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Tour & Taste Greenport's Oysters; Live Shelter Island History; Contradance the Night Away

This weekend, tour an old mansion decorated by 16 designers (one room each) and support four charities in the process. Beat the heat at an old-fashioned ice cream social. Explore Greenport's oyster past and present by solar boat, and then learn to shuck while slurping some locally grown ones. Celebrate history by stepping back in time for a day--including into a revolutionary war era encampment. Dance or just listen to the many musicians performing all along the Fork. Make jams and jellies. Wander our downtowns, window shopping all the way.

The Highlights

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Festivals & Charity Events

So much to choose from! Explore a nearly 200 year old mansion that's been decorated by 16 different designers--one room each--while helping four terrific charities; help rescue horses while dining at a vineyard; support the Oysterponds Historical Society at their soiree and art auction or just enjoy the classic family fun of an old-fashioned ice cream social hosted by the Southold Historical Society.

Food, Farm & Vineyard

Tour Greenport harbor by solar boat and sample local oysters; make jams and jellies at the museum farm; take a singing hayride, enjoy local farmers' markets; or sample the other usual fun--painting and doing yoga in the vines; touring fields of grapes and vegetables; learning winemaking.

Live Music

Music early, music late, music of all types--ain't it great? Seriously, live music reverberates all along the fork in various venues from parks to bars and everyone interested in enjoying musicians perform can find a show they'd like.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Meet artists at a reception; learn to paint outdoors; see a play; contradance in Windmill Field. Many galleries offer shows.

History

Shelter Island has two special history events; the Sylvester Manor opens for tours, and the Historical Society has its 'Day in History'. But the area's rich history can be explored all along the Fork--meander historic buildings and related exhibits cared for by the historical societies of Orient, Greenport, Southold, Cutuchogue/New Suffolk, and Mattituck/Laurel.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

If the weather's right on Saturday, the not-yet-quarter moon makes for decent stargazing. Do it indoors with the big telescope at the Custer Institute, or al fresco in the yard at One Woman Wine (she shows an outdoor movie and serves s'mores too). Enjoy our many beaches.

Festivals & Charity Events

Friday

  • Opening Gala, North Fork Designer Show House, Cutchogue.  Sixteen interior designers each take a room and give it their own decorative point of view. The result is deeply varied, stunning and sophisticated. All presented with zero attitude. Enjoy exploring it all, and support four local charities that serve the entire age spectrum, from newborns to senior: CAST, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Maureen’s Haven, and Katinka House. 6 – 8:30 pm Details.
  • Macari Vineyards: The 5th Annual Evening for the Horses, Mattituck. Wine, food, dancing, a good cause--the North Shore Horse Rescue. 7-11 pm. Details.

Saturday 

  • Oysterponds Historical Society Soiree and Art AuctionOrient. The 70th Anniversary Oysterponds Historical Society fundraiser. 5:30-8 pm. Details.
  • Annual Ice Cream Social, Southold. The Southold Historical Society offers delicious ice cream, hayrides, children’s games, tours, face painting, live music, and other great activities. 1-4 pm. Details.
  • North Fork Designer Show HouseCutchogue.  Sixteen interior designers each take a room and give it their own decorative point of view. The result is deeply varied, stunning and sophisticated. Enjoy exploring it all, and support four local charities that serve the entire age spectrum, from newborns to senior: CAST, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Maureen’s Haven, and Katinka House. Open 11 am - 5 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • North Fork Designer Show HouseCutchogue.  Sixteen interior designers each take a room and give it their own decorative point of view. The result is deeply varied, stunning and sophisticated. Enjoy exploring it all, and support four local charities that serve the entire age spectrum, from newborns to senior: CAST, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Maureen’s Haven, and Katinka House. Open 11 am - 5 pm. Details.
Food, Farm & Vineyard

