Quogue Community Notes, May 22

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Just for the record, let’s start out this week making sure that everyone knows the real significance of the upcoming weekend, also known as Memorial Day weekend.At Quaquanantuck once again dares to speak for our village in thanking the men and women of the Quogue Fire Department for organizing a proper observance of Memorial Day, which is dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the service of our nation.

This year’s service will be led by Fire Chief Bruce Davidson on the Memorial Lawn at the Quogue Firehouse on Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. The half-hour service, held rain or shine, will include a guest speaker from Gabreski Airport, poetry by Susan Dingle, music by Patrick Heaney and artwork by Steve Alpert.

It is hoped that all residents and all their guests and any visitors to our village will come out for this service, and it is further hoped that all will bring their children, many of whom cling to the mistaken and unfortunate belief that Memorial Day weekend signals nothing more nor less than the unofficial start to the summer season.

The people who laid down their lives in military service must be remembered, and honored, now and for all time, for putting duty and love of their country and their comrades ahead of all other considerations. A half hour on Monday is so much less than their due, which can only be compensated for by a compelling turnout. See you there.

Tonight, Thursday, May 22, is opening night for the Hampton Theatre Company production of “God of Carnage,” Yasmina Reza’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning comedy about two sets of parents squaring off over an altercation between their 11-year-old sons.

This comedy of manners—most of them bad—takes a look at how adults who pride themselves on their maturity and civility can all too quickly revert to the kind of schoolyard savagery that is being decried in the first place.

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

Gearing up for its own high season, the Quogue Historical Society is inviting visitors of all ages to an Open House on Sunday, May 25, from 3 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition: “Admiral Alfred T. Mahan: The Pen That Launched a Thousand Ships.”

The exhibition, curated by M. Llewellyn Chapman, highlights one of Quogue’s most illustrious and influential residents, Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), who was a U.S. Navy flag officer, strategist and historian. Some would contend—and this exhibition, at least in part, makes the case—that he was the most influential and historically significant figure to have ever resided in Quogue.

Admiral Mahan’s most famous work, “The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783,” published in 1890, argued that even in an era of land-based colonial expansion, the countries with the greatest naval power would exert worldwide dominance. His strategies were the basis for naval operations in World War I and well into the 20th century.

The Mahan family built two homes in Quogue, “Slumberside” in 1894, and “Marshmere” in 1909. Following his death in 1914, his widow, Ellen Lyle Evans Mahan, and his two daughters, Ellen Kuhn Mahan and Helen Evans Mahan, maintained their residence at “Marshmere” until Helen’s death in 1963.

Admission to the Open House is free, and the Historical Society will offer complimentary refreshments at the society’s Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue. For further information, call (631) 996-2404.

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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