Widgets Magazine

Mile Markers, Birds, Fleece, Howard Dean and All Things Wine

From history to live music to live theater to the great May bird migration, the North Fork event options this weekend are overwhelming. Two very special, this weekend only family fun events are the Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair at Hallockville Museum Farm, and Mile Marker Day, a Fork-long history scavenger hunt of sorts, that ends with a very collectible stamp.

Enjoy two dozen concerts; hear Howard Dean speak on a non-partisan and interesting topic; learn all about bees; take in an art opening or two; explore the current relevance of WWI; see a musical or a play; catch the Bolshoi Ballet in intimate HD.

The vineyards feature special tastings--vertical and from the barrel--a wine dinner (Peking Duck!), a class on burgundy, tours, a Love Lane Stroll pairing wine and food, and the opportunity to be winemaker for a day. Oh, and they play host to music and art too.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Family Fun

Support local waiters in a charity race; enjoy the unique Fleece & Fiber Fair; explore history through 200+ year old mile markers.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Special dinners, tastings, classes (food & wine) and more.

Live Music

Twenty-six shows, in venues as varied as an historic meeting house and a late night bar, and everything in between.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

The musical Camelot opens its three week run; the play Ladies’ Man enters its final shows. Former Governor and uber-Democrat Howard Dean gives a non-partisan talk on how his grandchildren’s generation is changing everything. Art exhibits open; poets read; learn everything about bees. The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild kicks off its 67th season.

History

Mile Marker Day; WWI Centennial; Oysterponds Historical Society kicks off the season with a new exhibit & a reception.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Birders, beginner to expert, have five different chances to see migrating songbirds. And as ever, stargazing at Custer.

Festivals & Family Fun

Saturday

  • 4th Annual Waiter RaceGreenport. The annual benefit for Eastern Long Island Hospital features talented East End Servers showcasing their talents in a hurry. 10 am. Details.
  • Mile Marker DayLaurel. Mile Marker day celebrates early Southold history. More than 20 stone mile markers dating to the early 1800s line the main road; there's reason to think they replaced wooden ones put in place by Benjamin Franklin. At least, as first postmaster under the British Crown, Benjamin Franklin laid out the “post roads”—the delivery routes, he invented an odometer, and he visited Southold at least twice.

    On May 16th, families are encouraged to go to the first mile marker, across from Cliff's Elbow Too, pick up a special postcard and a map and begin the adventure.  At each marker there will be a question to answer about the mile marker--proof of the visit. At the end of the journey participants meet Dan McCarthy, a committed local historian, dressed as Ben Franklin. If presented with a completed questionnaire, Mr. “Franklin” will hand-cancel the postcard’s stamp using a government-issued Southold 375 cancellation stamp, which will make these postcards very collectible. 9 am - 2 pm. Details.

  • The Long Island Fleece and Fiber FairRiverhead East. The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair is the first of its kind in the region! Watch local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art during two family friendly, fun-filled days of demonstrations and hands-on learning. The Hallockville Museum Farm hosts. 10 am- 4 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • The Long Island Fleece and Fiber FairRiverhead East. The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair is the first of its kind in the region! Watch local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art during two family friendly, fun-filled days of demonstrations and hands-on learning. The Hallockville Museum Farm hosts. 10 am- 4 pm. Details.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Love Lane: Lombardi's Pizza on the Roanoke PiazzaMattituck. Friday evenings drop in at Roanoke's Love Lane Tasting room order a pie, enjoy a glass of wine while Lombardi's fires up your Gabby's special and delivers it to you on the Piazza. Gabby and Lauren created a Neapolitan pizza specially to pair with the 2012 Marco Tulio. 4-6:30 pm. Details.
  • Roanoke Vineyards: Love Lane Stroll, Mattituck. Host Lauren Lombardi-La Rosa leads a moveable feast up and down Love Lane. Bring comfortable shoes and an appetite, 6 pm. Reservations requiredDetails.

