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North Fork Winter Weekend: Music, John & Abigail Adams, Books, Birds & Wine 101

January is the quietest month on the North Fork, but our sidewalks aren't rolled up. Enjoy a special classical concert at the observatory, or a dozen other live music performances at wineries, restaurants and bars. See history come alive with a staged reading based on John & Abigail Adams' many letters. Meet authors as they sign books and do Q&As, one in Greenport, one in Cutchogue. Meet artists at the reception for a new exhibit in Mattituck.  Head to the Red House in Greenport for a North Fork Audubon program on Winter Waterbirds Friday night, and then do a field trip on Saturday to put your new knowledge to work.

As ever, our unique shops, delicious restaurants and world-class wineries welcome you to browse, dine & sip.

The Highlights

(Click a title to reach the full listings for that type of event)

Food, Farm & Vineyard

While some vineyards are closed, many are open throughout the weekend for tastings and tours, including Wine 101 at Martha Clara.

Live Music

The Custer Observatory offers a special classical concert, but there's a dozen other shows too.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Enjoy a staged reading based on John & Abigail Adams letters; meet authors & artists, enjoy a talk on birds,

History

Enjoy a staged reading based on John & Abigail Adams letters; check out our historic buildings.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Enjoy our incredibly mild weather and explore our beautiful outdoors. Stargaze at Custer. Learn about and spot birds with Audubon.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Saturday 

  • 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 Vineyards: Wine 101:  Wine Appreciation, Sound Avenue. Martha Clara kicks off its winter wine education series. Learn the basics of wine making, wine tasting, the Long Island wine region, and the history of Martha Clara Vineyards. 1 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 at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
  • Jamesport Vineyards: Wine & CheeseJamesport. Jamesport Vineyards & The Village Cheese Shop team up for a special pairing series every Sunday in January. Seatings at 2 pm and 4 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday:

Saturday: 

  • Custer Observatory: Poetica Ensemble, Southold.The musicians of the Poetica Ensemble are based on Long Island, but perform nationally and internationally. The ensemble features Song-A Cho on violin, Christopher Shaughnessy on viola, Stephanie Iovine on cello, and Kenneth Borrmann on clarinet. Performing works by Bernhard Henrik Crusell, the most significant and internationally best-known Finnish classical composer before Sibelius, and Czech composer Franz Vincenz Krommer, contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, and strong rival of Beethoven. 7 pm. Details.
  • PindarPeconicJen Kane. 1-5 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicPoints East, 5-8 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, PeconicThe Second Hands, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Ian Petillo, 3-6 pm Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marguerite Volonts, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Four Doors DownMattituck. Romeo's Dream, 7 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointJamesportTJ Brown, 1:30-4:30 pm. Details

Sunday

  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. The Two Dons & Susan, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • North Fork Audubon: Winter Waterbirds of the North Fork IntroGreenport at the Red House. From ducks to loons to grebes, our North Fork waters teem with winter waterbirds. Local birder Pat Hanly will cover the many wintering waterbirds of the North Fork, describing the best spots to find them as well as how to identify and differentiate puddle (dabbling), diving and sea ducks from loons and grebes. This program and Saturday's follow up field trip will be especially welcoming to beginning birders! 7 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: I'll See You in My Dreams, Mattituck-Laurel Library. "A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age." 1:30 pm. Details.

