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New Greenport Harbor Brew House Opens! Plus: Fireworks, Tractor Pull, Mattituck Street Fair, Music, Arts & History

Join in the opening of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company's Peconic brew house and beer garden--live music, good food, a special brew, the chance to be part of day one. Or take in fireworks by land and sea; wander a street fair or dunk a friend in a carnival booth.

Reflecting our history and rural nature, the Long Island Antique Power Association puts on a tractor pull as part of its summer show at Hallockville Museum Farm.

For arts, the live music options are overwhelming, but there's also book signings and author chats, and a gallery talk with fine art photographers.

The Highlights

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 Fireworks & Independence Celebrations

Shelter Island offers two ways to celebrate our Independence and enjoy fireworks: an all day beach party capped by a Grucci show, and a gala fundraiser by the Perlman Music program complete with concert and comfortable, spectacular seating for the same show. Meanwhile the Cross Sound Ferry will gladly shuttle you to New London Harbor to view another gorgeous Grucci show there (and of course will bring you back again in style.)

Festivals

Mattituck hosts its 37th Annual Street Fair and the Jamesport fireman put on a carnival replete with dunking booth, rides and fireworks.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Ok, so this one's a brewery, not a vineyard, but it's a don't miss: the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company hosts the grand opening 0f its Peconic brewery and tasting room Saturday! Live music, cheap beer, lots of food trucks, and of course the opportunity to be able to say you were there when it opened. As if it weren't enough, they're also celebrating their 5th anniversary and like all their previous anniversary celebrations, they'll toast the new year with a special brew, created for the occasion. This year it's a Belgian dubbel steeped in sour cherries.

Live Music

From classical music family concert at the Perlman Music Program to more than a dozen bands of varied types at vineyards, restaurants, bars, and a park, you can find something you'd enjoy listening to at a place you want to hear it.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Laugh to stand up; meet authors; enjoy a gallery talk, visit one of the many ongoing shows.

History

The Long Island Antique Power Association puts on its 22nd annual summer show, including a tractor pull. The Southold Historical Society hosts its annual gala in a historic building.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Take a lighthouse cruise, tour private gardens, check out very cool moths with the local Audubon society, and as ever, enjoy our beautiful beaches, parks, fishing boats,  and public observatory.

Fireworks & Independence Celebrations
  • Beach party &Fireworks, Shelter Island.  The Island dares to be independent and celebrates the weekend after everybody else.The firework show is always good, and the location is great--Crescent Beach, known to some NYC people as Sunset Beach because of the eponymous bar and restaurant at one end. Both 'Crescent' and 'sunset' are appropriate, given the shape of the northwest-facing beach.Every year is fun--have a great day at the beach, with your kids if you've got 'em, bring a picnic or a grill, enjoy adult beverages if you bring it or shop at Sunset Beach. No glass, no underage drinking, no drunk driving, and mind the occasional undercover cop.  A hat gets passed to collect contributions to help pay for the show, and this year, to help fund school awards for local kids.  Saturday, rain date Sunday. Details.
  • Perlman Center Gala & Fireworks Viewing, Shelter Island. The Perlman Music Program overlooks Crescent Beach and thus the fireworks. Support the cause and get cocktails, dinner, and stellar entertainment:  a concert by the Program's  talented young students, and prime beachfront viewing of the Grucci fireworks show. Details.
  • Fireworks Cruise, Orient Point/Cross Sound Ferry.  Cruise to New London harbor for a spectacular fireworks show by Grucci and return to Orient Point, all in comfort on the John H. Details.
Festivals
  • The 37th Annual Mattituck Street Fair, Love Lane, Mattituck. The street fair is a wonderful way to spend the day, wandering Love Lane and sampling all of the North Fork’s bounty. Details. (Pictures from an earlier one.)
  • Carnival, Jamesport. The fire department's annual fest of rides, vendors, food, dunking booth & fireworks. Friday 6-11 pm; Sat 4-midnight. Details.
Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday

  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Dilberto Winery, Jamesport. For a fun and casual start to your weekend dining, enjoy two glasses of wine and a pizza at Dilberto's Winery. 5-8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Greenport Farmer's MarketGreenport. Local produce, poultry, eggs, shellfish, cheese, bread, wine, preserves, and more.  9 am to 1 pm. Details.
  • Greenport Brewery Opens Its Brewhouse and Beer Garden, Peconic. Live music, food trucks, Signal 8 the beer firetruck, a special brew, the chance to be in on the first day. 3-4 pm ticketed VIP access, publicly open 4-8 pm. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms-Yoga!, Peconic. Yoga on the farm  & organic veggie juice. 9-10:30 am. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms Tour, Peconic. Tour organic farm fields, greenhouses and barn. Enjoy an amazing tasting of delicious vegetables and prepared products from the Sang Lee Kitchen.  11-12:30 pm. Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard-Vine To Wine Tour, Peconic. 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.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse, Mattituck 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 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesport. Yoga in the vines, followed by wine.  10-11:15 am. Details.

