Water Play: Hamptons Piano Fest Waterside; Diving Dogs; Claudio’s Wharf Party. Fleece & Fiber Fair Too!

Cover photo is the waterside setting for the Rites of Music II Hamptons Piano Fest concert in Southold Sunday

 The Highlights

Friday May 19 – Sunday May 21

Judging by the many and varied events this weekend, summer season has started on the North Fork and it’s not even Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy beautiful piano music with stunning waterfront views as part of the Rites of Spring II; cavort with playful dogs dock diving at Greenport Harbor Brewing and support good causes too; dance the day away on the wharf as Claudio’s Clam Bar kicks off the season.

Spend the day delighting in food, farming and family fun at Sang Lee; delight in all things fiber arts, from sheep to finished craft, at the 8th annual Fleece & Fiber Fair at Hallockville Museum Farm; learn to grow potatoes, protect marine life, or care for historic headstones; take the first Bug Light Lighthouse Cruise of the season.

And that’s just for starters. Full listings below. 

The Listings 

Friday May 19 – Sunday May 21

(Click a category title to drop down to the full listings for that type of event, or just scroll)

Food, Farm & Vineyard
(This category is for food and wine events, and for events hosted by a vineyard or farm, other than live music; for live music at all venues, see that category.)

From blending your own wine at Sannino or tasting Salt Bird Cellars at the Winemaker’s Studio to doing a deep dive a Sang Lee Farms, watching dogs dive at Greenport Harbor Brewing, herding sheep or weaving yarn at the Fleece and Fiber Fair or any of many other farm and vineyard based events, this weekend offers many ways to experience the North Fork’s agricultural richness.

Live Music

Special concerts: Hamptons Piano Fest on the water, Claudio’s Clam Bar Grand Opening on the Wharf, Basically Baroque in Greenport, a couple dozen more. 

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

An art reception, a play, a musical, interest talks.

History

Explore a historic graveyard; learn to restore headstones; tour a historic farm.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Star gaze at Custer, cruise to Bug Lighthouse, spend the day on the farm at Sang Lee or Hallockville, explore this uniquely beautiful place.

Food, Farm and Vineyard
(What’s happening at the vineyards, other than live music; (for live music at all venues, see that category) plus food and farm events too.)

Friday 

  • Caci: Wine Maker Dinner with Bedell CellarsSouthold. Four fabulous courses thoughtfully paired with wine. 6:30-9:30 pm. Menu & Details

Saturday

  • Peconic Land Trust: One Potato, Two Potato, Agricultural Center Southold. Join us in the barn for an interactive presentation and learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about planting, caring for, and harvesting delicious potatoes in your garden. 10-11:30 am. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: 1st Annual North Fork Doggy Dock Diving Festival, Peconic. This exciting and fun event, featuring both pro dogs and your pet too (if you want in) involves dogs jumping into pools and doing tricks while you kick it in the sun with a cold brew. Proceeds benefit three great local organizations: North Fork Welfare Animal League (NFWAL), of Southold, NY; Burton Potter Post (div. of American Legion) of Greenport, NY; and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). 9 am- 5 pm. Details
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Winemaker for a Day VIP Blending SessionPeconic. you and your guest will have the chance to learn how to blend a custom bottle of wine as you learn about life as a vintner. Noon-2:30 pm. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms: Open House & TourPeconic. Spend the day on the farm: Taste test from the Certified Organic Farm Kitchen, learn about new vendors by sampling their products, enjoy a stir fry demo and sample specialty Asian vegetables, tour the farm with ‘Farmer Fred’ at 11am or 2pm; learn about herbs from Herbalist Courtney Hall, enjoy live music, picnic area, playground.
     10 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Preakness Stakes, Cutchogue. Watch the Preakness Stakes in your best hat. The person wearing the “best” hat wins a bottle of Rosé. Enjoy a special Rosé cocktail too. By Reservation Only. 6:30-9 pm. Details
  • Wickham’s Fruit Farm: History Tour, Cutchogue. Thomas Wickham leads and shares history of this roughly three hundred and seventy year old farm. 10 am. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker’s WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: Tours & Barrel TastingMattituck. Shinn Estates offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic wine growing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour barrel center starting at 2:30, and sample Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot among others, plus cheeses. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Meet the ArtistSound Avenue. Meet SallyAnne Keller and enjoy her work, in the tasting room 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Fleece and Fiber Fair, Sound Avenue. Learn how local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art. Two fun-filled, family-friendly days of demonstrations and hands-on learning. Visit both days for a variety of demonstrations, workshops and local artisans selling their handmade supplies and products in the Naugles Barn Fiber Market! 10 am-4 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: 1st Annual North Fork Doggy Dock Diving FestivalPeconic. This exciting and fun event, featuring both pro dogs and your pet too (if you want in) involves dogs jumping into pools and doing tricks while you kick it in the sun with a cold brew. Proceeds benefit three great local organizations: North Fork Welfare Animal League (NFWAL), of Southold, NY; Burton Potter Post (div. of American Legion) of Greenport, NY; and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). 9 am- 5 pm. Details
  • Winemaker’s Studio: Salt Bird Cellars Tasting, Peconic. Owner/Winemaker Robin Epperson-McCarthy will be at the Winemakers Studio pouring the current Saltbird Cellars Portfolio. 2-6 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: ToursMattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Fleece and Fiber FairSound Avenue. Learn how local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art. Two fun-filled, family-friendly days of demonstrations and hands-on learning. Visit both days for a variety of demonstrations, workshops and local artisans selling their handmade supplies and products in the Naugles Barn Fiber Market! 10 am-4 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday

