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The North Fork Celebrates Food, Wine, Spring, Boats, Quilts, History & Early Easter

Photo is Katie Sepenowski of Port of Egypt Marine Celebrating on One of the Boats

This weekend the North Fork hosts special tastings, including a Vertical Merlot Tasting at Jamesport Vineyards, a Téte de Cuvée Grand Tasting at Sparkling Pointe, olive oils, basalmics and much more at Vines & Branches. And there's a dozen more food & wine events.

The Custer Observatory throws an Equinox party, and Port of Egypt Marine celebrates its 70th Anniversary with free boat test drives, a chat on fishing the bay & more.  The Hallockville Museum Farm welcomes everyone for a special open house to celebrate National Quilt Day. The Oysterponds Historical Society kicks off its winter lecture series.

Easter celebrations get started early with egg hunts in Orient and Mattituck; a St. Patrick's Day Parade marches through Jamesport. Plus theater, author events, and much more.

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Many vineyards are hosting special wine-focused events and concerts both as part of #LIWinterfest and beyond it.

Live Music

This weekend offers some two dozen shows.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Becky's New Car ends its run; Mary Poppins takes the stage for the weekend; an author presents her book; interesting talks on single malt scotch, Easter Island, local history and more

History

Two interesting talks and a historic house tour.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Stargaze at Custer; hike at Mashomack; enjoy Easter Egg hunts and a parade; play on the water at POE Marine.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Vines & Branches: Celebrating 5 Years in Business & 1st Year on Front Street, Greenport. All weekend enjoy Tastings & Samplings of fresh, premium, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, savory olive tapenades, salsas, all natural condensed soups, sauces, pestos, spices & artisanal salts & much more. Greenport Wine & Spirits offers special tastings and wine pairings. Friday only: A Special Cocktail Reception with Wines & Spirits provided by Greenport’s Wines & Spirits, and Tantalizing ‘Virgin’ Cocktails made from Smart Sparkling Water flavored with Vines & Branches’ All Natural Sweet Balsamics! 4-6 pm. Details.
  • Caci North Fork: Raphael Wine DinnerSouthold. A welcome reception plus four course dinner of deliciousness thoughtfully paired with Raphael Wine. 6:30 pm. Menu & Details.

Saturday 

  • Vines & Branches: Celebrating 5 Years in Business & 1st Year on Front StreetGreenport. All weekend, all day enjoy Tastings & Samplings of fresh, premium, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, savory olive tapenades, salsas, all natural condensed soups, sauces, pestos, spices & artisanal salts & much more. Greenport Wine & Spirits offers special tastings and wine pairings. Saturday only: Donna Ledogar from Vino Biscotti sampling Savory Artisan Biscotti. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Sparkling Pointe: 5th Annual Téte de Cuvée Grand Tasting EventSouthold.  Enjoy eight carefully selected, exclusive, rare wines. 6-8 pm.  Details.
  • Pindar: Wine & Artisan Cheese Pairing featuring The Village Cheese Shop, Peconic. Enjoy an artisan cheese pairing with The Village Cheese Shop, a North Fork favorite, featuring a perfect pairing of three of our wines with a special plate of three cheese selections, accompanied by fig cake and olives. 11 am-5 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyards: NoFo Varietals 101Peconic. 4 tasting flight with pairing that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, & Merlot with a free glass. Five sittings, starting 12:30-2:30 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. Noon. Details.
  • East End Mushroom Company: Anniversary Party, Cutchogue.  A guest chef will whip up a delicious mushroom tasting for you to enjoy from  while you shop for mushrooms. All guests of the event will receive a complimentary box of Crimini or Portobello mushroom with purchase! Thank you to all who have supported us, and have helped us get where we are today. We hope you can celebrate with us! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details.
  • Coffee Pot Cellars: 2013 Meritage Sneak PeakCutchogue. With winemaker Adam Suprenant. 2-5 pm. Details
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Shinn Estates Futures Dinner Mattituck. The event takes place in the winery, barrel cellar and Farmhouse dining room, and will feature tastes of the new 2015 white wine from tank and bottle as well as barrel samples of 2014 reds while feasting on a spread of cheeses, charcuterie, breads, olives and a savory stew. 6:30 pm. Contact Shinn for 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.
  • Bridge Lane: Wine 101: Hip Hip Rosé, Mattituck. In the 4th class of the Bridge Lane series, taste rosés from major wine regions around the world.  Discuss different grape varietals used and the processes in which this elegant and inspirational beverage is produced.  Learn the essentials of food and rosé pairings. Taste five wines and enjoy snacks. Tickets. 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Jamesport Vineyards: Vertical Merlot TastingJamesport. Sample 10+ years of Jamesport Vineyards Merlot. Cheese and Charcuterie will be served. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Cellar Clearance CelebrationSound Avenue. Buy one case, get one free--choose from eight varietals. One day only. Live music all day too. 11 am-5 pm.  Details

