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Italian Opera Night at Laurel Lake Vineyards, The America, Farm Fresh Fun

The North Fork is vibrantly itself this weekend, featuring events at farms, vineyards, historic buildings,  and on the water. One very special event is Italian Opera Night at Laurel Lake Vineyards, because it synthesizes so many aspects of the North Fork. A beautiful vineyard setting; fabulous food from Caci North Fork; and extraordinary music by an international opera star.

Other highlights include The America, a replica of the sailboat of that name that won and defined the sailing trophy as 'The America's Cup', which will be docked in Greenport on Friday and you can tour it (along with the historic Firefighter Fire Boat museum) and Saturday you can cruise to Bug Lighthouse.

At farms, beyond the farmstands and u-pick, you can learn to forage for forgotten vegetables and go home with a salad, or learn about herbs and go home with a plant. At the vineyards you can celebrate rosé day, do a special vertical tasting of Cab Franc at Jamesport Vineyards, or enjoy many other tours, tastings, classes and live music.

The historic Horton Point Lighthouse is not only open, but is also presenting a Lighthouse Keeper's Talk about Oysters on the North Fork to mark their new summer exhibit. If you're up to it after the lecture, climb the stairs for a stunning view.

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday enjoy author events and live music at farms & vineyards; Saturday enjoy Italian Opera night at Laurel Lake Vineyards, forage for a salad at Charnews Farm, learn herbs at Sang Lee Farm, meet an artist at Martha Clara Vineyards, take a class at Palmer Vineyards, enjoy a chocolate pairing at Diliberto & more.

Live Music

Italian Opera Night at Laurel Lake Vineyards is THE don't miss, but there's dozens of other options at many venues.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Two author events, two art events--one a reception and exhibit opening at Greenport Harbor Brewing, one a meet the artist at Martha Clara--an antiques fair, film & more.

History

Enjoy a new exhibit on shipwrecks on Deadman's Cove, hear a Lighthouse Keeper's Talk on the North Fork & Oysters, then and now

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Take a guided walk through a rain garden, forage for salad, cruise to Bug lighthouse; stargaze at Custer.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Sang Lee Farms: Book Signing & Talk, Peconic. Mi Ae Lipe presents her book, Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook. Learn how the book came to be, how to use it and its rich content. Mi will also discuss food, human identity, and the myths that are abound in modern food ecosystems and how you can cut through that jungle. Q & A from the audience.  2-3 pm. Details.
  • Diliberto Winery: Author Talk. Jamesport. Dottie Coakley, author of Chattanooga Girl, will discuss her novel set in 1976 New York about high school football and migrant farm workers in a tale of murder, mystery, and love.  7-8 pm. Details.

Saturday: Happy Rosé Day!

