Things are certainly heating up around these parts, both literally and figuratively, as we charge into what is somewhat anachronistically and more than slightly ironically referred to as “The Season.”Kicking off this year’s Quogue Library Summer Authors series this Sunday, July 14, will be none other than Tom Reiss, whose book, “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo,” tells the remarkable true story of Alex Dumas, the swashbuckling father of the writer Alexandre Dumas, the author of such classics as “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers.”
Schooled in Paris as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy who went on to become a military hero, the real-life protagonist of “The Black Count,” General Alex Dumas, concealed an intriguing secret: he was, in fact, the son of a black slave and rose higher in the white world than any man of his race before the modern age.
All author readings and talks are offered at 5 p.m. on the library grounds and followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15; call the library at 653-4224 for more information.
The second installment of the series, on Sunday, July 21, will bring to the podium Warren Phillips, author of “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall Street Journal.”
The Quogue Historical Society, thanks to a donation from the Pine Tree Foundation and support from the Quogue Library, is inviting one and all to travel back in time on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., for a lively afternoon amid the daily life of a colonial settlement during the Revolutionary War.
As time travelers roam the Quogue Village Green and Village Lane, they’ll meet the town crier, Benjamin Franklin; be enthralled by the live military marching drills of the Third New York Regiment Long Island Companies 1775 as part of the daily routine in a Revolutionary War encampment; and join in the dancing to the tunes of Chart Guthrie’s period band.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to spend some time with a live sheep and cow from the Cornell Cooperative Farm while learning about milking and the history of sheep shearing from the Long Island Livestock Company; to stroll through a soldier’s sleeping tent and the outdoor colonial “kitchen” and learn about the tools used in day-to-day life; and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. The day’s journey into the past is recommended for all ages, and all parents and children who plan to attend are encouraged to bone up on the American Revolution before heading over to the Village Green on Saturday.
Admission is by a suggested (but not required) donation of $10 per family to the Quogue Historical Society.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Historical Society headquarters at the Pond House at 114A Jessup Avenue during open hours, which are from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
On view during open hours at the Historical Society’s Pond House this summer are three exhibitions: “Through the Lens of George Bradford Brainerd: Quogue in 1875”; “Quawcannantucke: Early Settlement”; and “Whaling: From Shore to the South Seas.”
Over at the Historical Society’s 1822 Schoolhouse behind the library, on view during the same hours, visitors may see, in addition to the charming schoolhouse itself, a 1734 smokehouse; a late-19th century “4-holer” outhouse that was once part of a boarding house; and 19th century flower and herb gardens.
All are reminded that all will be welcome at an artist’s reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, celebrating the current exhibition of the work of Holland B. Cunningham at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.
Tonight’s Gazebo concert on the Westhampton Beach Village Green will be presented by The Boomers, starting at 7:30 p.m. Next up, on July 18, will be “Opera Favorites Under the Stars” presented by the Long Island Opera Company.