Sunday

  • Vines & Branches: Celebrating 5 Years in Business & 1st Year on Front StreetGreenport. All weekend enjoy Tastings & Samplings of fresh, premium, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, savory olive tapenades, salsas, all natural condensed soups, sauces, pestos, spices & artisanal salts & much more. Greenport Wine & Spirits offers special tastings and wine pairings. Sunday only: Lily Dougherty Johnson, Owner of Lily’s Farm in Southold, New York will be offering demos, samplings & tastings of brunch recipes made from the farm’s organic eggs, with tasting of Vines & Branches’ “Bellini”. Noon-3 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.
  • Jamesport Vineyards: VIP Wine & CheeseJamesport. A comprehensive sit-down tasting and discussions about gourmet cheeses and wine pairings in the private VIP room at Jamesport Vineyards. Seating limited to 20 persons--make a reservation. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Blind TastingSound Avenue. Everything you wanted to know about wine, but were afraid to ask. Winemaker Miguel Martin will lead a sensory evaluation with an aroma kit, followed by a blind tasting of Palmer Vineyard wines. 2:30-4:30 pm.  Details
  • Martha Clara: Wine 101Sound Avenue. A class offered to get you started on your wine loving journey! The basics of wine making, wine tasting, the Long Island wine region, and the history of Martha Clara. Seats are limited and must be reserved in advance. 10 am. Details.
Live Music

Friday:

Saturday: 

