Quogue Community Notes, July 28


Happens every summer. The first gear shift of the season comes with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, when the increasingly crowded calendar and the arrival of multiple save-the-date announcements starts to build anticipation.Then the season shifts into high gear amid showers of fireworks flourishes on July 4th weekend and the pace becomes so dizzying that At Quaquanantuck is hard pressed to keep up. How else to explain that there hasn’t been more fanfare so far about the Quogue Association Duck Race, which is all set to drop into the canal tomorrow, Friday, July 29, and the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe, whose older cast is ready to raise the curtain on “Fiddler on the Roof” on Monday, August 2?

Where does the time go?

The July 29 race begins with the annual deluge of ducks from the Quogue bridge at 4 p.m. and then it’s every duck for itself in the stately drift down the canal to the finish line adjacent to the Quogue Village Dock at the end of Quogo Neck Lane.

The first faux fowl across the line gets $500 for its lucky owner. Second place is good for $250, and $100 goes to the third place duck.

The band New Life Crisis will entertain race fans and the Quogue Association is thoughtfully providing complimentary beer, wine, and water.

Ducks are available for purchase at the following locations: The Lily Pad, Little Q Quogue Shop, Rory’s Flowers, Homespun, Quogue Library and the Wildlife Refuge. Single ducks are available for $5 each; a Quack Pack of five ducks goes for $20; the Duckie Dozen package costs $50; and 30 of the little plastic wonders may be had for $100. For more details, email membership@quogueassociation.org,

On to the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe, whose older cast production, “Fiddler on the Roof”—last performed by the QJTT 20 years ago—opens on Tuesday, August 2, and runs through Friday, August 5, at the Quogue Community Hall, with all shows presented at 7:30 p.m.

The younger cast production will be a new show to the QJTT, “Aladdin,” being presented on August 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 26, at 5 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at qjttonline.org for reserved seats, with regular seats priced at $24 and bench seats, for theater patrons 8 and under, $18.

The cast and crew of “Fiddler on the Roof” had a special treat last week, when Broadway and film star Neva Small stopped by the theater. Ms. Small, who is a friend of older cast director Mickey Nugent, gave a PowerPoint presentation with the cast and a short Q and A afterwards.

Ms. Small performed in many Broadway shows in the past, but one of her principal claims to fame was her role as Chava, one of the daughters of Tevye, in the original “Fiddler on the Roof” movie. Of particular interest to the QJTT cast, she was only 16 years old at the time, and had to sign a contract in which she promised to return to graduate from high school after the movie was finished.

Ms. Small brought with her a collage of photos about her performing life and signed them for all the cast members.

The fourth installment of the Quogue Library’s Summer Author Series will feature Howard Blum, reading from and discussing his work, “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal,” on Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m.

Mr. Blum, twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting while he was working at The New York Times, is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including “Dark Invasion” and the Edgar Award–winner “American Lightning,” as well as “The Gold Exodus,” “Gangland,” “The Floor of Heaven” and “Wanted!”

Tickets are $20 for each reading. To register, call the library at 631-653-4224.

On Sunday, August 7, the next guest in the series will be Cristina Alger, author of “This Was Not the Plan: A Novel.”

“Chris Murray: Images of Quogue” will be the August exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, opening on Tuesday, August 2, and running through the end of the month. To launch the show there will be a screening of the highly praised documentary about the Murray family made by Chris’s brother Tom Murray, “Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon,” on Friday, August 5, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Using photographs from found sources as a reference, Chris Murray, who is autistic, has been creating paintings in his unique style for more than 35 years. He builds his architecture-based works with pieced-together paper, acrylic paint, and, most importantly, a pencil and ruler. While the varied buildings and structures of New York City are traditionally his focus, Chris has also produced a series of paintings devoted to Southampton, where the Murray family began summering in the 1920s.

For this exhibit, Chris has chosen some Quogue and Westhampton “landmarks” as his latest subjects.

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