Saturday

  • Scrimshaw Restaurant: Merlot Alliance DinnerGreenport. Celebrate the release of the 2012 Merliance with a five course Peking Duck dinner. One, limited seating only.  7 pm. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms: Extraordinary Herbs, and Gourmet GardnerPeconic. On Saturdays Sang Lee Farms offers two terrific classes. Extraordinary Herbs features herbalist Heather Cusack who teaches you to plant, harvest, and use herbs. Gourmet Gardner teaches you to grow heirloom and specialty varieties of vegetables, giving you the tools you need to plant and tend to them in your home garden. 10-11 am, and 11 am-noon. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Vine To Wine TourPeconic. The most comprehensive wine tour in the region, at the first custom winemaking center on the North Fork, hosted  by Anthony Sannino, owner and winemaker.  Reservations required. 1 pm. Details.
  • Waters Crest Winery: Cabernet Franc Vertical TastingCutchogue. Cabernet Franc has always been a Waters Crest staple. Here's your chance to see how those bottles are aging in your cellar! 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007.... RSVP. 2-4 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.
  • Martha Clara Vineyard: The Varietal PerspectiveRiverhead East. Each class in this series taught by winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez focuses on a single varietal, its origin, and how it grows on Long Island. Participants taste several vintages of each wine with an explanation of its winemaking style. Light artisanal pairings. This week: Bordeaux varietals. 1 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • The Old Field Vineyards: Barrel TastingsSouthold. Learn about the winemaking process by tasting wine as it begins its journey. Try several wines from different barrels types to experience how the barrels impact flavor. Do some blending to get a sense of what the winemaker does to make the wine into its finished product. 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms: 2015 Open House and TourPeconic. Tour the farm with 'Farmer Fred' 10:30am & 12:30pm; Sample prepared and value added goodies made from the Certified Organic Sang Lee Kitchen; Have some fun with your farmers and fellow CSA members with a Contra DANCE from 2pm-4pm. Last chance to learn what the CSA is all about and sign up for the season. 10:30 am-4 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Winemaker for a dayPeconic. Tour the winery, learn the winemaking process, taste Long Island varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and more, blend your own custom bottle.  Reservations required. 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.

