School’s almost out, strawberries are in. June is officially here! After you’ve gotten your fill of U-picks, here are 10 things to do across the North Fork this month at your most leisurely, summery pace.
Create your own bouquet at a flower farm
Plan for a day of nature and beauty with a visit to Orient’s North Fork Flower Farm. The small-scale local flower farm offers private and public seasonal workshops for a hands-on experience. Depending on the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to create seasonal bouquets or a flower crown using blooms from the field. Workshops last two hours and include a tour of the farm and local refreshments. Visit northforkflowerfarm.com for more information.
Take a cocktail class at Windamere
On Sunday, June 13th at 3 p.m. shake up a Hamilton White Whale with bar manager Bill Carlo, at Windamere located at Strong’s Water Club & Marina. During the class, you’ll enjoy your self-made cocktail along with an appetizer. And you’ll take home a bottle of house-made Cacao-Ogreat and a recipe card. This hands-on class will take place outside on the lawn. $65 per person.
Grab a slice
If you haven’t yet tried Claudio’s Pizza in Greenport you’re missing out. The new pizza spot offers authentic pies, slices and heros to stay or go in a bright and airy renovated space. The meatball hero is big enough for two, the garlic knots have just the right amount of garlic and the Brooklyn Style slice is so very NYC. To view the menu and to order online, visit claudios.com/pizza.
View art after dark
On Saturday, June 19, Grangebel Park in downtown Riverhead will be filled with illuminated designs for Reflextions, a walkable art-after-dark experience. There will be live performances as well. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and recurs on July 17 and Aug. 14. For more details, head to downtownriverhead.org.
Collage on a vintage record with Naturally Curious Children
Using recycled materials and a vintage record, kids will have the opportunity to create a funky and fun collage. Founder of Naturally Curious Children, Nicole Roccaro, will have all materials pre-packaged and ready for a go-at-your-own-flow afternoon of crafting. The session is scheduled for Sunday, June 13 at noon on the grounds of Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. Pre-registration is required, there is an $8 materials fee per registrant.
Practice yoga like a Northforker
Yoga classes are popping up all over the North Fork. On Wednesdays at 10 a.m. join North Fork Yoga Shala at The Fishing Station at Port of Egypt in Southold. On Sundays, head to Croteaux Vineyards for yoga by the vines at 9 a.m. On Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 a.m. starting on June 5th, there will be yoga on the lawn overlooking the New Suffolk Waterfront. And enjoy sunset beach yoga on Mondays and Thursdays with SoIntense Yoga at 6:30 p.m. in Baiting Hollow.
Taste wine at two newly opened vineyards
Toast the dads and college grads in your life at one of two new North Fork tasting rooms. Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, which has been closed since 2013, was purchased in 2019 and finally reopened in Mid-May after extensive renovations. In Jamesport, Terra Vite North Fork Winery & Vineyard, formerly Diliberto Vineyards, opened its doors Memorial Day Weekend. And on Thursday, June 17 experience Terra Vite’s Brine & Wine where the vineyard will be partnering with Little Ram Oyster Co. for an oyster shucking and wine pairing event. More information and tickets here.
Watch dogs fly at Greenport Harbor Brewery
The fourth annual North Fork Dog Dock Diving event will take place June 4th-6th at Greenport Harbor Brewery’s Peconic location. Many dogs will compete each day, both professional and amateur, jumping for height or distance. Tickets are limited to this family-friendly event and must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $10 per person and children under 5 are free. Visit, greenportharborbrewing.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Sip tea in a historic barn
On Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m. sip tea at Hallockville Museum Farm’s annual spring tea event. The socially distanced afternoon will include delectable savories and sweets as well as assorted teas. There will also be guest speakers and raffles. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling 631-298-5292 or emailing [email protected]
Catch a DJ set
Don’t miss North Fork’s DJ Henry as he’ll be spinning live twice this month. On Saturday, June 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. DJ Henry will be doing a DJ set at Bridge Lane Wine’s tasting room as a part of their reoccurring lounge vibes weekly music event. The laid-back summer affair will be filled with deep and soulful house, nu disco, chillout, and downtempo beats. On Thursday, June 24 from 7 – 10 p.m. catch DJ Henry at Eastern Front Brewery for “Two Turntables, Two Microphones,” a karaoke/DJ night. If singing is your thing, feel free to hop on and sing along – the second mic is for you!