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Festivals, Artists, Burning of the Vines: The North Fork from Parks to Vineyards

This weekend is jammed with artist events of all kinds, from theater to exhibit openings with meet the artists to meet the author book talks to paint and sip in the park, to dozens of live music shows. Head to Mitchell Park in Greenport for an A Capella festival, or to Hallockville Museum Farm for its Fleece and Fiber Fair. Jamesport Vineyards celebrates 30 years of winemaking with its Burning of the Vines party. May-gration continues, as beautiful songbirds fly all around us. Several groups will lead you on guided walks to spot them.

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Head to Hallockville Museum Farm's Fleece & Fiber Fair for family fun from sheep shearing through crafting with finished yarn. Jamesport Vineyards celebrates 30 years with a feast roasted on burning vines, paired with a new wine release. Blend your own bottle at Sannino. Vineyards and specialty food shops host authors and artists too.

Live Music

From an A Capella festival in Mitchell Park to jazz, rock and more at our vineyards, bars and libraries, the musical options abound this weekend.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

This weekend offers a surfeit of arts options: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Supreme Beings live on stage; the National Theater's Dangerous Liaisons rebroadcast in HD; art exhibit openings with receptions at Martha Clara and Alex Ferrone; meet the author at The Village Cheese Shop, Palmer Vineyards, and the Floyd Memorial Library, and more.

History

Tour the Old Burying Ground; wander the garden of the Ireland House Museum.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Stargaze at Custer observatory; birdwatch everywhere on any of several guided walks.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Saturday

  • Sang Lee Farms: Herb WorkshopPeconic. Herbalist Heather Cusack teaches you to plan and plant your herb garden, including growing tips and companion planting suggestions. Learn to identify herbs on a tour of the SLF herb garden, and understand the culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses of potted herbs available at the farm. Create and taste her herbal infusions & teas, and bring home herbs to start your garden! 11 am-Noon. Details
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Winemaker for a dayPeconic.  Blend your own custom bottle.  Reservations required. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Vine To Wine TourPeconic. Be a part of the most comprehensive wine tour in the region. Mini viticulture, winemaking techniques and completed by exploring the barrel cellar. This tour will be given by owner and winemaker, Anthony Sannino. Tour includes wine tasting, cheese plate and special discounts. Reservations required. 1-2:30 pm. This tour can also be done in three half hour segments: Viticulture Tour, Processing Facility Tour, Barrel Cellar Tour, at 1, 1:30 and 2. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Roanoke Vineyards: Spring Saturdays-Wine & Food PairingsLove Lane. This week: Bruschetta 3 ways-Tomato & Cheese, Wild Mushrooms, Smoked Salmon, Beef Carpaccio. Paired with Roanoke Vineyards 2015 Rose & Wolffer Estate 2015 Rose Hosted by Chef Lia Fallon. 12 to 4 pm. Details.
  • The Village Cheese Shop: Meet the Author: A Gold Fever Soirée, Love Lane. Author Ken Salter presents his historical novel Gold Rush Fever, and artifacts from the time while guests enjoy wine, cheese & pâtée. 6-8 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: The Long Island Fleece and Fiber FairSound Avenue. Local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art during two fun-filled days of demonstrations and hands-on learning that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Hosted by the picturesque Hallockville Museum Farm with its historic buildings that date back to 1765. Meet the sheep, llamas, alpacas and angora rabbits that provide the fleece and fiber needed to make fiber goods like yarn! Also enjoy demonstrations and activities including:  Basketweaving, Sheep Herding, Llama Obstacle Course, Sheep & Llama Shearing, Carding and Spinning, Dyeing, Knitting, Needle Felting, Rug-Hooking, Weaving, and Quilting. 10 am-4 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Meet the Artist in ResidenceSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards displays the work of Jon Schusteritsch. See some of his art here. The show will include many of his local landscape photographs. Jon’s photographs capture the beauty of the North Fork from the farms to the shores and give viewers a chance to appreciate the hidden, and not so hidden, scenes we have all around us. 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.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair, Sound Avenue. Local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art during two fun-filled days of demonstrations and hands-on learning that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Hosted by the picturesque Hallockville Museum Farm with its historic buildings that date back to 1765. Meet the sheep, llamas, alpacas and angora rabbits that provide the fleece and fiber needed to make fiber goods like yarn! Also enjoy demonstrations and activities including:  Basketweaving, Sheep Herding, Llama Obstacle Course, Sheep & Llama Shearing, Carding and Spinning, Dyeing, Knitting, Needle Felting, Rug-Hooking, Weaving, and Quilting. 10 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Jamesport Vineyards: Burning of the Vines Party, Jamesport. Jamesport Vineyards celebrates 30 years by serving dinner roasted on vines pruned this year, and releasing Thiemos Reserve. 4 pm.  Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Meet the AuthorSound Avenue. Meet Terry Sullivan, author of My Sag Harbor Bird Notebook, A Conversational Survey in Poetry, Prose, Photography, and Prints. You may know Terry Sullivan as a singer of traditional Irish, African, Spanish and Yiddish music, who followed the path of his mentor and friend Pete Seeger. For the last twenty years he has written stories about Nature, including birding. The tone of the book is a fireside chat illustrated by spectacular pictures contrasted with some comedic flavor. Mr. Sullivan will read selections from the book as well as present copies of the pictures and drawings. He will explain how he’s captured these striking images with a very basic technique you can adopt for your own local nature walks. 3 pm. Details
Live Music

