early. Consider, for example, the Saturday, August 21, program, “Cutting the Cord: Alternatives to Cable TV.” Offered at 10 a.m., this will be an in-person program for all those people looking to avoid hefty cable bills, led by Quogue Library IT Director Russell Weisenbacher.  

Because space is limited, registration is required; email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Another in-person program is coming up at the library on Saturday, August 21, with Chef Rob offering a workshop on Lite Italian Fare from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to make Bread Stick Salad and a Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups. Cost is $10 per person, due at time of registration, which is required due to limited space; email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Library patrons can learn how to design for 3D printing on Tuesday, August 24, at 4 p.m. in Part I of Introduction to Tinkercard. Participants will learn how a 3D printer works and tips and tricks for successful prints. Part 2 will be offered on Tuesday, August 31, also at 4 p.m. and participants will work with the Long Island Science Center to create one original design per session.

The Origins of Rome: Myths and Legends of the Eternal City” is another in-person program coming up on Thursday, August 26, at 5 p.m. Giuliana Castellani Koch Ph.D. will lead patrons through the epic literature and historical evidence of the origins of Rome as imagined by some of the greatest artists of all time.

As noted, registration is required for these in-person programs as space is limited; email info@quoguelibrary.org or call 631-653-4224, ext. 101. 

Bill Bratton —NYT photo

Former New York City Police Commissioner, police reformer and now author Bill Bratton will be at the library for an author talk moderated by Andrew Botsford on Friday, September 3, at 5 p.m. 

Mr. Bratton’s book, “The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,” which he co-wrote with Peter Knobler, was described this way in the New York Times review: “Engaging … a remarkably candid account … Succeeding as a centrist in public life these days can be an almost impossible task. But centrism in law enforcement may be the most delicate challenge of all. Bratton’s ability to practice it was a startling phenomenon.” 

Tickets are $20 and registration for this in-person program (at your earliest convenience) is in-person only at the Quogue Library at 90 Quogue Street. 

“Moon Flower” (2018), a mixed media work by Marissa Bridge. An exhition of the artist’s work opens at the Quogue Library Art Gallery on August 28. —Image courtesy of Quogue Library

The Quogue Photography Exhibit,” featuring photography by Susie Gilbert, Veronique Louis, Lauren Lyons, Peter Moore, Reid + Factor, and Victoria Sartorius, will remain on view through August 25.

Starting on August 28, an exhibition of works by Marissa Bridge will be on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery through September 29. An opening reception for the new exhibition will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  


Artists and art lovers were undeterred by the sweltering heat on Saturday, August 14, and turned out in good numbers for the Quogue Historical Society Art Show & Sale. Below, Art Show & Sale Chair Donna Levy, center, with Donna Sessa, left, and Cecilia Lazarescu. —Joy Flynn Photos

Last Weekend for Clementine; Barbara Vaughn Next at Quogue Gallery
This is the last weekend for visitors to see “Clementine: Selfless in a Selfie World,” featuring 15 works newly created by the artist, at the Quogue Gallery at 44 Quogue Street. 

Coming up next at the gallery will be “Barbara Vaughn: Beyond the Sea,” running from August 26 to September 30, with an artist reception scheduled on Friday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The exhibition will feature 11 works by the artist: seven featuring the stylized reflections on water she is known for; and the other four part of the artist’s “Apart Together” series. 

Barbara-Vaughn, “Kaiki” (2021), Pigment Print on Cold Press Rag Paper, 34 x 62. —Image courtesy of Quogue Gallery

The “Apart Together” series is a body of work created while the artist was sheltering-in-place in the spring of 2020. Describing the new series, Vaughn wrote: “The collective experience of being torn from our livelihoods, relationships and routines during the Covid-19 crisis provided the impetus to incorporate the act of tearing into my artwork. Working with available materials at home—an archive of my photographic prints, basic cutting tools and my two hands—I began selectively and meticulously rending apart and assembling together portions of disparate images.” 

“The source materials included photographs of layered posters, advertisements and billboards in varying states of deterioration, disparate water images, and macro details of textured brush strokes from paintings by Ed Clark. The resulting amalgamations portray surreal unfamiliarity and reference the upheaval of the art world, but also offer hope for positive change from this cataclysm.” 

Barbara Vaughn is a fine-art photographer based in San Francisco and New York City. Her exploration of the parameters of vision and cognition provided the impetus to document abstraction in the real world. The resulting close-up details of urban tableaux, and her mesmerizing reflections in moving water, challenge the viewer to recreate the original scenes and engage the power of imagination in unexpected ways. 

