Southold and Southampton are hosting a joint convocation to celebrate the towns' foundings 375 years ago.
Southold and Southampton are hosting a joint convocation to celebrate the towns’ foundings 375 years ago.

This is the 375th Anniversary weekend in Southampton, so don’t be surprised if you see droves of people wandering around in colonial wear. Here’s our cheat sheet on some of the best things to do on the East End this weekend:

Founders Day in Southampton

This all-day family event includes Shellfish Hatchery programs, a Rotary Clambake and a picnic at North Sea Community Center to acknowledge North Sea’s ancient past, the 1640 landing of English pioneers and the founding of Southampton.
Schedule for the day:

9am-12pm, Family Marine Biology Program
12pm-2:30pm, Colonial Food & Rotary Clambake
1pm-3pm, Aquaculture Program
2pm-3pm, Shellfish Hatchery Open House
3pm-4pm, Rededication of the monument to 1640
4pm-5pm, Shinnecock Tribe Historical Reenactment
5:30pm-8pm, Picnic at the North Sea Community Center.

More information is online here.

On Sunday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will hold a re-creation of historic walk of Southampton’s first settlers (with Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton Trails Preservation Society and The Rogers Memorial Library) from Conscience Point in North Sea to Olde Town in Southampton Village (5 miles). There’s a limit pf 80 walkers. Register by phone by calling 631.283.2494. More information is online here.

Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Sag Harbor Celebrates Moby-Dick

Canio’s Books celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year with the return of the Moby-Dick Marathon, sponsored by Canio’s Cultural Café, the bookstore’s not-for-profit organization. The reading also celebrates Southampton Town’s 375th anniversary.

The marathon reading of the entire Herman Melville novel runs Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 and moves to different institutions in Sag Harbor Village. Costumes are encouraged, and they’ll celebrate the finale with a party Sunday afternoon.

Canio’s Books is registering readers now for 10 minute segments. Please send an email ( with MDM subject) with the day, time and location you would like to read. They’ll send a confirmation. More information is online here.

Social Media at Peconic Landing

Peconic Landing hosts author and OkCupid founder Christian Rudder this afternoon at 4 p.m. as he talks about his fascinating, intriguing new work: “Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking” which is now a New York Times bestseller.  The book examines what data from social media reveals about human nature.

Christian Rudder is cofounder and president of OkCupid and the author of the popular blog OkTrends. He graduated from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in math and later served as creative director for SparkNotes.

About the Book:

“In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook “likes” can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person’s sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America’s most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly.”

More information is online here.

A diagram of a properly constructed rain garden.
A diagram of a properly constructed rain garden.

Rain Gardens and Landscape Pleasures

Do you want a garden that’s easy to install, looks good year-round, requires little maintenance, and helps prevent water pollution? North Fork Audubon will show you how to make a rain garden in a special presentation at the Peconic Lane Community Center tonight, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. Rain gardens are shallow depressions designed to soak up water and support trees, shrubs, and flowers that tolerate both wet and dry conditions. A rain garden is not a pond and won’t breed mosquitoes. By absorbing the rain falling on your land, a rain garden can help reduce storm-water runoff that pollutes our beaches, canals, and estuaries. This workshop covers the basics of designing and installing a rain garden, with an emphasis on using native plants. More information is online here

The Parrish Art Museum hosts its annual “Landscape Pleasures” benefit this weekend.

The weekend’s activities begin on Saturday morning with a symposium featuring three remarkable speakers: London-based garden designer and “Best in Show” winner of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, Luciano Giubbilei; acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, photographer, and principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, Cole Burrell; and Janice Parker, owner of her award-winning firm Janice Parker Landscape Architects, known for its reputation of thoughtful and unique landscapes. We are delighted to also feature Edwina von Gal to speak about Perfect Earth Project.

Sunday’s self-guided garden tour will focus on a selection of five inspiring properties in Wainscott and East Hampton, including the gardens of Jane and Michael DeFlorio, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, David Kleinberg, Toni Ross, and Robin and Fred Seegal. More information is online here.

Dragons in Amagansett

The latest project from Pete Francis, Dragon Crest Collective, is a homespun, collaboration-fueled foray into the most groove-heavy territory the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has ever explored. Born in Francis’s self-built home studio in Connecticut, the band’s debut album Volume 1 finds the Dispatch co-founder teaming up with Danny “dbone” Golden (keyboards, drum programming), Paul Maddison (guitar, bass), and Kenny Shaw (drums) to create a joyfully hip-hop-inspired take on alt-rock. They’ll be at the Stephen Talkhouse Friday night at 8 p.m. More information is online here.

The Midnight Ramble Comes to the Talkhouse

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell, 3-time Grammy winning producer, winner of the Americana Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Multi-Instrumentalist and native of Manhattan, spent many years as an A team studio musician in New York’s roots, rock and country scene, recording and touring with the seminal names of Americana music.

