Saturday August 17, 2019
12:00 AM
Groovy First Festival:

EH Chamber’s inaugural summer fair comes Saturday!

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce host its first summer festival, and it’s tipping its cap to Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, promising “groovy bands” performing songs that were played at the famed hippiefest five decades ago.

         Presented by title sponsor, the YMCA East Hampton RECenter, this will be the first summer festival held in East Hampton Village in over 350 years. More than 50 booths will offer arts, crafts, and information, and there will be food vendors, including Mattitaco and Hampton Chocolates.

         There will also be a Kidzone carnival with a giant American Ninja inflatable course, a climbing wall, inflatable axe throwing, lawn hockey, and more. A “Discover the Hamptons” experience will be hosted by wellness lifestyle experts Ann Marie Foley and Alissa Striano.
The festival will include a Bedside Authors Reading Booth with authors Patricia Gussin (“Come Home”), Laura Holman Byrne (“Tater Tot at the Chase: A Happy Helper”), Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (“The Nine”), Natalie Banks (“The Canary’s Song”), Gregory Zeigler (“Travels With Max: In Search of Steinbeck’s America Fifty Years Later”), Nicola Harrison (“Montauk”), and Odete Martins Bigote (“A Cosmic Journey to the Unknown”).

         Honoring 1969’s Summer of Love and Woodstock, live music from the Woodstock Music Festival will performed all day by local bands including the Potter-Tekulsky Band and The Space Bandits featuring Klyph Black and special guests, who will play over three hours of Woodstock covers beginning at 12:30 PM.

         In keeping with the 1960s theme, visitors are encouraged to bring a white cotton shirt to tie-dye, or to purchase a shirt or bag to dye at the festival. Following the fair, the Main Beach fireworks, sponsored by the East Hampton Fire Department, will be held in the evening.

         The East Hampton Chamber Festival takes place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, August 17. For more info, visit

9:00 AM
Women’s Guild Rummage:

Women’s Guild Rummage is having a half price sale Saturday, Aug. 17 & Aug 24. Rain or shine. 9am-12 noon

10:00 AM
Dog Days of Summer:

The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council and the North Fork Animal Welfare League are teaming up to present “Dog Days of Summer.” On Saturday, August 17, the Cutchogue Village Green is going to the dogs with a multi-group adoption event and the first ever “Eastminster” Dog Show. The multi-group adoption event is the first of its-kind on the North Fork. Opening the event to other organizations in the animal welfare community ensures that there is a large selection of animals available for adoption, along with giving more animals a broader audience to find homes. Participating groups include Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bideawee, Kent Animal Shelter, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Long Island Greyhound Connection, North Fork Animal Welfare League (Southold Animal Shelter & Riverhead Animal Shelter), Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Admission is free and the event will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM. The dog show takes place from 1 to 3 PM.

10:00 AM
Victor D’Amico Institute Tour:

Southampton Town Arts and Culture Committee presents a tour of The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art in Napeague, co-hosted by John Bouvier and Minerva Perez, on Saturday, August 17, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The bus boards at Southampton Town Hall. Multi-disciplinary artist Shane Weeks will perform a traditional welcoming song. To RSVP, email

11:00 AM
Puppets At Bay Street:

At Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Goat on a Boat presents “Jack’s in the Box” by Lanky Yankee Puppets on Saturday, August 17, at 11 AM. For tickets and times, go to

12:00 PM
Artists Of Shelter Island:

Artists of Shelter Island presents its 10th annual open studios event, with 16 artists participating. The event is held on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from noon to 5 PM. Founded by Shelter Island artists of various disciplines and styles, the ARTSI studio tour has become a summer highlight for locals as well as visiting art lovers who come to the East End. Artists include Sally Jacobs Baker, Janet Culbertson, Kathryn A. Cunningham, Roz Dimon, Melora Griffis, Katherine Hammond, Megan Hergrueter, Karen Kiaer, Diana Malcomson, Jacky Pullman, Linda Puls, Joe Reilly, Susan Schrott, Jana Sheinker, Peter Waldner, and Mike Zisser. Visit

1:15 PM
Going To Bat For Good Causes Legendary game pits artists v. writers to aid four local charities:

The 71st annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game will be held August 17 at East Hampton’s Herrick Park, and there’s bound to be some surprising faces as long as some familiar ones. Organizers never know who’s going to show up, and that at-the-last-minute, Hamptons-summer reality makes it even more interesting when those like former MLB catcher and Yankees Manager Joe Torre, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets left-handed pitcher John Franco, President Bill Clinton, and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani decide to stop by.

