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

Three fireworks shows will light up the East End's skies this weekend.
Three fireworks shows will light up the East End’s skies this weekend.

Authors are crawling all over the East End this weekend, so now’s a good time to go hear what they have to say. Also this weekend, the great Three Mile Harbor fireworks show will light up the harbor, Hallockville turns 250 years old, musicians are playing their hearts out and there’s a lot to do outside, from seeing a movie to trekking the beaches to listening to the birds.

The Great Bonac Fireworks Show!

The Great Bonac Fireworks Show, aka the Boys Harbor Fireworks, is three-decade-long tradition of a midsummer Grucci fireworks show over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, where proceeds from the event benefit numerous local charities. The display begins just after dark on Saturday night and is best seen from the beaches of Maidstone Park, Sammy’s Beach, Gann Rd., Hands Creek Rd., and Three Mile Harbor. More information is online here.

Beyond Words Carl Safina
Beyond Words Carl Safina

Carl Safina on What Animals Think

Renowned scientist and science writer Carl Safina returns to Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor tonight at 5 p.m. to discuss his groundbreaking new book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.” The book weaves decades of field observations with new discoveries about the brain and offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

Canio’s is urging attendees to arrive early due to limited space. More information is online here.

Also in the literary world this weekend, Louis Begley reads at BookHampton in Southampton on Friday at 5 p.m., Guild Hall hosts a theatrical presentation of Pushcart Prize short stories on Saturday at 8 p.m., Dan’s Papers hosts a literary salon at the Southampton Arts Center on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the Quogue Library hosts “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” co-author Geoffrey C. Ward on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.

Hallockville 250th Anniversary Celebration
Hallockville 250th Anniversary Celebration

Hallockville Turns 250!

This Saturday, the Hallockville Farm Museum will celebrate the 250th birthday of the Hallock homestead with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

This afternoon of fun and celebration will include free tours, an opening reception for the new special exhibit chronicling the last 250 years at Hallockville, a children’s meet & feed the animals area, meet historic costumed re-enactors from the Colonial periods, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Through the Pinhole Mist

East End Arts will host a reception for Mark Stetler’s pinhole camera photographs, titled “Through the Mist,” at the Greenport Movie Theater on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“The pinhole camera can readily incorporate time and motion into this lengthy exposure, provoking associations with memory, time or dreams. My interest in the ocean and the coastal environment seek to involve the viewer to restore our connections to the sea.” — Mark Stetler

More information is online here.

Andre Costa “Poetics of Residue”
Andre Costa “Poetics of Residue”

Poetics of Residue

Brazilian artist and author Andre Costa’s show “Poetics of Residue” will open at the Lucille Khornak Gallery, 77 Jobs Lane in Southampton, on Saturday, July 18, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Costa has been working on an “Art with Environmental Interface” project since 1989, using conventional molds and methods for material manufacturing. His work invites people to reflect about waste and exaggeration around the world. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.

Architectural Session: Fix this Town!

The Parrish Art Museum hosts this discussion on what the East End will look like in 10, 20 or 50 years, tonight at 6 p.m. The session will cover how we balance population growth with improving or maintaining quality of life in terms of public amenities, environmental concerns, and housing density. Architect Felipe Correa of Harvard University and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman will discuss. More information is online here.

Rick Sacks
Rick Sacks

The Return of the Buzz, Music Everywhere

Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue has just kicked off its second incarnation of “The Buzz,” a coffeehouse series featuring new original music by East End songwriters. This Saturday at 7 p.m., Doug Attridge, Julia King and Dan Reyburn will bring their original music to their stage. More information is online here.

Native East Ender and percussionist Rick Sacks returns home from his work as the artistic director of the Array Contemporary Music Centre in Toronto for a concert at Orient’s Poquatuck Hall Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Songwriter Jonathan Edwards will take the stage at The Stephen Talkhouse tonight at 8 p.m.; The Fab Faux will pretend to be The Beatles Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.; Martin Sexton plays The Stephen Talkhouse Saturday at 7 p.m. Wynona Judd comes to the Westhampton Beach PAC on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People on Tour program will bring a traveling professional jazz ensemble to the Southampton Arts Center on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to lead interactive performances for students and families. More information is online here.

The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

Some Like it Hot
Some Like it Hot

Some Like It Hot

Southampton Arts Center hosts a free outdoor screening of the Marilyn Monroe classic “Some Like It Hot” tonight at 8:30 p.m. and Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton hosts a free outdoor screening of the Steve McQueen classic “The Great Escape” on their haywall tonight at 8:45 p.m. Greenport’s Peconic Landing and the Manhattan Institute host a free screening of “Million Dollar Baby” Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Beacon’s full film listings are online here.

Go Outside!

Frank Quevedo, Executive Director of the South Fork Natural History Museum, leads a delightful bird walk at the Town of Southampton’s Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center on Sunday, July 19 at 8 a.m. Attendees will bird in the area around the center, a beautiful tract of land acquired by the Town in 2001. More information is online here.

Also this weekend are beach hikes at Northwest Harbor, Ponquogue in Hampton Bays and at East Hampton’s Fresh Pond.

The Beacon’s full nature listings are online here.

The Beacon’s full events listings for the weekend 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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