Shark: The Misunderstood Fish
Shark: The Misunderstood Fish is opening at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum today.

From a fresh look at Jaws to an in-depth look into the unlikely friendship between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.; from an evening with a former U.S. poet laureate to a discussion on the history of the diamondback terrapin turtle, there’s a broad range of things to do on the East End this weekend. Here are our top picks:

A New Look at Sharks

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum hosts the opening for its new exhibit, “Shark: The Misunderstood Fish” tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. The show features the work of renowned artist and marine biologist Richard Ellis, as well as pieces by April Gornik, Dan Rizzie, Donald Sultan, James Katsipis, Dalton Portella, Joe Alves and jewelry by FIN. The exhibit examines the extraordinary history and biology of sharks through art, fossils, film, and life-size replicas.

When the sun goes down, the museum will host an outdoor 40th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” on the Museum’s front lawn. Wine, beer, light food and refreshments will be served. More information is online here. The museum will also host a family fun night, with an outdoor screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean” tomorrow at 6 p.m. More information on that event is online here.

The Beacon’s full art listings are online here.

Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr
Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr

SummerDocs Begins

Told with insight, panache and humor, the prescient film “Best of Enemies” chronicles the groundbreaking series of televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr., during the 1968 presidential conventions.

Once two rivals squared off for an hour each night, television punditry would never be the same.

Join Kurt Andersen, Dick Cavett, and directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville in Q&A following the screening on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. This is the first in the Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series of documentary films at Guild Hall. More information is online here.

Free outdoor films this weekend include a screening of Dirty Dancing at Southampton Arts Center and a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey on the haywall at Marders tonight. The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.

An Evening with Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins
An Evening with Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Billy Collins @ Guild Hall

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a reading at East Hampton’s Guild Hall on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal.

The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon: the typical Billy Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.”

More information is online here.

"Milky Way" with "Soldiers" in the background. Both steel sculptures are by NOVA. Photo: Thierry Van Biesen.
“Milky Way” with “Soldiers” in the background. Both steel sculptures are by NOVA. Photo: Thierry Van Biesen.

Art Southampton

The 4th Edition of Art Southampton runs through Monday, July 13th on the world-renowned grounds of Nova’s Ark Project.

Art Southampton presents over 85 international galleries. More information is online here.



Free Concerts Continue

Who Are Those Guys will play the first in Riverhead’s series of summer concerts at Grangebel Park tonight at 7 p.m. Nancy Atlas will be performing a free concert at Gosman’s Dock on Sunday at 6 p.m. There are plenty of free concerts in parks throughout the upcoming weeks. Our full listings are online here.

Diamondback Terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin

The Turtle with the Clown Lips

North Fork Audubon Presents a presentation by John Turner titled “The Turtle with the Clown Lips: A Natural and Cultural History of the Diamondback Terrapin,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Peconic Community Center.

Diamondback terrapins inhabit the salt marshes of Long Island. These beautiful turtles, named for the diamond-like pattern on their carapace, have faced many obstacles, from loss of habitat to over-hunting to being caught in crab pots. This lecture will cover terrapin biology, their cultural history and the efforts being made to protect and conserve the species.

All are welcome. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.

Love Lane Street Fair

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce and the residents of the town welcome the public to their Old Fashioned Street Fair. There will be food, entertainment and many unique arts and crafts to be sold. The 38th Annual Mattituck Street Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. More information is online here.


The Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Crescent Beach fireworks display Saturday night, July 11 after dark. So far they’ve raised $38,660 of their $40,000 fundraising goal for the display.

The Jamesport Firemen’s Carnival concludes Saturday night with a fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. The carnival is open tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full events listings are 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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