Even though it’s rained for the past six — that’s right, people: SIX — Saturdays, South Forkers are still carpe diem-ing the autumn season as we quickly approach the last few days before the apex of the Halloween craze. Some festive fall happenings include Amber Waves’ second annual Oktoberfeast and Southampton Arts Center’s live rendition of the classic War of the Worlds. Check out a beaded belt workshop at Ma’s House in Shinnecock or help build some eelgrass discs for the newly formed Back to the Bays Stewardship, the latest initiative from Cornell Cooperative Extension for clean maintaining clean water.
Hampton Theater Company in Quogue returns for its 2023 to 2024 season, Sticks and Stones Comedy Club and Bay Street Theater hosts some side-splitting comedic acts, among other things, and LTV Studios in Wainscott hosts a concert staging of A Milonga for Gabriel Issacs, a comedy about love and tango.
Finally, and probably most importantly, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there’s a 5K run/walk on Shelter Island that’ll benefit East End non-profits to help battle the terrible disease. It’s happneing, rain or shine, so you don’t really have an excuse.
Run for a cause on Shelter Island
The 24th annual Shelter Island Fall 5K Run/Walk on Shelter Island is this Saturday, October 21, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Set for 11 a.m. rain or shine, the race begins at the corner of Shore Road and Stearns Point Road, winding its way to Crescent Beach. Pre-registration is $40 per person for both walkers and runners, while kids aged 12 and under are $20. Register in advance and/or donate here. In-person registration on race day costs $50. There’ll be post-race refreshments, food, and a complimentary barbecue (while supplies last) plus free T-shirts for the first 400 participants. Tickets will also be available for a 50/50 raffle and prizes to East End shops and restaurants. All proceeds benefit women on the East End fighting breast and gynecological cancer through Lucia’s Angels, North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.
Get dinner and a show with HTC
Hampton Theater Company in Quogue kicks off its 39th season tonight at 7 p.m. with Rose and Walsh, a romantic generational comedy written by the one and only Neil Simon. Continuing through November 5, performances will be on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.. Psssst! Attending a Thursday night performance? Bring your ticket confirmation to enjoy a $30 prix fixe dinner before the show at Joe’s American Grill (240 Montauk Highway) in Westhampton Beach. Must arrive before 5:30 and, pretty please, be sure to tip your server! Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors and $40 for students 25 and under. Call 631-653-8955 or click here for tickets.
Get your kids cookin’ in Flanders
Do they even teach Home Ec anymore? If you feel like your youngster may need a life skills lesson, check out what Southampton Town Youth Bureau is offering in Flanders. Starting this afternoon and continuing every Thursday through December 7, the youth bureau hosts a kids cooking club from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Flanders Youth Center (655 Flanders Road). Participants in fourth through eighth grades will learn the basics of culinary and kitchen safety skills, led by chef Keith, who holds a master’s degree in social work. Program costs $100 for the seven-week session (scholarships are available). For more information call 631-702-2425 or visit the youth bureau’s activities website.
Get to Amber Waves for Oktoberfeast
Amber Waves hosts its second annual “Oktoberfeast” on Saturday, October 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 367 Main St. in Amagansett. Activities will include plenty of farm feasting with lots of food and drink from some East End faves, plus dancing, games and races for both kids and adults and live music from Real East End Brass Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and/or blankets. To fundraise for the non-profit organization, whose mission is to train new farmers, maintain open farm access, and to promote education for children and overall food security, general admission is $150 per person, $30 for kids ages 3 and up, and free for kids 2 and under. Get yours here. We know it may seem a little steep, but let’s say it louder for the people in the back: No Farms, No Food!
