Of the dozens of delights available to those of us fortunate enough to be in Quogue during the summer season, perhaps none is more intellectually stimulating or emotionally and spiritually engaging than the annual Summer Author series organized and hosted by the wonderful team at the Quogue Library.Offered at 5 p.m. on the library grounds on six Sundays this year, from July 14 through August 18, the series once again offers a splendid mix of authors and topics guaranteed to inform and entertain while helping to illuminate the human condition.
The three authors this month will be: Tom Reiss, “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo,” July 14; Warren Phillips, “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal,” July 21; and Roger Rosenblatt, “The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood,” July 28.
Next month, the series brings us: David Gilbert, “& Sons: A Novel,” August 4; Tom Folsom, “Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream,” August 11; and Priscilla Gilman, “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy,” August 18.
All author readings and talks are followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets, which tend to sell out quickly, are $15; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.
Speaking of cool cultural offerings at the library, this month’s exhibition in the library Art Gallery—just installed this week—is “Found: Recent Work by Holland B. Cunningham.” All are welcome at an artist’s reception to be held at the library on Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Ms. Cunningham, who lives and works in Quogue and New York City, creates her pieces using oils, water-based media and photography, as well as animation. Her most recent work is a collection of mixed media/oil paintings using discarded photographs and slides as a starting point.
Talking about her work, Ms. Cunningham has made it clear that “the moments I aim to capture are often forgotten ones … snapshots. Each work is made up of layers of memories witnessing the passage of an undefined length of time. I am interested in the intimacy of a fleeting moment of time and how those intimate moments hold a more universal quality in their familiarity.”
One unique aspect of this exhibition will be a computer display of the different stages of development of several of Ms. Cunningham’s works stitched together in time-lapse animation.
Following the first concert of the Westhampton Beach Gazebo series tonight, July 4, by the Atlantic Wind Symphony, the next group up in the Thursday night series will be the Boomers, Grant Werner (lead guitar and vocals) and Jim Hulme (rhythm guitar and vocals), playing on July 11.
Formed in 2008 as the house band for the Westhampton Rotary Club, the duo has been rocking at local clubs, parties and festivals entertaining people with fan favorites from the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to the July 11 concert at the gazebo, the Boomers can frequently be seen on Saturday mornings during the summer at the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market.
Don’t forget, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge gala fundraiser, aka the “Wild Night for Wildlife,” is right around the corner, on Saturday, July 20. Tickets and sponsorships are still available by calling the Refuge Nature Center at (631) 653-4771, or by returning the Sponsorship Opportunity card downloadable from the website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Emmett Ceglia of Quogue received her bachelor of music in electronic production and design from Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown Berklee at the school’s commencement held recently in Boston at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
Another student from Quogue, Dylan J. Pisaneschi, a 2012 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School and a SUNY Canton criminal justice studies major, made dean’s list for the spring semester.