  • First Annual North Fork Rosé Crawl, the North Fork. Rosé dates back to 600 B.C., and is generally made from red grapes. Rosé can be semi-sparkling or sparkling, can range from sweet to dry. Sample five by starting at Bridge Lane, head to Roanoke Love Lane, stop in at Borghese & then Lenz. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Art Opening & Reception, GreenportCultivated Realities by Corey Solinger and Katie Grove. Showing for the first time together, Solinger and Grove’s mixed media pieces each combine fascinating objects from nature with both real and imagined landscapes to create evocative images. The individual realities they have created through their imagery, along with a clever combination of found materials and painting, produces an imaginative and innovative atmosphere for the viewer. 6-9 pm. Details
  • Charnews Farm: Foraging: Finding Forgotten Vegetables at The Farm BeyondSouthold. Meet farmers Melissa and Edward Henrey of The Farm Beyond for an inspiring walk among their rows of Certified Organic vegetables and flowers to forage for edible plants. Learn about "forgotten vegetables," and why farm-foraging is being written into the next chapter of sustainable farming and the farm-to-table movement. On this walking tour, Melissa and Edward will discuss plant identification, peak harvest periods for various crops, and the best methods for cooking and enjoying these hyper-seasonal foods. You will leave with your own farm-foraged salad! 10 am-Noon. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms: Herb WorkshopPeconic. Herbalist Heather Cusack shares how to plan and plant your herb garden. Identify herbs on a tour of the SLF herb garden. Learn growing tips and companion planting suggestions as well as culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses of potted herbs available for purchase at the farm. Create and taste her herbal infusions & teas, and bring home herbs to start your garden! *Price includes one potted herb*. Noon-1 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Vine To Wine TourPeconic. Be a part of the most comprehensive wine tour in the region, which includes mini viticulture, winemaking techniques and barrel cellar experiences. 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 TourProcessing Facility TourBarrel Cellar Tour, at 1, 1:30 and 2. 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.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: The Rites of Spring Fourth Concert: Italian Opera Night, Music & AntipastiLaurel. Enjoy a special musical evening with a mesmerizing performance of Italian Opera arias. The evening will be enriched with an elegant Italian food tasting and wine session, in collaboration with Caci North Fork Restaurant and Laurel Lake Vineyards. Performers: Masha Carrera, Soprano and Paolo Bartolani, pianist. After the concert, there will be an assortments of 8 delicious Italian antipasti, hors d’oeuvres, traditional sweets and two glasses of wine with Chef Marco Pellegrini of Caci North Fork Restaurant. Details.
  • Diliberto Winery: Weekend PairingsJamesport. Wine paired with chocolate all weekend. 21+ only. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Meet the ArtistSound Avenue. Marie Camenares is Martha Clara Vineyard's 'Artist in Residence' in the Main Tasting Room for June. Meet her from 2-5pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: The Unique Varietals of PalmerSound Avenue. The second part of the exclusive Plant, Pick, Pour series. Palmer grows grape varietals other North Fork vineyards don't. Find out what, and why, while enjoying pairings with small food plates. Limited to 25 only. 12-3 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.
  • Diliberto Winery: Weekend PairingsJamesport. Wine paired with chocolate all weekend. 21+ only. Details.
  • Jamesport Vineyards: Vertical Cab Franc Tasting, Jamesport. Taste 10+ years of Jamesport Vineyards Cab Franc. Cheese and Charcuterie will be served. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  1-3 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Color Between the WinesSound Avenue. Receive an Usborne coloring book, colored pencils and a complementary glass of wine. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Sunday BrunchSound Avenue. Mimosas, fresh juices, locally sourced dishes by Chef Anna and & Oceans 5. 11 am-3 pm. Details
  • Palmer Vineyards: Yoga in the VinesSound Avenue. Start the day right with an hour of yoga in the vines. 11 am-Noon. Details
Live Music

Friday

Saturday 

  • Billy's by the BayGreenportRick Sonic Gumbo. 3-6 pm. Details.
  • Claudio's Clam Bar, Greenport. Two shows: TBA 2-6 pm, and Ready in 10.  10 pm-2 am. Details
  • Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Basically Baroque (Local Chamber Music Ensemble)  Playing CPE & JS Bach, Josef Haydn, Jacques Hotteterre, and Georg Philipp Telemann. 3:30 pm. Details
  • Sound View Restaurant Piano BarGreenportDanny Keys, 6 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Como Brothers, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicJoe Allegue, 5-8 pm. Details
  • The Lenz WineryPeconicTBA, 2-5 pm. Details.
  • PindarPeconicRomeo's Dream, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Pugliese VineyardsCutchogueApril Rain, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Rob Europe, 4-6 pm Details.
  • Bridge LaneMattituck. Robin Sidor, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: The Rites of Spring Fourth Concert: Italian Opera Night, Music & Antipasti, Laurel. Enjoy a special musical evening with a mesmerizing performance of Italian Opera arias. The evening will be enriched with an elegant Italian food tasting and wine session, in collaboration with Caci North Fork Restaurant and Laurel Lake Vineyards. Performers: Masha Carrera, Soprano and Paolo Bartolani, pianist. After the concert, there will be an assortments of 8 delicious Italian antipasti, hors d’oeuvres, traditional sweets and two glasses of wine with Chef Marco Pellegrini of Caci North Fork Restaurant. Details.
  • Clovis PointLaurel. Bryan Gallo, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details 
  • Jason's VineyardJamesportGeorge Barry, 2-6 pm. Details
  • Diliberto Winery: The Wine CafeJamesportTBA 6-8 pm. Details.
  • Sherwood House VineyardJamesportTBA, 2-6 pm. Details
  • Palmer VineyardsSound AvenueTBADetails