Saturday

Sunday

  • Book Chat & Signing: Village of ImmigrantsCutchogue-New Suffolk Library. "The North Fork has become an exemplar of a little-noted national trend - immigrants spreading beyond the big coastal cities, driving much of rural population growth nationally. In Village of Immigrants, Diana R. Gordon illustrates how small-town America has been revitalized by the arrival of these immigrants in Greenport, where she lives. Diana R. Gordon is professor emerita of political science and criminal justice at the City University of New York. 2-4 pm." Details
  • Staged Readings: John and Abigail Adams: A Love Story, Mattituck-Laurel Library. Local actor and playwright Alan Stewart brings the history of our nascent nation to life in an original Stage Reading based on their 1,100 letters 2-3 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Hops for HabitatGreenport. A special exhibit featuring local artists and their work inspired by the local marine environment. Proceeds split between the local artist and CCE’s Marine Meadows Program. Featured local artists include: Christina Sun; Lindsay Hoffmann; Amy Worth; Kathleen Bifulco; Hector DeCordova; Randee Daddona; Julianne Karsten; Corey Solinger; Cynthia Wells; Diane Burke; Cindy Pease Roe; Scott Bluedorn; Jackie Black; Liz Schaeffler; Matthew M. Salerno; Maggie Merrill; Chris Paparo; Melissa Hyatt; Margaret Knowlden; Mark Terry; Caroline Waloski.  Open when the tasting room 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 GalleryGreenportSibylle Pfaffenbichler, new works. Fri-Mon, Noon-5 pm Details. 
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportFall & Winter Drawings by Patrick Lofthouse. On exhibit through January 9. Open when the library is. Details.
  • Southold LibrarySouthold. TBA. Open when the library isDetails
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, CutchogueTwo exhibits:  Jazz Horse Series by Candace Eaton series through Jan. 7, and Pomme© 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.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogue, Solo Show by Tom Lulevitch. Through February 29.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Small Works 2015Cutchogue. An eclectic selection of 70+ works by twenty-two regional photographers, including: Patricia Beary, Karen Bell, Karen Celella, Carolyn Conrad, Tom D’Emic, Susan Dooley, Rich Faron, Scott Farrell, Alex Ferrone, Ray Germann, Gerry Giliberti, Nijole Kudirka, Jacques LeBlanc, Jim Lennon, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Mike McLaughlin, Bruce Milne, Chris Randall, Jim Sabiston, Jeff Schultz, Jim Slezak, and Mary Trentalange. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituckGood Ground Artists & Friends. Twenty-three community and art-minded artists dedicated to promoting the arts on the East End, including: Mike Meehan, Kathy Odell-Hamilton, Pamela Thomson, Dave Kornrumpf, Jackie Maloney, Beverly Livernoche, Bonnie Ruben, Kim Coruzzi, Marie Carrese, Pam Moss-Vitti, Jim Wightman, Jim Witker II, Carol Gold, Marcella A. Yenick, Mary Ann Damilia, Dan McCarthy, Yuriy Stefanishin, Maryanne Renz, Ulrike Kreiner-Holzhauer, A Gordon Dramstad, Apul Gupta, Ela H., and Maureen Flanagan. Open when the library is. Through January 30. Details.
  • Jamesport Manor Inn: Artists Scott McIntire & Madeline DaversaJamesport. "Painter Scott McIntire's hybrid style comes from a courtship with photorealism, pop art, op art, and abstraction." "Printmaker Madeline Daversa's artwork reflects a love for the natural environment of Long Island's East End."  On display Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. through February 3. Details.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Sunday

  • Staged Readings: John and Abigail Adams: A Love StoryMattituck-Laurel Library. Local actor and playwright Alan Stewart brings the history of our nascent nation to life in an original Stage Reading based on their 1,100 letters 2-3 pm. 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.
  • 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. A rich collection of primarily Algonquin art and artifacts. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Friday

  • North Fork Audubon: Winter Waterbirds of the North Fork Intro, Greenport at the Red House. From ducks to loons to grebes, our North Fork waters teem with winter waterbirds. Local birder Pat Hanly will cover the many wintering waterbirds of the North Fork, describing the best spots to find them as well as how to identify and differentiate puddle (dabbling), diving and sea ducks from loons and grebes. This program and Saturday's follow up field trip will be especially welcoming to beginning birders! 7 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • North Fork Audubon: Winter Waterbirds of the North Fork-Field Trip, Greenport at the Red House. Visit several North Fork spots to spot winter waterbirds after meeting at the Red house at 8 am. Details.
  • The Custer Institute: StargazingSouthold. The oldest public observatory is open for viewing, weather permitting. Note, viewing is best with less moon. Enjoy the peak Geminid show too. Here's the moon calendar.  8 pm - midnight. 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.