Somehow it seemed like this winter would never end – especially with spring getting such a late and cold start. It’s only a couple of short weeks until Memorial Day weekend and the kick-off of the Hamptons season! And there’s so much more to do than just head to any one of the East End’s fabulous beaches. Take in any of these fun activities over the Memorial Day weekend:
Memorial Day Parades & Services
Amidst all the fun which makes Memorial Day Weekend so special, one can overlook the solemn reason we celebrate this holiday. Take a moment to honor the fallen – pay tribute at any of the numerous parades in and around the East End. Sag Harbor, East Hampton and Southampton all host parades on the morning of Memorial Day, May 30.
Art Show & Festivals
Excellent art shows and festivals abound over the first few weeks of summer. The Montauk Artists Association Annual Memorial Weekend Show takes place on the Montauk Village Green the first weekend of June featuring the work of local artists and artisans. The East End Arts Council hosts the 26th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival along the Peconic Riverfront in downtown Riverhead. This festival features street painting in chalk – anyone over the age of 14 can participate on a first come first serve basis! A true street fair, the festival also offers works of fine arts for purchase, arts & crafts, food, live music and children’s activities. Admission is free. The Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Art Exhibit and Sale will take place at the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center (located across from Agawam Park) from May 25 through June 5. The Exhibit features artists from the East End – from Remsenburg to Montauk on the South Fork and from Calverton to Orient Point on the North Fork. The Opening Reception will take place on Sunday, May 29 from 4-6pm. Head to the Great Lawn across from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach for the annual Fine Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29 starting at 10am. Wander down Main Street to the Village Green to browse the offerings at the 33rd Annual Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Maggie Burbank Arts & Crafts Show. Admission to both shows is free.
Live Music and the Montauk Music Festival
If live music or comedy is your thing, then check out the upcoming shows at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (www.whbpac.org), including comic Tracy Morgan and such musicians as Kenny G and Paul Anka. The BoDeans headline the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Saturday, May 28 (www.suffolktheater.com). Montauk rocks the weekend of May 19-22 with the 11th Annual Montauk Music Festival. Featuring more than 400 performers over 3 days, the highlight of the Festival Weekend will be the 2-day Showcase Stage at the Montauk Lighthouse. Live music will be everywhere from morning till night, with over 30 venues booked – including such notables as Duryea’s, Gurneys, Star Island Yacht Club and Westlake Fish House. No cover charges for any performances except a MTK Lighthouse donation for the Showcase Stage. Discounted motel rates available. Check out
www.montaukmusicfestival.com for performance schedules and additional information.
Cruise the Peconic Bay on the HampTiki
Plan a private boat cruise of the Peconic Bay on the HampTiki, a 30-foot, triple pontoon party boat with the classic Tiki vibe. Take a sunset tour, stop at a local waterfront restaurant, or just party on the water; BYOB, food and music. For rates and availability, go to their website at www.hamptiki.com.
Vintage and Estate Sales
Vintage is trending everything these days – it’s cool (as well as environmentally friendly) to reuse and repurpose found items. Hampton Vintage and Flea, specializing in unique, vintage and handcrafted clothing, textiles and bric-a-brac, has sales in Southampton and Amagansett weekly on Sundays from 10am-4pm. Fun for the whole family, with food trucks, live music and other performances. For additional information, see www.hamptonflea.com. Get some great bargains while checking out the real estate with Privet Estate Sales. In addition to a large warehouse store in downtown Riverhead on Main Street, Privet Estate Sales holds on-site sales across the Hamptons weekly. For the latest schedule, go to their website at www.privetestatesales.com.
Electric Bike Tours
Feeling sporty? Take a sunset tour on an electric bike through the pastoral fields of Sagaponack. Visit the farmstands, fields and beaches of Sagaponack; ride past the homes in exclusive Sagaponack. Ride a modern Class 1 electric bike along the 14-mile guided route, which departs from the Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton and follows past Sagg Main Beach and much of the historic street racing route of the vintage Bridgehampton Sports Car Races. Check out their website
www.electricbikesagogo.com/sagaponack for for information.