Friday:

Saturday: 

  • Mitchell Park, GreenportA Capella Festival. Nearly a dozen groups perform, including the Princeton Massoons, Hofstra University’s co-ed Sigma’Capella. 2 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Dinny Keg, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicJoe Allegue, 5-8 pm. Details
  • PindarPeconic. Tommy Sullivan, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Pugliese VineyardsCutchogueApril Rain, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Jeff LeBlanc, 4-6 pm Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marguerite Volonts, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Four Doors DownMattituck. Terri Hines, 7:30 pm. Details
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards, LaurelNina Et Cetera, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointLaurelTodd Grossman, 2-5:30 pm. Details 
  • Jason's VineyardJamesportGeorge Barry, 2-6 pm. Details.
  • Sherwood House VineyardJamesportTBA, 2-6 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Southold Free Library, Southold. The New York Exceptions, 2 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicDinny Keg, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Sahara, 1-4 pm. Details
  • PindarPeconic. Mark Eisemann, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • RaphaelPeconicEast End Trio, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Pugliese VineyardsCutchogueDennis O'Conner, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Neal Stuart and the Empire State, 2-3:30 pm. Details.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards, LaurelFirefly, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointLaurelBruce MacDonald, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Panorama 2016: PlantsPurposePeaceSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards hosts a powerful healthy living symposium featuring three expert presenters and lunch. 10-3 pm.  Details.
  • Jason's VineyardJamesportApril Rain, 2-6 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Spring Birding by Sight and SoundRed House at Inlet Pond Park Greenport. North Fork Audubon hosts. "Pat Hanly will be discussing the various neo-tropical songbirds that both pass through our area on spring migration as well as those who are here to breed. Bird identification by field marks, song, habitat and behavior will be discussed. This presentation will also include a short discussion on the life and art of John James Audubon as well as the brilliant design methodology of Central Park by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted." Details.
  • Matinee Film: Walt Before MickeyMattituck-Laurel Library. IMDb: "Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career." 1:30 pm. Details. 
  • Musical Theaters: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mattituck. This spicy, seductive musical comedy, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, follows two charming con men as they compete in pursuing their beautiful prey on the French Riviera. 8 pm. Details.
  • Jamesport Meeting House: Third Annual Community Spelling Bee, Jamesport. Memorize your dictionary...7:30 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Theater: The Supreme Beings, Greenport Peconic Landing. The Northeast Stage company does an encore presentation of The Supreme Beings 8 pm. Details.
  • Book Celebration Reading, Signing and Q&A: Anything that Burns you: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, Greenport Floyd Memorial Library. Terese Svoboda presents her book Anything that Burns you: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet. A rich and detailed account of the life and world of Lola Ridge, poet, artist, editor, and early activist for the cause of women's rights, workers' rights, racial equality and social reform. 3 pm. Details.
  • Reichert Gallery Exhibit: New York! New York! It's a Wonderful Town!Southold. The Southold Historical Society offers this exhibition of photographic images of NYC (1912-1964). Pictures taken by Charles Henry Meredith & William Steeple Davis. On exhibit Saturdays only through June 24. 1-4 pm. Details
  • Meet The Artists Reception, New Exhibit: FluorescenceAlex Ferrone Gallery Cutchogue. Features the diverse vision of floral subjects from three Long Island photographic artists:  Sandra Carrion’s photographic floral study of line, shape, value and texture within her vintage black & white Silver Gelatin prints; Richard Gardner’s velvety and shadowy, black & white, pigment printed blossom images; and Barbara Macklowe’s luminescent multiple-exposure color flowers printed directly to white aluminum. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and Lenz Wine. Through June 19. 6-8 pm. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Meet the Author: A Gold Fever SoiréeThe Village Cheese Shop Love Lane. Author Ken Salter presents his historical novel Gold Rush Fever, and artifacts from the time while guests enjoy wine, cheese & pâtée. 6-8 pm. Details
  • Musical Theater: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mattituck. This spicy, seductive musical comedy, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, follows two charming con men as they compete in pursuing their beautiful prey on the French Riviera. 8 pm. Details.
  • Painting in the Park, Strong's Marine Mattituck. It's okay if you have never painted before -- certified intructor Rita, will guide you the whole way and unlock your inner artistic ability!  A perfect day for creativity and conversation. Live music by The Days Beneath Us 4:30-7:30pm. Details.
  • Meet the Artist in Residence: Jon SchusteritschMartha Clara Vineyards Sound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards displays the work of Jon Schusteritsch. See some of his art here. The show will include many of his local landscape photographs. Jon’s photographs capture the beauty of the North Fork from the farms to the shores and give viewers a chance to appreciate the hidden, and not so hidden, scenes we have all around us. Details.