Saturday 

Sunday 

  • Claudio’s Clam BarGreenportTBA, on the wharf. 1:30 pm. Details
  • Rites of Spring II: Rising Stars Piano Recital & Cocktail Sampling, Peconic Bay Yacht Club Southold. Open bar, cocktail sampling, chocolate and virtuoso piano by three rising stars, in collaboration with PianoFest in the Hamptons. Drinks & Treats before and after the show. 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Osprey’s DominionPeconic. The Lone Sharks, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicDinny Keg, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Raphael VineyardPeconicBlue Roots, 1-4 pm. Details
  • PindarPeconicTommy Sullivan, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Pugliese VineyardsCutchogueSteve Archdeacon, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Bridge LaneMattituckJulia King. 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Laurel Lake VineyardsLaurelGeorge Barry, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointJamesportFirefly, 1:30 pm. Details
  • Jason’s VineyardJamesportTJ Brown, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday 

  • Northeast Stage: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Greenport. Paul Simon’s classic. 8 pm. Tickets & Details
  • Matinee Film: Founder, Mattituck-Laurel Library. The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. 1:30 pm. Details
  • North Fork Community Theater: Cabaret, Mattituck. The hit musical Cabaret takes us back to Berlin in 1930 as two couples attempt to find happiness while the looming threat of the Third Reich swirls around them. Presiding over it all is the menacing Emcee, whose promise that “life is a cabaret” may come with dangerous strings attached. 8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Talk: Séance: An Illustrated PresentationEileen Garrett Library Greenport. Shannon Taggart will share images and stories from her 16-year long project on Spiritualism, the 19th-century American born religion. This heavily illustrated talk will include photographs from Lily Dale, NY, the world’s largest Spiritualist community, Montcabirol, a physical mediumship center in France, and the Arthur Findlay College in England. 2 pm. Details.
  • Northeast Stage: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Greenport. Paul Simon’s classic. 8 pm. Tickets & Details.
  • Nature Talk: Whales, Dolphins, Seals, and Sea Turtles in NY Waters, Downs Farm Preserve Cutchogue. Learn about Marine Animal Conservation in New York from Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr., Chief Scientist of the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and marine biologist for over 20 years. 10 am. Details.
  • North Fork Community Theater: Cabaret, Mattituck. The hit musical Cabaret takes us back to Berlin in 1930 as two couples attempt to find happiness while the looming threat of the Third Reich swirls around them. Presiding over it all is the menacing Emcee, whose promise that “life is a cabaret” may come with dangerous strings attached. 8 pm. Details
  • Artists Reception: Photographers Jim Sabiston & Mike McLaughlinRosalie Dimon Gallery Cutchogue. Enjoy the new art exhibit, local wines and artisanal cheeses. Presented by East End Arts. 3-5 pm. Details.
  • Meet the Artist, Martha Clara Vineyards. Meet SallyAnne Keller and enjoy her work, in the tasting room 2-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • The Bolshoi Ballet In HD: A Hero of Our Time, Peconic Landing Greenport. “Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him.” 3-6 pm. Details
  • North Fork Community Theater: Cabaret, Mattituck. The hit musical Cabaret takes us back to Berlin in 1930 as two couples attempt to find happiness while the looming threat of the Third Reich swirls around them. Presiding over it all is the menacing Emcee, whose promise that “life is a cabaret” may come with dangerous strings attached. 2:30 pm. Details.

