• We’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day today, with a high near 35 degrees. There’s a chance of freezing rain before 1 a.m., then a chance of rain in the wee hours of Saturday, as the temperature begins to rise for a balmy weekend. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 51 degrees and a southwest wind 8 to 13 miles per hour. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50 and a west wind 7 to 10 miles per hour.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state will be undertaking a Comprehensive Long Island Groundwater Study. The $6 million study, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and Nassau and Suffolk counties, will examine saltwater intrusion, surface water impacts, contaminant transport and sustainable yield, and will result in a groundwater flow model, the international standard for understanding and managing groundwater impacts. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Sag Harbor’s Eastville Community Historical Society and Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor educational farm are teaming up this weekend for a discussion at Bay Street Theatre on the stories of African American East Enders that have “been hidden, forgotten, untold, fragmented and/or fabricated.” The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Peconic Landing in Greenport is hosting a discussion Saturday afternoon on deer issues and tick-borne diseases with Dr. John Rasweiler, a former professor at the medical schools of Columbia University and NYS Downtown Medical Center and a member of Southold’s Deer Management Task Force this Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring questions.
• This weekend, Winterfest begins at vineyards and venues throughout the North Fork, the Hamptons International Film Festival hosts a screening of the Robert Altman classic “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, and the Southampton Artists Association hosts a group show at the Southampton Cultural Center, also on Saturday.
• Sag Harbor’s noted singing plumber, Terry Sullivan, will present his new book “My Sag Harbor Bird Notebook: A Conversational Survey in Poetry, Prose, Photography and Prints,” at Canio’s Books on Saturday at 5 p.m. An avid fisherman, the book includes Sullivan’s photographs and commentary. More information is online here.
• There are also some great films to be seen at museums and libraries throughout the East End this weekend, along with plenty of non-Winterfest music including the Cabin Fever Music Festival and many local performers out at the vineyards. Our full music listings are online here. This weekend is also the full moon, and many nature groups are hosting full moon hikes in honor of the occasion. Our full nature listings are online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.