It’s Memorial Day Weekend on the East End, and that means kicking off the summer season in a big way. From art show openings to alien invasions in Montauk, tattoos on the North Fork to Havana Nights to the South, here are ten terrific ways to get in that Hamptons state of mind.
5th Annual Montauk Art Show
Friday, May 25, noon–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Montauk Village Green, 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Get your art on at The End with a visit to one of the top fine art festivals on Long Island—and nationally. Meet the artists and enjoy (and buy!) original paintings, sculptures, unique fabric art and jewelry, photography and creations in wood, glass, and ceramics along with mixed-media art, drawing and printmaking. Admission is free!
Premiere of Montauk Chronicles at Gurney’s Inn
Friday, May 25, 7:15 p.m., Gurney’s Inn, 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
Back in the 1970s, three men claimed to have been part of a nefarious series of events and experiments at the U.S. Air Force Base in Montauk that eventually became Camp Hero State Park. Decades later, the docudrama Montauk Chronicles tells their story—and what better place to introduce the film to the world than Montauk itself! Price: $25. For more information, call 631-668-1717.
“TATTOO: Art of the Sailor”
East End Seaport Museum, Greenport
The art of tattooing is ancient, dating back more than 5,000 years. The art of body art is celebrated with a colorful exhibit at the East End Seaport Museum with a pictorial history of American tattooing as brought home by the men who sailed the Seven Seas and how it still lives in our community. A great opportunity to see and hear from local residents about the significance and stories behind their own tattoos.
Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012
Saturday–Monday, May 26–28, 10 a.m.–6 p.m, Greenport
Greenport is the second stop in the Tall Ship Challenge Race Series, and once the fleet of magnificent tall ships hits the harbor you’ll be able to climb aboard, meet the crews and experience the excitement of the maritime festival surrounding these historic ships.
Bridgehampton Old Cemetery Tour
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Old Cemetery, Main Street, Bridgehampton
A fascinating and unique way to immerse yourself in East End history. Discover Southampton’s whaling heritage by visiting the graves of the men who “went down to the sea in ships.” Meet at the cemetery on Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton (next to Presbyterian Church).
6th Annual Kites for a Cure
Saturday, May 26, 4–6 p.m., Cooper’s Beach, 268 Meadow Lane, Southampton
This Memorial Day Weekend, Uniting Against Lung Cancer will host its annual Kites for a Cure, a family kite fly at Coopers Beach to benefit lung cancer research. More than 1,000 kite flyers and lung cancer supporters are anticipated at the event. For a $30 donation, guests will receive a high-quality kite that can be decorated on-site with drawings, names, wishes or messages to be flown in the sky over the ocean. All proceeds will go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer’s national lung cancer research grant program. To R.S.V.P., make a donation or learn more about Uniting Against Lung Cancer, please call: 212-627-5500 or visit www.UnitingAgainstLungCancer.org. Rain date May 27.
Plein Air Peconic Exhibition and Reception
Saturday, May 26, 5–8 p.m., Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Join the Peconic Land Trust at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum to view an array of beautiful new works created by the artists of Plein Air Peconic, a group of 12 local painters and photographers who create their art outdoors, “en plein aire.” Many of the images on display feature sites conserved by the Peconic Land Trust. Come meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and view the exhibition.. A percentage of sales of the art supports the conservation efforts of the Peconic Land Trust. Participating artists include: Casey Anderson, Susan D’Alessio, Aubrey Grainger, Anita Kusick, Michele Margit, Gordon Matheson, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Tom Steele, Kathryn Szoka, and Ellen Watson.
South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)—Shorebirds at Shinnecock
Sunday, May 27, 8 a.m., Shinnecock, Hampton Bays
Join walk leader Frank Quevedo (South Fork Natural History Museum, Executive Director) on this shorebird migration walk at Shinnecock. The beaches, tidal flats and wetlands at Shinnecock are excellent staging areas for these migrating birds. In addition to seeing migrating shorebirds you’ll also be on the lookout for sparrows, rails, grackles and other specialties of the area. You can also check out the ocean for pelagic birds, which occasionally come in close at this time of year. *Reservations are required for all walks, workshops, and programs* There is no charge for SoFo Members (unless otherwise stated); Non-members $7 per adult; $5 per child (children over the age of 12 may attend). Fees include admission to the museum on the day of the program
Southampton Hospital’s Annual Memorial Day Party “Havana Nights”
Sunday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.–midnight, Westhampton Country Club, Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach
Southampton Hospital’s Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party “Havana Nights” will be a festive evening of cocktails, silent auction, dinner and dancing to benefit the Westhampton Primary Care Center. Tickets are $250 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information, please call 726-8700 ext 3 or email email@example.com.
Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service
Monday, May 28, 10:45 a.m., Agawam Park, Southampton Village and Surrounding Areas
Veterans wishing to participate in the parade must be at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot by 10:30 a.m. The service begins at 11 a.m. in Agawam Park. Father Jeff Madley will give the Invocation and Reverend Peter Larsen will say the Benediction. The Sweet Adelines will sing patriotic music and the guest speaker is Jason Cofield from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Registration is required. All veterans and civic organizations are invited to participate. Contact Susan Steinke, 631-283-0247.