All in a Weekend: A Round-up of Events on the Forks

Portugese Naval Vessel Sagres
The Portugese Naval Vessel Sagres will be at Greenport’s Tall Ships over the Fourth of July Weekend. The East End Seaport Museum’s exhibit in conjunction with Tall Ships opens this Saturday.

There’s a unique array of new things to do on the Twin Forks this weekend. Here’s our cheat sheet:

Get Ready for the Tall Ships!

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation will host its Grand Seasonal Opening in Greenport this Saturday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m., with exhibits celebrating the Tall Ships visit to Greenport over the Fourth of July weekend, and the induction of the “Bug Light Room,” dedicated to the Seaport Museum’s stewardship of Long Beach Bar (Bug) Lighthouse. More information is online here.
Creators, Cocktails & Conversations
lucy sykes and jo piazza
Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza | Grace Chang photo

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor launches a new series titled Creators, Cocktails and Conversation tonight at 5 p.m.

Tonight, enjoy a glass of wine and join six authors as they dish on their latest books. The second event will be “Style Setters,” featuring fashion veterans on July 10, and on August 21, the conversation will be “Design in Mind,” with interior design experts.

Tonight, six novelists will take to the stage to share their novels with the audience. The writers of the evening are Aliza Licht (Leave Your Mark), Suzanne Corso (Hello Hollywood), Kate Betts (My Paris Dream), Colleen Saidman (Yoga For Life) and co-writers Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (The Knockoff). More information is online here.

NoFo Blue + Green & Historic House Tour

PLT House Tour
PLT House Tour

Peconic Green Growth hosts its first-ever NoFo BLUE + GREEN Tour on Saturday, June 6. The event provides an inside look at 11 sites that illustrate the best sustainable practices being conducted from Southold to Riverhead. The tour includes stops at animal farms to rain gardens and artists studios. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

Also on Saturday, The Peconic Land Trust hosts its spring “Farm and House Tour,” a five-stop, self-guided tour featuring some of the North Fork’s most popular bed and breakfasts and local farms, paired with restaurants, wineries, and breweries. More information is online here.

Boxing in Riverhead

Now, how often do you get to see live boxing on the East End? Some of the toughest and highest level boxers will be at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead tonight beginning at 8 p.m. There are 10 bouts lined up, showcasing Olympic style boxers from the area and beyond. All bouts are sanctioned by USA Boxing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bout begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $45 and are available online here.

Take a Hike

On Saturday at 10 p.m. the Nominicks and East Hike with the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will head out for pristine Fresh Pond in Hither Hills, hiking along the Paumanok Path eastward from Napeague Harbor, through a rolling forest of pitch pine and bayberry, then below the Walking Dunes to more level ground featuring a mix of hardwood species. It’s a delightful 4 to 4.5-mile hike in any season.

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a Walking Tour of Olde Towne on Saturday at 11 a.m. Olde Towne was Southampton’s first settlement, and this hike is part of the town’s 375th Anniversary celebration.

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt host their annual luncheon and awards ceremony at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

You can get a peek at Mashomack Preserve’s beaches as the gentle greens of late spring grace her shoreline on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Shelter Island Quiet approaches by kayak may allow looks at incubating osprey, emerging marine life and other natural phenomenon. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.

At the Galleries

Jeremy Wagner
Jeremy Wagner’s piece in “Reinventing the Helm”

The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill hosts an opening for “Reinventing the Helm,” new takes on sailing and the sea, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Reinventing the Helm is an invitational group exhibition asks what happens when a crew of self-styled nautical activists (aka artists) pirate the genre of traditional maritime art. Will Captain Ahab and Moby Dick fall in love? Will a siren’s call land in a text-based work? Will maritime tattoos culled from the Internet become animated? Will a sculpture be submerged at an undisclosed location in Peconic Bay and its new owner given the GPS coordinates only upon purchase? Will there be paintings, cakes, clouds, sculptures and photographs of boats? Sharks too? Yes.

And there will be seagulls.


Cornelia Foss’s new works open at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Long considered a quintessential Hamptons artist, Foss is renowned for her fresh and personal vision. Her work interplays intense emotion within the formal constraints of design and painting.

Sag Harbor’s Grenning Gallery hosts an opening for “American Paintings,” which includes American neo-realist paintings from 1820 through 1941, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will hang from May 29 to June 14.

The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.

Tea Roses & Native Plants

Have you ever wanted to grow the perfect rose? The Peconic Land Trust wants to show you how. Peter Bertrand will let you in on the secrets to the Queen of Show hybrid tea rose, with strategies and tricks of the trade, at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 11 a.m. Peter has cared for some of the most dazzling rose gardens around, and learned his craft from the great rosarian, David Dawn.

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative is launching their annual native plant sale at the greenhouses at Suffolk County Community College today. The sale will be held on June 5, 6, 12 & 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll have 40 varieties of native grasses, flowering plants and shrubs grown from seeds of Long Island native plants.More information about their work is online here.

There are plenty of gardening and farming lectures and events throughout the East End in the upcoming weeks. The Beacon’s full listings are online here.

Altman’s Art

Altman’s Art, a screening of Gosford Park and a discussion of the work of one of Americas greatest filmmakers, will be held at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The evening will also include a talkback hosted by Bob Balaban, with Guilia D’Agnolo Vallan, and Kathryn Altman-the widow of Robert Altman. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.


Glenn David Andrews
Glenn David Andrews

A good mix of local and touring acts are performing on the East End this weekend.

Mamalee Rose & Friends perform at Wölffer Vineyards’ Wainscott Wine Stand tonight from 5 p.m. to sunset. The Marty Attridge Trio performs at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Peconic taproom tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. and Robert Bruey performs at their taproom on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Glenn David Andrews performs at The Stephen Talkhouse tonight at 8 p.m. Marc Broussard performs at The Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday at 7 p.m. Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers performs at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.


A Dwarf Planet!

The dwarf planet Ceres is an enigmatic world, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Mysterious bright spots glimmer on the surface, and telescopes have detected vast amounts of ice — and possibly water. Right now, for the first time in history, Ceres is being explored up close by NASA’s Dawn mission, a robot explorer with a revolutionary new form of propulsion.

NASA /JPL Solar System Ambassador William Taylor will be at the East Hampton Library tomorrow, June 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. to explore the latest images and science from Ceres. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full events calendar is 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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