02/15/17 6:00am
Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbch will host a barrel tasting as part of Long Island Winterfest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich will host a barrel tasting as part of Long Island Winterfest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Winterfest 2017 is shaping up to be about much more than live music and wine tastings.

For its 10th anniversary, the event is expanding to provide visitors with a wider range of offerings and experiences.  (more…)

01/12/17 6:00am

For as long as he can remember, Bakithi Kumalo recalled during a recent interview, music has been the center of his life. The 60-year-old South Africa native, who grew up in a family of musicians and is a longtime bassist for Paul Simon, has made a living doing what he loves.

Now he’s sharing his passion with the 16 student musicians enrolled in East End Art’s Music Masters Mentorship Program, helping them hone their techniques for a free concert next month at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

“I’m so honored to come and work with these kids,” said Kumalo, whose concert will feature songs by Simon, whom he’s played alongside for the past three decades. (more…)

11/11/16 3:02pm
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Veterans can visit Long Island Aquarium for free on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11.

Looking for something to do on the North Fork? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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11/10/16 6:01am
Hand painted porcelain kiln fired ornaments available at last year's East End Arts Holiday Boutique. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Hand painted porcelain kiln fired ornaments available at last year’s East End Arts Holiday Boutique. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Shop ’til you drop when the annual East End Arts Holiday Gift Boutique returns for its season opening at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead this weekend.

This holiday event features exclusive handmade items made by local artisans like ornaments, greeting cards, home goods, one-of-a-kind jewelry, books, toys and more.

This popular shopping event draws many visitors from all over Long Island who want to buy original gifts. Every year the number of participating artisans grows. Last year featured 35 crafters while 45 will participate in 2016.  (more…)

08/08/16 6:00am
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Photographer Elizabeth Wagner of Riverhead will present The Gummy Bear Project, a colorful celebration of downtown Riverhead’s sweet spots via gummy bear photography. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

What better way to bring attention to the work of local artists than by having their projects on display during the popular Alive on 25 street fair?

That’s what festivalgoers in downtown Riverhead can expect from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 11, when the next Alive on 25 coincides with the return of JumpstART, which will showcase work from 14 East End artists.

Projects from this year’s artists, who were selected from a large pool of applicants, include paintings, murals, interactive projects, live music and dance performances. All exhibits are free to experience. (more…)

08/05/16 9:43am
Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Priject, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner didn’t have to look far to find a family connection to art.

From the time she was a teenager, the Riverhead fine art photographer has watched her mother, Gayle, devote much of her time to artistic pursuits.

It was in 2002, when the elder Ms. Wagner was diagnosed with brain cancer and forced to resign from her government job, that she began to dedicate her free time to art. A creative individual who felt the need to keep herself stimulated in her post-work life, Ms. Wagner took up photography as a therapeutic endeavor.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, now 28, has also decided to leave a government job behind to build a career in photography. And her hometown is the subject of her latest effort, dubbed The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display next week as part of East End Arts’ annual JumpstART program.  (more…)