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Arts, Arts, Arts & Music; Special Tastings & An Herb Walk

This weekend, the North Fork showcases its deep reservoir of visual and performing arts of all sorts, while four wineries offer special tastings and an herbalist leads a walk & talk about wild herbs. Arts, arts, arts: Two acting troupes stage performances this weekend, one a play (Dear Brutus) and one a musical (Godspell). A poetry reading and reception opens a poetry gallery; two authors sign books; an artist-in-residence welcome visitors; Audubon presents a lecture about climate change and birds, Peconic Landing plays a conversation with former Representative Barney Frank; stand up comics entertain during a wine dinner; the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild hosts an antiques fair; Ben Hur + an organist in a comfortable auditorium = a silent film spectacular; and nearly two dozen concerts to choose from.

As to the tastings, Shinn Estates offers a decade-spanning vertical tasting of a vintage, and The Old Field offers multi-barrel tastings of merlot and cab franc.  Laurel Lake Vineyards offers a buffet wine dinner (entertainment by comedians) and Palmer Vineyards offers a more formal wine dinner, preceded by a special tasting. An outdoor treat is the walk and talk by herbalist Heather Cusak.

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Two special vineyard tastings, photo ops with baby animals, paint & sip, and the normal tours.

Live Music

With nearly two dozen shows, you'd be forgiven for thinking there's a music fest this weekend. But no, it's just a sign of summer's approach.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

So many choices: a play and a musical; book signings and meet-the-artist; interesting lectures and a special broadcast of Ben Hur; more.

History

Enjoy a special exhibit by the Southold Historical Society.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Learn all about herbs, tea and more at a nature preserve; stargaze at the Custer Institute.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Saturday