Sunday

  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. Out of the Blue, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. Tom & Lisa. 1-4 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicNina Et Cetera, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Bedell CellarsCutchogue. Bryan Carter. Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major. Shortly after completing his training, Carter’s access to extensive outlets lead to performances at iconic and globally recognized venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and others. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Coffee Pot CellarsCutchogue. Randy Jackson. 2-4 pm. Details
  • Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library: Luminaria String Quartet, Cutchogue. The Luminaria Quartet are the winners of the 2015 Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition, and two-time winners of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. 2 pm. Details.
  • Clovis PointLaurelRobert Bruey, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. Live Jazz, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Author Event: We Are Gods in the ChrysalisPeconic Landing Greenport. Photographer Megan Broody presents this compendium of her fantastical photographs and cabinets of curiosity and its themes of psychological transformation, personal trajectories of success and failure and strategies to navigate the roller coaster of life. Broody will end her talk by giving mini single card readings to a few volunteers from her own oracle deck. Please come with questions about your own personal journey. As a special treat, Broody will be bringing along two of her recently completed “mood enhancement kits,” miniature dioramas geared to uplift the spirits. 4 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: Mary Poppins, Southold High School. The Drama Club presents its spring musical. 7-10 pm. Details.
  • Matinee Film: Brooklyn, Mattituck-Laurel Library. "An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within." 1:30 pm. Details. 
  • Theater: Becky's New CarMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater presents this comedy about how middle-aged Becky Foster, stuck in middle management and a humdrum marriage, suddenly finds herself with a new lease on life. Ride along with her as she explores the road not taken. 8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Matinee Film: Alice's Ordinary PeopleGreenport Floyd Memorial Library. A documentary by Craig Dudnick about Alice Tregay, a woman who refused to stand still in the face of injustice. The director will introduce the film and do a Q&A after. 2:30 pm. Details
  • Musical Theater: Mary Poppins, Southold High School. The Drama Club presents its spring musical. 7-10 pm. Details.
  • Custer Observatory: Spring Equinox Party, Southold. Kick off springtime with this family friendly program, featuring a lecture about equinoxes and solstices with George Lomaga, a former Professor of Astronomy at Suffolk Community College. Stargaze afterwards through telescopes at Long Island’s oldest public observatory. Light refreshments served. Doors open 6 pm; talk at 7; observing at 8. Details.
  • Talk: Travel to Easter Island, Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library. Travel on an exotic trip with armchair travel at the Library. Explore Rapa Nui-Easter Island, the 63.2 square mile island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Learn the facts, hear the oral history and see the land of the Moai. A discussion will follow presentation. 2 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Becky's New CarMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater presents this comedy about how middle-aged Becky Foster, stuck in middle management and a humdrum marriage, suddenly finds herself with a new lease on life. Ride along with her as she explores the road not taken. 8 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: National Quilting Day Open House, Sound Avenue. Celebrate this traditional folk art. See handmade quilts from the Hallockville museum archives, some nearly 200 years old! See quilters demonstrating their craft. Informative lectures including “Look What I Found in the Attic” presented by history teacher and quilter Mary Kromhout will help you learn more about how to handle and care for the family heirlooms you might find in your attic! Guided tours of the Homestead will be offered with a special emphasis on the antique textiles and quilts on display. Plus Miss Ella’s Shop will be open where you can browse a wide selection of quilting, knitting and other craft supplies. Free. 10 am - 3pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society: History & Houses: the Foundation of a New SocietyGreenport.  John Holzapfel will provide a glimpse of how the Society began: the ways in which its founding members accumulated seven buildings, two cemeteries –and a tree– that today not only serve as a fascinating survey of architectural styles but also support and document local family histories. John will focus his attention on the 19th century Orient Point School House; the Hallock Farm building and the Amanda Brown House; he will also discuss the 18th century Webb House and the 18th century restored Village House, the only building original to its current site. 3 pm. Details.
  • Talk: Walking the Caledonian Canal in Search of the Finest Single Malt in ScotlandGreenport Floyd Memorial Library. A slideshow with history of the remarkable canal, completed in 1822, views of the magical countryside; and a wee consideration of Scotland’s most beloved product. 3 pm. Details
  • Musical Theater: Mary Poppins, Southold High School. The Drama Club presents its spring musical. 2 pm. Details.
  • Theater: Becky's New CarMattituck. The North Fork Community Theater presents this comedy about how middle-aged Becky Foster, stuck in middle management and a humdrum marriage, suddenly finds herself with a new lease on life. Ride along with her as she explores the road not taken. 2:30 pm. Details.
  • Rosalie Dimon Gallery: Art ReceptionJamesport. Meet artists Patricia Feiler and Jeanette Martone, enjoy local wines and artisanal cheeses. 3-5 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Ikons and HeroesGreenport. Artists Oliver Peterson of Water Mill and Case Jernigan of Brooklyn exhibit together. Peterson "is a multidisciplinary artist, finding inspiration in diverse subject matter- graffiti,  literature, politics, religion, medicine, advertising and modern heroic figures." Jernigan "uses cut paper as his primary medium and his simple imagery is a  juxtaposition to the mixed media works of Peterson."  Through April 17. Open Fri-Sat 2-7 pm and Sun 12-6pm. Details.
  • 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 LibraryGreenportGreenport Student ArtOpen 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 GalleryCutchogueSolo Show by Tom Lulevitch. 51 paintings, gyclee, water guilded gold leaf on medieval style sun dials, portable sundial diptychs and ornamental crosses. Include several panoramas of various NoFo vineyards and farms. Each piece is done with egg oil on traditional gessoed panels with gold or silver leaf frames, all hand made by the artist. Through March 31.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Aerial ObservationsCutchogue. By Alex Ferrone. Through April 30. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library GalleryMattituck. Showing Reflections, Photography Exhibit by “The Light Painters” Members of the Light Painters Learning Center, a North Fork based digital photography club. Images captured from their eld trips, personal travels, and other photographic opportunities. Subjects include still life, landscapes, seascapes, nature, wildlife, and other abstracts. Open when the library is. Through March 31. Details.
  • Clovis Point WineryLaurelGood Ground Artists. "Good Ground" was the original name for Hampton Bays. The group is thirty five artists of both the South and North Forks. Through April 10. 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
  • Rosalie Dimon GalleryJamesport. Paintings by Patricia Feiler and drawings by Jeanette Martone. Open Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. Through May 4. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Artist in ResidenceSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards displays the work of Alexandra Katharine Adams. See some of her art hereDetails.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Talk: Travel to Easter IslandCutchogue-New Suffolk Library. Travel on an exotic trip with armchair travel at the Library. Explore Rapa Nui-Easter Island, the 63.2 square mile island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Learn the facts, hear the oral history and see the land of the Moai. A discussion will follow presentation. 2 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm: National Quilting Day Open House, Sound Avenue. Celebrate this traditional folk art. See handmade quilts from the Hallockville museum archives, some nearly 200 years old! See quilters demonstrating their craft. Informative lectures including “Look What I Found in the Attic” presented by history teacher and quilter Mary Kromhout will help you learn more about how to handle and care for the family heirlooms you might find in your attic! Guided tours of the Homestead will be offered with a special emphasis on the antique textiles and quilts on display. Plus Miss Ella’s Shop will be open where you can browse a wide selection of quilting, knitting and other craft supplies. Free. 10 am - 3pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Oysterponds Historical Society: History & Houses: the Foundation of a New Society, Greenport.  John Holzapfel will provide a glimpse of how the Society began: the ways in which its founding members accumulated seven buildings, two cemeteries –and a tree– that today not only serve as a fascinating survey of architectural styles but also support and document local family histories. John will focus his attention on the 19th century Orient Point School House; the Hallock Farm building and the Amanda Brown House; he will also discuss the 18th century Webb House and the 18th century restored Village House, the only building original to its current site. 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

