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Video samples help you decide which Live on the Vine event to attend

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This week the 8th annual Winterfest, Live on the Vine starts on Friday and there is a total of 22 performances occurring this weekend alone! As the annual event gains momentum, it is attracting top shelf entertainers such as the Smithereens, 10,000 Maniacs and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Whether you are just going to one, or are planning on hopping from one to another all weekend, we have put together the weekend’s schedule of events and included a video clip of each artist to help you decide which event you would like to attend. To further help you enjoy the weekend and the entire 6 week run, Shorecrest is offering a 10% discount on a two nights stay, plus a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine with your stay. Receive 20% off on a three night stay! Both specials include $25 off a massage.

FRI. FEB. 20
VINNY ST. MARTEN & SEEING EYE DOGS
Venue: HOTEL INDIGO
1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25 Riverhead, NY 11901
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
Music Type: Soul
No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

SAT. FEB 21
TONEKATS
Venue: BEDELL CELLARS
36225 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 11935
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Music Type: Acoustic duo
Covercharge: $20 at the door
Free glass of wine included: no

GIL PARRIS
Venue: RAPHAEL WINERY
39390 Main Road, Rte. 25 Peconic, NY 11958
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Music Type: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Covercharge: $20 at the door
Free glass of wine included: Yes

MICHAEL JAZZ TRIO
Venue: MACARI VINEYARDS & WINERY
150 Bergen Ave. Mattituck, 11952
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Music Type: Funk, Jazz, R&B
Covercharge: $20 at the door
advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included: included in “at the door” price

BRANDY HART BAND
Venue: JASON’S VINEYARD
1785 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Music Type: Covers, Hit / cover band, Pop, Rock, Soul
Covercharge:advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included:no
Music samples available on their website: http://brandyhar8.wix.com/hart-and-soul#!music/c1x9v

RICKY ROCHE
Venue: BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
2114 Sound Avenue P.O. Box 245, Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Music Type: Covers
Covercharge: No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

BARREL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER JIM WATERS
Venue: WATERS CREST WINERY
22355 Rte. 48, Unit 6 Cutchogue, NY 11935
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Music Type: Non-Musical Event – Wine Tasting
Covercharge: RSVP
Free glass of wine included: Yes

ROB EUROPE
Venue: JAMESPORT VINEYARD
1216 Main Road, Rte. 25 Jamesport, NY 11947
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Music Type: Blues, Rock
Covercharge:$20 at the door
advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included: no

ROBERT BRUEY & JEAN – PAUL VEST
Venue: COFFEE POT CELLARS
31855 Main Rd Cutchogue, NY 11935
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Music Type: Singer / Songwriter
Covercharge: $15 at the door
advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included: no

RED WHITE & BLUES BAND
Venue: PELLEGRINI VINEYARDS
pm 23005 Route 25 Cutchogue, NY 11935
4:00 pm – 6:00
Music Type: Blues, R&B
Covercharge: $20 at the door
Free glass of wine included: Yes

THE LUCKY TONES
Venue: A LURE
62300 Main Road Southold, NY 11971
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music Type: Jazz
Covercharge: No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

AMY HELM
Venue: HOTEL INDIGO, BALLROOM – 631-369-2200
1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25 Riverhead, NY 11901
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music Type: Americana, Roots
Covercharge: $35
pls. contact Hotel for tickets
Free glass of wine included: no

RAY ANDERSON & STEVE SALERNO
Venue: HARMONY VINEYARDS
169 Harbor Road, St. James, NY 11780
7:00 pm
Music Type: Jazz
Covercharge: 2 drink min.
No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

ALEX CLOUGH
Venue: HOTEL INDIGO
1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25 Riverhead, NY 11901
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Music Type: Jazz
Covercharge: No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

SMITHEREENS
Venue: SUFFOLK THEATER
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
7:00 pm
Music Type: Rock
Covercharge: $49

