Quogue Community Notes, May 14


“Hay Fever”—Noel Coward’s quintessentially theatrical comedy of British bad manners—will be the fourth and final production of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary season, opening on Thursday, May 21, at the Quogue Community Hall and running through Sunday, June 7.“Hay Fever” revolves around the four members of the eccentric and bohemian Bliss family, each of whom, without consulting the others, has invited a guest of the opposite sex to spend the weekend at their country home 30 miles west of London.

No sooner have all the guests arrived than any hopes of a pleasant weekend in the country are dashed by the self-involved romantic overtures and comically melodramatic misbehavior of their hosts.

Hampton Theatre Company Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell noted that “it is wonderfully appropriate that our 30th anniversary season is ending on a note of high comedy featuring three actors who were with the company in our first two seasons—Rosemary Cline, Andrew Botsford and Diana Marbury—and another actor, Matt Conlon, whose involvement with the HTC dates back to the early 1990s.”

Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. To reserve show tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Coming up this weekend, on Saturday, May 16, it’s time once again to join friends, neighbors and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. This weekend’s film is the 2014 documentary “Last Days in Vietnam,” which examines the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War.

As the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon and the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape, American soldiers and diplomats confront a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only, or to risk charges of treason by trying to save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.

The feasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7:15 p.m. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Please note that there is an additional $5 fee for out-of-district participants. Best to call the library at (631) 653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.

On Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m., World War II will be the focus of an author talk and book signing at the Quogue Library by Phil Keith, whose latest effort is “Stay the Rising Sun: The True Story of USS Lexington, Her Valiant Crew, and Changing the Course of World War II.”

In May 1942, the first U.S. naval victory against the Japanese in the Coral Sea was marred by the loss of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. But the Lexington’s legacy did not end with her sinking. The lessons learned by losing the Lexington at Coral Sea influenced tactics, air wing operations, damage control and ship construction.

In a vivid description of the Coral Sea naval battle, Mr. Keith notes that a remarkable 90 percent of the crew made it off the burning decks before the Lexington had to be abandoned. “Stay the Rising Sun” details one of the most compelling stories of World War II.

And, while we’re on the topic of the valiant men and women who have served in our nation’s military, readers are asked to bear in mind and mark on their calendars two important dates coming up: Memorial Day on Monday, May 25; and the rescheduled benefit for the relocation of Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 on Saturday, June 6, at the Boardy Barn.

The Quogue Historical Society is hosting a Town of Southampton 375th Anniversary Open House on Sunday, May 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue. The event will celebrate the grand opening of the new Lower Level and three new exhibitions at the Historical Society: “Quawquannantucke: Early Settlement”; “Boarding Houses, the Heyday 1880-1910” and “A Tribute to Jessup Avenue.”

Also in honor of the 375 anniversary of the founding of Southampton Town, the Quogue Historical Society has published “Voices of Quogue: A Small Village Remembers the Way We Were,” a book of oral local histories put together by Meredith Murray.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.quoguehistory.org, email info@quoguehistory.org, or call (631 )996-2404.

From Friday, May 15, until Friday, May 22, artist Mym Tuma will exhibit 10 minimalist paper collages of Canada geese at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Ms. Tuma’s latest book is “The Anatidae: Mute Swan and Geese Collages.” Copies of the book will accompany the exhibit at the refuge.

Don’t forget about the ornithological excitement of “May Madness,” as colorful warblers move through our area this month.

To take advantage of this migratory timing, the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society has scheduled a series of easy strolls, lasting approximately three hours. Strollers will be looking for the beautiful small birds on their way through, and all are asked to dress for the weather and be sure to bring binoculars and water.

Upcoming walks sponsored and organized by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society include: Hallockville Farm Museum and Hallock State Park in Riverhead on Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. and Terrell River County Park in Center Moriches on Sunday, May 17, at 8 a.m.

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