We are officially in the thick of spooky season, whether you celebrate it or not. Between all the apple picking, maze traversing and pumpkin-spiced everything, there’s a lot of diverse and downright cool stuff to do across the South Fork this weekend that deviate from the fall-themed events that seemed to begin the second the first crispy leaf fell to the ground.
See some powerful women abstract artists’ work or see two powerful women at work recording a female-driven podcast. Discuss the future of art museums at one of our greatest East End institutions or go to the intimate opening reception for local artists at a little TV studio tucked away in Wainscott. See some migrating sea creatures at a local natural history museum or help weave some eelgrass to improve our local water quality on Shelter Island.
Real quick: October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, so be sure to check out Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in Hampton Bays, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott and Bidawee’s Westhampton location to see how you can adopt or help a furry friend in need.
And for those looking to stay in the spooky spirit, there’s a couple of classic horror films scheduled to screen tomorrow in honor of Friday the 13th. Remember, it’s all about balance.
Walk to end Alzheimer’s, search for tropical fish at SOFO
Children and adults are welcome to the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton this Saturday, October 14, to participate in the inaugural Hamptons Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Sponsored in part by the Alzheimer’s Association, walks are held each year across the nation to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Pre-register and/or make a donation here. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony slated for 10 a.m., after which there will be a two mile walk along a section of the Long Pond Greenbelt trail. For more info, call Judy at 631-315-6494. Later on Saturday, SOFO environmental educator Paul King leads a search for young tropical fish that are sometimes carried north by the Gulf Stream while the water still remains warm. Search for native seahorses and butterflyfish at this hands-on, marine-themed event for all ages. $15 for adults, $10 for kids. Register here.
Celebrate female artists at SAC
Southampton Arts Center hosts the opening reception for its current exhibition: “Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Era” at 5 p.m. this Saturday, October 14. Curated by SAC executive director Christina Strassfield, this collection is owned by Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield with the exhibition featuring over 90 works from 32 of the most acclaimed female artists who broke out during the abstract expressionism movement based in New York City that eventually migrated to the East End. Reception is free and starts at 5 p.m.. Also on Saturday, Figures Transformed premieres at SAC. Showcasing the works of three artists, the film follows their artistic process, with their use of figure as their central imagery being the unifying factor. Starts at 4 p.m. and admission is free.
See an opening reception, full of heart, at LTV
The opening reception for “Heart Full,” the new exhibit at LTV Studios in Wainscott, is from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, October 14. Featuring artists Andrew Bailey, Abby Abrams, Dorothy Kopelman and Haim Mizrahi, the exhibit was curated by Mizrahi and will be on display through October 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Take a lunch break at Guild Hall
“Lunch Break,” is a new insightful series being offered to members of the community at Guild Hall. Tomorrow, October 13, all are welcome to go to the East Hampton locale from noon to 1 p.m. to participate in open (and brief) discussions led by a staff member and focusing on the work and/or practices of an exhibiting artist. Participants are welcome to join staff for lunch in the Guild Hall Pantzer Gallery or Minikes Garden after the program. Attendees may bring their own lunch or they can buy small bites from Louise & Howie’s Coffee Bar located in the lobby. Tomorrow’s discussion will be on artist Leo Villareal and his current exhibition: “Celestial Garden.” This event is a pay what you wish situation.
Help weave eelgrass at Sylvester Manor
On Saturday, October 14, Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island hosts a marine meadows workshop. Folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine team will be on hand with adult eelgrass shoots as part of the water quality improvement grant funded by the town to conduct extensive shellfish and eelgrass restoration. Bay-loving locals are welcome to come the Manor at 10 a.m. to help CCE team members weave the eelgrass into tortilla-shaped units for planting at the restoration sites. This event is free and open to all members of the public.
Discuss the future of art museums at The Parrish
Writer, researcher and consultant András Szántó’s newly released book Imagining the Future Museum: 21 Dialogues with Architects poses a unique question: What will the art museum look and feel like in five years and what will it be like in 50? Tomorrow night at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Szántó will be discussing architectural proposals concerning the future of museums along with Jing Liu, one of the architects he features in his book. Moderated by Corinne Erni, the talk starts at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for members and are free for kids and students. Get yours here.
Attend a podcast recording at The Church
Planned Parenthood CEO and president Alexis McGill Johnson will join Emily Tisch Sussman for a live podcast recording at The Church in Sag Harbor this Saturday afternoon. “She Pivots,” the name of the podcast, is dedicated to discussions with powerful women and the changes, or “pivots,” they’ve made to become successful. Starts at 2 p.m. and continues to 3:30. Tickets are $20, $10 for members. Buy them here.
Spooky season cinema at EH Library
In honor of tomorrow being Friday the 13th, East Hampton Library will show a couple of movies to get into the spooky season spirit. From 1 to 3 p.m. adults can enjoy a free screening of the gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Later on, high school students can enjoy “After Hours: Scary Movie Night” where a classic horror movie will be shown from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Popcorn will be served.
Give back to local animals at Quogue Library
“The Great Give Back” is this Saturday, October 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Quogue Library. In conjunction with Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, the library will be collecting donations of pet supplies while attendees can enjoy an afternoon of crafts and refreshments. There’ll be a meet and greet with the animals available for adoption. The library will be collecting donations through November 1. See here for more information.
Gather at the lighthouse for Locals’ Day
“Locals’ Day” is at the Montauk Lighthouse today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The Montauk Historical Society is inviting all community members to come and see the newly restored, glorious lighthouse plus a visit at its interactive virtual aquarium in the lighthouse’s Oceans Institute. Admission is free.
Catch a live opera in Sag Harbor
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor hosts Joan of Arc, this Saturday, October 14, at 8 p.m.. Presented by Divaria Productions, this live opera is a multidisciplinary project as it features music from Tchaikovsky and Verdi, text from Bernard Shaw and will star international opera singers Victor Starksy and Michael Nansel as well as La Rivers in the title role and Broadway actor Michael Rudko. Tickets start at $25 and are available here.