Get in the strawberry spirit.
Get in the strawberry spirit.

This weekend on the East End is chock full of all sorts of events. We’ll start out with the festivals:

60th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival

By late June on the North Fork the strawberry crop is reaching its peak and bursting with flavor. On Father’s Day weekend, at 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 – all while raising money for local non-profits.

The full schedule is online here.

CMEE Music Fair

The Childrens Museum of the East End will host its second annual Music Fair on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This aural experience includes hands-on, interactive stations and well-known East End performers who teach kids what makes our area so musically unique. This is a free community event and all ages are welcome.

Alexis De Veaux Yabo-Canios posterAlexix De Veaux Reads at Canio’s Books

Alexis De Veaux’s work is defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms. She is the author of two award-winning biographies: “Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday” and “Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children’s literature, plays, essays and journalism, Ms. De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. With her new work, “Yabo,” published by Redbone Press, she has returned to her first love: writing fiction. She will be reading at Canio’s at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

The Southold Historical Society and Peconic Landing are presenting a film screening and Q&A with Amei Wallach concerning her new film, “Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here,” at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., June 13 in the auditorium at Peconic Landing in Greenport.

The film follows the Kabakovs, world-renowned Soviet artists who currently live on the North Fork, two decades after they fled the Soviet Union – as they overcome their fears to install six walk-through installations in venues throughout Moscow where Mr. Kabakov was forbidden to exhibit his work. The celebrated 80-year-old Soviet-born conceptual artist Ilya and his wife and partner Emilia are residents of Mattituck.

Kerry Kearney
Kerry Kearney

Live Music to Live By

On the live music front, there are plenty of fine performances to be had on the East End this weekend. Guitarist Kerry Kearney plays at Jamesport Vineyards Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Jamesport Vineyards also hosts the Gene Casey Trio for their annual Father’s Day barbecue on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Marshall Crenshaw plays The Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday at 7 p.m. Delta Rae plays the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday at 8 p.m. Mick Hargreaves and Mike Bifulco will be performing at Salt on Shelter Island on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. singer-songwriter Bryan Gallo plays at Clovis Point Winery on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Reuben and the Dark will give an in-store performance at Innersleeve Records in Amagansett on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

Sag Harbor SidewalksNew Walking Tours Launch in Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor history experts Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro have been leading tours of Sag Harbor for more than a decade, and this weekend they’re launching their new company, Sag Harbor Sidewalks, with a walking tour titled “Feminine Mystique,” which will visit the homes of some of Sag Harbor’s most colorful, intriguing and memorable women — including those who turned to creative and in some cases, morally questionable, ways to make ends meet during the whaling era, Sag Harbor’s greatest benefactress and perhaps the world’s most influential feminist. They’re meeting up at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online here.

Go Take a Hike

There are plenty of hikes all over the East End this weekend, including two full moon hikes tonight in Quogue and Bridgehampton. The Beacon’s full hike schedule is online here.

The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society has a special bike trip to the North Fork planned for Saturday morning, in which they will visit with people who’ve made major mid-life life changes on their way to visit Browder’s Birds in Southold. They’re meeting on Shelter Island at the North Ferry at 9 a.m.

Christopher EngelArt Openings Abound on Saturday

The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor hosts an opening for “Open Paths,” new abstract works by Christopher Engel on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Watermill Center is hosting an open studio for resident artist Mohammed Kazem on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery in Cutchogue hosts an opening for the new exhibit “Swells & Swirls,” works of Matt Clark and Mike DiRenzo, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Outeast Gallery and Goods in Montauk hosts its FMSR14 show, with works by Mason Saltarrelli, Farrell Brickhouse, Sydney Albertini and Eric (Randy) Johnsen on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Bridgehampton Museum and the Peconic Land Trust are also holding an opening for “Bridgehampton: Past and Present,” works by members of the Plein Air Peconic group on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Museum’s archives building on Montauk Highway.

The Beacon’s full art 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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