Quogue Community Notes, June 27

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It’s time once again for one of the most significant gala fundraisers of the season, “An Enchanted Evening,” to benefit East End Hospice on Saturday, June 29, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the beautiful Sandacres Estate in our village.The 14th annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award will be presented, most appropriately, to the Reverend Dr. Charles M. Cary. Overseeing the cocktails and dinner catered by Beth D’Alessio, the music from the Julie Bluestone Band, the silent and live auctions, and the casino gaming will be none other than WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting host par excellence Bonnie Grice.

Register online at www.eeh.org/summergala13.html or call (631) 288-8400 or email info@eeh.org for more information.

On Sunday, June 30, the Quogue Library will host a presentation by Christopher M. Collora, author of “Long Island: Historic Houses of the South Shore.”

While Long Island’s Gold Coast, on the North Shore from Cold Spring Harbor west, has won more notoriety—and provided the milieu for the outrageous excess of the fictional Gatsby and his Jazz Age set—communities along the Great South Bay were home to hundreds of less publicized, yet equally impressive, mansions and historic houses.

Houses along the bay were once owned by prominent captains of industry, popular entertainment figures, and movers and shakers of the day, including the Bourne, Cutting, Gardiner, Gulden, Gustivino, Guggenheim, Hollins and Vanderbilt families.

“Long Island: Historic Houses of the South Shore” explores such famous residents of the South Shore as Schuyler Parsons, Fred Astaire, Anita Stewart, and Robert Pinkerton, and examines the kinds of lives they led.

The 3 p.m. presentation will be immediately followed by a book signing and reception. Call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 4, to reserve a seat.

Now that summer has finally brought the appropriate weather, the Double Rainbow shop on Jessup Avenue happily has plenty of SoCo Creamery ice cream micro batched from the Berkshires all ready to scoop, including flavors like the very popular Dirty Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Oreo Mint, Espresso Cookie, Cappuccino Choc Crunch and many others.

The lovely Grace at Double Rainbow reports that the shop’s milk shakes and malteds are getting a very positive response, and she is now turning out dairy-free and fat-free smoothies made with sorbets and fruit. All this and boogie boards, yard toys, kites and other cool stuff to help young and old enjoy the summer. The shop is open seven days a week at 10 a.m.

American Canoe Association certified kayak instructors will offer a thorough introduction to kayaking for children age 10 and up on Old Ice Pond at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge 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, or emailing info@quoguewildliferefuge.org. For more information, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

The July 4 opening concert for this summer’s Westhampton Beach Thursday evening Gazebo Concert Series on the Village Green will showcase the oldest fully professional concert band on Long Island, the Atlantic Wind Symphony. Founded in 1968, this group has been a perennial favorite of this delightful summer series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for good weather this Saturday, June 29, from noon to 4 p.m. That’s the date and time for the rain-delayed 10th anniversary celebration of the East Quogue Village Green, sponsored by the East Quogue Civic Association and the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.

For the kids, there will be a double slide, two face-painting artists and a strolling balloonist. A great band with a catchy name, The Filthy Crickets, will provide entertainment for the adults, and one and all can feast on pizza, Italian sausage heroes, and hamburgers and hot dogs from Scotto’s.

Brewsters Seafood Market will serve up clams on the half shell; Southampton Publick House will provide beer and wine, and East Quogue’s New Moon Café will be serving pulled pork and brisket.

Topping it all off will be Atilla of East Quogue and his Mister Softee ice cream truck. Water and soft drinks will be available through the food vendors.

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