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There’s much to celebrate during March. To name a few things, this month marks the start of the spring season, the Irish-American cultural celebration that is St. Patrick’s Day, and let’s not forget its Women’s Month.

Here are 10 things worth doing this month.

Strong Women + Small Bites: Tasting fundraiser at North Fork Brewing Co.

The Lady Brewsters at North Fork Brewing Company. (Credit: Connie Lynch Photography)

Enjoy three craft beer pairings and bite-sized dishes from three of Long Island’s female chefs at this fundraising event hosted at North Fork Brewing Co. on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. In honor of Women’s Month, $1 from every pint sold of Lunar Ascent — a hibiscus and ginger IPA charged with moonstone and black obsidian brewed by The Lady Brewsters of the North Fork — and proceeds from the event will be donated to Family Service League programs to support women and families in need. Fundraiser tickets are $40 each and reservations must be made in advance by calling 631-591-1191 or emailing [email protected]

Learn how to raise a flock of backyard chickens at Chick’s Southold Agway

Interested in raising backyard chickens? Heres your chance to attend a fun and informational seminar on the best practices of raising your own flock of egg-laying hens on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to noon at Chick’s Southold Agway. Speaker Mark Bridgen of Cornell Cooperative Extention Services will give a short talk followed by a Q&A. The event is free but RSVP is recommended, call 631-765-3432.

St. Patrick’s Day at Long Ireland

If you’re planning to be on the North Fork on Tuesday, March 17, you’ll want to head over to Long Ireland Beer Company anytime between noon and 9 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Riverhead brewery will be featuring $5 Celtic Ale and Hooligan Stout pints all day, and Roadhouse will be selling corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and more.

Lenz + The Halyard Wine Dinner

Chef Stephan Bogardus at The Halyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Celebrate spring with a four-course wine dinner by The Halyard chef Stephan Borgardus and Lenz Winery’s Tom Spotteck on Friday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Halyard. Enjoy welcome canapés and glass of Lenz’s 2014 Cuvée then sit for a four-course meal with wine pairings. Tickets are $100 per person and include gratuity. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Cake Decorating with Cakes By Calynne

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. join local event collective, A North Fork Affair, as they present a social evening of wine, light bites and cake decorating with Cakes By Calynne hosted at Jen’s Main Street Bistro in Southold. In this workshop, guests will learn how to stack and ice a buttercream cake, decorate with buttercream flowers and leave with a cake decorating tool kit along with their delicious double-layer cake. Tickets are $95 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Early spring walk at Downs Farm Preserve

Even though this winter was a mild one, it still feels so good to get back outside and into nature. On Saturday, March 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. get up and out of the house early and head to Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue for an early spring trail walk hosted by Group for the East End. Enjoy the fresh air and look for signs of spring along the trail. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, contact Aaron Virgin at [email protected].

Women’s Day wine pairing with For Goodness Cakes Co. 

Bedell Cellars sparkling rosé. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue on Sunday, March 8 from noon to 3 p.m. The Women’s Day wine pairing includes a glass of sparkling rosé made by the winery’s all-female cellar team and a trio of macaroons made locally by the women-owned confectionary For Goodness Cakes Co. The pairing costs $25 per person and tickets can be purchased here: bit.ly/2Ts3hdo.

Horticulture lecture at Eastern Front Brewery

In this lecture, you’ll learn as Anne and Nancy of Trimble’s of Corchaug Nursery discuss how to attract the pollinators of the world into your North Fork garden, hear from a local beekeeper and listen to an excerpt on bats from Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The lecture is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Eastern Front Brewery in Mattituck and is hosted by The Lady Brewers of the North Fork. 

Cousins Maine Lobster at Palmer Vineyards

Did you know it doesn’t have to be summer to eat a lobster roll? Cousins Maine Lobster, which gained its fame on the show Shark Tank, will be returning to Palmer Vineyards on Saturday, March 28 from noon to 6 p.m. serving up delicious lobster rolls. Harvest Moon Shellfish Co. will also be shucking Peconic Bay oysters. Enjoy glass specials and local beer from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. 

Superhero Day at Long Island Aquarium

Finally, there’s a reason to re-wear all those old Halloween costumes, its Superhero Day at the Long Island Aquarium on Saturday, March 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Let your child dress up in their favorite superhero costume and head to the aquarium in Riverhead to meet Batman, Superman and more superhero favorites. A casual lunch followed by an ice cream bar in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom is also included. Tickets are $35.95 for adults, $31.95 for children ages 3-12 and $5 for children 2 and under. Admission to the aquarium is not included in the ticket price. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.longislandaquarium.com/ 

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