One of the great classics of American cinema is coming up this weekend for the February Film Feast at the Quogue Library, Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride.”Writer William Goldman (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “Marathon Man,” “Misery,” “Chaplin” and too many others to list here) adapted his novel of the same name for the screenplay of this charming adventure-romance-comedy that has spawned dozens of pop culture references since its release in 1987. The swashbuckling plot includes, but is certainly not limited to: fencing, fighting, magic, torture, death, true love, rescues, giants, and pirates.
The glittering cast, a true ensemble of splendid actors, includes Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon and (still “Wonder Years” young) Fred Savage.
If you have seen this film, you’ll no doubt want to get over to the library on Saturday, February 15, to enjoy it again. If you haven’t seen it, you are in for a real treat. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. The feasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7:15 p.m.
Please note that there is an additional $5 fee for out-of-district participants. Best to call the library at (631) 653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.
Saturday, February 15, is also the date for the artist’s reception for the February exhibition at the library, “Natural Elements: Landscape Oils by Mary Laspia.” The reception is scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ms. Laspia’s work will remain on view through Wednesday, February 26.
All the aspiring ceramicists age 11 and up who took part in the first session of the Pottery and Pizza workshop at the Quogue Library last Friday are reminded that the second session is scheduled for Friday a week hence, February 21, at 4 p.m.
The leader of the workshop, local potter Alicia Mack, will help participants complete their one-of-a-kind animals that will make a sound when shaken. No doubt her assistance will not be required for the enjoyment of the pizza portion of the program.
Here’s a reminder for parents and their children who will be in Quogue during the upcoming school break: The Quogue Wildlife Refuge Winter Wildlife Camp for kids age 5 to 11 runs next week, from Tuesday, February 18, through Friday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
Each day of the camp provides three hours 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.
Another Quogue Wildlife Refuge reminder: The next Full Moon Night Hike at the refuge steps off on Friday, February 14, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The 90-minute Valentine’s Day (hint, hint) walk through the forest up to North Pond and back for adults and families with children age 11 and up will include looking and listening for nocturnal creatures and 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.
On Saturday, February 15, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the refuge, Miss Marilyn will regale young herpetologists age 4 to 7 with interesting facts about snakes as part of a fun morning focused on those fun creatures whose chief means of perambulation is slithering.
One of the refuge’s resident snakes will be the star of the show as the youngsters hear a snake story and create a craft, all in front of a 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.
Congratulations to Gabrielle Maas of Quogue, who graduated from Hofstra University in December with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Gabrielle was among more than 500 students who earned undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at Hofstra’s mid-year commencement.