• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high near 54 degrees, but wind chill values between 20 and 30 degrees early, with a northwest wind 14 to 18 miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30 degrees and wind chill values between 20 and 25. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 56 degrees and a west wind around 9 miles per hour. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57 degrees.
• Riverhead Town will likely be corralling drinkers into beer gardens at festivals throughout town, after they were urged to take the step to reign in drinkers by members of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program (CAP), which helps Riverhead youth to resist drinking and drugs. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Downtown Montauk’s beach restabilization project, slated to be started by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor this spring, will instead begin in the fall, representatives for the Army Corps said this week. The contractor, H&L Contracting LLC of Bay Shore, is in the process of gathering equipment and materials for the job.
• Poetry is in the air this weekend on the East End. This morning at Floyd Memorial Library, Vivian Eyre will be celebrating “Brunch Poems,” while tonight, Canio’s Books will be celebrating Earth Day with a series of poems for the earth. Sunday brings a poetry marathon to Poetry Street at the Blue Duck Bakery Café in Riverhead and poets Virginia Walker and Michael Walsh will read at the Amagansett Library. The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.
• Have you ever been to a Death Café? At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death, and they’ll be doing just that this afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport. The objective of the program, according to the library, is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.’ More information is online here.
• The Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton opens this weekend, with sculpture works in the garden by Takashi Soga, Grace Knowlton, Sui Jianguo, Ronald Bladen and Kiki Smith, opening with a reception Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. More information is online here. The East End abounds with gallery openings this weekend, and you can find The Beacon’s full art listings online here.
• The Miró Quartet, one of the truly great performing quartets today, stand out for their vibrant playing style and deeply musical interpretations. They’ll be playing at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church this Sunday as part of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival series. Their program opens with Haydn’s famous “Fifths” quartet, whose inventive style is as alive today as when it was written in 1796. Aaron Copland’s Rondino is a miniature study in counterpoint and jazzy rhythms, while Schubert’s G major quartet is one of the most majestic statements to be penned for four voices. More information is online here. This is also a busy weekend for music on the East End, and our full music listings are online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.