Live Music

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Southold Library: Doo-Wop ConcertSouthold. Enjoy the New York Exceptions, a tribute band of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s. Tap your feet, snap your fingers, swing and sing to the music you love! 2 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Como Brothers, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • PindarPeconicDenis Conti 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicKarlus Trapp, 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. East End Trio, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Vineyard 48Cutchogue. Live DJ, 1-6 pm. Details.
  • Laurel Lake VineyardsLaurel. April Rain, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Jamesport Meeting House: Back to the 50sJamesport.  The Jamesport Meeting House Chorus performs its third concert: “Back to the 50s” featuring songs like: Peppermint Twist, Da Doo Ron Ron, Love Me Tender, Rock Around the Clock, Jailhouse Rock, and many more.   4 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesportBryan Gallo, 1:30-5 pm. Details.
  • Jason's Vineyard, Jamesport.  George Barry Acoustic Music.  1:30-5:30 pmDetails
  • Dilberto Winery, Jamesport. Mike Deluca, 1-5 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead east. Ed Travers, 1-4 pm. Details.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Friday Night Dialogue: Neuron MirrorShelter Island. Virginia Walker and Michael Walsh read from their book of poetry "Neuron Mirror". These Long Island poets have written a poetry book in honor of five people, including four poets from the East End, who died of pancreatic cancer. 7 pm. Details.
  • Live! Howard Dean: How Our Grandchildren's Generation Is Changing EverythingGreenport. Yes, Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2004. This discussion will be non-partisan. 8-9:30 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Ladies' ManGreenport. Northeast Stage presents the French master of the farce, Georges Feydeau, who explores the bumpy road to love in his one act play, Ladies' Man. The sophisticated comedy starring Laura Pearsall and Lena Trbojevic is presented by Northeast Stage to benefit its summer 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. The evening's director, James Pritchard, will round out the program with a selection of love songs. 8 pm. Details.
  • Going Native: How the North Fork Ecosystem Affects Birds, Bees & Butterflies, Greenport. Sherry Thomas, Master Gardener & Landscape Designer, explains.  6 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: Roman HolidaySouthold. The classic starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. 12:30 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: SelmaMattituck.  "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the epic march from Selma to Montgomery and his successful 1965 campaign for equal voting rights." 1:30 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: CamelotMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater stages the beloved Tony award-winning musical. Visit the age of chivalry and the tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot. A doomed romance, a yearning for the once and future better world and magical music define a show for the ages and the entire family. 8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Oyster Ponds Historical Society: Art OpeningOrient. Mini-Exhibitions Grand Opening. 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Oyster Ponds Historical Society: A Celebration of the OpeningOrient. Historian Amy Folk will be signing her new book "Oysterponds: East Marion and Orient" on the Patio of Village House. 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Ladies' ManGreenport. Northeast Stage presents the French master of the farce, Georges Feydeau, explores the bumpy road to love in his one act play, Ladies' Man. The sophisticated comedy starring Laura Pearsall and Lena Trbojevic is presented by Northeast Stage to benefit its summer 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. The evening's director, James Pritchard, will round out the program with a selection of love songs. 8 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Art OpeningGreenport. The exhibit, Message On A Bottle features East Hampton artist Scott Bluedorn's sketches that led up to the brewery’s surreal labels on their recently released bottles. The show will include prints of Bluedorn’s original label art as well as design sketches and other works unrelated to the labels.On view through July 20th. 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Artists, Curators and Critics: A ConversationGreenport. Learn how museums and art publications make critical decisions in an audience-driven discussion with art world denizens.   3 pm. Details.
  • Charnews Farm: Can Nature Always Provide Free Pollination Services?Southold. The Peconic Land Trust presents beekeeper and owner of Blossom Meadow, Laura Klahre, for a fascinating presentation on the role of managed and wild pollinators, including mason bees, alfalfa leafcutter bees, and honey bees. Learn how important these insects are to our backyard gardens, orchards and local farms. Laura will discuss how to get good crop yields, even with the environmental challenges presented by current practices in agricultural and residential settings. 9:30 - 11 am. Details.
  • 67th Annual Open House: Art Exhibit and SaleCutchogue. The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild opens for the 2015 season. Refreshments too. 8 am - 4 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: CamelotMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater stages the beloved Tony award-winning musical. Visit the age of chivalry and the tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot. A doomed romance, a yearning for the once and future better world and magical music define a show for the ages and the entire family. 8 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Peconic Landing Broadcast: Bolshoi Ballet Performing Ivan the TerribleGreenport. Mikhail Lobukhin and Anna Nikulina star in the hit ballet, Ivan The Terrible composed by Sergei Prokofiev and directed by Yuri Grigorovich. Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. 3-5:30 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Ladies' ManGreenport. Northeast Stage presents the French master of the farce, Georges Feydeau, explores the bumpy road to love in his one act play, Ladies' Man. The sophisticated comedy starring Laura Pearsall and Lena Trbojevic is presented by Northeast Stage to benefit its summer 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. The evening's director, James Pritchard, will round out the program with a selection of love songs. 5 pm. Details.
  • 67th Annual Open House: Art Exhibit and SaleCutchogue. The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild opens for the 2015 season. Refreshments too. 8 am - 4 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: CamelotMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater stages the beloved Tony award-winning musical. Visit the age of chivalry and the tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot. A doomed romance, a yearning for the once and future better world and magical music define a show for the ages and the entire family. 2:30 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Meet the ArtistRiverhead EastKat Macabe will be in the tasting room in person 1-5 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical Society, Orient. Mini-Exhibitions. Thurs, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Shelter Island LibraryShelter Island.  A Portrait of Walter. An in process visual book about the mysterious history of her father's WWII experience.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Message On A BottleGreenport. The exhibit features East Hampton artist Scott Bluedorn's sketches that led up to the brewery’s surreal labels on their recently released bottles. The show will include prints of Bluedorn’s original label art as well as design sketches and other works unrelated to the labels. On view through July 20th. Friday 3-7 pm, Sat & Sun 12-7 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Library: The Natural Beauty of Plum Island: Sea, Seals, Sunsets & MoreGreenport. John Sargent, pastels & paint; Robert Lorenz, photographs Exhibit open when the library is, through June 15. Details.
  • South Street GalleryGreenport. Tom Cocotos, Collage.  Open Sat and Sun Noon-5 pm.  Details.
  • Cindy Pease Roe Studio & Gallery, Greenport. Open by appointment. Details.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • Cosden-Price Gallery: Plum Island Painting & Photography, Southold. The Southold Historical Society's second 2015 exhibit features the collaborative work of John Sargent & Robert Lorenz that reveals the natural beauty of Plum island to the general public. Through May 30th, Thurs-Sat, 1-4 pm.  Details.
  • Southold Library: PhotographsSouthold. The library's gallery features Butterflies, photographed by Patrick Haggerty. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, CutchogueThree exhibits:  Springtime Art by Jeffrey Abrams & Chris Stavropolis,  Music through the eyes of Photographer Stephen Lang, and The Fine Art of Wine by photographer Richard Ritter.  Open when the tasting room isDetails.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogue,   Group show, Portraits and Figures. Open when the library is.   Details.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Group Photography ShowCutchogueSpring into Collecting features 10 award winning regional artists showing an eclectic mix of new black & white and color photographs of varied artistic styles and subject matter.  Through June 6; Reception on May 9. 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituck.  Painting and sculpture of Gina Gilmour. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Rosalie Dimon Gallery: Photography and Stained GlassJamesport. Showing the photography of Katherine Liepe-Levinson and stained glass works by Maria Daddino. Reception on May 17. Through July 29. Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara VineyardsRiverhead East. Artist in Residence: Kat McCabe. See some of her work. Now through May 31st. Details. Kat will be having a "Meet the Artist" in the Tasting Room on Sunday, May 17th from 1pm-5pm.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Celebrate The Centennial of WWICutchogue. Although World War I began more than one hundred years ago (August 1914), its legacy is more present than we may think. Join Martin H. Levinson, a member of the World War I Historical Association, and learn more about this watershed event in world history. 2 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Sunday Stories: Camp Mineola & More,  Mattituck.  As part of an ongoing local history series, Norman Wamback, historian and curator for the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society, shares images and stories about “Camp Mineola" as well as anecdotes about life in Mattituck and Laurel from 1940 to the present.

