Quogue Community Notes, August 21

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Ready to laugh? Always ready to meet the needs and fulfill the desires of area residents, the Quogue Library will host a standup comedy performance by Marc Philippe Eskenazi on Friday, August 22, at 6 p.m.A musician and comedian from New York, Mr. Eskenazi writes humor pieces and produces comedic videos for The New Yorker, where he was also Assistant Cartoon Editor for two years. In earlier days, he wrote comedy for the Harvard Lampoon and toured as a professional guitar player for many years. He currently performs all around New York City.

The show is free, but reservations are requested by calling (631) 653-4224, ext. 101, as space is limited.

Just two performances remaining in the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe’s younger cast blockbuster presentation of “The Little Mermaid” at the Quogue Community Hall: tonight, August 21, at 7 p.m., and Friday, August 22, at 5 p.m. Chris Kelly is the director of this production, with music direction by Chris McKee and technical direction by Russ Weisenbacher.

Tickets and more information are available on the website, www.qjttonline.org, or at the box office at the Quogue Community Hall one hour prior to showtime.

Those who are reading this column on Thursday might still be able to get a seat for a talk at the Quogue Library tonight, August 21, at 6 p.m., by Tim Williams. The topic will be what used to grow in the fields around these parts, what still grows and how Long Island’s farmers and artisanal growers are working to ensure that long-term food production will forever be part of the East End’s identity. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to see if there are any seats left.

The Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 will hold its annual outdoor arts, crafts and gifts fair on Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the post on Montauk Highway. The sale will feature more than 90 vendors, a $50 per ticket cash raffle and a Chinese auction. Rain date is Sunday, August 24; call (631) 728-1367 or (631) 653-9898 for more information.

The fine folks at Otis Ford in Quogue are pitching in to help the Hampton Bays Fire Department host an auto show this Saturday, August 23, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Hampton Bays firehouse at 69 West Montauk Highway. At this benefit for the volunteers’ very worthy Fire Department Benevolent Association, expect food, music, vendors and many very cool automobiles, including hot rods and custom and classic cars.

Admission is $5; free for children under age 12. In the event of rain, the show will be held from 9 to 4 on Sunday, August 24.

From 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, the local chapter of the Foreign Policy Association will offer a screening of a 20-minute film on “China’s Foreign Policy” at the Quogue Library. The film presentation will be followed by a lively discussion among those who attend that will doubtless be quite stimulating.

Wine and cheese, those well-known staples of erudite and civil discourse, will be offered during the one-hour program. To learn more about the topic and about the Foreign Policy Great Decisions program, look online at www.greatdecisions.org or www.fpa.org.

There is no charge for this program, but all who wish to attend are asked to register by calling the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101, as space is limited.

Mark Saturday, September 27, on your calendars now, as that is when the Foreign Policy Association will present a program at the library on “Food & Climate.”

On Sunday, August 24, it’s time for the Hampton Theatre Company benefit in honor of the company’s upcoming 30th anniversary season. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Quogue Field Club junior sports clubhouse, lovers of live theater and supporters of the HTC will be treated to hors d’oeuvres from the finest East End caterers and restaurateurs, wines from Long Island vineyards, and a raffle.

HTC Board President and Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell will announce the lineup for the company’s 2014-15 30th anniversary season, and at 6:30 p.m., eight actors who are well-known to HTC audiences will present scenes excerpted from a contemporary comedy. Taking the stage will be Artistic Director Diana Marbury, Rosemary Cline, Ms. Hunnewell, Jessica Ellwood, company co-founder James Ewing, Joe Pallister, George Loizides and Andrew Botsford.

Tickets to the benefit range from $150 to $1,000, with different reward incentives for different donor levels. For those under age 30, tickets are $50. Tickets and more information available online at www.hamptontheatre.org, or email info@hamptontheatre.org. Checks payable to the “Hampton Theatre Company” may also be mailed to PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959.

In this very busy summer season, At Quaquanantuck is hopeful that there was a good turnout last Saturday at curator M. Llewellyn Chapman’s talk at the Jessup Avenue headquarters of the Quogue Historical Society on the special exhibition, “Admiral Alfred T. Mahan: The Pen That Launched a Thousand Ships.”

Jessup Avenue is certainly jumping these days, from the so-called Quogue Triangle of Mr. Q, Q44 and the Quogue Gallery at the Quogue Street end right down the block to the Quogue Country Market, Homespun, Double Rainbow, The Lily Pad, the Quogue Liquor Store and, around the corner, Flowers by Rori.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the energy, commerce and vitality of the summer could continue into the fall and right up to the holidays.

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