Sunday

  • National Theatre in HD presents: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Peconic Landing Greenport. "Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire). In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary." 3-6 pm. Details. 
  • Musical Theater: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mattituck. This spicy, seductive musical comedy, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, follows two charming con men as they compete in pursuing their beautiful prey on the French Riviera. 8 pm. Details.
  • Meet the Artists Reception: Valerie Zeman and Harold NaideauRosalie Dimon Gallery Jamesport. See an exhibit of textile/mixed media art by Valerie Zeman of Huntington, NY and still life photographs by Harold Naideau of Northport, NY and meet the artists.  Local wines and artisanal cheeses will be served. 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Details.
  • Meet the Author: My Sag Harbor Bird NotebookPalmer Vineyards Sound Avenue. Meet Terry Sullivan, author of My Sag Harbor Bird Notebook, A Conversational Survey in Poetry, Prose, Photography, and Prints. You may know Terry Sullivan as a singer of traditional Irish, African, Spanish and Yiddish music, who followed the path of his mentor and friend Pete Seeger. For the last twenty years he has written stories about Nature, including birding. The tone of the book is a fireside chat illustrated by spectacular pictures contrasted with some comedic flavor. Mr. Sullivan will read selections from the book as well as present copies of the pictures and drawings. He will explain how he’s captured these striking images with a very basic technique you can adopt for your own local nature walks. 3 pm. Details

