After a year of virtual programming, the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck is ready to break through to the other side of the pandemic this June by holding its first in-person event, a community picnic and concert on the shore of the Peconic Bay, which will serve as this year’s gala fundraiser for the all-volunteer theater company.

The event, to be held on Saturday, June 12 at Veterans Memorial Park on Peconic Bay Boulevard, will include two seatings at 2 and 6 p.m., with a maximum of 125 guests per seating, and attendees will be able to reserve a table with as few as four guests, in order to preserve their own Covid-safe bubble.

“There will be actors, singers and people doing music, celebrating the reemergence of the world,” said the theater’s treasurer, Mary Kalich, who is working on planning for the event, which will be headlined by the band Spicy Tuna. “We’re going to have our Youth on Stage perform a crescendo final act.”

As it did last year, the theater has made arrangements with the new owners of the former Suffolk County National Bank building on Love Lane in Mattituck to display auction items in advance of the gala in the windows of the storefront in the month leading up to the gala, which will be accessible for bidding online, with a last opportunity to bid at the gala.

There will be two live auction items at each of the Gala sessions: a Stand-Up Paddle Board, and a pair of Adirondack chairs painted by renowned local artists Alan Bull and Kara Hoblin. 

The theater will be serving pre-packaged gourmet meals and ice cream at the gala, to keep with the Covid-safe environment.

Tickets are $100, or $150 for “sparkling” sponsors, who will be recognized at the event.

“This is something different that we’ve never done before,” said Ms. Kalich. “That’s the great part about live theater. It never fails to constantly evolve and change.”

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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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