Quogue Community Notes, December 24


Here we are at last: two days past the winter solstice. And even if the tipping of the northern hemisphere back toward the sun and the concomitant incremental gains in daylight are not yet discernible to the human eye, this seasonal turning point always provides a small boost of positive energy to help us all power through the winter months ahead.

Makes sense that one year closes out and a new year begins so very close to this astronomical benchmark. It’s a time of new beginnings.

For library lovers who might be somewhat technologically challenged, this Saturday, December 26, could be a new beginning, after attending the 10:30 a.m. “Exploring Your Digital Library” workshop led by tech guru Russell Weisenbacher.

The two-hour class will provide educational demonstrations on how to access the varied collection of free electronic versions of popular magazines (using Flipster) and the many free electronic versions of newspapers (domestic and international). In addition, participants will be shown the extensive collection of Live-brary’s databases on almost every subject imaginable.

The class will reference and use library computers. For participants who bring an iPad, some items discussed will pertain, but others will not. The only prerequisite is a familiarity with using a mouse, keyboard, and the internet.

The workshop is free, with a $5 fee charged to out-of-district participants. Call the library (653-4244) and leave a message to let them know you plan to attend. Prospective participants will likely have to leave a message, as the library will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

With the new year rushing up at us one week after Christmas, don’t forget that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is making its annual appeal for tax deductible donations. All are asked to bear in mind that it is only through the generous support of donors and members that the refuge can continue to carry out its mission.

And remember that, in carrying out its mission, the refuge gives so much to all of us, in the Village of Quogue and across the East End, in hundreds of different ways all year long.

To find out more about the annual appeal, including the benefits of membership and how to make a donation, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. And even though there are no shopping days left before Christmas, be sure to click the “Gift Ideas” tab for some excellent ideas for friends and family before December 31.

This is the last week of the “Arthur Pinajian: Works on Paper” exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, coinciding with the last week of the season for the gallery itself. Art lovers who have not seen the current exhibition should be sure to check it out by December 31.

Since this is the final At Quaquanantuck for 2015, it makes sense to let readers know about a cooking demonstration coming up at the Quogue Library on January 7 at 6 p.m. This installment of the popular gourmet culinary series will be hosted by Cheffe Colette Connor, revealing some of the secrets and techniques of “Bon Vivant.”

As Colette is fond of pointing out, “You are what you eat. And if you eat as healthily as you can it will be a life deliciously well lived!”

All who attend are invited to bring a favorite beverage. There is a fee of $15 for this program, due upon registration (653-4224).

Also coming up prior to publication of the next At Quaquanantuck column will be the opening of the January exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Mary Daunt: Seasons of the East End,” on view from January 4 to 31, 2016.

Ms. Daunt has taken much of her inspiration from her daily observations of the Napeague dunes, in all seasons, as she travels between her homes in Montauk and East Hampton. Depending on the time of year, the colors range from bright reds and rich purples to varied shades of green in spring and summer.

Her medium of choice is pastels, which allow her to work for short or long periods of time, deriving immediate gratification. While her pastel drawings let the paper show through, her pastel paintings use many layers to cover the paper entirely.

The artist has exhibited in many solo and group shows on the East End, including at the Southampton Cultural Center, in the Guild Hall Members Show (Honorable Mention), the Delaney Cooke Gallery in Sag Harbor and the Depot Gallery in Montauk. A graduate of the York Academy of Art in York, Pennsylvania, she has also studied at the Art Barge in Amagansett.

So, that’s it. 2015 will soon be in the rearview; 2016 lies ahead. At Quaquanantuck wishes all readers a productive, healthy and fulfilling new year. And for all the people, and animals, and plants on our beleaguered planet, At Quaquanantuck wishes for peace.

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