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The Fourth Annual black film festival is tomorrow night at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. (Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater)

Rock operas, free music and unique films help keep this first fall weekend on the South Fork interesting. East Hampton comes alive with a morning parade, while local vendors and businesses put on their Saturday best in honor of the town’s rich history. A lot has happened over 375 years. It’s homecoming weekend for the hamlet, so be sure to show your support by gathering at East Hampton High School on Long Lane for a festival followed by a football game.

In a way, summer’s end allows South Forkers to get their respective towns back. This weekend, there are lots of ways to settle back in: celebrate Black film at Bay Street, a Hamptons-style adoption event at Duck Walk Vineyards to benefit Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and a native plant sale at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. After all, it’s the little things that count.

Celebrate Fri-yay with Southampton Youth Bureau

Tomorrow, September 22, kids in Kindergarten to fourth grade are welcome to the Flanders Youth Center (655 Flanders Road) for games and activities sports, indoor/outdoor movie nights, video game tournaments and much more, 4 to 6 p.m. and will continue every Friday. For more information or to register, call 631-702-2425 or visit

Kolonial, a dance/experimental cinematic short film screens at Southampton Arts Center. (Photo courtesy of Southampton Arts Center)

See a dance-themed cinematic work at SAC

Kolonial, the installation-based dance cinematic work commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, screens at Southampton Arts Center tomorrow, September 22, at 7 p.m.. The 20-minute film directed by Stefanie Batten Bland is the final product of a three-year research project along with artist Conrad Quesen. The dance/experimental film was inspired by the ethnic exposition parks primarily of Europe, North America and the Caribbean from the early 1800s all the way to the 1940s.

Happy 375th, East Hampton Town!

On Saturday, September 23 beginning at 10 a.m., there’s an anniversary parade honoring the 375th anniversary of East Hampton town. Honoring the indigenous peoples who lived on these lands when it was first established as a town back in 1648, Montaukett chief Robert Pharaoh will be the parade’s grand marshal. Festivities will include local vendors out and about, food trucks, live music and plenty of fun for the kiddies. The parade is slated to travel from Main Street up Newtown Lane to East Hampton High School, where there’s a homecoming festival scheduled to start at 11 a.m., with a homecoming football game to follow at 1 p.m..

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation will have an adoption event at Duck Walk Vineyard in Water Mill. (Photo courtesy of Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation)

Dish out for dogs at Duck Walk

Local Douglas Elliman real estate agent Eugenia Valliades hosts a pet adoption event tomorrow, September 22, at Duck Walk Vineyard (231 Montauk Highway) in Water Mill. For $40 a ticket attendees can enjoy local wine, light bites and live music from 6 to 8 p.m.. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Purchase tickets here.

Buy native plants in Quogue

Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Road) hosts a plant sale this Saturday, September 23. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. native plants will be sold by Long Island Native Plant Initiative. LINPI is an all-volunteer cooperative effort of dozens of non-profit organizations, government agencies, nursery professionals and citizens across the East End. Their mission is to preserve the island’s biodiversity by cultivating ethically sourced ecotypic plants.

Teens and adults can learn about DNA from insects collected at South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. (Photo courtesy of Citizen DNA Barcode Network)

Learn about DNA at SOFO

There’s a citizen science DNA barcoding workshop at the South Fork Natural History Museum this Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Jeffrey Petracc, an entomologist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center, leads participants (adults and kids age 13 and older) in how to identify insects using their DNA. Insects will be collected from the grounds of SOFO, their DNA extracted, and participants will use hands-on lab techniques to develop a DNA barcode for identification. This free program is presented in part with the Citizen DNA Barcode Network, a community-based infrastructure for monitoring biodiversity and disease vectors. To register for this event, click here.

Show up for free music of all kinds across the South Fork

Karaoke returns to its Saturday night slot at Almond in Bridgehampton. Show time starts at 9 p.m. and continues to about midnight. Hosted by DJ Carlos Lama, all are welcome. Rams Head Inn on Shelter Island hosts two musical performances this weekend. Tomorrow, September 22, it’s the island’s own Sara Mundy performing at 6 p.m.. On Sunday, September 24, Kim’s Quartet is on starting at 5:30 p.m.. Tonight, from 8 to 10 p.m., Paul Hamilton performs at The Green Room (third floor bar of the Sag Harbor Cinema). Also tonight, Bingo Bango performs at Southampton Publick House beginning at 9 p.m..

Rock on with a rock opera at LTV

The Free Life, a new rock opera by Dan Koontz inspired by how over 50 years ago a couple of Springs residents’ attempted to be the first balloonists to cross the Atlantic Ocean, is tonight at LTV Studios in Wainscott at 7 p.m. Band members will include Koontz, along with James Bernard, Fred Gilde, Sara Mundy, Sue Conklin, Andrew Koontz, Steve Shaunessey and Bruce Beyer. Tickets are $25 per person and are available here.

Speak to Me screens at Bay Street in Sag Harbor tomorrow night as part of the Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater)

Check out the Black Film Fest then some comedy at Bay Street

The fourth annual Black Film Festival is at Bay Street Theater tomorrow, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Sag Harbor. Speak to Me, a 24-minute short film directed by Kurt Damas and Trevor Jackson, screens first, with a moderated discussion to follow from the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health. A small reception will be held in the theater’s lobby. The festival is collaborative effort with the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. Tickets are $15 per person.

The “Ha Ha Hamptons Comedy Tour” presents two showcases this year, with the first beginning on Saturday, September 23, at 8 p.m.. Four comedians are slated to be featured, including Vinne Mark, Scott Baker, Richie Bryne and Eric Haft. Tickets start at $35 and are available here.