Teresa Williams grew up living the story of Americana music, picking and hoeing cotton on her family’s 7th generation West Tennessee farm surrounded by the music of the Delta, Muscle Shoals, Nashville and Kentucky, singing at church, Revivals, and “Singings with dinner on the ground.”

When Teresa crossed the wide Mason Dixon to NYC, she inevitably intersected musically with Campbell. They spent years working/travelling apart, notably with Teresa’s theatre habit that included the creation of the role of Sara Carter, lead singer of The Original Carter Family, for Keep on the Sunny Side, and with Larry’s eight year stint in Bob Dylan’s band.

Recent years have put the two together again touring with the Levon Helm Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Hot Tuna, and joining Little Feat at their Feat Fan Excursions. Among many recordings, they appear on Hot Tuna’s Steady as She Goes, Jorma Kaukonen’s, River of Time, and Helm’s MerleFest Ramble, and the Grammy Award winning Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt and Ramble at The Ryman, and in the concert film, Love for Levon and the documentary, Ain’t In It For My Health.

The duo spent the better part of the last decade helping shape the legendary Midnight Rambles at Levon’s Barn in Woodstock, with Campbell’s role as band leader and producer, and Williams’ role as a featured band member. After suffering the death of their friend, and in the spirit of Levon’s dictate to “Keep It Goin,” they can still be seen there with the newly named Midnight Ramble Band, and the acoustic Dirt Farmer Band. Tickets range from $35 to $50. More information is online here.

David Bromberg
David Bromberg

David Bromberg at the PAC

Renowned as a session “guitar man of the stars,” a solo performer and a bandleader of genre-breaking outfits, multi-string instrumentalist virtuoso David Bromberg graces our intimate theater backed by his stellar quintet. His material is rooted in the folk and blues idioms, but transcends easy classification to embrace bluegrass, ragtime, country and more. With warmth, wit and hot licks, the Godfather of Americana will highlight audience favorites from his decades-long career, including the critically acclaimed Only Slightly Mad. Tickets range from $40 to $75. More information is online here.

Open Rehearsal for “Flying Point” at the Watermill Center

The rich history and culture of the Shinnecock Indian Nation is not a subject that has garnered mention in history books. And it is a rare occurrence to hear first-hand accounts of the tribe’s oral history. However, the current artists-in-residence at The Watermill Center – Tomek Jeziorski, Adam Lenz, Shane Weeks & Karolina Zielińska – have had the distinct honor of documenting the powerful oral history of the Shinnecock Nation. The tribe’s stories personalize history by relating how it felt to live through historical and recent events.

The open rehearsal on Saturday, July 13 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. is a conflation of the resident artists’ research and documentation project, entitled Flying Point, and takes form as a multimedia installation, which serves as a living portrait of the contemporary Shinnecock community. The project offers a particularly poignant glimpse into the tribe’s culture and history, and dreams for the future. Tickets are free. More information is online here.

Nancy Atlas
Nancy Atlas

Navy Beach Honors Navy SEALs

On Saturday, June 13th from 4–6 p.m., Navy Beach will host a cocktail party to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The cocktail party, “Honoring our Warriors. Supporting their Families,” will be the official kick-off to a third season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant. For a $40.00 entry donation, guests will be able to mingle with retired Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL Foundation representatives as well as others from the Naval Special Warfare community, while enjoying live music by Nancy Atlas, wines provided by Turquoise Life, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and signature light bites. More information is online here.

Take a HIke

Bluebird nest box walk We will meet at the Visitors Center at Mashomack Preserve, and will walk out to the Red Trail to North and South Fields where Dr. Zitek shall explain the Nest Box Project — natural history, banding, cameras and results. We will open nest boxes and should be able to see Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow eggs and nestlings.  If needed, Dr. Zitek will be able to transport in his truck those with difficulty walking to the meadows. More information is online here.

The Political Biographer

Next in the Tom Twomey Series: Sat. June 13 at 4 p.m. – “The Political Biographer” with distinguished biographers Blanche Wiesen Cook and Richard Reeves – who will discuss the art of writing and researching political lives. Visit the series website for additional information and to

Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab

Help Out Horseshoe Crabs

At Pikes Beach in past years, from about mid-May to the first week of June, thousands of Horseshoe Crabs, as well as a variety of migrating birds (including Red Knots) gather at this beach. It’s an incredible sight to see — all the more so in the beautiful light of the setting sun. The horseshoe crabs are there to spawn, the birds to feed on their eggs and fuel themselves for their long migration journeys. But, due to human intervention, something is happening to this age-old process. Data needs to be collected to document and assess the status of horseshoe crabs in our waters. You can help. Join SoFo and Cornell to assist in collecting information for this study, while you witness one of nature’s most amazing wildlife events.

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631.537.9735. More information is online here. The Beacon’s coverage of last year’s horseshoe crab tagging is online here.

The Beacon’s full events calendar 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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