Quogue community notes


Good to know that there are alert readers out there for whom accurate referencing holds the highest priority. One such stickler for specificity was quick to point out after last week’s musing about Al’s soda fountain and everything store in this space that the proper name of the establishment, which is in fact well-known to At Quaquanantuck, was Marty and Al’s Fountain of Youth.

And, lest readers think this reader/redactor was only an Oscar the Grouch interested in nitpicking, it should be pointed out that subsequent correspondence revealed him (it was a reader of the male persuasion) to be quite sentimental in reminiscing about the ambrosial Richardson’s root beer in frozen mugs that Al drew from a tap for overheated youths who had pedaled down Quogue Street in search of cooling refreshment and a peek at the latest Archie, Superman, or (sigh!) True Romance comic books.

There is another adjustment to be made in information that was included in last week’s column, and this is one that At Quaquanantuck is only too happy make. The item on Terry Lucas’s sale of the Open Book in Westhampton Beach might have seemed to suggest that the store would be closing and that there would no longer be a book store at that address, which was the sense of the announcement that came in from Ms. Lucas.

The good news is that one Jocelyn Maningo, a former staffer at the store, is the purchaser. And although the shop will be closed for an indefinite period after Sunday of this weekend, plans call for it to reopen in the spring after some sprucing up and reorganization, perhaps with more of an art gallery ambiance. So that’s a relief.

More details on this transaction are included in a story in the News section this week.

Brunch junkies, rejoice. Colette and Pam, who shuttered The Inn Spot last week, will now be serving their trademark breakfast/lunch treats at their remaining restaurant, The Inn Spot On the Bay down by the Ponquogue Bridge. And if you are in the habit of picking up some of the delightful dishes they prepare for patrons to take out and warm up at home, those items will continue to be available at the Hampton Bays outpost as well.

According to Colette, it’s about a 12-minute drive down Dune Road to get to the Inn Spot On the Bay, and there is no better view of the bay (heading north) or the bay and the ocean (heading south) than the sweeping vista that opens up to drivers crossing the Ponquogue Bridge. So there’s every reason to head over there and maintain your bonds with the Inn Spot, and no good reason not to make the trip.

Quelle joie! The first session of the Toddlers’ French Storytime at the Quogue Library was well attended and went very well, according to none other than the storyteller herself, Madame Lili (aka Lee Wadelton). Plans call for the program to continue after January into February, on Wednesdays: February 4, 11 and 25, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is inviting adults and families to visit the Nature Center on Saturday, January 17, at 5:30 to see “The Great Nebula of Orion and other Wonders of the Winter Sky.”

Weather permitting, David Cohn, director of the Educational Projects Network in cooperation with the Custer Institute, will offer a tour of the night sky. Telescopes, binoculars and star maps will be provided, and orientation and twilight viewing of Venus will begin at 5:30.

In case of questionable weather, call the Nature Center at 653-4771 to confirm that this free event will take place as planned. If needed, the rain/cloud date will be set for January 24. Warm beverages will be served; reservations are required.

The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is planning a field trip to explore the “Lakes Around Patchogue” on Saturday, January 24, at 9 a.m. Field Trip Director John McNeil will lead a group around the Patchogue lakes in search of wintering waterfowl.

The group will meet at the Swan Lake Club House at Swan Lake in East Patchogue. For more information, call Mr. McNeil at 631-281-2623; on the day of the field trip, try him on the mobile, 631-219-8947.

Students at the Quogue School in grades three through six are in the middle of an intensive period of New York State English Language Arts testing, which will be wrapped up by next Thursday, January 22. They’ll get to rest up a bit this weekend, as the school will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mark the calendar now for the Quogue School PTA “Snow Ball” on January 30, and watch this space for details in the next two weeks.

Be sure to check out the January show at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “God’s Architecture: The Spiral/Sphere Exhibit” by Mym Tuma.

The Westhampton Beach School District continuing education program is looking for instructors for its upcoming spring semester. Anyone interested in participating is asked to call 288-3800.

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