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VSOP Projects Takes Root in Greenport; a chat with Founder, Director, and Curator Jonathan Weiskopf

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This interview was conducted May 1; VSOP has had its ‘soft opening’; the Grand Opening is this coming Saturday night from 6-10 pm. Q: What is VSOP Projects? A: VSOP Projects is a multi-use, contemporary art space. We stage exhibitions of artwork by emerging and established artists and designers, and we have a retail shop with a wide variety of furnishings, accessories, and objects for the home. Our large private garden will be a gathering…

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Hamptons Piano Fest Plays the North Fork at our Newest, Beautiful Waterfront Venue

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A conversation with pianists Agnė Radzevičiūtė and Philip Kwoka and John Ovanessian, General Manager at the Peconic Bay Yacht Club. Tickets at RitesMusic.org Q: How did you get to be a part of Hamptons Piano Fest? And what is Hamptons Piano Fest, really? Philip: I studied with Paul Schenly at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and he invited me to his summer music school, Pianofest in the Hamptons. That was about six years ago. Paolo would come to…

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Chamber Music in Historic Homes, a Memorial Day Sunday Special

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On Sunday May 28, Rites of Spring II offers four brief, beautiful chamber music concerts, as they should be heard—in the chambers of historic homes. Tour the homes, enjoy wine and chocolate too. Music by the Arcanum String Quartet. Tickets at RitesMusic.org. Conversation with Andrew Minguez of Arcanum Quartet, Gail Horton of Stirling Historical Society Q:  Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend—May 28—What’s happening? Andrew: The day starts at the Southold Historical Society’s Anne Currie Bell…

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Rites of Spring II: The Memory Palace Concert at the Jamesport Meeting House

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A conversation with historian Richard Wines, composer Chris Cerrone and musician Ian Rosenbaum about the music and the venue. Cover photo is Cerrone at work. Tickets and more at RitesMusic.org. Q:  The Memory Palace Concert on May 12 takes place at the Jamesport Meeting House. What is that? Richard: We believe it’s the oldest public building on the East End of Long Island. This building was built in 1731 by the pioneers of Riverhead Town—the…

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Photographer Madison Fender Shares Adventures from her Vietnamese Road Trip, her Love of the North Fork and her New Show—Vietnow

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Q: Your new photography exhibit documents a trip you took to Bali and Vietnam. What was that like? A: It was epic, it was amazing. I was hungry for adventure, so I bought a one-way ticket to Bali. I had no plan, I didn’t even have a hotel to stay in. I just showed up. I was there for a month—I was very solo and independent. I stayed outside of town, in home stays—in locals…

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Rites of Spring Virtuoso Piano Concert at Borghese Vineyard; a Conversation with the Host, Musician and Chocolatier

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Giovanni is Giovanni Borghese, the vineyard owner (center); Paolo is Paolo Bartolani, the festival artistic director and pianist (right); Steve is Steve Amaral the chocolatier of North Fork Chocolate (left). Get your tickets for all the concerts at RitesMusic.org Q: Borghese Vineyard is a beautiful place more associated with art—you have a gallery on site—than music. What made you decide to host this concert? Giovanni: True, we’re not known as the destination for a lot…

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Domenica Pugliese chats the Family Business: Pugliese Vineyards

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Pugliese family photo; Domenica is third in from left Q: How did you get to the North Fork? A: My parents came out for a summer place for us when we were kids. They got a little cottage in 1980, it came with 10 acres, and they decided to plant grapes as a hobby. First they put grapes in a couple of acres. Pretty soon all the acres were planted. Then 1986 my Dad made…

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Deborah Pittorino of the Greenporter Hotel on Tasting the North Fork this weekend & beyond

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Deborah (center) with her ‘A’ Team Q: The Greenporter Hotel is participating in this weekend’s Taste the North Fork, right? What are you offering? A: We are offering a two-night stay and delicious wine dinner at American Beech, a homemade breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant, a pop up tasting room for Raphael Vineyards, and of course, we’re an easy walk from the Greenport Southold Bus Loop. Q: Is your pop up Raphael tasting room…

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North Fork Artist Kara Hoblin on Letting Go Through Chalk Art, her Taste the North Fork Art Show and Coming Together for the Environment through Art.

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Cover photo credit: Joe Foster, Dapp Studios; all others courtesy Kara Hoblin Q: How did you get to the North Fork? A: I’ve been visiting the North Fork since I was about 15 and moved out here about three and a half years ago. I had been living in Brooklyn after college, working at a photo and styling agency in the Soho Tribeca area. The moving process was traumatic. I made the mistake of packing my…

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Bee Rancher Laura Klahre of Blossom Meadow Farm Talks Honeybees, Native Bees, and Coffee Pot Cellars

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Photo credit: Monique Singh-Roy, Northforker.com Q: How did you come to the North Fork? A: I came to Long Island for graduate school. I have a masters in marine science from Stony Brook. After graduating, I went to work as an oceanographer for the Federal Government in DC for a year, but I didn’t like it so I came back and settled on the North Fork.  On Long Island, I’ve worked for the Peconic Estuary Program and The…

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