As the season gains momentum, more and more events and activities on the increasingly crowded calendar announce with authority that, yes, no matter what the weather gods throw at us, summer’s here.For a prime example one need look no further than this Friday, June 21—the summer solstice—when the fine folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their annual Family Barbecue for members on the shores of Old Ice Pond starting at 6 p.m.
Burgers and hot dogs, including the vegetarian variety, will be provided, and all those attending are asked to bring a dish to share with their fellow members. Kayaks and canoes will be available to borrow for self-guided paddles.
The “welcome summer” event is free for refuge members for calendar year 2013 and their families, but reservations are required. Anyone who would like to become a member can register right up to June 21. For information about QWR membership or the barbecue, contact Trish Kaloski at 653-4771, email firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 653-4771, or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Also, fans of the QWR (and who isn’t?) are invited to the All Star bowling alley and restaurant at 96 Main Road (Route 58) in Riverhead on Tuesday, June 25, for a special fundraiser to benefit the refuge.
Here’s how it works: If you print out the special dinner voucher from www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or pick one up at the Nature Center at 3 Old Country Road in Quogue, you can enjoy a choice of three entrées priced at $14.95, with $10 of that going back to the refuge.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 11 p.m. in the All Star Stadium. Call the Nature Center Office at (631) 653-4771 today, Thursday, June 20, to make reservations or for further information. And don’t forget your voucher when you go, or you won’t get the dinner deal and the refuge won’t get the donation.
The sixth Full Moon Night Hike of 2013—celebrating the Strawberry Moon—will be offered at the QWR on Sunday, June 23, at 8:15 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 (631-653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.
But wait, there’s more: The knowledgeable paddlers at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer kayak lessons for youngsters on Old Ice Pond on Friday, June 28, at 2 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and space is limited, so parents are requested to reserve early by calling (631) 653-4771.
And, one last note about the QWR: Tickets and sponsorships for the July 20 annual blockbuster gala known as the “Wild Night for Wildlife” are currently available by calling the Refuge Nature Center at (631) 653-4771, or by returning the Sponsorship Opportunity card that can be downloaded from the website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
This weekend, on June 22 and 23, the Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will host the inaugural Southampton Town Festival of the Arts, a boutique-style show highlighting the work of 60 renowned national and international artists. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art and mixed-media works.
Congratulations to the sixth grade class at the Quogue School, who graduated this week and will be moving up to the Westhampton Beach Middle School in the fall. All are asked to bear in mind that school is out after Friday, June 21, so extra caution and alertness are paramount on the roads of our village and around the East End.
And don’t forget that Saturday, June 29, from noon to 4 p.m. is the rain-delayed date and time for the 10th anniversary celebration of the East Quogue Village Green, co-sponsored by the East Quogue Civic Association and the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.