  • Catapano Dairy Farm: Meet the Babies, Southold and  Peconic. Baby Goats and lambs love to meet kids and pose for selfies with them. 10 am-5 pm. Details.
  • The Old Field Vineyards: Vertical Cabernet Franc TastingsSouthold. Taste future Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines right out of the barrel. Experience the difference between French, American, and Romanian barrels. A wonderful class for those of you who are interested in learning how wine is made. After visiting our cellar we will have a box lunch for everyone. Reservations Required 12:30-2:30 pm. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 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.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: 10 Years of Wild Boar DoeMattituck. The first ever vertical tasting of each Wild Boar Doe vintage, 2004 through a barrel sample of 2013. Wild Boar Doe is a meritage blend of the five red varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Includes artisanal cheese, fruit and bread. 3-5 pm. Details
  • Palmer Vineyards: Barrel Tasting and Wine DinnerRiverhead East. Enjoy a barrel and tank tasting with winemaker Miguel Martin, followed by an intimate dinner in our tasting room with cuisine by chef Noah. Limited seating. 3-7:30 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • 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.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Paint & SipRiverhead East.  Fee includes all painting supplies and a glass of wine. Reservations Required. 2-4 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Here's to the Ladies, A Concert With A TwistGreenport. Rusty Kransky, Baritone and Jeff Wenta, Piano. 3 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconicThe Como Brothers 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. The Lucky Tones, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • The Music of Ireland, by Fiddler's GreenMattituck. Playing a variety of instruments, this band brings you Irish airs, lively jigs, reels, hornpipes and evocative ballads. 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesportBryan Gallo, 2-5:30 pm. Details.
  • Jason's Vineyard, Jamesport.  TBA. 1-5 pmDetails
  • Dilberto Winery, JamesportMike Duca, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Quarter Horse, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Lecture: Climate Matters: How a Changing Climate May Impact the Birds We LoveGreenport.  North American birds may suffer significant losses due to climate change. 314 out of 588 species studied may lose over 50% of their current ranges. Tom Auer, Conservation Data Manager of the National Audubon Society, explains what we can do to help birds through an uncertain future. 7:30 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Dear BrutusGreenport. Synopsis: "8 guests are gathered at the home of Lob on a mid summer eve. The women are trying to figure out why. Matey the butler reveals that Lob may have had something strange in mind, and warns them that they should not venture out beyond the garden. Above all else, he tells them to avoid "the woods." But as far as the guests know, there is only a garden, and no woods exist for miles. When the men return from the drawing room to join the women they suggest going for a walk together to look for a mysterious wood. Lob encourages this idea. What happens next is something we can only imagine…" 7 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: The Imitation GameMattituckIMDb: "During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians." 1:30 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: GodspellMattituck. The Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater stage this performance to benefit the 300th Anniversary celebrations of the Mattituck Presbyterian Church. 7 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Silent Film Spectacular: Ben HurGreenport. Peconic Landing screens the 1925 epic silent film, Ben-Hur, starring Ramón Navarro and Francis X. Bushman, featuring a live organ accompaniment. Stars Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Samuel Goldwyn and Mary Pickford. 3-6 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Dear BrutusGreenport. Synopsis: "8 guests are gathered at the home of Lob on a mid summer eve. The women are trying to figure out why. Matey the butler reveals that Lob may have had something strange in mind, and warns them that they should not venture out beyond the garden. Above all else, he tells them to avoid "the woods." But as far as the guests know, there is only a garden, and no woods exist for miles. When the men return from the drawing room to join the women they suggest going for a walk together to look for a mysterious wood. Lob encourages this idea. What happens next is something we can only imagine…" 7 pm. Details.
  • Poetry Reading and ReceptionSouthold. Southold Library's poetry gallery opens with readings by local poets, with a reception. 2-4 pm. Details.
  • Antiques FairCutchogue. The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild showcases antiques & vintage finds, jewelry, nautical, silver, ephemera, pottery, home-baked goods and tons of treasures for the home and garden. Weather permitting, outdoor vendors will also be set up on the Guild lawn. 8 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Book Reading & Signing: B is for Brooklyn, D is for DogCutchogue. Southold author Joel Reitman. 2 pm. Details.
  • Comedy & DinnerLaurel. Laurel Lake Vineyards features NYC comics, the food of CJ's American Grill, and (of course) Laurel Lake wines. 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Book Signing: Harvest RoadRiverhead East. Martha Clara Vineyards hosts Melissa Martin, author of the wine country romance. 2-5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Barney Frank Conversation at the 92nd St Y (Hi Def Broadcast), Greenport. Barney Frank discusses his journey from Bayonne, New Jersey to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness. 7:30-9 pm.  Details.
  • Theater: Dear BrutusGreenport. Synopsis: "8 guests are gathered at the home of Lob on a mid summer eve. The women are trying to figure out why. Matey the butler reveals that Lob may have had something strange in mind, and warns them that they should not venture out beyond the garden. Above all else, he tells them to avoid "the woods." But as far as the guests know, there is only a garden, and no woods exist for miles. When the men return from the drawing room to join the women they suggest going for a walk together to look for a mysterious wood. Lob encourages this idea. What happens next is something we can only imagine…" 5 pm. Details.
  • Studio Talk: Get Good, Get Work, Get PaidCutchogue. Photographer Jim Lennon gives a reality based talk on being a commercial photographer. Light lunch included. Hosted by Alex Ferrone Photography. 11:30-1:30 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: GodspellMattituck. The Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater stage this performance to benefit the 300th Anniversary celebrations of the Mattituck Presbyterian Church. 2:30 pm. Details.
  • Meet the Artist: Laura PahayanRiverhead East. Martha Clara Vineyard's current artist in residence Laura Pahayan will be at the winery for a meet and greet from 11 am - 5 pm.  Details.

Ongoing

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week; listings here.

History

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. The OHS has multiple galleries in several buildings, exhibiting works from four centuries. Thurs, Sat and Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Fire Fighter MuseumGreenport. The Fire Fighter is a famous and historic fireboat open for free tours Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. Details.
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold.  Large permanent collection  includes the largest collection of Algonquin ceramic pottery and other treasures. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
  • Cosden-Price Gallery: Hobbling Through SoutholdSouthold. The Southold Historical society opens its first exhibit in 2015, featuring historic photographs, maps, and recollections of the from the late 19th century originally published as a column in the local papers called "Hobbles." The columns discussed the various old buildings along Main Road in downtown Southold and what had happened there, who had owned, them, and what was then new. Through May 1.  Thurs-Sat, 1-4 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday

  • Stargazing at the Custer InstituteSouthold. Weather and moon permitting, stargaze through the oldest public observatory on Long Island. Normally, viewing starts at 8 pm. Details.
  • Downs Farms PreserveSpring Wild Edible Herb Walk & TalkCutchogue. Heather Cusack leads the walk and teaches herbal remedies and use of herbs to avoid allergies. Bonus: enjoy herbal teas! 10-11 am. Details.

Ongoing