08/05/15 6:01am
Artist Drew Kane works on "Chameleon Mural" in anticipation of the JumpstART Festival. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Artist Drew Kane works on “Chameleon Mural” in anticipation of the JumpstART Festival. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead’s Main Street will erupt into a kaleidoscope of color, texture and celebration Friday, when East End Art’s JumpstART program unveils the projects its artists have created.

On Aug. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m., six months of work will culminate in an outdoor arts festival complete with music and interactive exhibits. Admission is free and open to the public.

“We all do it collectively so it will have more of an impact,” said East End Arts executive director Pat Snyder. “The community benefits, the surrounding businesses benefit. If it’s anything like last year, the restaurants will all be full and the town will be full.” (more…)

08/05/15 1:05am
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The two-day FOLD Festival, featuring a star-studded lineup, kicked off at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Tuesday evening.

The big name acts included Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Paloma Faith and Nile Rodgers and Chic.

The festival continues today at 5 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

Read more about the festival here.

See our photos below (more…)

08/05/15 1:03am
Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It’s a testament to music producer Nile Rodgers’ sway and influence that he was able to convince some of the biggest acts in music — including the two most recent Grammy Album of the Year winners — to play a concert at a Riverhead vineyard better known for hosting weddings than music festivals.  (more…)

08/04/15 11:14am
Credit: Skye Gillispie

Credit: Skye Gillispie

One balmy July afternoon, I decided to embark on the Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail on Shelter Island aboard my standup paddleboard.

Located within the Peconic Estuary — which has been declared a “Last Great Place” by The Nature Conservancy — this five-mile marine trail takes thrill-seekers on an adventure through a wetland filled with a variety of birds, fish, shellfish and turtles. The trail, which also offers glimpses of Taylor’s Island, is a joint project of The Nature Conservancy, Shelter Island Town and Shelter Island Kayak Tours. One of their major restoration goals is the replenishment of the shellfish population through the use of shellfish nurseries and safe environments. (more…)