“Mother Nature gives and Mother Nature takes away and, sometimes, she breaks your heart. When you love wildlife, you cry a lot.”A friend of mine, a wildlife veterinarian, shared those words of wisdom with me many years ago. And they were never more apropos than on the recent afternoon that I sadly spotted four dead deer sprawled across the railroad tracks in East Quogue—tracks that practically run in my backyard. (If you have not done so already, please read the article, “Dead Deer Appear,” that appeared in last week’s edition.)
Seeing creatures that I love placed in precisely the same position between the rails, and at precisely the same intervals apart, both alarmed and frightened me. The manner in which they died—and if they suffered—will always haunt me.
A week later, Mother Nature did what she does best. She took me on one of her roller-coaster rides and made me smile again.
Into my garden came a wandering turkey who ran around, helter-skelter, unable to make up her mind where she wanted to go while, a few feet away, a great egret stood statue-like by the pond, waiting for an innocent goldfish to swim by. My newly emerged “bad boy” groundhog got in the act, too, as he lazily lay in the cracked corn bowl, utterly relaxed as he munched away on his favorite food.
To top it all off, Emmy Lou, the wild cat that I love, who was ensconced within her cat house and taking in all the entertainment, kept turning her head from side to side as if she was watching the tennis finals at Wimbledon. Yes, it was quite a wonderful morning!
Congratulations go out this week to East Quogue artist Marissa Bridge, whose exquisite oil paintings are now on display at the Dodds and Eder Home in Sag Harbor. Through the 36 paintings in her “Life Cycle” exhibit, Marissa beautifully tells the story of an orchid’s growth as it relates to her experience of loss and rebirth.
Please join Marissa at an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. In case you cannot make the reception, the exhibit runs through Monday, June 15. The Dodds and Eder Home is located at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor.
Calling all “Downton Abbey” enthusiasts! A Traditional Afternoon Tea will be served, at two seatings, on Saturday, May 9, at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary, 165 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.
Clotted cream scones, delicate finger sandwiches, pastries and petit fours, all freshly made and baked on the premises, will be served on fine bone china and, of course, a la Downton Abbey, there will be white-glove service. The dignified fun takes place in the Fireside Room, which will be transformed for this momentous occasion into a lush English countryside setting known as “Hampton Abbey.”
There are two seatings—the first takes place at 11 a.m., and the second at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and advance payment is required. For tickets, visit www.stmaryshb.org. You can also contact Julie Sheehan by phone at (631) 996-4421 or by email at email@example.com.
And, finally, many thanks go to Joan Hughes, Joyce Roper, Mary O’Brien, Susan DeVinney, Brynna Moran and Finn Moran, who all worked very hard this past weekend during the Great East End Cleanup. East Quogue truly appreciates all of your efforts.
Monday, April 27: Meeting of the East Quogue Homemakers, 10 a.m., at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway. Afterward, members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.
Saturday, May 2: East Quogue Cub Scout Pack 261 will host two simultaneous fundraisers. Both events will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Bay Avenue, just south of Montauk Highway. A flower and plant sale will take place at the East Quogue Post Office while, across the street, the Scouts will be washing cars in the rear parking lot of the East Quogue Firehouse.