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.
  • The East End Seaport MuseumGreenport. the museum boasts an array of exhibits on the maritime heritage of the area, including displays on the Greenport menhaden fishing industry, the oyster industry, lighthouse lenses, a model ship of the USS Ohio, and more. Sat & Sun 1-6 pm. Details.
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold.  Large permanent collection  includes the largest collection of Algonquin ceramic pottery and other treasures. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday

  • Sylvester Manor: Bird WalkShelter Island. Local birder Nick Hamblett leads a walk around Sylvester Manor’s fields and forests. Learn to recognize birdcalls and habitats while walking through the woods and along the wetlands of Sylvester Manor. A map and a guide to birds will be provided. Good walking shoes, binoculars and notebooks recommended. 8-10 am. Details.
  • The Custer Institute: StargazingSouthold. The oldest public observatory is open for viewing, weather permitting. Note, viewing is best with less moon. This summer Saturn, Jupiter and Venus are easily visible.  Here's the moon calendar.  8 pm - midnight. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: Guided Bird WalkRiverhead East. Join expert ornithologist Mary Laura Lamont on a guided two-mile meander around the preserved lands of Hallockville and learn to identify migratory birds in the wild! 9-11:30 am. Details.

Sunday

  • Mashomack Preserve: May-gration Bird WalksShelter Island. Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. Identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars.  7-9 am. Details.
  • North Fork Audubon: Migratory Bird Watching (Dealer's Choice)Greenport. Jody Levin, an expert birder, will decide that morning of May 17th where the best location might be to spot migratory birds, maybe Inlet Pond or maybe somewhere close by! 7:30 am. Details.
  • Downs Farm Preserve: Spring Bird Migration Hike, Cutchogue. Join a flock of fellow birders at Downs Farm Preserve to see what is flying through the North Fork during one of nature’s most exciting times – spring bird migration! Binoculars are recommended.Group for the East End hosts. 8-9:30 am. Details.

Ongoing