Coronavirus Cancellations

This is a growing list and will be updated continuously. Please send any cancellation notices to editor@eastendbeacon.com

The following East End events have be cancelled and institutions have been closed due to concerns about the possible spread of the new coronavirus at large gatherings:

Announced Tuesday, March 17

• The following Southold Town offices were fully closed on Tuesday until further notice: Board of Assessors, Planning Department, Board of Trustees, Zoning Board of Appeals, Department of Land Preservation, Town Engineer, GIS Coordination Department, Town Historian, Recreation Department, Solid Waste (office only) and Justice Court. The town’s transfer station in Cutchogue will remain open. Town buildings remain closed to the public. Questions can be addressed to Supervisor Scott Russell’s office at 631.765.1889.

•The Greenport branch of Bridgehampton National Bank is operating with just the drive-through window open to the public, and the Mattituck branch of Capital One Bank is temporarily closed. Capital One customers are being directed to use the Riverhead drive-up in the TJ Maxx parking lot on Route 58.

Announced Monday, March 16

• New York state has ordered all bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and casinos to close.

• The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is following the guidance of the CDC and cancelling all programming in the upcoming eight weeks. This includes lectures on April 5 with Tony Avent and May 3 with Lois Sheinfeld, and succulent workshop at Broadview Gardens on April 4.  They are hoping to reschedule the programming at a later date.  

• Southampton Town’s buildings, administrative offices and community centers will be closed through March 31, and all town meetings in that time frame have been cancelled.  Food delivery will continue for seniors participating in the nutrition program. The senior transportation program will continue as well as the South Fork Commuter Connection shuttle bus service. The adult day care program will be suspended for the emergency period. Transfer stations will continue to operate and parks will remain open to the public. 

• Southold Town’s March 30 forum on big houses has been cancelled.

• The March 17 meeting of the Plastic Reduction and Elimination Project of the North Fork has been cancelled.

• The Westhampton Free Library is closed until further notice.

• The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association has cancelled its March 30 meeting and forum on young farmers with the Peconic Land Trust.

Announced Sunday, March 15

• All schools in Suffolk County will be closed through March 27.

Announced Friday, March 13:

• The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is closed until further notice.

• The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will be closed through March 31.

• The Southampton Arts Center, which had suspended its programming through April 12, is closing its galleries as well through March 29.

• The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will be closed for two weeks.

• Greenport Village has cancelled its March 19 board of trustees work session.

• The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has cancelled its “Mozart Portrait with Alan Alda” concert that had been scheduled for Saturday, March 21. BCMF is attempting to reschedule this concert.

• The Westhampton Library has cancelled all adult programming through March 31 and has cancelled its Friday Night In program for tweens and teens through March 27. Children’s programming will continue and the library is expecting to remain open.

• The East Hampton Historical Society has cancelled its programming related to its current Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Water/Ways, through March 31. The exhibition is also temporarily closed.

• Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library is cancelling all programs through March 31, but is expected to maintain its regular open hours.

• The Riverhead Community Action Program (CAP) is postponing its Bowling Bonanza Fundraiser, originally scheduled for March 26 at the All Star in Riverhead. We will update this information when a new date is announced.

• The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead has cancelled all its events for the rest of March, but the museum is slated to remain open.

• The North Fork Community Theatre has decided to cancel the remaining two weeks of the run of its current production, “Wolf Hall.”

• The Southampton Cultural Center will be closed through March 29.

• The Orient Historical Society offices will be closed until further notice. OHS is also postponing public events for the next few weeks, starting with John Holzapfel’s lecture (originally scheduled for Saturday March 14): “Hard Water Sailing: A History of Iceboating.”

• Bingo at the Southold American Legion is cancelled until further notice as well as the St. Patricks Dinner on Saturday, March 21 and the Legion Breakfast on Sunday, March 15. St. Patrick’s Dinner tickets will be refunded. “Remember! We are North Fork Strong and will weather this storm. This too will pass,” says Legion Commander Charles Saunders.

