• We’re headed for the warmest day so far this year — today is expected to be sunny, with a high near 78 degrees, and a south wind 5 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 52 degrees. Tomorrow, we’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon and a high near 74 degrees. Wednesday is expcted to clear, with a high around 69 and Thursday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 72 degrees.
• It was a beautiful spring weekend on the Twin Forks — we saw the first baby maple leaves out Sunday and the cherry trees are just coming into full bloom.
• There was some sadness throughout these springtime traditions — On Sunday afternoon, the congregation of Southold’s First Universalist Church gathered at the site of their church, which burned down March 14, for a committal ceremony before the remains of the building are demolished this coming week. They plan to rebuild.
• Cutchogue East sixth graders Hanna Prager and Kylie Conroy treated drivers on New Suffolk Avenue in Mattituck to an impromptu jazz concert Sunday afternoon in support of their Girl Scout Cookie sale – when we left just before four they just had a few boxes left!
• May bird migration is kicking into full swing, and there are a whole slew of birding walks being held throughout the East End in the upcoming weeks to celebrate the season. Tom Damiani kicks off his May-gration Tuesdays with Tom series at the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park tomorrow morning. Our full birding listings are online here.
• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Get your own free copy, or help your friends get their own free copy each week by signing up here.
• The Southampton Arts Center’s new group show, East End Collected, opened Saturday night, with a packed house of local artists whose work is hanging on the walls of the former Parrish Art Museum building in Southampton Village. The show hangs through May 17, and Nancy Atlas will hold a celebratory concert May 16 in honor of the show. At left, our favorite piece, Ivan Kustura’s portrait of his son, “Raphael.”
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.