Ongoing 

  • Floyd Memorial Library, GreenportWeather. Photography by the Light Painters.Through May 31. Open when the library isDetails
  • Nova Constellatio GalleryGreenport. Thurs-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5. Details.
  • Sirens’ Song Gallery, GreenportBirds of a Feather, Anneli Arms and Sigrid Sperzel work the intaglio etching process to create their masterpieces. Sat-Mon. 12:30-6 pm. Details.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • South Street GalleryGreenport.  Fri-Mon, Noon-5 pm Details.   
  • Industry Standard BarGreenport.  Experience foreign travel through Madison Fender’s photography, portraits from her month in Indonesia and two months motorbiking through Vietnam. Through MayDetails.
  • Southold LibrarySouthold. Multi-media pieces by Southold High School students, curated by art instructor, Dan Gosnell.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Jacqueline Penney Gallery & StudioCutchogue. A huge collection of the artist’s acrylic landscapes and other works.  Open year round. Details
  • Old Town Arts and Crafts GuildCutchogue. Youth Art Show. Sat 10 am -5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm. Details
  • Castello Di Borghese VineyardsCutchogueSea Something, Save Something. Some of the multi-talented artists exhibiting are Kara Hoblin, Scott Bluedorn, Dalton Portella, Randee Post Daddona, Cindy Pease Roe, Peter Spacek, Idoline Duke, Dan Welden, Michele Dragonetti, Sarah Prescott and many more. 11 am-5 pm. Details
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogueElizabeth Neels, Capturing Fleeting Moments Drawings, Oil Paintings, Watercolors. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library GalleryMattituckBeauty from Mother Earth – Paintings and Silver Jewelry by Roz Menton. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Clovis Point VineyardsJamesport. Now showing Good Ground Artists. Details.
  • William Ris GalleryJamesporteARThNOFO, Paintings, mixed media using sustainable earth friendly and repurposed materials, weaving and ceramic by: Berges Alvarez, Eve Behar, Marissa Bridge, Erin Daniels, Anahi DeCanio, Judy Rosenthal, Sherry Schreiber & Ted Thereby. 11-5 pm. Details.
  • Rosalie Dimon GalleryJamesport. Works by Photographers Jim Sabiston & Mike McLaughlin. Open Wed. – Sun., 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Through July 26, 2017. Details 
  • Martha Clara VineyardsSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyard’s current artist in residence is Reme Roland.  Details.
  • North Fork Chocolate CompanyAquebogue. Exhibit by Biscari Art Studio. Steven Biscari Amaral local Artist, Entrepreneur, Chef and Chocolatier. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Friday

  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground Workshop, Cutchogue. Two-day interactive workshop employs hands-on techniques for preserving and restoring historic headstones. Materials conservator Joel C. Snodgrass will demonstrate repairs ranging from reattaching broken stones to injecting grouts that stabilize deterioration. Call for more information (631-275-3374). 9 am-4 pm. Details. 

Saturday

  • Talk: The Theatre Yankee: 1825-1860, Oysterponds Historical Society Orient. Colin Palmer will present a fascinating look at 19th-century theatre in New England. 3-4 pm. Details.
  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground WorkshopCutchogue. Two-day interactive workshop employs hands-on techniques for preserving and restoring historic headstones. Materials conservator Joel C. Snodgrass will demonstrate repairs ranging from reattaching broken stones to injecting grouts that stabilize deterioration. Call for more information (631-275-3374). 9 am-4 pm. Details
  • Wickham’s Fruit Farm: History TourCutchogue. Thomas Wickham leads and shares history of this roughly three hundred and seventy year old farm. 10 am. Details.

Sunday 

  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground TourCutchogue. Tour the Old Cutchogue Burying Ground with Historical Council director Zach Studenroth. Recent research on the “Stories behind the Stones” will be shared with participants as well as the results of the Council’s multi-year effort to restore and preserve this sacred and historic site. 2 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Friday

  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground WorkshopCutchogue. Two-day interactive workshop employs hands-on techniques for preserving and restoring historic headstones. Materials conservator Joel C. Snodgrass will demonstrate repairs ranging from reattaching broken stones to injecting grouts that stabilize deterioration. Call for more information (631-275-3374). 9 am-4 pm. Details.

Saturday 

  • Bug Light Cruise & Tour, East End Seaport Museum & Railroad Dock Greenport. This lighthouse excursion includes: round-trip cruise, narrated tour and time to explore inside the iconic Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse. 4-6 pm. Details.
  • StargazeCuster Observatory. Custer is the oldest public observatory on Long Island, and it just dedicated a new, larger telescope. Viewing is free, but check the moon. Doors open at 7 pm; observing until midnight. Details
  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground WorkshopCutchogue. Two-day interactive workshop employs hands-on techniques for preserving and restoring historic headstones. Materials conservator Joel C. Snodgrass will demonstrate repairs ranging from reattaching broken stones to injecting grouts that stabilize deterioration. Call for more information (631-275-3374). 9 am-4 pm. Details
  • Wickham’s Fruit Farm: History TourCutchogue. Thomas Wickham leads and shares history of this roughly three hundred and seventy year old farm. 10 am. Details.

Sunday

  • Old Cutchogue Burying Ground TourCutchogue. Tour the Old Cutchogue Burying Ground with Historical Council director Zach Studenroth. Recent research on the “Stories behind the Stones” will be shared with participants as well as the results of the Council’s multi-year effort to restore and preserve this sacred and historic site. 2 pm. Details.
  • MayGration Bird Walk: Songbirds on the Move, Downs Farm Preserve Cutchogue. Songbirds of all sorts migrate through the woods of eastern Long Island in mid-May. Join us for a short nature walk at the Downs Farm Preserve as we search and listen for warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, tanagers, and others. 9 am. Details.
  • Spring Herb GardeningDowns Farm Preserve Cutchogue. Explore the spring herb garden at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue with local Herbalist, Heather Cusack. Enjoy herb teas while planting the garden. Afterwards, we’ll search the trails for wild spring edibles. 2 pm. Details.

Ongoing

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