SUN. FEB. 22

PERFORMANCE BY CHEF TOM SCHAUDEL AND MIKE DORIO
Venue: WATERS CREST WINERY
22355 Rte. 48, Unit 6 Cutchogue, NY 11935
3:00 am – 5:00 am
Music Type:Variety
Covercharge: advanced sales $20
RSVP
Free glass of wine included: no
Music samples or video not available

FUERZA FLAMENCO DUO
Venue: BEDELL CELLARS
36225 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 11935
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Music Type: Flamenco
Covercharge:$20 at the door
advanced sales $20

ALEXANDER ZONJIC
Venue: RAPHAEL WINERY
39390 Main Road, Rte. 25 Peconic, NY 11958
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Music Type: Jazz
Covercharge: $20 at the door
Free glass of wine included: Yes

BRYAN GALLO
Venue: JASON’S VINEYARD
1785 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Music Type: Singer / Songwriter
Covercharge: advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included: no

DENICE GIVEN & CONRAD TAYLOR
Venue: BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
2114 Sound Avenue P.O. Box 245, Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Music Type: Rock
Covercharge: No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no
Music samples or video not available

THE DAYS BENEATH US
Venue: A LURE
62300 Main Road Southold, NY 11971
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Music Type: Acoustic pop
Covercharge: No covercharge
Free glass of wine included: no

COUNTER CLOCKWISE
Venue: SPARKLING POINTE
39750 County Road 48 Southold, NY 11971
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Music Type: Classical, Fusion
Covercharge:$20 at the door
advance sales $15 (does not include wine)
Free glass of wine included: Yes

Shellabration & Holiday House Tour

This weekend, visitors to the North Fork can party and feast at Shellabration in Greenport, take a spectacular holiday house tour, shop hand crafted gifts or simply enjoy a heavenly light show–the Geminid meteor shower. And those are just a few of the options…

Best of all, you can be pampered while you visit if you stay with us at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast. Check out our specials.

Shellabration

Saturday and Sunday from noon to four, the restaurants of Greenport have teamed up to delight you with culinary creations crafted from the bounty of the Peconic Bay–oysters, scallops, clams–paired with the best of our vineyards. For example, First and South is matched with Bedell, while the Frisky Oyster cavorts with Sparkling Pointe; 14 delicious pairings in all. Take the restaurant walk, sample and sip to your heart’s content.

Saturday at 5, join Greenport as it lights its Christmas tree in Mitchell Park; enjoy carols, cocoa and more. Shop late; the stores will be open past 6, so you can keep meandering and have many delightful opportunities to duck out of the nighttime cold. History buffs are in for a treat on Sunday, as the Little Red Schoolhouse on Front Street will be open during the restaurant walk–noon to four–displaying local artifacts, while hosts share tales of Greenport then and now, and the authors of Greenport in Postcards sign books. Full details here.

The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting

Want a more Christmas-themed festivity? Saturday offers something really special: The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting. As www.GoNorthFork.org puts it:

“Four beautifully decorated homes welcome guests to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers /desserts provided by a vineyard and a restaurant. AlAlso visit two historical houses and take a farm tour; enjoy local merchants offering specials on the day.  Homes include Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, the private home of designer Connie Cross, and Shades of Gray Cottage.

Additional stops are Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society, 8 Hands farm and the Designer Showcase House & Emporium. End at Cutchogue Village Green with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments. 11 am – 4 pm. Note, tickets are necessary; details here.

While you’re in Cutchogue, another must do is the Holiday Open House at the  Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. Shop original art by local artists and handcrafted gifts; enjoy refreshments. Details.

Christmas at Hallockville

Sunday step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned Christmas fun at the Hallockville Museum Farm. Hallockville explains: “Celebrate the season the old-fashioned way with guided tours of historic homes decorated for the season, holiday music and special exhibits, children’s activities and event a special guest from the North Pole!

