Quogue Community Notes, February 20

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Always taking the pulse of what really matters, or should, for folks in contemporary society, the Quogue Library is once again providing very timely help in combating millennial anxieties with a 90-minute program on “Internet Safety” on Saturday, February 22, at 2 p.m.Computer/internet safety in our privacy challenged era has become one of the most pressing concerns of the day. The proliferation of new, dangerous viruses makes mandatory the kind of lecture/presentation being offered Saturday, providing information to help computer users avoid the many scams, frauds and cheats out on the internet, as well as what to watch out for in the way of viruses/malware and how to protect against infections.

Participants will not be using lab computers for this free seminar, which is open to all. There will be a $5 fee for out of district participants; call (631) 653-4224 to register.

On Sunday, February 23, Noah Fecks will visit the library at 2 p.m. to talk about the book he co-authored with his blogging partner, Paul Wagtouicz, “The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table.” This marriage of history and culinary expertise traces our nation’s appetites and cravings, and how they continue to influence the way we cook, eat and talk about food today.

The concept of the book was to capture a kind of culinary impressionism. For each year from 1901 to 2000, the two writers invited a well-known chef or connoisseur to translate the essence or idea of a historical event into a beautifully realized dish or cocktail.

The result is a compendium of modern takes and memorable classics, featuring original recipes from such notable contributors as: Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pépin, Marc Forgione, José Andrés, Ruth Reichl, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael White, Andrew Carmellini, Anita Lo, Gael Greene, Michael Lomonaco, Melissa Clark, Justin Warner, Michael Laiskonis, Sara Jenkins, Shanna Pacifico, Jeremiah Tower and Ashley Christensen.

Call the library at (631) 653-4224 for details and to sign up for this appetizing talk.

Budding ceramicists 11 and up who got started making their one-of-a-kind animals in the first session of the Pottery and Pizza workshop on February 7 at the Quogue Library are reminded that they can finish these ceramic critters at the second session of the workshop, tomorrow, Friday, February 21, at 4 p.m.

There’s a better than even chance the pottery pupils under the tutelage of Alicia Mack will get to have another slice of pizza as well.

Just one day left—Friday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to noon—for local youths age 5 to 11 to enjoy the Winter Wildlife Camp immersion in the wonders of the natural world, education and fun over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The one-day fee is $30 per camper; call the refuge at (631) 653-4771 for more details.

Only one more week to check out the February exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Natural Elements: Landscape Oils by Mary Laspia.” Ms. Laspia’s work will remain on view through Wednesday, February 26, so be sure to get over to the library before then to check out this excellent show.

Some residents of our village can date their acquaintance with Sue Moorhus all the way back to the many years when she worked at Dave’s Bun and Burger in Westhampton Beach. Others might recall first catching sight of her wonderful smile and laughing eyes at the Sandwich Club back in the early days of that eatery.

Scores of other residents happily enjoyed expanding their acquaintance into friendship during the years when Sue worked at the Quogue Country Market. And still others, many of whom had no knowledge of her previous employment, had the good fortune to get to know her at least a little bit whenever they stopped in for gas or a snack at the Quogue Hess Mart opposite Otis Ford.

Just as her presence in our village brought warmth and light to typically mundane or ordinary tasks, so does her death on February 3 cast a shadow that makes us feel her absence. Her lively sense of humor was matched only by her genuine caring and concern for all those with whom she came in contact.

It is certain that At Quaquanantuck speaks for many residents of our village across a broad social spectrum in offering sincere condolences to Sue’s husband, Frank, and all the members of her family. We are grateful for the memories, and will miss her for a long time to come.

A memorial for Sue will be held at a later date.

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