The New York Third Regiment Revolutionary War Reenactors
The New York Third Regiment Revolutionary War Reenactors

The South Fork is full of festivals this weekend, from environmental fairs in Bridgehampton and Montauk, to celebrations of clay art and John Steinbeck.

CCOMSee a Man Hatch a Clam!

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk is hosting tours of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery and a beach cleanup in downtown Montauk Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They’ll be giving guided tours of the hatchery at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., but visitors are welcome to stop by and learn more about the hatchery throughout the day. It’s spawning season, so there’s plenty to see and do there.

To participate in the clean-up, stop by the Montauk Movie Theatre at 15 S. Edgemere St. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up bags and gloves. More information on the event is online here.

Tugging at Your Apron Strings

Valentina2-150x150“The Apron Strings Project,” a theatrical event that tells the stories of women through the aprons they wore, opens tonight at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead.

Performances are Fri., May 2 and Sat., May 3 at 8 p.m. and Sun., May 4 at 3 p.m. More information is online here.

Celebrating Steinbeck

Bay Street Theater is hosting its Second Annual Steinbeck Festival in Sag Harbor May 1 through 4, in conjunction with the annual celebration held by the National Steinbeck Center based in Salinas, California.

The festival includes three days of films, a VIP waterfront cocktail reception on May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., where guests will enjoy short boat excursions to view Steinbeck’s writing cottage from the water, and the Second Annual “Travels with Charley” Dog Walk on Sunday, May 4 More information is online here.

Peconic-Family-Fun-Day-225x300Peconic Family Fun Day

This fifth annual free family carnival includes exhibits, programs, and hands-on activities on the grounds of the Children’s Museum of the East End, in Bridgehampton. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, EECO Farm, Group for the East End, Peconic Estuary Program, Peconic Land Trust, Ross School, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), and other environmental organizations will host programs at the museum from 10 a.m. to noon. More information is online here.

A Clay-Fired Celebration

A celebration of all things clay, the Clay Art Festival at Bridgehampton’s Hayground School includes live Raku firing, wheel-throwing demonstrations, a potter’s market, a kids tent, music and a raffle on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is online here.

Hosting the Revolutionary Reenactors

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island hosts the Third NY Regiment for a living history  Revolutionary War reenactment on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The reenactors set up camp the night before, emerging from their tents the next morning in carefully researched, authentic uniforms, and spend a day fully immersed in the year 1775.

Visitors will experience their recreation of 18th-century military camp life, including demonstrations of firearms, military drills, canon fire, authentic music and song, cooking demos and other daily tasks in the life of an 18th-century soldier and camp follower, with children’s activities for pint-sized patriots.

More information is online here.

Penny Chenery and Secretariat
Penny Chenery and Secretariat

Seeing Secretariat

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents the East Coast premiere of “Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner” on Sunday, May 4 at  2:30 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre.

The film, to be screened the day after the May 3 Kentucky Derby, recounts the story of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) and her champion thoroughbred Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973. The documentary includes previously unreleased family photos and film footage, and is narrated by actress Diane Lane, who portrayed Penny Chenery in the 2010 film “Secretariat.”

More information is online here.

Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco

Two Musical Events for Riverhead

Riverhead is a good place to hear music on Sunday. The No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band will hold its Annual Donald Howard Memorial Scholarship Concert at Pulaski Street School’s Howard Hovey Auditorium at 2 p.m. Their program will include works by Leroy Anderson, J.S. Bach, Johann Strauss Jr. and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. The feature pieces are “A Tribute to Stephan Foster” and Music from Phantom of the Opera. More information is online here.

On Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., guitarist, poet and songwriter Ani DiFranco will perform at the Suffolk Theater. More information 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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