East Quogue Community Notes, July 18


My eyes get teary every time I listen to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I greatly respect all that our flag stands for. So when I saw the pictures of the devastation on the East Quogue Village Green I felt as if a cold, hard knife had pierced my heart.I cannot believe that last Thursday evening five of our American flags that fly so proudly at our special little park were desecrated.

One of the things I love about our hamlet is its sense of patriotism and I refuse to believe that anyone who lives here could have done such a dastardly deed. I tell myself that the perpetrators must have just been passing through.

On the bright side, very happy birthday wishes are winging their way to longtime East Quogue resident Marion Rupprecht who turned 90 on Monday, July 15. Eileen and Dr. Hans Schwinn feted the incredible nonagenarian at Trumpets in Eastport. Also on hand to help celebrate this very happy event were grandsons Erich and Andreas and their wives, Robyn and Jessica, as well as great-grandchildren Kate, Gavin and Morgan.

Marion celebrated her 80th birthday at Trumpets and Eileen tells me that she has already made reservations for her mom’s 100th birthday celebration at Trumpets. Way to go, Marion!

Get your tickets early for the much-awaited annual seafood party, sponsored by the East Quogue Fire Department, and scheduled for Saturday, August 10. Our hometown heroes must be doing something right because this amazing event is going on its 35th year.

The fantastic menu features all kinds of seafood, including mussels and both baked and steamed clams. There will also be grilled chicken, burgers and salads, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres. Beer and wine will be available and, therefore, this event is only for those 21 and older.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. at the firehouse on Montauk Highway. Tickets cost $50 if purchased in advance and $60 if purchased at the door. Tickets are available at Fourth Neck Realty and East Quogue Wines and Liquors, both located on Main Street. For more information, shoot an email to asacks@eqfd.com.

On The Calendar

Saturday, July 20: Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts its seventh annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” benefit gala, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the historic Quogue home of Paul and Jane Dietche. Tickets, starting at $175, are still available and can be picked up at the Nature Center. To get yours, call (631) 653-4771.

Monday, July 22: East End Hospice holds its fifth annual luncheon at the Stone Creek Inn on Montauk Highway in East Quogue, starting at 11:30 a.m. “Give Love, Make Magic” features psychic medium Dawn Joly who will give personalized readings for guests selected at random. Proceeds will benefit East End Hospice and Camp Good Grief.

Tuesday, July 23: The Filthy Crickets will rock the Village Green at 7 p.m. with good time rock ‘n’ roll in the third summer concert in this series. Don’t forget to bring a chair. Just a reminder that if you use bug spray, please be considerate of the person next to you. The chemicals in bug spray can be dangerous to those suffering from asthma and lung diseases.

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