Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers today, mainly before 4 p.m., with the temperature rising to near 55 by 11 a.m. and then falling to around 47 for the remainder of the day. It will be breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour, becoming southwest 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers this evening, mainly before 7 p.m., with skies clearing overnight and a low around 24. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 41 and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

• The Trust for Public Land is working on an ambitious project, the Long Island Greenway, to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to traverse the length of Long Island without a car. Southampton and East Hampton towns joined the effort this week. Read More.

• The Southampton History Museum hosts a Zoom presentation on “Our Island’s Story: The Natural History of Long Island with Tara Rider, Ph.D.” this morning at 11 a.m. This talk will discuss the features that make Long Island’s geology distinctive and have shaped the peoples who have inhabited this island — from salt marshes and cranberry bogs to hardwood forests and the Hempstead Plains. Register online here.

• The Watermill Center holds an In Process studio visit with artists currently in residence this evening at 6 p.m. Artists include experimental musician Lea Bertucci, the multi-media dance company Vinson Fraley and Company and visual artist Tuçe Yasak. Here’s more info.

• Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count with North Fork Audubon at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport this Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Beginner birders of all ages are welcome to learn about this global bird count. More details are at northforkaudubon.org.

• Downtown Southold will come alive again this President’s Day Weekend with the second annual WinterFest along the Main Road on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s more info, and a schedule of events.

• The 178th Annual Greenport Fire Department Washington’s Birthday Parade kicks off Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. on Greenport’s upper Main Street, heading south to Front Street and then up Third Street to the firehouse for refreshments.

• An Opening Reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Southampton Artists Association Winter Show at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. The show is on view Feb. 15 to 26. More info is at scc-arts.org.

• The Friends of the Montauk Library and the Montauk Historical Society will present a screening at the library of the documentary “Laisurama” on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Here’s more info.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows.

February 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:57 a.m., 7:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:05 a.m., 6:29 p.m.
Greenport: 7:34 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:23 a.m., 9:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:29 a.m., 7:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:56 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:03 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:03 a.m., 6:37 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:12 a.m., 4:46 p.m.

February 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:50 a.m., 8:13 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:58 a.m., 7:21 p.m.
Greenport: 8:27 a.m., 8:50 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:22 a.m., 9:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:22 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:49 a.m., 10:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:56 a.m., 10:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:04 a.m., 7:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:13 a.m., 5:43 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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