Quogue Community Notes, September 10

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Courtesy of the Quogue Association, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst will give her annual address to village residents at 10 a.m. at the Quogue Village Hall on Saturday, September 12.Ms. Throne-Holst will discuss the town’s water quality protection efforts; town finances, including the town budget and taxes; and other community issues and concerns.

Quogue Chamber Music will present the final concert of its 2015 season on Saturday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall. Featured artists for this concert will be the Cavani String Quartet and guest clarinetist Daniel Gilbert in a program of works by Mozart, Dvorak and Debussy.

Hailed as passionate and inspired performers as well as ambassadors for chamber music, the Cavani String Quartet was the first group to perform when Quogue Chamber Music made its debut in September 2009. Quartet-in-residence at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, the group is the winner of numerous honors, including the prestigious Naumburg Award.

The Cavani Quartet has been described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant.” It is the only ensemble to be selected twice, in both 2005 and 2011, as the recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence from Chamber Music America.

Nationally acclaimed for inspirational and innovative teaching and their proactive approach to residencies, the quartet has developed creative programs for audiences of all ages, including a series of children’s concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. On Friday, September 11, the Cavani String Quartet has graciously agreed to perform for students at the Quogue School.

Saturday evening’s program will include the Debussy String Quartet, Op 10 in G, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K 581 in A Major and the Dvorak “Cypresses” for String Quartet. Each of the movements of Dvorak’s “Cypresses” being performed by the group will be introduced by a reading of the poetry of Gustaf Pfleger-Moravsky by Hampton Theatre Company regular, yours truly, Andrew Botsford.

Following the concert, a celebratory party will be held at the Quogue home of Marianne and Frank Decker. Tickets are $100 for the concert and the celebration immediately following the performance; $40 concert only; or $5 for students (concert only).

Tickets may be purchased on the website, www.quoguechambermusic.com, or at the box office on the night of the concert, if there are any remaining unsold. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m.

Thanks to the ever-alert and always helpful folks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, At Quaquanantuck is happy to report that Saturday, September 12, is also Pine Barrens Discovery Day at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley.

The free full day of activities runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering fun for the whole family, age 5 to adult. There’s nothing like firsthand experience to help people understand the importance, the beauty and the wonder of the unique pine barrens ecosystem, and Saturday’s programs are all geared to experiential learning.

On tap will be “funshops” (as opposed to workshops; get it?), nature walks, kids’ discovery center games and activities, and exhibits of interest to all. Funshop topics include: presentations about Long Island’s birds of prey, marine life, flying squirrels, fire tower history, fire rangers, and wildlife forensics, to name only a few.

An expert naturalist will guide walks along the trails of Wertheim Refuge and the core of the Central Pine Barrens. The rain date for this free event is Sunday, September 13. Set the GPS for the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center, 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967. For more information, visit www.pbdiscoveryday.org.

Next Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m., it’s time to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro at the Quogue Library. The Volpe family of La Volpe Ristorante in Center Moriches will return to the library in a reprise of last year’s celebration, bringing great food, interesting stories and an authentic Italian experience—all without having to travel to Little Italy in Manhattan.

The Volpes have promised to bring along some old favorites as well as a few new items for all to enjoy. All who attend are reminded to bring along their preferred beverage for honoring the patron saint of Naples and celebrating all things Italian.

The cost of this celebration is modest indeed: a mere $15 due upon registration; call the library at 653-4224 for details.

Attention all Hurricane alumni: planning is under way for a “Reunion of the Century” for all who graduated from Westhampton Beach High School between 1915 and 2015. And, no, there probably aren’t a lot of grads around from the class of 1915, or even the class of 1925, but the idea was to have a 100-year span.

The three-day extravaganza is scheduled for September 25, 26 and 27, with different activities and gatherings over the three days. For more information, contact Ann McVey at (631) 283-4622, email acmac73@yahoo.com; Bonnie Barton at (540) 280-7373; Facebook WHBHS Reunion of The Century; or register at www.reunionmanager.com by clicking on New York State on the map and scrolling down to Westhampton Beach Reunion of the Century.

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