• The Beacon’s staff was delighted to be tending bar at the kickoff celebration for Southold Town’s 375th Anniversary year at Brecknock Hall Saturday night. All sorts of visiting dignitaries attended, including brand new East End Congressman Lee Zeldin, who said he was glad to be in a building that was once owned by the family of the benefactor to his alma mater — the William Floyd School District. Southold Town Councilman Bob Ghosio was glad to see the inside of the building because he had designed its HVAC system. State Senator Ken LaValle was there wearing his red baseball cap and carrying a big proclamation from the state. Elizabeth Haile from the Shinnecock Indian Nation reminded everyone in attendence that when Southold and Southampton stop fighting over which town came first, her tribe will be happy to remind us all that they were here before all of the rest of us. All sorts of fine historically-minded people were there, including the elusive Jim Grathwohl of Cutchogue, making his first public appearance in several months. Everyone was well behaved in anticipation of a good anniversary year. Alas, we have no photograhs of the occasion, but photographs of such occasions tend to be boring.
• Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy is being celebrated in new ways across the East End this year. Southold Town is hosting its first-ever day of community service in honor of Dr. King, the Blue Duck Bakery is hosting a food drive, and Southampton hosts its annual Martin Luther King breakfast this morning. The Beacon’s full schedule of events is online here.
• The Southold Economic Development Committee is partnering with the Long Island Development Corporation and the Long Island Small Business Assistance Corp. to sponser a series of educational workshops this year, beginning with a workshop on agriculture and viticulture this Friday at 9 a.m. More information is online here.
• If you missed the last edition of reporter Gianna Volpe’s FrEElance report Thursday morning on WRIV (1390 AM), you missed a discussion on the farm-to-table movement on the North Fork, pigeon as a culinary delight in central Italy, why the USDA is working to ensure the containment of Southern California snails on the East End, how Men’s Health gave Gianna Volpe the scoop on Caci’s North Fork, how chef Taylor Knapp left First and South and his plans to host dinners at Aldo’s in Greenport before focusing on his privately funded Peconic Escargot project. Also, executive chef Marco Pellegrini of Caci’s North Fork stopped by the WRIV studio to talk about his move to the East End from Italy and how he developed an ice wine gelato made with Macari Wines. If you missed it, you can still listen online here. Gianna will be on the air again Jan. 22 at 8:15 a.m.
• Robert Bruey will be the guest artist at Live Music Mondays at Fresh Hamptons on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by an open mic night. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.