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Winterfest! Becky's New Car, Downton Abbey, Concerts...Much More

Photo is "Black Skimmers" by Judy McCleery on display at the Mattituck-Laurel Library The Long Island Winterfest: Art of the Vine & Live on the Vine continues with special tastings and concerts at The Old Field, Sparkling Pointe, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Rafael Vineyards, Coffee Pot Cellars, Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse, Clovis Point Winery, Palmer Vineyards, Pindar, and Bedell Cellars. Two wine dinners are also on offer, one at Caci North Fork and the other at Petulant Wino.

The North Fork Community Theater opens its latest production, Becky's New Car, Friday night with a reception featuring Raphael wines. This funny comedy has 'serious overtones' and is a great way to spend an evening.

Sunday head to the spectacularly beautiful Brecknock Hall for a celebration of Downton Abbey--tea in costume--before the last episode airs.

And that's just a few of the options this weekend on the North Fork:

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Many vineyards are hosting special wine-focused events and concerts at #LIWinterfest.

Live Music

This weekend offers some two dozen shows.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Art opening; talk on Turkey; Becky's New Car opens; Oliver! completes its run; poetry festival; documentary film; more.

History

Explore our historic hamlets.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Stargaze at Custer. Learn native plants at Downs Farm Preserve.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • Caci North Fork: Educational Wine Dinner featuring Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards, Southold. The menu, with compare & contrast pairings: To start, PEI Mussels, Grape Tomatoes in White Wine with Garlic Bruschetta with 2014 Steel Chardonnay & 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.  Then, Gnocchi with Crescent Duck Ragu with 2014 Bianca Dry Rosé & 2014 Bianca Dolce Rosé. The entree is NY Strip with Arugula Pesto, Parmigiano Reggiano & Balsamic paired with 2013 Cabernet Franc & 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Finish with Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé and the 2010 Sannino Port Private Collection. 6:30 pm. Details.

Saturday 

  • The Old Field: Merlot Vertical TastingSouthold. Join Ros and Perry for an in depth understanding of Merlot on Long Island, different years of Merlots and enjoy a box lunch. must be 21+; reservations required. 12:30-2:30 pm. Details
  • Sparkling Pointe:  Tour the World Cheese PairingSouthold.  Enjoy three wines and three regional cheeses from the U.S., Spain, France and Italy. 11 am - 5 pm.  Details.
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Tasting with the WinemakerPeconic. Join Anthony Sannino winemaker and owner of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard for an educational wine-tasting.  Taste five wines: Chardonnay , rose of Merlot , Syrah, Cabernet franc and petit Verdot and learn about the history of Long Island Wine country, sustainable grape growing and his wine making practices. 4:30-6:30 pm. Details.
  • Rafael 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
  • 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 Vineyard & Farmhouse: Winterfest Vertical and Barrel TastingMattituck.  Enjoy a handful of Wild Boar Doe and Nine Barrels Reserve vintages and taste both the 2014 and 2015 vintages from barrel. 2:30 pm. Call 631-804-0367 to reserve. 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. This week the barrel tasting is a Winterfest special, see above. Details.
  • Clovis Point: Art of Wine-Vintner's Select MerlotLaurel. Savor a library flight tasting of four past vintages of our top bottling of Merlot - the Vitners Select Merlot. Discuss tasting etiquette and analysis, sensory flavor profiles, and enjoy a cheese pairing while we sip, explore, chat and celebrate the most popular and widely planted red varietal on the North Fork of Long Island with the General Manager,Bridget Q. Micieli-Martinez, WSET Certified/Certified Sommelier Candidate. Reservations Required. 12:30-2 pm. Details.
  • Palmer Vineyards: Winetastic TastingSound Avenue. Everything you wanted to know about wine but were afraid to ask! Winemaker Miguel Martin leads a sensory tasting with an aroma kit, followed by a blind tasting of Palmer Wines.  Limited to 25 people. 2:30-4:30 pm.  Details

Sunday

  • Sparkling Pointe: Unraveling Methodé Champenoise Tour & Grand TastingSouthold.  This tour includes an informative and detailed tour throughout the vineyard and winery. Learn this specialized winemaking process, including tasting our sparkling wines at 3 different stages, plus enjoy a signature Grand Tasting Flight to complete the experience. 2-4 pm. Details
  • Rafael 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
  • Pindar: Barrel TastingsPeconic.  Includes tour of production facility and wine tasting with cheeses, meats, crackers, fruit and dessert. Reservations Required. 1-3 pm. Details.
  • Bedell Cellars: The Art of Wine-A Preview of 2015 Cabernet FrancCutchogue. Join Bedell Cellars Assistant Winemaker, Marin Brennan for a sample of the impressive upcoming Cabernet Franc vintage. This wine focused event involves a barrel tasting experience where guests will sample three separate lots of Cabernet Franc from the 2015 harvest. 1-3 pm. Details
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: Winterfest Vertical and Barrel TastingMattituck.  Enjoy a handful of Wild Boar Doe and Nine Barrels Reserve vintages and taste both the 2014 and 2015 vintages from barrel. 2:30 pm. Call 631-804-0367 to reserve. 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. This week the barrel tasting is a Winterfest special, see above. Details.
  • Petulant Wino: Bedell Wine Dinner, Aquebogue. Five fabulous courses-peruse the menu. 5-8 pm. Details.
Live Music

