With all the eager anticipation, excitement, crowds, commotion and rich pageantry attending the annual Quogue Association duck race, it appears that our village is poised to become the Saratoga Springs of the rubber waterfowl racing world.It is hoped that amid all the festivities and gaiety of last Friday evening, it was not lost upon race fans and concert-goers that the Quogue Association has created new landscaping for the entire Village Dock area and has also installed 11 new benches.
Among their many other good works, the fine folks of the Quogue Association have also replaced the wonderful gym set they had installed at the Village Beach last year that was destroyed by that nasty Hurricane Sandy. Bravo!
Water quality in the bays and estuarine environments in the Quogue area has been an issue of increasing concern over the last several decades. On Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m. Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook Southampton’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will speak at the Quogue Library on his work to help improve water quality using one of nature’s wondrous filter feeders, the eastern oyster.
The talk is free; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.
The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe (QJTT) annual Summer Benefit will be held on Friday, July 26, with a spectacular musical revue kicking off the swell affair at 7 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue, and a cocktail buffet to follow over at the also spectacular new Quogue Field Club on the aptly named Club Lane at 8 p.m.
The RSVP date has gone by, but it’s still possible to make a donation to this terrific institution, now celebrating its 35th season, and it might even be possible to get a ticket to the musical revue or the cocktail buffet, or both. Visit www.qjttonline.org to find out more.
This year’s shows for the QJTT will be “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for the older company, playing August 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., and “How to Eat Like a Child (How to Act Like a Kid)” based on the book by Delia Ephron for the younger players, August 20-22 at 7 p.m., and August 23 at 5 p.m.
The third installment of the Quogue Library summer authors series will feature our village’s own literary lion and bright shining star, Roger Rosenblatt. The distinguished professor and champion of the written word will be at the podium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, reading from his new memoir coming out from HarperCollins in November, “The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood.”
Next month, the series brings us: David Gilbert, author of “& Sons: A Novel ” on August 4; Tom Folsom, “Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream” on August 11; and Priscilla Gilman, “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy” on August 18.
All author readings and talks are offered at 5 p.m. on the library grounds, followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.
If you haven’t seen it yet—or even if you have—don’t miss your last opportunities this weekend to enjoy this month’s exhibition in the library Art Gallery, “Found: Recent Work by Holland B. Cunningham.”
Emmett Ceglia of Quogue received a bachelor’s degree in music in electronic production and design from the Berklee College of Music at the College of Music’s 2013 Commencement held recently at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
Another student from Quogue, Dylan J. Pisaneschi, a 2012 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School and a SUNY at Canton criminal justice studies major, made the dean’s list for the spring semester.
Be sure to save the date: August 4 brings us the annual Quogue Volunteer Fire Department Open House, from 4 to 6 p.m. Details to follow in next week’s column.