Ongoing

  • Floyd Memorial Library: Vision & VerseGreenport. Eleven local visual artists are paired with writers-most from the North Fork, some published and some not- to create poetry inspired by the artists’ paintings and images. This genre is called Ekphrastic poetry, which means an image inspires a poem. The poems will be hung on the wall near the work which inspired them. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Nova Constellatio GalleryGreenport. Exhibiting these paintings. Thurs-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5. Details.
  • Sirens' Song Gallery, Greenport.  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. 
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportTBA Open when the library is. Details.
  • Southold LibrarySouthold. Paintings by Nick Cordone. Open when the library isDetails
  • The Lenz WineryPeconicIntoxicating Color, by Diana Sartor. Diana’s work has been referred to as abstracted organics. Through June 20, 2016. Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, CutchoguePomme© by Artist Robert Perez. Open when the tasting room 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. The gallery showcases local painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, jewelers, craft masters. Exhibit open 10 am- 5 pm. Details
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogueFarms & Barns. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Alex Ferrone GalleryCutchogue. Fluorescence. Features the diverse vision of floral subjects from three Long Island photographic artists:  Sandra Carrion’s photographic floral study of line, shape, value and texture within her vintage black & white Silver Gelatin prints; Richard Gardner’s velvety and shadowy, black & white, pigment printed blossom images; and Barbara Macklowe’s luminescent multiple-exposure color flowers printed directly to white aluminum. Through June 19. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library GalleryMattituckEggshell Collection, Photography by Sylvan R. Martin.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Rosalie Dimon GalleryJamesport. Works by Valerie Zeman & Harold Nadeau. Open Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. Through July 27. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Artist in ResidenceSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards displays the work of Jon Schusteritsch. See some of  his art here. The show will include many of his local landscape photographs. Jon’s photographs capture the beauty of the North Fork from the farms to the shores and give viewers a chance to appreciate the hidden, and not so hidden, scenes we have all around us. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Garden PartyIreland House Museum Greenport. The Stirling Historical Society honors past, present & future volunteers in the garden of its museum. 4-6 pm. Details.
  • Reichert Gallery Exhibit: New York! New York! It's a Wonderful Town!Southold. The Southold Historical Society offers this exhibition of photographic images of NYC (1912-1964). Pictures taken by Charles Henry Meredith & William Steeple Davis. On exhibit Saturdays only through June 24. 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Old Burial Ground VisitSouthold Free Library. Meet at the library, walk to the graveyard. The oldest section, with its rows of headstones created from sand- stone, slate and marble mark the remains of our early settlers. Dress comfortably for our amble around this historic acre. Rain cancels. 10 am. Details.

Ongoing

  • Shelter Island Historical SocietyShelter Island. Museum open Sat and Sun 10am-2pm. 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. A rich collection of primarily Algonquin art and artifacts. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday 

  • Garden Party, Ireland House Museum Greenport. The Stirling Historical Society honors past, present & future volunteers. 4-6 pm. Details.
  • Old Burial Ground VisitSouthold Free Library. Meet at the library, walk to the graveyard. The oldest section, with its rows of headstones created from sand- stone, slate and marble mark the remains of our early settlers. Dress comfortably for our amble around this historic acre. Rain cancels. 10 am. Details
  • Painting in the ParkStrong's Marine Mattituck. It's okay if you have never painted before -- certified intructor Rita, will guide you the whole way and unlock your inner artistic ability!  A perfect day for creativity and conversation. Live music by The Days Beneath Us 4:30-7:30pm. Details.
  • Guided Bird Walk, Hallockville Museum Farm Sound Avenue. Join expert ornithologist Mary Laura Lamont on a guided two-mile meander around the preserved lands of Hallockville to identify migrating birds. 9-11:30 am. Details.

Sunday

  • The Nature Conservancy: May-gration Bird WalkMashomack Preserve Shelter Island. Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neo- tropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. We’ll identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. All Sundays in May. 7-9 am. Details. 
  • Songbirds on the Move, Downs Farm Preserve Cutchogue. Songbirds of all sorts migrate through the woods of eastern Long Island in mid-May. Join Group for the East End for a short nature walk at the Downs Farm Preserve as we search and listen for warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, tanagers, and others. Please bring binoculars. 9-10:30 am. Details.

Ongoing

  • Orient Beach State ParkOrient Point, offers a huge range of outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming. Details.
  • Harbor Cruises, sailboatGreenport. Sail the harbor on the Virgin Star and check out the tall ships from sea; the expert crew will give historical background on each ship. Newly built 52’ Virgin Star is a large spacious trimaran that offers a comfortable stable sail, USCG certified for 47 passengers.  1:30-3 pm; 3:30-5 pm; 6:30-8:30 pm (Sunset Sail). Details.