Friday

  • Harbor 'Oys-Tour' & Tasting, Greenport. Tour Greenport Harbor aboard the solar launch Glory. Captain Dave details Greenport’s place in oysters, past and present. After the tour, visit the Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market for shucking lessons, local oyster tastings, and a lesson in the modern oyster growing.3-5 pm.  Details.
  • Mattabella Vineyards-Art of the VineSouthold.  Paint (with an instructor's assistance) while you enjoy wine and hors d'oeurves. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Details.
  • Winemaker's Studio, Peconic. Happy hour! 5-7 pm. Details.
  • East End Farmers MarketLove Lane Mattituck. 2:30-6:30 pm. Details.
  • Hallockville Museum Farm- Preserving the Harvest: Jams and Jellies, Riverhead East. Join Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste of the North Fork, and Certified Master Food Preserver Mark Vosburgh from Hallockville for a hands-on workshop. All materials are included and participants will leave with their own jars of jam/jelly. Space limited, advance registration required. 10am-1pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Greenport Farmer's MarketGreenport. Local produce, poultry, eggs, shellfish, cheese, bread, wine, preserves, and more.  9 am to 1 pm. Details.
  • One Woman Wines-Tasting Under the Stars!, Southold. Outdoor movie, bonfire, s’mores, telescope, candlelight. Bring your own food. Rain cancels. 6-10 pm. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms-Yoga!, Peconic. Yoga on the farm  & organic veggie juice. 9-10:30 am. Details.
  • Sang Lee Farms Tour, Taste, Talk, 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.
  • Harbes Family Farm Singing Hayride, Mattituck. 2-3 pm and  4-5 pm.  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.  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.
  • Palmer Vineyards-YogaRiverhead East,Yoga in the Vines, 11 am+ Details.
Live Music

Friday

  • Perlman Music Program Works in Progress Concert, Shelter Island. Students present their works in progress, 7:30 pm. Details.
  • Billy's By The Bay,  Greenport, Ev Corwin 4-7 pm. Details.
  • Claudio's Clam Bar, Greenport. Lobster & Live Music. Lobster starting at 5 pm; live music starts at 6 pm. Band TBA Details.
  • Mitchell ParkGreenportThe Greenport Band. Rain cancels. 7:30 pm.  Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard-Chill Out Fridays, PeconicMelody Rose plays while you enjoy wine & cheese. Music 4:30-7:30 pm; complimentary cheese fondue 5-8. Details.
  • Osprey's Dominion-Twilight on the VinesPeconic. Band TBA. 5-8 pm. Details.
  • Pindar VineyardPeconicJen Kane 6-8 pm. Details.
  • The Tasting Group (Lieb Cellars)--Firefly FridaysMattituck. The Gerards. Local wine, food from the Roaming Fork Food Truck. 5-8 pm. Details.
  • Palmer VineyardsRiverhead EastTBA, 4pm+ Details.

Saturday

Sunday

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Plein Air Painting Workshop, Shelter Island. Two part workshop with Suzzanne Fokine; Friday Aug. 1 and Friday Aug. 8th.  Meet at Havens House at 8:45; paint in Smith's Cove 9 am -1 pm.  Details.
  • Artist's Reception Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogue, Exhibiting Wendy Prellwitz, open when the library is. 5-7 pm.  Details
  • The Wedding SingerMattituck. The North Fork Community Theatre stages its 44th Youth on Stage production. Show starts at 8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • Contradance in Windmill FieldShelter Island. Celebrate the season by dancing to music by  Edith & Bennett with steps called by Dave Harvey; beginners welcome.  7-11 pm. Details.
  • Artists' Reception, Gallery CrossingPeconic.  Featuring the photographs of John Stuart and paintings of Pingree Louchheim: "Ranging from contemporary to classical, their images encompass brilliance through light, color and contrast". 4:30-6:30 pm.  Details
  • The Wedding SingerMattituck. The North Fork Community Theatre stages its 44th Youth on Stage production. Show starts at 8 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • The Wedding SingerMattituck. The North Fork Community Theatre stages its 44th Youth on Stage production. Show starts at 2:30 pm. Details.

