Tennis players, golf enthusiasts and all those who enjoy a swell party with lavish hors d’oeuvres and dessert can still sign up for the Quogue School PTA Scholarship Committee’s ninth annual autumn Golf and Tennis Outing tomorrow, Friday, September 30. The Quogue Field Club has once again generously offered the club’s spectacular golf course, tennis courts and clubhouse for the event. As last year, the event will include a tennis round-robin tournament for the racquet sports enthusiasts. Golf tee-off will be at 1 p.m.; the tennis round robin will start at 3 p.m.
Golf foursomes who wish to play and attend the party following pay $700; for golf only, the entry fee per foursome is $400. Individual golfers can sign up for just the golf for $125; for golf and party, the cost is $175. For tennis and party, the fee is $100 per person; or $50 per person for tennis only.
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served in the clubhouse following golf or tennis. Even if you don’t know the difference between a par and a bogey, or a backhand and a ground stroke, everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend the party for a donation of $60 per person, even if not taking part in the athletic activities.
The fundraiser benefits the Quogue PTA Scholarship Fund, which every year awards three scholarships based on academic, athletic and community service achievements to deserving Quogue School graduates to support their college educations.
To register or for more information, contact Sandy O’Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 917-306-9726.
In other Quogue School news, everyone in the village should be aware that the school will be closed on Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4, in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
Cool programs are coming up at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 1. First up will be a free “Little Red Bat” storybook walk on the refuge trails at 10:30 a.m. for children age 4 to 8 accompanied by an adult with the Quogue Library children’s librarian Lonna Theiling.
Then, at 2 p.m. members of the Shinnecock Youth Council will perform traditional and contemporary dance at the refuge. The program will provide an opportunity to learn about Shinnecock Nation culture, and perhaps to participate in a group dance.
The Shinnecock Youth Council is a nonprofit organization with members ranging in age from 4 to 20 whose mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of Native youth. Reservations (631-653-4771) required, with payment of the $15 fee for adults and $5 fee for kids age 10 and younger required at time of reservation. All proceeds support the Shinnecock Youth.
Stalwart birder and fearless field trip leader Eileen Schwinn is making preparations for another Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) excursion, this one to Robert Moses State Park for a walk to the Fire Island lighthouse and a stop at the “Hawk Watch” on Saturday, October 1.
Walkers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the far eastern end of Parking Lot 5. From there it will be a ¾-mile walk along a boardwalk to the lighthouse. Dressing for the weather is important, and all are encouraged to bring a light snack and water. There will likely be a parking fee of $8 per car.
For information, contact Eileen Schwinn at email@example.com, or by cell phone on the day of the walk, 516-662-7751. If contacted before the day of the walk, Ms. Schwinn will try to set up some shared rides, if possible.
Monday, October 3, is the date for the monthly meeting of ELIAS, at 7:15 p.m. in the Nature Center of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The topic for this month’s meeting will be “Oysters, Eelgrass and One Small Organization, Oh My!”
The one small organization of the program’s title would be the Moriches Bay Project (MBP), which is working to improve the quality of the water in Moriches Bay and turn it back to its natural state of health through oyster farming and eelgrass planting. MBP members are also dedicated to bringing awareness of the bay’s delicate ecosystems to the local community and to educating children.
One adult oyster filters 50 gallons of water each day. To date the members of MBP have put roughly 300,000 oysters in Moriches Bay, including the first oyster bed in over a decade. Next year, the plan is to double that.
The October exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery will be “John Bell and Michele Dragonetti: Architecture and Steel,” opening on Saturday, October 1, and running through October 30. An opening reception will be held at the library on Saturday, October 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.