Friday:

Saturday: 

  • Southold LibrarySouthold. Fiddler's Green. Four-piece traditional Irish band featuring Larry Moser on vocals, hammered dulcimer, accordion, concertina, and 12-string guitar; Mary Nagin on vocals and ddle; Patrick O’Rourke on vocals, guitar, and bodhran; and John Corr on banjo, tin whistle, wood ute and spoons. 2 pm. Details.
  • Duck Walk NorthSoutholdKerry Kearney Band, 4-6 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconic. TBA, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicPoints East, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Raphael Vineyard, PeconicApril Rain, 1-4 pm. Details
  • PindarPeconic. Joe Caggiano, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Jon Divello, 2-5 pm Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marguerite Volonts, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Four Doors DownMattituck. Romeo's Dream, 7 pm. Details.
  • Macari VineyardsMattituckMundo Clave. 4 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointLaurelBryan Gallo, 1:30-4:30 pm. Details  
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. Certain Moves Trio, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: LI Winterfest LOV, Sound Avenue. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. They revolutionized the New Orleans brass style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since. 21 and older only. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Doors open a 6;30 pm. Details.

Sunday

  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. Keith Maguire, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicThe Second Hands, 2-5 pm. Details
  • Coffee Pot CellarsCutchogue. Two shows: Rob Europe and Fred Raimondo 1-3 pm; Don Bracken and Marty Attridge. 4-6 pm. Details
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Jeff LeBlanc, 1-4 pm Details. 
  • Pellegrini VineyardsCutchogueDanny Kean and Friends, 2-4 pm. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel LibraryMattituck. The Hidden City Orchestra. The Hidden City Orchestra is an ever-shifting ensemble of musicians and instruments organized by local composer, George Cork Maul 2 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointLaurelBob Blatchley, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. Rubber Soul, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Art Reception: The Light Painters Photography Group, Mattituck-Laurel Library. Meet the photographers and view their wonderful “Reflections” exhibit. Refreshments. 5:30-7 pm. Details.
  • Opening Night Theater: Becky's New Car, Mattituck. 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. Reception with Raphael Wine tasting at 7 pm; show starts at 8 pm. Details.

Saturday

  • 10th Annual Poetry at Poquatuck, Orient. More than 15 poets, writers, and artists are scheduled to read including Suffolk County’s Poet Laureate Robert Savino. Attendees are welcome to BYOB and an appetizer or dessert to share. 7 pm. Details.
  • Musical Theater: Oliver!Greenport High School. The Greenport High School Drama Club proudly presents. 7 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.

Sunday

  • Brecknock Manor: A Farewell to Downton Abbey: An Afternoon Tea, Greenport. Peconic Landing and the Friends of Brecknock Hall invite you to an afternoon tea to look back at the PBS series Downton Abbey prior to its final broadcast. Take a chance in the raffle for a "Downton Abbey" inspired gift basket! Period attire is encouraged. Registration is required. 3-5 pm. Details.
  • Film: Racing Extinction, Greenport Floyd Memorial Library. From famed photographer Louis Psihoyos— director of The Cove—comes a behind-the-scenes film about the illegal wildlife trade. It follows OPS, a covert team on a guerrilla-style mission to expose the seedy side of global animal trafficking. High-tech equipment in hand and getaway driver in tow, OPS builds a testimony of what’s happening to disappearing species, such as whale sharks and manta rays. This film explores the possibility of a sixth mass extinction on Earth— one that could be prevented if we band together. In collaboration with the North Fork Audubon Society. 2 pm. Details
  • Musical Theater: Oliver!Greenport High School. The Greenport High School Drama Club proudly presents. 3 pm. Details.
  • Talk: Turkey in Anatolia, Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library. A special overview of the lives and customs of people in an area always at the crossroad of time and continents. Using slides and personal experiences, Professor Barbara Ripel brings you along on her recent journey to the ancient lands of Turkey. 2-3 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.

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 February 29.  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 Moments in Time, watercolors by Evelyn Lucas Lucas tries "to capture the essence of light falling on familiar objects, the interlocking of shapes of buildings, the beauty of a field, newly planted, the tangled remains of the summer flowers by the side of the road.” Open when the library is. Through February 29. 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

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

  • 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.

Sunday

  • Downs Farm Preserve: Native Plant Gardens, Cutchogue. Invite more visitors into your garden this year! You will be delightfully surprised with the increase in birds, butterflies and other garden guests when you choose native plants over alien plant species. Come hear from local ecologist and gardener Julia Priolo and pick up some tips on selecting native plants for your gardens. By creating habitat for wildlife, you will help preserve nature in your own backyard! 11 am-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.