Honoring a promise made to the late Quogue Village Historian and keeper of the flame, Pat Shuttleworth, At Quaquanantuck happily shares once again its annual reflection on just a few of the many things for which all of us lucky enough to spend time in this blessed community ought to be truly grateful.Hard to believe that it has been two years since Hurricane Sandy dealt such a devastating blow to our island, but we can all be extremely thankful that 2014 was another off year for hurricanes visiting the eastern seaboard. Still, we should always support our gratitude by honoring the painful lessons that past seasons have given us on the importance of heeding evacuation warnings and following safety protocols when a major storm has the East End even tangentially in its sights.
We can be thankful for, and humbled by, the courage and community spirit of the members of the Quogue Volunteer Fire Department, ready to make whatever sacrifices are called for to ensure the safety and protect the property of all residents.
And we can be grateful for the fire department providing: fire safety lessons for kids, the Halloween Ghost Parade, support services for Santa’s visit to the Village Green, the Easter Egg hunt, the annual Open House, and the upcoming pancake breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, November 30, from 8 a.m. to noon, to help us all regroup at the end of the long weekend of feasting and family gatherings.
Likewise we can be thankful that we are blessed with the wonderful teams of people who work for the Village of Quogue and serve in village government, in the Village Office, on the police force, and out on the roads and bays: their dedication and community spirit translates into a better quality of life for all of us.
We can be grateful that our beautiful Community Hall is a center for the performing arts in Southampton Town, home to both the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe and the Hampton Theatre Company, as well as the Quogue Chamber Music series.
We can give thanks that Quogue has one of the best schools on the East End, courtesy of the caring and committed teachers, administrators, support staff and the Parent Teacher Association creating a truly superlative educational environment.
Quogue is blessed, too, with a fantastic library that serves as the cultural beating heart of the village. Give credit for that to an enthusiastic board of directors and an accomplished and helpful staff, led by Director Christine A. Clifton.
One brilliant facet of the shining diamond that is our library is the facility’s art gallery, with a vibrant array of exhibitions through the year. The “Box+Art” exhibit currently on view even offers opportunities for holiday shopping, with a silent auction wrapping up at a wine reception on Friday, November 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Another jewel of our village is the Quogue Historical Society, managing and curating for the benefit of all of us, and generations to come, the artifacts and accounts of Quogue’s storied history, dating back to the 17th century.
Need more? How about the Quogue Association? Nothing inspires gratitude like the efforts of a group of people who get together to inform, educate and do good works based on a shared love for the place where they live.
On the northern border of our village sits another reason to be thankful: the Quogue Wildlife Refuge—now 80 years young—where, thanks to the Southampton Town Wildfowl Association, the village, the town and thousands of supporters, all of us are welcome to wander and experience and learn about the unspoiled natural beauty of this area, the flora and fauna and hundreds of direct links to the spirit of Quogue’s past.
Continue with the checklist. The Post Office, the Village Dock and boat launching ramps, the expanded Village Beach facility and the drawbridge that provides access to it, the stores (and now art gallery) on Jessup Avenue and on the highway, the Quogue Cemetery Association: all of these places and institutions and the people who work for them and who make them work so well add essential and cultural services, texture and color to make Quogue truly beautiful, and unique.
May we all bear all of this in mind as we consider our blessings on this holiday of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!