Quogue Community Notes, July 21

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Halloween in July? Not exactly, although the Quogue Cemetery will be the star of the show tomorrow, Friday, July 22, when the Quogue Historical Society, in collaboration with the Quogue Cemetery Association, hosts two one-hour tours of this hallowed site.The very knowledgeable Southampton Town Historian Zach Studenroth will lead participants through the cemetery on Lamb Avenue, home to the gravestones of some of the village’s earliest settlers. One of the oldest burial grounds in Southampton Town, the cemetery and its centuries old brownstone, slate, and marble headstones offer a window into the artistry of the master stonecutters of a bygone era.

Mr. Studenroth will explain during the tours why early headstones typically face west, why the brownstones are the first to crumble, and how innovative techniques in stone preservation have allowed for at least partial restoration. The tours are limited to 20 people for each session, and reservations are required by calling 631-996-2404.

Friday, July 22, will also bring the first of three sessions of the 36th annual Children’s Art Lessons being offered under the auspices of the QHS. The free lessons for children age 5 to 12 (with a maximum of 20 per class) will be offered at the Quogue Firehouse from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on three Fridays, with the second and third sessions scheduled on July 29 and August 5.

To register, call 917-535-5685 or email alexismdurham@gmail.com.

Staying with the topic of fine art, Quogue Gallery has announced its third exhibition of the summer 2016 season, “Salt Lake Reconsidered,” a stunning group of aerial photographs of the Great Salt Lake made in 2005 by Diane Tuft. The exhibition will be on view from July 15 through August 11; an opening reception will be held at the gallery at 44 Quogue Street in Quogue on Saturday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.

During a helicopter flight over the Great Salt Lake for another project, Ms. Tuft was struck by the vibrant colors of the lake and switched over to a digital camera to capture several images. She discovered that the camera allowed her to conjure the ethereal colors of the environment in the creation of spectacular chromatic works.

The third installment of the Quogue Library’s Summer Author Series will feature Andrew Nagorski, reading from and discussing his work, “The Nazi Hunters,” on Sunday, July 24, at 5 p.m.

Mr. Nagorski has served as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw and Berlin. He is the author of several books and has written for countless publications.

All installments of this year’s author series are scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. under the library’s summer tent; tickets are $20 for each reading. To register and reserve a seat at any of these often sold-out events, call the library at 631-653-4224.

On Sunday, July 31, the next guest author in the series will be Howard Blum, author of “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal.”

All the talk about a particular Donald this year has sadly overshadowed our appreciation for everybody’s stalwart hero, the one true “The Donald,” aka Donald Duck.

That’s right: the Quogue Association’s annual fundraising duck race is only a week away, on Friday, July 29. The “duck drop” from the Quogue bridge is scheduled for 4 p.m. and race fans and handicappers will be gathering at the Quogue Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck Lane to check out the photo finish.

Once again, the prize money is nothing to quack about, with the first place finisher earning $500 for its backer, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

While waiting for the big finish—and as part of the spectacle and the celebration—race fans will be treated to live music performed by the band New Life Crisis and complimentary beer, wine, and water.

In a bid to boost the number of ducks sold, the Quogue Association is introducing for the first time a “Duck Race Concierge Service,” enabling patrons to purchase 30 ducks for $100 via an email to membership@quogueassociation.org stating “Yes, I want to be in the Duck Race!” A member of the Quogue Association will get the 100 ducks registered and ready for the race!

As in years past, single ducks are available for $5 each; a Quack Pack of five ducks goes for $20; the Duckie Dozen package costs $50; and the new Concierge Pack is $100. Ducks are available at several stores in the village. For more details, email membership@quogueassociation.org,

Duck race proceeds have enabled the Quogue Association to take on many noteworthy beautification projects around the community and to fund a scholarship award to a deserving student from Quogue.

No indication so far that the usually environmentally sensitive Quogue Association has made significant progress in researching ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the hundreds of ducks used in the race every summer, but perhaps next year.

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