Cue the fanfare: Tonight, Thursday, October 23, the Hampton Theatre Company will launch its 30th anniversary season with the opening of “Harvey,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy by Mary Chase about the hilarious havoc wrought by a 6-foot-tall rabbit visible to only a few.The play, which ran for 1,775 performances on Broadway from 1944 to 1949 before being adapted for a movie of the same name in 1950, gave Jimmy Stewart one of his signature roles on stage and on the silver screen as Elwood P. Dowd, an affable if a bit eccentric fellow who wants to introduce his invisible rabbit friend to everyone he sees.
Running through Sunday, November 9, at the Quogue Community Hall, “Harvey” will have shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The company will again be offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. Information about the dinner and theater packages is available on the company website, www.hamptontheatre.org, or through the libraries.
To reserve show tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.
The next Foreign Policy Great Decisions Discussion program at the Quogue Library, on Saturday, October 25, at 5 p.m., will focus on United States trade policy and the possibilities of what is known as “economic statecraft.”
The discussion will be moderated by Susan H. Perkins; call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.
On Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m., writer Todd J. Cohen, M.D., author of “The Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems,” will read from and talk about his work, and sign copies at the reception with refreshments that follow.
As most people who pay attention to health concerns already know, heart rhythm problems can prove fatal. Dr. Cohen’s book provides comprehensive information about heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) and helpful advice on how to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Included in the book are explanations of palpitations, rapid heart rhythms (tachycardias), slow heart rhythms (bradycardias), cardiac arrest and other conditions related to irregular heartbeats.
Dr. Cohen, director of Electrophysiology and the Pacemaker/Arrhythmia Center at Winthrop-University Hospital, is nationally known for his expertise in treating the full range of arrhythmias and his accomplishments as an inventor. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register for Dr. Cohen’s talk and book signing.
There will be two more chances for children age 2 to 7 accompanied by an adult to enjoy the many wonders of the Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge: Sunday, October 26, from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturday, November 1, also from noon to 3 p.m.
The fee is $10 per person and reservations are required; call (631) 653-4771 to reserve a time slot.
This year’s Spooky Walks for adults and families with children 8 and up will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 24; Saturday, October 25; and, happily for the haunting types, on Halloween itself, Friday, October 31.
The fee for Spooky Walks is $15 per person. Since the earlier walks are the most popular, all are encouraged to call (631) 653-4771 to make reservations as soon as possible.
Just in time for Halloween, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host a Family Pumpkin Carving workshop on Tuesday, October 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Carvers are invited to choose a pumpkin from the refuge patch or bring one of their own. Reservations are required for this program for adults and families. The fee is $5 per person; call the refuge at (631) 653-4771 to sign up.
Parents and young athletes from Westhampton Beach, Remsenburg, East Quogue and Quogue schools interested in playing Hampton Youth Athletic League basketball will be glad to know that registration is currently in progress. Registration forms may be picked up at the schools or may be downloaded from www.hyal.net.
Attention all veterans, friends of veterans, and writers of books involving veterans: The Quogue Library is having a special veterans focus event at the library on Sunday, November 9, in honor of veterans and Veterans Day 2014.
Any veteran who has written or is writing a book is invited to come and talk about it. Anyone who has a favorite book with veterans in it is invited to come and share it. Veterans who would like to come and listen are welcome. Author and veteran Phil Keith will be the moderator.
The special program is open to all with no fee; wine and cheese will be served. To make a reservation, call the library at (631) 653-4224.