Since 2013, her signature waterscapes and other photographic series have been the subject of 12 solo and numerous group shows in the U.S. and internationally. Vaughn graduated from Princeton University and attended the International Center of Photography in NYC, in addition to other photographic programs. She is represented by several galleries in the U.S. and her artwork is in numerous prestigious private collections.

For further information, visit www.Quoguegallery.com or telephone 631-653-6236.

Ulysses String Quartet Presented by Quogue Chamber Music September 11
Quogue Chamber Music will close its 2021 season on Saturday, September 11, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall by the Ulysses String Quartet in a program of Golijov (in memory of the 20th anniversary of 9/11), Haydn, Ali-Zedah and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $5 for students. Checks payable to Quogue Chamber Music may be mailed to PO Box 1984, Quogue, New York 11959; or purchase tickets online on the QCM website, www.quoguechambermusic.org.  No tickets will be sold at the door. 

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 Ulysses String Quartet will perform at Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 11. —M. Holler Photo

Founded in the summer of 2015, the Ulysses String Quartet won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. 

Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Yale University. 

The program being performed in Quogue will include “Tenebrae” by Golijov, “Sunrise” Quartet by Haydn, Reqs Dance by Ali-Zadeh and Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn.

Shorebirds at the shore: sanderlings on the sand. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

“Cryptozoo” and “All the Streets Are Silent” Wrap PAC Film Series
“Cryptozoo” and “All the Streets Are Silent” will be the final two films in the 2021 World Cinema summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 

Cryptozoo,” directed by Dash Shaw and screening on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24 and 25, is a hand-drawn, gritty and fantastical animation parable about society versus the individual. The voiceover cast includes: Michael Cera, Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Louisa Krause, and Jason Schwartzman and Peter Stormare. 

A zoo that rescues mythological creatures in psychedelic 1960s San Francisco races the U.S. military to find and save a Baku, a Japanese dream-eating cryptid, to prevent the military from using the Baku to eat the dreams of the counterculture and suppress the anti-Vietnam War movement.

“‘Cryptozoo’ winds up as a window into a decidedly uncommercial mind, and a form of storytelling that isn’t the practiced, polished committee effort that comes out of animation houses like Disney and DreamWorks.” (Polygon)

“This time out, Shaw (in collaboration with animation director Jane Samborski) is even more assured as both a storyteller and as a crafter of images, be they outrageous or gorgeous, haunting or hilarious.” (TheWrap)

All the Streets Are Silent,” a documentary directed by Jeremy Elkin, will be screened at the PAC on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1. 

The full title of the documentary is “All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding.” In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip hop. Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner with an original score by legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor (Nas, A Tribe Called Quest), “All the Streets Are Silent” brings to life the magic of the time period and the convergence that created a style and visual language that would have an outsized and enduring cultural effect. 

From the DJ booths and dance floors of the Mars nightclub to the founding of brands like Supreme, this convergence would lay the foundation for modern street style. “All the Streets Are Silent” is a love letter to New York—examining race, society, fashion, and street culture.

Writing for Film Threat, the critic Dante James said: “This inside look into a time in counterculture that was unique, special, and will probably never happen again is well-crafted. The story is lively, and the mixing of music, skateboarding, interviews, and footage of the past is amazing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “hip hop head,” a skater, or a stockbroker. You’ll be engaged from beginning to end.” 

Films in the summer series are screened on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30, with commentary on Tuesday evenings only. Film descriptions and trailers are available on the PAC website, www.whbpac.org. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whbpac.org and click on Films

Raenell Murray of Haywire has raincoats in a variety of colors on sale at 75 percent off in the sale barn.

Haywire Summer Sendoff
Dedicated fashionista Raenell Murray of Haywire is looking ahead to the next season, with some snappy raincoats in a bunch of cool colors available at 75 percent off in her sale barn through mid-September. 

As savvy readers know, Raenell is continuing the practice she initiated last summer, inviting faithful customers as well as new friends to come to her house to see all of the clothing items she has for sale.

Regular priced items are in the house and the barn is dedicated to sale items. All are invited to come see fabulous French capris and trousers, cashmere sweaters, shawls, colorful tops, jewelry—the new shipment of raincoats—and more. Call 631-283-2809 or email raenellmu1@aol.com to set up an appointment.

Write America Marches On from New Base
There is sad news and reassuring news this week about “Write America: A Reading for Our Country,” the Monday night series of beautiful readings and stimulating discussions aimed at reaching out to find commonality across some of the rifts roiling our nation. 

Lora Tucker

Up until now (and for the next few weeks) the weekly installments of the series are aired on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on the Crowdcast channel hosted by Book Revue, the wonderful, community minded gem of an independent bookstore located in Huntington, typically hosted by the charming and indefatigable Loren Limongelli. 

