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Local rhubarb, spring onions, leeks and asparagus at Country View II farmstand on the Main Road in Southold (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The longer and warmer days of spring encourage us to get outside and inspire us to fill our calendars. Here are our picks for happenings across the North Fork this month. 

HAVE A LAUGH

Enjoy a night of comedy on Saturday, April 2 at the CAST Gathering Hall as the organization collaborates with North Fork Comedy, produced by D.C. Benny and Jim O’Doherty. Headliner Marina Franklin and feature act Gerald Lee will have you belly-laughing. Beer, wine and small bites will be provided at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here

TOUR A GARDEN 

Herricks Herbs & Heirlooms in Jamesport has an amazing lineup of Walk and Talks planned for the season. The sessions kick off April 2 at 9 a.m. with their raised bed kitchen garden tour, where participants will be invited to tour the gardens and ask questions about anything from garden bed construction to planting. Other Walk & Talks planned for the month include getting started with chickens, a medicinal herb garden tour and a session on gardening for birds, bees and butterflies. For more information visit the farm’s website here.

GO ON A CHOCOLATE EGG HUNT

Disset Chocolate’s Easter egg hunt is back for a second year. From Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 17, participants can search for five handmade chocolate egg sculptures across the North Fork. Each 18-inch egg is designed in a theme that reflects its location and clues will be posted daily on Disset Chocolate’s Instagram page. Once you find an egg, take and post a photo to Instagram and tag @dissetchocolate. Participants who post a photo with each of the eggs will be entered to win one of the eggs. 

MAKE EARTH DAY WEEKEND A ‘THING’

Celebrate Mother Earth all weekend with a beach cleanup and nature walk. On Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, head to Truman’s Beach in East Marion for a beach cleanup with Peconic Land Trust and Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter. Debris will be removed from Cove, Dam Pond, and Truman’s beaches to help ensure a healthy marine environment. The very next day, on Sunday, April 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., explore the sights and sounds of spring at Wolf Preserve in Southold. Register for both events at [email protected]­dtrust.org.

EAT SEASONALLY

Highlighting the spring season, PAWPAW is back this month with three dates of pop-up dinners featuring local, seasonal ingredients. The dinners, hosted at The Lin Beach House, will take you on an edible journey through tastes and food experiences. On Saturday, April 9, PAWPAW partners with McCall Vineyards for a pairing dinner. Other dates for the pop-up include Saturday, April 16, and 30. Tickets are sure to sell out, snag them here

REFRESH YOUR HOME Small changes in your home make a big impact. Freshen up your space with a new scent from In the Attic Too in Mattituck. Their handmade soy candles come in an array of scents, but our pick for spring has to be Lily + Ozone, which has top notes of green leaves, middle notes of rose and lily of the valley, and a base of ozone and sandalwood. Southold’s Pearl on Main has you covered when it comes to throw pillows, and head across the street to Fez and Ivy for vintage throw rugs that will instantly change up your space.

CREATE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD

You can never go wrong with a cheese board and the Corey Creek Tap Room along with Charcutes are here to help you create your own spring-themed one. The workshop, planned for Thursday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. includes unlimited tap wine, light snacks by Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, and all the materials and directions you need to craft a beautiful charcuterie board to take home. Tickets cost $135 per person and can be purchased here

DANCE THROUGH THE 80s

On Friday, April 15 Eastern Front Brewing Co. in Mattituck invites you to drink and dance like no one is watching. DJ Henry will be spinning 80s tunes starting at 8 p.m. This event kicks off the brewery’s monthly Friday Night Dance Parties that will focus on the decades. Don’t forget to bring your big hair.

FARM STAND HOP With spring in bloom, farm stands are reopening, and what better way to enjoy the season than to plan a day farm stand hopping. Start your day at Schmitt’s Farm in Riverhead for a jar of their freshly preserved horseradish. Then make your way to Country View in Southold for highly-coveted ramps. Don’t miss out on Latham Farm stand in Orient for the first sign of spring: aspara­gus. But don’t leave it at just that, there are so many farm stands along the way to fill your basket.

LISTEN TO SOME POETRY

The Poetry Jam is back at Treiber Farms this spring. On Thursday, April 21 from 7 – 10 p.m. head to Treiber Farms in Peconic for a night of live poetry readings along with music presented by Greenport Gazette. Enjoy works by Alex Erey, Matt Daddona, Peter Treiber, Tammy Nuzzo Morgan, and more, but also open to the public as sign-up is available. Libations will be provided by Matchbook Distilling Co. 

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