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Book Signing & Talk: Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm CookbookSang Lee Farms Peconic. Mi Ae Lipe presents her book, Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook. Learn how the book came to be, how to use it and its rich content. Mi will also discuss food, human identity, and the myths that are abound in modern food ecosystems and how you can cut through that jungle. Q & A from the audience.  2-3 pm. Details.
  • Presentation: Explore Long Island Underwater, Peconic. The North Fork Audubon Society presents  'the Fish Guy' Chris Paparo. Through his underwater pictures and videos of local fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and other assorted invertebrates, attendees will follow Chris on an underwater journey of Long Island learning interesting facts about each organism. This talk is great for those who enjoy fishing or just have an appreciation for the ocean. 7:30 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: Lady in the VanMattituck-Laurel Library. "A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman (played by Maggie Smith) living in her van that's parked in his driveway. " 1:30 pm. Details. 
  • Author Talk: Chattanooga GirlDiliberto Winery Jamesport. Dottie Coakley, author of Chattanooga Girl, will discuss her novel set in 1976 New York about high school football and migrant farm workers in a tale of murder, mystery, and love.  7-8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Art Opening & Reception: Cultivated RealitiesGreenport Harbor Brewing GreenportCultivated Realities by Corey Solinger and Katie Grove. Showing for the first time together, Solinger and Grove’s mixed media pieces each combine fascinating objects from nature with both real and imagined landscapes to create evocative images. The individual realities they have created through their imagery, along with a clever combination of found materials and painting, produces an imaginative and innovative atmosphere for the viewer. 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Reichert Gallery Exhibit: Dead Man's Cove: 10 Shipwrecks & One LighthouseSouthold. Tragedies at sea and the navigational dangers of the area surrounding Horton Point have been documented since the early 1800's. This exhibition showcases the stories about 10 vessels that encountered trouble on the Long Island Sound. The exhibition answers: Who was in command? Who made up the crew? What was it like to be a passenger on one of these fateful voyages? 1-4 pm. Details
  • Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild: Antiques Fair, Cutchogue. Rain Date Sunday. 8 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Meet the Artist: Marie CamenaresMartha Clara Vineyards Sound Avenue. Marie Camenares is Martha Clara Vineyard's 'Artist in Residence' in the Main Tasting Room for June. Meet her from 2-5pm. Details.

Sunday

Ongoing 

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Cultivated RealitiesGreenport. Corey Solinger and Katie Grove. Showing for the first time together, Solinger and Grove’s mixed media pieces each combine fascinating objects from nature with both real and imagined landscapes to create evocative images. The individual realities they have created through their imagery, along with a clever combination of found materials and painting, produces an imaginative and innovative atmosphere for the viewer. Open when the tasting room is. Through July 31.  Details.
  • Floyd Memorial Library: Along the ShorelineGreenport. Tom D’Emic photographer. On exhibit May 28 through July 3. 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 GalleryCutchogueFluorescence. 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 GalleryMattituckThe Performers, Paintings by Jada Roland.  In this show, the nationally known North Fork artist explores her 35-year career as a stage and television actor. This collection of beautifully painted oils depicts many kinds of performers: actors, dancers, circus acts, Venice Carnivale masqueraders, fortune tellers and more. Each emotionally evocative image reminds us that we, too, are all performers – don't miss it! 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. In the Wine Club Barn, view  the work of Patrick O'Leary. In the main tasting room, view the work of Marie Camenares. Meet Camenares on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 26th from 2-5pm. Through June 30. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Saturday 

