Quogue Community Notes, September 19

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No need to travel to Little Italy in Manhattan this week: The Quogue Library is hosting its own Feast of San Gennaro at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, September 19, featuring Italian epicurean delights prepared by the Volpe family of La Volpe Restaurant in Center Moriches.A seat at the celebration is $15, payable by cash or check, and all are asked to bring their own beverage. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.

Although hikers, or just casual strollers, are typically required to register 24 hours in advance, if the skies are clear today—Thursday, September 19—give a call to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at (631) 653-4771 to see if you can still join the September Full Moon Night Hike tonight at 7 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 Wildlife Refuge members, or $5 for non-members.

The Quogue Library is hosting another off-campus event this weekend, this time at C.P. Flowers Direct at 381 Riverhead Road (#11) in Westhampton Beach, where floral designer Claire Penney will guide participants through the process of creating an autumnal wreath to celebrate the change of seasons.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, at 1 p.m., and the fee is $25, payable by cash or check, which covers the cost of materials as well. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 for information on registration.

If this is September, it must be time for the happy return of the Film Feast at the Quogue Library, that delightful monthly gathering of friends and neighbors drawn by their shared interest in enjoying an evening of fine food and a great film.

Participants bring a main dish or appetizer that will serve at least six cinephiles and a choice of beverage for the feast that begins at 6:30 p.m. The screening—on Saturday, September 21, it will be Woody Allen’s 1979 classic, “Manhattan”—follows at 7:15.

All who plan to attend are asked to confirm their food commitment by calling (631) 653-4224, to ensure that there will be the requisite quantity of delicious food for all.

The timing seems superb for a screening of this film, starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy and Mariel Hemingway, what with the recent release of the enthusiastically reviewed and much discussed “Blue Jasmine,” Woody Allen’s latest. Though they were made more than 40 years apart, in both films Mr. Allen puts a magnifying glass on the existential trials of two very different species of New Yorkers.

This weekend brings the 15th edition of an annual event that tends to draw a slightly different crowd to the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays, the Hampton Bays Chili-Chowder Contest sponsored by the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, September 22, starting at noon.

This is a wonderful opportunity for one and all to sample the best chili and chowder on the East End, as local residents and restaurants are invited to compete for nine different trophies. In addition to the superlative fare, there will be face painting, hot dogs, soda and beer, T-shirts, raffles and prizes to round out the fun. Tickets are $10, or $3 for children, and proceeds will benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund.

For additional information, call (631) 728-2211, e-mail info@hamptonbayschamber.com or visit www.hamptonbayschamber.com.

Save the date: At the invitation of the Quogue Association, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst will visit the Quogue Community Hall on Saturday, September 28, at 10 a.m. to discuss the goals of her administration and the various initiatives undertaken to achieve them.

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