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Greenport’s First Fridays Gallery Walk

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The photo is a JoAnne Dumas work from the Making Waves Exhibit, which opens at Sirens’ Song Gallery during the Gallery Walk this Friday July 7. Caroline Waloski, artist & proprietor of Sirens’ Song, and participant in the Greenport Business Improvement District supporting the event, chats about it: Q: How did the Greenport Gallery Walk get started? Who is participating? A: Over 10 years ago, we artists decided to cooperate and promote each other to make…

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Conch Candles NoFo and the North Fork’s Entrepreneurial Culture

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Michael Maroutsis of Conch Candles NoFo on Mattituck Beach at sunset A striking feature of the North Fork is our dearth of chain stores and big corporate genericness. Filled with mom and pop shops and creative startups so small they retail through other shops and fairs, the North Fork is the place to find unique foods, art, clothes and items of all kinds. Though each entrepreneur here has her own story, they all share a love for the…

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American Beech’s Brent Pelton on Transforming Stirling Square into a Greenport Community Social Hub

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Brent is on the right; his manager Iris Welcome on the left Q: American Beech is such a great space, particularly your plaza with a beech tree & bar at its heart. So warm and welcoming—what a change to Stirling Square. Remind people what used to be here, and tell us how the current incarnation came to be. A: When I went into contract on the property in June 2014 there were five commercial vacancies and…

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Inside Caci North Fork and its ‘One Actor’ Theory of Food; a chat with Chef /Partner Marco Pellegrini and Owner/Partner Daniele Cacioppo

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Caci North Fork Executive Chef Marco Pellegrini, photo by Randee Daddona  Q: Marco, your accent reveals you’re from Italy—how did you get to the North Fork? Marco: From when I was a child, I had the American Dream—I wanted to come to the USA—but I didn’t like any of the opportunities until I met the Cacioppo family. I worked in Italy at one of the most exclusive places–The Castello di Reschio—it’s on the border line of…

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The Rites of Spring Two Years In, and the Laurel Lake Vineyards Concert

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Cover photo is the view from the Laurel Lake deck Tickets available here. In 2015, Paolo Bartolani started crafting a musical festival designed for the North Fork: The Rites of Spring. The first iteration ran in spring 2016 and featured four multi-dimensional concerts in settings as diverse as Brecknock Hall, Historical Society buildings, Custer Observatory and Laurel Lake Vineyards. The music ranged from classical to contemporary and was accompanied by food, wine and beauty. This…

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Rites of Spring, 2x: Thought Experiments at Custer, Quogue Nocture at the Wildlife Refuge

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The cover photo is the Quogue Nature Center, where Sunday’s concert will be. Photo credit Marisa Nelson Enjoy interviews profiling the coming two Rites of Spring Concerts, this Saturday and Sunday. The first multidimensional experience begins with an exhibit, opening at 5 pm, followed by a talk at 6:30, the concert at 7, and a reception and stargazing thereafter. Tickets for that event here.  Sunday’s starts with a talk & meet the animals at 4:30 pm, a…

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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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