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Category Archives: North Fork Art & Culture

Valentine’s Day Wine & Cheese Pairing and Jazz on the Vine

Jazz on the Vine and Valentine’s Day pair up at the Peconic Bay Winery on February 14th.  This is sure to be a special Valentine’s Day with a special visit to Peconic Bay Winery.  From 1-3 P.M. saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning will be perform with Shatter & the Glass Quartet.  Originally from New England, Sarah Manning is now back on the East Coast and sounding better than ever, with her own unique voice.  

The performance will then be followed by a special Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing from 4-6 P.M. which will feature a variety of fine local cheeses from The Village Cheese Shop and of course, locally grown wine from Peconic Bay Winery.  The Valentine’s Wine and Cheese Pairing will feature a variety of five cheeses, each paired with two different wines.  Thus, showing the diversity of the wines and how different wines can be paired with a specific cheese.  Of course, the Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese Pairing would not be complete with a chocolate surprise!  

While the jazz performance will be free of charge, the Wine and Cheese Pairing is $29.00 person and reservations are required.  This is a very popular event and call 761-734-7361 for reservations. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Long Island Jazz on the Vine

It is time for Long Island Winterfest and for the third year in a row, the theme will be Jazz on the Vine.  For six consecutive weekends from February 13th to March 21st over 70 free jazz concerts will be offered at winery tasting rooms on the East End of Long Island.  This is sure to be a cure for mid-winter doldrums!

A major highlight of this year’s Winterfest will be the Steinway Series.  Steinway & Sons is moving at least seven of its grand pianos into select vineyards for special performances, including two Jazz on the Vine kick-off concerts.  On February 6th JaLaLa, reminiscent of a contemporary version of the Andrews Sisters, will perform at Raphael Vineyard.  Lauren Kinham of LaLaLa also will sing with New York Voices.  The second concert is planned for February 12th at Wolffer Estate Vineyards.  Judy Carmichael and her band will transport listeners back to the golden age of Jazz.  Another great way to kick-off Jazz on the Vine!

A complete calendar of events for Jazz on the Vine will keep your weekends busy through March 21st.  We encourage you to make your room reservations in advance for your visit to the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.

I have jazz on my mind and can not wait for the series to begin!

Winter Harbor Gallery in Greenport, Long Island

What is there to do in the winter in Greenport?  This is a perfect time of the year to visit a gallery and Winter Harbor Gallery is just lovely.  It opened in November, 2007 and in June, 2009 relocated to its new location on 211 Main Street.  In the winter months, the Winter Harbor Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M.  

The Winter Harbor Gallery is a two story building and prides itself on being very friendly. The gallery is home to 31 artists, 28 of which are local to the North Fork.  Their artists are a very eclectic mix and range in age from 20 to 80 years of age.  Visitors to the gallery will not only find art, but artisans as well.  Art is varied and features paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and more. 

 The Winter Harbor Gallery is also a member of the Greenport Gallery Walk and East Ends Arts Council.  Make sure to visit them on your next stay at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and explore the treasures created by local artists and artisans!

North Fork Community Theater

The North Fork Community Theater is just like home, sweet home.  Located in  Mattituck, Long Island the North Fork Community Theater is a non-profit community theater dedicated to bringing performances from major theaters to the North Fork of Long Island.  The North Fork Community Theater is run by volunteers and they are currently raising funds to assist them in the purchase of their building in Mattituck.  The building is actually an old church and is perfect for their theater performances. 

They have an active calendar for the first half of the 2010 and their performances include Arsenic & Old Lace directed by Shawn Snyder.  Arsenic & Old Lace will be performed January 14-17, 22-24, and 29-31.  Tickets are $15.00 per performance and all performances are at 8 P.M., except Sundays are matinee performances at 2 P.M.  Other upcoming performances include Love Letters in February, Anything Goes in March, 110 in the Shade in May, and Kiss me Kate in July and August.  Tickets are available on-line or by calling 631-298-NFCT. 

North Fork Community Theater are always looking for volunteers to assist with ushering, costume design, poster distribution and other important aspects of the North Fork Community Theater.  Is theater your calling?

Southport Historical Society Holiday Candlelight Tour

Christmas on the North Fork would not be complete without the Southport Historical Society’s Candlelight Tour.  This year it is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, on November 27th from 3-6 PM.  If you have never enjoyed the tour, then this is the year to begin.  This is noted as one of the most fun and entertaining events of the year for the Historical Society as each year a different group of local residents decorate the various areas of the Museum Complex in true Holiday style. 

Each period building will be expertly decorated and arranged for visitors.  No two buildings will be decorated the same and many Holiday themed objects from the Society’s collection will appear in displays.  Tour guides will be dressed in period costumes and will guide guests along the many buildings of the Southport Historical Society.  Of course, the Christmas decorations would not be complete without Santa and his elves and rumor have it that they will be found in the Pine Neck Barn!

 As guests stroll along the complex, musicians and chorus singers will be performing Holiday music which is sure to get everyone in the true spirit of the season!  The lighting of the Hamlet Christmas Tree is always an exciting part of the tour and it will happen at 5 PM in front of the Ann Currie-Bell House.  Finish the evening with a little shopping at the Treasure Exchange or the Museum Gift Shop and you will be on your way to a delightful Holiday Season!