Sunday

  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard-Vine To Wine Tour, Peconic. 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.  1 pm. Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse, Mattituck 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 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 VineyardsRiverhead East,Yoga in the Vines, 11 am+ Details.
Live Music

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

Saturday

  • Meet Harvest Road Author Melissa Martin at Claudio's, Greenport. Local wine industry professional and author presents Harvest Road at Claudio's. Details.
  • Slide show/talk:  The Other Pakistan, Greenport. Author Hazel Kazan presents on returning home to Pakistan 40 years later. Details. 
  • Artists and Carafes--paint! Greenport.  B.Y.O.B. and learn to paint a beach scene, equipped with a beach chair, shovel and pail. $40 includes all materials, simple step by step instructions, live music and cheese and crackers. 1-4 pm or 6:30-9:30 pm. Details.
  • Pugiliese VineyardsCutchogue. NYC Stand up comedy. 8 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Gallery Talk with Matt Clark and Mike DiRenzo, Cutchogue. Alex Ferrone gallery, currently exhibiting their photographs Swells & Swirls, hosts. Limited seating, reservations required. 2 pm. Details.

All Weekend Ongoing

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week; listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Southold Historical Society's 11th Annual Summer Gala, Greenport.  Join the Southold Historical Society in the appropriately historic Floyd family mansion, “Brecknock Hall.” As the Society explains: "Built in 1857, Brecknock Hall is one of the largest stone residences ever built on the North Fork of Long Island. Home of the Floyd family, it was built by David Gelston Floyd, the grandson of William Floyd, signer of the Declaration of Independence. It is listed on the both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Preservation." The party includes music, a wine and beer bar, dinner,and a silent auction featuring antiques, fine art, jewelry, and decorative objects. Details.

Saturday and Sunday

Ongoing

  • Maple Lane ComplexSouthold. These crown jewels of the Southold Historical Society open for the summer on Saturday, July 5, and are open Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Historic Sign ExhibitSouthold. historic signs that were created on Long Island between 1830 and 1930. Runs from July 5 through October 12. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 1-4 pm  Details.
  • The Horton Point LighthouseSouthold, 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 and Sunday 11:30 am - 4pm.  Details.
  • Historic Buildings & Carriage House Gift ShopCutchogue. Open for the summer season, Sat, Sun & Mon. 1-4 pm.  Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm--"Defense of the Eagle"Riverhead East.   Learn about an overlooked naval battle that took place right here on the shores of the Long Island Sound during the War of 1812! Hallockville commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Eagle which took place over three days in 1814. Fri-Sun 12-4 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Friday

  • Porch Light Wonders by North Fork Audubon, Greenport. As Audubon explains: "Moths tend to get forgotten or written off as drab, boring and often, pests. In fact, of those 175,000 species of moths and butterflies, 157,000 are moths! Moths can be beautiful in color, intelligent in their behavior, and unbelievable in their adaptability to environmental stress and predation. From moths that mimic bees in order to steal their honey to those that can jam bat sonar to escape detection, moths are amazing animals that deserve some time in the spotlight!"  8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Lighthouse Day Cruise, Greenport. The East End Seaport Museum leads a six hour cruise to several lighthouses in NY and CT. 9 am - 3 pm. Details.
  • Climate Change, Your Trees & Your Yard, Greenport. Master gardener Sherry Thomas offers suggestions and strategies using a slide show. 10 am. Details.
  • Private Garden Tours, Mattituck. Normally private gardens are open to the public for a small fee to benefit The Garden Conservancy. 10 am-4 pm.  Details.

All Weekend

  • Orient Beach State ParkOrient Point, offers a huge range of outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming. Details.
  • 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 quarter-moon, not ideal for stargazing. Details.