Quogue Community Notes, April 24

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The annual Earth Day celebration of nature and the beautiful green and blue planet we call home is slated at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.This all-day (four-hour) affair, centered on respect and appreciation for our environment and all the wondrous and fragile ecosystems therein, is co-sponsored by the refuge and the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. The celebration will include: guided nature walks, live animal presentations, crafts for children, environmental exhibitors, and self-guided kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond.

The free celebration is an all-around great day for all ages, and no reservations are necessary. For a schedule of events, check the refuge website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org; for more information, call (631) 653-4771.

If you are reading your paper online or in print by Thursday, don’t forget that Sean Morrison, who holds a master’s degree in kinesiology from Columbia, will give a presentation on “One System of Mind, Body and Spirit” at the Quogue Library tonight, Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

The presentation will address the body as representative of a person’s spiritual mechanics, based on the idea that understanding a person as one system of mind, body and spirit offers a valuable and instructive way of viewing and treating the whole person.

In this system, the body is seen as a mirror to a person’s psychological and spiritual process. All those planning to attend are encouraged to be prepared to participate in a presentation that goes beyond conventional thinking. For more information, call the library at (631) 653-4224.

Dick and Sue Prior of Quogue and Savannah, Georgia, recently appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, singing with their choir from the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church in Savannah. The choir was part of a more than 100-voice chorus performing the music of renowned composer and choral director John Rutter, under the baton of none other than the composer himself.

A large selection of Mr. Rutter’s music was performed with accompaniment from the Orchestra of New England.

Three full days of rehearsal were devoted to learning the assigned music for “An Evening with John Rutter.” When showtime came around, both Dick and Sue were very gratified to know that there were some Quogue residents in attendance.

At Quaquanantuck notes this week that XA, Inc., a national branding and experiential event marketing firm that serves a number of Fortune 500 companies, recently named branding expert Ron Burkhardt of Quogue as executive chairman.

In making the announcement, Jeff Devlin, CEO of XA’s parent company, CMG Holdings, applauded Mr. Burkhardt’s many blue-chip successes and noted, “Ron is a high-powered, creative superstar and visionary with a rich history of making big things happen for his clients.”

The new post, which includes a seat on the CMG board for Mr. Burkhardt, is intended to expand the agency’s reach, resources and upside potential. XA currently has offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

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