The Hamptons Arts Network, a consortium of 21 arts organizations on the South Fork, has brought an innovative touch to its fourth annual spring “Thaw Fest,” which instead of for just one weekend has this year been spread over the course of the next month, as the weather warms and we begin to venture back out into the world.

The festival goes into full swing this weekend, with both virtual and live events continuing through mid-April. The full schedule is online here.

The Hamptons Youth Quartet

Hamptons Doc Fest is presenting a virtual screening of a great film, “Acasă, My Home,” the story of a family of two adults and nine children that is moved from a life of harmony with nature in the Vasaresti Delta in Romania to a city apartment so that the land can be made into a park and the children can go to school. The film is available to view online through Monday, March 15. Here are more details.

The Hamptons Youth Quartet presents a virtual concert with to the Southampton Cultural Center on Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m., performing pieces by Mozart, Dvorak and other favorites. Here’s where to watch.

Also on Sunday, March 14, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center invites award winning director Elizabeth Lo to discuss her new film Stray in an online session at 5 p.m. Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, the film explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. The full film Stray is also available in the SHC virtual cinema. Here’s how to register.

The cast of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s 2011 production of “Our Town.”

Sunday evening, March 14, will be capped with a 7 p.m. 10th Anniversary Reunion of the cast of a Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center production of “Our Town.”

In March of 2011, WHBPAC put up its first full-length, theatrical production, featuring a cast of fifteen young teenagers. Ten years later, they’re celebrating their alumni as they come together for a discussion around the themes of “Our Town” and talk about where they are now, and the impact of the Arts Academy on their lives. Here’s how to register and donate.

Upcoming events in the weeks ahead include a discussion of the Southampton Arts Center’s new East End Collected6 exhibition, Ghost Hunting at the Rogers Mansion at the Southampton Historical Society, discussions with artists at The Watermill Center, and film screenings of a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and “The Producers,” along with a walking tour through the Parrish Art Museum’s sculpture installation, a concert of Schumann’s piano works and a virtual play reading sponsored by Guild Hall.

A full schedule of events is online at

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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