The first-ever Long Island Potato Festival will be held at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue this Sunday.
The first-ever Long Island Potato Festival will be held at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue this Sunday.

Grab your spuds and your rubber duckies, put on your walking shoes and your Shark Week t-shirt, pack your beach blanket and a cooler and get set for a weekend of the best the East End has to offer.


It all begins on Friday evening in Riverhead, with East End Arts’ celebration of visual and performing arts, JumpstART!, in downtown Riverhead from 5 to 9 p.m.. You might find yourself caught up in a parade of peaceable creature-loving people en route to the River and Roots Community Garden. You may stumble on hidden alcoves filled with talented musicians. Or you might wander into a circle of revelers gathered around a bonfire discussing mysticism from every corner of the world. Wherever your night leads you, East End Arts is hoping you’ll be inspired. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

A Carnival on the Beach

The Sag Harbor Fire Department’s annual carnival at Haven’s Beach on Bay Street continues nightly through Saturday night from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be a fireworks show tonight, Aug. 8 at dusk.

Shark WeekShark Week! Shark Week!

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead will be will be transformed on Saturday into a shark-themed oasis, featuring a presentation, Q&A and autograph session with Shark Week on-air personality and shark expert Andy Casagrande, a sneak peek at Shark Week’s Great White Matrix and activities for kids all day. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is online here.

Rubber Duck Race

The Friends of the Big Duck are hosting their second annual Rubber Duck Race, to benefit the creation of a duck farming museum at The Big Duck Ranch on Flanders Road Saturday, Aug. 9 at noon (Rain Date Aug. 10) at the Flanders Mens Club, behind The Big Duck. Participants pay $5 to reserve their rubber duck and the registration form is online here. For More Information, call Ms. Fran Cobb at 631.727.5342.


Have a Spud

The first-ever Long Island Potato Festival is preparing to serve up a fun filled day at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, with 30+ Exhibitors, 6 food trucks, live music, free activities, programs, and contests. Craft beverages, fresh food, and artisan products will be available to sample and purchase. More information is online here.

Stand By MeFriday Night Movies

It’s the battle of scary coming-of-age stories tonight as The Mulford Farm in East Hampton hosts an outdoor screening of “The Goonies” ($5 donation), while the Southampton Arts Center hosts a free screening of “Stand By Me.” Both films begin at 8:30 p.m.

Wolves Among Us

North Fork Audubon is hosting a special presentation at The Red House in Greenport tonight at 7:30 p.m. on “Foxes, Wolves and Coyotes of Long Island.” Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation will discuss the influx of wild dogs into our community, and what we can do to adapt to their presence here. More information is online here.

The Skivvies
The Skivvies

Stripped Down Music

Are you tired of going to clubs and listening to musicians who are wearing clothes? If so, Bay Street Theatre is betting they have the antidote. This weekend, they’re hosting “The Skivvies,” two award-winning NYC singer/actor/musicians who perform stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals on the cello, ukulele, glockenspiel and melodica — in their underwear. These two lunatics are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, and they’ll be playing in the lobby of the Bay Street Theatre both Aug. 8 & 9 at 11 p.m. More information is online here. The 35th Annual Douglas Moore Music Festival The 35th Annual Douglas Moore Music Festival will be held on the Cutchogue Village Green Saturday, August 9. The event kicks off with a community picnic and raffle on the green beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free but donations are appreciated.

The Douglas Moore Music Festival
The Douglas Moore Music Festival

The Atlantic Wind Symphony (whose members will all be wearing clothes) will perform an array of compositions, including two by Douglas Moore, ranging from marches to big band favorites to selections from Broadway shows. This year’s concert includes a tribute to Riverhead band leader Howard Hovey, a founding father of the Douglas Moore Festival in 1979, who met Douglas Moore at Columbia in 1929. Mr. Moore introduced Mr. Hovey to the East End, prompting Mr. Hovey to move to Riverhead in 1934, where he taught and played music in numerous bands, including the Atlantic Wind Symphony, for generations. The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

The Poet, 1947, oil and pasted papers on board
The Poet, 1947, oil and pasted papers on board

Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years

When Robert Motherwell was in his seventies and looking back at the period when he lived in East Hampton, he recalled, “I did my best work there.” In this spirit, Guild Hall will call attention to Motherwell’s early work and explore the contributions that Motherwell made to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the context of our East End artist’s community. This weekend, Guild Hall hosts the opening of the first-ever retrospective on Motherwell’s time in East Hampton, with a panel discussion on his work from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. More information is online here. The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.

Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen Shares Her Secrets

Actress Candice Bergen was born blonde and beautiful, raised like a princess in the magical world of Hollywood, an instant star. But such easy victories weren’t enough. With wit, style, and exceptional honesty, the daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and the “sister” of famed talking dummy Charlie McCarthy tells the story of her struggle to come to terms with herself in her new book, “Knock Wood.” She’ll be reading passages from the book Saturday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton. The Beacon’s full listing of author talks is online here.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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