Quogue Community Notes, October 2


At Quaquanantuck is hopeful that the glorious weather of the last few weeks will hold for the self-guided fall foliage paddling on Old Ice Pond that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has scheduled for this Saturday, October 4. The first session will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the second session will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.The fee is $20 per person and there are single kayaks available for adults and kids 12 and older. Youths under 16 in kayaks must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Canoes are also available for families.

Reservations and payment are required ahead of time, as space—and number of boats—is limited. Call (631) 653-4771 for more information.

The October Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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.

All are welcome at the annual Blessing of the Pets to be offered on Sunday, October 5, at 4 p.m., on the church lawn at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach.

An offering will be collected to benefit the Southampton Town Animal Shelter; call the church office at (631) 288-2111 for more information.

Saturday, October 4, also brings the opening of the October exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Carol Young: Iconic Landscapes.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ms. Young, a landscape painter in oils and acrylics, is known for her iconic depictions of the rural landscape featuring bold use of light and shadow in a rich color palette. The exhibition will remain on view through Thursday, October 30.

There is an early dismissal coming up next week at the Quogue School. Due to the rescheduling of a fall staff conference day to Wednesday, October 8, all prekindergarten through sixth grade students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on that day.

The 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, October 11, in front of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road. The Fun Run for the small fry starts immediately after the 5K finish.

Proceeds from this event, which honors the memory of the late Joan Hudson, go to fund heart-healthy activities at the Quogue School. To obtain a registration form or for more information, visit the school website at www.quogueschool.com or call the school at (631) 653-4285.

The store known as Mr. Q at the so-called “Quogue Triangle” on the corner of Jessup Avenue and Quogue Street is planning a showcase of fall fashions for what proprietor Theresa Fontana is calling the “preppy male” on Saturday, October 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will include Mr. Q’s signature QProsecco Punch.

It is with great sadness and deep affection that At Quaquanantuck notes the death last week of Hunt Marckwald, a good friend whose life, through all its ups and downs and all his travels and many enterprises, was marked by an abiding love for our village and the surrounding area.

Hunt was one of those who spent summers here as a child and while he was growing up and loved the place and the people so much that he returned to make the East End his permanent address as an adult. As for many who have been blessed to live in this place, his spiritual home was the beach.

Although his default attitude tended toward desert-dry sardonic wit and cynical indignation unto outrage, Hunt loved to laugh, and was happiest when laughing with his wife, Cathy, his children and their families, and his cherished friends. And while Cathy and others were often irked by his distaste for crowds and social events on a larger scale, Hunt’s fierce devotion and loyalty to those he loved—in addition to his family, Sid Phillips and Van Murray come to mind—was unparalleled.

Fighting his own private war this summer, always supported by Cathy, against the illness that would take his life, Hunt’s absence was felt by his many friends over the past few months. Providing as he did some salt and seasoning for all our lives, he will be missed for a long time to come by them and all who had the always colorful experience of crossing his path.

No services are planned.

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