Catch some comedy and some classical music in Southampton
Sticks and Stones Comedy Club, located within Southampton Cultural Center, hosts an all-star comedian line-up tomorrow, October 20. Headlined by Tony Deyo, who debuted on “Conan” and who’s made appearances on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Comics Unleashed,” Friday’s show also features comedic musings from Michael Regilio. The show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 and tickets start at $35. Grab yours here. Husband and wife duo Robin and Ariana Giesbrecht perform at SCC this Saturday, October 21, from 6 to 7 p.m.. As part of this fall’s “Rising Stars Piano Series,” the pair will perform works by Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and more! Tickets are $20.
Bead belts, explore art through nature at Ma’s House
All are welcome tomorrow, October 20, for a free strap leather belt designing and beading workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ma’s House on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton. Led by artist Denise Silva-Dennis, participants can design their own strap leather belt and get measured for a custom fit. This is also a good time to bring any projects that are works-in-progress as there’ll be opportunities to get tips and to continue working! RSVP is required. Click here to reserve your spot. Be sure to check out “Entre Mis Mundos,” a solo exhibition of mixed media drawings and figurative painting by artist Sueey Guttierrez.
Plant eelgrass at Havens Beach
Marine Meadows, a workshop initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine program, hosts a project to help restore essential local water habitats at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. On Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to noon the workshop will include weaving adult eelgrass into burlap discs for planting. All are welcome but this event is recommended for ages 12 and up. The event is free and you can register here.
Laugh, look and listen at Bay Street Theater
Head to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor this weekend for a slew of first-rate entertainment. Tomorrow, October 20, in a one-night-only show, it’s “Back to Basics” with The Complete Unknowns performing the legendary songs of Bob Dylan. Begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35. On Saturday, October 21, the theater will screen the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking at 12:55 p.m. (yeah, we know it’s a weird time, but just go with it!). Tickets are $35 and are available here. Also on Saturday, it’s another round of the “Ha Ha Hamptons Comedy Tour” featuring comedians Art Schill, Maria Walsh, Tim Krompier and Rob Falcone. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35.
Hang for a BMX demo at The Church
Do you ride a bike? Want to learn a few tricks from a pro? All are welcome to The Church in Sag Harbor to hang with pro BMXer Russell Barone and Travis Foreman (aka The Bike Whisperer) for a demonstration and discussion tomorrow, October 20, at 4:30 p.m.. Hear all about the fundamentals and importance of riding a bike and see some really cool tricks. A Q&A and open discussion will follow. This event is free, but RSVP is required. Book it here.
Get into the Halloween spirit with a classic at SAC
All are welcome to come to Southampton Arts Center this Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, for producer Joe Landry’s radio play War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast. Highlighting the day leading up to the infamous Halloween 1938 broadcast, the live retelling of HG Wells’ classic novel is directed by Michael Disher. Performance times are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.. General admission tickets are $20 and members pay $15. Reservations are recommended. Book yours here or call 631-283-0967.
Take in some tunes and tango at LTV
A concert staging of the new comedy A Milonga for Gabriel Issacs is at LTV Studios in Wainscott at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 21. Written by John McCaffrey and Mark Sing, and directed by Broadway’s Paul Lincoln, this concert staging follows the story of a newly divorced man wanting to find new love and who gets into the erotically charged ballroom dance: tango. Featuring music by the Oscar Feldman Trio plus live tango dancing by Sandra Antognazzi and Company, the show is followed by a dessert reception with the artists and Q&A. Presented by Playwrights’ Theatre of East Hampton at LTV and the Catskill Mountain Foundation, general admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here or by texting LTVTANGO to 41444.
Sip and shop in Montauk
The Montauk Yacht Club hosts “Montauk Sip & Shop” on the club’s sunset pier from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, October 21. Featuring light sips by Mount Gay Rum, Wölffer Estates, Montauk Brewing, Spindrift, Ketel One and Boxed Water the event will feature a premium, top-shelf shopping experience. Apparel brands and products that can be expected will include fashion from LOVE Binetti, Costa Del Mar sunglasses, jewelry by Ariana Boussard Reifel, and Sea Bags, totes and accessories handcrafted from recycled boat sails and fabrics.