Never a bad idea to get the column started with a bit of good news. And so it is with great pleasure that At Quaquanantuck shares in the gratitude of director Christine Clifton and the entire Quogue Library Board of Trustees for the passage of this essential institution’s proposed 2014 budget by village voters last Tuesday.
Even occasional readers of this column are aware of the critical role the library plays as the cultural beating heart of our village. And it’s gratifying to see that residents stand ready to translate that awareness into support for the library’s multifaceted mission at the polls.
Speaking of important institutions in the village, the Quogue School PTA is gearing up for the annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser open to all at the school on Edgewood Road on Friday, June 7. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. one and all are invited to enjoy barbecue chicken, music from a DJ, face painting, raffles and all manner of fun. Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for children, available at The Lily Pad or from PTA members.
This not-to-be-missed affair is one of the great gatherings that help to define our community and a swell way to get into the swing of the summer season.
Speaking of the summer season, Grace at Double Rainbow reports that the shop and ice cream oasis on Jessup Avenue is now fully stocked with summer toys for outdoors and in yummy candy, and the myriad tasty flavors of SoCo Creamery ice cream.
Quogue School art teacher Ginger Anderson is inviting one and all to an opening reception for an exhibition of the work of the talented artists of the fifth grade at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Nature Center on Tuesday, June 4, at 4 p.m. The fifth grade class has been working for the past two months on acrylic paintings of birds, and the results are most impressive. If you miss the reception on Tuesday, you’ll still have a week to check out the exhibition.
Congratulations to Ted Motz, distinguished graduate of the Quogue School and Westhampton Beach High School—and, just this month, New York University with a degree in music—for being named the winner of the 2013 NYU Jazz Department Outstanding Achievement Award as the school’s outstanding jazz student.
In other good news related to the talented Motz family, longtime Quogue resident George Motz Jr. can now be seen weekly on his new TV show, “Burgerland,” airing Monday evenings at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The show, hosted by George, visits unique hamburger sites (formerly known as “burger joints”) around the country with a focus on places owned and operated by a single family over several generations.
Congratulations also to Courtney J. Killian of Quogue, for completing baccalaureate studies this year at SUNY at Oswego, majoring in psychology.
Reminder: The second installment of young people reading to a dog at the library is coming up on Friday, May 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. In this innovative program, staffers at Bideawee bring their therapy dog to the library so that young readers can gain confidence in their skills by reading to this agreeable canine from a book of their choice.
To schedule an appointment for the young reader in your household, call the library at (631) 653-4224.
The second part of a hands-on workshop exploring the commands of “Beginner MS Word 2010” will be offered at the library on Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Topics covered will include file management, formatting fonts, documents, and pages in this popular word processing program that allows users to type and edit and format text, documents, pages, and other elements. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.
Tonight, Thursday, May 30, marks the beginning of the second week of performances of the Hampton Theatre Company’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves.” Audiences during the first weekend expressed their approval in abundant laughter, which is always an encouraging sign.
Showtimes are on Thursdays at 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2:30 through June 9. To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111.
Mark the calendar now for the next Quogue Chamber Music concert at the village theater, scheduled on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., when the Amphion String Quartet will present the music of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven. A post-concert celebration will be held at the home of Nancy Mullan Demirjian.
Tickets for the concert alone are $40, or $5 for students with ID. Tickets for the concert and celebration are $100. Send checks payable to “Quogue Chamber Music, Inc.” to P.O. Box 1984, Quogue, NY 11959, or visit www.quoguechambermusic.com.