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

Bastienne Schmidt, The Red Dress, Sagaponack
Bastienne Schmidt, The Red Dress, Sagaponack, from Guild Halls “Selfies and Portraits of the East End,” opening Saturday.

The East End’s galleries are hopping, the music scene is jumping, the strawberries are growing and runners are lacing up their shoes. Here’s our cheat sheet for what to do on the East End this weekend:

Gallery Shows Galore

The East End Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the new juried, all media art show, Novel Materials / New Techniques, at the East End Arts Gallery which will open with a reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. This show will feature artwork that was either created with nontraditional elements, or novel materials, and/or where the artist uses a unique process or new technique. East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood explains: “Innovation is one of the most exciting aspects about creating art. Some artists have created their own unique process, while others have repurposed materials intended for uses other than making art. All artistic innovation in any genre will be featured in this exhibit.”This show will be juried by Margery Gosnell-Qua, artist and curator of the Lyceum Gallery at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus. More information is online here.

Roz Dimon
Roz Dimon

Geekhampton in Sag Harbor hosts an opening for Roz Dimon’s “Artifacts II” tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.These works align digital imagery with utilitarian tools, while also extending their pop cultural interpretations. They pay homage to the way the Old Masters depicted and interpreted everyday objects. Much like “nature morte,” they speak to a larger life/death struggle and contain spiritual energy beyond the subjects themselves. More information is online here.

Guild Hall in East Hampton hosts an opening for “Selfies and Portraits of the East End” on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. “Selfies” has re-established the “artist” self-portrait. How does or has this changed the format and style of portraiture? How does the artist view themselves, or their subject? What is the mood and tone of the portrait? How is this different? How is it the same? Who was the portrait made for or commissioned for? Does this alter the representation? These are all nuances that will be examined in this exhibition. More information is online here.

Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton hosts an opening for “Kelsey Brookes: Plants Of The Gods” on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.. This solo exhibition will feature new monumental paintings based on Brookes’ scientific investigations into nature’s ancient botanical compounds. Specifically, one of four botanically derived hallucinogens-Muscimol, Ergoline, Scopolamine and Ibogaine-underscores each composition, taking you on a visually stimulating trip through the depths of time, back to the beginning. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full art listings are online here.

Shelter Island 10K
Shelter Island 10K

Shelter Island 10K

Shelter Island is lacing up its running shoes this weekend to welcome more than a thousand racers, including 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, to its 36th Annual 10K, which this year also includes a 5K race. The island’s American Legion Hall opens up its doors for a pasta dinner Friday night, June 19, and events begin on Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m. with a book signing by Mr. Keflezighi, music at the finish line and a stretching clinic. The race kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and is followed by a party at Salt Restaurant at the Island Boatyard. On-site registration is still available on both Friday and Saturday. Full details are online here.

Mattituck Lions Club 61st Annual Strawberry Festival
Mattituck Lions Club 61st Annual Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Dreams

By the middle of June the North Fork strawberry crop is reaching its peak and bursting with flavor. On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.

Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors.

A full schedule of the weekend’s events is online here.

Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik

Musical Happenings

Duncan Sheik performs at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center tonight at 8 p.m.; Los Lobos will perform at The Stephen Talkhouse tonight at 8 p.m.; G.E. Smith performs at Bay Street Theatre on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Patti Graham and the Rio Clemente Trio play a free concert at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Music abounds at vineyards throughout the North Fork this weekend in celebration of Father’s Day. The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

Long Island Gay Men's Chorus's "Out!" at Suffolk Theater
Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus’s “Out!” at Suffolk Theater

A Musical Celebration of Being Gay

Founded in 2008, the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus performed its inaugural concert at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center, and rapidly became a vital and substantial arts organization, and an active participant in the gay as well as straight communities of Long Island.

They’ll be bringing their new production, Out!, to the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead tonight at 8 p.m.

Out!, originally commissioned by the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus, is based on the actual life experiences of members of the CGMC, and began its life at the Shubert Theater in New Haven. More information is online here.

All My Sons continues at Guild Hall

All My Sons is an American classic that focuses on the aftermath of World War II. Two families struggle to come to terms with the brutal reality of what they have lost and gained. The confrontations that ensue lead to the uncovering of a shameful family secret. This production, which runs through June 28, stars Alec Baldwin, Laurie Metcalf, Bethany Caputo, Ryan Eggold, David McElwee, Caitlin McGee, Tuck Milligan, Cashus Lee Muse, Ben Schnickel, and Alicia St. Louis. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full performing arts listings are online here.

Turtle Searching and Garden Delights

Diamondback Terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin

June is nesting time for our native turtles, including our saltwater turtle that is adapted to living in the lower salinity waters of the estuary: the Diamondback Terrapin. The South Fork Natural History Musem will lead a group paddle along the shoreline of Northwest Creek in search of these handsome turtles Saturday morning at 9 a.m. More information is online here.

SoFo is also leading a science expedition with crews from Stony Brook Southampton on Shinnecock Bay Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. On this adventure, attendees will participate in the variety of activities performed by marine biologists as you trawl the waters of the bay to learn about its biology and ecology. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.

The Herb Garden with Heather Cusack
The Herb Garden with Heather Cusack

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Charnews Farm in Southold, the second class in the Peconic Land Trust’s herb garden series will focus on experiencing the beauty and variety of herbs growing at the Center’s Herb Garden as they start to blossom. Learn from herbalist Heather Cusack how to recognize and harvest herbs, develop your understanding of their medicinal uses, and make several herb teas. More information is online here.

Also on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jim Glover of Glover Perennials will give a talk at Downs Farm Preserve on native and deer resistant plants for your home & garden, sponsored by Group for the East End. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full gardening listings are 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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