The East End is rich in so many ways. Often forgotten, or at least put on the back burner, is the wealth of history and natural resources that exist here on our beloved South Fork. All weekend long, several historical societies of our respective Hamptons hamlets are gearing up to share and shed light on some of that bounty, with craft fairs, historical re-enactments, performances and conversations.
And don’t forget, for those of you kicking around Shelter Island this weekend, there’s the “Shipwreck Fireworks Eve” event at Salt from 6 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, July 7, plus the annual island beach-side fireworks display on Saturday, July 8, at Crescent Beach.
Here’s a taste of what else is up across the South Fork this weekend.
Take in some history and some music in WHB
The 34th annual gazebo concert series is at the Westhampton Beach Village Green continuing tonight at 7:30 p.m. with the North Shore Pops. Rain date is Sunday, July 9, and the location is on the corner of Main Street and Mill Road. The Westhampton Beach Historical Society hosts the day-long “Revolutionary Living History,” an event depicting re-enactments of the Revolutionary War on the Great Lawn of WHB this Saturday, July 8, beginning at noon.
Listen to jazz at the Parrish
Drummer Joe Farnsworth will play his “Time to Swing” jazz program tomorrow night, July 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Presented in collaboration with Hamptons Jazz Fest and the Smalls Live Foundation, this is the first outdoor concert of the museum’s “Live Jazz on the Terrace” series. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for members, seniors and students, and $5 for children. Get yours here.
Dance and talk design at The Church
“Knowledge Friday” is at The Church in Sag Harbor tomorrow evening. Beginning at 6 p.m., Mary Jane Marcasiano will be on hand to discuss her creative career that’s spanned the past four decades, particularly her time spent as a fashion and costume designer. Tickets are $10, free for members. On Saturday, June 8, it’s “JUST DANCE!” featuring DJ Mister Lama from 7 to 10 p.m.. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for members.
Unwind with U2 Decades at SCC
This Saturday, July 8, it’s U2 Decades performing at the Southampton Cultural Center beginning at 8 p.m.. U2 Decades is the ultimate U2 tribute band, performing hits from the popular musical group from the past nearly four decades. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Doors open at 7:30 p.m..
Hear artists talk history and art at Guild Hall
Artist and photographer Renée Cox will be at Guild Hall in East Hampton for a conversation on Sunday, July 9, in conjunction with her newly installed exhibition, “A Proof of Being.” Joining Cox will be historian and educator Deborah Willis to discuss their respective works, shared interests and the representation of the black body. Talk begins at 1 p.m. and tickets are $20, $18 for members. Get yours here.
Learn about whales at SAC
On Sunday, July 9, the Southampton Arts Center and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) host “A Whale’s Tale,” a documentary screening and panel discussion about the history of whaling on the East End. There’ll be a panel discussion beginning at 7:45 p.m. featuring Carl Safina of the Safina Center, Shane Weeks of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Rob Martin of NOVA (the popular PBS science television program), and Dr. Sarah Sharp, IFAW marine veterinarian. At 8:30, Saving the Right Whale screens. This program is free and you can register here.
Tunes and trivia at the movie theater in Sag Harbor
No Sailor performs at The Green Room tonight beginning at 8 p.m.. Host of “Live Music Thursdays,” The Green Room is the rooftop bar located on the third floor of the Sag Harbor Cinema. Admission is free. On Monday, July 10, movie trivia returns starting at 8 p.m.. Test your knowledge on all things cinema and win some movie tickets.
Make it to Montauk for music and a craft fair
This Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9, there’s a summer craft fair on the grounds of Second House and Montauk Indian Museums (12 Second House Rd.), presented by the Montauk Historical Society. Enjoy live acoustic music, food trucks and uniquely hand-crafted goods. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Gosman’s summer concert series continues this Sunday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Nancy Atlas Project. Located at 484 West Lake Drive in Montauk, concerts are free and open to the public.