From the two months of staging and now the arrival of equipment that looks like something out of Dr. Evil’s Take-Over-the-Entire-Planet laboratory, along with a sizable crew of workers in hard hats to keep it all running, one might think that the current project down at the Quogue Canal Bridge was in some way related to experiments with nuclear fusion, and not just routine maintenance.Word from the village is that the work on the bridge, which was significantly overhauled over a two-year period not so very long ago, back in the 1990s, should be completed by the end of February.
The great folks over at the Village Office have also let it be known that the annual fall leaf pickup is beginning next week, on Monday, November 4.
The rules are the same as in past years: no bagged leaves—they won’t be picked up; no brush, twigs, branches, or lawn clippings mixed in with the leaves; leaves should not be piled around fire hydrants or utility equipment. Leaves must be on the shoulder of the road by December 15 in order to be picked up.
There is a provision for property owners and landscapers who remove leaves from a property in Quogue to dump said leaves at the village highway yard, so as to preclude having the leaves blow back into the yard whilst waiting for the village pickup. To discuss such an arrangement, call the Village Office at (631) 653-4498.
Author Mac Griswold will be at the Quogue Library on Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m., to read from and talk about her book, “The Manor—Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island.” The book is the end result of years of study of Sylvester Manor, a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister, and of the family that has lived on Shelter Island since its founding as a New England slave plantation three-and-a-half centuries ago.
This weekend also brings the opening of the November exhibition to the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Tray Jolie: An Exhibit and Auction of Tray Art by East End Artists.” The exhibition will present the responses to an invitation to East End artists who have previously shown at the library to create pieces of art using identical square trays.
The artists were given free rein to paint or otherwise decorate the tray using paint, collage, assemblage or any other technique to create a unique work. The concept of the show was to give each artist a challenge and a common starting point for the application of his or her own vision.
There’s still some time left to sign up for this weekend’s Hudsy 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run (for kids), sponsored by the Quogue School Heart Links Project and honoring the late Joan Hudson, will step off this year at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, in front of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. The Fun Run for the small fry starts immediately after the 5K finish.
Registration closes on race day at 8:45 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $20 per person for adults 18 and up and $10 per person for 17 and under; on race day the cost is $25 for all ages. Proceeds go to fund heart healthy activities at the Quogue Elementary School.
The Hampton Theatre Company production of “Other Desert Cities” opened to a very favorable response last weekend. Theater lovers have two more weeks to catch the show at the Quogue Village Theater, with performances on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or call 1-866-811-4111.
Remember to save the date and reserve a seat for the Concerned Citizens of Quogue screening of “Shored Up” by Ben Kalina at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 9, at 5 p.m. The 84-minute film examines the many complex forces and interests at work in shaping the U.S. shoreline now and for the future.
The screening is free and seating is limited; call the Refuge at (631) 653-4771 to RSVP.
And don’t forget to set all clocks back one hour on Saturday night: daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3.