Quogue Community Notes, February 6

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Oh, the many joys and serendipities of alliteration. If not for alliteration, how could the savory and plentiful princely pleasures of partaking of pizza possibly have been joined to the passing on of pottery making skills in the upcoming two-session Pottery and Pizza workshop being offered to aspiring ceramicists age 11 and up on two Fridays—February 7 and 21—at 4 p.m. at the Quogue Library?Local potter Alicia Mack will help participants work with soft clay to create a one-of-a-kind animal, one that will make sound when shaken. And everyone will have a chance to enjoy some pizza during the course of the workshop.

Alicia, who has an MFA in ceramics from the University of Miami, has exhibited nationwide, enjoys teaching ceramics to people of all ages, and loves to get people excited about working with clay. She also, presumably, enjoys pizza, or at least serving it to workshop participants. Her artwork can be found online at www.aliciamack.com.

On Saturday, February 8, at 2 p.m., the library will host a “Valentine Tea for You and Me with Poetry” for youngsters age 5 and up. All those attending who have a favorite poem are asked to bring it with them to share.

Parents and their children who will be in Quogue during the next school break will want to check out the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Winter Wildlife Camp for kids age 5 to 11, from Tuesday, February 18, through Friday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The perennially popular camp provides three hours a day of immersion in wildlife, education and fun. A hike and a craft will be offered each day, so parents are asked to dress all campers for the weather, and to send all campers supplied with an individual snack and drink each day.

In addition to their other activities, children will be able to feed and handle some of the animals that live in the Nature Center. The fee is $30 per day, or $100 for the four-day program. Registration and payment are required in advance; call (631) 653-4771.

The next Full Moon Night Hike at the refuge will step off on Valentine’s Day, February 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. Native tribes of the north and east often called February’s full moon the “full snow moon,” since the heaviest snow typically falls during this month. Certainly the beginning of the month seems to confirm this generalization, given the heavy, wet snowfall on Monday, February 3.

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, and enjoy 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.

Help is on the way for anyone age 4 to 7 who ever wondered what it is that makes a snake slither. On Saturday, February 15, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Miss Marilyn will provide the answer to this question and will offer other interesting facts about snakes as part of a fun morning at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge focused on snakes.

The young herpetologists will meet one of the refuge’s resident snakes, hear a snake story and create a craft, all in front of a toasty fire in the Nature Center. Cocoa will be served at the end of the program. The fee is $5 per child, with reservations required as space is limited; call (631) 653-4771.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced that Nicholas Panzarino of Quogue, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall semester.

A total of 1,303 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s fall dean’s list, the criteria for which differs from that at most other universities. WPI does not compute a GPA, instead determining the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

“WPI’s academic programs are remarkably rigorous,” Provost Eric Overstrom said in a release, “so being named to the dean’s list is a testament to hard work, a sharp mind, and a commitment to excellence.” Congratulations, Nicholas.

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