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Bassist Pedro Giraudo leads a Cuban music ensemble at the Music for Montauk summer series tomorrow night. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Giraudo)

The countdown is already on to Labor Day. It could be argued that the best time of the year is fast approaching here on the South Fork, and trust us, we are here for it!

Amidst all the dinner parties and beach going and galas, the Hamptons has so much more to offer that doesn’t require a press pass, a $1,000 ticket, or a truckload of gear. For the locals, simplicity is key. And although life is pretty expensive right now, no matter who you are, there’s still lots of really cool stuff to do that both locals and visitors alike can enjoy. There’s rich history to be explored, free musical acts to be heard, and sandcastles to be built. Got kids and pets? No worries. We got an activity for them covered, too!

We’ve still got a-ways to go before saying sayonara to the summertime season. This is your sign to take a break from Hampton-ing this weekend. Don’t worry. We won’t tell. And as always, be aware of your surroundings, don’t litter and don’t drive like a dunce. Please and thank you!

“Supertastic,” animals, and women of Broadway at SAC

Southampton Arts Center hosts a conversation with some of Broadway’s most accomplished female producers at 7 p.m. tonight. Arielle Tepper, Wendy Federman and Fiona Rudin will be on hand sharing stories, challenges and experiences from their careers. “Supertastic” is this Saturday, August 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids. There’ll be a silent disco, a bubble dome, face painting, puppet shows, shopping, and drinks for the grown ups. This event is free, click here to RSVP. On Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. SAC and Empowers Africa co-host “World Elephant and World Lion Film Night.” The evening will include special screenings of acclaimed documentaries including James Cameron’s Secrets of Elephants. Bring a blanket or a beach chair for the outdoor screenings. $10 per person, free for members.

Go to a rosé tasting with Wölffer winemaker Roman Roth in Amagansett tomorrow. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Drink Wölffer wine in Amagansett

All are welcome to a happy hour with vintner Roman Roth tomorrow, August 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Christian’s by Wölffer Estate in Amagansett. Guests can enjoy a rosé wine tasting from the prolific maker of pinks, small bites, a live DJ and a special tasting with Roth. Tickets are $45 and all attendees must be 21 and older. Located at 4 Amagansett Square Drive. For those on Napeague Stretch tomorrow, the Lobster Roll, aka LUNCH, will host a “slack tide” happy hour, featuring Wölffer’s rosé cart and complimentary appetizer. The slack tide happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Meet the machines in Water Mill

The Water Mill Museum hosts “Meeting the Mills’ Multifarious Family of Simple Machines” tonight at 7 p.m.. Located at 41 Old Mill Road, the museum’s 1644 water mill utilizes six simple, yet powerful, machines: lever, wedge, wheel, axel, pulley and incline. Visitors will learn why these machine’s matter. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Call 631-726-4625 or email [email protected] to save your spot.

Hear some music across the South Fork

Tonight at 7:30, Penny Lane (a Beatles tribute band) performs as part of the Gazebo Concert Series in Westhampton Beach on the village green at the corner of Main Street and Mill Road. Bryan Campbell performs at the Green Room (the third floor bar of the Sag Harbor Cinema) tonight at 8 p.m.. For those looking to belt their favorite ballad, Almond in Bridgehampton hosts karaoke tonight starting at 9:30 p.m., hosted by DJ Carlos Lama. Gene Casey and The Lonesharks perform tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. on the lawn at the Club House in East Hampton. On Saturday, August 12, it’s The Surfcasters from 6 to 9 p.m. and Winston Irie will be on hand for Reggae Sundays starting at 6 p.m.. George Howard and The Moderators perform at Southampton Publick House tonight starting at 9 p.m. and Nancy Atlas Project plays on Sunday at 6 p.m. as part of Gosman’s summer concert series at their dock in Montauk. All performances are free. Yay!

Create some castles made of sand

We love Hendrix, but for this one we mean actual sand.

The Clamshell Foundation hosts its 32nd annual sandcastle contest this Saturday, August 12. Set to be held at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, registration starts at the tent on the beach at 10 a.m. with a final judging at 3 p.m.. Registration fee is $10 per group (up to six people). Only indigenous materials are allowed and no power tools will be permitted.

Former CIA officer Les Paldy speaks at the Quogue Library on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Quogue Library)

Meet an officer and an author at Quogue Library

Former U.S. nuclear weapons negotiator Les Paldy will be at the Quogue Library on Saturday, August 12, at 4 p.m. for “Inside the CIA.” Paldy served as a CIA officer supporting efforts to block the spread of weapons of mass destruction. He currently serves on the emeritus faculty at Stony Brook University. His book No Cloak, No Dagger: A CIA Memoir will be published next year. To register, click here. On Sunday, August 13, the library’s summer series, “Quogue Authors in Conversation,” continues with retired admiral Philip A. Dur, author of Between Land and Sea: A Cold Warrior’s Log. Published last year, the book recounts Dur’s three-decade experience in the navy. Former Quogue mayor Peter Sartorius will be on hand for the conversation, which will be followed by a Q&A, a small reception and book signing. Starts at 5 p.m. and costs $10 per person. RSVP here or call 631-653-4224 ext. 101.

Get some work done, hear some jazz at The Chuch

Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson along with his quartet will perform at The Church in Sag Harbor beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Presented by Hamptons Jazz Fest, this award-winning musician has performed with some of jazz’s most legendary names, releasing 13 albums as a bandleader. Admission is $30, $25 for members, $15 for students and kids. The Church is all about welcoming artists to its space. Tomorrow, August 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., its bi-monthly late night open studio invites artists of all mediums to socialize and work on any projects. It’s $10 per person to use the space; members can come for free. All ages are welcome.

A craft fair will be this Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Second House in Montauk. (Photo courtesy of Montauk Historical Society)

Take in some tunes and a craft fair in Montauk

Music for Montauk is hosting the Cuban Music Ensemble at the Montauk Point Lighthouse at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Led by Grammy-winning bassist Pedro Giraudo, the ensemble will blend Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican vocals, piano, trombone and percussion. This ensemble’s members are the real deal, with many of them having played all over the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Buena Vista Social Club, Los Van Van, and El Gran Combo. Tickets are $25, those 18 and under are free. It’s a bring a picnic, blanket and beach chairs situation.

This Saturday and Sunday there’s a craft fair on the grounds of the Second House and Montauk Indian Museums. There’ll be live acoustic music and snacks available. Saturday, August 12, it’s from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, August 13, the fair is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Located on 12 2nd House Rd.

Shampoo your pooch, and your car, in Hampton Bays

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosts “Shampooch,” a dog wash and car wash at their Hampton Bay’s location’s parking lot this Saturday, August 12. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be $15 car washes, $15 dog washes, and $10 nail clippings (your dog’s, not yours). SASF is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West. Call 631-728-7387 or visit for more info.