Quogue Community Notes, January 9

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Whether or not one subscribes to any of the various theories about global warming (or the absence of same), the lack of any consistency on the meteorological front these days has to give one pause.One day, record low temperatures and eight inches of snow; the next, boating and golfing weather with temps in the 50s. How reassuring, then, to note that Cheffe Colette’s talk and demonstration at the Quogue Library tonight, January 9, at 6 p.m., will zero in on different recipes for soup, a dish that, like Sir Thomas More, is well suited to all seasons.

The series of soups on the menu for tonight will include old standbys and some new recipes picked up on Colette’s travels. Also promised is a new twist on tomato soup with grilled cheese, along with some tasty vegan and gluten-free options for every palate.

It’s possible there might be a place or two left at the table for this program, for which the fee is $15. Call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101, for more information and to see if you can still register.

Tonight is also the opening night for the Hampton Theatre Company production of “Heroes,” the Tom Stoppard translation of a Gérald Sibleyras play about three high-spirited World War I veterans at an old soldiers home. This quite funny and also quite touching show won the Olivier Award for best new comedy when it ran in London in 2005.

The three men in the cast are all familiar faces to regular theatergoers in Quogue, as George Loizides, Tom Gustin and Cyrus Newitt have all appeared in previous HTC productions. Albeit in different shows, all three have also appeared on stage at least once with “Heroes” director Andrew Botsford.

The show will run through Sunday, January 26, with performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, where you can also purchase tickets. Tickets are also available by calling 1-866-811-4111.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is offering an interesting program in the Nature Center for adults and families on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m., using the resident raptors at the refuge as an entry point for an examination of the various Long Island birds of prey.

Along with a discussion of the different adaptations that allow these magnificent birds to be incredibly skilled and effective hunters, staffers will give the history of the birds that live at the refuge and explain why they must remain in captivity.

All are encouraged to bring cameras to the program, as the birds are not photo shy. The fee is $5 per person and reservations are required; call (631) 653-4771 for more information.

Winter is the perfect season in which to bone up on boater safety. There is also a new state law under which Suffolk County requires all boat operators in the county to complete a safety course. Recognizing this, Rich King of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will give the required course on Saturday, January 11, at the Quogue Library, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Topics covered will include safety equipment, navigation, weather, use of the radio and dock procedures. The fee is $20 per person by cash or check made payable to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Seating is limited; register by calling (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

On Sunday, January 12, the next meeting of the Quogue Library Fiction Book Discussion Group will be held at the library at 12:15 p.m. The book to be discussed is “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout; copies are available at the Circulation Desk. All who are planning to attend are asked to notify the library by calling (631) 653-4224.

The January Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Wednesday, January 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures whilst enjoying some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is free for refuge members. Reservations are required (631-653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.

Currently on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery is the January exhibition, “Dreams: Acrylic, Oil and Pencil on Paper” by Gail Miro. Ms. Miro, an art teacher at Southampton High School since 1986, is showing work that reflects her years of living and painting in the mountains of New England and on the coast of Long Island.

An artist’s reception for the “Dreams” show is scheduled at the library for Saturday, January 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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