The Hallock Homestead will be decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas, complete with antique toy displays, mince meat tarts baking in the wood stove and costumed interpreters. The Cichanowicz Farmhouse will depict a Depression-era Polish farming family’s Christmas traditions. Plus craft demonstrations, holiday shopping, homemade baked goods and more!” 12-3:30 pm. Details here.

Santa in Southold

Are you visiting with your kids? If so, Saturday you can find Santa at the Southold Historical Society’s Holiday Fair. Shop for gifts and cards from vendors carefully screened to ensure only the best hand-made items would be for sale. The Railroad Museum of Long Island shows off an elaborate model train display; kids can get their faces painted, do crafts, and receive a small gift from Santa,plus a free photo with him. Enjoy a bake sale and cafe, participate in a raffle with prizes donated from local merchants, farmers, and local artists. Details here.

Geminids

While much more is happening this weekend–full listings at GoNorthFork.org–visitors escaping the bright lights of the big city have one more very special treat in store: The Geminids. As Southold’s Custer Observatory explains: “the “Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.” Here where the skies are dark, you can really see the show. (Clouds permitting of course.) Learn more here.

Visit the East End for Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

Restaurant Week, Live Music

Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

So much is happening this weekend!

For fine dining at a discount, enjoy Restaurant Week’s final days. For a listing of participants and my special offer, check out my previous post.

Beyond inexpensive fine dining, there’s a wide range of live music, art openings, and food, farm & vineyard treats happening up and down the North Fork on the East End of Long Island. Full listings follow the summary.

If you’re a foodie or just want to get closer to the land, tour an organic farm, sample food and chat with the farmer.  Or play winemaker for a day. Or perhaps you’d rather craft your own vinegar and vinaigrette with locally grown ingredients. 

If live music is what moves you, you’ve plenty of choices. On Saturday afternoon, several vineyards are showcasing musicians. Unfortunately, a lot of the shows happen at the same time, so you can’t do them all. On Sunday a couple of vineyards offer more live music, plus there’s a special, non-vineyard concert. 

If you’d rather spend your time in galleries, gazing at beauty, this weekend features two art openings. One features modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

And if you’re coming from New York City (or any other urban area) you know that one of the nicest features of the East End is that it gets properly dark at night, making stargazing fun. So on Saturday, from dark to midnight, you can visit the Custer Institute observatory in Southold for a guided tours of the heavens, clouds permitting. Details.

 

The Listings:

Food, Farm & Vineyard Treats

All of these events are offered on both Saturday and Sunday with the same details unless otherwise noted:

From East to West:

Soundview Restaurant in Greenport is having its annual Kentucky Derby festivities in its Red Bar starting at 4 pm. Enjoy mint juleps and show off your hat. Details.

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers its “Tour Taste Talk” farm tour from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Details.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic invites you to be a winemaker for a day, from noon to 3 pm, Saturday Only. Note, reservations required. Details.

Castello Di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue invites you to tour its winery and production facility, and taste its wine. From 1-3 pm. Details.

Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse in Mattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn and taste four wines from 1:30 to 2 pm, Details, or tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.

Vinegars and Vinaigrettes Workshop, held in Riverhead (near the Southold Town line) Saturday Only.  Sponsored by A Taste of the North Fork and the Hallockville Museum Farm. Craft your own using fresh, local healthy ingredients, take two bottles home and enjoy samples of various vinegars/ vinaigrettes during the class. From 1-4, reservations required. Details.

Sherwood House Vineyard  in Jamesport is serving “Wine & Wings” from noon to 6pm, Saturday Only. The wings are crafted by celebrity chef and Emmy Award winning news anchor, Julian Phillips. Details.

 

Live Music Saturday

From East to West:

Osprey Dominion Vineyards in Peconic presents solo guitarist & singer Bob Stack from 1pm to 5pm, details here.

