Northforker has a monthly roundup of 10 can’t-miss events. I took over writing it in the dead of winter when 80-degree days — let alone temps that crept above freezing — seemed as if they’d never return.
Back in March, must-do events were hard to come by. (Shout out to the local businesses that give us something to look forward to even when it’s -2 degrees outside.)
This time of year, there are so many worthy events and activities to highlight that even some of the best do not get deserved recognition.
One that comes to mind is the Greenport Gallery Walk. It is held on the first Friday of the month and notably shares the date (and the spotlight) with another North Fork First Fridays event on Love Lane in Mattituck.
The Gallery Walk is a passion project for Caroline Waloski, owner of The Sirens’ Song Gallery on Main Street. She has been at it since its inception 12 years ago and she also oversees marketing. Speaking with her the other day, she likes keeping it going because she, and the many others who put on the event, want Greenport to be known for its cultural side as well as its culinary.
“A little food for the soul is a good thing,” she noted.
The event is a great way to showcase the village and all its artists. The self-guided tour takes you to the galleries around Greenport. It includes stops at Sirens’ Song, The North Fork Art Collective and VSOP Projects, among other venues of inspiration and awe.
Greenport Harbor Brewery on Carpenter Street is also on the tour. Co-owner Ann Vandenburgh does an incredible job curating the brewery’s rotating art collection. It’s always worth a stop in to see what caught her eye prior to her next regular installment. (She is the one who invited East Hampton-based artist Scott Bluedorn to do the distinguished and straight up cool bottle designs.)
You could always just stop in for a beer, too. The Gallery Walk isn’t limited to art — it’s about local culture — and there’s special imbibes and cheese tastings along the way.
All of the galleries are open late for the event so there is plenty of time to enjoy it all. The next one is July 6 and will happen on a reoccurring basis through December. See all the details here.
• Speaking of galleries, the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue is marking its fifth anniversary with an artists reception for its latest exhibition “Spring into Summer Print Edition” this Saturday.
• Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. That gives us two weekends worth of celebratory Independence Day events. The Orient Harbor fireworks show is first up this Saturday. Catch it from the land or aboard a special Peconic Bay Cruise. We also have a roundup of more Fourth of July events planned for this weekend.
• A new waterfront restaurant has also opened in time for the holiday.
• North Fork Brewing Co. is also opening. Check back tomorrow for a full story.
• Harvest East End will not happen this August — at least not in the way it has in the past. The event is not open to the public this year and will instead continue its legacy of honoring many great contributors to our wine industry during a paired down, private dinner. We will miss it this summer. Martha Clara played great host last year. There’s already talk about bringing it back for 2019.
• I’m also really liking Denise Civiletti’s series about the sorted and fascinating history of EPCAL for RiverheadLOCAL.
• Parting note: Have a Happy and safe Fourth of July!
Cyndi Murray is a reporter for Times Review Media Group, covering all things fun and engaging about our area for northforker.com and northforker magazine. Send her your feedback and story ideas at [email protected].