Announced Thursday, March 12:

• Guild Hall in East Hampton has decided to suspend all its programs through March 31. “We feel it is our responsibility as a place of community gathering to do our part to assist government, health, and local officials in slowing the spread of this virus. We will be offering full refunds for all shows through March 31, or the opportunity to reschedule for a future performance. Donations of ticket fees as a contribution to Guild Hall are also deeply appreciated. We thank you for your patience as we begin to communicate with our ticket buyers, and issue refunds.”

• Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor has decided to cancel all weekend events from now through the end of March. Education classes and workshops will proceed as scheduled. This is a decision that is not made lightly, one that fully weighs the interests and safety of our patrons and our performers as we all navigate this difficult time. We ask our patrons to be patient and understanding through this process as we deal with artists and other issues. Says Executive Director Tracy Mitchell, “We know our audience understands. For those who wish to help out, it would be wonderful if they would consider donating their tickets, and we can easily provide them with a letter for tax purposes.”

• Greenport’s Floyd Memorial Library is closed at least through Friday, according to Library Director Lisa Richland. All programs have been cancelled until further notice. Call 631.477.0660 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for any questions or assistance with their digital resources

• The League of Women Voters forum with local town justices scheduled for Monday, Mar. 16 at Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library has been cancelled.

• Effective Monday, March 16, Westhampton Free Library is cancelling all adult programs through March 31. The library will remain open.

• The Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Ama-O-Gansett St. Patrick’s Day Parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, have been cancelled and the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed to a future date.

Announced Wednesday, March 11:

• The Southold Historical Society Lecture “The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry,” originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at Peconic Landing, has been cancelled.

• The East Hampton Town Arts Council’s “Labor of Love” student and alumni art show that was scheduled to begin with an opening reception at the East Hampton Library on March 14th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm has been cancelled. It may be rescheduled at a later date. For more information, please contact the town board office at 631.324.2620.

• The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is cancelling all of its upcoming events for the month of March, including its Second Annual Gardeners Film Festival, which was scheduled to be held on March 21 at Guild Hall.

• Greenport Village is suspending Carousel operations on March 14 and 15, and is asking the public to continue to monitor the carousel portion of its website for determinations regarding future weekends.

• The East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative has postponed a free three-part series titled “Self Help for Mental Health: Exploring the Benefits of Movement, Meditation and Nutrition” that had originally been scheduled for three Tuesdays in March at East Hampton Middle School.

• The Goat on a Boat puppet shows at Bay Street Theatre have been cancelled for the month of March by Liz Joyce out of an abundance of caution. “While children do not seem to be as vulnerable to this infection, the little ones are less likely to employ proper hand washing, and for the sake of everyone who comes to our theater, she felt it was best,” according to the theater. Go to goatonaboat.org for more information.

• The Manhattan Film Institute is closing the Greenport Theatre on Front Street for two weeks, effective March 11. “We are choosing to meet this global concern with grace, humility and an abundance of caution,” according to a statement from the institute. “We look forward to gathering as a community in the near future.”

• The East Marion Community Association has cancelled its meeting for Saturday, March 14, at which they were slated to hear a presentation from beekeeper Laura Klahre on “Power to the Pollinators.” The presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.

• Peconic Bay Medical Center also announced March 10 that it will be canceling several upcoming events due to the threat from coronavirus. According to an email from the hospital Tuesday, “currently, the expectation is that we will continue to see an increase in the coronavirus in our region, and accordingly, we are ready to ensure the appropriate level of preparedness. To ensure that we have the right teams in place throughout this crisis, we are taking a close look at community events that require the support and presence of our team members…. Note that this period of time may be adjusted further as the situation develops. The health of our patients, volunteers, staff and community is of the upmost importance to us.”

• Sylvester Manor Education Farm on Shelter Island has postponed a concert by The Fretless scheduled for Saturday, March 14 to prioritize “the health and well-being of the musicians, audience members, volunteers and staff.” The concert will be rescheduled for the band’s next U.S. tour which will take place in 2021. All ticket holders will be notified and issued a full refund.

• This year’s Dandelion Festival at KK’s The Farm in Southold, originally scheduled for May 17, has been cancelled. “It is not a time to party, time to stay low, fight well” said organizer Sonomi Obinata in a message to organizers of the festival Tuesday.

This is a growing list and will be updated continuously. Please send any cancellation notices to editor@eastendbeacon.com

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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