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Ahoy, there! Summer is here at last, and that means it’s time for the junior sailing program and boot camp for all ages to get started at the Shinnecock Yacht Club.

The Junior Sailing Program is open to all young sailors age 8 and up who reside in the Town of Southampton. Basic and advanced lessons are available, along with competition on race days.

The Sailing Boot Camp at the Yacht Club is for adults, parents and children (of any age), and children age 12 and up. The first Boot Camp will be offered from Monday to Friday, June 22 to 26, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. All levels of sailing are welcome.

To sign up, call Kim Grimes at 631-594-2932, or e-mail info@shinnecockyachtclub.com. And remember: pre-registration is required!

The Quogue Association is sponsoring a free outdoor concert by the Vintage String Quartet to be held at the Quogue Village dock at the foot of Quogo Neck Lane on Sunday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Quogue School music teacher extraordinaire Carolyn Pearce will be the special guest artist, playing the flute.

All those attending are encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs or some other suitable form of seating. Some bug spray might not be a bad idea either.

Speaking of the exceptional educators at the Quogue School, librarian Florence Gospodarec has announced her retirement at the end of the school year next week.

Ms. Gospodarec, known as Flo to friends and colleagues, joined the staff in 1988. For two decades she has been enriching the lives of Quogue School students, inculcating a love of reading and the beauty and power of language, and providing them with all the resources and great literature to add depth and texture to their education at this level while preparing them for the next.

Ms. Gospodarec and her husband, Tom, and their dog, Anna, will be moving up to Vermont, and At Quaquanantuck and all of the village gratefully wish them the best of luck and much happiness in their new life up there.

In the Social Notes from All Over dept.: The irrepressible Van Murray and the lovely Susan DeRosa Gray secured the loving bonds of matrimony on Friday, June 5. The bride was attended by her daughter, Katherine Gray, and her son, Christopher Gray, while the groom was attended by his son, Alex, and his daughter, Cesca. 
Sources close to the happy couple expressed delight this week that “Susan has finally tamed the lion, Van Murray.” Of course, they might have been saying “the lyin’ Van Murray”: At Quaquanantuck has difficulty distinguishing correct spelling in audio communications.

In any event, At Quaquanantuck salutes Mr. Murray for maintaining complete consistency in never, ever speaking on the record in communications with this columnist, and joins with all other friends, family and supporters in wishing the newlyweds all the best for a very happy marriage.

Happily, the sun came out on Tuesday and set the stage for a very successful Quogue School Field Day. The Quogue Heart Links project donated an inflatable obstacle course and the Quogue School PTA provided a dunking tank for the festivities, with fifth grade teaching assistant Jake Sweet serving as the good sport who got dunked. All are hoping that the sun will return to smile on the Quogue School Beach Day, next Tuesday, June 23.

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