• As usual, the weather is not cooperating for Memorial Day weekend. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain this evening, mainly after 4 p.m., with partly sunny skies and a high near 66 degrees, with an east wind 8 to 14 miles per hour. We’re expecting heavy rain overnight, with a low around 47 degrees and new precepitation amounts between 1 and 2 incheas. Rain will continue tomorrow, with a high near 58 and a northeast wind 18 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible. We’re expecting rain again on Sunday, with a high near 64. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain before noon on Memorial Day, after which skies promise to clear, with a high near 71 degrees.
• Like many water bodies across Long Island, the ecosystem of Shinnecock Bay was in serious decline a decade ago, but unlike those other water bodies, that decline has begun to reverse. Scientists at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences believe they know why things are improving: Because of the restoration work they’ve spent the past ten years doing. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub.
• Suffolk County reported 72 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, May 26, with .7 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 93 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 17 of them in ICU. The county reported no new Covid deaths, and the death toll here stands at 3,390 people. As of Thursday, May 27, 66.6 percent of Suffolk residents over the age of 18 had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 45.9 percent of residents fully vaccinated.
• After the Covid-year hiatus, Memorial Day parades are returning to the East End this monday. Here are the details.
• This afternoon from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., in observance of National Poppy Day, Southold’s American Legion Auxiliary Post 803 at 51655 Main Road in Southold will distribute the traditional paper poppy in drive-thru fashion. They’re asking attendees to use the Tucker Lane entrance. Their Memorial Poppy Field will be on display, and 100 percent of donations go directly to help veterans.
• The Oysterponds Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Home Teams: Baseball on the North Fork,” co-curated by Tom Dyja and Billy Hands, opens at the Oysterponds Historical Society’s Old Point Schoolhouse at 1555 Village Lane in Orient tomorrow at 11 a.m., and is on view through Aug. 22. Open Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. 631.323.2480
• Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the North Fork’s annual Rites of Spring Music Fest kicks off at the Jamesport Meeting House, with a program titled O Magnum Mysterium, with Yezu Elizabeth Woo on violin and Paolo Bartolani, on piano performing selections by Jan Sibelius, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Schnittke, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Isang Yun and Arvo Pärt. Tickets are $70 for general admission or $50 for friends of the festival. More details are online here.
• Guild Hall in East Hampton and OLA of Eastern Long Island present “Latin Moon & Soul” this evening at 8 p.m., an intimate and evocative evening of music under the stars at the John Drew Backyard Theater featuring romantic boleros, jazz, funk, and Latin chill with music by Danni Medina, Four Billion Years, and Latin Moon with Hannah Chavez. Tickets are $35. Register at guildhall.org.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:11 a.m., 11:32 p.m.
Greenport: 12:05 a.m., 12:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:03 a.m., 1:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: Midnight, 12:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:27 a.m., 2:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:34 a.m., 2:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:18 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:27 a.m., 9:48 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:24 a.m., 1 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:08 p.m.
Greenport: 1:01 a.m., 1:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:56 a.m., 2:35 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:56 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:23 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:30 a.m., 3:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:17 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:26 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.