The sad news, announced this week, is twofold, in that Book Revue is on the verge of closing, and Ms. Limongelli has given her notice. The reassuring news is that series creator Roger Rosenblatt has already arranged a new partnership with Byrd’s Books in Bethel, Connecticut, which he describes as “a model of a knowledgeable, careful, first rate independent bookstore.”

Robert Reeves

Byrd’s was founded and is run by Alice Hutchinson, whom Roger calls “a civic activist with an impressive array of skills, and a learned and devoted bookseller.” Ms. Hutchinson will succeed Loren as the host of the program, which will retain its current format, Monday schedule and 7 p.m. air time, as well as the Crowdcast platform that worked well for Book Revue.

Emma Walton Hamilton

The next four Write America programs will be broadcast on the Crowdcast channel hosted by Book Revue, with Bridget Walsh as the moderator. Following the September 13 program, a two-week hiatus will allow Mr. Rosenblatt and Ms. Hutchinson to set up the Byrd’s Books Crowdcast channel, with the first reading on that platform on Monday, October 4. 

For now, the lineup for Write America looks like this: On Monday, August 23, social worker, poet and activist Lora Tucker and award-winning poet Lindsay Adkins will be the guest writers; on Monday, August 30, the readers will be two novelists and short story writers, Robert Reeves and Jill McCorkle; on September 6, author and theatrical director Emma Walton Hamilton will be joined by award-winning novelist Hilma Wolitzer; and for the final program based at Book Revue on September 13, the guests will be emerging writer Jillian LaRussa and award-winning author and playwright (and series creator) Roger Rosenblatt

Write America runs weekly, every Monday at 7 p.m. EST on Book Revue’s Crowdcast channel. All events are free; registration is required at bookrevue.com/write-america-series. A selection of signed titles will be available for purchase with each Write America episode; Book Revue ships worldwide. For more information, click here or visit bookrevue.com/write-america-series.

Calling All Young Choristers!
Reader Alison Weiskopf this week reiterated an invitation that has been included in all the updates this summer about services at the Church of the Atonement on Quogue Street. To wit, the Church “welcomes all children and grandchildren age 7 to 14 to participate in the choir on Sundays. No singing experience necessary and everyone is welcome. 

“Choristers should arrive at 9 a.m. for rehearsal and stay through the 10 a.m. service, which wraps up around 11. The church follows all Covid-19 safety protocols.” The junior choir is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. As detailed below, Sunday, September 5, will be the last day of services at the Church of the Atonement for summer 2021.

Besides the joy of being able to participate in a lovely Quogue tradition, Ms. Weiskopf noted that “choristers will be rewarded with a candy treat and a small sum of money weekly. Older and more experienced choristers may also have the opportunity to serve as acolytes.

“Again, all young singers are welcome. Please contact Alison Weiskopf (aweiskopf@mac.com) and Mary Vogel (m.vogel@verizon.net) for more information.”

Final Three Sundays for Church of the Atonement Season
The Reverend Zachary Thompson will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at the Church of the Atonement for one more Sunday, on August 22. 

The Reverend Stephen Setzer

Prior to joining the staff at St. James’ Church in Manhattan as Vicar, Rev. Thompson served as Rector and Associate Priest in Atlanta, as well as Chaplain to Emory University.

On Sunday, August 29, the Reverend Stephen Setzer will officiate at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.

Rev. Setzer is the priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife, Yoana. He studied at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and has worked at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Texas, and also at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware. He writes weekly at www.sacrdsociety.com

The Reverend Michael Ambler will officiate at this season’s final services at the Church of the Atonement on Sunday, September 5. 

Rev. Ambler is Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Maine and is the former Rector of Grace Church in Bath, Maine. He and his family visit his parents in Quogue often; as a child he was a member of the choir and an acolyte at the Church of the Atonement. 

The Reverend Michael Ambler

He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Ambler and his wife, Darreby, have three children: Michael III is a political campaign consultant; John is currently on leave from his work at TIST, an international conservation and development group, while he pursues a business degree at Cambridge in the UK; and Elizabeth works with a Middle East based NGO on issues of food security.

Following the traditional schedule, Communion is offered every week at the 8 a.m. service and Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.; on the first Sunday of the month, Communion is offered at both services. 

Masks are required at services, according to a notification from the church, “until we are sure it is safe for everyone.” All children in the community, age 7 to 14, are invited to sing in the junior choir, which is led by Patricia Osborne Feiler, organist and choir director. Rehearsals are held at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For additional information regarding the junior choir, contact Mary Vogel via email at mtvogel@icloud.com

All are welcome at Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The Church of the Atonement is located at 17 Quogue Street. 

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