  • Oysterponds Historical SocietyOrient. Exhibits at the Village House, 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
  • Reichert Gallery Exhibit: Dead Man's Cove: 10 Shipwrecks & One LighthouseSouthold. Tragedies at sea and the navigational dangers of the area surrounding Horton Point have been documented since the early 1800's. This exhibition showcases the stories about 10 vessels that encountered trouble on the Long Island Sound. The exhibition answers: Who was in command? Who made up the crew? What was it like to be a passenger on one of these fateful voyages? 1-4 pm. Details
  • Lighthouse Keeper's Talk: Oysters on the North Fork, Horton Point Lighthouse, Southold. Come and learn about different types of Oysters, their history on the North Fork and how they grow.The Keeper's Talk will be held on the porch of the Lighthouse.  After the talk, visitors are invited to enjoy the Nautical Museum, and an optional climb to the top of the Lighthouse Tower. 3 pm. Details.
  • Horton Point LighthouseSouthold. Built in 1857, this lighthouse is home to a nautical museum and a beautiful park. Visit our newest exhibit on Oysters on the North Fork. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular view of Long Island Sound and Connecticut from our eight-acre park. Descend 120 steps to the beach or walk the nature trail. Weather permitting, there are front porch craft demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. There will also be special events throughout this special summer. Concerts are occasionally held in the summer. Sat, Sun. 11:30 am - 4 pm. Details.

Sunday 

  • Oysterponds Historical SocietyOrient. Exhibits at the Village House, 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. A rich collection of primarily Algonquin art and artifacts. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.  
  • Hortons Point LighthouseSouthold. Built in 1857, this lighthouse is home to a nautical museum and a beautiful park. Visit our newest exhibit on Oysters on the North Fork. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular view of Long Island Sound and Connecticut from our eight-acre park. Descend 120 steps to the beach or walk the nature trail. Weather permitting, there are front porch craft demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. There will also be special events throughout this special summer. Concerts are occasionally held in the summer. Sat, Sun. 11:30 am - 4 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Friday

  • America Visits Greenport!, Greenport. The 139' schooner America arrives around noonish. Sailor and businessman, Captain Troy Sears, is heading out on an epic nautical road trip with this replica of the schooner that gave the America's Cup its name. The purpose of the tour is to generate awareness of the 35th defense of the America's Cup. The original America was built to showcase the superiority of American naval architecture at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. It beat a fleet of British ships around the Isle of Wight in 1851 to win the trophy that became the America's Cup. Tickets. Until 3 pm. Details.

Saturday 

  • "Bug Light" Lighthouse Cruise & TourGreenport. Tour one of the very few offshore lighthouses people can visit.  Ticket includes a narrated tour and round-trip boat ride to the lighthouse. The guest narrator/guide for this cruise is Yvonne Lieblein, a Greenport native who will share her personal Bug Light stories and memories along with the history of her favorite lighthouse. 4-6 pm. Details
  • StargazingCuster Institute Southold. The oldest observatory in Long Island shows you the heavens. 8 pm. Details.
  • Rain Gardens and Native Plants, a Beachside Walk, Southold. Native plants and rain gardens play an important role in buffering the impact of run-off on the Peconic Estuary. Meet Lillian Ball, eco-artist, land steward, and environmental actionist, for a guided walk through her gardens and restored pond shoreline to see how she uses native plants to filter storm water runoff before it makes its way into local waters. We'll be joined by the Peconic Land Trust's Tim Caufield for a visit to the Trust's Harper Preserve next door, conserved in 2005, to view the globally rare Iris Prismatica, the carnivorous Sundew, and native Cranberry mats. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Details
  • Charnews Farm: Foraging: Finding Forgotten Vegetables at The Farm BeyondSouthold. Meet farmers Melissa and Edward Henrey of The Farm Beyond for an inspiring walk among their rows of Certified Organic vegetables and flowers to forage for edible plants. Learn about "forgotten vegetables," and why farm-foraging is being written into the next chapter of sustainable farming and the farm-to-table movement. On this walking tour, Melissa and Edward will discuss plant identification, peak harvest periods for various crops, and the best methods for cooking and enjoying these hyper-seasonal foods. You will leave with your own farm-foraged salad! 10 am-Noon. 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.