Quogue Community Notes, May 15

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For the longest time in this longest of all possible winters, it seemed that Memorial Day weekend would likely never come. And now that we have had no spring to speak of and it is almost upon us, the holiday seems to have jumped up from out of nowhere and the timing feels all wrong and out of joint.Such are the effects of changing seasons, changing climates and changing perspectives, leaving everyone facing the same daunting question: How does one dress appropriately for whatever weather has descended on us, whilst still anticipating unpredictable changes three or four times a day?

Of course, one of the first signs of a new season starting is the annual State of the Village presentation sponsored by the Quogue Association and featuring Hizzoner Peter Sartorius, this year offered on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall.

The mayor told At Quaquanantuck this week that he plans to “present a broad overview of what is going on in village government, including finances, capital projects, litigation and a variety of other matters.”

The annual State of the Village address also offers an excellent opportunity to ask the mayor any questions on village matters that may be on your mind.

Nothing says the season is here better than boating, but bear in mind that under a new state law, Suffolk County requires all boat operators to complete a safety course. Just such a Boater Safety Course will be taught by Rich King of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Quogue Library on Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Topics covered will include safety equipment, navigation, weather, use of the radio and dock procedures.

The fee is $20 per person by cash or check made payable to the “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.” Seating is limited, register by calling (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

One way to get in the swing of our semi-annual changing of the guard—between off-season and high season—would be to get over to the Quogue Community Hall between Thursday, May 22 and Sunday, June 8 to see the Hampton Theatre Company production of “God of Carnage” Yasmina Reza’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning (in the Christopher Hampton translation) rough and tumble comedy about two sets of parents squaring off over an altercation between their 11-year-old sons.

This show offers a very funny examination of how quickly the thin veneer of civility and tolerance can be stripped away to reveal the misbehaving children inside all of us. All four roles are played by Hampton Theatre Company regulars: Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline and Jessica Ellwood (all of whom were also in last spring’s “How the Other Half Loves”) and Joe Pallister, who just appeared in “The Foreigner” in March and had featured roles in three shows for the HTC last season as well.

Shows are on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information or reservations, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or call 1-866-811-4111.

On Saturday, May 17, it’s time once again to join your friends, neighbors and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. This month’s selection is “Museum Hours” (USA, Austria; 2013). As Liam Lacey wrote in this distillation of the complex film in Toronto’s Globe and Mail: “It’s a hybrid drama/art-history essay about how looking at art recasts our experience of looking at the world.”

The two central characters are played beautifully in this lyrical exercise in finding beauty by looking carefully at just about everything.

The feasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7:15 p.m. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. 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.

Another signal that the season is upon us? Station Restaurant, the successful enterprise launched last summer by Marina Rutherfurd and Rafe Worthington on the site of the long-ago Tony and Yvonne’s La Lanterna three miles east of our village and just past the hamlet of East Quogue, is all set to start serving again, beginning on Friday, May 23.

The charming and talented kitchen crew from last summer is returning, under the leadership of Executive Chef Lucia Soria, who has earned international acclaim for her two restaurants in Uruguay, Jacinto and Restaurant Lucifer. Marina and Rafe are introducing brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this summer; Tuesday evenings will have some flicker with old movies projected in the dining room; and a new bar menu will feature empanadas among other delights.

With 35 seats indoors, 55 on the patio deck and some additional tables in the garden, the restaurant is poised for an even more successful summer this year. A hungry but discerning East End clientele has been waiting since last September for this. As of next Friday, it’s time to tuck in.

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