         “We never truly know who will come out for the game, and, over the years, we’ve been able to surprise our fans with talented people they never thought they’d see running around on a softball field,” said Leif Hope, longtime organizer of the event. “Our game is also one of the few fundraisers out here that anyone can attend.”

         There’s a suggested $10 admission, although attendees are never turned away. Hope said, in fact, he finds the year-in-year-out fans give more. What makes the fundraiser, which raises money from sponsorships, donations, and T-shirt sales, different from other seasonal campaigns, is the event doesn’t benefit a national organization.

Raffles and field-side seating will be available starting at 1:15 PM Saturday. Player batting practice starts at 1:30 PM. The artist and writer squads will be lining up for pre-game festivities at 2:45 PM. Choral Society of the Hamptons is singing the national anthem, and Paramount’s Hot Bench judge Pat DiMango will deliver the ceremonial first pitch at 3 PM.

         Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow — whose father, the late, great writer E.L. Doctorow, played in games past — is expected to perform her rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” during the seventh-inning stretch.

         August 17 is a “Day of Celebration” planned by East Hampton Village, with the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce staging its first Summer Festival, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the playground area adjacent to the field off Newtown Lane. Following the Artists & Writers game, the East Hampton Fire Department is hosting its annual fireworks display at Main Beach, set to start at 8:30 PM.

4:00 PM
Birdhouse Exhibition:

A closing reception for Bridge Gardens and Peconic Land Trust’s birdhouse exhibition and silent auction will be held in Bridgehampton on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 6 PM at Bridge Gardens. The exhibition has been in place at the gardens since June 29. Winning bidders will be announced at 5:30 PM. Over two dozen local artists contributed their considerable talents to decorate or create the birdhouses.

         Participating artists include Helen Bass, Harvey Bernstein, Scott Bluedorn, Rob Calvert, Caroline Cassa, Michael Cinque, Robin Drake and Kiki Boucher, Terry Elkins, Jeanne Fallot, Kym Fulmer, Melinda Hackett, Brian Kennedy, Veronica Mezzina, Jeanelle Myers, Charles Northshield, Lesley Obrock, Cindy Pease Roe, Marcia Previti, John D. Rose and John Koronkiewicz, Lisa Rose, Jay Schneiderman, Barbara Stype, NancyLynn Thiele, Barbara Thomas, Pete Treiber, Patrick Walden, and Cynthia Wells.

4:00 PM
Oceanic X Montauk:

Oceanic X Montauk will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 11 PM at Hero Beach in Montauk. The day includes an interactive event with conservationists, artists, surfers, musicians, and sustainable brands to raise awareness for ocean conservation. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Oceanic Global. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

5:00 PM
Steve Gunn:

The Backyard at Solé East in Montauk presents Steve Gunn on Saturday, August 17, at 5 PM. Head to

5:00 PM
The Hills Are Alive:

The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport presents “The Sound of Music” through Saturday, August 17. Visit

6:00 PM
Summer Hamptons Evening:

Northwell Health presents Summer Hamptons Evening with a special performance by Alexa Ray Joel on Saturday, August 17, in Water Mill. The master of ceremonies will be Rosanna Scotto. The event is presented by Victoria Moran-Furman, Iris and Saul Katz, and Lawrence Scott Events. The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails and is followed by dinner, live music, and dancing. For more info, visit

6:00 PM
Surf Lodge:

Surf Lodge in Montauk brings Arizona to the stage on Saturday, August 17, at 6 PM and Whatsonot on Sunday, August 18, at 6 PM. Head to

6:30 PM
BCMF Concludes:

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival will conclude its final week with Mozart, Fauré, and more on Saturday, August 17 with Dynamic Duos; and Sunday, August 18, the season finale of Mozart, Esmail, and Brahms. All concerts held at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church at 6:30 PM. Tickets are sold at

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