All Weekend Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrientQuilty Pleasures: Four Centuries of Quilts. Thurs, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • East End Seaport MuseumGreenport. Open daily 1-5 pm;  Details.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Greenport. Showing Sanctuary by Danielle Malmet Rodger through Sept. 1.Tasting Room/Gallery hours: Sunday – Thursday, 12-6 pm, Friday and Saturday 12-7 pm.  Details.
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportLandscapes of Spirit, photographs by Greenport photographer Kit Storjohann through August 31st. Open when the library isDetails.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • South Street GalleryGreenport. Showing "Intimate Connections" by  Dan Welden, August 1 through Sept. 1st, reception Aug. 30. Open Thurs-Mon 12-5 pm. Details.
  • Cindy Pease Roe Studio & Gallery, Greenport . Open Thurs-Mon 1-5  Details.
  • Cosden-Price GallerySouthold. The Southold Historical Society presents "Rhythm and Blues", paintings by abstract expressionist Barbara Bilotta. Runs July 3-Aug. 2. Details.
  • Gallery CrossingPeconic.  Featuring the photographs of John Stuart and paintings of Pingree Louchheim. Through August 11. Open Thurs-Mon 12-7 pm.  Details.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogue, Exhibiting Wendy Prellwitz, open when the library is.  Details.
  • Alex Ferrone GalleryCutchoguePond Studies The exhibit features artistic investigations of local waters. A portion of sales goes supports the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program. Through August 31st. Thurs-Sun 11-6 pm.  Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituck. All month the library will show Oil Paintings by Jacqueline Palumbo. Born in France, raised in Brooklyn and retired (from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) to Mattituck, Jacqueline's skill is in reproducing oil paintings while making the renditions specific to her.  Details.

Greenport Village Movie Theater Shows all week; listings here.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week; listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Sylvester Manor House and Grounds ToursShelter Island.  The house tours are guided and require reservations; the grounds you can explore on your own.  From the website: "Sylvester Manor is a former provisioning plantation, set up in 1652 on fertile soil at the head of a protected harbor on Shelter Island, New York. Originally owned by an English/Dutch sugar consortium to supply the triangle trade, and operated by enslaved Africans and indentured or paid Native American and European laborers, it has in the last two centuries also been an enlightenment-era farm serving regional markets and the country estate of one of America’s first food industrialists, Eben Norton Horsford, inventor of baking powder and the father of modern food chemistry..." More history here.  12-3 pm Details.
  • One Day In History, Shelter Island. Members of the 3rd NY 1775 Regiment Re-enactors set up camp Friday night, demonstrating what camp-life was like during the revolution throughout the weekend. On Saturday the festivities include children’s crafts and games, a petting zoo, tractor-pulled hayrides, Model T rides and lots more. 10 am - 3 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Oyster Ponds Historical SocietyOrient. The OHS has multiple galleries in several buildings exhibit works from four centuries. Thurs, Sat and Sun 2-5 pm;  Details.
  • Margaret E. Ireland HouseGreenport. The Stirling Historical Society's museum. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm. Details.
  • The Village Blacksmith, Greenport. Watch a real blacksmith at work.  Located on the edge of Mitchell Park, behind the old schoolhouse. Saturday and Sunday 11-5 pm. Details.
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold. Current Special Exhibit: Tobacco, Sacred to Profane, 5000 years of tobacco history on Long Island. Large permanent collection  includes the largest collection of Algonquin ceramic pottery and other treasures. Saturday and Sunday 1-4:30pm. Details.
  • 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.
  • Historic BuildingsMattituck. The Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society has several historic buildings they are happy to show on weekends by appointment. 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

  • Plein Air Painting WorkshopShelter Island. Two part workshop with Suzzanne Fokine; Friday Aug. 1 and Friday Aug. 8th.  Meet at Havens House at 8:45; paint in Smith's Cove 9 am -1 pm.  Details.
  • Harbor 'Oys-Tour' & TastingGreenport. Tour Greenport Harbor aboard the solar launch Glory. Captain Dave details Greenport’s place in oysters, past and present. After the tour, visit the Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market for shucking lessons, local oyster tastings, and a lesson in the modern oyster growing.3-5 pm.  Details.

Saturday

  • Contradance in Windmill FieldShelter Island. Celebrate the season by dancing to music by  Edith & Bennett with steps called by Dave Harvey; beginners welcome.  7-11 pm. Details.
  • One Woman Wines-Tasting Under the Stars!, Southold. Outdoor movie, bonfire, s’mores, telescope, candlelight. Bring your own food. Rain cancels. 6-10 pm. 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 nearly a quarter moon, ok for stargazing. Details.

All Weekend