Quogue Community Notes, June 12


And the hits just keep on coming in downtown Quogue.Saturday, June 14, Flag Day, is the date, and 7:30 p.m. is the time for the next Quogue Chamber Music concert at the Quogue Community Hall.

To the great delight of those who have seen and heard them before, the members of the Amphion String Quartet are returning to our village for this concert, at which they will serve up a mellifluous sampling of Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven.

Describing a performance by the exceptional musicians who make up the quartet—violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin and cellist Mihai Marica—a New York Times reviewer noted that they “played with a brand of fierce, simply directed energy and the kind of intensely focused sound that makes every line in a texture stand out clearly.”

For Saturday’s concert, the program will include the Haydn String Quartet, Op. 33, #3 “The Bird”; the Bartok String Quartet #4; and the Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 59, #2.

As part of the ongoing educational outreach offered by Quogue Chamber Music, there will be a Chamber Concert for Kids (all ages) at the Quogue Library on Friday, June 13, at 3:30 p.m. Amphion String Quartet members will perform some sections of the Saturday program and talk about their instruments, the music and how much they have to practice before inviting the children to talk about what excites them in the music.

In line with tradition, there will be a post-concert celebration at the home of a patron. For more information, visit www.quoguechambermusic.com.

Just in time for the “anything but another tie” celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15, another program for kids will be offered on Saturday, June 14, at the library, a Father’s Day Art Project that gets started at 11 a.m.

Youngsters will be shown how to make a distinctive gift for their dads while being kept busy and out of the house for a little while, which on its own might be considered, although less tangible, another kind of gift. For information or to register, call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

Come one, come all to see the beautiful art created by the talented students at the Quogue School, on view at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Nature Center until Tuesday, June 17.

Fifth grade students made lovely acrylic paintings of birds after they studied Audubon prints. Meanwhile, third- through sixth-graders enrolled in a Quogue School Enrichment painting class did studies of paintings of the old masters that will be on display.

The Nature Center will be open this Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, for the art viewing.

The June Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge might be a little extra special, falling as it does this month on Friday the 13th. Starting a bit later than usual, at 8:15 p.m., due to the longer days of this lovely month, the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back will give adults and families with children age 11 and up a chance to look and listen for nocturnal creatures whilst enjoying some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

The full moon hike is free for refuge members. Reservations are required (631) 653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.

In addition to whatever plans you might have to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21, be sure to mark that date on the calendar for the first of three “Summer Seashell Series” presentations and discussions sponsored by the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation (www.quoguebeaches.org), at the Quogue Village Hall at 2 p.m.

All three “knowledge forums” are being offered in an effort to raise awareness about an application now before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that seeks a permit for a nourishment project along the Quogue oceanfront beach. At all three forums, scientists, environmentalists and engineers will analyze the sand deficit crisis facing our beach.

The news came in a while back 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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