Quogue Community Notes, May 23

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Time once again to remind readers of the ennobling, and humbling, provenance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, and to ask one and all—especially parents with young children—to take a solemn moment on Monday to remember all those who died in the service of their country, in war and in peacetime.
Tonight, Thursday, May 23, with lights up at 7 p.m., is the opening night of the Hampton Theatre Company’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves.”

In this intricate farce, which The New York Times called “a theatrical adroitness as clever as tennis at its best,” three couples, an indiscretion, a cover-up, accusations and crumbling alibis on overlapping sets all lead to confusion and uproarious comedy.

Two of the roles in the cast of six are played by Rosemary Cline and Andrew Botsford, who had a different part in the HTC’s 1992 production of the play.

Showtimes will be Thursdays at 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. To reserve show tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111. The HTC will once again be offering special dinner theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries.

The week after the show closes, it’s time for another Quogue Chamber Music concert at the village theater, on June 15 at 7 p.m. This time out the classical music series and educational outreach program will bring the Amphion String Quartet to the Community Hall on Jessup Avenue, playing the music of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven. A post-concert celebration will be held at the home of the very gracious Nancy Mullan Demirjian.

Tickets for the concert alone are $40, or $5 for students with ID. Tickets for the concert and celebration are $100. To purchase tickets, send checks payable to “Quogue Chamber Music Inc.” to P.O. Box 1984, Quogue, NY 11959, or visit www.quoguechambermusic.com.

Village Hall was the place to be last Saturday as a standing-room-only, packed house gave their undivided attention to Mayor Peter Sartorius delivering the perennially popular State of the Village address, sponsored by the Quogue Association.

Speaking of our civic-minded citizenry, the annual effort to inculcate similar values in our younger residents—namely sixth-graders at the Quogue School—via an excursion to our nation’s capital is on the calendar for next week, which starts with a day off from school in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

On Wednesday, May 29, the sixth-graders will head off to D.C., returning on Friday, May 31. The day they depart, May 29, is also the date for this year’s prekindergarten through third grade Spring Concert at the school, at 6:30 p.m.

The Quogue Library will offer a free screening of the 2013 Oscar Award-winning documentary “Inocente” on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m., with producer Albie Hecht and executive producer Susan MacLaury on hand to talk about the film and answer questions. A reception follows; registration is required by calling (631) 653-4224 as seating is limited.

A personal and vibrant coming-of-age story about a young artist’s determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings, “Inocente” tells the story of a 15-year-old artist who refuses to let her dream be caged by her status as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years.

The fifth Full Moon Night Hike of 2013 will be offered at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures, and enjoy some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is free for refuge members. Reservations are required by calling (631) 653-4771 at least 24 hours in advance. Non-members are asked to pay a $5 fee.

Before the moon comes up, a big day of fun is slated in the hamlet that shares the Quogue name to our east, this fun taking the form of a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the East Quogue Village Green on Saturday, May 25, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature, for the small fry, a double inflatable slide, face painting, balloon twisting and magic. There will also be live music and food and drink from a number of vendors, including wine and beer from Southampton Publick House; sausage heroes and pizza from Scotto’s Pork Store; pulled pork and brisket from the New Moon Café; hot dogs and hamburgers from the Boy Scouts; clams on the half shell from Brewsters Seafood Market; and ice cream from Atilla Mr. Softee.

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