Gallery Walk in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island

The last Greenport Gallery Walk of the 2009 season will happen on Saturday, November 21st at 6 P.M.   Visit Greenport for an evening of gallery hopping, gallery talks and refreshments.   Gallery Walks are a wonderful way to spend an evening with family, friends, or a night on the town with the girls!  The whole village comes alive with restaurants and shops staying open late and a festive feeling radiates from all involved.

Eight of Greenport’s finest galleries including Siren’s Song, the Light Registry, Atellier Fine Art, Gallery M, Artist’s Gallery, South Street Gallery, and deCordova Studio will participate in the Gallery Walk.  Each gallery will host a featured artist and demonstrations and presentations will be done according to the artists’ specialty.  Visitors to the galleries will be sure to enjoy a variety of sculpture, computer graphics, painting, watercolors, and crafts

Siren’s Song Gallery will feature local artist S. Neil Fujita who is well known for his graphic design for the “God Father” and “In Cold Blood”.  He is a very special renaissance man and the gallery will be displaying 10 of his recent paintings.  This is just a sampling of what the local galleries will have to offer visitors. 

Sounds like an evening of fun to me!

North Fork Community Theatre Fall Season

North Fork Community Theatre kicks off new season with Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Rabbit’s Hole”

North Fork Long Island Theatre production of 'Rabbit Hole'

North Fork Long Island Theatre production of 'Rabbit Hole'

The North Fork Community Theatre located in Mattituck, Long Island, New York
is thrilled to be presenting the East End premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s
Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Rabbit Hole”, opening Friday, November 6 and
running Fridays through Sundays through November 22.

The North Fork Theatre is only fifteen minutes from Shorecrest, your Long Island North Fork  Bed and Breakfast and we are offering a special package with your weeekend stay. Visit the specials and packages page on The Shorecrest reservation calendar to book your stay

“Rabbit Hole”, which premiered on Broadway in 2006 and is soon to be a major
motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, tells the story of Becca and Howie,
the perfect couple who had the perfect life until a random accident
threatens to tear them apart.  An improbably funny and powerful play,
“Rabbit Hole” ultimately addresses questions of hope, faith and redemption.
What happens when, in an otherwise perfect world, our worst nightmare comes

Helmed by Michael Manuelian, director of last season’s critically-acclaimed
production of “Proof”, the production features Hans Butler, Kyle Cranston,
Laura Jones, Patrice Keitt, and Claudine Varriale-Vollmers and is produced by Deanna Andes.

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Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Features the Long Island Film Festival

The Long Island Film Festival is scheduled to happen at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on November 13th.  Gather your friends and join in an evening of films and talkbacks at the Bay Street Theater.   The films begin rolling at 4 P.M. and continue until 8:30 P.M. and will feature over 15 different directors including Bob Read, Keith Oncale, Shawn Washburn, Bryan Sansivero, Dan Zani, Alexa Barrett, and many others. 

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4 P.M. – 6 short films featuring “The Making of the Nutcracker”; “Break”; “Shadows of Kings Park”; “Pirates”; “East Side Gang”; and “Ceasar and Otto in the House of Dracula”.

5:15 P.M. – “Once More to the Cabin”

6 P.M. – “The Popcorn Man”

6:30 P.M.  – 4 Short Films – “Die Weibe Lile”; “Crimson Awakening”; “Kids Mgmt”; and “Perpendiular Thinking”

7 P.M. – “Forieann Cadladh” and “An Ranger”

7:30 P.M. – “Handbook of Relationships”

8 P.M. – “Goyband” – the night’s feature comedy

Admission is $12.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance.  Also remember to reserve your room at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast.  They will be featuring a special weekend package for guests that will be attending the Long Iland Film Festival.  Call the Shorecrest Inn directly for details at 631-765-1570. 

Custer Observatory on the North Fork

If you enjoy star gazing, then a visit to the Custer Observatory should be on the top of your list!  The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory where you can view the heavens through their powerful telescopes.  The Custer Institute is open to the public every Saturday evening from dusk until midnight and offers a variety of interesting lectures, concerts, and special events from watching meteor showers to learning how to use telescopes.  Plan to join them for an evening of watching the skies or enjoy a performance.  Their current schedule through the end of November includes: 

Saturday, October 24 at 8 P.M. they will host the Orionid Meteor Shower Party.  The meteors from this shower originate from Halley’s Comet and seem to radiate from the constellation Orion.  The shower peaks on October 21 and 22nd and will average about 30 meteors per hour.  Join them in watching the Orionids streak across the night sky.  

Friday, November 6 is open mic night with Liza Coppola.  If you are interested in becoming a performer or just want to have a little fun, this is the place to be.  A great time will be had by all and who knows, you may just see a star of tomorrow! 

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Fall Jazz and Wine Dinner on the Northfork

Diliberto Winery on Long Island will be holding their first Annual Harvest Wine Dinner on September 12th.  The theme for the dinner will feature Italian Regional foods and will be held from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. There will be a charge of $15.00 per person and Wine Club Members can attend at no cost. 

Also, Jazz Under the Stars was so successful this Summer that Diliberto Winery has decided to also extend it for the month of September!  So, on Friday evenings, pack a picnic and join them from 6 to 9 P.M. and watch the sun go down on the vineyard.  Guests will enjoy a delightful mix of folk rock, jazz, and soul sung by Jeanine Cullen.  Additionally, as a special celebration, all guests will receive a complimentary glass of their 2007 Rose in celebration of their grandaughters’ first birthday. 

Enjoy September on the Northfork with Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Diliberto Winery!