The East End is waking up from a bleary, never-ending winter this weekend, with a whole slew of exciting events.
SoFo’s Earth Day Celebration
The weekend kicks off with the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Earth Day open house. Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, and most local environmental groups are holding celebrations next weekend, but SoFo is getting the jump on everyone with a full day of programming, beginning with an 8:30 a.m. beach cleanup at Long Beach in Sag Harbor.
There will be free admission to the museum all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and programs ranging from the scents of nature to pond discoveries, bluebird nesting box making to a program for kids on how birds use their bills. Attendees will also have a chance to see environmental presentations prepared by children and tour the fields surrounding the museum.
Longhouse Reserve Opens for the Season
On Saturday afternoon, Longhouse Reserve in the Northwest Woods will host its opening weekend reception for an installation titled “Rites of Spring,” with art in the garden by Steve Miller and Fitzhugh Carol.
Steve Miller’s “Health of the Planet” series includes glass sculptures that provocatively illuminate the relationship between objectivity and subjectivity, rationality and irrationality, reason and feeling; all hallmarks of his message and of the Sci-Art movement.
Woodworker Fitzhugh Karol finds inspiration in nature as he strives to create visual poetry through abstract shapes and forms referencing the landscape. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he apprenticed with Toshiko Takaezu and is a recipient of The Edward F. Albee Foundation Award.
The opening will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Longhouse members and $10 for non-members.
Warming Up the Riverhead Raceway
This weekend also marks the beginning of the season for the Riverhead Raceway, with practice days on the racetrack both April 19 and April 26 from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission to the racetrack is free both Saturdays, with NASCAR stock cars starting off the afternoon and Enduro cars testing and tuning later in the day. May 3 is the official opening night at the racetrack.
Celebrate National Poetry Month
Also this Saturday, the Shelter Island Poetry Project is joining with members of Artists of Shelter Island (ARTSI) in a special poetry reading titled “Muse to Muse…Poets Look at Art” at the Shelter Island Historical Society at 4:30 p.m.
The reading is the opening event for an art show at the Havens House Barn featuring nine Shelter Island artists: KC Bailey, Jackie Black, Janet Culbertson, Roz Dimon, Victor Friedman, Kathy Hammond, Mary Larsen, Kia Pedersen and Mike Zisser.
Hear Some Music
On the music front, Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork is hosting a performance by jazz guitarist Matt Marshak, Nancy Atlas and guitarist Johnny Blood will host their annual birthday bash at The Stephen Talkhouse, and drummer James Benard and pianist Jeffrey Lee Mills will bring Beatle Jazz to the Hotel Fish in Hampton Bays on Saturday night.
The Beacon’s full music listings are live here.
Sunday is Easter, for those among us who aren’t heathens. An ecumenical sunrise service will be held at the Montauk Lighthouse at 6 p.m. Other than that, take the day off. There’s not much going on and you need to rest up for a summer of East End party-going.