Quogue Community Notes, August 1

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If this is August, it must be time for the celebration of community and village-wide expression of gratitude known as the annual Quogue Volunteer Fire Department Open House.Starting at 4 p.m. and running till 6 at—where else?—the firehouse on Jessup Avenue, the Open House features fire engine rides, firematic demonstrations, fabulous food, fun for the kids and more.

As has been pointed out many times in this space, the men and women of the QFD put in countless hours in training and in responding to every kind of emergency in every kind of weather and at all hours of the day and night with no remuneration and with no thought of recognition.

They organize the Ghost Parade and Halloween party at the firehouse, teach fire safety in the schools, work with North Pole air traffic control to coordinate Santa’s Yuletide visit, make sure that all Easter egg seekers have a successful hunt, and provide pancake relief from turkey fatigue at Thanksgiving, to mention just a little bit of what they do beyond their exceptional work as firefighters.

And they do it all, not for a paycheck, but simply because they love our village and believe in keeping it and all of us safe. Once a year, when the department’s annual appeal goes out and the volunteers host their annual community get-together, we have the opportunity to say thank you, both in person and by making donations to show our support.

Sunday’s Open House is free, but donations are always welcome at the door, and this year special open house T-shirts will be on sale, featuring images of the two trucks used for rides.

On Saturday, August 3, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Quogue Library will host the Broccoli Rob Show, a “Kids Dig Entertainment” family program for ages 4 and up. The aptly named, if gastronomically punning, Broccoli Rob will serve up a fun, musical journey as he entertains and educates for a healthier future by getting children excited about making healthy food choices.

“Memory Motel: An iPhone Photo Gallery” by Lauren Lyons will be the August exhibition in the Quogue Library Art Gallery, running from Thursday, August 1, to Monday, September 2.

Lauren, who is known for her portraits of musicians and typically shoots for record labels and ad agencies, got the idea for this show last August in Amagansett, when she took a photo of her husband’s coffee cup with her iPhone.

“It was such a freeing experience to shoot with my phone sans the whistles and bells of my pro cameras,” Lauren explains, adding that she went on to give herself the challenge of “creating a body of work that is gallery-worthy using nothing more than my iPhone.”

The images in this show are primarily of the East End, Delaware and Philadelphia. All of the photographs have been shot using Instagram, with no color or light enhancement from Photoshop.

The next writer in the Quogue Library summer authors series will be David Gilbert, author of “& Sons: A Novel,” taking his place at the podium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 4.

Coming up later this month will be Tom Folsom, author of “Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream,” on August 11; and Priscilla Gilman, author of “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 and followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.

A service and thanksgiving for the life of the remarkable Gee Gee Maxwell will be held at the Church of the Atonement on Quogue Street on Saturday, August 3, at 11 a.m.

Save the date: The 39th annual Quogue Historical Society Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, August 10, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Quogue Village Green off Jessup Avenue.

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