Quogue Community Notes, February 27

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What better way for the Quogue Library to kick off the month that has St. Patrick’s Day in it than to welcome a delightful Irish writer, Malachy McCourt, brother of the late Frank McCourt and author of eight books, including “A Monk Swimming” and “Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad.”Mr. McCourt, who has worked as an actor, a saloon keeper, a longshoreman and a talk show host, will be visiting the library on Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. A candidate on the Green Party ticket in the 2006 New York State governor’s race, Mr. McCourt has been married for almost 50 years and has five children and eight grandchildren. So to say he has a deep well of experience to draw on would be a significant understatement.

To register for the Sunday program, call the library at (631) 653-4224.

A very special all-day program with the provocative title of “Darwinism & Spirituality Reawaken Wonder” is scheduled at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 1, co-sponsored by the Quality Parks organization.

In the morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, participants will “reawaken wonder” with Billie Weiss, who will share techniques on how to connect with nature to improve an intuitive sense of knowing while reaping benefits for self-health and more vigor as well.

In the afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m., Peter Warny will lead the reawakening of wonder, introducing participants to zoology and wetlands ecology.

The regular fee for this all-day program is $75, but Friends of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Quality Parks Cooperators pay a discounted fee of $50. To register, visit www.qualityparks.org/home/Sign-up-TODAY. For more information about Quality Parks and the Quality Parks Master Naturalist program, visit www.qualityparks.org; call Mindy Block at (631) 473-6760; or email info@qualityparks.org.

The March exhibition opening this weekend at the Quogue Library Art Gallery will be “Gina Gilmour: Embraces and Landscape Selections.”

A native of North Carolina and a transplant to the East End from Manhattan, Ms. Gilmour first came to Long Island as an artist-in-residence with the William Steeple Davis Foundation in Orient. Falling in love with the North Fork, she transformed an old motel in Mattituck into her studio.

Her paintings and sculptures are in many private and public collections, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Newark Museum.

An artist’s reception is scheduled at the library this Saturday, March 1, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. During the reception, Ms. Gilmour will be looping a seven-minute film that was made on her “Embraces” work.

Jeffrey Sherman of Quogue, a fifth-year student in the game design and development program in Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.

The much revered and respected Ruth Greenblatt will be at the Quogue School to work with staff over three days next week, Tuesday through Thursday. Welcome back.

With the arrival of March, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is gearing up for the return of the “Zima!” winter production in the woods on Saturday, March 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, March 9, at the same time.

Here’s a rhetorical question to round out this week’s column: How great is it that daylight-saving time begins this year on Sunday, March 9? At Quaquanantuck feels better already.

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