With just 20 days until spring, things are heating up on the Twin Forks—and this weekend is no exception! Gone are the days of dull, East End winter doldrums. The Hamptons and the North Fork have more exciting events than any one person could enjoy, so choose wisely. Here are 10 picks to guide you.
Friday, March 1
Candlelight Friday at Wölffer Estate Vineyard
5 – 8 p.m.
Kick off the weekend after work with soothing light, good wine and hot jazz at Wölffer Estate’s Candlelight Friday. This fun, sexy and romantic evening is free to attend at one of the Hamptons’ loveliest locales. Each week, through April, (there are only a few more left!) Wölffer invites guests to come in from the cold and listen to some of New York’s finest musicians. Imbibe wines by the glass and mulled wine, and nibble on cheese/charcuterie plates. No cover.
Multicultural Festival 2013 at Pierson High School
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA invites you to celebrate diversity and span continents with a banquet of food from more than 25 countries, music, drumming, dance and games. A great hometown Hamptons event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting The Sag Harbor Food Pantry & John Jermain Library. $5
Pierson High School is located at 200 Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor.
Long Island Comedy Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards
Get some much-needed laughs and much-needed wine with standup comedy at this Riverhead vineyard. Get in a chuckle or heckle and enjoy a live showcase featuring top comics direct from New York’s comedy scene. $25 ticket price, $30 at the door, $20 for Wine Club members.
Saturday, March 2
Shinnecock Indian Museum Open House Celebration
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This community-based institution and portal for cultural exchange has not seen a change of this magnitude since it opened more than a decade ago, in June of 2001. Examine Native American artifacts, art and crafts; learn about the Shinnecock traditions and history, and discover a culture and people who predate any European settlers. Come to their open house and see what’s new! Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
The Shinnecock Indian Museum is located at 45 Montauk Highway in Southampton. Call 631-287-4923 or visit shinnecockmuseum.org.
Zima: A Winter Production in the Woods
3:30 – 5 p.m.
“Zima,” Polish for “winter,” is a series of magical vignettes of humans, sculptures and displays situated in the Quogue wildlife forest, where a story will unfold, and attendees will be asked to help solve a riddle during their 40-minute outdoor walk. Zima is the creation of the Neo-Political Cowgirls, a professional acting/dance troupe that has been recognized by Dan’s Papers as “Best Theatre Group” in the Hamptons. All are invited to share in these magical dreamscapes and a true embracing of nature and winter by a group whose name represents new politics of the earth, for all humanity. Enjoy refreshments, snacks, and live music near the cozy fireplace in the Nature Center. Proceeds will benefit Quogue Wildlife Refuge. $10 for adults, $5 for children.
This one-of-a-kind winter experience is located in the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at 3 Old Country Road, in Quogue. Please arrive between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. and dress appropriately for the weather. For more info, call 631-653-4771 or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Grand Opening Gala for The Suffolk Theatre
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead celebrates its grand reopening with the “best party since 1933.” Don’t miss their “Back to the 30s” cocktail party featuring Grammy award–winner Vince Giordano (of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and his Nighthawks Orchestra. The evening will feature dancing, delectable food, signature cocktails, costumed characters, video entertainment and many more surprises at this meticulously restored historic theater! $125
The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead. Call 631-727-4343 or visit suffolktheater.com for more info.
*Also attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, if you can make it.
David Bromberg Quartet at WHBPAC
He’s paid his dues as “guitar man of the stars.” Now this musical luminary shines as he brings his smooth guitar prowess and perfect bluesman’s voice to the PAC! A master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass, and more, this Grammy Award nominee can play any style with ease and grace. Full of warmth, wit and hot licks, this legend’s show is not to be missed.
Sunday, March 3
Hike Trout Pond to Windmill Hill
12:30 – 4 p.m.
Get out and enjoy the fresh air on Sunday in beautiful Noyac. Meet at the Trout Pond parking lot and embark on a moderately paced 5-plus-mile hike over the moraine to reach a great view of the Atlantic. Hilly terrain, great exercise and communing with nature with guide Bill Schildknecht. Free.
Trout Pond is located on Noyac Road (near Harry’s Lane) in Noyac. Call 631-725-2888.
Lieb Cellars hosts Mind Open for Jazz on the Vine!
4 – 6 p.m.
Head to the North Fork and end the weekend just the way it started—with great jazz and tasty wine. Lieb Cellars hosts Mind Open this Sunday as part of the Long Island Winterfest Jazz on the Vine series. Enjoy white, red or rose wine by the glass and good music and conversation at this popular event. $20
Valley of the Dolls: theMOVIEPROJECT Dinner and a Movie
7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
Watch this classic movie based on Jaqueline Susanne’s controversial 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls at theRIVERHEADPROJECT. Each movie in the restaurant’s “Dinner and a Movie” series is paired with a specialty cocktail. Dinner is optional and libations and small plates are available at theVAULTBAR during film.
Located in downtown Riverhead‘s emerging District Neighborhood, tRP taps into the 1960s vibe of a former bank building to create a chic yet warm dining destination. Their inspired cuisine and exceptional service have resulted in critical acclaim as well as praise from customers.
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