East Quogue Community Notes, June 19

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Groundhogs, groundhogs everywhere! The babies are all over—in the front, out back and on the side steps, too. In fact, I even found one sitting smack dab in the middle of my cracked corn bowl.Shirley Carter’s groundhog champ, Mr. Magoo, who lives over on Vail Avenue, better watch out. My younger—and more virile—East Quogue George is running a close second for the title of “Father of the Year” in these parts!

The following students at our East Quogue Elementary School deserve a round of applause as they were recently recognized for their participation in the Math Olympiad Program.

The honorees are: Cameron Albert, Jacqueline Amato, Jake Bertorello, Molly Brennan, Nick Chen, Brandon Cirincione, Emily D’Alessandro, Brandon Erbis, Patricia Gilvary, Erin Gilvary, Hailey Hanyo, Ali Jedlicka, Quentin Jimenez, Donovan Kerns, Mary Koltzan, Olivia Luce, Anthony Mattera, Marley Merrihew, Jack Moloney, Andrew Moran, Ellen Murphree, Jack Naglieri, James O’Neill, Edona Popi, Sofia Presutti, Pierce Rosen-Keith, Lauren Schurek, Alexandra Schurek, Daniel Stark, Coady Sumwalt, Christina Tsaveras, Sean Tyrie and Jaden Willingham.

John Xavier Potter was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Connecticut. His parents, Bill and Ann, and his brother, Will, have a message for John: “Go Huskies!”

Neal Ebrus made the Dean’s List at the University of Delaware. Meanwhile, over at SUNY Geneseo, Molly Bennett and Emilie Schmelzer both earned the same honor.

Calling all high school student musicians and vocalists! East End Arts is now accepting student applications for its Music Masters Fellowship Program, a nine-week intensive jazz ensemble workshop that will be led by professional guitarist Steve Salerno. Perhaps the best part: there is no charge if you’re accepted!

The program will take place from Monday, September 29, through Tuesday, December 2. To apply, high school student musicians and vocalists must submit an online application, including a recorded performance sample. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, July 18. Application and guidelines are available at www.eastendarts.org.

It’s that wonderful time of year when garden tours abound. The Westhampton Garden Club will host its always fantastic House and Garden Tour on Friday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The self-guided tour features six lovely homes and gardens in Quogue and Westhampton. Adding to the uniqueness of the tour will be six local artists painting “en plein air,” and East Quogue’s Peter Beston will be one of them.

Boutique shopping will be available at two gardens and complementary refreshments at a third. Tickets for the tour are $50 each. In addition, tickets for the luncheon are $50. Tickets for both the tour and luncheon can be purchased online at www.westhamptongardenclub.org.

And, speaking of Peter, congratulations are in order. Peter became an American citizen on Tuesday, June 10!

The first of two demonstration workshops focused on restoring and preserving burial markers will take place on Saturday, June 28, in the East Quogue Methodist Church cemetery, located to the rear of the Montauk Highway house of worship. The one-day workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., will teach attendees a variety of conservation techniques.

The event is being cosponsored by the office of Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, under the auspices of the Town Historic Division, and the East Quogue Historical Society. For more information, please contact Town Historian Zachary Studenroth at (631) 702-2406 or send an email to Tom Mendenhall at andhow@aol.com.

On The Calendar

Tuesday, July 1: East Quogue Village Green Summer Concert Series kicks off with country music’s Six Guns. The show starts at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

Thursday, July 3: The Greater Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce Summer Gazebo Concert Series begins at 7:30 p.m. with a performance from The North Shore Pops. There is no cost to attend and all are invited.

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