Quogue Community Notes, June 5

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A most sumptuous evening of delicious food, great music, splendid raffle prizes, decadent sundaes, outstanding silent auction items, and all kinds of fun and games for young and old alike—otherwise known as the annual Quogue School PTA Chicken Dinner—is coming up tomorrow night, on Friday, June 6, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Quogue Elementary School on Edgewood Road.The silent auction items include electronics, golfing items, professional sports tickets, restaurant packages and more. Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for kids; raffle tickets are $10 for a book of six. To purchase tickets or for more information about sponsorship and silent auction donations, call (917) 693-9406.

Checks made out to the “Quogue School PTA” may also be brought to the dinner or mailed to P.O. Box 1491, Quogue, NY 11959; all donations are tax deductible.

A free book talk and signing for adults and teens is slated at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The talk will be given by Sheldon Bart, author of the book to be signed, “The Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole.”

In 1926, Admiral Richard Byrd, USN, was locked in a battle against world-renowned polar explorer Roald Amundsen to see who could be the first to navigate the North Pole by air. After decades of controversy, Mr. Bart revealed in “The Race to the Top of the World” that it was Byrd, rather than Amundsen, who was the first over the Pole.

Mr. Bart is the founder of the Wilderness Research Foundation and has personally made three trips to the polar regions. The free program is being co-hosted by the refuge and Books & Books of Westhampton Beach. Reservations required; call (631) 653-4771.

Artist Cindy Patrick, whose “East End Eden” exhibition will be on view at the Quogue Library Art Gallery during the month of June, will give a talk on “Art in Your Pocket: Using the iPhone as a Creative Tool” at 1:30 p.m. at the library on Saturday, June 7. A reception will follow Ms. Patrick’s talk, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This will be the final week of performances 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.

Audiences have been laughing quite a bit and then laughing some more as the four putative “adults” on stage change attitudes, tactics and alliances in this modern day drawing room dustup.

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

The week after the show closes, the Quogue Chamber Music classical music concert series and educational outreach program will be offering its next performance on Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Quogue Community Hall.

The guest artists for this concert, back by popular demand, will be the Amphion String Quartet, performing the music of Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven. In line with tradition, there will be a post-concert celebration at the home of a patron. For more information, visit www.quoguechambermusic.com.

At Quaquanantuck notes with sadness this week the passing of longtime Quogue resident Henry “Hank” Gardiner, who died peacefully on Tuesday, May 27, two days after his 98th birthday.

Hank was descended from the Gardiner line that goes back to the early days of our village, long before incorporation, when a great deal of the land hereabouts was owned by either members of the Gardiner family or members of the Post family.

According to Hank’s son Hap, a family memorial gathering will be held on a date to be announced in September and a complete obituary will be published before then. For now, At Quaquanantuck extends condolences to all Hank’s family and many friends.

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