For many East End residents, this weekend gets the ball rolling toward the unofficial beginning of the high season. In addition to St. Patrick’s Day festivities being celebrated and the first day of spring on Monday (finally!), there’s a certain and definitive buzz in the still slightly brisk air here on the South Fork. This weekend is chock-full of cultural community happenings on the East End, from a seal-watching trek at Cupsogue Beach to singing karaoke at Almond. Consider this your guide for when and where to catch all the fun as the East End readies itself for the spring season, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Sing karaoke at these South Fork locales
Southampton Publick House offers karaoke Fridays starting at 10 p.m. with music by Tony Kerr. Located at Jobs Lane, call 631-283-2800 for more information. On Daniels Hole Road in East Hampton, check out The Clubhouse (631-537-2695) for their Friday night karaoke sessions, beginning at 8:30 p.m.. Almond in Bridgehampton (631-537-5665) hosts “World Famous Karaoke Nights” with DJ Carlos Lama every Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. at their Ocean Road location.
See a new installation at the Parrish
Jose Campos—aka Studio Lenca—discusses his new installation titled “Chisme” at the Parrish Art Museum today at 6 p.m. in Water Mill. The installation is made of large-scale woodcut figures depicting Latin migrant workers and is completed in partnership with Florida-based non-profit organization WeCount!. All are welcome to the talk and to view the installation. $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for members, free for students. Buy your tickets here.
Be a judge in an Irish stew competition
The Green Room in Sag Harbor hosts the Best Irish Stew Competition tonight at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the village’s movie theater, where local restaurants and caterers compete for the title. Voting is open to the public and there will be drink specials on Jameson and Guinness. Entry for cinema members is $10, $15 for non-members. Admission includes a special novelty mug and a taste of all the competing stews.
Get some home-grown winter goods in WHB
This Saturday, March 18th, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach hosts a winter farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Located on the corner of Main Street and Potnuck Lane, the market includes vendors, growers and producers providing locally caught, grown and homemade items for sale. The farmers market will be held every Saturday, same time, same place through the month of April.
Listen “Live at Hotel Indigo”
Bistro 72, Hotel Indigo’s interior lounge and restaurant in Riverhead, hosts performances by Michael Duca tonight at 5 p.m. and The Dinny Keg Band tomorrow, March 18th, at 6 p.m.. Guests can enjoy Duca’s acoustic renditions of popular music while The Dinny Keg Band, originally from Ireland, brings “Erin Go Bragh” energy to their covers of fave bands, like U2 and the Rolling Stones, among others. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call Bistro 72 at 631-369-3325.
Hear music from Mbie of Mozambique
The Church hosts a concert tonight with Mozambican musician Albino Mbie at 6 p.m.. Mbie, who also doubles as an artist-in-residence at the Sag Harbor locale, will perform pieces from his latest album, offering anecdotes and comments during the concert, which will then conclude with a Q&A. The concert featuring this international award-winning musician, guitarist, composer and singer costs $25. Click here to RSVP.
See seals with SOFO
The South Fork Natural History Museum hosts a seal walk this Sunday, March 19th, at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton. Adults, teens and kids are welcome to the walk, set on the ocean of the Dune Road beach at 1 p.m.. Friendly service reminder: dress warm for this afternoon beach walk, as it’s still, technically, (sigh) winter! The walk costs $15 for adults, $10 for children, SOFO members are free. To register call 631-537-9735 or email [email protected]
Attend a screening of “The Quiet Girl” at WHBPAC
Miss most of the Oscar nominated movies from the past year? Catch one at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 17th, as the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center hosts a screening of The Quiet Girl, part of the venue’s “World Cinema” series. Nominated for Best International Feature Film, this Irish/Gaelic and English movie follows the journey of a nine-year-old girl, packed with heartfelt portrayals and stunning imagery of the Emerald Isle. Buy tickets here.
Meet a media exec
If you loved “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” you’ll have a chance to meet one of the guys responsible for broadcasting those shows. Media executive Josh Sapan, former CEO of AMC networks, will give a talk on his book The Third Act: Reinventing Your Next Chapter at East Hampton Library Saturday, March 18th, at 1 p.m.. Can’t make it in person? No problem, as this event is also available via Zoom. Click here to register, or call 631-324-0222 ext. 3.
View Samuel L. Parrish’s art collection
The Southampton History Museum hosts an opening reception for a new exhibition, “Gilded Icons: Forgotten Treasures in the Samuel L. Parrish Collection” on Saturday, March 18th. In celebration of the Parrish Art Museum’s 125th anniversary, and the museum’s founder, the Southampton Historical Society hosts the reception, open to the public, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Meeting House Lane location. Click here to RSVP.