Quogue Community Notes, August 15

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Be sure to petition the weather gods for fair skies on Friday, August 16, at least from 6 to 9 p.m., the date and time of the Quogue Association’s annual Beach Party at the Quogue Village Beach.Dinner and refreshments are being catered by the Quogue Market and there will be a DJ and a Quogue Fire Department sanctioned bonfire on the beach. The Quogue Association is providing kites for the kids, and the whole shebang costs only $30 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12; children 5 and under get in for free.

A very interesting information session coming up this weekend, the first in a series presented by the Concerned Citizens of Quogue Inc. on “Alternatives for Protecting Our Dunes and Beaches.”

On Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m., Duke University Coastal Geologist Robert S. Young, the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will address the topic at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue. Dr. Young’s credentials also include work as professor of geology at Western Carolina University and a book, “The Rising Sea,” which he co-authored with Dr. Orrin Pilkey.

Concerned Citizens of Quogue Inc. (CCQ) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2013, formed by year-round and seasonal residents concerned about protecting Quogue’s 2.7 miles of ocean beach and dunes, which they consider the village’s greatest assets. Members of the new organization also share concern for the environment, especially as it pertains to coastal erosion, global warming and rising sea levels.

The group lists as its mission: to research and explore effective and affordable methods of growing and sustaining our dunes and beaches; to enhance our knowledge by communicating with experts in academia and working in the field; to educate the citizens of Quogue (adults and children alike) about the proper methods of beach and dune protection; and to establish a liaison with Quogue leaders and trustees to help create plans to protect, grow and sustain our dunes and beaches.

What a wonderful, and much welcomed, idea: to introduce the latest science and different approaches into the ongoing vital discussion of beach and dune protection and erosion control. For more information about CCQ, mail inquiries to P.O. Box 1734, Quogue, NY 11959.

The final writer in this summer’s Quogue Library authors series will be Priscilla Gilman, author of “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy,” reading from and discussing her work at the library at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 18.

Sociologist, therapist, life coach and best-selling author Martha Beck described “The Anti-Romantic Child” as “a fascinating, tender, illuminating book about an extraordinary boy and his equally extraordinary mother. Their story will remind you that our fantasies about the way life should operate are both infinitely simpler than the complexities of the real world, and infinitely less beautiful. A wonderful read.”

All author readings and talks are followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.

Following the huge success of the older troupe’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe will be presenting the younger company’s 2013 summer show, “How To Eat Like a Child,” on Tuesday, August 20, through Thursday, August 22, at 7 p.m., and Friday, August 23, at 5 p.m., at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue.

This delightful show is based on the book by Delia Ephron. Reserved seat tickets, which cost $24, are available online at www.QJTTonline.org. General admission bench seats, which are available only to children 8 and under, cost $18 each.

The next Full Moon Night Hike of 2013 will be offered at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures, and enjoy some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is free for Refuge members. Reservations are required (631-653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.

Grace at Double Rainbow is reporting that the Jessup Avenue shop’s SoCo Creamery ice cream micro-batched in the Berkshires is getting fantastic reactions from customers, with many saying they like it better than Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs.

Flavors include Dirty Chocolate (like eating a truffle), Espresso Cookie, Mint Oreo, Salted Caramel, Almond Joy (just like the candy bar), Banana Brownie and many others. Raspberry and mango sorbets are tasty on their own and are also going into smoothies with seltzer and fresh fruit.

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