All In A Weekend: A Round-Up of Events on the Forks

East Hampton's Annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game is Saturday afternoon.
East Hampton’s Annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game is Saturday afternoon.

From the streets of Polish Town to the halls of the Parrish Art Museum to a 66-year-old softball tradition in East Hampton’s Herrick Park, there’s plenty to see and do on the East End this weekend. We’ll start at the Parrish tonight!

Maritime Film FestivalMaritime Film Fest

The Parrish Art Museum is hosting a 70-minute screening of short film selections from The Maritime Film Festival, a trifecta of oceanic, artistic, and filmmaking pursuits, on Friday night, Aug. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.. Founded by sailor and artist Andrew (PORK) Poneros, the annual festival aims to explore the legacy and romanticism of creative expeditions on the water.

The primary goal of the Festival is to create an international arena for artists and filmmakers to share a deeper understanding and appreciation of our relationship with the sea. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full listing of art films and outdoor movie screenings is online here.

Artists Vs. Writers

Artists face off against writers at the 66th annual Artists Vs. Writers Charity Softball Game in downtown East Hampton Saturday afternoon. Batting practice begins at noon and the game begins at 2 p.m.

The game’s origins are among the abstract expressionist crowd in Springs in 1948, but over the past 66 years, it has grown to an annual celebrity spotting exercise in the heart of East Hampton Village, as many famous artists and writers have taken the playing field.

Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation to go toward charities. There will be a pre-game cocktail party at LTV Studios in Wainscott tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. More information is online here.

Last year's Polish Town Queen Anna Sadowski (left) will preside over this year's fair.
Last year’s Polish Town Queen Anna Sadowski (left) will preside over this year’s fair.

Celebrate Polish Town

The 40th Annual Polish Town Fair comes to Riverhead’s Polish Town this weekend, from 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday until the wee hours, with a Polka Festival in Polonaise Park from 2 to 10 p.m. under the pavilion, with music by Dennis Polisky and the Maestro Men, polka country musicians and Hohn Gora. Michael Niemiec will provide music in the showmobile both days. The fair also includes a carnival and street vendors. More information is online here.

Sustainability Fair

First Sustainability Fair

East End Climate Action Now (eeCAN) will host a one-day “Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fair” at Ms. Amelia’s Cottage in Amagansett on Sat., Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., aimed at increasing awareness on the local level of climate change and its possible solutions.

The fair will incorporate renewable energy and sustainability exhibitors, food vendors, activities for children, live music and “teach-in” presentations on topics relating to ecology, environment, and climate change science.

More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full nature and environmental listings, including hiking and kayaking excursions and events for kids all over the East End, are online here.

Hiillary Clinton
Hiillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Speaks

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be reading and signing copies of her new book, “Hard Choices,” at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m.

“Hard Choices” is Ms. Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.”

More information is online here.

Run for Fleet’s Neck

Residents of the Cutchogue neighborhood of Fleets Neck are hosting a 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning, beginning at Pequash Park at the end of Pequash Road. Race packets can be picked up today, Aug. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The race begins at 9 a.m., and all money raised benefits the preservation of the Fleets Neck waterfront.

More information is online here.

April Gornik's "Drawings"
April Gornik’s “Drawings”

April Gornik on Charcoal

“Charcoal drawings look so unlike anything else in the world, they have their own light, their own density,” says artist April Gornik, whose latest book, “Drawings,” includes many of her works in charcoal.

Ms. Gornik will sign copies of her book on Aug. 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor in an event sponsored by both the theater and Canio’s Books. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.


There’s plenty to hear for every taste on the East End this weekend. Our full music listings are online here.


Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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