San Gennaro watches over his feast
San Gennaro watches over his feast in Hampton Bays

Three years ago, the good folks who own Scotto’s Pork Store in Hampton Bays got tired of having nothing to do but pick pumpkins on the East End in October, and they decided to emulate the folks in Little Italy and have a big feast in honor of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples. They had a statue of San Gennaro made for them in Naples and shipped to the good ground of Hampton Bays to make the festival happen.

And it’s still happening this weekend. The streets and parking lots between Main Street and the railroad station are filled with Masaratis and music, zeppoli and cigar vendors, sausages and peppers, and one or two grandmothers who can’t help but cry to hear a young tenor sing “Come Back to Sorrento.”

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If you’re reading this on Saturday, Oct. 5, there’s still time to get down to the fireworks at the festival at 9 p.m. tonight. Sunday, Oct. 6, brings a full day of music, beginning with a performance by Carmello the Singing Pizza Man from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the smooth sound of Johnny Avelo from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Franco Corso’s love songs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Motown band The Filthy Crickets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days.

Oh, yes, there’s a carnival too! More information is available here.

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

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