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Feb 8, 2012 12:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Community Notes, February 9

Feb 13, 2012 5:24 PM

Once again, as so often happens, At Quaquanantuck is bursting with gratitude.

Beyond the many blessings associated with residency in this nigh unto utopian community, At Q is also particularly thankful, this week, for the wonderful work and dedication to their mission of the Quogue Historical Society, for the return to that society’s ranks of one Margaret Halsey Gardiner (aka Pi, for those willing to go out at least eight decimal places), and for the glories of journalism past, long past.

The Historical Society, now ensconced in its lovely headquarters at the “head” of the “pond” (heretofore known as “The Puddle They Dug on Jessup, Bub,” according to historical records), is celebrating the move to a permanent, centrally located base of operations with a charming exhibition at the Quogue Library this month. Don’t miss it: it’s fabulous.

As for Ms. Gardiner, her qualifications as a historian par excellence extend way beyond the fact that she carries not one but two of the most revered names of the earliest non-native inhabitants of this region—Halsey and Gardiner—qualifications that are evidenced by her discovery of this tasty tidbit in the New York Times of November 26, 1855, under the headline, “Raking for Teeth”:

“A wise man from this City, spent the summer at Quogue, L.I. One day while in bathing, he had the misfortune to lose a double set of false teeth which he wore. In all haste he raced some mile or more, to his boarding house, to beg the loan of a clam-rake to recover them with. He got the rake but at our last accounts, the teeth had not been heard from.”

At Quaquanantuck can only dream of modeling itself on this kind of accomplishment and savvy news sense in its own humble reportage. Meanwhile, At Q has more than a modicum of sympathy for the temporarily toothless wise man from the city, who, for all we know, spent almost three months, from the end of the summer until November 26, raking in vain for his cherished choppers.

In her unrelenting quest to blow the dust off the historical record, Pi has come across a few other choice news items that At Q will share, gleefully.

Friday, February 10, is the 100th day of instruction this year at the Quogue School. Appropriate observances are planned; particularly by second grade scholars.

Parents of children age 5 to 11 are reminded that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer a Winter Wildlife Camp during the school break coming up a little more than a week from now.

From Tuesday through Friday, February 21-24, the fine folks at the refuge will offer an educational and fun wildlife experience from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

Each day will include a hike and a craft, so children should be dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Children will also be able to participate in caring for some of the animals that live in the Nature Center. All should bring a snack and drink.

The fee is $30 per day, or $100 for the four-day program. Registration and payment required in advance; call 653-4771.

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