Sheep awaiting herding at the Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair this weekend.
Sheep awaiting herding at the Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair this weekend.

Saturday is going to prove to be a very busy day out on the forks, if the weather cooperates. We’re expecting showers in the early morning, tapering off around 10 a.m.

Into The Woods
Into The Woods

Into the Woods

The North Fork Community Theater’s production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” opened last night, and will run through June 1.

“Into the Woods” combines the fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood with the story of the Baker and his Wife who desperately want a child but have been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door. To break the spell, they embark on a quest that ties the fairy tales together.

The production is directed by Brett Chizever and produced by Mary Motto Kalich, with shows Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available online here.

The Naked Stage

The Naked Stage will be hosting a free reading of playwright Hortense Carpentier’s new work, “Who’s Afraid of Edward Albee?” at the Bridgehampton Community House tonight at 8 p.m. The play is a comic look at two married couples confronted with the unexpected problem of a sexually intimate nature.

Get Into the Garden

Students from the Springs Seedlings Project will be at the school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday selling organic herbs and vegetables and flowers grown by Springs School students to help support their after-school gardening projects. More information is online here.

A Fleecy Fair

Hallockville Museum Farm will host its 5th annual Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Long Island Livestock Company is co-sponsoring the event, which will feature demonstrations of shearing, wool dying, spinning, weaving, sheep herding, basket weaving, rug hooking and many other folk art forms. Animals including sheep, llamas, alpacas, and angora rabbits will be hanging out with visitors at the farm. Their full schedule of events is available here.

We like our duck just fine the way it is.
We like our duck just fine the way it is.

A Ducky Celebration

The Friends of The Big Duck will host their annual spring fair at Big Duck Ranch in Flanders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17 (rain date May 18). Of particular note is a call for volunteers to help the Peconic Estuary Program build a demonstration native plant garden at the Big Duck beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the fair.

Help a Farmer Out

Saturday is transplanting day at Quail Hill farm in Amagansett. From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers can help their farmers get tender greenhouse seedlings into the fields at the farm and start this year’s crops on their way. Please park on Deep Lane and meet at the greenhouse for this annual work day at the farm, led by Farm Manager Layton Guenther and Farm Director Scott Chaskey. Heavy rain will cancel this work day.

Combat-Journal-197x300Portraits of a Combat Artist

Alexander Russo’s book “Combat Artist: A Journal of Love and War,” is a straightforward account of his journey in the Naval Reserve, serving with Naval Intelligence as a combat artist during WWII. He was the first and youngest of Naval personnel to volunteer and engage in the landings in Sicily and Normandy, the graphic results of which form part of the Navy’s historical records of the war.

Mr. Russo will be reading from and signing copies of “Combat Artist” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.


Gasland II

Are you tired of paying to see controversial movies and dying to learn more about hydrofracking? Concerned Citizens of Montauk is hosting  a free screening of “Gasland II,” the documentary by Josh Fox that exposes fracking’s threats to water, air, and climate, and reveals the oil & gas industry’s dirty machinations. The film will be shown on the big screen  at the Montauk Movie on Saturday at 7 p.m.  More information is online here.



Where are all the best local bands playing this weekend? At the Stephen Talkhouse, of course. Talkhousefest rises again on Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. This kickoff party to celebrate an epic summer of East End music is hosted by the Nancy Atlas Band, and includes performances by Joe Delia, Inda Eaton, Klyph Black, Momma Lee, Telly & Brad, Kathleen Fee, Thomas Muse, Winston Irie and Dan Bailey and many more. Jettycoon warms up the show at Innersleeve Records at 6 p.m. and Gene Casey kicks off the main show at the Talkhouse at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available 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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