Castello DiBorghesi Vineyards in Cutchogue goes cabaret with Marjorie Volants from 2 pm to 4 pm, Details.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead (near Southold Town border) offers the Eastbound Freight Bluegrass Band from 2pm to 5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point Vineyards in Jamesport is playing contemporary R&B and rock with 25 to Red from 2 pm to 5 pm. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport is offering the acoustic music of George Barry, starting at 2 pm. Details.

 

Live Music Sunday 

From East to West:

Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead (near Southold Town line) showcases the Keith Maguire Acoustic Duo from 2-5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point in Jamesport offers Brian Gallo and his alt-country and wistful pop. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard  in Jamesport offers Craig Rose and his classic band from 1-5. Details.

For something different, check out the Recorder Orchestra of New York, which is giving a concert at the Jamesport Meeting House from 4 to 5 pm. Details.

 

Visual Arts

This weekend features two art openings, one modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

South Street Gallery in Greenport opens North Fork Modernism on Saturday, open Sunday too. Noon to 5 pm. Details.

Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Cutchogue, presents “Metropolis” featuring three award winning photographers. The opening reception is Saturday 6-9 pm and features Lenz wines and small bites. Details.

An ongoing fun exhibit:

Greenport Brewery, Greenport, hosts “Working Girls of New York Harbor: A Sketchbook of Dredges, Tugs and Ships” by artist Christina Sun through May 31. Have a beer and ogle the working girls. Details.

Kontokosta Winery opens near Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Kontokosta near Shorecrest 1It seems that lately there is always something new and fun happening on the North Fork of Long Island, but I am particularly thrilled when it happens near Shorecrest B&B and is so convenient for my guests to enjoy. The particular something I am talking about is Kontokosta Winery,  a new vineyard and winery that opened just down the road and is one of the first to open on the Sound. It’s only 2.8 miles away or a quick four minute drive from Shorecrest.

I was enchanted the minute I turned off the North road and drove up the long driveway that cuts through the center of the vineyard. It reminded me of the approach to an ancient French chateaux. The exterior was reminiscent of an east end barn, with inviting large red entry doors and is the work of architects Tom Samuels and Nancy Steelman, the husband-and-wife team behind Samuels & Steelman Architects, who managed to get a  rural barn feel from the outside and create a Soho urban loft vibe on the inside. The building is perched in a unique position, high on the cliffs with the large glass windows overlooking the Long Island Sound to the north and the vineyard to the south.

What impressed me most when entering the winery was the long farmhouse style tables, they were completely covered with copper which gave them a distinctly modern twist. The place had a comfortable, yet industrial feel. The main tasting bar was a polished slate. A slate patio facing the sound enables you to take in the breath taking view while enjoying wine alfresco or if you prefer, there’s exterior seating with vineyard views on the other side of the building.  A large second floor open loft area has seating and even more amazing views, but is open only to wine club members who can reserve the area for private parties or tastings. Since it was a slow day and the area was empty, our host allowed us to go up and take a look around. I couldn’t help but imagine how much fun could be had by Shorecrest guests who booked a stay and scheduled a party in this room! I think I might do it myself! My friends and I were enjoying ourselves so much we lingered past closing time, but instead of being shooed away, our host started playing Gershwin tunes on the piano. It was the perfect ending to a terrific afternoon.

Although the winery is new and wines are relatively young, the reds were delicious with a full body and depth. It is also a member of L.I. Sustainable Wines touting a green building, wind energy, xeriscaping and an organic community garden that supports local non-profits.  Their website doesn’t have much on it, but their Facebook page is kept current with lots of interesting information and events. –Can’t wait to hear what my guests have to say about this interesting new winery.

A few months later on Feb. 23, I attended a benefit for the talented and loved chef Gerry Hayden, from North Fork Table and Inn who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, hosted by Knotokosta and Slow Food East End. Great food was provided by chefs from all over the east end at the sold out event and it was quite inspiring to see so many of Gerry and his wife Claudia’s peers and colleagues in the restaurant world come together for him.

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