Saturday

  • Orient Beach State Park: 27th Annual Easter Egg HuntOrient Point. The hunt will feature prizes for kids and hot dogs and hot chocolate for everyone. 11 am. (Rain Date Sunday at 1 pm) Details.
  • Mashomack Preserve: The Big House: Foundations and Human History in the Meadows, Shelter Island. Come for a truck tour and short hike to discover the history of Mashomack’s meadows. We will find the foundations of buildings in Miss Annie Nicoll’s “Big House” area and hear the stories of years past and their continuing effect on Mashomack’s land today. 1-2:30 pm. Details.
  • POE Marine: 70th Anniversary In-Water Boat Show & Demo Weekend, Southold. Test out lots of Grady-White boats; learn to dock a boat; enjoy a talk on fishing the Peconic Bay; compete in a casting contest; enter a raffle. 9 am- 5 pm. (talk 9:30-noon; casting noon-1; docking 1-2; raffle @ 4.) Details.
  • Custer Observatory: Spring Equinox PartySouthold. Kick off springtime with this family friendly program, featuring a lecture about equinoxes and solstices with George Lomaga, a former Professor of Astronomy at Suffolk Community College. Stargaze afterwards through telescopes at Long Island’s oldest public observatory. Light refreshments served. Doors open 6 pm; talk at 7; observing at 8. Details.
  • East End Emerald Society 3rd Annual St. Pat's Parade, Jamesport. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade steps off on Washington Avenue and continues east down Main Road ending at Manor Lane. 2 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • POE Marine: 70th Anniversary In-Water Boat Show & Demo WeekendSouthold. Test out lots of Grady-White boats; learn to dock a boat; find out about the boat club. 10 am- 4 pm. Details.
  • Mattituck Easter Egg Hunt, Veterans Park. The annual family fun event. 1:30 pm. 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.