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Good news alert: The days are getting longer and spring is mere weeks away.
Although there’s still a chill in the air, this is no time to stay at home. Some of our favorite North Fork locales are offering plenty to do to get us through the last push of winter.
Here are 10 things to do in March:
Tanger Weekends Winter Festival
Tanger has partnered with northforker for a fun-filled and family-friendly afternoon designed to showcase all the North Fork and the outlets have to offer on Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Join us outside the Tanger 2 food court for ice carving before indulging in smoked barbecue from Grace & Grit, beer from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., wine from Macari Vineyards and hot cider and baked goods from Main Road Biscuit Co.
The Children’s Museum of the East End is also presenting snow-themed activities for kids and a children’s book story walk your family can read piece by piece as you peruse the stores.
Go seal watching
We may not enjoy basking on the beach this time of year, but it is peak season for seal watching. Head over to Hallock State Park Preserve for a chance to spot them from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10. Join the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to learn about the seal species that visit our waters, the threats they face and how to help them.
For more information and to sign up, contact [email protected] or call (631) 317-0030.
Tour the breweries
The eleventh annual Winterfest: Live on The Vine is in full swing with a diverse lineup of offseason activities. Leave the car behind and hit the breweries on the Winterfest Brewery Experience Tour Saturday, March 10.
A bus will pick you up from either the East End Hyatt or Hotel Indigo in Riverhead and ferry you out to Greenport Brewery, Long Ireland Beer Co. and Jamesport Farm Brewery before returning to Indigo for live music and dinner.
Overnight packages at the hotels are $375 per couple. Day packages are $125 per person. Sign up at liwinterfest.com.
Brush up on watercolor
Try your hand at painting tulips and other flowers with watercolors. North Fork artist and designer Melissa Hyatt will lead the workshop on Wednesday, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lombardi’s Love Lane Market. The $30 course allows you to create a 5-by-7 painting.
Seating is limited. Sign up at melissahyatt.com.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
The Riverhead Ciderhouse is celebrating its first year in operation and St. Patrick’s Day with four days of festivities. Expect live music (bag pipes are involved) and cider, wine and beer.
The first 25 customers each day will receive a limited edition t-shirt. The event runs from Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18.
And don’t forget to check out one of several local parades.
Learn a new recipe
If takeout is your go-to after a long day at the office it’s time to sign up for Sang Lee Farms’ One Pot Meals Cooking Class. The $125 course teaches you how to make balanced meals in a snap.
The Tuesday, March 20 menu includes butternut minestrone and Indian spiced potatoes with lentils, Kitchari and vegetable paella.
The class runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and advanced registration is required. Sign up here.
Become a winemaker for a day
Get the insider tract on life as a winemaker at Sannino Vineyard. Owner and winemaker Anthony Sannino will guide you through the process of blending your own custom bottle.
The $225 price tag covers the cost for two people to make their own wine, plus lunch and a guided tour of the winery. Reservations are required for the Saturday, March 24 VIP blending session. Get tickets here.
Eat like a hunter
Prepare your taste buds for something out of the ordinary. Jamesport Manor Inn is hosting a Hunter’s Dinner of gourmet game paired with craft beer on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The four-course menu features dishes such as grilled venison backstrap, rabbit ravioli and moose tracks gelato. Each dish is specially partnered with a local brew from Jamesport Farm Brewery, Long Ireland, Moustache Brewing and Greenport Harbor. Tickets are $75 per person and advanced reservations are required. Call 631-722-0500 to book your spot.
Try out Taco Thursday
Your love of tacos shouldn’t be limited to Tuesday. Noah’s on the Road is serving up tacos at Moustache Brewing Co. from 3 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. Past offerings include the Hawaiian with crispy carnitas topped with pineapple salsa and the El Mustachio with blackened avocado and shrimp.
While you’re there grab a pint of the Riverhead brewery’s newly released Dexterity Issues IPA. A portion of the sales from the brew will be donated to advance Multiple Sclerosis research.
Head to the other fork
Wölffer Estate Vineyard Candlelight Fridays is an excellent excuse to head south to the Hamptons. Every Friday, the Sagaponac winery welcomes guests for an evening of live music, wine and savory plates of cheese and charcuterie from 5 to 8 p.m.
The event is held in the tasting room located at 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack.