Saturday is Earth Day and plenty of East End locales are hosting special events designed to spread awareness and support for keeping the environment safe. South Forkers can expect oodles of outdoor fun, whether it’s running in a 5K for a cause or attending an artsy quilt air-out.
In addition to celebrating the great outdoors, there’s also plenty of indoor fun to be had still, as Shinnecock Tribe member Jeremy Dennis is featured at Almond’s last Artists & Writers of the season and Shelter Island senior citizens get a special fashion show.
If nothing else this weekend, try to remember to keep our beloved South Fork home clean. It’s a truly beautiful place, unlike any other, so let’s try to keep it that way. Happy Earth Day!
Air out your quilts at Duck Creek
The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs hosts its first annual “Airing of the Quilts” starting Saturday at 11 a.m. (rain date is Sunday, April 23). This is a collaborative outdoor community event, which welcomes and celebrates the traditional rite of spring, originally recognized as a time for women to freshen up and air-out their quilts, blankets and other essential covers. All are welcome to display their respective quilts at Duck Creek along with collections from the East Hampton Historical Society and the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum. Displayed on clotheslines on the grounds of Duck Creek, there will also be a community quilt made especially for the occasion by over 30 local artists. For more information, contact [email protected].
Honor Earth Day with SOFO
The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m.. All ages are welcome to a free, day-long open house where attendees can meet some cats and dogs from Southampton Animal Shelter, see unusual and unknown animals ($15 for non-members) from 2 to 3 p.m. and enjoy family nature trivia night starting at 7 p.m.. Light refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, April 23, the Young Environmentalists Society meets at SOFO at 11 a.m.. This is an opportunity for kids ages 10 to 16 to plant seeds for the society’s on-site garden as well as take-away seedlings to start a garden at home. Call 631-537-9735 or email [email protected] for more information.
Shop for seniors and see a fashion show on Shelter Island
On Saturday, there’s a vintage fashion show and sale to support the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island Inc., at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, located at 32 North Ferry Road. Sale is from to 1 to 3 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 1:30 p.m..
Attend the last Artist & Writers dinner of the season
The last Almond’s Artist & Writers dinner series of this season is this Monday, April 24, with contemporary fine art photographer and visual artist Jeremy Dennis. Beginning at 7 p.m., attendees can enjoy a three-course meal, served family style, along with several quick talks and presentations from Dennis, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The $59 fee covers the meal plus one glass of wine or draft beer. Reservations are required. Call Almond in Bridgehampton at 631-537-5665 to make yours.
Spread awareness about gun violence
The Remsenburg Academy hosts a reception for their Chair of Hope Project exhibit Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.. Located at 130 S. Country Road in Remsenburg, the event is designed as an evening of remembrance as community members come together to raise awareness about gun violence. Supported by the NY chapter of Moms Demand Action, this event will include art exhibits, poetry readings and inspirational speeches. The exhibit will be up through May 13.
Catch a movie at WHBPAC
The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears, screens at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.. This 2022 film, based on a true story, shows amateur historian Phillipa Langley defying England’s rigid academic establishment and keeping true to her efforts to find King Richard III’s remains, which were lost over 500 years ago. Get your tickets ($13 per person) here.
Help the kelp help you at Stony Brook Southampton
The first “Sea to Soil Summit” is at the Food Lab at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus tomorrow, April 21, beginning at 1 p.m., with the focus being the importance of kelp. The agenda is chock full of presentations, lectures and discussions covering everything from kelp farmers, East End horticulturists and landscaping. Closing remarks from Assemblyman Fred Thiele are slated for around 3:30 p.m.. Click here to register.
Join in for an Earth Day Walk
All are welcome to a special walking tour down Main Street Bridgehampton on Saturday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day. Led by Southampton Town historian Julie Green, this rain-or-shine walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons Library in the Bridgehampton Community House. Call 631-728-0292 for more information.
Run the Katy’s Courage 5K
The 11th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K is Saturday, April 22, rain or shine in Sag Harbor. Katy’s Courage is a non-profit organization that supports children’s bereavement counseling and cancer research in honor of 12-year-old Katy Stewart, a child who lost her battle with a rare form of liver cancer in December 2010. Beginning at 21 Water Street at 8:30 a.m., runners will head north, make a right on Main Street, make a right onto Glover Street, run through Redwood (the neighborhood at the end of Glover street), and finish back on Water Street. $25 to participate in advance, $30 day of. Register online here. Day of registration and check-ins are from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and proceeds will be donated to local scholarships as well as Katy’s Kids @ CMEE.
Swing into spring in Westhampton Beach
On Saturday, April 22, the Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts its Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Main Street will be closed from Library Avenue to Moniebogue Lane. All are welcome to attend and enjoy this springy celebration, which will feature food trucks, food and beverage tents, live music, a petting zoo and much more. Over 40 vendors are participating, as there’ll be sidewalk sales, activities centered around Earth Day and a 5K Riptide Run. Rain date is Sunday, April 23. For more information, call 631-288-3337 or e-mail [email protected].