Memorial Day Weekend the North Fork showcases its farms, wine, art, live music, historic lighthouses, and much, much more. Get back to the land by touring (and sampling) an organic farm, hauling a seine net full of fish, and gazing at the stars through a large telescope. Learn to blend wine; tour vineyards. Take a lighthouse cruise.
Dance your heart out--a dozen bands will play for you.
Art exhibits open, continue and close; the North Fork Community Theater performs Into The Woods.
Break out the plastic for a trunk show and a rare sale on exquisite 2007 red wines.
Chowderfest and Spring Carnival too!
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Tour and enjoy an organic farm, or take a workshop on old world, organic gardening. Eat your way through a chowder festival or join in several fun winery events. Learn to blend wine, tour vineyards and see the wine making process. Taste how French wines measure up against ours! On Memorial Day, one vineyard even welcomes your dog to tour the vines.
Dance your heart out: Friday night a couple of venues feature live music, and the timing and locations mean you can check out both, if you wish. Saturday and Sunday so many shows overlap you simply can't hear them all. Memorial Day you can catch a couple more acts.
Your inner artist can enjoy both visual and performing arts. Painting, drawing and photography exhibits open, continue and close; the North Fork Community Theater performs Into The Woods.
Take a cruise to Bug Lighthouse, or meander Horton's Point Lighthouse and its nautical museum. Scan the skies at the Custer Observatory Saturday night, if cloud-free; the moon will be right. Haul fish and bird watch at Mashomack Preserve.
The 6th Annual Chowderfest offers live music, delicious food, artisanal vendors and more on Saturday; the Star Hose Company's Spring Carnival brings traditional Midway fun all weekend.
Saturday peruse a Lululemon Athletica trunk show, and Monday, snatch up terrific Waters Crest wines at the winery's special sale.
The Full Listings, from East to West
All of these events are offered on both Saturday and Sunday with the same details unless otherwise noted.
- Sang Lee Farms, Peconic offers its “Tour Taste Talk” farm tour from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Details.
- Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic invites you to join their Vine to Wine tour, each weekend day at 1 pm. Note, reservations required. Details.
- Castello Di Borghese Vineyard, Cutchogue invites you to tour its winery and production facility, and taste its wine. From 1-3 pm. Details.
- Waters Crest Winery, Cutchogue, offers two wonderful events. Learn to blend wine Saturday, 2-4 pm, reservation required. Details. Taste how French wines stack up against Long Island's best, Sunday, 2-4 pm, reservation required. Details.
- Down's Farm Preserve, Cutchogue. Learn to grow your own food with Renato Stafford of HomeGrown Organic, Saturday only, 10-11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Group for the East End. Details.
- Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse, Mattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn and taste four wines from 1:30 to 2 pm, Details, or tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
- Martha Clara Vineyard, Riverhead east welcomes your dog on Memorial Day for the very special Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk, from 10 am to noon. Details
- Billy's By The Bay, Greenport. Bryce Larsen and his band, 4-8 pm. Details.
- Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue. The Jon Divello Band, 5-8 pm. Details.
- Billy's By The Bay, Greenport. Ev Corwin, 3-6pm. Details.
- Osprey Dominion Vineyards, Peconic. County Line from 1-5 pm. Details.
- Castello DiBorghesi Vineyards, Cutchogue. Cabaret with Marjorie Volants, 2-4 pm, Details.
- Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue. Laura Hoch of The Second Hands plays 2-5 pm. Bonus: the Big Cheese Pop Up Shop sets up in the library room from 1-4 pm. Details.
- Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Acoustic soloist Double Play, 3-6 pm. Details.
- Clovis Point, Jamesport. Firefly, acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies, 2-5 pm. Details.
- Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic. Robert Bruey, 1-5 pm. Details.
- Osprey Dominion Vineyards, Peconic. Hoodoo Loungers, 1-5 pm. Details.
- Pugliese Vineyards, Cutchogue. George Barry, acoustic guitar and voice, 1-5 pm. Details.
- The Tasting Group, Mattituck. Bryce Larsen and his band, 3-6 pm. Details.
- Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Harry Haid & the Only In America Band, 2-6 pm. Details.
- Billy's By The Bay, Greenport. April Rain, 2-5 pm. Details.
- Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Jon and Anthony's Acoustic Jam, 1-5 pm. Details.
- Rothman's Gallery, Southold. Retrospective exhibition of expressionist painter Cynthia Wells opens with a reception Friday night, 5-7 pm. Live music with Southold Slim and the Park Avenue Gypsies. Refreshments. Details.
Saturday Openings & Closings
- East End Seaport Museum, Greenport. A special 2-day show of Terrance Joyce paintings, 1-4 pm with a cocktail reception with the artist from 5-7 pm Saturday. Details.
- South Street Gallery, Greenport. Closing reception for painter Colin Goldberg, 5-7 pm. His solo show, North Fork Modernism, closes on Memorial Day. Normal gallery hours are 12-5 pm. Details.
- The Barn at Jedediah Hawkins, Jamesport. Nature's Call: A Return to Silence, photographs by Peter Azrak. Opens at 5 pm. Details.
- Greenport Brewery, Greenport. The “Working Girls of New York Harbor: A Sketchbook of Dredges, Tugs and Ships” by artist Christina Sun through May 31. Have a beer and ogle the working girls. Details.
- Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Cutchogue, presents “Metropolis” featuring three award winning photographers. The opening reception is Saturday 6-9 pm and features Lenz wines and small bites. Details.
- North Fork Community Theater, Mattituck. Showing Into The Woods, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm. Details.
- East End Seaport Museum, Greenport. Bug Lighthouse cruise and tour, Saturday & Sunday at 4 pm. Enjoy a 15 minute ride aboard the Peconic Star followed by 45 minutes exploring the lighthouse. The wrap-around observation deck offers spectacular surround views. Details.
- Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island. This magnificent Nature Conservancy treasure is the site of two fun events. On Saturday night, from 7-830 pm, kids and adults can help haul in a 300' seine net, and marvel at the striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab. Roast marshmallows after. Sunday morning, 7 to 9 am, enjoy fabulous birding. See warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers that use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. Details for both events.[ed. note: true, Shelter Island is not physically part of the North Fork. But it shares our spirit, and is a quick, pleasant ferry ride from Greenport.]
- The Custer Institute, Southold, is the oldest public observatory on Long Island. On Saturday nights from dark until midnight they give guided tours of the heavens, clouds permitting. Saturday the moon will be a waning crescent, great for stargazing. Details.
- The Horton Point Lighthouse, Southold, is one of the Southold Historical Society's many treasures. Originally designed by George Washington, it is now home to a nautical museum. Open Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day 11:30 am - 4pm. Details.
- Strong's Marine, Mattituck. Free boat rides! Saturday to Monday from Mattituck Bay Marina. Details.
6th Annual Chowderfest!, New Suffolk. Delicious food, live music, activities for kids, and over 50 varieties of perennial plants and wares from several North Fork artisans, brought to you by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund and the Peconic Land Trust. Saturday, Noon to 3 pm. Details.
- The Giving Room, Southold, hosts a trunk show by Lululemon Athletica on Saturday, noon to 5 pm.Show up at 10:30 am and enjoy a complimentary yoga class. Fresh juice and snacks will be served. Details.
- Waters Crest Winery, Cutchogue. Purchase magnificent, never discounted 2007 red wines at a discount. 2007 was a Grand Vintage for Long Island, and these wines are very limited in quantity. Memorial Day only, noon to 5 pm. Details.